Grumbles

Missing Air Crew Report

James A. Grumbles
31 December 1943


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


handwritten page

Bills, Miland F. Sgt. [SN] EUS
Busboom, Lloyd C. F/O RTD
Cahill, Michael F., Jr. Sgt. EUS
Dominsky, Alex J. Sgt. K
Frievalt, Richard J. Sgt. EUS
Grumbles, James A. 2 Lt. KN…[D? B?]
Halsell, Hugh L., Jr. Sgt. EUS
McGee, Robert G. 2 Lt. EUS
Muntzinger, Clarence J. S/Sgt. EUS
Neu, Edward F. 2 Lt. RTD


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:        ;
Station: 109;
Command or Air Force: 8th Air Force;
Group: 92nd Bomb Group (H);
Squadron: 326 ;
Detachment:

2. SPECIFY:
Point of Department: AAF Station 109;
Course: south toward Bordeaux ;
Intended Destination: ;
Type of Mission: bombing

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

4. GIVE:
(a) date:   31 December 1943 ;
time:   unknown;
location:   unknown;
of last known whereabouts of missing aircraft.

(b) Specify weather:   information not available

( ) last sighted;
( ) last contacted by radio;
( ) forced down;
( ) seen to crash; or
( ) information not available

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

( ) enemy aircraft;
( ) enemy anti-aircraft;
(x) other circumstances unknown:

6. AIRCRAFT: Type, model and series: B-17F 42-30733

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 Grumbles, James A. 2 Lt. RTD
2. Co-pilot Busboom, Lloyd C. F/O RTD
3. Navigator Neu, Edwd. F. 2 Lt. RTD
4. Bombardier McGee, Robt. G. 2 Lt. RTD
5. TTGunner NG Muntzinger, Clarence J. RTD
6. Ball Turret Gunner Dominsky, Alex J. S/Sgt.
7. R. Waist Gnr. Halsell, Jr. Hugh L. Sgt. RTD …[476?]
8. Bills, Miland F. Sgt. RTD
9. Cahill, Michael F., Jr. RTD
10. Radio Opr. Frievalt, Richard J. Sgt. RTD

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)

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

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

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

*Aircraft was not missed until return to airdrome. No information available

date of report:  3 January 1944

William Sage


Individual Casualty Questionnaire

Name of Crew Member:   Dominsky, Alex J.
Rank:   
Serial Number:   
Position crew   

Did he bail out?   no    Where?   
If not, why not?   One mans [sic] parachute opened in the ship and we all decided to crash-land.

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

Was he injured?   not when the plane crashed
Where was he when last seen?   in France near Negret
Any heresay information:   none

Sources:   

Any explanation of his state based in part or fully on supposition:   Germans attacked a house near Negret, France, where we, Dominsky, Halsell, Cahill and myself and 39 Frenchmen of the French underground were hiding. We all ran for it and Alex was shot. He was hit three times, I seen the wounds. In the leg, hip and behind the ear. I was told afterwards by a Frenchman who seen it, and I have reason to believe is now dead. continued on back below

Total # of missions of above crew member:   4
Dates and destinations, if possible:   
That Alex was shot behind ear after he was laying on the ground wounded. More information can be had by locating a Pottivin fambily [sic] in Negret, France. There was Mr. and Mrs., the son Gaston and two daughters, Jaquelin and Eleanor. Another son Andre was killed in the attack mentioned above.


Casualty Questionnaire

1. Your name:   Richard Frievalt    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,   Bordeaux    , target,   airfield    , target time,      , altitude,      , route scheduled    , route flown    .

5. Where were you when you left formation?   half hour from the 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.”   All of crew crash landed near Chet Bettone, France

9. Where did your aircraft strike the ground?   same as above

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

11. Were they in aircraft?   ditching position

12. What was their condition?   unharmed

13. When, where, and in what condition did you last see any members not already described above?   
Clarence J. Muntzinger
January 2, 1944
unharmed
France

Fr Lt. Robert McGee
February? 1944
unharmed

Alex J. Dominsky
March 22, 1944
Fr dead

Michael Cahill
July 5, 1944
alive

Hugh L. Halsell
July 5, 1944
both in Germany alive

14. Please give any similar information on personnel of any other crew of which you have knowledge. Indicate source of information.   

Any additional information may be written on back.


Individual Casualty Questionnaire

Name of Crew Member:   Alex J. Dominsky
Rank:   
Serial Number:   
Position crew   

Did he bail out?   no    Where?   /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/
If not, why not?   not necessary

Last contact or conversation just prior to or at time of loss of plane:   All okay on forced landing

Was he injured?   no
Where was he when last seen?   Last seen by me in plane (okay)
Any heresay information:   none

Sources:   —

Any explanation of his state based in part or fully on supposition:   none

Total # of missions of above crew member:   (3) three or four
Dates and destinations, if possible:   not known


Casualty Questionnaire

1. Your name:   Bills, Miland W.    Rank:      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,   Bordeaux    , target,       , target time,      , altitude,      , route scheduled    , route flown    .

5. Where were you when you left formation?   

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.”   all of our crew landed together (ok). Place not known.

9. Where did your aircraft strike the ground?   …[Nance?]

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 crew members were in ship

11. Were they in aircraft?   Pilots in cockpit, others in radio room

12. What was their condition?   okay

13. When, where, and in what condition did you last see any members not already described above?   —

14. Please give any similar information on personnel of any other crew of which you have knowledge. Indicate source of information.    none

Any additional information may be written on back.

[on the back] Gp Sqd Commander, target, times, altitudes, etc., not known by me


Individual Casualty Questionnaire

Name of Crew Member:   Alex J. Dominsky
Rank:   
Serial Number:   
Position crew   

Did he bail out?   no    Where?   
If not, why not?   Instructed by pilot not to do so

Last contact or conversation just prior to or at time of loss of plane:   a conversation. Was in fine spirit and thinking of how to escape

Was he injured?   To my knowledge he was not
Where was he when last seen?   About 100 yards from plane making get away
Any heresay information:   I understand that he got into the underground chain and was fatally shot by the Germans March 23, 1944 when the Germans closed in on the group that he was with.

Sources:   Heard it from three of my former crew members who were with him then.

Any explanation of his state based in part or fully on supposition:   As mentioned above he was killed by the Germans and is buried in the vicinity of Poitiers, France. I was told that he was given a burial by a Catholic priest. (I am not quite positive as to whether or not Poitiers is the town, but to the best of my knowledge that is the town.)

Total # of missions of above crew member:   I think it was his fifth.
Dates and destinations, if possible:   I don’t remember the exact dates.


Casualty Questionnaire

1. Your name:   Clarence Muntzinger    Rank:      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,   Bordeaux, France    , target,   no knowledge    , target time,   no knowledge   , altitude,   no knowledge   , route scheduled   no knowledge , route flown   no knowledge .

5. Where were you when you left formation?   somewhere over Bay of Biscaye

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.”    We were told not to bail out by our pilot so all of the crew got in the radio room in a ditching with the exception of the pilot and co-pilot, who stayed at the controls.

9. Where did your aircraft strike the ground?   About halfway between Paris and the Spanish border about 50 miles inland.

10. What members of your crew were in the aircraft when it struck the ground? (Should cross check with 8 above and individual questionnaires).   
J. A. Grumbles   pilot
L. C. Busboom   copilot
Edward Neu   navigator
R. G. McGee   bombardier
C. J. Muntzinger   eng
A. J. Dominski   ass eng
F. R. Frievant   r.o.
M. W. Bills   ass. r.o.
H. L. Halsell, Jr.   arm.
M. F. Cahill, Jr.   ass. arm.

11. Were they in aircraft?   All in the radio room except pilot and copilot

12. What was their condition?   Ok.       who were at the controls.

13. When, where, and in what condition did you last see any members not already described above?   When I last saw my crew members they seemed to be in good condition.

14. Please give any similar information on personnel of any other crew of which you have knowledge. Indicate source of information.    no knowledge

Any additional information may be written on back.


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