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Scharmen crew

(often spelled Sharnan in the records)

 

MISSION LIST

 

CREW 103; 391st Squadron (as of July 28, 1944)

Mission #46 July 29, 1944 42-94889 E/Y 391BS Scharmen Patches

Mission #47 July 31, 1944 44-40208 L/U 18BS Scharmen

Mission #48 August 1, 1944 42-94771 L/H 391BS Scharmen

Mission #49 August 2, 1944 42-94766 L/F 391BS Scharmen Crow's Nest

Mission #50 August 3, 1944 42-94780 L/M “Smitty” (scheduled for Scharmen but replaced)

Mission #50 August 3, 1944 42-94869 D/J 391BS Scharmen

Mission #51 August 4, 1944 41-29599 L/T 18BS Scharmen Boots

Mission #52 August 5, 1944 41-28820 L/L 391BS Scharmen Four-Five Time

Mission #53 August 6, 1944 42-94762 L/Y 391BS Scharmen The Uninvited

Mission #54 August 7, 1944 42-94824 E/R 391BS Scharmen Umbriago

Mission #56 August 10, 1944 44-40049 D/I 391BS Scharmen

Mission #57 August 11, 1944 42-94748 L/P 18BS Scharmen Undecided

Mission #58 August 13, 1944 41-29500 B/T 391BS Scharmen Ramblin’ Reck

Mission #59 August 14, 1944 42-94762 L/Y 391BS Scharmen The Uninvited (On the chart but apparently did not take off)

Mission #60 August 15, 1944 41-29599 L/T 391BS Scharmen Boots

Mission #62 August 18, 1944 42-94904 L/Z 391BS Scharmen Belle of the Brawl

Mission #64 September 17, 1944 43-38365 L/N 391BS Scharmen

Mission #65 September 19, 1944 43-38280 E/M 391BS Scharmen Missbehaven Raven

Mission #66 September 22, 1944 43-38423 L/N (scheduled for Scharmen but replaced by a spare)

Mission #66 September 22, 1944 43-38378 L/K 391BS Scharmen

Mission #67 September 25, 1944 43-38423 L/N 391BS Scharmen

Mission #69 September 27, 1944 43-38423 L/N 391BS Scharmen

Mission #71 October 2, 1944 43-38351 L/F 391BS Scharmen

Mission #77 October 14, 1944 43-38423 L/N 391BS Scharmen

Mission #78 October 15, 1944 43-38423 L/N 391BS Scharmen       Aborted – mechanical – BT sick

Mission #79 October 17, 1944 43-38423 L/N 391BS Scharmen

Mission #80 October 19, 1944 43-38423 L/N 391BS Scharmen     Leaflets only

 

 

MISSION AND CREW DETAILS

 

Flew 13 missions with the 487th BG before transferring to the 34th BG.

 

Special Order 170, Para. 13, Hq USAAF Sta. 156, 24, July 1944

The following officers and enlisted men having reported to this station per Par. 1, Special Order 115, Hq, AAF Sta. 137, 23 July 1944, are hereby assigned as indicated... including to 391st Squadron: 

2 Lt Scharmen, Merrill E.     (1092)     (P)           O-692892

2 Lt Millard, Glenn L.           (1092)     (CP)        O-702314

2 Lt Friedman, Max J.           (1034)     (N)          O-711380

2 Lt Valiando, Arthur A.     (1035)     (B)           O-696284

T/Sgt Gallardo, Frank A.     (748)       (E)           39278721

T/Sgt Goy, Ernest G.            (757)       (R)           38415674

S/Sgt Dotson, George R.     (748)       (G)           38451345

S/Sgt Heikkila, Harold J.      (748)       (G)           36559927

S/Sgt Benedick, Joseph C.  (612)       (G)           19106113

S/Sgt Becker, Milford L.      (748)       (G)           38402301

 

CREW 103; 391st Squadron (as of July 28, 1944)

Scharmen (P)  (incorrectly spelled Sharman)

Millard (CP)

Friedman (N)

Valiando (B)

Goy (R)

Gallardo (E)

Dotson (NG)

Becker (TG)

Benedick (BG)

Heikkila (G)

 

Mission #46 July 29, 1944 44-40476 E/Z scheduled for Scharmen but replaced.

Mission #46 July 29, 1944 42-94889 E/Y 391BS Scharmen Patches

Originally scheduled as an Airborne Spare but was then assigned the empty 3-3 slot in High Squadron.

Took off at 0511 hours.

Flew position 3-3 in Low Squadron.

Carried 20 250 lb bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 0844 hours from 20,000 feet.

No damage reported.

Landed 1040 hours.

Fuel transfer pump leaks. Inspected and repaired.

Intervalometer inoperative at altitude; charging cable right tail gun broken. Replaced.

Scharmen (P) 

Millard (CP)

Friedman (N)

Valiando (B)

Goy (R)

Gallardo (E)

Dotson (NG)

Becker (TG)

Benedick (BG)

Heikkila (G)

 

Mission #47 July 31, 1944 44-40208 L/U 18BS Scharmen

Took off at 0921 hours.

Flew position 4-3 in High Squadron.

Carried 20 250 lb bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 1310 hours from 23,000 feet.

No damage reported.

Landed 1559 hours.

Scharman (P)

Millard (CP)

Friedman (N)

Valiando (B)

Goy (R)

Gallardo (E)

Dotson (NG)

Benedick (BG)

Heikkila (G)

 

Mission #48 August 1, 1944 42-94771 L/H 391BS Scharmen

 

Mission #49 August 2, 1944 42-94766 L/F 391BS Scharmen Crow's Nest

Took off at 1604 hours.

Aborted because landing gear would not retract.

Landed 1729 hours.

Scharmen (P)

Millard (CP)

Friedman (N)

Valiando (B)

Goy (R)

Gallardo (E)

Dotson (NG)

Benedick (BG)

Heikkila (G)

 

Mission #50 August 3, 1944 42-94780 L/M “Smitty” (scheduled for Scharmen but replaced)

Mission #50 August 3, 1944 42-94869 D/J 391BS Scharmen

Scharmen (P) 

Millard (CP)

Friedman (N)

Valiando (B)

Goy (R)

Gallardo (E)

Slovensky (NG) (a write-in)

Benedick (BG)

Heikkila (G)

 

Mission #51 August 4, 1944 41-29599 L/T 18BS Scharmen Boots

Scharmen (P) 

Millard (CP)

Friedman (N)

Valiando (B)

Goy (R)

Gallardo (E)

Dotson (NG)

Benedick (BG)

Heikkila (G)

 

Mission #52 August 5, 1944 41-28820 L/L 391BS Scharmen Four-Five Time

Scharmen (P) 

Millard (CP)

Friedman (N)

Valiando (B)

Goy (R)

Gallardo (E)

Dotson (NG)

Benedick (BG)

Heikkila (G)

 

Mission #53 August 6, 1944 42-94762 L/Y 391BS Scharmen The Uninvited

No crew loading list available.

 

Mission #54 August 7, 1944 42-94824 E/R 391BS Scharmen Umbriago

Scharmen (P) 

Millard (CP)

Friedman (N)

Valiando (B)

Goy (R)

Gallardo (E)

Dotson (NG)

Benedick (BG)

Heikkila (G)

 

Mission #56 August 10, 1944 44-40049 D/I 391BS Scharmen

Scharmen (P) 

Millard (CP)

Friedman (N)

Valiando (B)

Goy (R)

Gallardo (E)

Dotson (NG)

Benedick (BG)

Heikkila (G)

 

Mission #57 August 11, 1944 42-94748 L/P 18BS Scharmen Undecided

Scharmen (P) 

Millard (CP)

Friedman (N)

Valiando (B)

Goy (R)

Gallardo (E)

Dotson (NG)

Benedick (BG)

Heikkila (G)

 

Mission #58 August 13, 1944 41-29500 B/T 391BS Scharmen Ramblin’ Reck

Scharmen (P) 

Millard (CP)

Friedman (N)

Valiando (B)

Goy (R)

Gallardo (E)

Dotson (NG)

Benedick (BG)

Heikkila (G)

 

Mission #59 August 14, 1944 42-94762 L/Y 391BS Scharmen The Uninvited (On the chart but apparently did not take off)

 

Mission #60 August 15, 1944 41-29599 L/T 391BS Scharmen Boots

Scharmen (P) 

Millard (CP)

Friedman (N)

Valiando (B)

Goy (R)

Gallardo (E)

Dotson (NG)

Benedick (BG)

 

Mission #62 August 18, 1944 42-94904 L/Z 391BS Scharmen Belle of the Brawl

Took off at 0628 hours.

Flew position 4-3 in Lead Squadron.

Carried 52 100 lb GP bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 0957 hours from 21,800 feet.

No damage reported.

Landed 1151 hours.

Scharmen (P) 

Millard (CP)

Friedman (N)

Valiando (B)

Goy (R)

Gallardo (E)

Dotson (NG)

Benedick (BG)

Heikkila (G)

 

CREW #

 

Mission #64 September 17, 1944 43-38365 L/N 391BS Scharmen

Took off from Hardstand #21 at 0655 hours.

Flew position 4-2 in 34 D Group.

Carried 38 100GP bombs. Dropped 32 bombs on the Primary at 1040 hours from 18,100 feet. Jettisoned 6 bombs.

No damage reported.

Landed 1153 hours.

 

Mission #65 September 19, 1944 43-38280 E/M 391BS Scharmen Missbehaven Raven

Mission #66 September 22, 1944 43-38423 L/N (scheduled for Scharmen but replaced by a spare)

Mission #66 September 22, 1944 43-38378 L/K 391BS Scharmen

Mission #67 September 25, 1944 43-38423 L/N 391BS Scharmen

 

Mission #69 September 27, 1944 43-38423 L/N 391BS Scharmen

Major damage – S/Sgt George A. Dotson 38451345 (Gunner) KIA Hometown: AR

 

Mission #71 October 2, 1944 43-38351 L/F 391BS Scharmen

Mission #77 October 14, 1944 43-38423 L/N 391BS Scharmen

Mission #78 October 15, 1944 43-38423 L/N 391BS Scharmen       Aborted – mechanical – BT sick

Mission #79 October 17, 1944 43-38423 L/N 391BS Scharmen

Mission #80 October 19, 1944 43-38423 L/N 391BS Scharmen     Leaflets only