Klanke, Edward Franklin

Individual Personnel Data
Name Klanke, Edward Franklin   
Rank Staff Sergeant / Technical Sergeant
Serial Number 37417109   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 544th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #139 dated 16 July 1944
Duty Radio Operator / Gunner
MOS757 - Radio Operator / Mechanic / Gunner, AAF
Last Duty Date 1 January 1945
Results Completed Tour, Returned to USA
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Hughes, Robert DPilotCT
2nd Lt. Evans, Hugh LegarCo-pilotKIA
2nd Lt. Rasmussen, John CNavigatorCT
2nd Lt. Gabriel, Joseph ABombardierCT
S/SGT. Klanke, Edward FranklinRadio Operator / GunnerCT
S/SGT. Burns, ArlingtonEngineer / Top Turret GunnerCT
SGT. Bellovary, John Joseph, JrBall Turret GunnerKIA
SGT. Russell, Lester Hebron, JrTail GunnerPOW
SGT. Erich, Milton BenjaminFlexible GunnerKIA
SGT. Siffert, Charles W, "Chuck"Flexible GunnerTR

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 32 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
164 24 July 1944 Target: Tactical - Enemy Strong Points
Type: Military
Location: La Chapelle en Juger & Hébécrevon, France
Radio Operator 42‑102617 Combat Mission Credit
Lead group.
Sortie Report
165 25 July 1944 Target: Tactical - Enemy Strong Points
Type: Military
Location: Montreuil-sur-Lozon, Le Châtel,
& La Chapelle en Juger, France
Radio Operator 43‑38016 Combat Mission Credit
High group.
Sortie Report
166 28 July 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil & Chemical Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Radio Operator 43‑37703 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
169 1 August 1944 Target: Railroad Bridge
Type: Transportation
Location: Chartres, France
Radio Operator 43‑37703 Combat Mission Credit
High group hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
170 3 August 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Fleury, Flers, Fiefs, France
Radio Operator 42‑102459 Combat Mission Credit
J group flying spare; joined formation.
Sortie Report
173 5 August 1944 Target: Luftwaffe Controlling Station
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Langenhagen, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑37822 Flying spare aircraft: returned to base after taking off.
High group.
Sortie Report
177 11 August 1944 Target: Tactical: Coastal Artillery Emplacements
Type: Military
Location: Brest, France
Radio Operator 42‑102661 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
178 12 August 1944 Target: "Landing Ground"
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: La Perthe, France
Radio Operator 42‑37822 Combat Mission Credit
Lead group.
Sortie Report
179 13 August 1944 Target: Tactical: Road Network
Type: Transportation
Location: Beaumont-le-Roger (area), France
Radio Operator 42‑97282 Combat Mission Credit
High group flying spare; joined formation.
Sortie Report
180 14 August 1944 Target: Echterdingen Airdrome
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑97320 Aborted mission after taking off.
Low group. Turned back with a broken exhaust stack in #3 engine.
Sortie Report
181 16 August 1944 Target: Delitzsch Air Field and Air Equipment Depot
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Delitzsch, Germany
Radio Operator 43‑37703 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
182 18 August 1944 Target: Tactical: Bridge
Type: Transportation
Location: Vise, Belgium
Radio Operator 42‑39888 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron deputy, lead group.
Sortie Report
184 25 August 1944 Target: Airfield & Airpark
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Anklam, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑97251 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron deputy, low group. Ground spare aircraft; replaced 42‑39888.
Sortie Report
186 30 August 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Crepieul, France
Radio Operator 42‑97282 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
188 5 September 1944 Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑98000 Combat Mission Credit
Hot camera ship, low squadron.
Sortie Report
190 9 September 1944 Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑98000 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
192 11 September 1944 Target: Oil
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Lützkendorf, Germany
Radio Operator 43‑38062 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
194 13 September 1944 Target: Leuna Synthetic Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑102459 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at RAF Manston, Kent, with major battle damage.
Sortie Report
195 17 September 1944 Target: Tank and Gun Concentrations, Tactical
Type: Military
Location: Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Radio Operator 43‑37703 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
198 25 September 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Radio Operator 44‑6141 Combat Mission Credit
C Wing, lead group.
Sortie Report
199 26 September 1944 Target: Steelworks
Type: Industry
Location: Osnabrück, Germany
Radio Operator 43‑38062 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
200 27 September 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards (PFF Aiming Points)
Type: Transportation
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Radio Operator 43‑38062 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
202 30 September 1944 Target: Handorf Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Münster, Germany
Radio Operator 43‑38615 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
203 2 October 1944 Target: Ford Motor Works
Type: Industry
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑102661 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron deputy. Hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
205 5 October 1944 Type: Industry
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑97824 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron lead. Gee-H ship.
Sortie Report
206 6 October 1944 Target: M/T Factory
Type: Industry
Location: Stettin / Szczecin, Poland
Radio Operator 44‑8211 Combat Mission Credit
D group lead.
Sortie Report
208 9 October 1944 Target: Ball-Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Radio Operator 43‑38016 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron lead.
Sortie Report
210 14 October 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Saarbrücken, Germany
Radio Operator 43‑38016 Combat Mission Credit
Lead squadron deputy. Gee-H and hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
226 16 November 1944 Target: Tactical - Artillery Positions
Type: Military
Location: Eschweiler, Germany
Radio Operator 43‑37703 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at Stratford, due to weather.
Sortie Report
228 23 November 1944 Target: Nordstern Coking Plant at Gelsenkirchener Bergwerks-A.G.
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑98000 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
233 30 November 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Zeitz, Germany
Radio Operator 44‑8401 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead.
Sortie Report
238 11 December 1944 Target: Road & Rail Bridge
Type: Transportation
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑102661 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
239 12 December 1944 Target: Leuna Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Radio Operator 44‑8401 Combat Mission Credit
Wing lead. PFF ship.
Sortie Report
248 1 January 1945 Target: Oil Storage Depot
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Derben, Germany
Radio Operator 44‑8401 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron lead. PFF ship. Waist Gunner hit by flak but was saved by flak suit. After unsuccessful runs on the primary and secondary PFF targets, this squadron broke formation and returned to bomb the secondary PFF target by visual means.
Sortie Report

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