Accident and Missing Air Crew Reports

575th BOMB SQUADRON

ROLE: PILOT

INDIVIDUAL CREW MEMBERS

Sources: AAIR, USAAFDATA, MACR, WWII AAF Casualty List, NARA (see resources page).


Assigned
Squadron Crew Year Month Role Name Rank Serial Status
575575000432w.pFleck, Wilbur E.1/Lt.O793094
WITNESS DETAILS & STATEMENT: Pilot. Box 1, Second flight, No.4. Right engine of Aldridge's aircraft burst into flames and it peeled off to right.
SOURCE: MACR 04216, 42-95845. 27 Apr 1944
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5755750004310w.unkHarkins, Herschel S.Maj.O668065
SOURCE: MACR 11661, 42-107671. 23 Dec 1944
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5755750004310w.unkHarkins, Herschel S.Maj.O668065
WITNESS DETAILS & STATEMENT: Harkins states he was flying 42-95847, Box 1, high flight, no.1. He was supervising Lt. Breesman as a new lead pilot. Breesman was wounded by FLAK. PFF aircraft were damaged by attacks and were flying erratically. Jannsen was pilot of lead ship, lead element, Box 1. Savage attack by enemy aircraft. 42-107671 (No.4) moved to left with wheels down and engine feathered. 43-34418 joined the lead element and returned safely. 4 of Harkins flight were shot down by enemy aircraft.
SOURCE: MACR 11670, 42-95844. 23 Dec 1944
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5755750004310w.unkHarkins, Herschel S.Maj.O668065
WITNESS DETAILS & STATEMENT: Harkins states he was flying 42-95847, Box 1, high flight, no.1. He was supervising Lt. Breesman as a new lead pilot. Breesman was wounded by FLAK. PFF aircraft were damaged by attacks and were flying erratically. Jannsen was pilot of lead ship, lead element, Box 1. Savage attack by enemy aircraft. 42-107671 (No.4) moved to left with wheels down and engine feathered. 43-34418 joined the lead element and returned safely. 4 of Harkins flight were shot down by enemy aircraft.
SOURCE: MACR 11551, 42-95932. 23 Dec 1944
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5755750004310w.unkHarkins, Herschel S.Maj.O668065
WITNESS DETAILS & STATEMENT: Harkins states he was flying 42-95847, Box 1, high flight, no.1. He was supervising Lt. Breesman as a new lead pilot. Breesman was wounded by FLAK. PFF aircraft were damaged by attacks and were flying erratically. Jannsen was pilot of lead ship, lead element, Box 1. Savage attack by enemy aircraft. 42-107671 (No.4) moved to left with wheels down and engine feathered. 43-34418 joined the lead element and returned safely. 4 of Harkins flight were shot down by enemy aircraft.
SOURCE: MACR 11486, 43-34440. 23 Dec 1944
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575575000448w.pMartin, Clarence L.1/Lt.O705131
WITNESS DETAILS & STATEMENT: Pilot - Box 1, lead flight, no.4. FLAK hit right gas tank. Flames burned my control surfaces off. Aircraft descended in spiral. No chutes.
SOURCE: MACR 12611, 42-107576. 24 Feb 1945
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575575000432w.pMitchell, Kenneth W.Capt.O731630
WITNESS DETAILS & STATEMENT: Pilot - no.2. Stalnaker hit by FLAK on bomb run. Black smoke from right engine. Oil cooler hit ? I took over lead. Spoke to Stalnaker who seemed calm.
SOURCE: MACR 06649, 42-95821. 8 Jul 1944
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575575000449w.pTimbers, Robert R.1/Lt.O760923
WITNESS DETAILS & STATEMENT: Pilot - lead flight, no.3. Just before release point, burst of FLAK, hit right engine and main auxiliary fuel tank. Aircraft caught fire, veered right, went down in spiral dive. Wing broke off. No chutes.
SOURCE: MACR 12611, 42-107576. 24 Feb 1945
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