Austin, Ralph Earl

Individual Personnel Data
Name Austin, Ralph Earl
Rank Sergeant / Staff Sergeant
Serial Number 37512616
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 546th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #140 dated 17 July 1944
Duty Flexible Gunner
MOS612 - Airplane Armorer / Gunner
Last Duty Date 27 January 1945
Results Completed Tour, Returned to USA
Additional Information
Promoted to S/SGT on SO #204 dated 15 October 1944.
Related Documents A Personal Account (0.058 MB)
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Henderson, William VPilotCT
2nd Lt. Oosterhof, Franklin GCo-pilotCT
2nd Lt. Segars, Arthur WoodrowNavigatorPOW
2nd Lt. Smith, George KBombardierCT
S/SGT. Owens, Buddy LRadio Operator / GunnerCT
S/SGT. Rodgers, William MEngineer / Top Turret GunnerCT
SGT. Tobman, Milton (NMI)Ball Turret GunnerCT
SGT. Woodruff, Walker AceTail GunnerPOW
SGT. Austin, Ralph EarlFlexible GunnerCT
PVT. O'Malley, Herbert MFlexible GunnerTR

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 35 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
167 29 July 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil & Chemical Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑97510 Combat Mission Credit
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168 31 July 1944 Target: Aero Engine Factory
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Munich / München, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑102620 Combat Mission Credit
High Group, High Squadron Deputy.
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169 1 August 1944 Target: Railroad Bridge
Type: Transportation
Location: Chartres, France
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑102620 Combat Mission Credit
Low Group Hot Camera Ship.
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172 4 August 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Crepieul, France
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑37982 Combat Mission Credit
This aircraft carried delayed-action bombs which were jettisoned in the Channel.
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177 11 August 1944 Target: Tactical: Coastal Artillery Emplacements
Type: Military
Location: Brest, France
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑102620 Combat Mission Credit
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178 12 August 1944 Target: "Landing Ground"
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: La Perthe, France
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑102620 Combat Mission Credit
Low group.
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179 13 August 1944 Target: Tactical: Road Network
Type: Transportation
Location: Beaumont-le-Roger (area), France
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑102620 Combat Mission Credit
High group.
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180 14 August 1944 Target: Echterdingen Airdrome
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑102620 Combat Mission Credit
Lead group.
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181 16 August 1944 Target: Delitzsch Air Field and Air Equipment Depot
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Delitzsch, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑102620 Combat Mission Credit
High section lead, low group.
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183 24 August 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil & Chemical Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑97142 Combat Mission Credit
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185 26 August 1944 Target: Buer Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑97282 Combat Mission Credit
Low group.
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188 5 September 1944 Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑102620 Combat Mission Credit
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190 9 September 1944 Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑97251 Combat Mission Credit
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191 10 September 1944 Target: BMW Motor Component Parts Plant
Type: Industry
Location: Sindelfingen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑107121 Combat Mission Credit
Hot camera ship.
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194 13 September 1944 Target: Leuna Synthetic Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑97592 Combat Mission Credit
Wing deputy; PFF ship.
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195 17 September 1944 Target: Tank and Gun Concentrations, Tactical
Type: Military
Location: Eindhoven & 's‑Hertogenbosch (den Bosch), The Netherlands
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑38014 Combat Mission Credit
E Squadron lead.
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198 25 September 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑107125 Combat Mission Credit
C Wing, low group deputy. Hot camera ship.
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201 28 September 1944 Target: Steelworks
Type: Industry
Location: Magdeburg, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑38616 Combat Mission Credit
Ground Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑97986. Note that the 'mickey' navigator Schwab (indicated on formation chart) was not included on the crew list for this aircraft, indicating the original aircraft planned for this crew was PFF-equipped, while this one was not. Led wing back to base after target after taking over for flak-damaged wing lead.
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202 30 September 1944 Target: Handorf Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Münster, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 44‑6476 Combat Mission Credit
High group lead.
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205 5 October 1944 Type: Industry
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑97986 Combat Mission Credit
Deputy lead. This aircraft led the group on two PFF runs, was hit by flak over target area and lost two engines; could not keep up with group and was going to land in Belgium; plane was under control, but was reported to explode at about 2,000' altitude. However, while it was out of commission for about two months, it was back flying combat missions in December.
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209 11 October 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Wesseling, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 44‑8211 Combat Mission Credit
Fourth Squadron lead. PFF ship.
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214 19 October 1944 Target: Heinrich Lanz Tank Factory
Type: Industry
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑38034 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron lead. PFF ship. Due to failure of Gee-H equipment on deputy, led attack on PFF secondary target.
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215 25 October 1944 Target: Nordstern Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑38501 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Squadron hot camera ship.
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216 30 October 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 44‑8211 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron lead. PFF & Gee-H ship.
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220 5 November 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑38616 Combat Mission Credit
Hot camera ship; low Squadron lead.
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227 20 November 1944 Target: Buer Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 44‑8401 Combat Mission Credit
PFF ship; high Squadron lead, 41st C group.
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230 26 November 1944 Target: Railroad Viaduct
Type: Transportation
Location: Altenbeken, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 44‑8211 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron lead; PFF & Gee-H ship.
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233 30 November 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Zeitz, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 44‑8211 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron lead.
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235 4 December 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Soest, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 44‑8221 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron lead. PFF & Gee-H ship. Landed away at Boxted due to low fuel.
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237 9 December 1944 Target: Airfield and Daimler Factory
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Böblingen (Stuttgart area), Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 44‑8216 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron lead. PFF & Gee-H ship (no Gee-H Navigator on today's crew). Capt Ulrey intended to release on group lead, but his bombardier 'picked up the target visually, and made a visual run.'
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243 24 December 1944 Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Kirch Göns, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑38616 Combat Mission Credit
41C Group, Low Squadron Deputy. Landed away at Ridgewell Airfield, AAF Station 167, due to weather.
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244 27 December 1944 Target: Bridge (Tactical)
Type: Transportation
Location: Altenahr, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑38616 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Squadron: division deputy.
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248 1 January 1945 Target: Oil Storage Depot
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Derben, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑107125 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Squadron deputy.
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253 8 January 1945 Target: Railroad
Type: Transportation
Location: Kyllburg, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑38501 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron lead.
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257 20 January 1945 Target: Rail and Road Bridges
Type: Transportation
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑97986 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron lead; PFF ship. Landed away at RAF Stradishall, Suffolk.
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