Fitch, John Gilmore

Individual Personnel Data
Name Fitch, John Gilmore   
Rank Sergeant / Staff Sergeant
Serial Number 17152119   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 547th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #75 dated 21 April 1944, effective 12 April 1944.
Duty Flexible Gunner / Tail Gunner
MOS611 - Aerial Gunner
Last Duty Date 22 May 1944
Results Killed In Action
Final Resting Place or Memorial: Iowa
Additional Information
  • Severely wounded in leg on his final mission; bailed out; treated in German hospital but died after surgery.
  • Promoted to Staff Sergeant per AAF Station Special Orders #81 dated 1 May 1944.
  • Assignment orders of 21 April 1944 amended to read Effective Date 12 April 1944 per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #94 dated 20 May 1944.
Related Documents Missing Air Crew Report # 4954 (43.748 MB)




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Hickey, Jack FranklinPilotPOW
2nd Lt. Sweeney, Ned HardyCo-pilotKIA
2nd Lt. Hepp, Eugene FrancisNavigatorPOW
2nd Lt. Merkley, Ronald CharlesBombardierPOW
S/SGT. Hardman, John BethanyRadio Operator / GunnerPOW
S/SGT. Stevens, Howard OrvilleEngineer / Top Turret GunnerPOW
S/SGT. Allen, John Samuel, JrBall Turret GunnerTR
SGT. Cook, Herbert ArnoTail GunnerPOW
SGT. Fitch, John GilmoreFlexible GunnerKIA
CPL. Fugate, Roger (NMI)Flexible GunnerCT

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 7 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
97 27 April 1944 Target: Toul/Croix de Metz Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Nancy, France
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑31211 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron deputy.
Sortie Report
100 4 May 1944 Target: Friedrichstrasse Railroad Station
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑38013 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron deputy, composite high group, 94th CBW.
Sortie Report
101 7 May 1944 Target: Friedrichstrasse Railroad Station
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑102402 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
103 8 May 1944 Target: V-Weapon Service Bunker (under construction)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Sottevast, France
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑97072 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
105 11 May 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Saarbrücken and Ehrang, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑97367 Combat Mission Credit
41B Group.
Sortie Report
106 12 May 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑102402 Aborted mission after taking off.
High Squadron lead, low group. Turned back at 1025 hrs because ball turret gunner blacked out at 8000 ft.
Sortie Report
107 13 May 1944 Target: Aircraft Assembly Components Factory.
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Poznań, Poland
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑97072 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
111 21 May 1944 Target: NOBALL (Supergun Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Mimoyecques, France
Tail Gunner 42‑97449 Aborted mission after taking off.
Group A High Squadron Lead. Turned back at 1246 hrs because of an internal failure in #1 engine.
Sortie Report
112 22 May 1944 Target: Warehouse District in the Dock Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Kiel, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑102402 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron Deputy.
Sortie Report

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