100th Bomb Group



























































Crew Robert Rosenthal



Command or Air Force: 8th

                                    100th Bomb Group     351st Bomb Squadron (Heavy)

Place of Departure: Sta.139

Destination: BERLIN

Type of Mission: Operational

Weather Conditions at time of Crash: Cavu

Date: 3 Feb 1945

Time: 11:28

Aircraft: B-17G

AAF Serial number: 44-8379

Number of Persons Aboard aircraft:11



  Pilot (Com):                Rosenthal, Robert.                Maj.   0-792349


    Pilot:                          John Ernst.                           Capt    0-753979


 Co-Pilot:                      Arthur L. Jacobson.               1Lt.   0-768562


Com, Navigator           Stewart J. Gillison.                1Lt    0-708811


Navigator:                    Chappell C. Louis.                1Lt    0-2064216


Radar, Navigator:         Stropp H. Robert.                  1Lt    0-388339


Bombardier:                 Eugene E. Lockhart.              1Lt    0-766816


R/Operator:                  Webber H. Charles.           T/Sgt    17063224


Engineer:                      West C. Dugger.               T/Sgt.    39295642


Waist/ Gunner               Winters Warren.               S/Sgt.    39140510


Tail/Gunner:                  Windisch. George            S/Sgt     37722999







A/C #44-8379 was hit by flak, reported to have been ground rocket, a few seconds before bombs away. A/C continued on bomb run and dropped bombs. Fire producing a dense white smoke was seen to break out in the fuselage and bomb bay, including the cockpit. The bomb bay doors were closed and then reopened. Pilot opened his window and peeled gently off to the right, directing the deputy leader to take over lead on VHF. A/C headed  NE and flew level for a few moments while six members of the crew bailed out. Three men appeared to come from the waist or tail, while the other three came trough the bomb bay. There was a small explosion in #3 engine nacelle and the A/C headed down, burning and beginning to spin when last seen at 15,-000 feet. Observers believe entire crew had an excellent chance to bail out.


Information comes from Macr 12046



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