Kaufman, Vernon Herman

Individual Personnel Data
Name Kaufman, Vernon Herman   
Rank Staff Sergeant
Serial Number 37233420   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 544th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #136 dated 5 November 1943
Duty Ball Turret Gunner
MOS612 - Airplane Armorer / Gunner
Last Duty Date 8 May 1944
Reported missing on MACR 4560 (55.398 MB)
Results Killed In Action
Final Resting Place or Memorial: Washington Cemetery, Washington, Kansas
Related Documents MACR 4560 (55.398 MB)




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Allison, Earl ThomasPilotKIA
2nd Lt. Small, Herbert WilliamCo-pilotKIA
2nd Lt. Gardner, Sam (NMI)NavigatorCT
2nd Lt. Nagel, Jack Cameron, "Big Foot"BombardierKIA
S/SGT. Laubenstein, William FrederickRadio Operator / GunnerPOW
SGT. Clements, William ArlieEngineer / Top Turret GunnerKIA
S/SGT. Kaufman, Vernon HermanBall Turret GunnerKIA
S/SGT. Hougard, Kenneth NelsonFlexible GunnerEV
SGT. Kouski, William LFlexible GunnerTR
SGT. Grimmett, James HaroldFlexible GunnerPOW

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 27 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
37 26 November 1943 Target: City Center
Type: Non-Military
Location: Bremen, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑37785 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
38 29 November 1943 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Bremen, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑37792 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
42 13 December 1943 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Bremen, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑37785 Aborted mission after taking off.
Low group. Aborted with low oil pressure in #2 engine, and engine on fire. Jettisoned bombs in North Sea and landed away at Attlebridge.
Sortie Report
43 16 December 1943 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Bremen, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑31274 Combat Mission Credit
Flying Spare; joined formation.
Sortie Report
46 24 December 1943 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Croisette, France
Ball Turret 41‑24560 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
48 31 December 1943 Target: Blockade Runner 'Orsone' (name of ship)
Type: Transportation
Location: [Mouth of River Garonne], France
Ball Turret 42‑5404 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
50 5 January 1944 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Kiel, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑37801 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
54 21 January 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Preuseville, France
Ball Turret 42‑29651 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
57 3 February 1944 Target: Submarines (under construction)
Type: Submarine Facility
Location: Wilhelmshaven, Germany
Ball Turret 41‑24560 Combat Mission Credit
Lead group low squadron deputy. Turned back after crossing enemy coast because #2 supercharger went out.
Sortie Report
58 4 February 1944 Target: Alfred Teves Main Works: Aircraft Parts Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Ball Turret 43‑37717 Combat Mission Credit
High group, 41st B Combat Wing. Turned back with 'supercharger trouble.'
Sortie Report
59 5 February 1944 Target: Bricy Aerodrome, Luftwaffe Training and Bomber Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Orleans, France
Ball Turret 42‑31346 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
60 6 February 1944 Target: Nancy/Essey Aerodrome
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Nancy, France
Ball Turret 42‑31346 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
63 20 February 1944 Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Leipzig, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑37785 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
64 21 February 1944 Target: Fighter Field & Aircraft Storage Depot
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Werl, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑37974 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron deputy, low group.
Sortie Report
65 22 February 1944 Target: Aircraft Factory
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Halberstadt, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑3440 Aborted mission after taking off.
Sortie Report
66 24 February 1944 Target: Ball-Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑37785 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron, lead group.
Sortie Report
67 25 February 1944 Target: Aircraft Assembly Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Augsburg, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑37785 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
68 28 February 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Preuseville, France
Ball Turret 42‑31346 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron.
Sortie Report
70 3 March 1944 Target: Roller-Bearing Factory
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑37789 Aborted mission after taking off.
Turned back because #2 supercharger ran away.
Sortie Report
71 4 March 1944 Type: Military
Location: Berlin, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑31235 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
72 6 March 1944 Target: Erkner Ball-Bearing Factory
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑31235 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron lead, high composite group, 41st Composite Combat Wing.
Sortie Report
74 9 March 1944 Target: Heinkel Aircraft Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oranienburg, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑37785 Aborted mission after taking off.
Turned back at 1028 hrs because #3 oil temperature was 115 degrees and oil pressure was at 55 lbs at 16,000ft, with condition getting worse.
Sortie Report
75 16 March 1944 Target: Aircraft Assembly & Repair Works
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑31235 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
76 18 March 1944 Target: Aircraft Assembly & Repair Works
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑31235 Combat Mission Credit
High group lead, 41st Combat Bombardment Wing.
Sortie Report
78 20 March 1944 Type: Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑31495 Combat Mission Credit
Group deputy.
Sortie Report
79 22 March 1944 Target: Heinkel Aircraft Assembly Plant at Annahof Airfield
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oranienburg, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑37885 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
86 9 April 1944 Target: FW-190 Fighter Aircraft Assembly Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Marienburg, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑31364 Combat Mission Credit
Wing lead.
Sortie Report
90 18 April 1944 Target: Aircraft Parts Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oranienburg, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑31364 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead.
Sortie Report
93 22 April 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Hamm, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑31364 Combat Mission Credit
Low group lead.
Sortie Report
96 27 April 1944 Target: V-Weapon Service Bunker (under construction)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Sottevast, France
Ball Turret 42‑31364 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead.
Sortie Report
103 8 May 1944 Target: V-Weapon Service Bunker (under construction)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Sottevast, France
Ball Turret 42‑31211 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead. Was hit by continuously tracking flak about 40 seconds before bomb release; aircraft received direct burst beneath the pilot's compartment; started in to a steep spiral; crashed about 7 miles SW of Valognes, France. MACR 4560
Sortie Report

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