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Marks crew

 

Crew Notes:

Creedon was replaced on the crew after being hit by a truck at night, breaking his leg.

Clifford T. Connor was the extra man that flew to England with this crew.

 

MISSION LIST

 

CREW #12; 4th Squadron

Mission #1 May 23, 1944 41-29560 D/L 4BS Marks Rat Poison

Mission #3 May 25, 1944 42-94908 E/E 4BS Marks Tiger Rag

Mission #4 May 27, 1944 41-29560 D/L 4BS Marks Rat Poison

Mission #5 May 28, 1944 42-94787 D/C 4BS Marks

Mission #10 June 6, 1944 41-29560 D/L 4BS Marks Rat Poison

Mission #13 June 7, 1944 44-40463 D/A 4BS Marks

Mission #14 June 11, 1944 41-29561 L/C 4BS Marks

Mission #15 June 12, 1944 41-28820 L/L 4BS Marks Four-Five Time

Mission #16 June 14, 1944 42-94775 D/L 4BS Marks unknown name  (spare)

Mission #17 June 17, 1944 42-94775 D/L 4BS Marks unknown name

Mission #18 June 20, 1944 42-94775 D/L 4BS Marks unknown name

Mission #19 June 20, 1944 44-40421 B/F 4BS Marks

Mission #20 June 22, 1944 42-94930 E/O 4BS Marks

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

Mission #24 June 25, 1944 42-94930 E/O 4BS Marks

Mission #29 July 2, 1944 42-52755 D/F 4BS Marks

Mission #30 July 6, 1944 42-94775 D/L 4BS Marks unknown name  (Aborted - #2 engine out)

Mission #31 July 6, 1944 44-40208 L/C 18BS Marks (Airborne spare)

Mission #33 July 9, 1944 41-29567 D/B Marks Bambi

Mission #34 July 12, 1944 42-94775 D/L 4BS Marks unknown name

Mission #36 July 17, 1944 42-94775 D/L 4BS Marks unknown name

Mission #37 July 18, 1944 42-94775 D/L 4BS Marks unknown name

Mission #39 July 20, 1944 42-94775 D/L 4BS Marks unknown name

Mission #40 July 21, 1944 42-94775 D/L 4BS Marks unknown name

Mission #44 July 27, 1944 42-94775 D/L 4BS Marks unknown name

 

CREW #12; 4th Squadron (as of July 28, 1944)

Mission #45 July 28, 1944 42-94775 D/L 4BS Marks unknown name

Mission #46 July 29, 1944 42-94775 D/L 4BS Marks unknown name

Mission #47 July 31, 1944 42-94775 D/L 4BS Marks unknown name

Mission #48 August 1, 1944 42-94775 D/L 4BS Marks unknown name

Mission #49 August 2, 1944 42-94775 D/L 4BS Marks unknown name

Mission #51 August 4, 1944 41-28851 E/M 4BS Marks The Near Sighted Robin

Mission #52 August 5, 1944 41-29542 D/X 4BS Marks Rough House Kate

Mission #55 August 8, 1944 42-94775 D/L 4BS Marks unknown name

Mission #57 August 11, 1944 42-94775 D/L 4BS Marks unknown name

Mission #62 August 18, 1944 42-94775 D/L Marks unknown name  (Airborne Spare - flew the mission) Major damage

Mission #63 August 24, 1944 42-94755 D/U 4BS Marks Weary Willie (Major battle damage)

 

MISSION AND CREW DETAILS

 

CREW #12; 4th Squadron

MARKS JOSEPH F (P) (1024)                            2 LT        4              O-809985

TRUKO WALTER (CP) (1024)                           2 LT        4              O-817552

GOETSCH FOREST L (N) (1034)                       2 LT        4              O-703726

MERWIN THEODORE (B) (1035)                     2 LT        4              O-698031

NEEL WILLIAM (AEG) (748)                            S/SGT     4              14036635

WOOD JOHN R (ROG) (757)                              SGT        4              35596341

COLE THEODORE D (AG) (612)                       SGT        4              39294081

NOLAN EUGENE E (BG) (611)                           SGT        4              16070105

CREEDON EDWARD T (BG) (611)                   SGT        4              32746683

 

Mission #1 May 23, 1944 41-29560 D/L 4BS Marks Rat Poison

Took off at 0516 hours from Hardstand #11.

Flew position 1-3 in Lead Squadron.

Carried 12 500 lb bombs. Dropped bombs at 0856 hours.

"Short to left of target."

Landed 1153 hours.

Marks (P)

Turko (CP)

Goetsch (N)

Merwin (B)

Wood (R)

Neel (E)

Nolan (NG)

Creedon (TG)

Cole (BG)

Cresiski (G)

 

                     May 24, 1944 Marks

Crew Status Report 1700 hours.

Crew #12; 4th Squadron

Marks, J. (P)                          OK

Turko, W. (CP)                     OK

Goetsch, F. (N)                     OK

Merwin, T. (B)                      OK

Wood, J. (R)                          OK

Neel, W. (E)                           OK

Nolan, E. (NG)                       OK

Creedon, E. (TG)                   OK

Cole, T. (BG)                         OK

Cresiski, B. (G)                      OK

 

Mission #3 May 25, 1944 42-94908 E/E 4BS Marks Tiger Rag

Took off at 0517 hours.

Flew position 4-3 in Low Squadron.

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

No damage reported.

Landed 1048 hours.

Carburator air temperature gauge out. Inspected and replaced.

Marks (P)

Turko (CP)

Goetsch (N)

Wood (R)

Neel (E)

Cole (BG)

Creedon (TG)

Nolan (NG)

Cresiski (G)

Sabbath (G) (from crew #8)

 

Mission #4 May 27, 1944 41-29560 D/L 4BS Marks Rat Poison

Took off at 0837 hours.

Was to fly position 2-2 in High Squadron but switched to position 2-1 after Thrun aborted.

Carried 10 500 lb GP bombs. Jettisoned all bombs.

Reported slight damage.

Returned early because #4 engine oil pressure dropped; prop governor ran away; feathered engine.

Landed 1549 hours.

Sortie.

Marks (P)

Turko (CP)

Merwin (B)

Wood (R)

Neel (E)

Cole (BG)

Nolan (NG)

Cresiski (G)

Bynum (TG) (from crew #16)

NOTE: Creedon (TG) (Hit by a truck and broke his leg on the evening of May 26, 1944 and therefore was replaced on this crew.)

 

                     May 27, 1944 Marks

Crew Status Report 1400 hours.

Creedon, E. (TG) DNIF

 

Mission #5 May 28, 1944 42-94787 D/C 4BS Marks

Took off at 1024 hours from Hardstand #9.

Flew position 3-2 in Lead Squadron.

Carried 10 500 lb GP bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 1500 hours from 22,300 feet.

No damage reported.

Landed 1759 hours.

Marks (P)

Turko (CP)

Goetsch (N)

Wood (R)

Neel (E)

Cole (BG)

Bynum (TG) (from crew #16)

Nolan (NG)

Cresiski (G)

 

                      May 29, 1944, Special Order #115, par. 5

Sgt (748) Edward L Creedon, 32746683, is relieved duty as TG on Crew #12, 4th Sq.

 

Mission #10 June 6, 1944 41-29560 D/L 4BS Marks Rat Poison

Took off at 0245 hours.

Flew position 2-3 in 4th Squadron.

Carried 12 500 lb bombs. Brought all bombs back.

Aborted, landing at Plymouth, time not given.

Landed 1203 hours back at base.

#4 Turbosupercharger run-away; #2 meshing selonoid inoperative. Inspected and being repaired.

Marks, J. K. (P)                     2 Lt

Turko, W. (CP)                     2 Lt

Merwin, T. P. (B)                  2 Lt

Neel, W. W. (E)                    S/Sgt

Wood, J. R. (R)                     S/Sgt

Cole, T. P. (BG)                     Sgt

Cresiski, B. E. (TG)               Sgt

Nolan, B. E. (NG)                  Sgt

Crawford, H. (TG)                 Sgt          (from another crew)

 

Mission #13 June 7, 1944 44-40463 D/A 4BS Marks

Took off at 1655 hours.

Flew position 3-2 in Lead Squadron.

Carried 12 500 lb GP bombs. Failed to bomb due to weather. Brought all bombs back.

No damage report.

Landed at 0015 hours on June 8th at Grandley.

Marks (P)

Turko (CP)

Goetsch (N)

Merwin (B)

Wood (R)

Neel (E)

Cole (G)

Nolan (G)

Cresiski (G)

Baglio (G) (from crew #1)

 

Mission #14 June 11, 1944 41-29561 L/C 4BS Marks

Took off at 0503 hours.

Flew position 3-2 in Low Squadron.

Carried 12 500 lb GP bombs. Brought back all bombs to base due to 10/10 cloud coverage of target.

No battle damage reported.

Landed 1023 hours.

Marks (P)

Turko (CP)

Merwin (B)

Wood (R)

Neel (E)

Nolan (NG)

Atwater (TG) (from crew #2)

Cole (BG)

Cresiski (G)

 

Mission #15 June 12, 1944 41-28820 L/L 4BS Marks Four-Five Time

Took off at 0531 hours.

Was to fly position 2-3 in High Squadron, but aborted due to supercharger malfunction.

Carried 24 250 lb bombs. Brought all bombs back.

Carried a K-20 camera.

Landed 0803 hours.

Marks (P)

Turko (CP)

Merwin (B)

Wood (R)

Neel (E)

Nolan (NG)

Baglio (TG) (from crew #2)

Cole (BG)

Cresiski (G)

 

Mission #16 June 14, 1944 42-94775 D/L 4BS Marks unknown name  (spare)

Took off at 0357 hours.

Flew as Airborne spare.

Carried 52 100 lb bombs. Dropped 50 bombs on other target at 0800 hours from 20,700 feet. Brought 2 bombs back to base.

No battle damage reported.

Landed 0942 hours.

Marks (P)

Turko (CP)

Geotsch (N)

Wood (R)

Neel (E)

Nolan (NG)

Baglio (TG) (from crew #1)

Cole (BG)

Cresiski (G)

 

Mission #17 June 17, 1944 42-94775 D/L 4BS Marks unknown name

Took off at 1654 hours.

Flew position 3-2 in Low Squadron.

Carried 12 500 lb bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 2023 hours from 16,700 feet.

Slight battle damage reported.

Landed 2256 hours.

Marks (P)

Turko (CP)

Geotsch (N)

Wood (R)

Neel (E)

Nolan (NG)

Baglio (TG)

Cole (BG)

Cresiski (G)

 

Mission #18 June 20, 1944 42-94775 D/L 4BS Marks unknown name

Took off at 0449 hours.

Flew position 4-1 in Lead Squadron.

Carried a K-20 and a K-24 camera, taking photos at 0913.45 hours.

Carried 12 500 lb bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 0914 hours from 22,700 feet.

Slight damage reported.

Landed 1136 hours.

Marks (P)

Turko (CP)

Goetsch (N)

Wood (R)

Neel (E)

Nolan (NG)

Baglio (TG)

Cole (BG)

Cresiski (G)

 

Mission #19 June 20, 1944 44-40421 B/F 4BS Marks

Took off at 1856 hours.

Flew position 3-2 in Group C (4th)

Carried 52 100 lb GP bombs. Dropped 50 bombs on the Primary at 2100 hours from 22,900 feet. Brought 2 bombs back to base.

Slight battle damage reported.

Landed 2241 hours.

No Crew Loading List available.

 

Mission #20 June 22, 1944 42-94775 D/L unknown name  (scheduled for Marks but replaced)

Mission #20 June 22, 1944 42-94930 E/O 4BS Marks

Took off at 1504 hours.

Was to fly position 3-2 in Low Squadron but Aborted.

Carried a K-20 and a K-24 camera but no pictures due to the abort.

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

No damage report.

Landed 1744 hours.

Marks (P)

Turko (CP)

Goetsch (N)

Merwin (B)

Wood (R)

Neel (E)

Cole (BG)

Baglio (TG)

Nolan (NG)

Cresiski (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 #24 June 25, 1944 42-94930 E/O 4BS Marks

Took off at 0426 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 19,600 feet.

No damage reported.

Landed 1046 hours.

Marks (P)

Turko (CP)

Goetsch (N)

Merwin (B)

Wood (R)

Neel (E)

Cole (BG)

Baglio (TG)

Nolan (NG)

Cresiski (G)

 

Mission #29 July 2, 1944 42-52755 D/F 4BS Marks

Took off at 1005 hours.

Flew position 4-1 in Group B with target of Haute Cote.

Carried a K-21 camera.

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.

Slight battle damage reported.

Landed 1510 hours.

Marks (P)

Turko (CP)

Goetsch (N)

Merwin (B)

Wood (R)

Neel (E)

Cole (BG)

Baglio (TG)

Nolan (NG)

Cresiski (G)

 

Mission #30 July 6, 1944 42-94775 D/L 4BS Marks unknown name

Took off at 0537 hours.

Was to fly position 3-1 in Lead Squadron, but Aborted with #2 engine out.

Carried 20 250 lb bombs. Brought all bombs back to base due to a bomb rack malfunction.

No damage reported

Landed 0929 hours.

Marks (P)

Turko (CP)

Goetsch (N)

Merwin (B)

Wood (R)

Neel (E)

Cole (BG)

Baglio (TG)

Nolan (NG)

Cresiski (G)

Funk (Photographer)

 

Mission #31 July 6, 1944 44-40208 L/C 18BS Marks (Airborne spare)

Took off at 1708 hours.

Flew as Airborne spare in Lead Squadron.

Carried 12 500 lb bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 2026 hours from 23,700 feet.

Slight flak damage reported.

Landed 2210 hours.

 

Mission #33 July 9, 1944 41-29567 D/B Marks Bambi

Took off at 1022 hours.

Flew position 3-3 in High Squadron, A Group.

Landed 1613 hours.

Marks (P)

Turko (CP)

Goetsch (N)

Merwin (B)

Wood (R)

Neel (E)

Cole (BG)

Nolan (NG)

Cresiski (G)

 

Mission #34 July 12, 1944 42-94775 D/L 4BS Marks unknown name

Took off at 0509 hours.

Flew position 4-2 in Low Squadron, probably moving to position 4-1 when Thrun aborted.

Carried 20 250 lb GP bombs. Dropped 8 bombs at the I.P. Brought 12  bombs back to base.

No damage reported.

Landed 0939 hours.                                                                                                                                

Marks (P)

Turko (CP)

Goetsch (N)

Merwin (B)

Wood (R)

Neel (E)

Cole (BG)

Wolfe (TG) (a write-in)

Nolan (NG)

Cresiski (G)

 

Mission #36 July 17, 1944 42-94775 D/L 4BS Marks unknown name

Took off at 0635 hours.

Flew position 2-3 in High Squadron.

Carried a K-20 camera.

Carried 5 1000 lb bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 1051 hours from 20,600 feet.

No damage reported.

Landed 1317 hours.

Marks (P)

Turko (CP)

Goetsch (N)

Merwin (B)

Wood (R)

Neel (E)

Cole (BG)

Wolfe (TG) (a write-in)

Nolan (NG)

Cresiski (G)

Rosen (Photographer)

 

Mission #37 July 18, 1944 42-94775 D/L 4BS Marks unknown name

Took off at 0545 hours.

Flew position 4-2 in Low Squadron.

Carried a K-20 camera.

Carried 52 100 lb Fragmentation bombs. Dropped on Primary at 0846 hours from 16,500 feet.

No battle damaged reported.

Landed 1046 hours.

Marks (P)

Turko (CP)

Goetsch (N)

Merwin (B)

Wood (R)

Neel (E)

Cole (BG)

Wolfe (TG) (a write-in)

Nolan (NG)

Cresiski (G)

 

                       July 19, 1944 42-94775 D/L 4BS Marks unknown name

Took off at 1117 hours on a flight to Snetterton Heath.

Landed 1243 hours at Snetterton Heath.

 

Mission #39 July 20, 1944 42-94775 D/L 4BS Marks unknown name

Took off at 0731 hours.

Flew position 4-1 in Lead Squadron.

Carried 10 500 lb GP bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 11143 hours from 22,100 feet.

No damage reported.

Landed 1306 hours.

Marks (P)

Turko (CP)

Goetsch (N)

Merwin (B)

Wood (R)

Neel (E)

Cole (BG)

Wolfe (TG) (a write-in)

Nolan (NG)

Cresiski (G)

 

Mission #40 July 21, 1944 42-94775 D/L 4BS Marks unknown name

Took off at 0605 hours.

Flew position 3-1 in High Squadron.

Carried 10 500 lb bombs. Dropped on Necharsulrn marshalling yards and reported hits. No time and altitude report.

Landed 1301 hours.

#2 supercharger M.P. (manifold pressure) fluctuates; landing gear selector hard to put in UP position; Metal windows blown out at altitude. Inspected and repaired.

Marks (P)

Turko (CP)

Goetsch (N)

Merwin (B)

Wood (R)

Neel (E)

Cole (BG)

Wolfe (TG) (a write-in)

Nolan (NG)

Cresiski (G)

 

Mission #44 July 27, 1944 42-94775 D/L 4BS Marks unknown name

Took off at 0519 hours.

Flew position 1-3 in High Squadron on 34BG.

Carried 6 1000 lb bombs. Dropped on the Secondary at 0859 hours from 21,600 feet.

No battle damage reported.

Carried a K-20 camera.

Landed 1001 hours.

Upper turret mike out at altitude; trailing wire knotted; weather stripping needs replaced on top turret; frequency low on A-5. Inspected & repaired.

Marks (P)

Turko (CP)

Goetsch (N)

Merwin (B)

Wood (R)

Neel (E)

Cole (BG)

Wolfe (TG) (a write-in)

Nolan (NG)

Cresiski (G)

Litsey (Photographer)

 

CREW #12; 4th Squadron (as of July 28, 1944)

Marks (P)

Turko (CP)

Goetsch (N)

Merwin (B)

Wood (R)

Neel (E)

Nolan (NG)

Wolfe (TG)

Cole (BG)

Cresiski (G)

 

Mission #45 July 28, 1944 42-94775 D/L 4BS Marks unknown name

Took off at 0501 hours.

Flew position 3-1 in High Squadron.

Carried 12 250 lb bombs. Brought all bombs back to base due to weather.

Slight flak damage reported.

Landed 0934 hours.

Marks (P)

Turko (CP)

Goetsch (N)

Merwin (B)

Wood (R)

Neel (E)

Nolan (NG)

Wolfe (TG)

Cole (BG)

Cresiski (G)

 

Mission #46 July 29, 1944 42-94775 D/L 4BS Marks unknown name

Took off at 0500 hours.

Flew position 3-2 in Lead Squadron.

Carried 12 500 lb bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 0847 hours from 20,500 feet.

No damage reported.

Landed 1028 hours.

Marks (P)

Turko (CP)

Goetsch (N)

Merwin (B)

Wood (R)

Neel (E)

Nolan (NG)

Wolfe (TG)

Cole (BG)

Cresiski (G)

 

Mission #47 July 31, 1944 42-94775 D/L 4BS Marks unknown name

Took off at 0938 hours.

Flew position 3-1 in Lead Squadron.

Carried 20 250 lb bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 1309 hours from 22,300 feet.

Landed 1556 hours.

Marks (P)

Turko (CP)

Goetsch (N)

Merwin (B)

Wood (R)

Neel (E)

Nolan (NG)

Wolfe (TG)

Cole (BG)

Cresiski (G)

Thompson (position not given)

 

Mission #48 August 1, 1944 42-94775 D/L 4BS Marks unknown name

 

Mission #49 August 2, 1944 42-94775 D/L 4BS Marks unknown name

Took off at 1609 hours.

Landed 2104 hours.

Marks (P)

Turko (CP)

Goetsch (N)

Merwin (B)

Wood (R)

Neel (E)

Nolan (NG)

Cole (BG)

Cresiski (G)

Funk (Photographer)

 

Mission #51 August 4, 1944 41-28851 E/M 4BS Marks The Near Sighted Robin                    Hemmingstedt

Flew position 2-3 in High Squadron.

Carried 12 500 lb bombs. Dropped the bombs on Husum Airfield at 1432 ˝ hours from 16,600 ft. The bombs dropped onto the hangars.

No damage to the plane or crew.

Ten minutes after bombing a B-24 was observed turning back toward the enemy coast. Unit identified. No chutes were seen. The plane had no markings except a plain white tail.

Marks, Joseph F. (P)            2 Lt.        O-809985

Turko, Walter (CP)               2 Lt.        O-817552

Goetsch, Forest L. (N)         2 Lt.        O-703726

Merwin, Theodore (B)         2 Lt.        O-698031

Wood, John R. (R)               Sgt          35596341

Neel, William (E)                   S/Sgt      14036635

Nolan, Eugene E. (NG)        Sgt          16070105

Cole, Theodore D. (BG)       Sgt          39294081

Cresiski (G)

Funk (F)             (Photographer and apparently replaced the regular tail gunner.)

(ranks shown are as of overseas deployment)

 

Mission #52 August 5, 1944 41-29542 D/X 4BS Marks Rough House Kate

Marks (P)

Turko (CP)

Goetsch (N)

Merwin (B)

Wood (R)

Neel (E)

Nolan (NG)

Cole (BG)

Cresiski (G)

Nelson (Photographer)

 

Mission #55 August 8, 1944 42-94775 D/L 4BS Marks unknown name

Marks (P)

Turko (CP)

Goetsch (N)

Merwin (B)

Wood (R)

Neel (E)

Nolan (NG)

Cole (BG)

Cresiski (G)

 

Mission #57 August 11, 1944 42-94775 D/L 4BS Marks unknown name

Marks (P)

Turko (CP)

Goetsch (N)

Merwin (B)

Wood (R)

Neel (E)

Nolan (NG)

Wolfe (TG)

Cresiski (G)

Funk (Photographer)

 

Mission #62 August 18, 1944 42-94775 D/L Marks unknown name 

Took off at 0639 hours.

Airborne Spare - flew the mission in position 3-2 in Lead Squadron

Carried 52 100 lb GP bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 0956 hours from 21,880 feet.

Major damage

Landed 1137 hours.

Marks (P)

Turko (CP)

Goetsch (N)

Merwin (B)

Wood (R)

Neel (E)

Nolan (NG)

Wolfe (TG)

Cole (BG)

Cresiski (G)

 

Mission #63 August 24, 1944 42-94755 D/U 4BS Marks Weary Willie (Major battle damage)

Marks (P)

Turko (CP)

Goetsch (N)

Merwin (B)

Wood (R)

Neel (E)

Nolan (NG)

Wolfe (TG)

Cole (BG)