Soto, Roman Serrano

Individual Personnel Data
Name Soto, Roman Serrano, "Ray"   
Rank Staff Sergeant / Technical Sergeant
Serial Number 39848953   
Unit Assignments
  • Assigned to the 547th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #38 dated 28 June 1943
  • Assigned to a non-384th related unit, per 547th Bomb Squadron Morning Reports of 9 May 1945 and 11 May 1945 - 70th Reinforcement Depot, AAF Station Stone
Duty Flexible Gunner / Radio Operator / Gunner
Last Duty Date 11 May 1945
Results Completed Tour, Returned to USA
Additional Information
  • Placed on Temporary Duty to the 10th Replacement Depot for Official Business per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #84 dated 28 August 1943. Officer and EM will proceed by rail to Station 598 on 1 September 1943 and will return to this station upon completion of Temporary Duty. Personnel will carry fatigue clothing and other personal equipment.
  • Promoted to Technical Sergeant per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #3 dated 4 January 1944.
  • Placed on seven days Temporary Duty to Moulsford Manor near Chelsey, Berkshire (a FLAK House) on or about 18 January 1944 per AAF Station Special Orders # 9 dated 14 January 1944.
    Reported missing on MACR 10197 on 17 September 1944. He bailed out after his aircraft was severely damaged by flak, landed in Allied Territory and returned to duty.
  • Volunteered for a second tour; 45 missions, shot down twice.
Related Documents MACR 10197 (7.749 MB)
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Willing, Mark Skinner, JrPilotCT
2nd Lt. Martin, Rudolph Alfred, "Rudy"Co-pilotCT
2nd Lt. Haley, Bruce ThomasNavigatorCT
2nd Lt. Brown, Robert EBombardierCT
T/SGT. Pisarski, Joseph FrankRadio Operator / GunnerCT
T/SGT. Holloway, Durwood HarmonEngineer / Top Turret GunnerCT
S/SGT. Ott, Robert EdwardBall Turret GunnerCT
S/SGT. Pharr, Keating SamsTail GunnerCT
PVT. Smith, Walter BlaineFlexible GunnerCT
S/SGT. Soto, Roman Serrano, "Ray"Flexible GunnerCT

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 45 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
27 2 October 1943 Target: Port Facilities
Type: Transportation
Location: Emden, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑29768 Flying spare aircraft: returned to base after taking off.
Sortie Report
28 4 October 1943 Type: Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑29768 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at Ipswich due to low fuel.
Sortie Report
29 8 October 1943 Target: Workshops
Type: Submarine Facility
Location: Bremen, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑29768 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
30 9 October 1943 Target: Aircraft Factories
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Anklam, Germany
Radio Operator 41‑24529 Aborted mission after taking off.
Ground spare aircraft; replaced 42‑3216. Subsequently aborted, unable to locate formation after late takeoff.
Sortie Report
31 10 October 1943 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Münster, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑3429 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron lead.
Sortie Report
32 14 October 1943 Target: Ball-Bearing Factory
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑29768 Aborted mission after taking off.
Turned back. Landed away at Ridgewell.
Sortie Report
33 20 October 1943 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Düren, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑29632 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
34 3 November 1943 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Wilhelmshafen, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑29768 Combat Mission Credit
Squadron of composite group.
Sortie Report
35 5 November 1943 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑5051 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
38 29 November 1943 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Bremen, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑39796 Aborted mission after taking off.
Turned back; oxygen system problems.
Sortie Report
39 1 December 1943 Target: Non-Ferrous Metals Plant
Type: Industry
Location: Solingen, Germany
Radio Operator 41‑24578 Combat Mission Credit
Flying Spare; joined formation. Landed away at Manston.
Sortie Report
40 5 December 1943 Target: Fighter Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Saint-Jean-d'Angély, France
Radio Operator 42‑29733 Flying spare aircraft: returned to base after taking off.
Sortie Report
42 13 December 1943 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Bremen, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑37924 Combat Mission Credit
Lead group.
Sortie Report
43 16 December 1943 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Bremen, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑37924 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at Alconbury
Sortie Report
47 30 December 1943 Target: I. G. Farben Industrie, Chemical/Synthetic Rubber Plants
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑37924 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
48 31 December 1943 Target: Blockade Runner 'Orsone' (name of ship)
Type: Transportation
Location: [Mouth of River Garonne], France
Radio Operator 42‑37924 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at Molesworth; bombs jettisoned.
Sortie Report
49 4 January 1944 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Kiel, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑37924 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
51 7 January 1944 Target: Powerhouse
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑37924 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron #4; assumed squadron lead after assigned squadron lead aircraft failed to take off; then led remaining group aircraft on the mission after weather broke up the group formation, causing most (including assigned group lead) to turn back.
Sortie Report
52 11 January 1944 Target: Ju-88 Aircraft Parts Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Halberstadt, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑37801 Combat Mission Credit
Joined formation of the 401st BG and completed the mission. Landed away at RAF Mepal, Cambridgeshire, on return due to weather.
Sortie Report
53 14 January 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Le Meillard, France
Radio Operator 42‑31606 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
56 30 January 1944 Target: Aircraft Assembly Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Brunswick / Braunschweig, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑38013 Combat Mission Credit
Lead group low squadron lead.
Sortie Report
57 3 February 1944 Target: Submarines (under construction)
Type: Submarine Facility
Location: Wilhelmshaven, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑38013 Combat Mission Credit
Low group deputy.
Sortie Report
58 4 February 1944 Target: Alfred Teves Main Works: Aircraft Parts Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑38013 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron lead, high group, 41st A Combat Wing.
Sortie Report
60 6 February 1944 Target: Nancy/Essey Aerodrome
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Nancy, France
Radio Operator 42‑38013 Combat Mission Credit
Low group deputy.
Sortie Report
61 8 February 1944 Target: Piston Ring Factory
Type: Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑38013 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron lead.
Sortie Report
70 3 March 1944 Target: Roller-Bearing Factory
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑31433 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron deputy.
Sortie Report
71 4 March 1944 Type: Military
Location: Berlin, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑31433 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron deputy.
Sortie Report
72 6 March 1944 Target: Erkner Ball-Bearing Factory
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑37801 Aborted mission after taking off.
High group deputy, 40th Composite Combat Wing. Returned to base after group leader abandoned attempt to join assigned combat wing.
Sortie Report
73 8 March 1944 Target: Erkner Ball-Bearing Factory
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑37801 Combat Mission Credit
Wing deputy.
Sortie Report
86 9 April 1944 Target: FW-190 Fighter Aircraft Assembly Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Marienburg, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑97231 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron lead, low group.
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
Radio Operator 42‑97237 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
195 17 September 1944 Target: Light Gun Positions, Tactical
Type: Military
Location: 's-Hertogenbosch (den Bosch), The Netherlands
Radio Operator 44‑8011 Combat Mission Credit
F squadron lead. At 1122 hrs, prior to the IP, a direct flak burst hit the #2 engine, and the right wing caught fire. The aircraft exploded shortly before or on hitting the ground. Crashed near Liege, Belgium. MACR 10197
Sortie Report
213 18 October 1944 Target: Ford Motor Works
Type: Industry
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑97592 Combat Mission Credit
Group deputy. PFF ship. Took over on bomb run after lead Gee-H equipment failed, but too late to bomb primary. Led squadron to attack secondary by PFF.
Sortie Report
218 2 November 1944 Target: Ruhr-Chemie A.G. Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Sterkrade (Holten), Germany
Radio Operator 42‑102449 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron deputy. Gee-H ship. Led squadron on bomb run.
Sortie Report
221 6 November 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bottrop (Welheim), Germany
Radio Operator 42‑102449 Combat Mission Credit
Lead squadron deputy. Led squadron on bomb run.
Sortie Report
238 11 December 1944 Target: Road & Rail Bridge
Type: Transportation
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Radio Operator 44‑8221 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron lead D Group. PFF & Gee-H ship. Because the group leader did not climb over clouds at French coast, this squadron continued on its own to the IP and target, attacking by Gee-H.
Sortie Report
241 19 December 1944 Target: Railway Junction
Type: Transportation
Location: Glaadt, Germany
Radio Operator 43‑38630 Combat Mission Credit
Group deputy. Landed away at RAF Fairwood Common near Swansea, Wales.
Sortie Report
250 3 January 1945 Target: Enemy Strong Point & Transportation Hub
Type: Military
Location: St Vith, Belgium
Radio Operator 44‑6514 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
251 5 January 1945 Target: Landing Ground
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Neiderbreisig, Germany
Radio Operator 44‑8401 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron lead. PFF ship.
Sortie Report
256 17 January 1945 Target: Railroad Viaduct
Type: Transportation
Location: Bielefeld, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑97592 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron lead. PFF ship.
Sortie Report
264 3 February 1945 Target: Tempelhof Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
Radio Operator 43‑38016 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron lead.
Sortie Report
266 14 February 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Dresden, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑97986 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron lead; PFF ship.
Sortie Report
274 25 February 1945 Target: Tank & Submarine Engine Factory
Type: Industry
Location: Friedrichshafen, Germany
Radio Operator 44‑8541 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron lead; Gee-H ship.
Sortie Report
277 28 February 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Hagen, Germany
Radio Operator 44‑8649 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead; PFF and Gee-H ship.
Sortie Report
278 1 March 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Bruchsal, Germany
Radio Operator 43‑38647 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron lead.
Sortie Report
281 4 March 1945 Target: Ordnance Depot
Type: Military
Location: Ulm, Germany
Radio Operator 44‑8211 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron lead; PFF and Gee-H ship.
Sortie Report
286 11 March 1945 Target: Vacuum Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bremen, Germany
Radio Operator 44‑8211 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron lead; PFF ship.
Sortie Report
290 17 March 1945 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bohlen (Leipzig), Germany
Radio Operator 44‑8668 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron lead; PFF ship.
Sortie Report
297 24 March 1945 Target: Twente Enschede Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands
Radio Operator 44‑8649 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron lead. PFF & Gee-H ship.
Sortie Report
302 3 April 1945 Target: Underground Oil Storage Depot
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Kiel, Germany
Radio Operator 44‑8541 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead. PFF & Gee-H ship.
Sortie Report
307 9 April 1945 Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Fürstenfeldbruck, Germany
Radio Operator 44‑8668 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron lead. PFF ship.
Sortie Report

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