Marcus Hertz, Bombardier-Navigator, 100th BG, 350th Sq.

"Lt. Mark Hertz was a bombardier-navigator in the [100th Bomb Group] 350th Bomb Sqdn.
His B-17 downed July 28, 1944. Bailed out from flaming aircraft and subsequently captured and taken to Stalag Luft III at Sagan. Evacuated Jan. 25, 1945. Liberated from Stalag VIIIA April 30, 1945." ( Source: Air Expo 2002 Heroes and Legends event program.)
 
The 100th BG website posted the following information about the mission where he was shot down:
"MISSION: Merseburg -- MACR#7880, Micro-fiche#2890
DATE: 28 July 1944 -- 350th Sqdn -- A/C#42-97555 PATHFINDER "Island F for Fox" on loan from 95th BG
CAPT FLOYD H. MASON (349TH OPS OFFICER) COM P POW
1ST LT JAMES B. NOBLE P POW
2ND LT ROBERT P. LIPPS CP POW
1ST LT EDMUND J. KAUFMAN RAD/NAV POW
1ST LT ROBERT W. BARRY NAV POW (WIA)
2ND LT MARCUS M. HERTZ BOM POW
T/SGT FRANK CRUZ, JR. TTE POW
T/SGT RUSSELL F. ELLIS ROG POW
S/SGT ARTHUR L. ROBERTS RWG KIA
S/SGT WILLIAM P. MCNALLY TG KIA
S/SGT FREDERICK F. SWARTZ LWG POW

Of the above, Noble, Cruz, Ellis, Roberts, McNally, and Swartz appear to be from the original Noble crew. Lipps was from the M. C. Rumley crew. Kaufman from the R. A. Wegrzynek crew. Barry from the H. E. Bethea crew. Lt Hertz was from Capt. Smith/Lt Wesley Carlton Crew.
 
Mason had joined the 100th with his own crew on 28/11/43 and may have been on his 2nd tour.
 
Eyewitness Report:
" At 0850 hours near 5043N-0802E, A/C #555 nosed down twice and the group followed. Then the wheels were lowered and fire was seen in the radio room. Looked as if it might be a flare fire. The A/C peeled off to the right. A small explosion was seen in the right wing between #3 engine and the fuselage. One man bailed out before the A/C left the formation. The others followed. Nine chutes were seen to open and the tenth had not opened when the man disappeared into the undercast. The fire in the A/C appeared to be out when it plunged into the undercast flying steadily under AFCE control. ""
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