Pranger, Nicholas Vincent

Individual Personnel Data
Name Pranger, Nicholas Vincent
Rank Second Lieutenant / First Lieutenant
Serial Number O-816357
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 546th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #119 dated 22 June 1944, effective 22 June 1944.
Duty Pilot
MOS1091 - Pilot, B-17
Last Duty Date 2 December 1944
Results Completed Tour, Returned to USA
Additional Information
  • Placed on seven days Temporary duty to Aylsfield House, Alton, N. Hants (a Flak House) on 16 August 1944 per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #162 dated 13 August 1944.
  • Appointed First Lieutenant, AUS effective 25 August 1944 per 546th Bomb Squadron Morning Report dated 31 August 1944.
Related Documents Missing Air Crew Report # 7454 (4.972 MB)
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Pranger, Nicholas VincentPilotCT
2nd Lt. Vaden, Kenneth UnderwoodCo-pilotCT
2nd Lt. Singer, William AndrewNavigatorPOW
2nd Lt. Wolf, Charles Elmer, JrBombardierCT
T/SGT. Neyer, Ralph RichardRadio Operator / GunnerKIA
S/SGT. Brooker, Cameron HutchisonEngineer / Top Turret GunnerCT
SGT. Browne, Erle RoydenBall Turret GunnerCT
SGT. Kidwell, Hugh ThomasTail GunnerPOW
PVT. Sullivan, John JosephFlexible GunnerTR

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 34 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
147 27 June 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Storage Depot)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Saint-Martin-L'Hortier, France
Co-pilot 43‑37713 Combat Mission Credit
41st B section.
Sortie Report
148 28 June 1944 Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Juvincourt (Juvincourt-et-Damary), France
Co-pilot 42‑102620 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron deputy, high group, 41st A wing. Landed away at Wattisham, AAF Station 377, on return due to weather.
Sortie Report
149 30 June 1944 Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Montdidier, France
Pilot 42‑107057 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
150 4 July 1944 Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Dreux (Conches-en-Ouche), France
Pilot 42‑107083 Aborted mission after taking off.
Turned back at 0525; reasons unknown.
Sortie Report
151 6 July 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Coubronne, France
Pilot 42‑102620 Combat Mission Credit
High section deputy, high group.
Sortie Report
153 7 July 1944 Target: Me-109 Aircraft Factory
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Leipzig, Germany
Pilot 42‑97273 Combat Mission Credit
High group, 41st A wing. Tailgunner bailed out during violent prop wash, apparently believing the aircraft was in trouble.
Sortie Report
154 8 July 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Renescure, France
Pilot 42‑102500 Combat Mission Credit
High group.
Sortie Report
155 11 July 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Munich / München, Germany
Pilot 42‑102620 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
156 12 July 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Munich / München, Germany
Pilot 42‑102620 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
159 17 July 1944 Target: Beautor Bridge
Type: Transportation
Location: Beautor, France
Pilot 42‑97142 Combat Mission Credit
Low group.
Sortie Report
160 18 July 1944 Target: Rocket Research & Development Complex
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Peenemünde & Zinnowitz, Germany
Pilot 42‑97142 Combat Mission Credit
41B Group.
Sortie Report
162 20 July 1944 Target: Aircraft Plants
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Dessau, Germany
Pilot 42‑97142 Aborted mission after taking off.
Turned back with a sick crew member. Hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
165 25 July 1944 Target: Tactical - Enemy Strong Points
Type: Military
Location: Montreuil-sur-Lozon, Le Châtel,
& La Chapelle en Juger, France
Pilot 42‑107058 Combat Mission Credit
Low Group.
Sortie Report
168 31 July 1944 Target: Aero Engine Factory
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Munich / München, Germany
Pilot 42‑97142 Flying spare aircraft: returned to base after taking off.
High Group.
Sortie Report
169 1 August 1944 Target: Railroad Bridge
Type: Transportation
Location: Chartres, France
Pilot 42‑97142 Combat Mission Credit
Low Group, Low Squadron Deputy.
Sortie Report
170 3 August 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Fleury, Flers, Fiefs, France
Pilot 42‑97142 Combat Mission Credit
H Group, Low Squadron Deputy.
Sortie Report
171 4 August 1944 Target: Rocket Research & Development Complex
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Peenemünde, Germany
Pilot 42‑97142 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Group, Low Squadron Deputy.
Sortie Report
173 5 August 1944 Target: Luftwaffe Controlling Station
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Langenhagen, Germany
Pilot 42‑31222 Combat Mission Credit
High section lead, low group. Ground Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑107057.
Sortie Report
175 8 August 1944 Target: Tactical - Enemy Strong Points
Type: Military
Location: Bretteville-sur-Laize, France
Pilot 42‑102500 Combat Mission Credit
Low section lead, low group.
Sortie Report
176 9 August 1944 Target: Erding Airdrome & Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Erding, Germany
Pilot 42‑102500 Aborted mission after taking off.
Lead group. Turned back due to a crewman's serious illness; replaced crewman and took off, but could not catch up with formation.
Sortie Report
177 11 August 1944 Target: Tactical: Coastal Artillery Emplacements
Type: Military
Location: Brest, France
Pilot 42‑97142 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron lead, high group.
Sortie Report
180 14 August 1944 Target: Echterdingen Airdrome
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Pilot 42‑97142 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron lead, lead group.
Sortie Report
184 25 August 1944 Target: Airfield & Airpark
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Anklam, Germany
Pilot 42‑97142 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron lead, lead group.
Sortie Report
186 30 August 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Crepieul, France
Pilot 42‑97510 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
188 5 September 1944 Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Pilot 42‑102933 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
189 8 September 1944 Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Pilot 42‑97142 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
194 13 September 1944 Target: Leuna Synthetic Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Pilot 42‑97282 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
196 19 September 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Hamm, Germany
Pilot 42‑97251 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron.
Sortie Report
197 21 September 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Mainz, Germany
Pilot 42‑107148 Combat Mission Credit
Ground Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑97251.
Sortie Report
202 30 September 1944 Target: Handorf Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Münster, Germany
Pilot 43‑38616 Combat Mission Credit
High group deputy. Hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
208 9 October 1944 Target: Ball-Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Pilot 42‑97948 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron deputy. Hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
212 17 October 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Pilot 43‑38747 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron deputy. Hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
215 25 October 1944 Target: Nordstern Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Pilot 43‑38616 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Squadron.
Sortie Report
218 2 November 1944 Target: Ruhr-Chemie A.G. Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Sterkrade (Holten), Germany
Pilot 43‑38501 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
220 5 November 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Pilot 43‑38747 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron deputy.
Sortie Report
224 10 November 1944 Target: Ostheim Airfield & Butzweilerhof Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Pilot 43‑38016 Aborted mission after taking off.
41C Group, Low Squadron Deputy. Gee-H ship. Turned back over France due to material failure; jettisoned bombs in open field in France.
Sortie Report
225 11 November 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Pilot 42‑107125 Combat Mission Credit
Gee-H ship; low Squadron deputy.
Sortie Report
227 20 November 1944 Target: Buer Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Pilot 42‑107148 Aborted mission after taking off.
Ground Spare Aircraft, replaced 42‑97309. Originally intended to fly deputy lead position in high C group (with Gee-H equipment); aborted, unable to catch formation after very late takeoff.
Sortie Report
228 23 November 1944 Target: Nordstern Coking Plant at Gelsenkirchener Bergwerks-A.G.
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Pilot 42‑97824 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron deputy, A group; Gee-H ship.
Sortie Report
229 25 November 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Lützkendorf, Germany
Pilot 43‑38616 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at Aldermaston, due to weather.
Sortie Report

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