Oosterhof, Franklin G

Individual Personnel Data
Name Oosterhof, Franklin G
Rank Second Lieutenant / First Lieutenant
Serial Number O-756813
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 546th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #140 dated 17 July 1944
Duty Co-pilot / Pilot
MOS1091 - Pilot, B-17
Last Duty Date 20 January 1945
Results Completed Tour, Returned to USA
Additional Information
Appointed First Lieutenant effective 12 December 1944 per 546th bomb Squadron Morning Report dated 18 December 1944.
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Henderson, William VPilotCT
2nd Lt. Oosterhof, Franklin GCo-pilotCT
2nd Lt. Segars, Arthur WoodrowNavigatorPOW
2nd Lt. Smith, George KBombardierCT
S/SGT. Owens, Buddy LRadio Operator / GunnerCT
S/SGT. Rodgers, William MEngineer / Top Turret GunnerCT
SGT. Tobman, Milton (NMI)Ball Turret GunnerCT
SGT. Woodruff, Walker AceTail GunnerPOW
SGT. Austin, Ralph EarlFlexible GunnerCT
PVT. O'Malley, Herbert MFlexible GunnerTR

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 30 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
167 29 July 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil & Chemical Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑97510 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
168 31 July 1944 Target: Aero Engine Factory
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Munich / München, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑102620 Combat Mission Credit
High section deputy, high group.
Sortie Report
169 1 August 1944 Target: Railroad Bridge
Type: Transportation
Location: Chartres, France
Co-pilot 42‑102620 Combat Mission Credit
Low group hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
170 3 August 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Fleury, Flers, Fiefs, France
Co-pilot 42‑102620 Combat Mission Credit
H group.
Sortie Report
172 4 August 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Crepieul, France
Co-pilot 42‑37982 Combat Mission Credit
This aircraft carried delayed-action bombs which were jettisoned in the Channel.
Sortie Report
177 11 August 1944 Target: Tactical: Coastal Artillery Emplacements
Type: Military
Location: Brest, France
Co-pilot 42‑102620 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
178 12 August 1944 Target: "Landing Ground"
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: La Perthe, France
Co-pilot 42‑102620 Combat Mission Credit
Low group.
Sortie Report
179 13 August 1944 Target: Tactical: Road Network
Type: Transportation
Location: Beaumont-le-Roger (area), France
Co-pilot 42‑102620 Combat Mission Credit
High group.
Sortie Report
180 14 August 1944 Target: Echterdingen Airdrome
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑102620 Combat Mission Credit
Lead group.
Sortie Report
181 16 August 1944 Target: Delitzsch Air Field and Air Equipment Depot
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Delitzsch, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑102620 Combat Mission Credit
High section lead, low group.
Sortie Report
183 24 August 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil & Chemical Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑97142 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
185 26 August 1944 Target: Buer Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑97282 Combat Mission Credit
Low group.
Sortie Report
188 5 September 1944 Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑102620 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
190 9 September 1944 Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑97251 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
191 10 September 1944 Target: BMW Motor Component Parts Plant
Type: Industry
Location: Sindelfingen, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑107121 Combat Mission Credit
Hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
198 25 September 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑107125 Combat Mission Credit
C Wing, low group deputy. Hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
201 28 September 1944 Target: Steelworks
Type: Industry
Location: Magdeburg, Germany
Co-pilot 43‑38616 Combat Mission Credit
Ground spare aircraft; replaced 42‑97986. Note that the 'mickey' navigator Schwab (indicated on formation chart) was not included on the crew list for this aircraft, indicating the original aircraft planned for this crew was PFF-equipped, while this one was not. Led wing back to base after target after taking over for flak-damaged wing lead.
Sortie Report
205 5 October 1944 Type: Industry
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑97986 Combat Mission Credit
Deputy lead. This aircraft led the group on two PFF runs, was hit by flak over target area and lost two engines; could not keep up with group and was going to land in Belgium; plane was under control, but was reported to explode at about 2,000' altitude. However, while it was out of commission for about two months, it was back flying combat missions in December.
Sortie Report
216 30 October 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Pilot 44‑8211 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron lead. PFF & Gee-H ship.
Sortie Report
220 5 November 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Pilot 43‑38616 Combat Mission Credit
Hot camera ship; low squadron lead.
Sortie Report
227 20 November 1944 Target: Buer Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Pilot 44‑8401 Combat Mission Credit
PFF ship; high squadron lead, 41st C group.
Sortie Report
230 26 November 1944 Target: Railroad Viaduct
Type: Transportation
Location: Altenbeken, Germany
Pilot 44‑8211 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron lead; PFF & Gee-H ship.
Sortie Report
233 30 November 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Zeitz, Germany
Pilot 44‑8211 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron lead.
Sortie Report
235 4 December 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Soest, Germany
Pilot 44‑8221 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron lead. PFF & Gee-H ship. Landed away at Boxted due to low fuel.
Sortie Report
237 9 December 1944 Target: Airfield and Daimler Factory
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Böblingen (Stuttgart area), Germany
Pilot 44‑8216 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron lead. PFF & Gee-H ship (no Gee-H Navigator on today's crew). Capt Ulrey intended to release on group lead, but his bombardier 'picked up the target visually, and made a visual run.'
Sortie Report
243 24 December 1944 Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Kirch Gons, Germany
Pilot 43‑38616 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron deputy. Landed away at Ridgewell due to weather.
Sortie Report
244 27 December 1944 Target: Bridge (Tactical)
Type: Transportation
Location: Altenahr, Germany
Pilot 43‑38616 Combat Mission Credit
Lead squadron: division deputy.
Sortie Report
248 1 January 1945 Target: Oil Storage Depot
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Derben, Germany
Pilot 42‑107125 Combat Mission Credit
Lead squadron deputy.
Sortie Report
253 8 January 1945 Target: Railroad
Type: Transportation
Location: Kyllburg, Germany
Co-pilot 43‑38501 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron lead.
Sortie Report
257 20 January 1945 Target: Rail and Road Bridges
Type: Transportation
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Commander 42‑97986 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron lead; PFF ship. Landed away at RAF Stradishall, Suffolk.
Sortie Report

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