Karcher, Norbert Raymond

Individual Personnel Data
Name Karcher, Norbert Raymond, "Red"   
Rank Staff Sergeant
Serial Number 13168238   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 547th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #141 dated 12 November 1943
Duty Tail Gunner
MOS612 - Airplane Armorer / Gunner
Last Duty Date 20 July 1944
Reported missing on MACR 7278 (36.954 MB)
Results Killed In Action
Final Resting Place or Memorial: Saint Marys Cemetery, Sharpsburg, Pennsylvania
Additional Information
Placed on Temporary Duty to Walhampton House, Lymington, Hampshire (a FLAK House) for seven days on or about 3 March 1944 per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #39 dated 27 February 1944.
Related Documents MACR 7278 (36.954 MB)
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Booska, Maurice ArthurPilotTBD
2nd Lt. Alloway, Ralph HughCo-pilotCT
2nd Lt. Hock, Robert ENavigatorPOW
2nd Lt. Ackerson, Donald RichardBombardierPOW
S/SGT. Hill, Edward TheodoreRadio Operator / GunnerPOW
S/SGT. Farrow, Thomas ChapellEngineer / Top Turret GunnerPOW
S/SGT. Carvell, John PBall Turret GunnerCT
S/SGT. Karcher, Norbert Raymond, "Red"Tail GunnerKIA
SGT. Olstad, Kermit IverFlexible GunnerKIA
SGT. Pond, Jesse ElmoreFlexible GunnerCT

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 28 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
38 29 November 1943 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Bremen, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑29554 Did not take off; engines had insufficient oil pressure, and no spare aircraft were available.
Sortie Report
39 1 December 1943 Target: Non-Ferrous Metals Plant
Type: Industry
Location: Solingen, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑37801 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
40 5 December 1943 Target: Fighter Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Saint-Jean-d'Angély, France
Tail Gunner 42‑29723 Flying spare aircraft: returned to base after taking off.
Sortie Report
41 11 December 1943 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Emden, Germany
Tail Gunner 41‑24525 Combat Mission Credit
Flying spare. Unable to locate the 384th formation, joined the 381st BG (1st Combat Wing).
Sortie Report
42 13 December 1943 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Bremen, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑3087 Combat Mission Credit
Lead group.
Sortie Report
43 16 December 1943 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Bremen, Germany
Tail Gunner 41‑24525 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at RAF Wyton.
Sortie Report
49 4 January 1944 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Kiel, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑3051 Combat Mission Credit
Ground spare aircraft; replaced 42‑37776.
Sortie Report
51 7 January 1944 Target: Powerhouse
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑37788 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
54 21 January 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Pommereval, France
Tail Gunner 42‑37788 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
55 29 January 1944 Target: Aircraft Parts Plants
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑37788 Combat Mission Credit
Low group.
Sortie Report
56 30 January 1944 Target: Aircraft Assembly Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Brunswick / Braunschweig, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑37788 Combat Mission Credit
Lead group.
Sortie Report
58 4 February 1944 Target: Alfred Teves Main Works: Aircraft Parts Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑31433 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron deputy, high group, 41st A Combat Wing.
Sortie Report
60 6 February 1944 Target: Nancy/Essey Aerodrome
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Nancy, France
Tail Gunner 42‑37788 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
61 8 February 1944 Target: Piston Ring Factory
Type: Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑37788 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
63 20 February 1944 Target: Junkers Aircraft Plant & Airfield
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Bernburg, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑37788 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron lead.
Sortie Report
64 21 February 1944 Target: Fighter Field & Aircraft Storage Depot
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Werl, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑37788 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
65 22 February 1944 Target: Aircraft Factory
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Aschersleben, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑31433 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron lead.
Sortie Report
66 24 February 1944 Target: Ball-Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑31495 Combat Mission Credit
Wing deputy.
Sortie Report
67 25 February 1944 Target: Aircraft Assembly Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Augsburg, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑31433 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron lead.
Sortie Report
69 2 March 1944 Target: Alfred Teves Main Works: Aircraft Parts Plant and Machine Shop
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑31433 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
75 16 March 1944 Target: Aircraft Assembly & Repair Works
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑31871 Combat Mission Credit
Group deputy, high group, 40th B Combat Wing.
Sortie Report
78 20 March 1944 Type: Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑38208 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron lead. Col William A Travis (41st Bomb Wing) was aboard this aircraft as copilot.
Sortie Report
79 22 March 1944 Target: Heinkel Aircraft Assembly Plant at Annahof Airfield
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oranienburg, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑31433 Combat Mission Credit
Low group deputy.
Sortie Report
80 23 March 1944 Target: Airdrome and Airpark
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Gütersloh, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑31433 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron lead, lead group.
Sortie Report
82 26 March 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Le Grismont, Rebecques, France
Tail Gunner 42‑31433 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron lead.
Sortie Report
86 9 April 1944 Target: FW-190 Fighter Aircraft Assembly Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Marienburg, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑97072 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron lead, lead group.
Sortie Report
87 10 April 1944 Target: Evere Airfield (50°54'3"N 4°20'9"E)
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Brussels / Bruxelles, Belgium
Tail Gunner 42‑97072 Combat Mission Credit
Group deputy.
Sortie Report
90 18 April 1944 Target: Aircraft Parts Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oranienburg, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑38158 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron deputy.
Sortie Report
161 19 July 1944 Target: Hydrogen Peroxide Plant
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Höllriegelskreuth District, Pullach, Germany
Tail Gunner 44‑6149 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
162 20 July 1944 Target: Aircraft Plants
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Dessau, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑37974 Combat Mission Credit
High group. At 1115 hrs aircraft dropped back and released bombs, apparently unable to keep up with formation; it was under attack by four ME109s and two FW190s; four chutes seen; the aircraft went down in a glide, apparently under control; crashed near Zetteritz, Germany. MACR 7278
Sortie Report

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