Goldstein

Missing Air Crew Report

1959
Coleman Goldstein Crew

31 December 1943


Note: Those words/passages that were unreadable are marked with elipses (…).


War Department
Headquarters Army Air Forces
Washington

Important. This report will be compiled in triplicate by each Army Air Forces organization within 48 hours of the time an aircraft is officially reported missing.

1. ORGANIZATION:
Location: AAF;
Station: 109;
Command or Air Force: 8th Air Force;
Group: 92nd Bomb Group (H);
Squadron: ;
Detachment:

2. SPECIFY:
Point of Department:      ;
Course:      ;
Intended Destination:     ;
Type of Mission:

3. WEATHER CONDITIONS AND VISIBILITY AT TIME OF CRASH OR WHEN LAST SITED:

4. GIVE:
(a) date: 31 December 1943
time: 1206
location: 45° 30’N 01° 35’W°
of last known whereabouts of missing aircraft.

(b) Specify weather:

(x) last sighted;
( ) last contacted by radio;
( ) forced down;
( ) seen to crash; or
( ) information not available   When lastsighted aircraft was under control

5. AIRCRAFT WAS LOST, OR IS BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN LOST, AS A RESULT OF (check only one):

( ) enemy aircraft;
( ) enemy anti-aircraft;
( ) other circumstances follows:

6. AIRCRAFT: Type, model and series: B-17 F 42-3186

7. ENGINES: Type, model and serial number: [data omitted]

8. INSTALLED WEAPONS (furnish below make, type and serial number): [data omitted]

9. THE PERSONS LISTED BELOW WERE REPORTED AS: (a) battle casualtys [sic]:
(b) nonbattle casualtys:

10. NUMBER OF PERSONS ABOARD AIRCRAFT: crew: 10;
passengers: 0;
total: 10

(Starting with pilot furnish the following particulars): If more than ten persons were aboard aircraft, list similar particulars on separate sheet and attach original to this form.

Name in Full
Last name First
Rank Serial
No.
1. Pilot Goldstein, Coleman NMI 2 Lt. RTD
2. Co-pilot Casey, Shirley V. 2 Lt.
3. Navigator Brill, Herbert NMI 2 Lt. RTD
4. Bombardier Maloney, John E. 2 Lt. RTD
5. TTGunner Weber, William A. Sgt. RTD
6. Ball Turret Gunner Jasman, George NMI Sgt. RTD
7. R. Waist Gnr. Mucci, Nicholas NMI S/Sgt. RTD
8. L. Waist Gnr. Mahne, Emil J. Sgt. RTD
9. Tail Gnr. Scott, Owen R. Sgt. RTD
10. Radio Opr. Edenholm, Herbert C. Sgt. RTD

When the aircraft was last sighted it was under control.

11. *** IDENTIFY BELOW THOSE PERSONS WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE LAST KNOWLEDGE OF AIRCRAFT, AND CHECK APPROPRIATE COLUMN TO INDICATE BASIS FOR SAME: (over)

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Check only one column

Name in Full
(last name first)
Rank Serial
Number
By
Radio
Last
Sighted
Saw
Crash
Saw
Forced
Landing
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

12. IF PERSONNEL ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE SURVIVED, ANSWER YES TO ONE OF THE FOLLOWING STATEMENTS:

(a) parachutes were used;
(b) persons were seen walking away from scene of crash;
(c) any other reason (specify)

no information available

13. ATTACH AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHS, MAPS, CHART OR SKETCH, SHOWING APPROXIMATE LOCATION WHERE AIRCRAFT WAS LAST SEEN.

no information available

14. ATTACH EYEWITNESS DESCRIPTION OF CRASH, FORCED LANDING OR OTHER CIRCUMSTANCES PERTAINING TO MISSING AIRCRAFT.

no information available

15. ATTACH A DESCRIPTION OF THE EXTENT OF SEARCH, IF ANY, AND GIVE NAME, RANK AND SERIAL NUMBER OF OFFICER IN CHARGE HERE.

no information available

date of report: 3 January 1944
William Sage


next page is a map showing the location of the bomber when last seen. The map shows Bordeaux, France, and the Atlantic Ocean. A/c 186 is showing heading southwest toward the target.


handwritten note

Dear Sirs:

Regret could not forward information sooner. Just returned from an extended five months trip. If there is any further information I can furnish you, please write.

Sincerely,

Herbert C. Edenholm
434 Winslow Place
…, Washington

discharged from AAF October 1945

Santa… [Ana?]… AAB, California


handwritten page

Brill, Herbert NMI 2 Lt. RTD
Casey, Shirley V. 2 Lt. RTD
Edenholm, Herbert C. Sgt. RMC
Goldstein, Coleman NMI 2 Lt. RTD
Jasman, George NMI Sgt. RTD
Mahne, Emil J. Sgt. EUS
Maloney, John E. 2 Lt. EUS
Mucci, Nicholas NMI Sgt. EUS
Scott, Owen R. Sgt. RTD
Weber, William A. Sgt. RTD


Casualty Questionnaire

1. Your name:   Herbert C. Edenholm    Rank:   S/Sgt.    Serial #:   

2. Organization:   92nd Bomb Group    Group commander:       Rank:       Squadron CO:       Rank:   

3. What year       Month       Day       did you go down?

4. What was the mission,    fourth   , target,   Bordeaux, France    , target time,   11:30 am    , altitude,   17,500   , route scheduled   England; Bordeaux, France    , route flown   same.

aborted one half hour from target

5. Where were you when you left formation?   One-half hour flying time from target

6. Did you bail out?   No

7. Did other members of crew bail out?   No

8. Tell all you know about when, where, how each person in your aircraft for whom no individual questionnaire is attached bailed out. The crew list is attached. If you don’t know, say “no knowledge.”   forced landing

9. Where did your aircraft strike the ground?   approximate 100 miles north of Bordeaux and about five miles in

10. What members of your crew were in the aircraft when it struck the ground? (Should cross check with 8 above and individual questionnaires).   All ten on board

11. Were they in aircraft?   With exception of pilot in radio room.

12. What was their condition?   all okay

13. When, where, and in what condition did you last see any members not already described above?   WG E. V. Mahne [gives SN] and I left in one direction. Others left similarly in pairs in other direction.

14. Please give any similar information on personnel of any other crew of which you have knowledge. Indicate source of information.    Above EM and myself were captured from prisoners who entered 17B in Austria. We learned the pilot and tail gunner had returned to England. Since returning home have had mail from pilot Goldstein, navigator Brill, two waist gunners Mucci and Mahne and tail gunner Scott. Pilot tells me … bombardier Maloney still in service in states.

Any additional information may be written on back.


Individual Casualty Questionnaire

Name of Crew Member:   Shirley Casey
Rank:   
Serial Number:   
Position crew   

Did he bail out?   no    Where?   
If not, why not?   ship was force landed

Last contact or conversation just prior to or at time of loss of plane:   none

Was he injured?   no
Where was he when last seen?   
Any heresay information:   Waist gunner E. J. Mahne… [serial #?]… and myself were captured. At 17B in Austria we learned from crews later captured he had made it back to England.

Sources:   

Any explanation of his state based in part or fully on supposition:   

Total # of missions of above crew member:   I believe 4.
Dates and destinations, if possible:   
Bremen     December 43
Osnabruck     December 43
Ludwigshaven     December 43
Bordeaux     December 1943


Individual Casualty Questionnaire

Name of Crew Member:   Shirley Casey
Rank:   
Serial Number:   
Position crew   

Did he bail out?   no    Where?   
If not, why not?   rode plane down after engine trouble

Last contact or conversation just prior to or at time of loss of plane:   Separated in pairs. After leaving plane Casey and myself paired

Was he injured?   no
Where was he when last seen?   [something scribbled out]
Any heresay information:   — — — — — — — —

Sources:   — — — — — — — —

Any explanation of his state based in part or fully on supposition:   civilian

Total # of missions of above crew member:   4
Dates and destinations, if possible:   
December Bremen, Osnabruck, Ludwigshaven, Cognac airfield


Individual Casualty Questionnaire

Name of Crew Member:   Shirley Casey
Rank:   
Serial Number:   
Position crew   

Did he bail out?   no    Where?   wheels down landing field north Bordeaux 35-50 km
If not, why not?   best answer to this can be given by pilot Goldstein and Lt. Casey

Last contact or conversation just prior to or at time of loss of plane:   A conversation just prior to reported flak at 7:00 and 6:00 [sic] level, 15,000 feet over coast of France

Was he injured?   No [double underlined]    Trouble began over Atlantic Ocean. We had instruction to
Where was he when last seen?   from pilot to prepare to ditch. Later this was changed to bail out over land. This was never carried out as we landed…in field north of Bordeaux…
Any heresay information:   yes     Our trouble which caused us to come down was windmilling propeller (right wing)

Sources:   witnessed…by Sgt. Jasman: explanation to me of Lt. Casey and others plus pictures he now has in his possession here in the U.S.

Any explanation of his state based in part or fully on supposition:   Lt. Casey was with Sgt. Scott after leaving our ship. I have talked with Lt. Jasman of crew who reported he was with Casey and Scott and Goldstein and they all got out by French underground to Spain and were returned to England and later to USA.

Total # of missions of above crew member:   4
Dates and destinations, if possible:   
December 13 or 15, 1943 Bremen
#2 southern Germany December 18
#3 southern Germany December 30
4 Bordeaux, France December 31

Note: If I can be of any assistance in the future, will be glad to help in any way. over

by Nicholas Mucci
1441 Broadway
New York, New York
looks like it says zone 18


Individual Casualty Questionnaire

Name of Crew Member:   Shirley Casey
Rank:   
Serial Number:   
Position crew   

Did he bail out?   no   crash landed    Where?   France
If not, why not?   

Last contact or conversation just prior to or at time of loss of plane:   here– E part of this country

Was he injured?   no
Where was he when last seen?   New York
Any heresay information:   wife had a baby boy named Michael Vernon

Sources:   mutual acquaintance

Any explanation of his state based in part or fully on supposition:   probably went back to school– letter scarce or putting fence around Texas

Total # of missions of above crew member:   4
Dates and destinations, if possible:   
December 43 over Germany


Individual Casualty Questionnaire

Name of Crew Member:   Shirley Casey
Rank:   
Serial Number:   
Position crew   

Did he bail out?   no    Where?   
If not, why not?   crash landed

Last contact or conversation just prior to or at time of loss of plane:   We talked as we left the plane.

Was he injured?   no
Where was he when last seen?   contact heading northeast of plane
Any heresay information:   Yes. On returning to the USA I talked with the pilot Goldstein, Coleman. From the conversation we held I understand he and Casey crossed the Pyrenees Mountains into Spain. When leaving plane Casey was with Scott Onr and Goldstein with Jasman, Georgia. Some later date, the four men split up again with Casey and Goldstein together and Scott and Jasman together.

Sources:   pilot 2 Lt Goldstein, Coleman [w/SN]

Any explanation of his state based in part or fully on supposition:   no

Total # of missions of above crew member:   3 complete; went down on #4
Dates and destinations, if possible:    1. December 16, 1943 target Bremen 2. December 22, 1943 target Osnabruck 3. December 30, 1943 target Ludwigshaven 4. December 31, 1943 target Cognac/La Chateau Bernard


Individual Casualty Questionnaire

Name of Crew Member:   Shirley Casey
Rank:   
Serial Number:   
Position crew   

Did he bail out?   no    Where?   
If not, why not?   crash landed

Last contact or conversation just prior to or at time of loss of plane:   

Was he injured?   no
Where was he when last seen?   
Any heresay information:   

Sources:   

Any explanation of his state based in part or fully on supposition:   

Total # of missions of above crew member:   5
Dates and destinations, if possible:   

[attached to the bottom is written]
Lt. Casey returned to the states in May 1944 safe and sound. I believe that he is now a happy and healthy civilian as is the writer of this note. H. Brill


Last updated 11-23-03 1616 est (2116 z)