Fernquist, Kenneth Irvin

Individual Personnel Data
Name Fernquist, Kenneth Irvin   
Rank Sergeant / Staff Sergeant
Serial Number 6879524   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 547th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #81 dated 1 May 1944
Duty Ball Turret Gunner
MOS612 - Airplane Armorer / Gunner
Last Duty Date 29 July 1944
Results Killed In Action
Final Resting Place or Memorial: Lorraine American Cemetery, Saint-Avold, France: Plot G Row 15 Grave 33
Additional Information
  • ASN given as 96879524 in NARA Enlistment Database.
  • Promoted to Staff Sergeant per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #91 dated 16 May 1944.
  • Placed on seven days Temporary Duty to American Red Cross Club, Southport, Lancashire (a Flak House) on 15 July 1944 per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #135 dated 12 July 1944.
Related Documents Missing Air Crew Report # 7818 (61.925 MB)
Accident Report # 44-07-22-524 (1.244 MB)




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Brown, Billie BarnardPilotCT
2nd Lt. Goodin, Maurice ClaudNavigatorCT
S/SGT. Bingaman, Jack WilliamEngineer / Top Turret GunnerPOW
SGT. Fernquist, Kenneth IrvinBall Turret GunnerKIA
S/SGT. Thomas, Paul NolanTail GunnerPOW
SGT. Caruso, Frank LouisFlexible GunnerPOW
SGT. Sullivan, Robert FrancisFlexible GunnerPOW

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 32 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
108 15 May 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Mimoyecques, France
Ball Turret 42‑97201 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron deputy.
Sortie Report
109 19 May 1944 Target: Unidentified Industrial Area
Type: Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑3441 Combat Mission Credit
Low Group.
Sortie Report
111 21 May 1944 Target: NOBALL (Supergun Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Mimoyecques, France
Ball Turret 42‑102566 Combat Mission Credit
Group A High Squadron Deputy. Ground Spare aircraft; replaced 42‑97367.
Sortie Report
112 22 May 1944 Target: Warehouse District in the Dock Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Kiel, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑97367 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
114 24 May 1944 Target: Unidentified Military Installations
Type: Military
Location: Berlin, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑37788 Aborted mission after taking off.
Low Group. Turned back at 0747 hrs; all four generators were oscillating; there was insufficient power to operate a/c properly.
Sortie Report
115 25 May 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Sarreguemines and Blainville-sur-l'Eau, France
Ball Turret 42‑97449 Combat Mission Credit
41B Group, High Squadron Deputy.
Sortie Report
116 27 May 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑97204 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Group.
Sortie Report
117 28 May 1944 Target: Junkers Aircraft Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Dessau, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑97201 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
119 29 May 1944 Target: Focke-Wulf Aircraft Parts Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Krzesiny District, Poznań, Poland
Ball Turret 42‑102617 Combat Mission Credit
Low Group. Assumed Low Squadron Deputy position after Inman aborted.
Sortie Report
120 30 May 1944 Target: Airfield: Hangars and Repair Sheds
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Halberstadt, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑97072 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Group, Wing Deputy. Assumed this role after original Deputy aborted.
Sortie Report
122 2 June 1944 Target: Gun Battery with six 155mm guns, Tactical Support
Type: Military
Location: Hardelot (5 miles S of Boulogne), France
Ball Turret 44‑6080 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
125 4 June 1944 Target: Artillery Battery
Type: Military
Location: Hardelot (Boulogne area), France
Ball Turret 42‑97237 Combat Mission Credit
Low Group, High Squadron Deputy.
Sortie Report
126 5 June 1944 Target: Field Artillery Battery
Type: Military
Location: La Fosse, France
Ball Turret 44‑6080 Flying spare aircraft: returned to base after taking off.
Sortie Report
128 6 June 1944 Target: Two Bridges
Type: Transportation
Location: Caen, France
Ball Turret 42‑97960 Combat Mission Credit
K Squadron.
Sortie Report
130 7 June 1944 Target: Transportation Hub
Type: Military
Location: Caen, France
Ball Turret 42‑97150 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
131 8 June 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards (41C) & Loire River Railroad Bridge (41D)
Type: Transportation
Location: Orleans, France
Ball Turret 42‑107064 Combat Mission Credit
41C Wing.
Sortie Report
132 10 June 1944 Target: Chateau Bougon Airfield (41A) & Vannes Airfield (41B)
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Nantes & Vannes, France
Ball Turret 42‑97237 Combat Mission Credit
41A Group.
Sortie Report
133 12 June 1944 Target: Railroad Bridge 48°29'N,2°0'W
Type: Transportation
Location: La Vicomté-sur-Rance, France
Ball Turret 42‑97237 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Group, Low Squadron Deputy.
Sortie Report
134 13 June 1944 Target: Dreux Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Dreux, France
Ball Turret 42‑97237 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at Polebrook, AAF Station 110, on return, due to bad weather.
Sortie Report
138 18 June 1944 Target: Ölwerke Julius Humbles
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Ball Turret 44‑6135 Combat Mission Credit
41A Group.
Sortie Report
139 19 June 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Fleury & Crépy, France
Ball Turret 42‑38013 Combat Mission Credit
41B Group, Flying Spare. Joined formation.
Sortie Report
140 19 June 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Fleury & Crépy, France
Ball Turret 42‑38013 Combat Mission Credit
41A Group.
Sortie Report
142 21 June 1944 Target: Friedrichstrasse Industrial Area
Type: Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑97263 Combat Mission Credit
Composite High Group.
Sortie Report
144 22 June 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Lille (Fives district), France
Ball Turret 42‑38208 Combat Mission Credit
Low group deputy.
Sortie Report
145 24 June 1944 Target: German Vacuum Oil Company
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Oslebshausen (Bremen area), Germany
Ball Turret 42‑97263 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
146 25 June 1944 Target: Railroad Bridge & Embankment
Type: Transportation
Location: Sens, France
Ball Turret 42‑97150 Combat Mission Credit
Assigned to fly as the second section lead, high composite Squadron, high group, 41st B' wing; unable to rendezvous with the assigned group, joined a formation of the 92nd BG and bombed with them.
Sortie Report
151 6 July 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Coubronne, France
Ball Turret 42‑97201 Combat Mission Credit
High group.
Sortie Report
153 7 July 1944 Target: Me-109 Aircraft Factory
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Leipzig, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑97237 Combat Mission Credit
High group, 41st A wing.
Sortie Report
155 11 July 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Munich / München, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑97237 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
156 12 July 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Munich / München, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑97204 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
157 13 July 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Munich / München, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑38208 Combat Mission Credit
41B Group.
Sortie Report
-- 22 July 1944 Location: Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑97201 Following a landing after a training flight, co-pilot mistakenly placed landing gear switch in the 'UP' position, causing the gear to collapse during rollout. No crew were injured.
Sortie Report
165 25 July 1944 Target: Tactical - Enemy Strong Points
Type: Military
Location: Montreuil-sur-Lozon, Le Châtel,
& La Chapelle en Juger, France
Ball Turret 42‑97204 Combat Mission Credit
High Group.
Sortie Report
166 28 July 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil & Chemical Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Ball Turret 43‑37843 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron deputy, lead group.
Sortie Report
167 29 July 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil & Chemical Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Ball Turret 43‑37870 Combat Mission Credit
High group deputy, 41st B wing. After bombs away, was heard calling for fighter support although not observed leaving formation; crashed near Bad Bibra, Germany. MACR 7818
Sortie Report

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