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Gase, Albert Francis

Individual Personnel Data
Name Gase, Albert Francis   
Rank Sergeant / Staff Sergeant
Serial Number 35328989   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 547th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho, Special Orders #32 dated 1 February 1943, effective 1 February 1943.
Duty Tail Gunner
MOS612 - Airplane Armorer / Gunner
Last Duty Date 6 September 1943
Results Prisoner Of War
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 3 Sagan-Silesia (Moved to Nuremberg-Langwasser) 49-11
Additional Information
  • Ordered to attend Gunnery School at Snettisham, Norfolk, for approximately 10 days beginning on or about 30 May 1943, on SO #21 dated 30 May 1943. Students are required to bring .50 cal. Ammunition, gas mask, steel helmet, mess equipment, blankets, clothing for ten days, and draw 'PX rations' in advance.
  • Promoted to Staff Sergeant per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #37 dated 27 June 1943.
Related Documents Missing Air Crew Report # 1455 (8.347 MB)
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Original 384th Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Pulcipher, Ralph RobertPilotEV
2nd Lt. Frink, Horace Everett, "Ev"Co-pilotTR
2nd Lt. Eudey, William (NMI)NavigatorPOW
Flt. Ofcr. Givens, Paul SteurerBombardierPOW
SGT. Lascu, James, JrRadio Operator / GunnerTR
S/SGT. Dacus, Judson LeroyEngineer / Top Turret GunnerPOW
SGT. McLain, Willard DouglasBall Turret GunnerEV
SGT. Gase, Albert FrancisTail GunnerPOW
S/SGT. Furrey, Thomas Edwin, JrFlexible GunnerPOW
SGT. Hawkins, Joe M, JrFlexible GunnerPOW

Crew History

The Pulcipher Crew joined the 547th BS at Wendover on 1 February 1943. Some time after 11 March, and prior to 17 May 1943, copilot Horace E 'Ev' Frink was given command of the LeFevre Crew, for unknown reasons, and Frink was replaced by Merle Johnson. The resulting crew flew most of its missions together in B-17F 42-5843 SO*S 'BLACK GHOST'.

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 12 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
2 25 June 1943 Target: Industrial Area & Submarine Pens
Type: Military
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑30043 Combat Mission Credit
Jettisoned bombs on enemy-occupied Terschelling Island.
Sortie Report
4 28 June 1943 Target: Fighter Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Beaumont-le-Roger, France
Tail Gunner 42‑5852 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
5 29 June 1943 Target: duNord Aircraft Works, Villacoublay Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Paris, France
Tail Gunner 42‑5843 Aborted Mission After Taking Off
Low Squadron Lead. Turned back due to #1 engine failure.
Sortie Report
6 4 July 1943 Target: Gnome et Rhone Aircraft Engine Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Le Mans, France
Tail Gunner 42‑5843 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
7 10 July 1943 Target: Drucat Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Abbeville, France
Tail Gunner 42‑5843 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron lead, Group Deputy.
Sortie Report
9 24 July 1943 Target: Aluminum & Magnesium Plants
Type: Industry
Location: Herøya, Norway
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑5843 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
15 15 August 1943 Target: Poix-en-Picardie and Amiens-Glisy Airfields
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Poix-de-Picardie & Amiens, France
Tail Gunner 42‑5843 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Squadron deputy.
Sortie Report
16 16 August 1943 Target: Le Bourget Airport & Air Depot
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Paris, France
Tail Gunner 42‑5843 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron lead.
Sortie Report
17 17 August 1943 Target: Ball-Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑5843 Combat Mission Credit
Group deputy.
Sortie Report
18 27 August 1943 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Watten, France
Tail Gunner 42‑5843 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron lead.
Sortie Report
19 31 August 1943 Target: Fighter Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Romilly-sur-Seine, France
Tail Gunner 42‑5843 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron lead.
Sortie Report
20 3 September 1943 Target: Air Park and Aerodrome
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Romilly-sur-Seine, France
Tail Gunner 42‑5843 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron lead. A British Army observer and war correspondent, Maj. Anthony Cotterell, flew with this crew.
Sortie Report
21 6 September 1943 Type: Industry
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑5843 Combat Mission Credit
Failed To Return
Shot down by fighters and flak; crashed near Beauvais, France; MACR 1455.
Sortie Report

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