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Lt. Douglas Neale, 86th FBS, 527th FBS

Discussion in '86th FG' started by Micky, Dec 13, 2016.

  1. Micky

    Micky New Member

    Hello, i've found some traces of Lt Neale in a partisan hospital in the north side of the appennine mountains, The MACR says that he was lost of sight near Mt. Pisanino, but we have found his name in the partisan hospital of Fontanaluccia (Modena mountains). In attach the page of the Partisan hospital register.
    Neale was dismissed from the hospital (for serious scratches in the pelvis area caused by the bailing out) in august 1944, but appear the have crossed the lines only in october 1944.

    the page say: "5 august 1944 - Aviation lieutenant Douglas (American) - suffering from extensive bruising of right lower limb and perineal scrotal region, due to stripping of a belt dropping from an airplane with a parachute in Frassinoro area. Assisted by Doctor Andreoli and Doctor De Toffoli. Healed resigned August 28, 1944"
     

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  2. 25Kingman49

    25Kingman49 Well-Known Member

    Hello Micky,
    A little background for this lose for forum members to catch up. At the time of lose 15 July 1944 F/O Douglas V Neale, flying P-47D-23-RA-42-28052, 86FG, 527FS. 7 page MACR 7063 starts here on fold3 https://www.fold3.com/image/28700717 page 2 attached.

    Lose recorded on this site http://raf-112-squadron.org/86thfghonor_roll.html
    MACR 7063, 7 Jul 44, 42-28052 Republic P-47D-23-RA Thunderbolt, Neale, Douglas V.; 527FS ? 86FG 12AF . Location, P-9813 Near Mt. Pisanino, Italy, Point Of Departure, Poretta, Corsica

    Look forward to more of your new information. Sorry, no photo found of Douglas V Neale.

    Scott
     

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  3. 25Kingman49

    25Kingman49 Well-Known Member

    Micky,
    Most interesting document for F/O Neale in the care of Italian Partisans at a hospital. Attached are a couple more pages from the MACR including a map of last seen location (coordinates used in GEarth map). It appears F/O Neale along with the Group on 15 July 1944 flew into a cloud (very bad weather this day) when the Group emerged on the other side of the cloud Neale was missing. Other attachments overview map of this 86FG 15 July 1944 mission, and where Neale went missing, close-in last seen coordinates to Fontanaluccia where your noted hospital was located 17 miles/28 kilometers away, and a battle lines map for this date.

    F/O Neale crashed not far behind enemy lines on this date. His evasion report and return to duty story would be most interesting.

    Edit 12.14.16: correct battle line map inserted with lines much farther north.

    Neale 42-28052 overview 15July44 mission.jpg
    Neale last sited vs Fontanaluccia hospital.jpg
    Neale, 42-28052, 1944-07-15GerWW2BattlefrontAtlas.jpg
     

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    Last edited: Dec 14, 2016
  4. Micky

    Micky New Member

    All right 25kingman49, except for the battle line map: in july 15 1944 Leghorn had just been taken by the 5th Army.
    I'll try to ask the AFHRA for Neale's evasion report. The 527th history says that Neale lectured his fellow pilots in Grosseto about his time behind the lines
     
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  5. Micky

    Micky New Member

    some extract from the 527th FBS War Diary about Lt. Neale:
    on 21 october 1944 Neale arrived in Florence after three months behind enemy lines.

    on 27 october 1944 Neale, on his way to the USA, stop at Grosseto to brief other pilots on escape procedures
     

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  6. 25Kingman49

    25Kingman49 Well-Known Member

    Sorry, earlier I attached the wrong battle line map, now replaced with the correct map in post #3. You are correct the front lines were much further north, as such Neale went down about 40 miles behind enemy lines.
     
  7. Micky

    Micky New Member

    Bad news, i've checked the national archives, they have thousands of Escape&Evasion reports, but not the one of Lt. Neale... i'll try ask to the AFHRA
     
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