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42-94818 Captain John Silver

B-24H-20-FO

 

A 34th BG Original

 

MISSION LIST

Mission #1 May 23, 1944 42-94818 E/B 7BS Tuttle Captain John Silver

Mission #2 May 24, 1944 42-94818 E/B 7BS Boshears Captain John Silver

Mission #3 May 25, 1944 42-94818 E/B 4BS Pavlicek Captain John Silver

Mission #5 May 28, 1944 42-94818 E/B 7BS Boshears Captain John Silver

Mission #6 May 29, 1944 42-94818 E/B 7BS Dean Captain John Silver

Mission #14 June 11, 1944 42-94818 E/B 7BS Boshears Captain John Silver

Mission #15 June 12, 1944 42-94818 E/B 7BS Boshears Captain John Silver

Mission #16 June 14, 1944 42-94818 E/B 7BS Boshears Captain John Silver

Mission #17 June 17, 1944 42-94818 E/B 7BS Boshears Captain John Silver

Mission #18 June 20, 1944 42-94818 E/B 7BS Boshears Captain John Silver

Mission #19 June 20, 1944 42-94818 E/B 7BS Boshears Captain John Silver

Mission #20 June 22, 1944 42-94818 E/B 391BS Daniels Captain John Silver

Mission #23 June 24, 1944 42-94818 E/B 7BS Swenson Captain John Silver

Mission #24 June 25, 1944 42-94818 E/B 4BS Pavlicek Captain John Silver

Mission #25 June 25, 1944 42-94818 E/B 7BS Alexander Captain John Silver

Mission #27 June 28, 1944 42-94818 E/B 4BS Simpson Captain John Silver

Mission #29 July 2, 1944 42-94818 E/B 7BS McDermott Captain John Silver (Airborne spare flew with 4BS)

Mission #30 July 6, 1944 42-94818 E/B 7BS Boshears Captain John Silver

Mission #32 July 8, 1944 42-94818 E/B Captain John Silver (scheduled for Boshears but replaced)

Mission #33 July 9, 1944 42-94818 E/B Boshears Captain John Silver (Lost due to flak, ditched in channel during return.)

 

MISSION DETAILS

May 18, 1944 42-94818 Boshears Captain John Silver

Training flight

Flew last thirty minutes with No. 1 engine feathered. Magneto shielding bared to rain made engine run rough.

 

Mission #1 May 23, 1944 42-94818 E/B 7BS Tuttle Captain John Silver

Took off at 0537 hours from Hardstand #6.

Flew position 4-2 in High Squadron.

Carried 12 500 lb bombs. Brought 11 bombs back to base. No report on the other bomb.

No damage reported.

Landed 1159 hours.

Tuttle (P)

Strong (CP)

Gullace (N)

Rogers (B)

Chation (R)

Henry (E)

Pell (BG)

Touhill (TG)

Marshall (NG)

Havron (G)

 

Mission #2 May 24, 1944 42-94818 E/B 7BS Boshears Captain John Silver

Took off at 0500 hours from Hardstand #6.

Flew position 2-2 in Lead Squadron.

Carried 12 500 lb GP bombs. Brought all bombs back to base.

No damage reported.

Landed 1044 hours.

Boshears, J. T. (P)

Bernard, G. J. (CP)

Smith, E. S. (B)

Flood, J. J. (R)

Holder, J. A. (E)

VanSolkema, H. (NG)

Portwood, N. E. (TG)

Borowski, C. A. (BG)

Geiger, W. E. (G)

 

Mission #3 May 25, 1944 42-94818 E/B 4BS Pavlicek Captain John Silver

Took off at 0517 hours.

Flew position 4-2 in Low Squadron.

Carried 12 500 lb bombs. Did not drop. Brought all bombs back to base.

No damage reported.

Landed 1044 hours.

Prop governor switch stuck. Inspected and repaired. #2 engine oil leak. Inspected and checked OK.

Pavlicek (P)

Verneuille (CP)

Graham (N)

Crouch (R)

Griffis  (E)

Chapman (BG)

Oneschak (NG)

Crawford (TG)

Hendricks (G)

Norton (G) (from crew #11)

 

Mission #5 May 28, 1944 42-94818 E/B 7BS Boshears Captain John Silver

Took off at 1044 hours from Hardstand #6.

Flew position 4-2 in Low Squadron.

Carried 10 500 lb GP bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 1502 hours from 21,000 feet.

Slight damage reported. 2 holes, cable, aileron.

Landed 1754 hours.

Boshears (P)

Bernard (CP)

Grounoski (N)

Holder (R)

Flood (E)

Van Solkema (BG)

Portwood (G)

Borowski (TG)

Geiger (G)

Dubuque (LW) (from crew #50, 18th Squadron)

 

Mission #6 May 29, 1944 42-94818 E/B 7BS Dean Captain John Silver

Took off at 0736 hours from Hardstand #6.

Flew position 4-1 in Lead Squadron.

Carried 10 500 lb GP bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 1233 hours from 21,750 feet.

Major damage reported.

Landed 1643 hours.

Extensive flak damage: to entire fuselage, right wing, right rudder, bulkhead, station 6.0,  rear bomb control cables. To Sub-depot for repairs.

Dean (P)

Ferris (CP)

Palmer (N)

Leckenby (B)

Maurer (R)

Holt (E)

Gibson (NG)

Miller (BG)

Kordes (TG)

Hayes (G)

 

Mission #14 June 11, 1944 42-94818 E/B 7BS Boshears Captain John Silver

Took off at 0445 hours.

Flew position 2-2 in High Squadron.

Carried 24 250 lb bombs. Brought back all bombs due to 10/10 cloud coverage of target.

No battle damage reported.

Landed 1038 hours.

Boshears (P)

Bernard (CP)

Smith (B)

Flood (R)

Holder (E)

Borowski (G)

Portwood (G)

VanSolkema (G)

Geiger (G)

 

Mission #15 June 12, 1944 42-94818 E/B 7BS Boshears Captain John Silver

Took off at 0508 hours.

Was to fly position 2-2 in High Squadron, but took over 2-1 position when J C Smith had to abort.

Carried 6 250 lb delayed action bombs, 2 12 hr., 1 24 hr., 1 36 hr. and 2 72 hr. delay. Dropped on Primary at 0913 hours from 22,000 feet.

No battle damage reported.

Landed 1108 hours.

Boshears (P)

Bernard (CP)

Smith (B)

Flood (R)

Holder (E)

Borowski (G)

Portwood (G)

VanSolkema (G)

Geiger (G)

 

Mission #16 June 14, 1944 42-94818 E/B 7BS Boshears Captain John Silver

Took off at 0326 hours.

Flew position 2-2 in High Squadron.

Carried 52 100 lb bombs. Dropped on TO at 0809 hours from 19,500 feet.

No battle damage reported.

Landed 0944 hours.

Boshears (P)

Bernard (CP)

Gronouski (N)

Flood (R)

Holder (E)

Borowski (G)

Portwood (G)

VanSolkema (G)

Geiger (G)

 

Mission #17 June 17, 1944 42-94818 E/B 7BS Boshears Captain John Silver

Took off at 1643 hours.

Flew position 2-2 in High Squadron.

Carried 12 500 lb bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 2022 hours from 18,900 feet

No battle damage reported.

Landed 2255 hours.

Boshears (P)

Bernard (CP)

Gronouski (N)

Flood (R)

Holder (E)

Borowski (G)

Portwood (G)

VanSolkema (G)

Geiger (G)

 

Mission #18 June 20, 1944 42-94818 E/B 7BS Boshears Captain John Silver

Took off at 0504 hours.

Flew position 2-2 in Low Squadron.

Carried 12 500 lb bombs. Dropped on Primary at 0915 hours from 22,500 feet.

No battle damage reported.

Landed 1145 hours.

Boshears (P)

Bernard (CP)

Gronouski (N)

Flood (R)

Holder (E)

Borowski (G)

Portwood (G)

VanSolkema (G)

Geiger (G)

 

Mission #19 June 20, 1944 42-94818 E/B 7BS Boshears Captain John Silver

Took off at 1743 hours.

Flew position 2-2 in Group A (7th)

Carried 52 100 lb bombs. Dropped on Primary at 2053 hours from 23,200 feet.

No battle damage reported.

Landed 2215 hours.

No crew loading list is available for this mission, but it was most likely the same as for the morning mission.

 

Mission #20 June 22, 1944 42-94818 E/B 391BS Daniels Captain John Silver

Took off at 1453 hours.

Flew position 3-1 in Lead Squadron.

Carried a K-20 and a K-24 camera.

Carried 52 100 lb bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 1914 hours from 20,000 feet.

Minor damage reported.

Landed 2148 hours.

Daniels (P)

Bagus (CP)

Terry (B)

Coletta (R)

McLennon (E)

Wiley (BG)

Iverson (TG)

Bennett (NG)

Brannan (G)

 

Mission #22 June 24, 1944 42-94818 E/B Captain John Silver scheduled for Erwin but replaced

 

Mission #23 June 24, 1944 42-94818 E/B 7BS Swenson Captain John Silver

Took off at 1634 hours.

Flew position 2-2 in Lead Squadron.

Carried 24 250 lb GP bombs. Dropped on the Primary. Bombs fell short.

No damage reported.

Landed 2111 hours.

Swenson (P)

Arango (CP)

Swanson (N)

Clemens (B)

Baker (R)

Garmon (E)

Rockwell (BG)

Moreno (NG)

Barron (G)

 

Mission #24 June 25, 1944 42-94818 E/B 4BS Pavlicek Captain John Silver

Took off at 0430 hours.

Flew with the 34th BG Squadron, flying with two 493rd BG Squadrons.

Carried 52 100 lb bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 0825 hours from 19,300 feet.

No damage reported.

Landed 1028 hours.

Pavlicek (P)

Dozier (CP) (a write-in)

Graham (N)

Glover (B)

Crouch (R)

Griffis  (E)

Chapman (BG)

Crawford (TG)

Oneschak (NG)

Hendricks (G)

 

Mission #25 June 25, 1944 42-94818 E/B 7BS Alexander Captain John Silver

Took off at 1536 hours.

Flew position 3-2 in High Squadron.

Carried a K-20 and a K-24 camera.

Carried 6 1000 lb bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 1943 hours from 20,450 feet.

No damage reported.

Landed 2237 hours.

Alexander (P)

Carlson (CP)

Gross (N)

McKeon (B)

Owens (R)

Howarter (E)

Rutka (BG)

Deatherage (TG)

Lucyk (NG)

Seifert (G)

 

Mission #27 June 28, 1944 42-94818 E/B 4BS Simpson Captain John Silver

Took off at 0412 hours.

Was to fly position 2-1 in Low Squadron (Lead and High Squadron were from the 486th BG) but aborted.

Carried 24 250 lb bombs. Brought all bombs back to base.

Aborted - #4 engine feathered.

No damage reported.

Landed 0527 hours.

Simpson (P)

Byrd (CP)

Campell (B)

Van Kirk (R)

Collier (E)

Hensler (BG) (a write-in)

Starzec (TG)

Tobiason (NG)

Baker (G)

 

Mission #29 July 2, 1944 42-94818 E/B 7BS McDermott Captain John Silver

Took off at 1030 hours.

Flew as Airborne Spare. Took up position the 3rd element in Group A when M. Gardner aborted, with target of Haute Cote, position 3-1 or 3-2.

Carried 18 250 lb bombs. Brought all bombs back to base due to 10/10 undercast and failure of GH equipment in the Lead plane. (This information possibly incorrect.)

No damage reported.

Landed 1511 hours.

McDermott (P)

Durrett (CP)

Booth (N)

Ferguson (B)

Roberts (R)

Welsh (E)

Palmer (BG)

Nesbitt (TG) (from Crew #20)

Brauks (NG)

Wingfield (G)

 

Mission #30 July 6, 1944 42-94818 E/B 7BS Boshears Captain John Silver

Mission #32 July 8, 1944 42-94818 E/B Captain John Silver (scheduled for Boshears but replaced)

Mission #33 July 9, 1944 42-94818 E/B Boshears Captain John Silver

Lost due to flak, ditched in channel during return.