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Dudla, John Richard

Individual Personnel Data
Name Dudla, John Richard   
Rank Sergeant / Technical Sergeant
Serial Number 31169488   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 547th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho, Special Orders #32 dated 1 February 1943, effective 1 February 1943.
Duty Tail Gunner / Togglier
MOS612 - Airplane Armorer / Gunner
Last Duty Date 18 March 1944
Results Interned, Neutral Country
Additional Information
  • Interned in Switzerland.
  • Promoted to Staff Sergeant per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #37 dated 27 June 1943.
  • Transferred in grade to the Detachment of Patients, APO 514 per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #50 dated 17 July 1943. He subsequently returned to duty with the 384th Bomb Group, date unknown.
  • Promoted to Technical Sergeant per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #23 dated 2 February 1944.
Related Documents Missing Air Crew Report # 3484 (2.122 MB)
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Original 384th Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Ogilvie, Donald PotterPilotPOW
2nd Lt. Goulder, Edmund SamuelCo-pilotPOW
2nd Lt. Barkley, John William, JrNavigatorKNC
2nd Lt. Wilson, William Hollis, "Hollis"BombardierKIA
SGT. Murray, James RaymondRadio Operator / GunnerEV
S/SGT. Hood, Emmett AlexanderEngineer / Top Turret GunnerEV
S/SGT. McKeon, James WilliamBall Turret GunnerEV
SGT. Dudla, John RichardTail GunnerINT
SGT. Campbell, Fred SimpsonFlexible GunnerTR
SGT. Sherman, Robert Ellsworth, JrFlexible GunnerTR

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 17 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
1 22 June 1943 Target: General Motors Truck Factory
Type: Industry
Location: Antwerp, Belgium
Tail Gunner 42‑5848 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
36 16 November 1943 Target: Knaben II Molybdenum Mine
Type: Industry
Location: Knaben, Norway
Ball Turret 42‑37848 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
39 1 December 1943 Target: Non-Ferrous Metals Plant
Type: Industry
Location: Solingen, Germany
Tail Gunner 41‑24578 Combat Mission Credit
Flying Spare; joined formation. Landed away at Manston.
Sortie Report
42 13 December 1943 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Bremen, Germany
Togglier 42‑37924 Combat Mission Credit
Lead group.
Sortie Report
43 16 December 1943 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Bremen, Germany
Togglier 42‑37924 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at Alconbury
Sortie Report
49 4 January 1944 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Kiel, Germany
Togglier 42‑37924 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
51 7 January 1944 Target: Powerhouse
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Togglier 42‑37924 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron #4; assumed Squadron lead after assigned Squadron lead aircraft failed to take off; then led remaining group aircraft on the mission after weather broke up the group formation, causing most (including assigned group lead) to turn back.
Sortie Report
52 11 January 1944 Target: Ju-88 Aircraft Parts Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Halberstadt, Germany
Togglier 42‑29651 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
54 21 January 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Preuseville, France
Togglier 42‑29688 Aborted mission after taking off.
41B Group. Turned back over base as prop governor on #4 engine broke and had to be feathered.
Sortie Report
55 29 January 1944 Target: Aircraft Parts Plants
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Togglier 42‑39809 Combat Mission Credit
Returned early from mission after taking off.
Low group. Turned back at 1019 hrs due to pilot's illness. Bombs jettisoned in Channel.
Sortie Report
57 3 February 1944 Target: Submarines (under construction)
Type: Submarine Facility
Location: Wilhelmshaven, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑37788 Combat Mission Credit
Low Group. After losing the formation in clouds, continued mission with the 91st BG.
Sortie Report
58 4 February 1944 Target: Alfred Teves Main Works: Aircraft Parts Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑31433 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron deputy, high group, 41st A Combat Wing.
Sortie Report
63 20 February 1944 Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Leipzig & Bernburg, Germany
Togglier 41‑24560 Aborted mission after taking off.
41B Group. Turned back at 0905 hrs due to complete loss of power in #1 engine; aircraft took off a second time but could not catch up with group.
Sortie Report
65 22 February 1944 Target: Aircraft Factory
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Halberstadt & Aschersleben, Germany
Togglier 42‑29927 Aborted mission after taking off.
41B Group. Turned back due to oil leak in #4 at 1155 hrs; landed away at RAF Castle Camps, Cambridgeshire.
Sortie Report
66 24 February 1944 Target: Ball-Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Togglier 42‑31871 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Squadron, low group.
Sortie Report
67 25 February 1944 Target: Aircraft Assembly & Ball Bearings Plants
Type: Industry
Location: Augsburg & Stuttgart, Germany
Togglier 42‑31871 Aborted mission after taking off.
41A Group, Low Squadron Deputy. Aborted 10 miles NW of Splasher 1 due to an oxygen leak.
Sortie Report
69 2 March 1944 Target: Alfred Teves Main Works: Aircraft Parts Plant and Machine Shop
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Togglier 42‑31606 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
70 3 March 1944 Target: Roller-Bearing Factory
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Togglier 42‑31871 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
71 4 March 1944 Type: Military
Location: Berlin, Germany
Togglier 42‑37801 Aborted mission after taking off.
Turned back at 0955 hrs; oxygen failure; dropped from 350 lbs to 250 lbs in 30 minutes without use.
Sortie Report
72 6 March 1944 Target: Erkner Ball-Bearing Factory
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Togglier 42‑37788 Aborted mission after taking off.
Returned to base after group leader abandoned attempt to join assigned combat wing.
Sortie Report
73 8 March 1944 Target: Erkner Ball-Bearing Factory
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Togglier 42‑37788 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
75 16 March 1944 Target: Aircraft Assembly & Repair Works
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
Togglier 42‑37788 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
76 18 March 1944 Target: Aircraft Assembly & Repair Works
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
Togglier 42‑37793 Combat Mission Credit
At 1440 hrs he turned from formation; at 1455 he called Group Leader that two engines were out and he was heading for Switzerland, escorted by P-38s through a mountain pass to the south; damage caused by flak; crash-landed at Altstetten, Switzerland. MACR 3484
From 303rd BG: '#1 engine would not feather, vibrated badly and ran away over target. Supercharger on #2 inoperative 30 minutes before initial point, was rough and lost oil. Supercharger on #3 did not function properly. Aircraft landed at Dubendorf [sic] wheels up. Destruction completed of secret equipment. Target was bombed.'
Sortie Report

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