Festersen, John C

Individual Personnel Data
Name Festersen, John C
Rank Second Lieutenant / First Lieutenant
Serial Number O-774599
Unit Assignments
  • Assigned to the 546th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #234 dated 28 November 1944
  • Assigned to a non-384th related unit, per 546th Bomb Squadron Morning Report - 20th Fighter Group, Kings Cliffe, Northants, effective 2 May 1945.
Duty Pilot
MOS1091 - Pilot, B-17
Last Duty Date 2 May 1945
Results Completed Tour, Returned to USA




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Festersen, John CPilotCT
2nd Lt. Miller, Laverne SCo-pilotCT
2nd Lt. Sullivan, William RNavigatorCT
CPL. McNabb, Frederick JRadio Operator / GunnerCT
CPL. Cobb, Roy DEngineer / Top Turret GunnerCT
CPL. Titsworth, Charles WayneBall Turret GunnerCT
CPL. Rubley, John FTail GunnerTR
CPL. Sobota, John EFlexible GunnerCT

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 45 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
238 11 December 1944 Target: Road & Rail Bridge
Type: Transportation
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑102500 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron, B Group.
Sortie Report
239 12 December 1944 Target: Leuna Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Pilot 44‑8430 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
240 18 December 1944 Target: Road Junction
Type: Transportation
Location: Gemünd, Germany
Pilot 44‑8430 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
241 19 December 1944 Target: Railway Junction
Type: Transportation
Location: Glaadt, Germany
Pilot 42‑102500 Aircraft did not take off.
Did not take off due to weather which deteriorated after lead aircraft took off. [N.B.: The 546th loading list for this mission does not list crews who did not take off.]
Sortie Report
243 24 December 1944 Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Kirch Gons, Germany
Pilot 42‑97251 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
244 27 December 1944 Target: Bridge (Tactical)
Type: Transportation
Location: Altenahr, Germany
Pilot 43‑38994 Combat Mission Credit
Lead squadron.
Sortie Report
245 28 December 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Brühl, Germany
Pilot 44‑6592 Combat Mission Credit
Ground spare aircraft; replaced 43‑38994.
Sortie Report
246 30 December 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Limburg, Germany
Pilot 43‑38994 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron flying spare; joined formation.
Sortie Report
247 31 December 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Neuss, Germany
Pilot 43‑38994 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
248 1 January 1945 Target: Oil Storage Depot
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Derben, Germany
Pilot 43‑38994 Combat Mission Credit
Lead squadron.
Sortie Report
249 2 January 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Gerolstein, Germany
Pilot 43‑38994 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
250 3 January 1945 Target: Enemy Strong Point & Transportation Hub
Type: Military
Location: St Vith, Belgium
Pilot 43‑38994 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron.
Sortie Report
251 5 January 1945 Target: Landing Ground
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Neiderbreisig, Germany
Pilot 43‑38994 Combat Mission Credit
Landed on the continent in allied territory.
Sortie Report
255 15 January 1945 Target: Neuburg Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Neuburg an der Donau, Germany
Pilot 43‑39060 Flying spare aircraft: returned to base after taking off.
Lead squadron
Sortie Report
256 17 January 1945 Target: Railroad Viaduct
Type: Transportation
Location: Bielefeld, Germany
Pilot 44‑6476 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
257 20 January 1945 Target: Rail and Road Bridges
Type: Transportation
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Pilot 43‑39053 Combat Mission Credit
Ground spare aircraft; replaced 43‑38747. Landed away at RAF Upwood, Huntingdonshire (now Cambridgeshire).
Sortie Report
260 23 January 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Neuss, Germany
Pilot 44‑6476 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at North Pickenham Airfield, Station 143.
Sortie Report
262 29 January 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Siegen, Germany
Pilot 42‑97510 Aborted mission after taking off.
Ground spare aircraft, replaced 44‑6476. Aborted with a runaway prop.
Sortie Report
263 1 February 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Pilot 43‑38747 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
264 3 February 1945 Target: Tempelhof Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
Pilot 43‑38747 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
265 9 February 1945 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Lützkendorf, Germany
Pilot 44‑6476 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
266 14 February 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Dresden, Germany
Pilot 43‑38747 Aborted mission after taking off.
Turned back with #4 supercharger trouble.
Sortie Report
267 15 February 1945 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bohlen, Germany
Pilot 43‑38747 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at Deenethorpe Airfield, Station 128.
Sortie Report
271 22 February 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Ülzen, Germany
Pilot 43‑38747 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
272 23 February 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Plauen, Germany
Pilot 43‑38747 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
273 24 February 1945 Target: Submarine Construction Shipyard
Type: Shipyards
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Pilot 43‑38747 Combat Mission Credit
Lead squadron flying spare; joined formation.
Sortie Report
275 26 February 1945 Target: Schlesicher Railroad Station (Bahnhof)
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
Pilot 43‑39236 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
276 27 February 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Wahren (Leipzig area), Germany
Pilot 43‑39203 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
280 3 March 1945 Target: Synthetic Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Misburg, Germany
Pilot 43‑38747 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
281 4 March 1945 Target: Ordnance Depot
Type: Military
Location: Ulm, Germany
Pilot 43‑38747 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
282 7 March 1945 Target: Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bochum, Germany
Pilot 43‑38747 Combat Mission Credit
Lead squadron.
Sortie Report
284 9 March 1945 Target: Henschel Tank and Locomotive Works
Type: Industry
Location: Kassel, Germany
Pilot 43‑38747 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
285 10 March 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Schwerte, Germany
Pilot 43‑38747 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
287 12 March 1945 Target: Railway Center
Type: Transportation
Location: Betzdorf, Germany
Pilot 43‑38548 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
294 22 March 1945 Target: German Hutted Camps (Barracks) at 51°36'N,7°06'E
Type: Military
Location: Westerholt, Germany
Pilot 43‑39019 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron flying spare; joined formation.
Sortie Report
295 23 March 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Gladbeck, Germany
Pilot 44‑6882 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
296 24 March 1945 Target: Vechta Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Vechta, Germany
Pilot 43‑38747 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
298 26 March 1945 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Zeitz, Germany
Pilot 43‑38747 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron.
Sortie Report
299 28 March 1945 Target: Berlin/Spandau Motor Transport Works
Type: Industry
Location: Spandau (Berlin), Germany
Pilot 43‑38747 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
300 30 March 1945 Target: Deutsche Schiff- u. Maschinenbau A.G. (DESCHIMAG)
Submarine and Warship Yard
Machine Shop
Type: Submarine Facility
Location: Bremen, Germany
Pilot 43‑38747 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
302 3 April 1945 Target: Underground Oil Storage Depot
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Kiel, Germany
Pilot 43‑38747 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
303 4 April 1945 Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Fassberg, Germany
Pilot 43‑38747 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron.
Sortie Report
304 5 April 1945 Target: Ordnance Depot
Type: Military
Location: Ingolstadt, Germany
Pilot 43‑38747 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
306 7 April 1945 Target: Underground Oil Storage Plant
Type: Military
Location: Hitzacker, Germany
Pilot 43‑38747 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
307 9 April 1945 Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Fürstenfeldbruck, Germany
Pilot 43‑38747 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron flying spare; joined formation.
Sortie Report
308 10 April 1945 Target: Ordnance Depot Workshop Area
Type: Military
Location: Oranienburg, Germany
Pilot 43‑38747 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
314 19 April 1945 Target: Railroad Station & Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Elsterwerda, Germany
Pilot 43‑38747 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
315 20 April 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Seddin, Germany
Pilot 43‑38747 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
316 25 April 1945 Target: Skoda Armament Works
Type: Industry
Location: Pilsen / Plzeň, Czechoslovakia
Pilot 43‑38747 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report

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