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S/SGT  Donald V. RIEGER

UNIT: 349th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: TG
SERIAL #: 19128814 STATUS: KIA
MACR: 08073 CR: 08073

Comments1: 8 AUG 44 ST SLYVIAN (FLAK)

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

1ST LT JOHN P. KEYS   P  KIA 8 AUG 44 ST SYLVIAN
    F/O ELVIN W. SAMUELSON CP  KIA 8 AUG 44 ST SYLVIAN
2ND LT PATRICK H. LOLLIS  NAV  KIA 8 AUG 44 ST SYLVIAN
2ND LT ELTON DICKENS  BOM  KIA 8 AUG 44 ST SYLVIAN
T/SGT FRANK O. THOMAS  ROG  KIA 8 AUG 44 ST SYLVIAN
T/SGT HARRY D. PARK  TTE  KIA 8 AUG 44 ST SYLVIAN
S/SGT PETER P. MARTIN  BTG  KIA 8 AUG 44 ST SYLVIAN
S/SGT GILBERT A. BORBA  WG  POW   8 AUG 44 ST SYLVIAN
   SGT JOSEPH A. COSTANZA  WG  NOC
S/SGT DONALD V. RIEGER  TG  KIA 8 AUG 44 ST SYLVIAN

349th Sqdn..  Crew, as above, joined the 100th 3 May 1944. Was on their 26th mission.

EYEWITNESS: "one and one half minutes before Bombs Away, A/C #865 was hit by flak in the #2 engine. near the waist escape hatch, and a burst that knocked off the tail assembly.  The aircraft nosed down out of the formation. Nothing further is known concerning this aircraft."

NOTATION IN MACR: "Lt Dickens bailed out serioulsy injured in the left leg. Talked sensibly about three hours before slowly becoming delirious. Words became impossible to understand. We bailed out at 1130 hours and Lt Dickens died at approximately 1800 hours.  
I think,  from loss of blood." (It is impossible to identify the above from the MACR, but it must have been Gilbert A. Bordba.....pw)

A/C # 43-37865   MACR # 8073, Micro-fiche # 2964


30 MISSIONS FLOWN from Sgt J.A.Costanza Diary (mpf)

May   11, 1944  Liege  Marshalling Yard
May   13, 1944  Osnabruck Air Field
May   19, 1944  Berlin  
May   23, 1944  Troyes  Did not bomb, too much cloud cover, brought bombs back
May   24, 1944  Berlin  
May   27, 1944  Strousbourg JU88 Plant
May   29, 1944  Leipzig  JU88 Plant
June  04, 1944  Boulogne Coastal Guns
June  06, 1944  D-Day
June  07, 1944  Nantes  Bridge
June  25, 1944  France  No-Ball 
June  29, 1944  Bohlen/Liepzig Oil Refineries
July   11, 1944  Munich  Buzz Bomb Factory
July   12, 1944  Munich  Buzz Bomb Factory
July   14, 1944  France  No-Ball
July   17, 1944  Auxerre  Bridge
July   19, 1944  Schweinfurt ME 109 factory
July   20, 1944  Mersburg Oil Refinery
July   21, 1944  Ludwigshaven Chemical Firm
July   25, 1944  St. Lo  Front Lines (Only one waist gunner per mission, will alternate with Sgt. Borba)
July   28, 1944  Mersburg Oil Refinery (Costanza did not fly)
Aug   04, 1944  Hamburg Tank Factory (Costanza did not fly)
Aug   06, 1944  Berlin  (Costanza did not fly, waiting for Toggilier school)
Aug   07, 1944  North France brought back bombs (Costanza did not fly)
Aug   08, 1944  St Silvain No-Ball  The whole crew was KIA on this mission except Sgt Borba.

MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: St. Sylvian DATE: 1944-08-08  
AIRCRAFT: (43-37865) CAUSE: FLAK & Explosion  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  

PHOTOS:

Gravestone for Lt John P. Keys Crew at Arlington Cemetery. 

 (L-R) S/Sgt Gilbert A. "Gib" Borba-WG, S/Sgt Donald Rieger-TG, Peter Martin-BTG, all from the John P. Keys crew with unknown ground crewman. S/Sgt Rieger and S/Sgt Martin were KIA on the 8 Aug 44 mission to St. Sylvian flying in A/C 42-37865. S/Sgt Borba was the only survivor. (Photo courtesy of Mark Provost, nephew of Gilbert Borba) Keys crew information 

 

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