Graeb, William Louis

Individual Personnel Data
Name Graeb, William Louis   
Rank Sergeant / Staff Sergeant
Serial Number 15336853   
Unit Assignments
  • Assigned to the 544th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #146 dated 17 November 1943, effective 17 November 1943.
  • Transferred to a non-384th unit, per 544th Bomb Squadron Morning Report dated 25 May 1944 - 398th Bomb Group, AAF Station 131, effective 22 May 1944.
Duty Tail Gunner
MOS612 - Airplane Armorer / Gunner
Last Duty Date 22 May 1944
Results Completed Tour, Returned to USA
Additional Information
  • Date of Birth: 14 October 1922
  • Note that last name appears in NARA Enlistment database as C R A E B.
  • Promoted to Staff Sergeant per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #27 dated 12 February 1944.
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. West, George BerryPilotCT
2nd Lt. Yount, Donald LaverneCo-pilotCT
2nd Lt. DeWitt, Robert CourtneyNavigatorCT
2nd Lt. Credidio, Anthony JosephBombardierCT
S/SGT. Anderson, Charles LeRoyRadio Operator / GunnerCT
T/SGT. Crippen, Creig BEngineer / Top Turret GunnerCT
SGT. Skerko, John (NMI)Ball Turret GunnerCT
SGT. Graeb, William LouisTail GunnerCT
SGT. Figley, Wilbert GuyFlexible GunnerCT
SGT. Ray, William CharlesFlexible GunnerCT

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 28 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
41 11 December 1943 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Emden, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑37758 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
44 20 December 1943 Target: Port Area/Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Bremen, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑39888 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
46 24 December 1943 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Croisette, France
Tail Gunner 42‑29651 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
47 30 December 1943 Target: I. G. Farben Industrie, Chemical/Synthetic Rubber Plants
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑29703 Combat Mission Credit
Briefed to fly in high Squadron of composite group, flew #5 position with unidentified Group; landed away at Thurleigh due to low fuel
Sortie Report
49 4 January 1944 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Kiel, Germany
Tail Gunner 41‑24560 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
53 14 January 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Le Meillard, France
Tail Gunner 42‑38014 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
55 29 January 1944 Target: Aircraft Parts Plants
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑29703 Combat Mission Credit
Lead group.
Sortie Report
56 30 January 1944 Target: Aircraft Assembly Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Brunswick / Braunschweig, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑29703 Combat Mission Credit
Low group.
Sortie Report
58 4 February 1944 Target: Alfred Teves Main Works: Aircraft Parts Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑29703 Combat Mission Credit
High group, 41st B Combat Wing.
Sortie Report
59 5 February 1944 Target: Bricy Aerodrome, Luftwaffe Training and Bomber Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Orleans, France
Tail Gunner 42‑29703 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
60 6 February 1944 Target: Nancy/Essey Aerodrome
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Nancy, France
Tail Gunner 42‑29703 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
63 20 February 1944 Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Leipzig & Bernburg, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑31606 Combat Mission Credit
41A Group Flying Spare. Joined formation.
Sortie Report
64 21 February 1944 Target: Fighter Field & Aircraft Storage Depot
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Werl, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑29703 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron deputy, low group. Landed away at Rattlesden due to technical failures.
Sortie Report
66 24 February 1944 Target: Ball-Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑37885 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Squadron, lead group.
Sortie Report
67 25 February 1944 Target: Aircraft Assembly & Ball Bearings Plants
Type: Industry
Location: Augsburg & Stuttgart, Germany
Tail Gunner 41‑24560 Combat Mission Credit
41C Group, High Squadron, Lead Group. Landed away at RAF Desborough, Northamptonshire, on return due to low fuel.
Sortie Report
69 2 March 1944 Target: Alfred Teves Main Works: Aircraft Parts Plant and Machine Shop
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑31495 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
71 4 March 1944 Type: Military
Location: Berlin, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑31364 Aborted Mission After Taking Off
Turned back at 1035 hrs; aircraft took off late and was unable to locate the group formation due to poor visibility.
Sortie Report
72 6 March 1944 Target: Erkner Ball-Bearing Factory
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑31435 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
74 9 March 1944 Target: Heinkel Aircraft Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oranienburg, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑31435 Combat Mission Credit
Flying spare; joined formation.
Sortie Report
80 23 March 1944 Target: Airdrome and Airpark
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Gütersloh, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑31435 Combat Mission Credit
Composite high group deputy.
Sortie Report
82 26 March 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Le Grismont, Rebecques, France
Tail Gunner 42‑31435 Combat Mission Credit
Group deputy.
Sortie Report
86 9 April 1944 Target: FW-190 Fighter Aircraft Assembly Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Marienburg, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑31435 Combat Mission Credit
Wing deputy.
Sortie Report
88 11 April 1944 Target: FW Aircraft Parts Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Sorau, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑31346 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron lead, high composite group.
Sortie Report
90 18 April 1944 Target: Aircraft Parts Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oranienburg, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑31435 Combat Mission Credit
Group deputy.
Sortie Report
96 27 April 1944 Target: V-Weapon Service Bunker (under construction)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Sottevast, France
Tail Gunner 42‑97367 Combat Mission Credit
Group deputy.
Sortie Report
101 7 May 1944 Target: Friedrichstrasse Railroad Station
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑31364 Combat Mission Credit
Ground Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑31435.
Sortie Report
103 8 May 1944 Target: V-Weapon Service Bunker (under construction)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Sottevast, France
Tail Gunner 42‑31435 Combat Mission Credit
Group deputy.
Sortie Report
109 19 May 1944 Target: Unidentified Industrial Area
Type: Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑31364 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Group.
Sortie Report
110 20 May 1944 Target: Orly Airport
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Paris, France
Ball Turret 42‑31484 Combat Mission Credit
Group Lead.
Sortie Report

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