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Old 06-25-2002, 12:58 PM
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Presented here are references to mission reports where the archive holding these reports is not specified. See also "AFHRA Mission Reports" in the forum "Archives in the USA".

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Old 06-25-2002, 12:59 PM
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From 12 O'Clock High!:

Andy WILSON
LW v 96BG 12th MAY '44
Sat May 18 21:16:22 2002
213.36.76.83

Trying to find out any information on the air action against the 96th BG when, specifically, B17G 42-107189, flown by Lt R SIMONS, was shot down NW of Frankfurt. Probably shot down by aircraft from either JG3 or JG27
Relative of Robert SIMONS is researching the circumstances of his loss.
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Old 06-25-2002, 01:00 PM
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From further within the thread on TOCH!:

Joerg Dietsche
B-17, 12th May 1944 Dauborn
Wed May 22 19:16:10 2002
217.2.108.96

Gentlemen,
that is the whole story and the units involved

Datum 12.05.1944 Absturzort Dauborn bei Camberg Ziel: Brux
MACR-Nr 4864

Flugzeug Typ B-17G-BO AF-Serial No. 42-107189
Kennung „7th SON“
Einheit 8th AAF 96 th BG 339th BS AAF Station Horham
Besatzung Name Serial-No.Position Status
1st Lt Simons, Robert O- Pilot KIA
1st Lt Duncan, Horace O- Co-pilot KIA
2nd Lt Nelson, Garrett O- Navigator KIA
1st Lt Russell, Jack Bombardier KIA
T/Sgt Paul, Harland Eng/TTG KIA
T/Sgt Keshal, Walter Radio Op KIA
S/Sgt Petrosky, Joseph Ball Turret KIA
S/Sgt Russo, Anthony LWaist Gun KIA
S/Sgt Good, Ralph Rwaist Gun KIA
S/Sgt Wethor, John Tail Gun POW

FRIDAY, 12 MAY 1944
STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Eighth Air Force):
Mission 353: 886 bombers and 735 fighters are dispatched to hit oil production facilities in Germany and Czechoslovakia; there is strong Luftwaffe fighter reaction and 46 bombers and 7 fighters are lost:
1. 326 B-17s are dispatched to Mersenburg (224 bomb) and Lutzkendorf (87 bomb); 1 hits Hedrongen and 1 bombs Bullstadt; 2 B-17s are lost, 3 damaged beyond repair and 189 damaged; 4 airmen are KIA, 6 WIA and 20 MIA.
2. 295 B-17s are dispatched to Brux, Czechoslovakia (140 bomb) and Zwickau (74 bomb); 11 hit Chemnitz, 14 hit Gera marshalling yard, 15 hit Hof and 4 hit targets of opportunity; 41 B-17s are lost, 1 is damaged beyond repair and 162 damaged; 3 airmen are KIA, 8 WIA and 377 MIA.
3. 265 B-24s are dispatched to Zeitz (116 bomb) and Bohlen (99 bomb); 14 hit Mersenburg, 1 hits Ostend Airfield, Belgium and 12 hit targets of opportunity; 3 B-24s are lost, 5 damaged beyond repair and 61 damaged; 7 airmen are WIA and 33 MIA.
Escort is provided by 153 P-38s, 201 P-47s and 381 P-51s; P-38s claim 2-0-0 Luftwaffe aircraft, P-47s claim 26-0-8 and P-51s claim 33-0-3 in the air and 5-0-2 on the ground; 4 P-47s and 3 P-51s are lost and 4 P-47s and 9 P-51s are damaged; 7 pilots are MIA.
Mission 354: 5 of 5 B-17s drop 1.74 million leaflets on Denmark; 1 aircraft is damaged; 2 airmen are KIA and 3 WIA.
Description to the list below
Date – Lw Pilot/unit – Target a/c-position altitude-time-confirmed/not confirmed
Tiefflug – low level
HSS-shot out of formation

Day Phase 12th May 1944

12.05.44 Oblt. Bucholz 6./JG 1 P-47 PO-PN Eifel area, tiefflug 300 m. 12.10 4 - yes
12.05.44 Uffz. Milde 5./JG 1 B-24 PO-PN Eifel area, 6.500 m. 12.18 1 - yes
12.05.44 Oblt. Georg-Peter Eder II./JG 1 B-24 PO-PN Eifel area, 6.500 m. 12.18 44 - yes
12.05.44 Fw. Bindseil 6./JG 1 B-24 hss PO-OO Eifel area, 6.500 m. 12.18 1 - yes
12.05.44 Uffz. Weber 5./JG 1 B-24 hss PO-PN Eifel area, 6.500 m. 12.18 3 - yes
12.05.44 Uffz. Stuckenbrock II./JG 1 B-24 hss PO-PN Eifel area, 6.500 m. 12.18 1 - yes
12.05.44 Ofhr. Köhne 3./JG 1 B-24 QS-PS Wetzlar area, 6.500 m. 15.00 29 - yes
12.05.44 Lt. Anton Piffer 1./JG 1 B-24 QS-PS Wetzlar area, 6.000 m. 15.02 28 - yes
12.05.44 Lt. Dieter Zink Stab/JG 3 B-17 Gießen-Frankfurt area 12.32 9 - yes
12.05.44 Maj. Friedrich-Karl Müller Stab/JG 3 B-17 Gießen-Frankfurt area 12.32 139 - yes
12.05.44 Maj. Friedrich-Karl Müller Stab/JG 3 B-17 Gießen-Frankfurt area 12.37 140 - yes
12.05.44 Fw. Otto Büssow 2./JG 3 B-17 HSS Gießen-Frankfurt area 12.25 2 - yes
12.05.44 Uffz. Horst Petzschler 2./JG 3 B-17 HSS Gießen-Frankfurt area 12.28 4 - yes
12.05.44 Uffz. Horst Petzschler 2./JG 3 P-51 Gießen-Frankfurt area 12.35 5 - yes
12.05.44 Fw. Otto Büssow 2./JG 3 P-51 Gießen-Frankfurt area 12.40 2 - yes
12.05.44 Fw. Franz Busch 5./JG 3 B-17 HSS Gießen-Frankfurt area 12.35 2 - yes
12.05.44 Uffz. Theo Burchardt 4./JG 3 B-17 HSS Gießen-Frankfurt area 12.40 3 - yes
12.05.44 Uffz. Ülrich Gehrke 4./JG 3 B-17 Gießen-Frankfurt area 12.40 2 - yes
12.05.44 Uffz. Theo Burchardt 4./JG 3 B-17 Gießen-Frankfurt area 12.40 2 - yes
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From within a thread on 12 O'Clock High!:

Rabe Anton
Classified USAAF Documents
Tue Aug 26 03:48:13 2003
205.188.208.101

Dénes,

I have not read the background links to yours or earlier postings here. After 15 years as an Air Force archivist and as a frequent researcher in the National Archives, I think I can safely say that no USAAF Personal Encounter Reports (PERs), Operational Summaries ("mission reports"),
Missing Aircrew Reports (MACRs), or Individual Deceased Personnel Files (IDPFs) remain classified today. Almost all of these materials, in fact, have been declassified since the 1960s. As always, one must ask, Why should such documents be classified in the year 2003? Normally, there are only three possible reasons for lingering classification of World War II documents, none of which seem to apply here: (1) documents contain information about nuclear weapons (Restricted Data, Formerly Restricted Data, Critical Nuclear Weapons Design Information (CNWDI) (2) documents contain human intelligence (HUMINT) (3) there simply has been a lack of resources to review the material and remove the classification markings.

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Default I am John Wethor's nephew, Terry, and I would like to help

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