Panici, Raymond Arnold

Individual Personnel Data
Name Panici, Raymond Arnold   
Rank Staff Sergeant
Serial Number 16077859   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 544th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #148 dated 26 July 1944
Duty Engineer / Top Turret Gunner / Flexible Gunner
MOS611 - Aerial Gunner
Last Duty Date 12 March 1945
Results Completed Tour, Returned to USA
Additional Information
Bailed out over Allied Territory after a mission on 19 September 1944. Seven of the crew returned to duty. The ball turret gunner was injured by flak and transferred to the Detachment of Patients, 4178 U.S. Army Hospital Plant. The tail gunner was injured by flak and hospitalized from 19 September 1944 until 10 November 1944.
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Carnes, Joe Ross, JrPilotTR
2nd Lt. Wyatt, William GlennCo-pilotCT
2nd Lt. Benjamin, Alfred DavidNavigatorCT
2nd Lt. Bomar, William MBombardierTBD
S/SGT. Schick, Frank Joseph, JrRadio Operator / GunnerPOW
S/SGT. Panici, Raymond ArnoldEngineer / Top Turret GunnerCT
SGT. King, James Bernard, JrBall Turret GunnerWIA
SGT. Andersen, Gerald LeeTail GunnerKIA
S/SGT. Ford, Charles William, JrFlexible GunnerCT
SGT. Little, Joseph Richard KyleFlexible GunnerTR

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 36 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
174 7 August 1944 Target: Aircraft Fuel Depot
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Dugny (Paris), France
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑98000 Combat Mission Credit
Lead group.
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175 8 August 1944 Target: Tactical - Enemy Strong Points
Type: Military
Location: Bretteville-sur-Laize, France
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑102430 Combat Mission Credit
High section lead, low group.
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176 9 August 1944 Target: Erding Airdrome & Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Erding, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑102430 Combat Mission Credit
Low group.
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177 11 August 1944 Target: Tactical: Coastal Artillery Emplacements
Type: Military
Location: Brest, France
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑39888 Combat Mission Credit
High section deputy, low group.
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181 16 August 1944 Target: Delitzsch Air Field and Air Equipment Depot
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Delitzsch, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑107083 Flying spare aircraft: returned to base after taking off.
High group.
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182 18 August 1944 Target: Tactical: Bridge
Type: Transportation
Location: Vise, Belgium
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑37703 Combat Mission Credit
High section deputy, lead group.
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183 24 August 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil & Chemical Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑38213 Combat Mission Credit
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184 25 August 1944 Target: Airfield & Airpark
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Anklam, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑97204 Combat Mission Credit
Low group hot camera ship.
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187 3 September 1944 Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑97320 Combat Mission Credit
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188 5 September 1944 Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑38062 Combat Mission Credit
Returned with #1 feathered.
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189 8 September 1944 Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑37982 Combat Mission Credit
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190 9 September 1944 Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑38213 Combat Mission Credit
Hot camera ship.
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191 10 September 1944 Target: BMW Motor Component Parts Plant
Type: Industry
Location: Sindelfingen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑97320 Combat Mission Credit
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195 17 September 1944 Target: Tank and Gun Concentrations, Tactical
Type: Military
Location: Eindhoven & 's‑Hertogenbosch (den Bosch), The Netherlands
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑39888 Combat Mission Credit
F Squadron.
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196 19 September 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Hamm, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑37982 Combat Mission Credit
Lead squadron flying spare; joined formation; aircraft struck by flak just before the IP; after dropping bombs on target, left formation, apparently under control; crew bailed out over Binche, Bel.; all crew returned to duty except ball turret gunner and tail gunner who were seriously injured.
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217 1 November 1944 Target: Nordstern Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 44‑8211 Combat Mission Credit
Division lead. PFF and Gee-H ship.
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223 9 November 1944 Target: Ground Installations
Type: Military
Location: Ouvrages de Sorbey (Metz), France
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 44‑8008 Combat Mission Credit
Division lead. PFF ship.
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224 10 November 1944 Target: Ostheim Airfield & Butzweilerhof Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 44‑8007 Combat Mission Credit
41C Group, Group Lead. PFF ship.
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232 29 November 1944 Target: Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Misburg, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 44‑8007 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead.
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236 6 December 1944 Target: Leuna Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑102430 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron flying spare; joined formation.
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240 18 December 1944 Target: Road Junction
Type: Transportation
Location: Gemünd, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 44‑8007 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead. PFF & Gee-H ship.
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244 27 December 1944 Target: Bridge (Tactical)
Type: Transportation
Location: Altenahr, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑38016 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Gee-H Ground Spare Aircraft. Replaced 42‑97824. Low squadron deputy. Assumed squadron lead after leader aborted. Led Gee-H bomb run with visual assist on primary target.
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245 28 December 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Brühl, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑38016 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron deputy. Gee-H ship.
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253 8 January 1945 Target: Railroad
Type: Transportation
Location: Kyllburg, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑102661 Combat Mission Credit
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254 10 January 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Bonn, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑38927 Combat Mission Credit
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255 15 January 1945 Target: Neuburg Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Neuburg an der Donau, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑38062 Combat Mission Credit
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256 17 January 1945 Target: Railroad Viaduct
Type: Transportation
Location: Bielefeld, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 44‑8401 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron lead. PFF ship. Ordered to fly as division deputy while en route, due to failure of PFF equipment on lead aircraft. Led formation from IP (because lead Gee-H equipment also failed) in attack on secondary target using his PFF.
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258 21 January 1945 Target: Marshalling Yard
Type: Transportation
Location: Aschaffenburg, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 44‑6590 Aircraft did not take off.
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259 22 January 1945 Target: Synthetic Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Sterkrade, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 44‑8401 Combat Mission Credit
Lead PFF ground spare; replaced 8221, which was taken by group lead when 8211 was scrubbed. Group deputy. Landed away at Woodbridge; flak damage caused prop to fall off during landing.
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263 1 February 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑102661 Combat Mission Credit
Lead squadron hot camera ship.
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264 3 February 1945 Target: Tempelhof Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑39164 Combat Mission Credit
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270 21 February 1945 Target: Tank Factory
Type: Industry
Location: Nuremberg / Nürnberg, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑98027 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron lead; PFF ship.
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274 25 February 1945 Target: Tank & Submarine Engine Factory
Type: Industry
Location: Friedrichshafen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑102459 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron.
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275 26 February 1945 Target: Schlesicher Railroad Station (Bahnhof)
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
Flexible (Waist) Gunner 42‑102620 Combat Mission Credit
King appears on the loading list as 'B' position ('Bombardier'), but is actually a 'Togglier' - an enlisted man who releases the bombs, but has no Norden bomb sight.
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277 28 February 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Hagen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑97824 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron.
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278 1 March 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Bruchsal, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑38062 Combat Mission Credit
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279 2 March 1945 Target: Low Temperature Carbonization Plant and Refinery of Deutsche Petroleum A.G.
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Rositz, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑38974 Combat Mission Credit
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281 4 March 1945 Target: Ordnance Depot
Type: Military
Location: Ulm, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑107125 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at RAF Gatwick, Kent, on return with #1 engine out; did not return to base.
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