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MACR PILOT: 1Lt John G. Gossage O-798486

MACR #: 03025

Fiche #: 01023


Location: AAF Station #139

Group: 100th Bomb Gp (H) AAF

Squadron: 349th BS

Command: VIII AF



Departure/Base: AAF Station #139

Initial Course: E

Intended Destination: Berlin

Mission Type: Operational


Weather: Missing


Date: March 3, 1944

Time: 11:25

Location: 5410N-0910E

Specify: Information not available

Confirmed or believed reason for loss

Loss due to: Other circumstances

Other reason for loss: Hit by flak and landed in Denmark where entire crew became POWs


Serial: 42-38017

Type: B-17

Series: G


Model: R-1820-97

A: SW-002632

B: SW-002635

C: SW-002636

D: SW-002638


A: 1151517

B: 1152022

C: 1074459

D: 1074248

E: 1074712

F: 1152111

G: 1151640

H: 1152077

I: 1151062

J: 1074432

L: 1150753 (m) 1074701

Persons are listed as

Casualty Type: Battle casualty

Number of persons on board

Crew: 10

Pass: 0

Total: 10


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P2John G. Gossage1LtO-798486
CPBertrand D. McNeil2LtO-681153
NAV (N)Edward A. WarnerF/OT-123044
BOM (B)Howard G. Ball1LtO-734297
RADMichael G. PolanickTSgt13039246
ENGArthur A. CooperTSgt19061757
BALThomas R. WoodersonSSgt16044644
WG (W)James W. GreggSSgt33268508
WG (W)Donald B. SackriderSSgt36110003
TG (T)Arthur V. R. CongroveSSgt34442921

Persons who are believed to have last knowledge of aircraft

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William B. MurrayLast sighted2LtO-746405
C.I. MontgomeryLast sighted2LtO-803251
Ernest A. KiesslingLast sightedCaptO-659381

Personnel who are believed to have survived



Eyewitness description of crash

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Last NameFirst nameReport
A/C #017 was flying #2 in Lead Element, lead formation. Near 5410N-0910E the leaders flew into a dense layer of clouds. The leader of the second element pulled up above the overcast and his wing men peeled off right and left. None of these crews saw any A/C of the lead element again,. Crews in the 100B group flying in the combat wing behind turned back before entering the cloud bank. Most of these crews observed a large explosion behind them and slightly above the formation altitude. It is believed that A/C #970 and A/C 817 collided and exploded, and that A/C #017 was damaged by the explosion. A VHF signal was received from #017 a short time later saying that the pilot intended to try to reach Sweden--Capt. Kiessling, Lt Murray, and Lt Montgomery.
No DataAuthor unknown: "Crew reported that Arthur A. Cooper was severely wounded in the attack and was later repatriated by the Germans." On 3/3/44, Lt Gossage flying with a new crew headed for Berlin but was jumped by fighters and headed for Sweden. Instead they landed in Denmark and became a POW. Sgt. Humphrey, with the crew of R. D. Vollmer, went down on that same mission and became a POW There are two (2) MACRs regarding John Gossage: MACR # 00778 On 24/9/43 a rather sudden practice mission was scheduled and it was discovered that this crew's regularly assigned A/C was still loaded with bombs from a mission scrubbed earlier that day. Another A/C was assigned the crew and in the rush to take off at the proper time, it was not immediately discovered that the ten machine guns were stored in the nose compartment. While over the North Sea on the practice mission, about 10/15 enemy fighters jumped the formation and left Gossage's ship badly shot up and #3 engine and part of the right wing burning fiercely. Gossage ordered the crew to bail out but he rode the ship to a crash landing in the sea. After about an hour in the water, Gossage, Don, Humphrey, Gillen and Alshouse were picked up by Air-Sea Rescue. Bodies of Schulte & DeCooman were never recovered and their names are inscribed on the Wall Of The Missing at Cambridge, Eng. Bill Grier is buried in the Cambridge Cemetery. NOTE: LT GOSSAGE WAS WITH LT FLESH AT GELSENKIRCHEN ON 5 NOV 43; RETURNED TO THORPE ABBOTTS WITH ONLY PILOT AND CO-PILOT ABOARD. SEE LT FLESH CASUALTY REPORT.

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