Kane, William Francis

Individual Personnel Data
Name Kane, William Francis
Rank Second Lieutenant / First Lieutenant
Serial Number O-707066
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 545th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #72 dated 16 April 1944, effective 16 April 1944.
Duty Navigator
MOS1034 - Navigator
Last Duty Date 10 September 1944
Results Completed Tour, Returned to USA
Additional Information
  • Appointed First Lieutenant on 19 June 1944, per squadron history (microfilm A0640-01596).
  • Placed on seven days Temporary Duty to Aylesfield House, Alton Northants (a Flak House) on 21 July 1944 per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #142 dated 20 July 1944.
  • Returned to the Zone of the Interior in October 1944.
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Pompe, Bernard JosephPilotCT
Flt. Ofcr. Morton, Howard RaymondCo-pilotCT
2nd Lt. Kane, William FrancisNavigatorCT
2nd Lt. Radakovitz, Herman AndrewBombardierCT
S/SGT. Williamson, Albert (NMI)Radio Operator / GunnerTBD
S/SGT. Bliss, John FranklinEngineer / Top Turret GunnerCT
SGT. Glotfelty, Emroy MartinBall Turret GunnerCT
SGT. Thompson, Luther EdwinTail GunnerCT
SGT. Balvin, William AugustFlexible GunnerTBD
SGT. Lemoine, Fritz PaulFlexible GunnerTR

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 30 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
95 25 April 1944 Target: Metz-Frescaty Airdrome
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Metz, France
Navigator 42‑97367 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
96 27 April 1944 Target: V-Weapon Service Bunker (under construction)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Sottevast, France
Navigator 42‑97271 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron deputy.
Sortie Report
97 27 April 1944 Target: Toul/Croix de Metz Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Nancy, France
Navigator 42‑97309 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
98 29 April 1944 Target: Industrial District
Type: Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Navigator 42‑97309 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
99 1 May 1944 Target: Launch Site in Foret Nationale de Tournehem
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Foret Nationale de Tournehem, France
Navigator 42‑97573 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
101 7 May 1944 Target: Friedrichstrasse Railroad Station
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
Navigator 42‑97573 Combat Mission Credit
Flying spare; joined formation.
Sortie Report
102 8 May 1944 Target: Friedrichstrasse Railroad Station
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
Navigator 42‑97309 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
104 9 May 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Thionville, France
Navigator 42‑97309 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
105 11 May 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Saarbrücken and Ehrang, Germany
Navigator 42‑97309 Combat Mission Credit
41A Group.
Sortie Report
106 12 May 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Navigator 42‑97309 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
109 19 May 1944 Target: Unidentified Industrial Area
Type: Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Navigator 42‑97309 Aborted mission after taking off.
Lead Group, High Squadron Lead. Turned back at 1125 hrs because he could not locate group.
Sortie Report
113 23 May 1944 Target: Nancy/Essey Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Nancy, France
Navigator 42‑38014 Combat Mission Credit
41A Group Lead.
Sortie Report
114 24 May 1944 Target: Unidentified Military Installations
Type: Military
Location: Berlin, Germany
Navigator 42‑97309 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Group.
Sortie Report
115 25 May 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Sarreguemines and Blainville-sur-l'Eau, France
Navigator 42‑31484 Combat Mission Credit
41A Group Lead.
Sortie Report
116 27 May 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Navigator 42‑97309 Combat Mission Credit
Low Group, High Squadron Lead.
Sortie Report
118 28 May 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Navigator 42‑107125 Combat Mission Credit
Group Deputy.
Sortie Report
119 29 May 1944 Target: Focke-Wulf Aircraft Parts Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Krzesiny District, Poznań, Poland
Navigator 42‑107125 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Group, Wing Deputy.
Sortie Report
123 2 June 1944 Target: Four Medium Howitzer Batteries, Tactical Support
Type: Military
Location: Neufchatel (5 miles SE of Hardelot), France
Navigator 42‑97699 Combat Mission Credit
Group Lead. PFF ship and unidentified crew members provided by the 305th BG, Chelveston, AAF Station 105.
Sortie Report
128 6 June 1944 Target: Two Bridges
Type: Transportation
Location: Caen, France
Navigator 42‑97699 Combat Mission Credit
L Squadron Lead. PFF ship and unidentified crew members provided by the 305th BG, Chelveston, AAF Station 105.
Sortie Report
132 10 June 1944 Target: Chateau Bougon Airfield (41A) & Vannes Airfield (41B)
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Nantes & Vannes, France
Navigator 42‑107125 Combat Mission Credit
41B Group, Group Lead.
Sortie Report
-- 11 June 1944 Location: Navigator 42‑107125 Combat Mission Credit
1st Lt. June and his crew flew as Deputy Lead of the 40th Combat Bombardment Wing 'A' with the 92nd BG on this date.
Sortie Report
134 13 June 1944 Target: Dreux Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Dreux, France
Navigator 42‑107125 Combat Mission Credit
Low Group Lead. Second Navigator: 2Lt Peterson (379th BG). Landed away at Polebrook, AAF Station 110, on return, due to bad weather.
Sortie Report
136 15 June 1944 Target: Railroad Viaduct
Type: Transportation
Location: La Possonnièrre, France
Navigator 42‑97941 Combat Mission Credit
High Group Lead.
Sortie Report
142 21 June 1944 Target: Friedrichstrasse Industrial Area
Type: Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Navigator 42‑97941 Combat Mission Credit
Low Group Lead.
Sortie Report
159 17 July 1944 Target: Beautor Bridge
Type: Transportation
Location: Beautor, France
Navigator 42‑97941 Combat Mission Credit
High group lead.
Sortie Report
169 1 August 1944 Target: Railroad Bridge
Type: Transportation
Location: Chartres, France
Navigator 42‑97941 Combat Mission Credit
Wing Lead.
Sortie Report
175 8 August 1944 Target: Tactical - Enemy Strong Points
Type: Military
Location: Bretteville-sur-Laize, France
Navigator 42‑107125 Combat Mission Credit
Wing lead.
Sortie Report
179 13 August 1944 Target: Tactical: Road Network
Type: Transportation
Location: Beaumont-le-Roger (area), France
Navigator 42‑97941 Combat Mission Credit
Wing lead.
Sortie Report
183 24 August 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil & Chemical Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Navigator 44‑8008 Combat Mission Credit
Wing lead. PFF ship.
Sortie Report
187 3 September 1944 Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Navigator 44‑8007 Combat Mission Credit
PFF ship. Wing lead.
Sortie Report
191 10 September 1944 Target: BMW Motor Component Parts Plant
Type: Industry
Location: Sindelfingen, Germany
Navigator 44‑8007 Combat Mission Credit
PFF ship; wing lead. Air commander is Lt. Col. Calhoun Wing Leader, 41st CBW HQ.
Sortie Report

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