Betolatti, John (NMI)

Individual Personnel Data
Name Betolatti, John (NMI)   
Rank Second Lieutenant / First Lieutenant
Serial Number O-682568   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 545th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #160 dated 5 December 1943
Duty Bombardier
MOS1035 - Bombardier
Last Duty Date 13 April 1944
Results Evaded Capture
See Escape and Evasion Report Number 709 (21.109 MB)
Additional Information
  • Placed on Temporary Duty for five days to Bournemough, Hampshire (a Flak House) on or about 30 March 1944 per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #60 dated 29 March 1944.
  • 2LT Betalotti, after successfully evading capture, returned to the Group, was promoted to 1st Lt, and returned to the USA, all during July 1944. (545th BS History, July 1944, Microfilm A0640-01601 & 2)
Related Documents Missing Air Crew Report # 3868 (11.787 MB)
Escape & Evasion Report # 709 (21.109 MB)




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Heffley, Farris OrmondPilotPOW
2nd Lt. Carini, Louis PeterNavigatorPOW
2nd Lt. Betolatti, John (NMI)BombardierEV
SGT. Shade, William JamesRadio Operator / GunnerPOW
S/SGT. Deutsch, Samuel (NMI)Engineer / Top Turret GunnerEV
S/SGT. Metz, Charles JohnBall Turret GunnerWIA
SGT. Gatzman, Ralph LeeTail GunnerPOW
S/SGT. Alfter, Glen EdwardFlexible GunnerPOW
SGT. Allen, George WFlexible GunnerPOW

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 23 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
49 4 January 1944 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Kiel, Germany
Bombardier 42‑37788 Aborted mission after taking off.
Lead Ground Spare Aircraft. Replaced 42‑29809. Took off late, then turned back with engine trouble.
Sortie Report
51 7 January 1944 Target: Powerhouse
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Bombardier 42‑29703 Aborted mission after taking off.
Became separated from formation in dense coulds after group assembly; failed to make wing rendezvous.
Sortie Report
52 11 January 1944 Target: Ju-88 Aircraft Parts Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Halberstadt, Germany
Bombardier 42‑29632 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
54 21 January 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Preuseville, France
Bombardier 42‑37727 Combat Mission Credit
41A Group.
Sortie Report
56 30 January 1944 Target: Aircraft Assembly Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Brunswick / Braunschweig, Germany
Bombardier 42‑3259 Aborted mission after taking off.
Low group. Turned back at 0945 hrs because throttle linkage was broken on #1 and prop had to be feathered; generators on other engines out also.
Sortie Report
57 3 February 1944 Target: Submarines (under construction)
Type: Submarine Facility
Location: Wilhelmshaven, Germany
Bombardier 42‑29554 Combat Mission Credit
Lead group.
Sortie Report
58 4 February 1944 Target: Alfred Teves Main Works: Aircraft Parts Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Bombardier 42‑29809 Aborted mission after taking off.
High group, 41st B Combat Wing. Aborted at 1014 hrs because #2 and #4 superchargers were uncontrollable.
Sortie Report
59 5 February 1944 Target: Bricy Aerodrome, Luftwaffe Training and Bomber Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Orleans, France
Bombardier 42‑37793 Flying spare aircraft: returned to base after taking off.
Sortie Report
62 11 February 1944 Target: Propeller Factory (Foundry)
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Bombardier 42‑31235 Aborted mission after taking off.
Ground Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑29828. Flying spare; joined formation; aborted before reaching enemy coast because oil temperature on #2 engine was too high, and #2 and #4 engines had detonation (pinging).
Sortie Report
63 20 February 1944 Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Leipzig & Bernburg, Germany
Bombardier 42‑29828 Combat Mission Credit
41B Group Flying Spare. Joined formation.
Sortie Report
64 21 February 1944 Target: Fighter Field & Aircraft Storage Depot
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Werl, Germany
Bombardier 42‑29828 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
65 22 February 1944 Target: Aircraft Factory
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Halberstadt & Aschersleben, Germany
Bombardier 42‑29809 Aborted mission after taking off.
41A Group, High Squadron Deputy.
Sortie Report
66 24 February 1944 Target: Ball-Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Bombardier 42‑29828 Aborted mission after taking off.
Turned back at 1137 hrs because ball turret oxygen system hose broke after catching under electrical conduit elbow; later, flexible filler hose got caught in turret gears and entire system went out.
Sortie Report
67 25 February 1944 Target: Aircraft Assembly & Ball Bearings Plants
Type: Industry
Location: Augsburg & Stuttgart, Germany
Bombardier 42‑29828 Combat Mission Credit
41C Group, High Squadron, Low Group.
Sortie Report
68 28 February 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Preuseville, France
Bombardier 42‑31166 Combat Mission Credit
Lead squadron.
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
Bombardier 42‑37792 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
70 3 March 1944 Target: Roller-Bearing Factory
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Bombardier 42‑31166 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
72 6 March 1944 Target: Erkner Ball-Bearing Factory
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Bombardier 42‑37792 Aborted mission after taking off.
Returned to base after group leader abandoned attempt to join assigned combat wing. This aircraft had blown the tire on the left main landing gear during takeoff. The crew jettisoned its bomb load in the English Channel and remained in the air near the base until fuel was nearly exhausted, then landed without further damage.
Sortie Report
73 8 March 1944 Target: Erkner Ball-Bearing Factory
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Bombardier 42‑37789 Combat Mission Credit
Flying spare; joined formation.
Sortie Report
75 16 March 1944 Target: Aircraft Assembly & Repair Works
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
Bombardier 42‑31166 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
76 18 March 1944 Target: Aircraft Assembly & Repair Works
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
Bombardier 42‑31740 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
77 19 March 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-2 Storage and Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Wizernes, France
Bombardier 42‑29828 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
78 20 March 1944 Type: Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Bombardier 42‑31166 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
79 22 March 1944 Target: Heinkel Aircraft Assembly Plant at Annahof Airfield
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oranienburg, Germany
Bombardier 42‑31048 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
80 23 March 1944 Target: Airdrome and Airpark
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Gütersloh, Germany
Bombardier 42‑37816 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
81 24 March 1944 Target: Ball-Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Bombardier 42‑97139 Combat Mission Credit
Ground Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑37816.
Sortie Report
83 27 March 1944 Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Tours & Chartres, France
Bombardier 42‑37816 Combat Mission Credit
94 Group.
Sortie Report
84 28 March 1944 Target: Dijon-Longvic Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Dijon, France
Bombardier 42‑37816 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron deputy.
Sortie Report
86 9 April 1944 Target: FW-190 Fighter Aircraft Assembly Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Marienburg, Germany
Bombardier 42‑37816 Combat Mission Credit
Dropped 25 parcels of G-34 'nickles' (propaganda leaflets) along with demolition bombs.
Sortie Report
87 10 April 1944 Target: Evere Airfield (50°54'3"N 4°20'9"E)
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Brussels / Bruxelles, Belgium
Bombardier 42‑37816 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
88 11 April 1944 Target: FW Aircraft Parts Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Sorau, Germany
Bombardier 42‑37816 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
89 13 April 1944 Target: Ball-Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Bombardier 42‑37816 Combat Mission Credit
Shot down during fighter attacks which lasted from 1354 to 1357 hrs; crashed Rambucourt, France. MACR 3868.
Sortie Report

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