Gordon, Norman Hirsch

Individual Personnel Data
Name Gordon, Norman Hirsch   
Rank Corporal / Staff Sergeant
Serial Number 36819163   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 547th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #144 dated 22 July 1944, effective 22 July 1944.
Duty Tail Gunner
MOS611 - Aerial Gunner
Last Duty Date 26 August 1944
Results Killed In Action
Final Resting Place or Memorial: Netherlands American Cemetery, Margraten, The Netherlands: Plot A Row 5 Grave 11
Additional Information
  • His crewmates reported that he bailed out and landed safely, but was shot and killed by SS troops. Their descriptions varied somewhat, and can be read in the MACR.
  • Promoted to Sergeant per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #149 dated 27 July 1944.
  • Promoted to Staff Sergeant on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #163 dated 14 August 1944.
Related Documents Missing Air Crew Report # 8466 (25.908 MB)

Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
2nd Lt. Rainey, Harry Wesley, JrPilotPOW
2nd Lt. Rowe, J Z (IO)Co-pilotPOW
2nd Lt. Francis, Charles Dean, IIINavigatorPOW
2nd Lt. Kendall, Walter Selium, JrBombardierPOW
SGT. Sturdivant, Donald BarrettRadio Operator / GunnerPOW
S/SGT. Evans, Jack CliftonEngineer / Top Turret GunnerPOW
CPL. Mosier, Richard NelsonBall Turret GunnerPOW
CPL. Gordon, Norman HirschTail GunnerKIA
SGT. Knowlton, Alfred BachelorFlexible GunnerEV
PFC. Thornhill, John GroverFlexible GunnerPOW

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 7 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
169 1 August 1944 Target: Railroad Bridge
Type: Transportation
Location: Chartres, France
Tail Gunner 42‑97204 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Group, High Squadron. Dropped bombs early.
Sortie Report
170 3 August 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Fleury, Flers, Fiefs, France
Tail Gunner 42‑37788 Combat Mission Credit
I Group Hot Camera Ship.
Sortie Report
171 4 August 1944 Target: Rocket Research & Development Complex
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Peenemünde, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑37788 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
173 5 August 1944 Target: Luftwaffe Controlling Station
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Langenhagen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑37788 Flying spare aircraft: returned to base after taking off.
Lead group.
Sortie Report
177 11 August 1944 Target: Tactical: Coastal Artillery Emplacements
Type: Military
Location: Brest, France
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑37843 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
178 12 August 1944 Target: "Landing Ground"
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: La Perthe, France
Tail Gunner 43‑37990 Combat Mission Credit
Low group.
Sortie Report
181 16 August 1944 Target: Delitzsch Air Field and Air Equipment Depot
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Delitzsch, Germany
Tail Gunner 44‑6080 Combat Mission Credit
Lead group hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
185 26 August 1944 Target: Buer Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑97204 Combat Mission Credit
Lead group. At 1228 hrs, shortly after leaving target, aircraft observed feathering #4 engine and dropped down very rapidly, falling behind, but under control; crashed near the Oldebroek army training area, Wezep, The Netherlands. MACR 8466
Sortie Report

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