Pluhar, Emil Edward

Individual Personnel Data
Name Pluhar, Emil Edward   
Rank Second Lieutenant / First Lieutenant
Serial Number O-552177   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 545th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #113 dated 15 June 1944
Duty Pilot / Observer
MOS1091 - Pilot, B-17
Last Duty Date 10 January 1945
Results Missing In Action
Final Resting Place or Memorial: Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge, England: Tablets of the Missing
Related Documents Missing Air Crew Report # 11578 (6.263 MB)
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Pluhar, Emil EdwardPilotMIA
2nd Lt. Switzer, Ralph VincentCo-pilotWIA
2nd Lt. Machiz, IrvingNavigatorCT
2nd Lt. Gogarty, Thomas PatrickBombardierTR
S/SGT. Harbrecht, Robert FrancisRadio Operator / GunnerPOW
S/SGT. Perry, Gilbert FranklinEngineer / Top Turret GunnerPOW
SGT. Clary, Leonard EstusBall Turret GunnerPOW
SGT. Frederickson, Ralph LouisTail GunnerPOW
S/SGT. Amspacher, Ray RichardFlexible GunnerPOW
SGT. Hall, Horace HomerFlexible GunnerCT

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 28 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
143 22 June 1944 Target: V-2 Storage & Launch Site
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Wizernes, France
Co-pilot 42‑97309 Combat Mission Credit
Bomb release malfunctioned; bombs were not dropped.
Sortie Report
144 22 June 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Lille (Fives district), France
Co-pilot 42‑102430 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
145 24 June 1944 Target: German Vacuum Oil Company
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Oslebshausen (Bremen area), Germany
Pilot 42‑102518 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
146 25 June 1944 Target: Railroad Bridge & Embankment
Type: Transportation
Location: Sens, France
Pilot 42‑97271 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
147 27 June 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Storage Depot)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Saint-Martin-L'Hortier, France
Pilot 42‑102442 Combat Mission Credit
41st A section.
Sortie Report
148 28 June 1944 Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Juvincourt (Juvincourt-et-Damary), France
Pilot 42‑102518 Combat Mission Credit
High group, 41st B wing. Landed away at Boxted, AAF Station 150, on return due to weather.
Sortie Report
149 30 June 1944 Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Montdidier, France
Pilot 42‑97309 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron deputy, low group.
Sortie Report
150 4 July 1944 Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Dreux (Conches-en-Ouche), France
Pilot 42‑102430 Combat Mission Credit
Lead group flying spare; joined formation. Due to a mechanical failure in the bomb bay, could not release bombs.
Sortie Report
154 8 July 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Renescure, France
Pilot 42‑97309 Combat Mission Credit
High group.
Sortie Report
157 13 July 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Munich / München, Germany
Pilot 42‑102430 Combat Mission Credit
41A Group.
Sortie Report
158 16 July 1944 Target: Aero Engine Factory
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Munich / München, Germany
Pilot 42‑102430 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron Hot Camera Ship.
Sortie Report
177 11 August 1944 Target: Tactical: Coastal Artillery Emplacements
Type: Military
Location: Brest, France
Pilot 42‑97309 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
178 12 August 1944 Target: "Landing Ground"
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: La Perthe, France
Pilot 42‑97309 Combat Mission Credit
High group.
Sortie Report
180 14 August 1944 Target: Echterdingen Airdrome
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Pilot 42‑31484 Combat Mission Credit
Lead group.
Sortie Report
186 30 August 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Crepieul, France
Pilot 42‑97309 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
192 11 September 1944 Target: Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Lützkendorf & Merseburg, Germany
Pilot 43‑37713 Combat Mission Credit
41B Group, Group Lead.
Sortie Report
212 17 October 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Observer 44‑8007 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead. PFF ship.
Sortie Report
216 30 October 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Observer 44‑8007 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead. PFF ship.
Sortie Report
219 4 November 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bottrop (Welheim), Germany
Observer 44‑8008 Combat Mission Credit
PFF ship; group lead.
Sortie Report
225 11 November 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Observer 44‑8401 Combat Mission Credit
Lead PFF Ground Spare Aircraft; replaced 44‑8007. Lead Squadron lead.
Sortie Report
236 6 December 1944 Target: Leuna Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Tail Gunner 44‑8007 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead. PFF & Gee-H ship.
Sortie Report
238 11 December 1944 Target: Road & Rail Bridge
Type: Transportation
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Tail Gunner 44‑8007 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead, B Group. PFF & Gee-H ship. Dropped bombs using PFF.
Sortie Report
243 24 December 1944 Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Kirch Göns, Germany
Tail Gunner 44‑8221 Combat Mission Credit
41C Group Lead. PFF ship.
Sortie Report
244 27 December 1944 Target: Bridge (Tactical)
Type: Transportation
Location: Altenahr, Germany
Tail Gunner 44‑8008 Combat Mission Credit
Division lead. PFF & Gee-H ship. The Gee-H failed prior to the IP so a visual bomb run was attempted. The navigator and bombardier located the target too late to make a good run, so a second visual run was made and bombs were released on the primary target.
Sortie Report
249 2 January 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Gerolstein, Germany
Tail Gunner 44‑8221 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead. with Lt. Col William C Sipes of the 41st Combat Bombardment Wing as Air Commander. PFF & Gee-H ship. Gee-H failed prior to IP; turned over lead to high Squadron. Did not attack target because bombardier noticed, approaching the bomb release point (high Squadron leading), that they were a mile to the left of the target. Bombs were held with the intention of making another run, but the remainder of the group had dropped on the high Squadron leader.
Sortie Report
250 3 January 1945 Target: Enemy Strong Point & Transportation Hub
Type: Military
Location: St Vith, Belgium
Observer 42‑98027 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead. PFF & Gee-H ship.
Sortie Report
252 7 January 1945 Target: Enemy Strong Point
Type: Military
Location: Blankenheim, Germany
Observer 44‑8007 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead. PFF & Gee-H ship.
Sortie Report
254 10 January 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Bonn, Germany
Observer 44‑8216 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead. PFF & Gee-H ship. Left formation 20 minutes prior to the IP, apparently due to flak damage. No communication was received from this aircraft regarding the abort. Crash site and fate of crew are unknown. MACR 11578
Sortie Report

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