Harfman, Lavern Frank

Individual Personnel Data
Name Harfman, Lavern Frank   
Rank Sergeant / Technical Sergeant
Serial Number 12097812   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 545th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #116 dated 19 June 1944
Duty Flexible Gunner / Engineer / Top Turret Gunner
MOS748 - Army Airplane Mechanic / Gunner, Flight Engineer
Last Duty Date 10 January 1945
Reported missing on MACR 11578 (6.263 MB)
Results Missing In Action
Final Resting Place or Memorial: Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge, England: Tablets of the Missing
Additional Information
Promoted to Technical Sergeant per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #165 dated 17 August 1944.
Related Documents MACR 11578 (6.263 MB)
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Minor, Henry W, JrPilotCT
2nd Lt. Mayner, John Robert, Jr, "Whitey"Co-pilotCT
2nd Lt. Uriwal, Alfons Francis, "Al"NavigatorCT
2nd Lt. Gray, William E, IIIBombardierTR
S/SGT. Barth, Raymond ErnestRadio Operator / GunnerCT
S/SGT. Darby, Phillip SEngineer / Top Turret GunnerCT
SGT. Marmozewicz, Joseph JBall Turret GunnerCT
SGT. Carter, James KaneTail GunnerMIA
SGT. Harfman, Lavern FrankFlexible GunnerMIA
SGT. Guider, Robert HarwoodFlexible GunnerMIA

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 15 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
185 26 August 1944 Target: Buer Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑102566 Combat Mission Credit
High group.
Sortie Report
186 30 August 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Crepieul, France
Engineer/Top Turret 43‑37917 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
187 3 September 1944 Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 44‑6294 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
192 11 September 1944 Target: Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 43‑37713 Combat Mission Credit
High B group lead.
Sortie Report
198 25 September 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑97948 Combat Mission Credit
C wing, low group lead.
Sortie Report
199 26 September 1944 Target: Steelworks
Type: Industry
Location: Osnabrück, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑97941 Combat Mission Credit
High group lead.
Sortie Report
203 2 October 1944 Target: Ford Motor Works
Type: Industry
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑97941 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron lead. Assumed lead at IP for a Gee-H bombing run. The Gee-H equipment malfunctioned, so bombing was by PFF on the wing lead.
Sortie Report
204 3 October 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Wesseling, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑107125 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead. Gee-H ship.
Sortie Report
212 17 October 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 44‑8007 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead. PFF ship.
Sortie Report
216 30 October 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 44‑8007 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead. PFF ship.
Sortie Report
232 29 November 1944 Target: Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Misburg, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 44‑8211 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron lead.
Sortie Report
239 12 December 1944 Target: Leuna Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 44‑8007 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron lead. PFF & Gee-H ship.
Sortie Report
249 2 January 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Gerolstein, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 44‑8221 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead. with Lt. Col William C Sipes of the 41st Combat Bombardment Wing as Air Commander. PFF & Gee-H ship. Gee-H failed prior to IP; turned over lead to high squadron. Did not attack target because bombardier noticed, approaching the bomb release point (high squadron leading), that they were a mile to the left of the target. Bombs were held with the intention of making another run, but the remainder of the group had dropped on the high squadron leader.
Sortie Report
252 7 January 1945 Target: Enemy Strong Point
Type: Military
Location: Blankenheim, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 44‑8007 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead. PFF & Gee-H ship.
Sortie Report
254 10 January 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Bonn, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 44‑8216 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead. PFF & Gee-H ship. Left formation 20 minutes prior to the IP, apparently due to flak damage. No communication was received from this aircraft regarding the abort. Crash site and fate of crew are unknown. MACR 11578
Sortie Report

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