14-18 SEPTEMBER 2023

Erickson, Gordon Bennett

Individual Personnel Data
Name Erickson, Gordon Bennett   
Rank Flight Officer
Serial Number T-60135   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 544th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho, Special Orders #70 dated 11 March 1943, effective 11 March 1943.
Duty Pilot
MOS1091 - Pilot, B-17
Last Duty Date 4 July 1943
Results Evaded Capture
Related Documents Escape & Evasion Report # 65 (Filesize N/A)
Post Loss Document File #5
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album

Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Original 384th Combat Crew
Flt. Ofcr. Erickson, Gordon BennettPilotEV
2nd Lt. Dartt, Clifford CharlesCo-pilotPOW
2nd Lt. Hackley, Francis MercerNavigatorKIA
2nd Lt. Irvine, Donald WesleyBombardierKIA
S/SGT. Welch, Paul GeraldRadio Operator / GunnerPOW
S/SGT. Penly, Robert HoraceEngineer / Top Turret GunnerEV
S/SGT. Reandeau, Lawrence JosephBall Turret GunnerPOW
CPL. Mankowitz, Charles (NMI)Tail GunnerEV
S/SGT. Wingerter, Frank JacobFlexible GunnerEV
CPL. Coburn, James PFlexible GunnerTR

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 3 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
2 25 June 1943 Target: Industrial Area & Submarine Pens
Type: Military
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Pilot 42‑29960 Aborted Mission After Taking Off
Initially took off at 0553-1/2, landed at 0618, then took off again at 0630; reasons for this are unknown. Returned to base due to weather conditions; pilot was unable to maintain contact with the formation.
Sortie Report
3 26 June 1943 Target: Villacoublay Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Paris, France
Pilot 42‑29960 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron Deputy.
Sortie Report
4 28 June 1943 Target: Fighter Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Beaumont-le-Roger, France
Pilot 42‑29960 Aborted Mission After Taking Off
Turned back with #1 oil cooler leaking; top turret and ball turret problems.
Sortie Report
5 29 June 1943 Target: duNord Aircraft Works, Villacoublay Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Paris, France
Pilot 42‑30030 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
6 4 July 1943 Target: Gnome et Rhone Aircraft Engine Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Le Mans, France
Pilot 42‑29960 Combat Mission Credit
Failed To Return
Low Squadron Deputy. Damaged by flak after the target, then further attacked by Me-109s; crashed near Belfonds, France. No MACR
Sortie Report

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