Froebel, Ronald Holcomb

Individual Personnel Data
Name Froebel, Ronald Holcomb
Rank Flight Officer / Second Lieutenant
Serial Number O-886851
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 546th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #69 dated 12 April 1944, effective 12 April 1944.
Duty Co-pilot
MOS1091 - Pilot, B-17
Last Duty Date 22 October 1944
Results Completed Tour, Returned to USA
Additional Information
  • Discharged to accept commission as a Second Lieutenant effective 29 May 1944 per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #104 dated 4 June 1944.
  • Granted a five day sick leave of absence effective 30 July 1944 per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #151 dated 29 July 1944.
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Strand, Robert EarlPilotCT
Flt. Ofcr. Froebel, Ronald HolcombCo-pilotCT
2nd Lt. Umstattd, James McNuttNavigatorCT
2nd Lt. Brown, Sherwood GilbertBombardierCT
T/SGT. Grosbier, Gordon JosephRadio Operator / GunnerCT
S/SGT. D'Emilio, Nick VictorEngineer / Top Turret GunnerTR
SGT. D'Amelio, Vincent AnthonyBall Turret GunnerCT
SGT. Gent, Daniel Barry, JrTail GunnerCT
SGT. Neeson, Richard SFlexible GunnerCT
SGT. Cain, John BruceFlexible GunnerCT

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 20 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
91 19 April 1944 Target: Aircraft Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Kassel, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑107074 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
92 20 April 1944 Target: V-Weapon Service Bunker (under construction)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Sottevast, France
Co-pilot 42‑37776 Combat Mission Credit
A Wing, High Group.
Sortie Report
93 22 April 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Hamm, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑107074 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
94 24 April 1944 Target: Dornier-Werke GMBH Aircraft Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑107074 Combat Mission Credit
Ground Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑107083.
Sortie Report
95 25 April 1944 Target: Metz-Frescaty Airdrome
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Metz, France
Co-pilot 42‑37788 Aborted mission after taking off.
Number 2 and 4 superchargers failed; unable to keep up with formation.
Sortie Report
97 27 April 1944 Target: Toul/Croix de Metz Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Nancy, France
Co-pilot 42‑107074 Flying spare aircraft: returned to base after taking off.
Sortie Report
98 29 April 1944 Target: Industrial District
Type: Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑97273 Combat Mission Credit
Flying spare; joined formation.
Sortie Report
100 4 May 1944 Target: Friedrichstrasse Railroad Station
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑107083 Aborted mission after taking off.
Oxygen went out two hours after take off.
Sortie Report
102 8 May 1944 Target: Friedrichstrasse Railroad Station
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑102402 Aborted mission after taking off.
Turned back at 0815 hrs because pilot became ill.
Sortie Report
105 11 May 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Saarbrücken and Ehrang, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑97139 Combat Mission Credit
41B Group.
Sortie Report
106 12 May 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑97273 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
107 13 May 1944 Target: Aircraft Assembly Components Factory.
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Poznań, Poland
Co-pilot 42‑102500 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron, high composite group, 41st CBW.
Sortie Report
109 19 May 1944 Target: Unidentified Industrial Area
Type: Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑102500 Aborted mission after taking off.
Low Group. Turned back at 1155 hrs; couldn't make contact with Group.
Sortie Report
111 21 May 1944 Target: NOBALL (Supergun Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Mimoyecques, France
Co-pilot 42‑102620 Combat Mission Credit
Group A.
Sortie Report
113 23 May 1944 Target: Nancy/Essey Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Nancy, France
Co-pilot 42‑102430 Flying spare aircraft: returned to base after taking off.
41B Group Flying Spare.
Sortie Report
120 30 May 1944 Target: Airfield: Hangars and Repair Sheds
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Halberstadt, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑97251 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Group, Low Squadron Lead.
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
Co-pilot 42‑102620 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
124 3 June 1944 Target: Coastal Artillery Battery
Type: Military
Location: Le Touquet, France
Co-pilot 42‑97251 Flying spare aircraft: returned to base after taking off.
Sortie Report
141 20 June 1944 Target: Oil Refineries
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Harburg (Hamburg area), Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑97699 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Group, Wing Lead. PFF ship provided by 305th BG, Chelveston, AAF Station 105.
Sortie Report
158 16 July 1944 Target: Aero Engine Factory
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Munich / München, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑97543 Combat Mission Credit
Wing Lead. This PFF ship was provided by the 305th BG, with a radar navigator, 1Lt Albert G D'Amico, from the 306th BG.
Sortie Report
189 8 September 1944 Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑102601 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
191 10 September 1944 Target: BMW Motor Component Parts Plant
Type: Industry
Location: Sindelfingen, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑107083 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
195 17 September 1944 Target: Tank and Gun Concentrations, Tactical
Type: Military
Location: Eindhoven & 's‑Hertogenbosch (den Bosch), The Netherlands
Co-pilot 42‑102501 Combat Mission Credit
E Squadron deputy and hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
199 26 September 1944 Target: Steelworks
Type: Industry
Location: Osnabrück, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑97510 Combat Mission Credit
Low group.
Sortie Report
200 27 September 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards (PFF Aiming Points)
Type: Transportation
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑102500 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
201 28 September 1944 Target: Steelworks
Type: Industry
Location: Magdeburg, Germany
Tail Gunner 44‑8007 Combat Mission Credit
Wing lead. PFF ship. Landed away in Brussels due to flak damage.
Sortie Report
205 5 October 1944 Type: Industry
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑107121 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Squadron flying spare; joined formation and bombed target; dropped bombs late.
Sortie Report

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