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Russell, Lester Hebron, Jr

Individual Personnel Data
Name Russell, Lester Hebron, Jr   
Rank Sergeant / Staff Sergeant
Serial Number 11085902   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 544th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #139 dated 16 July 1944, effective 16 July 1944.
Duty Tail Gunner
MOS611 - Aerial Gunner
Last Duty Date 30 November 1944
Results Prisoner Of War
POW Camp: Although the National Archives has no information on his POW Camp, a personal memoir of Reginald Gwin (crewmate on the 1944-11-30 mission) states he was confined at 'Stalag Luft 1 Barth' with other surviving members of his crew.
Additional Information
Promoted to Staff Sergeant per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #175 dated 1 September 1944.
Related Documents Missing Air Crew Report # 11129 (13.277 MB)
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Hughes, Robert DavisPilotCT
2nd Lt. Evans, Hugh LegarCo-pilotKIA
2nd Lt. Rasmussen, John ChristianNavigatorCT
2nd Lt. Gabriel, Joseph AlbertBombardierCT
S/SGT. Klanke, Edward FranklinRadio Operator / GunnerCT
S/SGT. Burns, ArlingtonEngineer / Top Turret GunnerCT
SGT. Bellovary, John Joseph, JrBall Turret GunnerKIA
SGT. Russell, Lester Hebron, JrTail GunnerPOW
SGT. Erich, Milton BenjaminFlexible GunnerKIA
SGT. Siffert, Charles W, "Chuck"Flexible GunnerTR

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 31 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
164 24 July 1944 Target: Tactical - Enemy Strong Points
Type: Military
Location: La Chapelle en Juger & Hébécrevon, France
Tail Gunner 42‑102617 Combat Mission Credit
Lead group.
Sortie Report
165 25 July 1944 Target: Tactical - Enemy Strong Points
Type: Military
Location: Montreuil-sur-Lozon, Le Châtel,
& La Chapelle en Juger, France
Tail Gunner 43‑38016 Combat Mission Credit
High Group.
Sortie Report
166 28 July 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil & Chemical Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Tail Gunner 43‑37703 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
169 1 August 1944 Target: Railroad Bridge
Type: Transportation
Location: Chartres, France
Tail Gunner 43‑37703 Combat Mission Credit
High Group Hot Camera Ship.
Sortie Report
170 3 August 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Fleury, Flers, Fiefs, France
Tail Gunner 42‑102459 Combat Mission Credit
J Group Flying Spare. Joined formation.
Sortie Report
173 5 August 1944 Target: Luftwaffe Controlling Station
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Langenhagen, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑37822 Flying Spare, Returned As Briefed
High group.
Sortie Report
177 11 August 1944 Target: Tactical: Coastal Artillery Emplacements
Type: Military
Location: Brest, France
Tail Gunner 42‑102661 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
178 12 August 1944 Target: "Landing Ground"
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: La Perthe, France
Tail Gunner 42‑37822 Combat Mission Credit
Lead group.
Sortie Report
179 13 August 1944 Target: Tactical: Road Network
Type: Transportation
Location: Beaumont-le-Roger (area), France
Tail Gunner 42‑97282 Combat Mission Credit
High group flying spare; joined formation.
Sortie Report
180 14 August 1944 Target: Echterdingen Airdrome
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑97320 Aborted Mission After Taking Off
Low group. Turned back with a broken exhaust stack in #3 engine.
Sortie Report
181 16 August 1944 Target: Delitzsch Air Field and Air Equipment Depot
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Delitzsch, Germany
Tail Gunner 43‑37703 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
182 18 August 1944 Target: Tactical: Bridge
Type: Transportation
Location: Vise, Belgium
Tail Gunner 42‑39888 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron deputy, lead group.
Sortie Report
184 25 August 1944 Target: Airfield & Airpark
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Anklam, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑97251 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron deputy, low group. Ground Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑39888.
Sortie Report
186 30 August 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Crepieul, France
Tail Gunner 42‑97282 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
188 5 September 1944 Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑98000 Combat Mission Credit
Hot camera ship, low Squadron.
Sortie Report
190 9 September 1944 Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑98000 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
192 11 September 1944 Target: Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Lützkendorf & Merseburg, Germany
Tail Gunner 43‑38062 Combat Mission Credit
41A Group.
Sortie Report
195 17 September 1944 Target: Tank and Gun Concentrations, Tactical
Type: Military
Location: Eindhoven & 's‑Hertogenbosch (den Bosch), The Netherlands
Tail Gunner 43‑37703 Combat Mission Credit
B Squadron.
Sortie Report
198 25 September 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Tail Gunner 44‑6141 Combat Mission Credit
C Wing, lead group.
Sortie Report
199 26 September 1944 Target: Steelworks
Type: Industry
Location: Osnabrück, Germany
Tail Gunner 43‑38062 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
200 27 September 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards (PFF Aiming Points)
Type: Transportation
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Tail Gunner 43‑38062 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
202 30 September 1944 Target: Handorf Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Münster, Germany
Tail Gunner 43‑38615 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
203 2 October 1944 Target: Ford Motor Works
Type: Industry
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑102661 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron deputy. Hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
205 5 October 1944 Type: Industry
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Tail Gunner 44‑8047 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron deputy. PFF ship.
Sortie Report
206 6 October 1944 Target: M/T Factory
Type: Industry
Location: Stettin / Szczecin, Poland
Tail Gunner 42‑37822 Combat Mission Credit
D group deputy Squadron lead. Hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
208 9 October 1944 Target: Ball-Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑97320 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
210 14 October 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Saarbrücken, Germany
Tail Gunner 43‑38016 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Squadron deputy. Gee-H and hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
226 16 November 1944 Target: Tactical - Artillery Positions
Type: Military
Location: Eschweiler, Germany
Tail Gunner 43‑37703 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at Stratford, due to weather.
Sortie Report
227 20 November 1944 Target: Buer Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Tail Gunner 43‑38062 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
228 23 November 1944 Target: Nordstern Coking Plant at Gelsenkirchener Bergwerks-A.G.
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑98000 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
229 25 November 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Lützkendorf, Germany
Tail Gunner 43‑38062 Combat Mission Credit
Hot camera ship; landed away at Harwell, due to weather.
Sortie Report
231 27 November 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Offenburg, Germany
Tail Gunner 43‑38750 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
233 30 November 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Zeitz, Germany
Tail Gunner 43‑37713 Combat Mission Credit
Failed To Return
Damaged by flak, force-landed near Rebgeshain, Hesse, Germany. Crew survived combat, but four members were murdered by the local Nazi Ortsgruppenleiter in Beltershain, the others became POW. MACR 11129
Sortie Report

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