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Personnel

S/Sgt

Cosimo Anthony DEMONICA

Hometown During Time of Service: Jamaica, NY
Army Serial Number: 39434534
Assigned to the 100th Bombardment Group
Location:
Unit: 349th Bombardment Squadron
Rank:
Position: Tail Gunner
Beginning Date of 100th Service: Unknown
Time of Service at Thorpe Abbotts: Unknown - Unknown

Additional 100th Service Notes

Status: POW
MACR: 01020
CR: 01020
Comments: 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER (Original 100th, Crew #7)

Biography

Born February 1, 1922
Birthplace: Jamaica, NY

Additional Military Documents

Cosimo Demonica

Draft Registration card front

Comments and Notes

Memo 1:
CREW
LT COL MAGEE C. FULLER
ORGINAL 100TH PILOT

CREW #7 A/C #42-30042 MACR #1020

AFTER A FEW MISSIONS, MAGEE FULLER WAS MADE OPERATIONS OFFICER OF THE 349TH AND WAS LATER TRANSFERRED TO THE 418TH WHERE HE BECAME THE SQUADRON COMMANDER. MAGEE APPEARS TO BE THE LAST ORGINAL AIRCREW OF THE 100TH TO BE LOST TO ENEMY ACTION.

CREW:

1ST LT MAGEE C. FULLER P: POW, 20 JUL 44 MERSEBURG
2ND LT WINTON MacCARTER CP: POW, 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
2ND LT HAROLD L. WEACHTER NAV: POW, 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
2ND LT GEORGE H. ZIEGLER BOM: POW, 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
T/SGT JACK C. ROGERS TTE: POW, 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT ROBERT W. SANDY ROG: POW, 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT ALEXANDER F. SAWICKI BTG: POW, 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT COSIMO A. DeMONICA WG: POW, 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT RAYMOND J. MANLEY TG: POW, 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT GEORGE W. EASTERWED WG: GROUNDED IN JULY 1943
S/SGT ROY D. GRAFF WG , POW , 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER (REPLACED EASTERWED)

On 10 Oct 1943 (Munster) Winton MacCarter had already taken over the crew and was flying as first pilot with Lt Dan Barna as CP.

Magee Fuller later became C.O. of the 418th Sqdn. He went down with crew of F.C.
Kincannon on 20/7/44.

Magee Fuller / MacCarter Missions

Crew flew overseas in "42-30042-XR-L","042","M C Fuller / W L MacCarter", "Oh Nausea", "43/04/29 Assigned","Orig a/c, Kearney NE"
1. 25/06/1943 BREMEN : "42-30066-U","066","Mug Wump" M C Fuller / W L MacCarter",
26/06/1943 Le MANS : "42-30042- XR-L, "042","Oh Nausea", "M C Fuller / "W L MacCarter", "R/E (NS) - mechanical
28/06/1943 St NAZAIRE (Flak City): "42-3229-XR-A ,"229", "Pasadena Nena", "M C Fuller /"W L MacCarter", "R/E (NS) - mech, #2 + #3 eng failed (data conflict)"
2. 14/07/1943 Le BOURGET : 42-30042- XR-L,"042","Oh Nausea". W.L.MacCarter/ A.C. Persons
3. 24/07/1943 TRONDHEIM : 42-30042- XR-L ,"042","Oh Nausea" , W.L. MacCarter
4. 25/07/1943 KIEL: 42-30042- XR-L "042","Oh Nausea". W.L. MacCarter
5. 26/07/1943 HANOVER: 42-30042- XR-L","042","Oh Nausea". W.L. MacCarter
6. 29/07/1943 WARNEMUNDE: 42-30259 XR-N “Damifino II” , W.L.MacCarter
30/07/1943 KASSEL: 42-30170 XR-G , “Torchy II”, W.L. MacCarter. R/E #1 engine feathered
7. 19/08/1943 WOENSDRECHT: 42-30259 XR-N “Damifino II” W.L. MacCarter
8. 03/09/1943 PARIS: 42-30062 LD-O “Terry N Ten”, W.L.MacCarter
9. 16/09/1943 La PALLICE: 42-30023 XR-M “Horny” W.L. MacCarter
10. 23/09/1943 VANNES: 42-30170 XR-G, “Torchy II”, W.L. MacCarter.
11. 02/10/1943 EMDEN: 42-30170 XR-G , “Torchy II”, W.L. MacCarter.
04/10/1943. HANAU: 42-30023 XR-M “Horny” W.L MacCarter, R/E feathered prop.
12. 10/10/1943 MUNSTER: 42-30090 XR-B, “ El P’SSTOFO” W.L. MacCarter, Failed to Return- SHOT DOWN!!!

In a letter of 30/l/1979 to Jim Brown, Hal Weachter tells of the mission of lO/lO/43 as follows:
"Our plane was hit in the wing behind #3 engine with a rocket from a ME-109. It blew a large hole in the wing and started a fire. We could not get the fire out by sideslipping so we all bailed out.
All landed safely with co-pilot Dan Barna, radio operator Sawicki,and I each
breaking an ankle. We were rounded up and put in a jail at an airfield overnight. The next day Barna,Sawicki & I were taken to a POW hospital near Dusseldorf.
The gunners went to Stalag #4, I believe and MacCarter and Ziegler to Stalag #3 as I recall. Barna,Sawicki & I and some others who had come into the hospital after being shot down were sent (19 Nov.43) to Frankfort for interrogation where we arrived at 2AM.We slept in a Railroad station and caught a Tram to Obestel at SAM. Our clothes were taken away and we were put in solitary,
On 30 Nov. we were given British army clothes,a Great coat & shoes and shipped to
Stalag #1. The Germans had just reopened this camp and we were in the first 100 prisoners. The camp was expanded as the war progressed and at war's end there were close to 9000 POWs. We were packed into a box car at Frankfort & given a box of food from the Red Cross and black bread and bologna from the Germans. We arrived at Barth,Germany at 5PM on 4 Dec.1943 and marched to the Stalag which is a couple of miles west & north of the city - a few miles from the Baltic sea.
In March we were liberated by tne Russian army. The German commandant wanted to march the whole camp west to stay out of Russian hands,but Col. Zabreski (Fightar ace) the senior officer,convinced him that it was useless. One morning we woke up and all of the guards were gone.The Russians came through the next day.
We sat in camp until the end of the war when the Air Force sent in planes to fly us to Camp Lucky Strike in France. We left Le Harve on the USS General Butner and
docked at Newport News on 20 June 1945."

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT Information:

Target:
Munster
Aircraft:
"El P
Date:
1943-10-10
Cause:
Rocket from ME-109

Crew List

1st Crew List

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Rank Name Pos Status
Lt Col FULLER, Magee C. P/COM POW
Lt MACCARTER, Winton L. P POW
Lt WEACHTER, Harold NAV POW
Lt ZIEGLER, George H. BOM POW
T/Sgt ROGERS, Jack C. TTE POW
S/Sgt SANDY, Robert W. BTG POW
S/Sgt SAWICKI, Alexander BTG POW
S/SGT EASTERWED, George W. WG RFS
S/Sgt GRAFF, Roy D. WG POW
SGT MANLEY, Raymond J. WG POW
S/Sgt SNIDER, Glen E. WG POW
S/Sgt DEMONICA, Cosimo TG POW
2nd Crew List

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Rank Name Pos Status
Lt MACCARTER, Winton L. P POW
F/O BARNA, Daniel CP POW
Lt WEACHTER, Harold NAV POW
Lt ZIEGLER, George H. BOM POW
T/Sgt ROGERS, Jack C. TTE POW
S/Sgt SANDY, Robert W. BTG POW
S/Sgt SAWICKI, Alexander BTG POW
S/Sgt GRAFF, Roy D. WG POW
SGT MANLEY, Raymond J. WG POW
S/Sgt DEMONICA, Cosimo TG POW