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Gardner, M. L. crew

 

MISSION LIST

 

CREW #39; 18th Squadron

Mission #1 May 23, 1944 42-94879 B/D 18BS Gardner Collapsible Susie (Airborne spare)

Mission #2 May 24, 1944 42-94879 B/D 18BS Gardner Collapsible Susie

Mission #3 May 25, 1944 42-94879 B/D 18BS Gardner Collapsible Susie (listed in error as 4679 on after mission interrogation form.)         

Mission #6 May 29, 1944 42-94879 B/D 18BS Gardner Collapsible Susie

Mission #7 May 30, 1944 42-94879 B/D 18BS Gardner Collapsible Susie

Mission #12 June 6, 1944 42-94879 B/D 18BS Gardner. M. Collapsible Susie

Mission #13 June 7, 1944 41-28877 E/I 18BS Gardner Fast Company

Mission #15 June 12, 1944 42-94879 B/D 18BS Gardner Collapsible Susie

Mission #16 June 14, 1944 42-94879 B/D 18BS Gardner, M. Collapsible Susie

Mission #17 June 17, 1944 42-94879 B/D 18BS Gardner, M. Collapsible Susie

Mission #19 June 20, 1944 42-94879 B/D 18BS Gardner, M. Collapsible Susie

Mission #20 June 22, 1944 42-94879 B/D 18BS Gardner, M. Collapsible Susie

Mission #22 June 24, 1944 42-52752 L/E 18BS Gardner unknown name

Mission #24 June 25, 1944 42-94879 B/D 18BS Gardner Collapsible Susie (Aborted mechanical)

Mission #25 June 25, 1944 42-94879 B/D 18BS Gardner, M. Collapsible Susie

Mission #29 July 2, 1944 42-94813 B/E 18BS Gardner Skotty

Mission #30 July 6, 1944 42-94879 B/D 18BS Gardner, M. Collapsible Susie (Airborne spare flew the mission)

Mission #36 July 17, 1944 42-51190 B/H 18BS Gardner, M. Ann

Mission #38 July 19, 1944 42-94879 B/D 18BS Gardner, M. Collapsible Susie (Aborted mechanical)

Mission #41 July 24, 1944 44-40441 D/N 18BS Gardner Floogie Boo

 

Crew #69; 18th Squadron (as of July 31, 1944)

Mission #47 July 31, 1944 42-94879 E/X 18BS Gardner Collapsible Susie

Mission #58 August 13, 1944 42-94879 E/X 18BS Gardner, M. Collapsible Susie (Aborted - #1 engine out. Jettisoned bombs)

Mission #60 August 15, 1944 41-28878 D/Y 18BS Gardner The Heavenly Body

Mission #61 August 16, 1944 42-94879 B/M 18BS Gardner Collapsible Susie

Mission #63 August 24, 1944 42-94879 B/M 18BS Gardner, M. Collapsible Susie  (Major battle damage one crewman wounded)

 

Crew #69; 18th Squadron (as of the transition to B-17s)

Mission #66 September 22, 1944 43-38338 B/M 18BS Gardner, M.

Mission #67 September 25, 1944 43-38338 B/M 18BS Gardner, M.

Mission #68 September 26, 1944 43-38338 B/M 18BS Gardner, M. L.

Mission #69 September 27, 1944 43-38338 B/M 18BS Gardner, M. L.

Mission #71 October 2, 1944 44-8263 E/Y 4BS Gardner

Mission #72 October 3, 1944 44-8283 B/G 18BS Gardner

Mission #75 October 7, 1944 44-8271 L/O 18BS Gardner               Aborted mechanical.

Mission #76 October 9, 1944 43-38338 B/M Gardner, M.

Mission #77 October 14, 1944 43-38338 B/M 18BS Gardner

Mission #78 October 15, 1944 43-38338 B/M 18BS Gardner         Major damage.

Mission #79 October 17, 1944 43-38331 B/Y 18BS Gardner

Mission #81 October 22, 1944 43-38326 B/U 18BS Gardner, M.

Mission #82 October 25, 1944 43-38374 B/X 18BS Gardner, M.

Mission #84 October 28, 1944 43-38392 B/E 18BS Gardner

Mission #85 October 30, 1944 43-38338 B/M 18BS Gardner

 

MISSION AND CREW DETAILS

 

CREW #39; 18th Squadron

GARDNER MARVIN I (P) (1024)                      2 LT        18            O-687191

FLACK HENRY B (CP) (1024)                            2 LT        18            O-760182

BUJALSKI FRANCIS P (N) (1034)                    2 LT        18            O-703937

ARTT SIDNEY J JR (B) (1035)                           2 LT        18            O-697717

KOLENDA JOHN J (AEG) (748)                        SGT        18            13053765

BAILEY HOLCOMB D (ROG) (757)                  SGT        18            38046770

CLUNE PATRICK J (AG) (612)                          SGT        18            17124908

FORD JOHN H (BG) (611)                                   PFC         18            36460279

LONG LAWRENCE L (BG) (748)                       SGT        18            33579072

 

Mission #1 May 23, 1944 42-94879 B/D 18BS Gardner Collapsible Susie

Took off at 0511 hours from Hardstand #17.

Was an Airborne spare but moved up to position 2-2 or 3-3 in High Squadron when Brown aborted.

Carried 12 500 lb bombs. Made two runs at 0855 hours at 15,000 feet and at 0915 hours at 14,500 feet.

Did not bomb. Returned 12 bombs back to base.

"Didn't get bombs away."

No damage reported.

Landed 1156 hours.

Gardner (P)

Flack (CP)

Artt (B)

Bailey (R)

Aldrich (TT/E) (from crew #47 Dees)

Long (NG)

Paldino (TG)

Ford (BG)

Clune (G)

Buljalski (B) (actually a Navigator)

 

Mission #2 May 24, 1944 42-94879 B/D 18BS Gardner Collapsible Susie

Took off at 0511 hours.

Flew position 2-2 in High Squadron.

Carried 12 500 lb GP bombs. Dropped on the secondary target at 0915 hours from 21,000 feet.

No damage reported.

Landed 1049 hours.

#4 Carb air temperature out. Inspected and repaired.

Gardner, M. L. (P)

Flack, H. B. (CP)

Bujalski, F. P. (N)

Bailey, H. D. (R)

Demko, J. W. (E) (from crew #50)

Long, L. L. (NG)

Paldino, J. J. (TG)

Ford, J. H. (BG)

Clune, P. J. (G)

 

May 24, 1944 Gardner, M. L.

Crew Status Report 1000 hours.

Crew #39, 18th Squadron

Gardner (P) 2 Lt OK

Flack (CP) 2 Lt OK

Bujalski (N) 2 Lt OK

Artt (B) 2 Lt OK

Bailey (R) S/Sgt OK

Kolinda (E) S/Sgt DNIF (not sure what this means)

Long (NG) Sgt OK

Paldino (TG) Sgt OK

Ford (BG) Sgt OK

Clune (G) Sgt OK

 

Mission #3 May 25, 1944 42-94879 B/D 18BS Gardner Collapsible Susie (listed in error as 4679 on after mission interrogation form.)         

Took off at 0459 hours.

Flew position 4-2 in Lead Squadron.

Carried 12 500 lb bombs. Dropped on the Secondary target at 0916 hours from 17,600 feet.

No damage reported.

Landed 1053 hours.

A.P.U. inoperative. Inspected and repaired.

Gardner, M. L. (P)

Flack, H. B. (CP)

Artt, S. J. (B)

Bailey, H. D. (R)

Long, L. L. (NG)

Paldino, J. J. (TG)

Ford, J. H. (BG)

Clune, P. J. (G)

No Engineer is listed but surely one was on board.

 

Mission #6 May 29, 1944 42-94879 B/D 18BS Gardner Collapsible Susie

Took off at 0751 hours from Hardstand #17.

Flew position 2-3 in Low Squadron.

Carried 10 500 lb GP bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 1234 hours from 21,500 feet.

No damage reported.

Landed 1639 hours.

#1 supercharger fluctuates. Inspected and repaired.

Gardner, M. L. (P)

Flack, H. B. (CP)

Bujalski (N)

Bailey, H. D. (R)

Kolenda (E)

Long, L. L. (NG)

Paldino, J. J. (TG)

Ford, J. H. (BG)

Clune, P. J. (G)

 

Mission #7 May 30, 1944 42-94879 B/D 18BS Gardner Collapsible Susie

Took off at 0659 hours from Hardstand #17.

Flew position 4-3 in Lead Squadron.

Carried 6 1000 lb bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 1107 hours from 22,900 feet.

No damage reported.

Landed 1254 hours.

Gardner (P)

Flack (CP)

Artt (B)

Bailey (R)

Kolenda (E)

Long (NG)

Paldino (TG)

Ford (BG)

Clune (G)

 

May 31, 1944 42-94745 D/? Gardner The Bold Sea Rover (could possibly be H. T. Gardner, but I doubt it.)

Took off at 1515 hours.

The flight was to Debach to pick up the Paulnock & Pedigo crews that had ferried aircraft being transferred to Debach.

Landed 1712 hours.

 

Mission #12 June 6, 1944 42-94879 B/D 18BS Gardner. M. Collapsible Susie

Took off at 1659 hours.

Flew position 2-3 in Lead Squadron.

Carried 12 500 lb bombs. Brought all bombs back.

Landed 2342 hours at Bury St. Edmonds

Gardner (P)

Flack (CP)

Bujalski (N)

Kolenda (E)

Bailey (R)

Clune (G)

Long (G)

Paldino (G)

Ford (G)

 

Mission #13 June 7, 1944 41-28877 E/I 18BS Gardner Fast Company

Took off at 1700 hours.

Flew position 1-3 in High Squadron.

Carried 12 500 lb GP bombs. Dropped on the Secondary at 2040 hours from 19,000 feet.

Slight damage reported.

Landed at Bassingbourne.

Gardner, M. L. (P)

Flack (CP)

Bujalski (N)

Artt (B)

Bailey (R)

Kolenda (E)

Clune (G)

Long (G)

Ford (G)

Paldino (G)

 

Mission #15 June 12, 1944 42-94879 B/D 18BS Gardner Collapsible Susie

Took off at 0526 hours.

Flew position 3-2 in Low Squadron.

Carried a K-20 camera.

Carried 52 100 lb bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 0905 hours from 21,000 feet. On target.

No damage reported.

Landed 1125 hours.

Gardner (P)

Flack (CP)

Artt (B)

Bailey (R)

Kolenda (E)

Ford (BG)

Paldino (TG)

Long (NG)

Clune (G)

 

Mission #16 June 14, 1944 42-94879 B/D 18BS Gardner, M. Collapsible Susie

Was to fly position 4-1 in Low Squadron.

Failed to take off.

Gardner (P)

Flack (CP)

Bujalski (N)

Artt (B)

Bailey (R)

Kolenda (E)

Ford (BG)

Paldino (TG)

Long (NG)

Clune (G)

 

Mission #17 June 17, 1944 42-94879 B/D 18BS Gardner, M. Collapsible Susie

Took off at 1638 hours.

Flew position 4-3 in Lead Squadron.

Carried 12 500 lb bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 2023 hours from 17,500 feet.

Slight battle damage reported.

Landed 2247 hours.

Gardner (P)

Flack (CP)

Bujalski (N)

Bailey (R)

Kolenda (E)

Ford (BG)

Paldino (TG)

Long (NG)

Cline (G)

 

Mission #19 June 20, 1944 42-94879 B/D 18BS Gardner, M. Collapsible Susie

Took off at 1756 hours.

Flew position 2-3 in Group B (18th)

Carried 52 100 lb GP bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 2057 hours from 23,400 feet.

No battle damage reported.

Landed 2210 hours.

No Crew Loading List available.

 

Mission #20 June 22, 1944 42-94879 B/D 18BS Gardner, M. Collapsible Susie

Took off at 1441 hours.

Flew position 1-3 in High Squadron.

Carried 52 100 lb bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 1916 hours from 20,500 feet.

No damage reported.

Landed 2159 hours.

Gardner (P)

Flack (CP)

Bujalski (N)

Artt (B)

Bailey (R)

Kolenda (E)

Ford (BG)

Paldino (TG)

Long (NG)

Clune (G)

 

Mission #22 June 24, 1944 42-52752 L/E 18BS Gardner unknown name

Took off at 0433 hours.

Flew in High Squadron.

Carried 52 100 lb bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 0818 hours from 22,500 feet.

Minor damage reported.

Landed 1030 hours.

Gardner (P)

Flack (CP)

Bujalski (N)

Artt (B)

Bailey (R)

Kolenda (E)

Ford (BG)

Paldino (TG)

Long (NG)

Clune (G)

 

Mission #24 June 25, 1944 42-94879 B/D 18BS Gardner Collapsible Susie

Took off at 0435 hours.

Was to fly with the 34th BG Squadron, flying with two 493rd BG Squadrons.

Carried 52 100 lb bombs. Brought all bombs back to base.

Aborted before leaving the English coast due to failure of rubber coupling on the air duct. Could not gain altitude.

No damage reported.

Landed 0645 hours. No sortie.

Gardner (P)

Flack (CP)

Bujalski (N)

Artt (B)

Bailey (R)

Kolenda (E)

Ford (BG)

Paldino (TG)

Long (NG)

Clune (G)

 

Mission #25 June 25, 1944 42-94879 B/D 18BS Gardner, M. Collapsible Susie

There is some confusion and conflict between the records of Avriett and M. Gardner on this mission.

Took off at 1548 hours.

Flew position 3-1 in Lead Squadron.

Carried 6 1000 lb bombs. Dropped on the Secondary at 2022 hours from 19,600 feet.

No damage reported.

Landed 2230 hours.

Gardner (P)

Flack (CP)

Bujalski (N)

Artt (B)

Bailey (R)

Kolenda (E)

Ford (BG)

Paldino (TG)

Long (NG)

Clune (G)

 

Mission #29 July 2, 1944 42-94813 B/E 18BS Gardner Skotty

Took off at 1012 hours.

Was to fly position 3-1 of A Group, with target of Haute Cote.

Carried 18 250 lb GP bombs. Aborted due to severe gas leak. Brought all bombs back to base.

No damage reported.

Landed 1215 hours.

Gardner (P)

Flack (CP)

Bujalski (N)

Artt (B)

Bailey (R)

Kolenda (E)

Ford (BG)

Paldino (TG)

Long (NG)

Clune (G)

 

Mission #30 July 6, 1944 42-94879 B/D 18BS Gardner, M. Collapsible Susie (Airborne spare flew the mission)

Took off at 0558 hours.

Flew as an Airborne spare. Flew the mission.

Carried 20 250 lb bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 0911 hours from 24,200 feet.

No damage reported.

Landed 1008 hours.

Gardner (P)

Flack (CP)

Bujalski (N)

Artt (B)

Bailey (R)

Kolenda (E)

Ford (BG)

Paldino (TG)

Long (NG)

Clune (G)

 

Mission #36 July 17, 1944 42-51190 B/H 18BS Gardner, M. Ann

Took off at 0651 hours.

Flew position 2-1 in Low Squadron.

Carried 5 1000 lb bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 1050 hours from 19,500 feet.

No damage reported.

Landed 1334 hours.

Gardner (P)

Flack (CP)

Artt (B)

Bailey (R)

Kolenda (E)

Ford (BG)

Paldino (TG)

Long (NG)

Clune (G)

 

Mission #38 July 19, 1944 42-94879 B/D 18BS Gardner, M. Collapsible Susie

Took off at 0552 hours.

Was to fly position 4-1 in Lead Squadron, but aborted.

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

Aborted Coupling induction system broken. Repaired.

Landed 0919 hours.

Gardner, M. (P)

Flack (CP)

Artt (B)

Bailey (R)

Kolenda (E)

Ford (BG)

Paldino (TG)

Long (NG)

Clune (G)

 

Mission #41 July 24, 1944 44-40441 D/N 18BS Gardner Floogie Boo

Took off at 0958 hours.

Flew position 3-3 in Lead Squadron.

Carried 52 100 lb GP bombs. Brought all bombs back to base due to 10/10 cloud over target area.

Landed 1502 hours.

Bomb-bays wouldn't open from front.

Gardner (P)

Flack (CP)

Artt (B)

Bailey (R)

Kolenda (E)

Ford (BG)

Paldino (TG)

Long (NG)

Clune (G)

 

Crew #69; 18th Squadron (as of July 31, 1944)

Gardner (P)

Flack (CP)

(N)

Artt (B)

Bailey (R)

Kolenda (E)

Long (NG)

Paldino (TG)

Ford (BG)

(G)

 

Mission #47 July 31, 1944 42-94879 E/X 18BS Gardner Collapsible Susie

Took off at 0927 hours.

Flew position 2-2 in High Squadron.

Carried 20 250 lb bombs. Dropped on Primary at 1309 hours from 26,500 feet. *

* The altitude at drop must be incorrect. It is 3000 feet above the rest of the squadron and even 2000 feet above the High-High Squadron.

No battle damage reported.

Landed 1553 hours.

#2 turbo change. Inspected and repaired.

Gardner (P) (On the crew loading list replaced by Simpson, R. M., but still listed as Gardner everywhere else in the records.)

Flack (CP)

Artt (B)

Bailey (R)

Kolenda (E)

Paldino (TG)

Ford (BG)

Clune (G) (from another crew)

(Only eight men listed unless Simpson & Gardner flew)

 

Mission #58 August 13, 1944 42-94879 E/X 18BS Gardner, M. Collapsible Susie (Aborted - #1 engine out. Jettisoned bombs)

Was to fly position 1-3 in High Squadron, Group Element #3, but aborted.

Gardner (P)

Flack (CP)

Artt (B)

Bailey (R)

Kolenda (E)

Paldino (TG)

Ford (BG)

Clune (G) (a write-in)

 

Mission #60 August 15, 1944 41-28878 D/Y 18BS Gardner The Heavenly Body

Flew position 2-3 in Lead Squadron.

Gardner (P)

Flack (CP)

Artt (B)

Bailey (R)

Kolenda (E)

Paldino (TG)

Ford (BG)

Clune (G) (a write-in)

 

Mission #61 August 16, 1944 42-94879 B/M 18BS Gardner Collapsible Susie

Flew position 1-3 in Low Squadron.

Gardner (P)

Flack (CP)

Artt (B)

Bailey (R)

Kolenda (E)

Paldino (TG)

Ford (BG)

 

Mission #63 August 24, 1944 42-94879 B/M 18BS Gardner, M. Collapsible Susie  (Major battle damage one crewman wounded)

Flew position 2-3 in High Squadron.

Gardner (P)

Flack (CP)

Whiting (B) (a write-in)

Bailey (R)

Kolenda (E)

Paldino (TG)

Ford (BG)

Clune (G) (a write-in)

 

Crew #69; 18th Squadron (as of the transition to B-17s)

Gardner, M. L. (P)

Flack (CP)

Bujalski (N)

Whiting (B)

Bailey (R)

Kelenda (E)

Paldino (TG)

Ford (BG)

Clune (G)

 

Mission #66 September 22, 1944 43-38338 B/M 18BS Gardner, M.

Mission #67 September 25, 1944 43-38338 B/M 18BS Gardner, M.

Mission #68 September 26, 1944 43-38338 B/M 18BS Gardner, M. L.

Mission #69 September 27, 1944 43-38338 B/M 18BS Gardner, M. L.

Mission #71 October 2, 1944 44-8263 E/Y 4BS Gardner

Mission #72 October 3, 1944 44-8283 B/G 18BS Gardner

Mission #75 October 7, 1944 44-8271 L/O 18BS Gardner               Aborted mechanical.

Mission #76 October 9, 1944 43-38338 B/M Gardner, M.

Mission #77 October 14, 1944 43-38338 B/M 18BS Gardner

Mission #78 October 15, 1944 43-38338 B/M 18BS Gardner         Major damage.

Mission #79 October 17, 1944 43-38331 B/Y 18BS Gardner

Mission #81 October 22, 1944 43-38326 B/U 18BS Gardner, M.

Mission #82 October 25, 1944 43-38374 B/X 18BS Gardner, M.

Mission #84 October 28, 1944 43-38392 B/E 18BS Gardner

Mission #85 October 30, 1944 43-38338 B/M 18BS Gardner