Project Get Out and WALK

BAIL-OUT - BALE-OUT


PLEASE NOTE THIS PAGE IS  ADDED TO ON AN IRREGULAR BASIS

This section of the website is dedicated to those aircrew who did not use ejection seats to egress from their aircraft. They used conventional bail outs using parachute and ripcord. Most were successful, for some the outcome was fatal. The performance dynamics of their aircraft made successful escape without mechanical assistance less certain. Assisted escape systems were needed to give the maximum  chance of survival.

 

MORE PARACHUTE DESCENTS BEING ADDED WEEKLY - AND PHOTOS AS AND WHEN FOUND

1944

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Bail-Outs for
1944

Ejections for 1944

1945 >>>>

Date crew who bailed out position notes status Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial

based

mission cause crashed

   16th January 1944

16th January 1944
2nd bale-out

Leutnant Günther Schack
pilot see also
22nd October 1941.
17th September 1944,
6th October 1944,
12th April 1945
OK
Luftwaffe
Bf 109       shot down in combat  

   30th/31st January 1944

 
30th January 1944 Pilot Officer Richard Burnet Pilot Bailed out successfully POW
RAF
Lancaster III
EE173
EM-K

207 Sqn
Bomber Command
 
RAF Spilsby
Lincolnshire
Berlin Shot down by night fighter. Port wing on fire Crashed in Lake Kummel, W of Berlin, Germany
Sergeant G. Read   Bailed out successfully POW
Sergeant Kenneth W. C. Brown   Bailed out successfully POW
Sergeant G. M. Gibb   Bailed out successfully POW
Sergeant L. J. Barnes   Bailed out successfully POW

Sergeant Raymond Roland Hawkins
Rear Air Gunner Bailed out successfully POW
Sergeant Arthur Pulman RAFVR  2208923   Killed in aircraft KIA

   29th March 1944

29th March 1944
Oberst Hermann Graf
pilot   Wounded
Luftwaffe
Bf 109 G-6
“< +”.
WkNr. 26 020)      rammed USAAF P-51 Mustang  

   22nd April 1944

22nd April 1944 John A. Neal   Bailed out. Spent the following 5 months with the Resistance Esc
USAAF
        Shot down trying to take out the Marshalling yards, Laon, France. over Laon, France

   12th May 1944

12th May 1944
Gruppenkommadeur Gunther Rall
pilot his left
thumb shot was off
Wounded
Luftwaffe
Bf 109 G-5
"Schwarz << +",
  WkNr.110 089 Stab II./JG 11 attacked by P-47's from the 56th FG   over Frankfurt / Main

   31st May 1944

31st May 1944      
US Army Air Corps
B-24
"Leila Nell"
135th unit.   bombing the oil fields of Ploesti, Romania shot down Ploesti, Romania
Staff Sergeant Glen A. Ranck nose gunner captured and a POW
released 23rd August 1944
 

   24th June 1944

Friday/Saturday 23rd/24th June 1944 crew above
RAF
Lancaster I LM138
GI-N

622 Sqn
Mildenhall
T/o 23:15h to destroy a flying‑bomb site at l'Hey   4 km S of Bergues near Socx (Nord)

FSgt Wilfred Harold Cooke+
RNZAF
pilot bailed out at low level - parachute did not deploy Killed

Sgt Donald Meese
  bailed out - initially PoW in Poland - later escaped on transfer to another camp Evd, later PoW
FSgt R J Hansford   bailed out Evd
FSgt R J Chapman RAAF   bailed out PoW
FO A W Simmond   bailed out PoW
Sgt Frederick Oliver+ Air Gnr bailed out at low level - parachute did not deploy Killed
FSgt T Durrant RNZAF   bailed out PoW
+buried Socx Churchyard

   29th July 1944

29th July 1944
Fahnenjunker-Oberfeldwebel Hermann Wischnewski
pilot Low level, high speed, opening shock of parachute wrenched his arms out of their sockets, injured by heavy landing. Hospitalised - did not return to combat Res
Luftwaffe
Bf 109 G-6/U2 “Red 2”     Shot down  near Gelbstadt

ref:

   12th August 1944

12th August 1944 Capt. Richard D. Macon pilot Tuskegee Airman, 16½ missions over Europe Broke neck in jump
POW

US Army Air Corps
P-51 Mustang Tuskegee
99th Fighter Squadron
332nd Fighter Group
  strafing ground targets -southern France Hit by ground fire southern France

   2nd September 1944

2nd September 1944
Lt(jg) George Herbert  Walker Bush
pilot Bailed out successfully Res U.S. Navy Grumman TBM Avenger   VT-51
USS
San Jacinto
  Hit by anti-aircraft fire while making a bombing run over the Bonin Island of Chichi Jima, 600 miles south of Japan Over sea near Bonin Island of Chichi Jima, rescued by Navy submarine, "USS Finback"
Lt (jg) William White, USNR gunner ?? There have been conflicting reports that one of these two crew bailed-out but the parachute failed and he fell to his death KIA
Radioman Second Class John Delaney, USNR Radioman KIA

   17th September 1944

17th September 1944
3rd bale-out

Staffelkapitän Günther Schack
pilot see also
22nd October 1941.
16th January 1944,
6th October 1944,
12th April 1945
OK
Luftwaffe
Bf 109   9./JG 51   shot down in combat  

   30th September 1944

Saturday
30th September 1944
22:50
evening
Flt. Sgt. George Roan "Jock" Irving pilot did not  bale out KIA
RAF
Mosquito VI HR201
YP-??

23 Sqn
strafing rail communications targets at night shot down attacking when they attacked a "flak" train About 1m south of Grassel, Germany

Flt. Sgt. George Cross
navigator parachuted to safety POW
Photo (from POW ID Card) via Flt Sgt Cross's son, who has given permission to allow it to be shown on this web site and also has produced a web site detailing his father's bale out in 1944 LINK

   6th October 1944

6th October 1944
4th bale-out

Staffelkapitän Günther Schack
pilot see also
22nd October 1941.
16th January 1944,
17th September 1944,
12th April 1945
wounded
Luftwaffe
Bf 109 G-6 “Yellow 13” WkNr. 165 559 9./JG 51   shot down in combat  

   13th October 1944

13th October 1944
11:00am
????? Pilot   KIA
US Army Air Corps

B-26
Martin

  451 Bomb Sqnd of the 336 Bomb Gp Braintree about 40 miles NE of London   Blown out of aircraft still strapped into seat  
1st. Lt. Berkley E Adams Co-pilot   wounded

   8th November 1944

8th November 1944

1st bale-out


Oberleutnant Franz Schall
pilot see also
4th April 1945
OK
Luftwaffe
Me 262 A-1a “White 7”. W.Nr. 110 404 2. Staffel
Hesepe
  Intercepted by P-51, piloted by Lt James Kenney of the 357th FG - engines flamed out near Hesepe

   16th December 1944

16th December 1944
Commander Macpherson Berrien Williams
pilot Low level, high speed bail-out seriously burned, landed heavily  in enemy territory Res U.S. Navy     USS Yorktown (CV-10), “The Fighting Lady”   Engine fire following hit by AAA during low level attack on hidden Japanese aircraft at Marikina Air Field Hills on the eastern side of the Manila Plain, Philippines
Looked after by local Filipino's - evaded capture - later recovered by US Forces

ref:

   25th December 1944

24th / 25th December 1944
Oberleutnant Heinz Strüning
  baled out but struck the tail unit and fell to his death

see also Ejections 6th September 1943

KIA
Luftwaffe
  Bf 110 G-4 (W.Nr. 740 162) “G9+CT”     shot down by a RAF intruder  
?????      
Date crew who bailed out position notes status Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial

based

mission cause crashed
Date crew who bailed out position notes status Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial

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mission cause crashed
                       
joemazz -> April 28, 1944 -Porto San Stefano (10/11/2007 8:43:23 PM)

I know this is a long shot, but my great uncle, Staff Sgt. Metro Zazula, was a top turret gunner on a plane that went down on April 28, 1944 over Porto San Stefano. 

The pilot's name was Zimmer. Metro was from Elizabeth, N.J. .  Does anybody remember him or have any photos of the plane or crew?  He was part of the 758th at Giulia Airbase. 

Thanks Very Much.

 
I have the Aircraft Record Card for 42-7531 and is, to our knowlege, Stinky the Hot Rock.  It was lost 4/23/44, Lt John Shultz pilot.  The AC list on the 459th website is mine.  7531 is on the movement orders for January 1944 and was flown over by Lt Shultz 759th BS when they went to Italy.  The MACR is in error.

52331 was another original AC and is the one lost with Lt. Zimmer who flew it to Italy with the 758 BS.

 
G M Strong -> RE: April 28, 1944 -Porto San Stefano (10/19/2007 6:40:32 PM)

I will let you fellows decide on your own what the Serial # and name of the B-24 in question is.  Two are the subject of discussion.
 
 
42-7531 was on inventory of 759th Bomb Sqdn as by  December of 1943.  Several others of this block were in the 459th in Nov-Dec but transferred out.  (One,  42-7662 was MIA on a training flight over the Atlantic  in Mid-November.)  Special orders moving the squadron from Westover field to Italy include the same aircraft flown by Pilots Lts Shultz and Ranson, the same pilots aboard on 4/23/44 when they were shot down by flak at Bad Voslau.  Crew bailed out safely with one casualty.  9 POWs/ 1KIA.   The witness from the MACR was S/Sgt Archie Erwin who stated it was AC 531, not 331.  This is a 759th Aircraft.  The MACR also has had the Serial # seemingly altered or overwritten by hand as 75531(aP-47 #), but nonetheless the last 3 digits are 531.  It was apparently named Stinky-The Hot Rock though the MACR does no list it.  Another aircraft in the Squadron, 41-28996, was subsequently named Stinky Avenger, probably as the successor.
 
IARC Codes on the card for 42-7531   is CON  DUKO MIA Flak indicating Mediterranean Theatre and dated 4/23/44.  SOXO is code for 8th AF. (Another for 15th is OHAM).  Card does not indicate the Aircraft was ever assigned to the 8th.  ELMS codes are for US and those are Dec 43-Jan 1944.  446th was already in England by Nov. so this aircraft according to the record card was still in US in Jan.  459th deployed late January to Italy. 
 
An e-mail from Bill Davenport the 446th Historian on  10/17/2007 he stated “I have no record of this aircraft,  Bill”
 
The Individual Aircraft Record Card is a replacement.  What happened to the original is unknown.   It does however show 42-7531 was in 15th AF and was MIA-Flak on 4/23/1944.  I scanned it, but the file is too big to post right now.  I'll try later.

Other documents follow.

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42-52331 was a 758th Bomb Sqdn plane on inventory in December of 1943 and flown to Italy by Lts. Zimmer and Jones.  After  suffering damage on the mission to Porto Stefano as Lt Zimmer was attempting a landing on a friendly airfield near Naples on 4/28/44, the plane caught fire and there was an explosion.  All aboard were lost.  No MACR was written as this was not an occurrence in enemy territory.  There is no known nickname associated with this aircraft.