Larrivee

Missing Air Crew Report 3416

Edward R. Larrivee
23 March 1944


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

Larrivee Edward R. 2 Lt. KIA
Wilson, Jack 2 Lt. KIA
Lageson, Alvin J. 1 Lt. KIA
Adams, Frank G. S/Sgt. POW RMC
LeBlanc, Joseph E. T/Sgt. KIA
Dunker, Maynard L. Sgt. KIA
Wilson, Ferman J. Sgt. KIA
Helms, James A. M. Sgt. KIA
Arant, Joseph W. S/Sgt. KIA
Bogel, Jack J. S/Sgt. POW RMC



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:  326;
Detachment:   [blank]

2.  SPECIFY:
Point of Department:   AAF Station 109;
Course:   easterly;
Intended Destination:   M√ľnster, Germany;
Type of Mission:   bombing

3.  WEATHER CONDITIONS AND VISIBILITY AT TIME OF CRASH OR WHEN LAST SITED:  response smooth– clear

4.  GIVE:
(a) date:   23 March 1944;
time:   APP 1130 at location target area
of last known whereabouts of missing aircraft.

(b) Specify weather:

( ) last sighted;
( ) last contacted by radio;
( ) forced down;
( ) seen to crash; or
(x) 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;
( ) other circumstances follows:  aircraft believed to have gone down during attack by e/a

6.  AIRCRAFT: Type, model and series:   B-17G

7.  ENGINES: Type, model and serial number:   AAF serial number 42-31888

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

9.  THE PERSONS LISTED BELOW WERE REPORTED AS:
(a) battle casualtys [sic]:   0
(b) nonbattle casualtys:   0

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.

[NOTE: Serial number has been omitted.]

Key:
^ – checkmark

Name in Full
Last name first
Rank Serial
No.
1. Pilot Larrivee, Edard R.^* 2 Lt.+
2. Co-pilot Wilson, Jack (NMI)* 2 Lt.^
3. Navigator *
4. Bombardier**
**Nose Gunner
Adams, Frank G.*^ S/Sgt.^ RTD [?]
5. TTGunner LeBlanc Joseph E.*^ T/Sgt.^
6. Ball Turret Gunner Dunker, Maynard L.*^ Sgt.^
7. R. Waist Gnr. Wilson, Ferman J.*^ Sgt.^
8. L. Waist Gnr. Helms, James A. M.*^ Sgt.
9. Tail Gnr. Arant, Joseph W.*^ S/Sgt.^
10. Radio Opr. & gnr Bogel, Jack J.* S/Sgt.^ RTD
*bombardier-navigator Lageson, Alvin J. 1 Lt.


11. *** IDENTIFY BELOW THOSE PERSONS WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE LAST KNOWLEDGE OF AIRCRAFT, AND CHECK APPROPRIATE COLUMN TO INDICATE BASIS FOR SAME: (over)
[in lower right-hand corner, written in 2ND #5
then looks like it’s Xd out]

[next page]

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. [all left blank]
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.  ***

***no definite 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.   [left blank]

date of report:   24 March 1945
Wm. M. Sage
1 Lt. AC
statistical officer

signature of preparing officer
[Sage signed]


Individual Casualty Questionnaire

Name of Crew Member:   Larrivee, Edward R.
Rank:   2 Lt.
Serial Number:    [omitted]
Position crew   … [something crossed out]   pilot

Did he bail out?   no    Where?   [blank]
If not, why not?   Probably wounded or dead.

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

Was he injured?   killed
Where was he when last seen?   cockpit
Any heresay information:   [blank]

Sources:   [blank]

Any explanation of his state based in part or fully on supposition:    He went down with the ship. A 20 mm shell went through nose, exploding somewhere in or near cockpit. It could have killed or wounded him.

Total # of missions of above crew member:   22?
Dates and destinations, if possible:   could be found with Lt. Larrivee’s service record


Individual Casualty Questionnaire

Name of Crew Member:   Wilson, Jack
Rank:   2 Lt.
Serial Number:   [omitted]
Position crew   co-pilot

Did he bail out?   no    Where?   [blank]
If not, why not?   same as pilot

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

Was he injured?   Killed
Where was he when last seen?   cockpit
Any heresay information:   [blank]

Sources:   [blank]

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

Total # of missions of above crew member:   22?
Dates and destinations, if possible:   [blank]


Individual Casualty Questionnaire

Name of Crew Member:   Lageson, Alvin J.
Rank:   1 Lt.
Serial Number:   [omitted]
Position crew   bombardier-navigator

Did he bail out?   no    Where?   [blank]
If not, why not?   When ship went out of control, he could not put on chute.

Last contact or conversation just prior to or at time of loss of plane:   oxygen check over interphone

Was he injured?   killed
Where was he when last seen?   in the nose
Any heresay information:   When ship… [word scribbled out]… went into a spin, Lt. Lageson was thrown to the nose (plexiglass). Sgt. Adams was also there. Lt. Lageson fell on top of Sgt. Adams without his parachute on. Sgt. Adams became unconscious at that time.

Sources:   Frank G. Adams, nose gunner

Any explanation of his state based in part or fully on supposition:   Sgt. Adams woke up falling through space. I think Lt. Lageson fell along without a chute.

Total # of missions of above crew member:   21?
Dates and destinations, if possible:   [blank]


Individual Casualty Questionnaire

Name of Crew Member:   Adams, Frank G.
Rank:   S/Sgt.
Serial Number:   [omitted]
Position crew   nose gunner

Did he bail out?   yes    Where?   nose
If not, why not?   [blank]

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?   [blank]
Any heresay information:   no

Sources:   [blank]

Any explanation of his state based in part or fully on supposition:   Sgt. Adams landed by parachute in Germany. Was taken prison. Was released by Russians and is now in the USA.

Total # of missions of above crew member:   19
Dates and destinations, if possible:   [blank]


Individual Casualty Questionnaire

Name of Crew Member:   LeBlanc, Joseph E.
Rank:   T/Sgt.
Serial Number:   [omitted]
Position crew   engineer

Did he bail out?   no    Where?   no
If not, why not?   possibly killed or wounded

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

Was he injured?   killed
Where was he when last seen?   cockpit
Any heresay information:   none

Sources:   none

Any explanation of his state based in part or fully on supposition:   He went down with the ship

Total # of missions of above crew member:   20
Dates and destinations, if possible:   [blank]


Individual Casualty Questionnaire

Name of Crew Member:   Dunker, Maynard L.
Rank:   Sgt.
Serial Number:   [omitted]
Position crew   ball turret

Did he bail out?   no    Where?   [blank]
If not, why not?   no time to get out of ball turret

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

Was he injured?   killed
Where was he when last seen?   in ball turret
Any heresay information:   none

Sources:   [blank]

Any explanation of his state based in part or fully on supposition:   When ship went down it split in half, which would cut power to open ball turret. Sgt. Dunker could not possibly… [word scratched out]… have cranked it up, put on his chute and bailed out in time.

Total # of missions of above crew member:   I think it’s two, but it’s possibly three
Dates and destinations, if possible:   


Individual Casualty Questionnaire

Name of Crew Member:   Wilson, Ferman J.
Rank:   Sgt.
Serial Number:   [omitted]
Position crew   right waist

Did he bail out?   no    Where?   [blank]
If not, why not?   ?

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

Was he injured?   killed
Where was he when last seen?   [blank]
Any heresay information:   [blank]

Sources:   [blank]

Any explanation of his state based in part or fully on supposition:   Went down with ship. Probably… [word scratched out…] could not get his chute on in time

Total # of missions of above crew member:   19
Dates and destinations, if possible:   [blank]


Individual Casualty Questionnaire

Name of Crew Member:   Helms, James A. M.
Rank:   Sgt.
Serial Number:   [omitted]
Position crew   left waist

Did he bail out?   no    Where?   [blank]
If not, why not?   ?

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

Was he injured?   killed
Where was he when last seen?   [blank]
Any heresay information:   [blank]

Sources:   [blank]

Any explanation of his state based in part or fully on supposition:   same as other waist gunner

Total # of missions of above crew member:   2
Dates and destinations, if possible:   [blank]


Individual Casualty Questionnaire

Name of Crew Member:   Arant, Joseph W.
Rank:   S/Sgt.
Serial Number:   [omitted]
Position crew   tail gunner

Did he bail out?   ?    Where?   [blank]
If not, why not?   [blank]

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

Was he injured?   killed
Where was he when last seen?   [blank]
Any heresay information:   [blank]

Sources:   [blank]

Any explanation of his state based in part or fully on supposition:   I am not sure if he went down with ship or bailed out and on way down a man went past me. His chute didn’t fully open. It could have been Sgt. Arant

Total # of missions of above crew member:   18
Dates and destinations, if possible:   [blank]


Casualty Questionnaire

1. Your name:   Jack J. Bogel    Rank:   S/Sgt.   Serial #:   [omitted]

2. Organization:   92nd Bomb Group   Group commander:   ?   Rank:   blank   Squadron CO:   Word?    Rank:   Major

3. What year   1944    Month   March    Day   23    did you go down?

4. What was the mission,   Munster   , target,   [blank]   , target time,   1100 hours   , altitude,   27,000   , route scheduled   [blank]  , route flown   [blank] .

5. Where were you when you left formation?   Near Munster

6. Did you bail out?   yes

7. Did other members of crew bail out?   Yes. S/Sgt. Frank G. Adams

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.”   [blank]

9. Where did your aircraft strike the ground?   The tail section near a small town near Munster.

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

11. Were they in aircraft?   [blank]

12. What was their condition?   [blank]

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

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

Any additional information may be written on back.


[next page is 8 1/2″x11″ with two holes punched in the top
difficult to read]

On 23 March 1944 at 1115 … 1 km S of… [looks like] UTRUP… near …

TYPE OF PLANE:   Fortress
Identification:   231888
326

H. Bo. sqd.
         92 Group
TARGET:   air base LIPPSTADT beside that it has rank, name then … with ( ) seven, … [looks like] aptcft?…

Lt. Larrivee Edward ASM- [serial no.], and… [looks like] DECD

rest of page blank except at very bottom where says 8 dead


Report of Captured Aircraft Post

[difficult to read]

Location:   Lippstadt

Date:   looks like 26 March 1944

At:   …[maybe] 1515 hours or 1615 hours

Date and Time:   [looks like] 23 March 1944 at 1116 or 15 hours aircraft was shot down

Place of Crash:   1.5 km south of… [looks like] C…ty, then U_TR_P [county of U___ Usna?]
(nearest town)

Kind of Capture:   by fighter ( ) flak ( ) hunter ( ) night hunter ( ) emergency landing

Type of Aircraft:    … Flying [?] Fortress B-17- … G [?] space… [number]

Markings of Aircraft:   … [letter] JW
(Letters front or rear of insignia)

Admittance Number:   … [231888 dash? B? E?]

Equipment:   [blank]

F.T. Frequencies:   — —

Condition of Aircraft:   … 90% damage [?]

Delivered to Distributor:   [blank]
(Dulag-Luft) etc.

Signed Captain staff officer of air base
…Zimmer [?]


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