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OGDEN, UTAH
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O'Brien, John Gerald

Individual Personnel Data
Name O'Brien, John Gerald   
Rank Staff Sergeant
Serial Number 11085052   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 547th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #34 dated 20 February 1944, effective 20 February 1944.
Duty Engineer / Top Turret Gunner
MOS748 - Army Airplane Mechanic / Gunner, Flight Engineer
Last Duty Date 18 March 1944
Results Interned, Neutral Country
Additional Information
Interned in Switzerland.
Related Documents Missing Air Crew Report # 3485 (1.373 MB)
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Lessig, Joseph WatsonPilotINT
2nd Lt. MacKichan, William GrahamCo-pilotKIA
2nd Lt. Howell, William WrightNavigatorINT
2nd Lt. Loh, Phillip Henry, IIIBombardierINT
S/SGT. Hay, James FranklinRadio Operator / GunnerINT
S/SGT. O'Brien, John GeraldEngineer / Top Turret GunnerINT
SGT. Gormley, Edward OliverBall Turret GunnerINT
SGT. Gardner, Eugene FrederickTail GunnerINT
CPL. Harper, Richard WightFlexible GunnerINT
SGT. Froment, Dorrance VerlFlexible GunnerINT

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 2 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
75 16 March 1944 Target: Aircraft Assembly & Repair Works
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑38158 Combat Mission Credit
Ground Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑38013.
Sortie Report
76 18 March 1944 Target: Aircraft Assembly & Repair Works
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑31871 Combat Mission Credit
At 1445 hrs called Group Leader saying he had two engines out and would try for home; had escort of four friendly fighters; force-landed at Dubendorf, Switzerland; MACR 3485. From 303rd BG: 'Secret equipment destroyed. Landed wheels down at Dubendorf. Wheels retracted after landing, but aircraft could not be burned because of Swiss interference. Target was bombed. Could not feather #1 engine out on bomb run. Half power obtained from engines Nos. 2 and 3 which were running rough.'
Sortie Report

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