Erich, Milton Benjamin

Individual Personnel Data
Name Erich, Milton Benjamin   
Rank Sergeant / Technical Sergeant
Serial Number 39394770   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 544th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #139 dated 16 July 1944
Duty Flexible Gunner / Engineer / Top Turret Gunner
MOS748 - Army Airplane Mechanic / Gunner, Flight Engineer
Last Duty Date 30 November 1944
Reported missing on MACR 11129 (13.277 MB)
Results Killed In Action
Final Resting Place or Memorial: Cherokee Memorial Park, Lodi, California: Old Park, Block 1711, Space 4
Additional Information
Information received from Harry deCourcy in 2006: 'All crew survived the crash but Evans, Kohlhaas, Bellovary & Erich were captured by the local Volksturm, shot and buried locally. Their bodies were recovered by US Infantry and interred in US Military Cemeteries in Europe until identified. Erich was returned to the US and buried in Cherokee Memorial Park, Lodi, California. The remaining crew members were captured and survived as POWs. (This information is from Dept of The Army, Individual Deceased Person Report [File 293] which we obtained in 1996.)'
Related Documents MACR 11129 (13.277 MB)
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Hughes, Robert DPilotCT
2nd Lt. Evans, Hugh LegarCo-pilotKIA
2nd Lt. Rasmussen, John CNavigatorCT
2nd Lt. Gabriel, Joseph ABombardierCT
S/SGT. Klanke, Edward FranklinRadio Operator / GunnerCT
S/SGT. Burns, ArlingtonEngineer / Top Turret GunnerCT
SGT. Bellovary, John Joseph, JrBall Turret GunnerKIA
SGT. Russell, Lester Hebron, JrTail GunnerPOW
SGT. Erich, Milton BenjaminFlexible GunnerKIA
SGT. Siffert, Charles W, "Chuck"Flexible GunnerTR

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 32 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
164 24 July 1944 Target: Tactical - Enemy Strong Points
Type: Military
Location: La Chapelle en Juger & Hébécrevon, France
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑102617 Combat Mission Credit
Lead group.
Sortie Report
165 25 July 1944 Target: Tactical - Enemy Strong Points
Type: Military
Location: Montreuil-sur-Lozon, Le Châtel,
& La Chapelle en Juger, France
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑38016 Combat Mission Credit
High group.
Sortie Report
170 3 August 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Fleury, Flers, Fiefs, France
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑102459 Combat Mission Credit
J group flying spare; joined formation.
Sortie Report
173 5 August 1944 Target: Luftwaffe Controlling Station
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Langenhagen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑37822 Flying spare aircraft: returned to base after taking off.
High group.
Sortie Report
177 11 August 1944 Target: Tactical: Coastal Artillery Emplacements
Type: Military
Location: Brest, France
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑102661 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
180 14 August 1944 Target: Echterdingen Airdrome
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑97320 Aborted mission after taking off.
Low group. Turned back with a broken exhaust stack in #3 engine.
Sortie Report
181 16 August 1944 Target: Delitzsch Air Field and Air Equipment Depot
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Delitzsch, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 43‑37703 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
182 18 August 1944 Target: Tactical: Bridge
Type: Transportation
Location: Vise, Belgium
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑39888 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron deputy, lead group.
Sortie Report
184 25 August 1944 Target: Airfield & Airpark
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Anklam, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑97251 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron deputy, low group. Ground spare aircraft; replaced 42‑39888.
Sortie Report
186 30 August 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Crepieul, France
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑97282 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
188 5 September 1944 Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑98000 Combat Mission Credit
Hot camera ship, low squadron.
Sortie Report
190 9 September 1944 Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑98000 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
192 11 September 1944 Target: Oil
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Lützkendorf, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 43‑38062 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
194 13 September 1944 Target: Leuna Synthetic Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑102459 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at RAF Manston, Kent, with major battle damage.
Sortie Report
195 17 September 1944 Target: Tank and Gun Concentrations, Tactical
Type: Military
Location: Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑37703 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
198 25 September 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 44‑6141 Combat Mission Credit
C Wing, lead group.
Sortie Report
199 26 September 1944 Target: Steelworks
Type: Industry
Location: Osnabrück, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑38062 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
200 27 September 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards (PFF Aiming Points)
Type: Transportation
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑38062 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
202 30 September 1944 Target: Handorf Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Münster, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑38615 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
203 2 October 1944 Target: Ford Motor Works
Type: Industry
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑102661 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron deputy. Hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
206 6 October 1944 Target: M/T Factory
Type: Industry
Location: Stettin / Szczecin, Poland
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑37822 Combat Mission Credit
D group deputy squadron lead. Hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
209 11 October 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Wesseling, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑97320 Combat Mission Credit
Third squadron.
Sortie Report
212 17 October 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑97320 Aborted mission after taking off.
Sortie Report
213 18 October 1944 Target: Ford Motor Works
Type: Industry
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑102661 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
214 19 October 1944 Target: Heinrich Lanz Tank Factory
Type: Industry
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑102661 Combat Mission Credit
Lead squadron.
Sortie Report
219 4 November 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bottrop (Welheim), Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 44‑6141 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
220 5 November 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 44‑6141 Aborted mission after taking off.
Turned back; #3 engine feathered.
Sortie Report
221 6 November 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bottrop (Welheim), Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑102661 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
222 8 November 1944 Target: Leuna Synthetic Oil Plant (visual aim point)
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 43‑38801 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
224 10 November 1944 Target: Butzweilerdorf Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑102661 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
225 11 November 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 43‑38062 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
226 16 November 1944 Target: Tactical - Artillery Positions
Type: Military
Location: Eschweiler, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 43‑38750 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron deputy, 41st Bomb Wing A group. Landed away at Stratford, due to weather.
Sortie Report
227 20 November 1944 Target: Buer Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑102661 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
230 26 November 1944 Target: Railroad Viaduct
Type: Transportation
Location: Altenbeken, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑102459 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
232 29 November 1944 Target: Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Misburg, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑39888 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
233 30 November 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Zeitz, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 43‑37713 Combat Mission Credit
Damaged by flak, force-landed near Rebgeshain, Hesse, Germany. Crew survived combat, but four members were murdered by the local Nazi Ortsgruppenleiter in Beltershain, the others became POW. MACR 11129
Sortie Report

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