Mechling, Robert Paul

Individual Personnel Data
Name Mechling, Robert Paul
Rank Second Lieutenant / Captain
Serial Number O-757897
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 546th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #72 dated 16 April 1944, effective 16 April 1944.
Duty Bombardier
MOS1035 - Bombardier
Last Duty Date 4 December 1944
Results Completed Tour, Returned to USA
Additional Information
  • Graduated from Bombardier School at Roswell AAF, Roswell, New Mexico, Class #43-15, 23 October 1943.
  • Placed on seven days Temporary Duty to American Red Cross Club, Southport, Lancashire (a Flak House), on 17 June 1944 per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #114 dated 16 June 1944.
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Meland, Ralph WendellPilotCT
2nd Lt. Endelicato, Marion (NMI)Co-pilotCT
2nd Lt. Marttila, Walter Konstantin, "Shorty"NavigatorCT
2nd Lt. Mechling, Robert PaulBombardierCT
S/SGT. Schmitz, Michael ARadio Operator / GunnerCT
S/SGT. Jobe, Gordon REngineer / Top Turret GunnerTR
SGT. Knowles, Ralph Sheridan, JrBall Turret GunnerCT
SGT. Sinski, Ignatius J, "Jimski"Tail GunnerCT
SGT. Turner, William EugeneFlexible GunnerCT
SGT. Builta, William B, "*BULITA"Flexible GunnerCT

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 26 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
95 25 April 1944 Target: Metz-Frescaty Airdrome
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Metz, France
Bombardier 42‑37776 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at RNAS Lee-on-Solent, Hampshire, on return due to low fuel.
Sortie Report
96 27 April 1944 Target: V-Weapon Service Bunker (under construction)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Sottevast, France
Bombardier 42‑37776 Aborted mission after taking off.
Turned back due to inability to catch up to formation.
Sortie Report
98 29 April 1944 Target: Industrial District
Type: Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Bombardier 42‑97081 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
99 1 May 1944 Target: Launch Site in Foret Nationale de Tournehem
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Foret Nationale de Tournehem, France
Bombardier 42‑97251 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
101 7 May 1944 Target: Friedrichstrasse Railroad Station
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
Bombardier 42‑107083 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
102 8 May 1944 Target: Friedrichstrasse Railroad Station
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
Bombardier 42‑97201 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
106 12 May 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Bombardier 42‑97251 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
107 13 May 1944 Target: Aircraft Assembly Components Factory.
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Poznań, Poland
Bombardier 42‑97142 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron, high composite group, 41st CBW.
Sortie Report
119 29 May 1944 Target: Focke-Wulf Aircraft Parts Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Krzesiny District, Poznań, Poland
Bombardier 42‑97139 Combat Mission Credit
Low Group Deputy.
Sortie Report
120 30 May 1944 Target: Airfield: Hangars and Repair Sheds
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Halberstadt, Germany
Bombardier 42‑97273 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Group, High Squadron Lead.
Sortie Report
122 2 June 1944 Target: Gun Battery with six 155mm guns, Tactical Support
Type: Military
Location: Hardelot (5 miles S of Boulogne), France
Bombardier 42‑97574 Combat Mission Credit
Group Lead. PFF aircraft and unidentified crew members supplied by the 305th BG, Chelveston, AAF Station 105.
Sortie Report
126 5 June 1944 Target: Field Artillery Battery
Type: Military
Location: La Fosse, France
Bombardier 42‑38014 Combat Mission Credit
High Group Lead.
Sortie Report
128 6 June 1944 Target: Two Bridges
Type: Transportation
Location: Caen, France
Bombardier 42‑38014 Combat Mission Credit
J Squadron Lead.
Sortie Report
130 7 June 1944 Target: Transportation Hub
Type: Military
Location: Caen, France
Bombardier 42‑102449 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Group, Wing Lead. Gee-H ship.
Sortie Report
131 8 June 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards (41C) & Loire River Railroad Bridge (41D)
Type: Transportation
Location: Orleans, France
Bombardier 42‑38014 Combat Mission Credit
41D Group, Group Lead. Bombed Primary Target.
Sortie Report
133 12 June 1944 Target: Railroad Bridge 48°29'N,2°0'W
Type: Transportation
Location: La Vicomté-sur-Rance, France
Bombardier 42‑107125 Combat Mission Credit
High Group Lead.
Sortie Report
146 25 June 1944 Target: Railroad Bridge & Embankment
Type: Transportation
Location: Sens, France
Bombardier 42‑102933 Combat Mission Credit
High group lead, 41st A wing.
Sortie Report
154 8 July 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Renescure, France
Bombardier 42‑102933 Combat Mission Credit
High group lead.
Sortie Report
161 19 July 1944 Target: Hydrogen Peroxide Plant
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Höllriegelskreuth District, Pullach, Germany
Bombardier 42‑102933 Combat Mission Credit
High group lead.
Sortie Report
163 21 July 1944 Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Schwäbisch Hall, Germany
Bombardier 42‑102933 Combat Mission Credit
Low group lead.
Sortie Report
165 25 July 1944 Target: Tactical - Enemy Strong Points
Type: Military
Location: Montreuil-sur-Lozon, Le Châtel,
& La Chapelle en Juger, France
Bombardier 42‑102933 Combat Mission Credit
Low Group Lead.
Sortie Report
170 3 August 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Fleury, Flers, Fiefs, France
Bombardier 42‑102933 Combat Mission Credit
H Group Lead.
Sortie Report
180 14 August 1944 Target: Echterdingen Airdrome
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Bombardier 42‑97557 Combat Mission Credit
Wing lead. PFF ship. Col. William L Travis, 41st Bomb Wing, aboard as combat wing commander.
Sortie Report
184 25 August 1944 Target: Airfield & Airpark
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Anklam, Germany
Bombardier 42‑97986 Combat Mission Credit
Wing lead. PFF ship.
Sortie Report
188 5 September 1944 Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Bombardier 44‑8007 Combat Mission Credit
PFF ship. Wing lead.
Sortie Report
221 6 November 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bottrop (Welheim), Germany
Bombardier 44‑8211 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead. PFF ship.
Sortie Report
231 27 November 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Offenburg, Germany
Bombardier 44‑8007 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead; PFF and Gee-H ship.
Sortie Report

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