This officer, from the 366th FG, was from the 366th FG (9thAF)attached to the 353rd FG (possibly for combat experience) in February 1944. Along with four others, he went missing on the 22nd of that month. Does anyone have details of that lost? A/C Ser. No? Was he KIA or POW?
Hello Fana ,
Here some info on Capt Orsinger :
22/02/44 Lommel- St-Truiden Belgium
Unit : 366 FG
P-47 serial number 42-75140 ??
Hrs : 15.45 hrs
Capt Keith A Orsinger USAAF Grave nr 375
Keith Orsinger was 27 years old from Cook Illinois.On december 30 1940 he joined the forces on MacDill Field Florida. Heflew with the 353 FG-352 FS to get some experience. Probably shot down by Lt Wilhelm Mayer 7./JG 26. He was one off the 5 P-47’s who came down in Belgium that day , buried on February 28 1944 at the allied cemetery on the airfield off St-Trond Belgium. Later brought to the Rock Island National Cemetery Moline , Rock Island County Illinois USA on march 11 1950
Many thanks for your response - most intresting. I am very surprised that no MACR appears to have been raised. The only explanation is that the 353rd thought that as he was from the 366th, they, the 366th would be filing the Report. Similarly, the 36th assumed that as he was flying with the 353rd, they should file the MACR!! Maybe it will surface!!
I checked out the matriculation of the P47: 42-75140 appears to have been operated by the 56th FG after the 22nd February...
please keep in touch.
regards, Andy WILSON
I hope that i was able to help you a little. In fact i'm looking for a picture off Cat Orsinger , is there someone who can help me with this ?
In the book I have of the 366 FG it says he was lost on 3-2-44 due to fighters?
The 353 FG book says 2-22-44 he was lost ,last seen in a spin due to maybe German fighters.
No photo of him in either book.
Starnge in that the 366 FG book the date is differant
and I checked before I posted here for the second time to make sure.
He was part of the HQ 366 FG
BW - Moon ,
He is not listed in Bits and Pieces or Kent Millers Books.
Also - Not on MACR Database
It is possible that a MACR was written Post War , The # would be in the 15,000s
You could Request the IDPF with a Freedom Of Information
The HEADQUARTERS VIII FIGHTER COMMAND
NARRATIVE OF OPERATIONS (ISSUE NO 120)
entry (listing the FC Groups which took part in 8FC FO 247), states that five aircraft were lost on the Mission of the 22nd Feb; Maj. Beckham, 351st Sqn, Capt Orsinger, 366th FG, Lt Wood, 351st Sqn, Lt Hurlburt, 351st Sqn, Lt Stiff, 352nd Sqn.
Maybe it was a case that each FG concerned assumed the other group would do the paperwork/MACR for Captain Orsinger!!
Also the Problem could be the 366th FG was 9th AF.
353d FG was 8th AF
Ekeren ( Belgium )
1st Lt Stiff Edison G. (KIA) 0-792077 New-Jersey
Buried Ardennes war cemetery Belgium
On Sunday, I photographed Captain Orsinger's grave at the Rock Island National Cemetery. His final resting place is one gravestone along with others killed on 2/22/44 including Emil Bohaty, Charles E Graham, Gunnard M. Johnson, Lawrence J MacNeil, Francis W. McComber, Donald W. Shinners, Robert W Wigton all of the Army Air Force. I don't know how to upload this photo to this site. I was googling his name to see if I could find out how he was killed. I assume these are others killed with him on his plane, but I don't know. Am happy to share this photo, but not sure how to upload.
Perhaps this can help :
Grand-Hallet ( Cinç Sonniers ) Belgium
16.09 hrs Aschersleben(230)BIG WEEK
42-31500 306BG/367BS –
GY-L - The Duchess – Thurleigh
2nd Lt Macomber Francis W pil (KIA) 0-803239
2nd Lt Wickham Charles R co-pil 0-691334 ( KIA )
2nd Lt Wigton Robert W nav 0-811821 ( KIA )
2nd Lt MacNeill Lawrence J bomb 0-688198 ( KIA )
S/Sgt Graham Charles F ttgnr 18216823 ( KIA )
S/Sgt Tortora Leopoldo rad 11130830 Massachusetts ( KIA )
Sgt Bohaty Emil balltgnr 16156827 5 KIA
Sgt Johnson Gunnard M rwgnr 39453802 ( KIA )
Sgt Shinners Donald lwgnr 36805460 ( KIA )
Sgt Cox Bruce D tailgnr 445768 Arkansas ( KIA )
Wickham buried Jacksonville Florida
Cox en Totora Ardennes war cemetery Belgium
The others Rock Island Cemetery Illinois clas 43-11
If possible i would like to have o picture off the grave.