McLain, Willard Douglas

Individual Personnel Data
Name McLain, Willard Douglas   
Rank Sergeant / Staff Sergeant
Serial Number 17088525   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 547th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho, Special Orders #32 dated 1 February 1943
Duty Ball Turret Gunner
MOS757 - Radio Operator / Mechanic / Gunner, AAF
Last Duty Date 6 September 1943
Reported missing on MACR 1455 (8.347 MB)
Results Evaded Capture
See Escape and Evasion Report Number 270 (5.264 MB)
Additional Information
Ordered to attend Gunnery School at Snettisham, Norfolk, for approximately 10 days beginning on or about 30 May 1943, on SO #21 dated 30 May 1943. Students are required to bring .50 cal. Ammunition, gas mask, steel helmet, mess equipment, blankets, clothing for ten days, and draw 'PX rations' in advance.
Related Documents MACR 1455 (8.347 MB)
E&E Report 270 (5.264 MB)
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Original 384th Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Pulcipher, Ralph RPilotEV
2nd Lt. Frink, Horace Everett, "Ev"Co-pilotTR
2nd Lt. Eudey, William (NMI)NavigatorPOW
Flt. Ofcr. Givens, Paul SBombardierPOW
SGT. Lascu, James, JrRadio Operator / GunnerTR
S/SGT. Dacus, Judson LeroyEngineer / Top Turret GunnerPOW
SGT. McLain, Willard DouglasBall Turret GunnerEV
SGT. Gase, Albert FrancisTail GunnerPOW
S/SGT. Furrey, Thomas Edwin, JrFlexible GunnerPOW
SGT. Hawkins, Joe M, JrFlexible GunnerPOW


Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 12 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
2 25 June 1943 Target: Industrial Area & Submarine Pens
Type: Military
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑30043 Combat Mission Credit
Jettisoned bombs on enemy-occupied Terschelling Island.
Sortie Report
4 28 June 1943 Target: Fighter Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Beaumont-le-Roger, France
Ball Turret 42‑5843 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead.
Sortie Report
5 29 June 1943 Target: duNord Aircraft Works, Villacoublay Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Paris, France
Ball Turret 42‑5843 Aborted mission after taking off.
Low squadron lead. Turned back due to #1 engine failure.
Sortie Report
6 4 July 1943 Target: Gnome et Rhone Aircraft Engine Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Le Mans, France
Ball Turret 42‑5843 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
7 10 July 1943 Target: Drucat Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Abbeville, France
Ball Turret 42‑5843 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron lead, group deputy.
Sortie Report
9 24 July 1943 Target: Aluminum & Magnesium Plants
Type: Industry
Location: Herøya, Norway
Ball Turret 42‑5843 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
15 15 August 1943 Target: Poix-en-Picardie and Amiens-Glisy Airfields
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Poix-de-Picardie & Amiens, France
Ball Turret 42‑5843 Combat Mission Credit
Lead squadron deputy.
Sortie Report
16 16 August 1943 Target: Le Bourget Airport & Air Depot
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Paris, France
Ball Turret 42‑5843 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron lead.
Sortie Report
17 17 August 1943 Target: Ball-Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑5843 Combat Mission Credit
Group deputy.
Sortie Report
18 27 August 1943 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Watten, France
Ball Turret 42‑5843 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron lead.
Sortie Report
19 31 August 1943 Target: Fighter Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Romilly-sur-Seine, France
Ball Turret 42‑5843 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron lead.
Sortie Report
20 3 September 1943 Target: Air Park and Aerodrome
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Romilly-sur-Seine, France
Ball Turret 42‑5843 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron lead. A British Army observer and war correspondent, Maj. Anthony Cotterell, flew with this crew.
Sortie Report
21 6 September 1943 Type: Industry
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑5843 Combat Mission Credit
Shot down by fighters and flak; crashed near Beauvais, France; MACR 1455.
Sortie Report

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