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Allan Orvali Amann was born in 1918 in New Jersey. He entered the military service on July 28, 1941 (His NARA enlistment record states January 24, 1941) in New York. It also states he had completed 4 years of high school, was single, and had been employed as a file clerk.) Very little else is known of Lt. Amann's early life or service career at this time.
The first appearance of Allan O. Amann in the records occurs in April 1944 when he is assigned to the 388th Bomb Group as a certified B-17 pilot. He and his crew were evidently replacement crew as the crew roster shows them together at all times.
This crew flew 3 missions, the first on March 3, 1944 to Berlin. This was followed by 2 more, on the 6th and 8th, also to Berlin, with the 3rd mission their last. The first mission was flown in B-17F #42-3548, "Little Willie," the rest in the bomber in which they were then assigned.
Lt. Amann and his crew were tasked as part of a 24 aircraft element to fly low group on the March 8 mission. Twelve aircraft aborted before reaching target, 11 for mechanical reasons and one due to enemy aircraft activity. The remaining bombers tagged on to another group but found they could not make an effective run on the primary target, the Erkner Ball Bearing Works. The bomb run was scheduled to be ran as a PFF (Pathfinder) mission, but that was changed to a visual drop.
After turning from the primary, the group spotted a factory area at Wildau, which it bombed successfully. Flak was not heavy or effective over the target, but some 30-50 enemy fighters engaged the bomber stream outbound. The fighters made head-on attacks, with 10-12 planes in trail, confusing the gunners and not presenting good targets. Lt. Amann's plane was last seen with #3 engine feathered and both wings badly damaged. One parachute was observed near the falling aircraft. The aircraft eventually crashed near Magdeburg. All crew members were first listed as MIA, then 9 were declared KIA.
Lt Amann is buried in Lorraine American Cemetery in Plot C, Row 16, Grave 85.
Lt. Amann's mother, Matilda K. Amann, born in Bara Seinoyozi, Finland, died on March 19, 1996, aged 99 years old.
The aircraft piloted by Lt. Amann was B-17F # 42-30340, nicknamed "Screamin' Red Ass," assigned to 562 BS of the 388 BG. Nose art on the plane displayed a large red donkey braying, hence the name.
According to loading lists, the crew consisted of:
2 Lt Allan O. Amann p
2 Lt Don E. Wollard c-p
2 Lt William L. Pierson nav
2 Lt Ralph J. Diederich bomb
SSgt Robert T. Carter tt/eng
SSgt Joseph E. McConagle r/o
Sgt Boyd B. Iverson btg
Sgt Harold W, Sands lwg
TSgt Harold Quick rwg
Sgt Frank H. Metzger tail g
All crew members were killed in action except TSgt Harold Quick, who bailed out and was taken POW.
The crew evidently was first buried in the Lorraine American Cemetery at Saint-Avold, France, where Lt. Amann lies in Plot C, Row 16, Grave 85. Some crew members were seemingly moved as records show Sgt Harold Sands is buried in Margraten Cemetery in the Netherlands and SSgt McConagle is now buried in the Ardennes American Cemetery, while Sgt Iverson is buried at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Missing Air Crew Report 12146 applies.
July 19, 2016: Information received from family members states Lt Pierson was reburied in Arlington National Cemetery.