Doscher, Frederick C., 2nd Lt

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1054-Co-Pilot, Four-Engine Aircraft
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1944-1945, AAF MOS 1054, 427th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1943 - 1945
USAAFOfficer Collar Insignia
Second Lieutenant

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
Not Specified
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Valley Stream
Last Address
427th Bomb Squadron
Molesworth, England

Casualty Date
Jan 13, 1945
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Germany
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Lorraine, France
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot E, Row 15, Grave 18

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)303rd Bombardment Group, Heavy427th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1942-1944, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 1054, 303rd Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 1054, 427th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1944-1945, B-17 Flying Fortress
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Last Known Activity
Frederick C. Doscher was born around 1917 in New York. He was the son of Peter A. and Katherina Doscher. The US Census 1930 shows the family living in Valley Stream, New York. He graduated from Valley Stream Central High School.

No reliable data was found concerning his enlistment, but given his age, assignments, and rank, it can be assumed he entered service in 1942. He was trained as a pilot in heavy bombers, but never was awarded the status of First pilot. He was assigned as co-pilot on a combat crew headed by Capt (then Lt) Martin McGinnis.

He flew 18 credited missions, the first on November 27, 1944. On January 13, 1945, the designated target was the railroad bridge at Mannheim, Germany. Just as bombs were released, the aircraft was hit by flak, wounding both the pilot and the tail gunner. The pilot gave the bail-out signal, then with help from the wounded gunner, bailed out, followed by the remainder of the crew.

German records show that all enlisted men landed safely, but were captured. The three officers were reported as recovered dead. No exact circumstances of their deaths are given in any records.

Doscher was buried in the local cemetery at Bubenheim, Germany. Later, his body was recovered and moved to the American (Lorraine) Cemetery in France where he lies in Plot E, Row 15, Grave 18. The Headstone Inscription and Interment Record card was signed by his father, not his designated next of kin, Janice (wife.)

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Headstone Inscription and Interment Record card

  

Comments/Citation
Lt Frederick Doscher was the assigned co-pilot on B-17G # 42-107099, nicknamed "Old 99," assigned to the 427th Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 11577 was issued to cover the event. Mission loading lists state the crew was composed of:

Cpt Martin S. McGinnis  p
2 Lt  Frederick C. Doscher  c-p
2 Lt Richard M. Emick  nav
Sgt  S.P. Simone  tog
SSgt  Robert J. Lyons  eng/tt gun
TSgt Keith R. Muir  r/o
Sgt  Donald L. Beal  btg
SSgt Lois R. Hamilton  wg
Sgt  Lowell F. Stevenson  tail gun

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

In the McGinnis crew photo, Doscher is in the front row, 3rd from left.

   
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