Pastorella, John Paul

Individual Personnel Data
Name Pastorella, John Paul   
Rank Staff Sergeant / Technical Sergeant
Serial Number 11101117   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 547th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #88 dated 3 September 1943
Duty Tail Gunner
MOS611 - Aerial Gunner
Last Duty Date 24 April 1944
Results Killed In Action
Final Resting Place or Memorial: Connecticut
Additional Information
  • Ordered to travel to Moulsford Manor (a 'flak house'), Chelsey, Berkshire, for seven days beginning 21 December 1943 on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #171 dated 20 December 1943.
  • Promoted to Technical Sergeant per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #62 dated 1 April 1944.
Related Documents Missing Air Crew Report # 4352 (41.543 MB)
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Wilson, William MonroePilotCT
2nd Lt. Smith, Harry BaileyCo-pilotCT
2nd Lt. Garrison, Keith MNavigatorTBD
2nd Lt. Smith, Harvey DanielBombardierTR
T/SGT. Benson, Thomas JosephRadio Operator / GunnerCT
T/SGT. Treat, Royal DeWittEngineer / Top Turret GunnerCT
S/SGT. Loomis, Dorman GeorgeBall Turret GunnerCT
S/SGT. Pastorella, John PaulTail GunnerKIA
S/SGT. Hubbard, Warren EFlexible GunnerCT
S/SGT. Nichols, Melvin AllenFlexible GunnerCT

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 26 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
26 27 September 1943 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Emden, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑29927 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at Snetterton Heath Airfield, AAF Station 138, due to low fuel.
Sortie Report
27 2 October 1943 Target: Port Facilities
Type: Transportation
Location: Emden, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑29927 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
28 4 October 1943 Type: Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑29927 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
31 10 October 1943 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Münster, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑29927 Aborted mission after taking off.
Sortie Report
32 14 October 1943 Target: Ball-Bearing Factory
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Tail Gunner 41‑24525 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at Little Staughton.
Sortie Report
33 20 October 1943 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Düren, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑29927 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
34 3 November 1943 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Wilhelmshafen, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑29927 Combat Mission Credit
Squadron of composite group.
Sortie Report
35 5 November 1943 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑29927 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
36 16 November 1943 Target: Knaben II Molybdenum Mine
Type: Industry
Location: Knaben, Norway
Tail Gunner 42‑29987 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
38 29 November 1943 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Bremen, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑5747 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
39 1 December 1943 Target: Non-Ferrous Metals Plant
Type: Industry
Location: Solingen, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑31073 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
42 13 December 1943 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Bremen, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑29927 Combat Mission Credit
Lead group, low Squadron lead.
Sortie Report
43 16 December 1943 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Bremen, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑29927 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron lead.
Sortie Report
44 20 December 1943 Target: Port Area/Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Bremen, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑29927 Combat Mission Credit
Group deputy.
Sortie Report
47 30 December 1943 Target: I. G. Farben Industrie, Chemical/Synthetic Rubber Plants
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑37793 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron lead
Sortie Report
51 7 January 1944 Target: Powerhouse
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑37801 High Squadron lead; did not take off due to engine trouble.
Sortie Report
52 11 January 1944 Target: Ju-88 Aircraft Parts Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Halberstadt, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑30026 Combat Mission Credit
Ground Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑3440. High Squadron lead.
Sortie Report
54 21 January 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Preuseville, France
Tail Gunner 42‑31433 Combat Mission Credit
41B Group, Low Squadron Lead.
Sortie Report
58 4 February 1944 Target: Alfred Teves Main Works: Aircraft Parts Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑39962 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron lead, high group, 41st A Combat Wing.
Sortie Report
69 2 March 1944 Target: Alfred Teves Main Works: Aircraft Parts Plant and Machine Shop
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Togglier 42‑3441 Aborted mission after taking off.
Turned back at 1046 hrs because #1 prop ran away (prop governor sheared). Landed away at RAF Gatwick, West Sussex.
Sortie Report
70 3 March 1944 Target: Roller-Bearing Factory
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Togglier 42‑3441 Aborted mission after taking off.
Turned back because #2 engine supercharger ran away.
Sortie Report
71 4 March 1944 Type: Military
Location: Berlin, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑3441 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
72 6 March 1944 Target: Erkner Ball-Bearing Factory
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Togglier 42‑97449 Aborted mission after taking off.
Returned to base after group leader abandoned attempt to join assigned combat wing.
Sortie Report
73 8 March 1944 Target: Erkner Ball-Bearing Factory
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Togglier 42‑31871 Flying spare aircraft: returned to base after taking off.
Sortie Report
76 18 March 1944 Target: Aircraft Assembly & Repair Works
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
Togglier 42‑38208 Combat Mission Credit
Dropped ten parcels of 'nickles' (propaganda leaflets) in addition to bombs.
Sortie Report
78 20 March 1944 Type: Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑97150 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
79 22 March 1944 Target: Heinkel Aircraft Assembly Plant at Annahof Airfield
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oranienburg, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑97150 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
84 28 March 1944 Target: Dijon-Longvic Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Dijon, France
Togglier 42‑38158 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron deputy.
Sortie Report
91 19 April 1944 Target: Aircraft Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Kassel, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑3441 Combat Mission Credit
Flying spare; joined formation.
Sortie Report
92 20 April 1944 Target: V-Weapon Service Bunker (under construction)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Sottevast, France
Tail Gunner 42‑97150 Combat Mission Credit
A Wing, High group.
Sortie Report
93 22 April 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Hamm, Germany
Togglier 42‑102449 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
94 24 April 1944 Target: Dornier-Werke GMBH Aircraft Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑38158 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron lead, lead group. Hit by direct flak burst on bomb run; a/c blew up in mid-air after bomb release. MACR 4352
Sortie Report

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