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44-40443 Jerk’s Berserk

B-24J-160-BO

 

A 493BG Original, squadron and letter unknown

Any combat missions with the 493BG are not known to me.

Transferred to the 34BG between May 28th and June 11th 1944, assigned to the 4th Squadron as D/H.

 

MISSION LIST

 

Mission #14 June 11, 1944 44-40443 D/H 4BS Armstrong Jerk’s Berserk

Mission #15 June 12, 1944 44-40443 D/H 4BS Mackey Jerk’s Berserk (lead)

Mission #17 June 17, 1944 44-40443 D/H Jerk’s Berserk (ground spare)

Mission #19 June 20, 1944 44-40443 D/H 4BS Halbert Jerk’s Berserk

Mission #20 June 22, 1944 44-40443 D/H 4BS Mackey Jerk’s Berserk (deputy lead)

Mission #22 June 24, 1944 44-40443 D/H 4BS Marks Jerk’s Berserk

Mission #23 June 24, 1944 44-40443 D/H McDannold Jerk’s Berserk (ground spare taken over by Daniels)

Mission #23 June 24, 1944 44-40443 D/H Daniels Jerk's Berserk

Mission #24 June 25, 1944 44-40443 D/H 4BS Notman Jerk’s Berserk (lead)

Mission #30 July 6, 1944 44-40443 D/H 4BS Mackey Jerk’s Berserk (deputy lead)

Mission #34 July 12, 1944 44-40443 D/H 4BS Heath Jerk’s Berserk (deputy lead)

Mission #36 July 17, 1944 44-40443 D/H 18BS Dees Jerk’s Berserk

Mission #38 July 19, 1944 44-40443 D/H Bush Jerk's Berserk Weather ship

Mission #44 July 27, 1944 44-40443 D/D 4BS Mackey Jerk’s Berserk

Mission #45 July 28, 1944 44-40443 D/D 4BS Israelsen Jerk’s Berserk

Mission #46 July 29, 1944 44-40443 D/D 4BS Notman Jerk’s Berserk

Mission #47 July 31, 1944 44-40443 D/D Mackey Jerk’s Berserk (ground spare – lead)

Mission #48 August 1, 1944 44-40443 D/D 4BS Notman Jerk’s Berserk

Mission #50 August 3, 1944 44-40443 D/D 18BS Lindstrom Jerk’s Berserk (lead)

Mission #52 August 5, 1944 44-40443 D/D 4BS Heath Jerk’s Berserk

Mission #53 August 6, 1944 44-40443 D/D 391BS Stewart Jerk’s Berserk

Mission #57 August 11, 1944 44-40443 D/D Mackey Jerk’s Berserk (Weather ship)

Mission #58 August 13, 1944 44-40443 D/D Jerk’s Berserk (ground spare)

Mission #59 August 14, 1944 44-40443 D/D 4BS Mackey Jerk’s Berserk

Mission #60 August 15, 1944 44-40443 D/D 4BS Runyan

Mission #61 August 16, 1944 44-40443 D/D 18BS Dees Jerk’s Berserk

Mission #63 August 24, 1944 44-40443 D/D 4BS Mackey Jerk’s Berserk  (Lost – crashed in England)

 

MISSION DETAILS

                     May 31, 1944 44-40443 Johanson (was soon to be D/H if it wasn't already)

Took off at 1651 hours.

No landing time given. (To the Left on the chart is the name Honington for this and three other similar aircraft.)

 

Mission #10 June 6, 1944 44-40443 D/H (ground spare)

 

Mission #14 June 11, 1944 44-40443 D/H 4BS Armstrong Jerk’s Berserk

Took off at 0426 hours.

Flew position 1-3 in Low Squadron.

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

No battle damage reported.

Landed 1037 hours.

Armstrong (P)

Burton (CP)

Boyle (N)

Andorn (B)

Cook (R)

Radomski (E)

Titony (NG)

Souders (TG)

Sobran (BG)

Barr (G)

 

Mission #15 June 12, 1944 44-40443 D/H 4BS Mackey Jerk’s Berserk

Took off at 0513 hours.

Flew Lead of High Squadron.

Carried 24 250 lb bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 0910 hours from 22,500 feet.

No damage reported.

Landed 1112 hours.

Mackey (P)

Burton (Command Pilot)

Bortz (CP)

Gallagher (N)

Hogan (N2)

Matson (B)

Corrales (R)

Longinette (E)

Holtzman (NG)

Spivak (BG)

Sabbath (G)

 

Mission #17 June 17, 1944 44-40443 D/H Jerk’s Berserk (ground spare)

 

                       June 17, 1944 44-40443 D/H Bice Jerk’s Berserk

Took off at 1917 hours on local flight

Landed at 2023 hours.

 

Mission #19 June 20, 1944 44-40443 D/H 4BS Halbert Jerk’s Berserk

Took off at 1801 hours.

Flew position 3-3 in Group C (4th)

Carried 52 100 lb GP bombs. Brought all bombs back to Debach due to Weather.

No battle damage report.

Landed at Debach.

No Crew Loading List available.

 

Mission #20 June 22, 1944 44-40443 D/H 4BS Mackey Jerk’s Berserk

Took off at 1458 hours from Hardstand #9.

Flew Deputy Lead, position 1-2 in Low Squadron.

Carried 46 100 lb bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 1918 hours from 19,800 feet.

Minor  damage reported.

Landed 2207 hours.

Mackey (P)

Bortz (CP)

Hogan (N)

Gallagher (N)

Matson (B)

Corrales (R)

Longinette (E)

Spivak (BG)

Honsler (TG) (a write-in)

Holtzman (NG)

Sabbath (G)

 

Mission #22 June 24, 1944 44-40443 D/H 4BS Marks Jerk’s Berserk

Took off at 0443 hours.

Flew in Lead Squadron.

Carried 52 100 lb bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 0818 hours from 21,800 feet.

No damage reported.

Landed 1006 hours.

Marks (P)

Turko (CP)

Goetsch (N)

Merwin (B)

Wood (R)

Neel (E)

Cole (BG)

Baglio (TG)

Nolan (NG)

Cresiski (G)

 

Mission #23 June 24, 1944 44-40443 D/H McDannold Jerk’s Berserk (ground spare taken over by Daniels)

Mission #23 June 23, 1944 44-40443 D/H 391BS Daniels Jerk's Berserk

Took off at 1628 hours.

Flew position 3-1 in High Squadron.

Carried 24 250 lb GP bombs. Brought all bombs back to base. Target unidentified.

No damage reported.

Landed 2117 hours.

Daniels (P)

Bagus (CP)

Terry (B)

Coletta (R)

McLennon (E)

Wiley (BG)

Iverson (TG)

Bennett (NG)

Brannan (G)

 

Mission #24 June 25, 1944 44-40443 D/H 4BS Notman Jerk’s Berserk (lead)

Took off at 0415 hours.

Flew Lead of the 34th BG Squadron, flying with 2 493rd BG Squadrons.

Carried 52 100 lb bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 0825 hours from 19,700 feet.

Slight damage reported.

Landed 1044 hours.

Notman (P)

Uscinowicz (CP)

Burton (Command Pilot)

Griffith (N)

Walcott (N2)

Nelson (B)

Conklin (R)

Boyson (E)

Crosby (BG)

Escherich (TG)

Ricketts (NG) (a write-in)

Cockman (G)

 

Mission #30 July 6, 1944 44-40443 D/H 4BS Mackey Jerk’s Berserk (deputy lead)

 

                       July 8, 1944 44-40443 D/H Mackey Jerk's Berserk

Took off at 1658 hours on a local flight.

Landed 1731.

 

Mission #34 July 12, 1944 44-40443 D/H 4BS Heath Jerk’s Berserk (deputy lead)

Mission #36 July 17, 1944 44-40443 D/H 18BS Dees Jerk’s Berserk

 

Mission #38 July 19, 1944 44-40443 D/H Bush Jerk's Berserk Weather ship

Took off at 0420 hours on a weather mission.

Landed 0731 hours.

 

                        July 19, 1944 44-40443 D/H Mackey Jerk's Berserk

Took off at 1624 hours.

Was this a practice mission? Part of a group of 11 planes.

Landed 1830 hours.

                    

                       July 20, 1944 44-40443 D/H Mackey Jerk’s Berserk

Took off at 1347 hours on a flight to the bombing range.

Landed 1559 hours.

 

Mission #44 July 27, 1944 44-40443 D/D 4BS Mackey Jerk’s Berserk

Mission #45 July 28, 1944 44-40443 D/D 4BS Israelsen Jerk’s Berserk 

Mission #46 July 29, 1944 44-40443 D/D 4BS Notman Jerk’s Berserk

Mission #47 July 31, 1944 44-40443 D/D Mackey Jerk’s Berserk (ground spare – lead)

Mission #48 August 1, 1944 44-40443 D/D 4BS Notman Jerk’s Berserk

Mission #50 August 3, 1944 44-40443 D/D 18BS Lindstrom Jerk’s Berserk (lead)

Mission #52 August 5, 1944 44-40443 D/D 4BS Heath Jerk’s Berserk

Mission #53 August 6, 1944 44-40443 D/D 391BS Stewart Jerk’s Berserk

Mission #57 August 11, 1944 44-40443 D/D Mackey Jerk’s Berserk (Weather ship)

Mission #58 August 13, 1944 44-40443 D/D Jerk’s Berserk (ground spare)

Mission #59 August 14, 1944 44-40443 D/D 4BS Mackey Jerk’s Berserk

Mission #60 August 15, 1944 44-40443 D/D 4BS Runyan Jerk’s Berserk

Mission #61 August 16, 1944 44-40443 D/D 18BS Dees Jerk’s Berserk

Mission #63 August 24, 1944 44-40443 D/D 4BS Mackey Jerk’s Berserk (Lost – crashed in England)