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Knaur, John S, III

Individual Personnel Data
Name Knaur, John S, III
Rank Second Lieutenant / First Lieutenant
Serial Number O-779160
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 544th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #26 dated 2 February 1945, effective 2 February 1945.
Duty Pilot
MOS1091 - Pilot, B-17
Last Duty Date 25 April 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. Knaur, John S, IIIPilotCT
Flt. Ofcr. Gustafson, Charles LCo-pilotCT
2nd Lt. Woodward, Raymond BNavigatorCT
CPL. Lutton, Walter Clarence, JrTogglierCT
CPL. Poe, Henry FordRadio Operator / GunnerFCMEW
CPL. Paschkowski, Stanley (NMI)Engineer / Top Turret GunnerCT
CPL. Schwartz, George ElmerBall Turret GunnerCT
CPL. Chamberlain, Leon DTail GunnerCT
CPL. Matthews, William J, JrFlexible GunnerFCMEW

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 35 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
266 14 February 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Dresden, Germany
Pilot 44‑6590 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron hot camera ship. Landed on Continent for fuel before returning to base.
Sortie Report
268 19 February 1945 Target: Coking Plant
Type: Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Pilot 43‑39164 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
269 20 February 1945 Target: Main Railroad Station
Type: Transportation
Location: Nuremberg / Nürnberg, Germany
Pilot 42‑102459 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
271 22 February 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Ülzen, Germany
Pilot 42‑97824 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Squadron flying spare; joined formation.
Sortie Report
272 23 February 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Plauen, Germany
Pilot 43‑38801 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
273 24 February 1945 Target: Submarine Construction Shipyard
Type: Shipyards
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Pilot 42‑97824 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
275 26 February 1945 Target: Schlesicher Railroad Station (Bahnhof)
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
Pilot 43‑38801 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
281 4 March 1945 Target: Ordnance Depot
Type: Military
Location: Ulm, Germany
Pilot 44‑8789 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
283 8 March 1945 Target: Oil Refinery - 'Benzol Plant'
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Essen, Germany
Pilot 44‑6909 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
284 9 March 1945 Target: Henschel Tank and Locomotive Works
Type: Industry
Location: Kassel, Germany
Pilot 42‑102459 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
285 10 March 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Schwerte, Germany
Pilot 42‑102620 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron flying spare; joined formation.
Sortie Report
286 11 March 1945 Target: Vacuum Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bremen, Germany
Pilot 43‑38974 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
287 12 March 1945 Target: Railway Center
Type: Transportation
Location: Betzdorf, Germany
Pilot 44‑6892 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
289 15 March 1945 Target: Army HQ
Type: Military
Location: Zossen, Germany
Pilot 43‑38062 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Squadron.
Sortie Report
290 17 March 1945 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bohlen (Leipzig), Germany
Pilot 43‑38801 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
291 18 March 1945 Target: Schlesischer Railway Station
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
Pilot 42‑97824 Combat Mission Credit
Returned with #3 feathered.
Sortie Report
292 19 March 1945 Target: Braunkohle-Benzin Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bohlen, Germany
Pilot 43‑39164 Combat Mission Credit
41D Squadron.
Sortie Report
293 20 March 1945 Target: Deutsche Werft Submarine Shipyard
Type: Submarine Facility
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Pilot 43‑38801 Combat Mission Credit
Ground Spare Aircraft; replaced 44‑6476. High Squadron flying spare; joined formation.
Sortie Report
294 22 March 1945 Target: German Hutted Camps (Barracks) at 51°36'N,7°06'E
Type: Military
Location: Westerholt, Germany
Pilot 44‑8679 Combat Mission Credit
Ground Spare Aircraft; replaced 43‑38016.
Sortie Report
295 23 March 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Gladbeck, Germany
Pilot 42‑102620 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
296 24 March 1945 Target: Vechta Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Vechta, Germany
Pilot 42‑102620 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
298 26 March 1945 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Zeitz, Germany
Pilot 44‑8608 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
302 3 April 1945 Target: Underground Oil Storage Depot
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Kiel, Germany
Pilot 43‑38801 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
304 5 April 1945 Target: Ordnance Depot
Type: Military
Location: Ingolstadt, Germany
Pilot 42‑97309 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
305 6 April 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards (Visual Primary)
Type: Transportation
Location: Leipzig, Germany
Pilot 44‑6476 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
306 7 April 1945 Target: Underground Oil Storage Plant
Type: Military
Location: Hitzacker, Germany
Pilot 43‑39138 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
307 9 April 1945 Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Fürstenfeldbruck, Germany
Pilot 44‑8608 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
308 10 April 1945 Target: Ordnance Depot Workshop Area
Type: Military
Location: Oranienburg, Germany
Pilot 43‑37971 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
309 11 April 1945 Target: Underground Oil Storage Depot
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Freiham, Germany
Pilot 43‑38016 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron.
Sortie Report
310 14 April 1945 Target: Gun Battery
Type: Military
Location: Royan (Bordeaux), France
Pilot 44‑6892 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
311 15 April 1945 Target: Flak guns at Pointe de Suzac
Type: Military
Location: Royan, France
Pilot 44‑8608 Aborted Mission After Taking Off
Turned back due to the master rod bearing of #1 engine burning out.
Sortie Report
312 16 April 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Regensburg, Germany
Pilot 43‑39138 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
313 17 April 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Dresden, Germany
Pilot 44‑8608 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
314 19 April 1945 Target: Railroad Station & Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Elsterwerda, Germany
Pilot 43‑39138 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
315 20 April 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Seddin, Germany
Pilot 44‑8945 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
316 25 April 1945 Target: Skoda Armament Works
Type: Industry
Location: Pilsen / Plzeň, Czechoslovakia
Pilot 42‑97824 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron Hot Camera ship. Landed away at RAF Woodbridge, Suffolk, on return with hydraulics out due to battle damage.
Sortie Report

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