Rainey, Harry Wesley, Jr

Individual Personnel Data
Name Rainey, Harry Wesley, Jr   
Rank Second Lieutenant
Serial Number O-817523   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 547th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #144 dated 22 July 1944, effective 22 July 1944.
Duty Pilot
MOS1091 - Pilot, B-17
Last Duty Date 26 August 1944
Results Prisoner Of War
POW Camp: Not identified in National Archives POW database.
Related Documents Missing Air Crew Report # 8466 (25.908 MB)
Accident Report # 44-08-15-532 (2.962 MB)

Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
2nd Lt. Rainey, Harry Wesley, JrPilotPOW
2nd Lt. Rowe, J Z (IO)Co-pilotPOW
2nd Lt. Francis, Charles Dean, IIINavigatorPOW
2nd Lt. Kendall, Walter Selium, JrBombardierPOW
SGT. Sturdivant, Donald BarrettRadio Operator / GunnerPOW
S/SGT. Evans, Jack CliftonEngineer / Top Turret GunnerPOW
CPL. Mosier, Richard NelsonBall Turret GunnerPOW
CPL. Gordon, Norman HirschTail GunnerKIA
SGT. Knowlton, Alfred BachelorFlexible GunnerEV
PFC. Thornhill, John GroverFlexible GunnerPOW

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 9 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
168 31 July 1944 Target: Aero Engine Factory
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Munich / München, Germany
Co-pilot 43‑37843 Combat Mission Credit
Low Group, Low Squadron Lead.
Sortie Report
169 1 August 1944 Target: Railroad Bridge
Type: Transportation
Location: Chartres, France
Pilot 42‑97204 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Group, High Squadron. Dropped bombs early.
Sortie Report
170 3 August 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Fleury, Flers, Fiefs, France
Pilot 42‑37788 Combat Mission Credit
I Group Hot Camera Ship.
Sortie Report
171 4 August 1944 Target: Rocket Research & Development Complex
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Peenemünde, Germany
Pilot 42‑37788 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
173 5 August 1944 Target: Luftwaffe Controlling Station
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Langenhagen, Germany
Pilot 42‑37788 Flying spare aircraft: returned to base after taking off.
Lead group.
Sortie Report
177 11 August 1944 Target: Tactical: Coastal Artillery Emplacements
Type: Military
Location: Brest, France
Pilot 43‑37843 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
178 12 August 1944 Target: "Landing Ground"
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: La Perthe, France
Pilot 43‑37990 Combat Mission Credit
Low group.
Sortie Report
-- 15 August 1944 Location: Pilot 44‑8011 Aircraft did not take off.
While taxiing prior to a practice mission, the brakes failed. To avoid the aircraft ahead of him, pilot turned off the perimeter track, and the aircraft came to a stop in a small gully. The crew was not injured.
Sortie Report
181 16 August 1944 Target: Delitzsch Air Field and Air Equipment Depot
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Delitzsch, Germany
Pilot 44‑6080 Combat Mission Credit
Lead group hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
182 18 August 1944 Target: Tactical: Bridge
Type: Transportation
Location: Vise, Belgium
Pilot 42‑32106 Combat Mission Credit
High section deputy, low group.
Sortie Report
185 26 August 1944 Target: Buer Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Pilot 42‑97204 Combat Mission Credit
Lead group. At 1228 hrs, shortly after leaving target, aircraft observed feathering #4 engine and dropped down very rapidly, falling behind, but under control; crashed near the Oldebroek army training area, Wezep, The Netherlands. MACR 8466
Sortie Report

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