42-102677 Mississippi Mission, Bob Tail Battler

Object Number - UPL 42098 - The Johnston crew, Framlingham, 22 November 1944. 390th Bomb Group / 568th Bomb Squadron (Official USAAF photo). Top row, from left to right : 1st...

Delivered Cheyenne 25/3/44; Billings 3/5/44; Kearney 12/5/44; Grenier 26/5/44. Assigned 568BS/390BG [BI-R] Framlingham 27/5/44. Missing in Action on the 14 January 1945 mission to Derben, Germany. Pilot Gerald W. Johnston, Radio Operator William J. Parks, Waist Gunner Dayton C. Kelly, Spot Jammer Joseph L. Redpath, Tail Gunner James S. Lawman (5 Killed in Action). Co-Pilot Matthew R. Robinson, Navigator Donald L. Lash, Bombardier Frank D. O’Neill, Top Turret Gunner Russell P. Hardy and Ball Turret Gunner Ben Marshall survived and were made Prisoners of War. Shot down by enemy aircraft, crashed Garlitz, 18km North of Brandenburg. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 11725.

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Units served with

The insignia of the 390th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 390th Bomb Group 568th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 35790365
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Top Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 390th Bomb Group 568th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 14095884 at enlistment, then O-817574
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 390th Bomb Group 568th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 18124447
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 390th Bomb Group 568th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 19151210 at enlistment, then O-723383
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 390th Bomb Group 568th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 35752433
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner

Places

Missions

  • Date: 14 January 1945

Events

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Failed to Return (FTR)

Germany 14 January 1945 shot down by fighters, crashed near Garlitz, 18km North of Brandenburg, Germany

Revisions

Date27 Mar 2020 10:10:03
ContributorED-BB
Sources

The Pilot was Gerard Johnston, not Johnson...
MACR 11725
NARA WWII Enlistment records

Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:11
ContributorAAM
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 11725 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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