Hardtmann, Arnold John

Individual Personnel Data
Name Hardtmann, Arnold John   
Rank Staff Sergeant / Technical Sergeant
Serial Number 32516003   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 545th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #146 dated 17 November 1943
Duty Engineer / Top Turret Gunner
MOS748 - Army Airplane Mechanic / Gunner, Flight Engineer
Last Duty Date 15 July 1944
Results Completed Tour, Returned to USA
Additional Information
  • Promoted to Technical Sergeant per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #14 dated 21 January 1944.
  • Placed on seven days Temporary Duty on or about 6 March 1944 to American Red Cross Club, Southport (a Flak House) per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #51 dated 17 March 1944. This Temporary Duty is dated 18 March 1944 vice 6 March 1944 in the unit Morning Report.
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Laboda, Joseph StanleyPilotCT
2nd Lt. Bush, Sidney LewisCo-pilotKIA
2nd Lt. Crist, Vern WarrenNavigatorPOW
2nd Lt. Fornear, Thomas SouthernBombardierMIA
S/SGT. Flynn, James ERadio Operator / GunnerCT
S/SGT. Hardtmann, Arnold JohnEngineer / Top Turret GunnerCT
SGT. Smart, Samuel Hayes, "Sammy"Ball Turret GunnerCT
S/SGT. Nutt, Oliver WayneTail GunnerCT
SGT. Kalinsky, Morris (NMI)Flexible GunnerCT
SGT. Kerr, Robert EugeneFlexible GunnerCT

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 30 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
46 24 December 1943 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Croisette, France
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑39784 Combat Mission Credit
Ground Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑37727.
Sortie Report
49 4 January 1944 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Kiel, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑5404 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
50 5 January 1944 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Kiel, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑29828 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
51 7 January 1944 Target: Powerhouse
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑29828 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
54 21 January 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Preuseville, France
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑31045 Combat Mission Credit
41A Group.
Sortie Report
57 3 February 1944 Target: Submarines (under construction)
Type: Submarine Facility
Location: Wilhelmshaven, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑3259 Aborted mission after taking off.
Lead group. Turned back at 1008 hrs, two miles south of Cromer because #1 prop ran away and had to be feathered; controls worked loosely and prop would not unfeather.
Sortie Report
58 4 February 1944 Target: Alfred Teves Main Works: Aircraft Parts Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑3259 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
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑3259 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
60 6 February 1944 Target: Nancy/Essey Aerodrome
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Nancy, France
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑3259 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
61 8 February 1944 Target: Piston Ring Factory
Type: Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑3259 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at RAF Manston, Kent, on return due to low fuel.
Sortie Report
63 20 February 1944 Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Leipzig & Bernburg, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑3259 Combat Mission Credit
41A Group.
Sortie Report
64 21 February 1944 Target: Fighter Field & Aircraft Storage Depot
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Werl, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑3259 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
66 24 February 1944 Target: Ball-Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑3259 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron, lead group.
Sortie Report
67 25 February 1944 Target: Aircraft Assembly & Ball Bearings Plants
Type: Industry
Location: Augsburg & Stuttgart, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑3259 Combat Mission Credit
41C Group, High Squadron, Low Group.
Sortie Report
68 28 February 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Preuseville, France
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑37974 Flying spare aircraft: returned to base after taking off.
Sortie Report
71 4 March 1944 Type: Military
Location: Berlin, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑31484 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
72 6 March 1944 Target: Erkner Ball-Bearing Factory
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑31166 Aborted mission after taking off.
Returned to base after group leader abandoned attempt to join assigned combat wing.
Sortie Report
73 8 March 1944 Target: Erkner Ball-Bearing Factory
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑3440 Combat Mission Credit
This aircraft dropped 'nickles' (propaganda leaflets) in addition to demolition bombs.
Sortie Report
74 9 March 1944 Target: Heinkel Aircraft Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oranienburg, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑31048 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
88 11 April 1944 Target: FW Aircraft Parts Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Sorau, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑97477 Combat Mission Credit
Wing deputy.
Sortie Report
93 22 April 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Hamm, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑31484 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron lead, low group.
Sortie Report
94 24 April 1944 Target: Dornier-Werke GMBH Aircraft Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑102518 Combat Mission Credit
Assumed lead after target when lead aircraft was shot down.
Sortie Report
95 25 April 1944 Target: Metz-Frescaty Airdrome
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Metz, France
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑102518 Combat Mission Credit
Group deputy.
Sortie Report
97 27 April 1944 Target: Toul/Croix de Metz Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Nancy, France
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑97573 Combat Mission Credit
Wing deputy.
Sortie Report
98 29 April 1944 Target: Industrial District
Type: Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑102518 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron lead.
Sortie Report
101 7 May 1944 Target: Friedrichstrasse Railroad Station
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑102518 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron lead, lead group.
Sortie Report
102 8 May 1944 Target: Friedrichstrasse Railroad Station
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑107125 Aborted mission after taking off.
Group deputy. Turned back at 0849 hrs because #3 prop governor was throwing oil and pressure dropped to 65 lbs.
Sortie Report
104 9 May 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Thionville, France
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑102518 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron lead.
Sortie Report
105 11 May 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Saarbrücken and Ehrang, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑107125 Combat Mission Credit
41A Group.
Sortie Report
135 14 June 1944 Target: Coulommiers Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Coulommiers, France
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑102430 Combat Mission Credit
41B Wing, High Group, High Squadron Deputy.
Sortie Report
137 16 June 1944 Target: Athies Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Laon, France
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑102518 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
138 18 June 1944 Target: Ölwerke Julius Humbles
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 44‑6147 Combat Mission Credit
41A Group.
Sortie Report
141 20 June 1944 Target: Oil Refineries
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Harburg (Hamburg area), Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑97271 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Group.
Sortie Report
142 21 June 1944 Target: Friedrichstrasse Industrial Area
Type: Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑102566 Combat Mission Credit
Low Group.
Sortie Report

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