Cornelison's Crew


 

The aircraft the Cornelison crew flew was shot up by FLAK over the target at Lutzkendorf. Witnesses say the aircraft went down in the North Sea; however, Cornelison was able to set the plane between Borkener Lake and Stolzenbach, Germany.  It is not clear if LT Spieles was killed in the crash, or in the air. The remainder of the crew survived and was taken prisoner.  LT Spieles was later found in the burnt out wreckage of the aircraft. A volunteer gunner, Edmund Smolinski from the Howard crew, flew on this mission.   (MACR 11153)

Buchard flew his last mission on November 25th, perhaps being replaced by Smolinski.  Buchard's status is unknown.  It is not known if LT Roberts was on this misssion.


CREW INFO
Name Rank Position First Mission Last Mission Status
Woodrow Cornelison 2nd LT Pilot 10/05/44 11/30/44 POW
Billy W. Spieles 2nd LT Copilot 10/09/44 11/30/44 KIA
Herman Sigal 2nd LT Navigator 10/09/44 11/30/44 POW
R. D. Smith  (Robert) 2nd LT Bombardier 08/09/44 (?) 11/30/44 (?) UNK
Ernest H. Glass S/SGT Flight Engineer 10/09/44 11/30/44 POW
Robert E. Volkman T/SGT Radio Operator 10/09/44 11/30/44 POW
Melvin T. Adams S/SGT Gunner 10/09/44 11/30/44 POW
George L. Scott S/SGT Gunner 10/09/44 11/30/44 POW
Robert E. Buchard CPL Gunner 10/09/44 11/30/44 POW
 
MISSION INFO
MISSION DATE NAME ID S/N TYPE
090 10/09/44 My Prayer DB 43-38010 B17G
091 10/14/44   TS 43-38140 B17G
093 10/17/44   TG 43-37943 B17G
097 10/25/44   TN 43-38194 B17G
100 11/02/44 Sleepy Time Gal ND 42-98007 B17G
103 11/06/44 Batchelor's Delight TR 43-38027 B17G
105 11/10/44   TG 43-37927 B17G
106 11/16/44 My Prayer DB 43-38010 B17G
107 11/21/44   PD 44-6599 B17G
108 11/25/44 Vermont Maid ND 43-38246 B17G
109 11/27/44   NR 44-6599 B17G
110 11/30/44   PT 43-37948 B17G

 
Created 09/26/99 Modified 12/23/16

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