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Old 13th January 2018, 19:52
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MACR 1720

Hello,
MACR 1720 - 12/20/1943 - 379BG/526BS.
Only two pages shown in Fold3, only one being the the actual report details.
A/c serial number for search purposes is given as being 42-38789, but when you look at the page the serial number has a note attached to the effect " Not 38789, could be 31789 or 37789".
Well for starters I checked "8th & 9th AAF Losses" vol 1, page 516. This gave the correct airman but repeated the 42-38789 serial number.
If anyone cares to check this serial number you will quickly find it to have been an AT-17.
So I looked at the other two suggested, firstly 31789, this was a 2BG 20BS a/c . the second suggested a/c 37789 was a 384BG a/c.
So I looked at 42-39789, this was indeed a 379BG/526BS a/c.

So Unless someone has further information that it could not possibly be 39789, then I put it that MACR 1720 a/c was 42-39789. ("Skunkface" or "Skunk Face" depending which reference you look at ).
The airman involved was S/Sgt. Payne, Udolphus D. - 34440524 who became a POW.
He bailed out over the German/Holland border.

For clarity a second 379BG a/c was lost this date, 42-37851 of the 527BS, MACR 1721. 7 KIA, Reichold, Levitan, Litz, Taylor, Colburn, Brady, Campbell, 3 POW, Hennessey, Poweske, Mantor.


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Re: MACR 1720

http://www.americanairmuseum.com/aircraft/7171

from http://www.379thbga.org/Looking4%201170-1161%20p17.htm
T/Sgt Arthur Fawcett, SN 12029778, Radio Operator/Gunner, was in the 379th Bombardment group and flew missions with the 526th Bomb Squadron from 11/26/43 to 12/20/43. The following is the crew and their positions on their mission to Bremen, Germany on 12/20/43 in aircraft 42-39789 (LF-W) "SKUNKFACE":

Elliott, William A, Lt, Pilot
Fisher, Richard W, Lt, Co-Pilot
Rockwell, James L, Lt, Navigator
Cashatt, Burton W, Lt, Bombardier
Fawcett, Arthur C, T/Sgt, Radio Operator/Gunner
Williams, Raymond, T/Sgt, Top Turret Gunner
Corwin, Charles J, S/Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner
Wikle, Logan D, S/Sgt, Right Waist Gunner
Payne, Udolphus D, S/Sgt, Left Waist Gunner
Fiorenti, William J, S/Sgt, Tail Gunner

No other details are available about the following:
Fawcett Arthur C. - 12029778, Canaseraga, NY, KIA
Fiorenti William J. - Cincinnati, OH, KIA
Payne Udolphus - 34440524, Bookville, GA, POW
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Re: MACR 1720

Hello udf,
Thank you for the links, had not seen them before.
Crew names confirmed for this MACR
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