Mason, Earl Carter

Individual Personnel Data
Name Mason, Earl Carter
Rank Second Lieutenant / First Lieutenant
Serial Number O-738778
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 544th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #53 dated 20 July 1943
Duty Bombardier
MOS1035 - Bombardier
Last Duty Date 5 September 1944
Results Completed Tour, Returned to USA
Additional Information
  • Placed on Temporary Duty to Coombe House Hotel, Semley, Dorset (A FLAK House) for seven days on or about 20 October 1943 per AAF Station 106 Special Orders # 122 dated 19 October 1943.
  • Rescued after ditching on 26 November 1943 (MACR 1579).
  • Placed on Temporary Duty for seven days on or about 30 November 1943 to 8th Air Force Officers Rest Home, Stanbridge Earls, Hampshire (a FLAK House) per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #156 dated 29 November 1943.
  • Completed two combat tours.
Related Documents MACR 1579 (30.215 MB)
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
1st Lt. Ingles, John ThomasPilotMIA
2nd Lt. Pratt, Harry MitchellCo-pilotMIA
2nd Lt. Ruman, Charles LoganNavigatorMIA
2nd Lt. Mason, Earl CarterBombardierCT
T/SGT. Feigenbaum, Melvin ARadio Operator / GunnerKIA
T/SGT. Morrison, Clarence TheodoreEngineer / Top Turret GunnerMIA
S/SGT. Farley, John FrancisBall Turret GunnerMIA
S/SGT. Brescia, Alfred JosephTail GunnerMIA
S/SGT. Janes, Carl WarnerFlexible GunnerMIA
S/SGT. Spaulding, Charles ArnoldFlexible GunnerMIA

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 25 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
15 15 August 1943 Target: Poix-en-Picardie and Amiens-Glisy Airfields
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Poix-de-Picardie & Amiens, France
Bombardier 42‑29814 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
16 16 August 1943 Target: Le Bourget Airport & Air Depot
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Paris, France
Bombardier 42‑29814 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
17 17 August 1943 Target: Ball-Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Bombardier 42‑29703 Aborted mission after taking off.
Turned back for unknown reasons.
Sortie Report
18 27 August 1943 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Watten, France
Bombardier 42‑29554 Aborted mission after taking off.
Had to leave formation when one bomb broke loose and lodged on bomb bay doors. Jettisoned it over the English Channel and returned to base.
Sortie Report
19 31 August 1943 Target: Fighter Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Romilly-sur-Seine, France
Bombardier 42‑29814 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
21 6 September 1943 Type: Industry
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Bombardier 42‑29814 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at Deanland, East Sussex, due to low fuel.
Sortie Report
22 7 September 1943 Target: Bruxelles-Evere Airfield/Repair Depot
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Brussels / Bruxelles, Belgium
Bombardier 42‑30005 Combat Mission Credit
Ground spare aircraft; replaced 42‑30043.
Sortie Report
23 9 September 1943 Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Lille-Vendeville & Vitry-en-Artois, France
Bombardier 42‑5051 Aborted mission after taking off.
Turned back due to a blown spark plug.
Sortie Report
24 16 September 1943 Target: Blockade Runner Ship (in Loire River)
Type: Transportation
Location: Nantes, France
Bombardier 41‑24560 Aborted mission after taking off.
Turned back; unable to locate formation after passing through cloud layer.
Sortie Report
25 23 September 1943 Target: Submarine Repair Ship
Type: Submarine Facility
Location: Nantes, France
Bombardier 42‑29814 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
26 27 September 1943 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Emden, Germany
Bombardier 42‑29814 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
28 4 October 1943 Type: Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Bombardier 42‑29814 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at Wattiaham due to low fuel.
Sortie Report
34 3 November 1943 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Wilhelmshafen, Germany
Bombardier 42‑5051 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
36 16 November 1943 Target: Knaben II Molybdenum Mine
Type: Industry
Location: Knaben, Norway
Bombardier 42‑5051 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
37 26 November 1943 Target: City Center
Type: Non-Military
Location: Bremen, Germany
Bombardier 42‑5051 Combat Mission Credit
Damaged by flak, ditched in the North Sea near the English coast, with most of the crew rescued; MACR 1579; T/Sgt. Maurice Henry awarded posthumous Distinguished Service Cross, Owens p.195; Maj. William Gilmore awarded Silver Star, Owens p. 198.
Sortie Report
42 13 December 1943 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Bremen, Germany
Bombardier 42‑3429 Combat Mission Credit
Low group.
Sortie Report
47 30 December 1943 Target: I. G. Farben Industrie, Chemical/Synthetic Rubber Plants
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Bombardier 41‑24560 Aborted mission after taking off.
Composite Squadron; turned back at 1016 hrs because of oxygen failure in top turret; system dropped to zero and after it was recharged to 250 lbs it again dropped to 120 lbs in 15 mins; 18 M47A1s rtd
Sortie Report
48 31 December 1943 Target: Blockade Runner 'Orsone' (name of ship)
Type: Transportation
Location: [Mouth of River Garonne], France
Bombardier 42‑37727 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at Alconbury; bombs returned.
Sortie Report
55 29 January 1944 Target: Aircraft Parts Plants
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Bombardier 42‑31495 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron lead, lead group.
Sortie Report
56 30 January 1944 Target: Aircraft Assembly Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Brunswick / Braunschweig, Germany
Bombardier 41‑24560 Aircraft did not take off.
Low group high squadron. Did not take off.
Sortie Report
57 3 February 1944 Target: Submarines (under construction)
Type: Submarine Facility
Location: Wilhelmshaven, Germany
Bombardier 42‑31364 Combat Mission Credit
Lead group low squadron lead.
Sortie Report
58 4 February 1944 Target: Alfred Teves Main Works: Aircraft Parts Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Bombardier 42‑31495 Combat Mission Credit
High group deputy, 41st B Combat Wing.
Sortie Report
59 5 February 1944 Target: Bricy Aerodrome, Luftwaffe Training and Bomber Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Orleans, France
Bombardier 42‑3440 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron deputy.
Sortie Report
60 6 February 1944 Target: Nancy/Essey Aerodrome
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Nancy, France
Bombardier 42‑31364 Combat Mission Credit
Wing deputy.
Sortie Report
65 22 February 1944 Target: Aircraft Factory
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Halberstadt, Germany
Bombardier 42‑31364 Aborted mission after taking off.
Group lead.
Sortie Report
68 28 February 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Preuseville, France
Bombardier 42‑31364 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron lead. Colonel William L Travis, 41st Combat Bombardment Wing (Heavy), Molesworth, England, flew aboard this aircraft as an observer.
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
Bombardier 42‑31364 Combat Mission Credit
Low group lead.
Sortie Report
74 9 March 1944 Target: Heinkel Aircraft Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oranienburg, Germany
Bombardier 42‑31364 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead.
Sortie Report
78 20 March 1944 Type: Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Bombardier 42‑31235 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead.
Sortie Report
80 23 March 1944 Target: Airdrome and Airpark
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Gütersloh, Germany
Bombardier 42‑31364 Combat Mission Credit
Composite high group lead.
Sortie Report
92 20 April 1944 Target: V-Weapon Service Bunker (under construction)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Sottevast, France
Bombardier 42‑31364 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron lead.
Sortie Report
93 22 April 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Hamm, Germany
Bombardier 42‑31235 Combat Mission Credit
Low group deputy.
Sortie Report

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