Spradlin, Clifford Wright

Individual Personnel Data
Name Spradlin, Clifford Wright   
Rank Private / Staff Sergeant
Serial Number 34266598   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 544th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per Special Orders 15 HQ 384th Bomb Gp (H), AAF Wendover Field, Utah, dated 23 January 1943
Duty Ball Turret Gunner
Last Duty Date 23 April 1945
Results Completed Tour, Returned to USA
Additional Information
  • Ditched in Atlantic on flight From Gander, Newfoundland, to England on 10 June 1943. Rescued by a Canadian minesweeper and returned to Presque Isle, Maine. Completed the deployment to England on an ATC C-54, and joined Group later. Was removed from combat flight status and assigned ground duties. Restored to combat flight status in September 1944.
  • Appointed Private First Class effective 14 March 1943 per the 544th Bomb Squadron March 1943 Payroll Roster.
  • Appointed from Private First Class to Sergeant effective 1 April 1943 per 5444th Bomb Squadron Morning report dated 1 April 1943.
  • Appointed Staff Sergeant effective 1 May 1943 per 544th Bomb Squadron Morning Report dated 1 May 1943.
  • Promoted from Private to Sergeant per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #60 dated 1 August 1943.
  • Promoted to Sergeant per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #88 dated 3 September 1943.
  • Reclassified from MOS 747 to MOS 590 per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #172, EXTRACT, dated 28 August 1944.
  • Promoted to Sergeant per AAF Station 106 Special orders #194 dated 1 October 1944.
  • Promoted to Staff Sergeant per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #227 dated 11 November 1944.
Related Documents Accident Report # 44-11-30-510 (3.765 MB)




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
544th BOMB SQUADRON MODEL CREW
The first combat crew assigned to the squadron.
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Hall, Kelmer JamesPilotPOW
Flt. Ofcr. Summers, Bradley BriscoeCo-pilotPOW
2nd Lt. Crary, James DavidNavigatorPOW
2nd Lt. Schindler, Herbert (NMI)BombardierPOW
SGT. Harland, Kenneth Watkins, JrEngineer / Top Turret GunnerKIA
PVT. Spradlin, Clifford WrightBall Turret GunnerCT
SGT. Veber, Max BTail GunnerPOW
S/SGT. O'Donnell, Charles P, JrFlexible GunnerTR
S/SGT. Wimberly, Grady WFlexible GunnerTR
SGT. Harden, Donald LesterFlexible GunnerTR


Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 44 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
205 5 October 1944 Type: Industry
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑97320 Aborted mission after taking off.
Turned back, reason unknown.
Sortie Report
212 17 October 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Ball Turret 43‑38062 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
213 18 October 1944 Target: Ford Motor Works
Type: Industry
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Ball Turret 43‑38750 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
214 19 October 1944 Target: Heinrich Lanz Tank Factory
Type: Industry
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Ball Turret 43‑38062 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Squadron.
Sortie Report
215 25 October 1944 Target: Nordstern Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Ball Turret 43‑38016 Combat Mission Credit
Fourth Squadron deputy. Gee-H equipment failed during assembly.
Sortie Report
220 5 November 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑97309 Combat Mission Credit
Ground Spare Aircraft, replaced 43‑37971. High Squadron deputy.
Sortie Report
222 8 November 1944 Target: Leuna Synthetic Oil Plant (visual aim point)
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Ball Turret 43‑38750 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron deputy. Hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
224 10 November 1944 Target: Ostheim Airfield & Butzweilerhof Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑97824 Combat Mission Credit
41D Squadron, Squadron Deputy. Gee-H ship. 544th loading list has 'Lt. Toelhman (303rd B. Gp)' listed as GH Navigator.
Sortie Report
226 16 November 1944 Target: Tactical - Artillery Positions
Type: Military
Location: Eschweiler, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑97824 Combat Mission Credit
Gee-H ship; aircraft flew with the 381st BG at Ridgewell, as deputy group lead.
Sortie Report
228 23 November 1944 Target: Nordstern Coking Plant at Gelsenkirchener Bergwerks-A.G.
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Ball Turret 43‑38016 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron deputy, A group; Gee-H ship.
Sortie Report
233 30 November 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Zeitz, Germany
Ball Turret 43‑38542 Combat Mission Credit
Landed with wheels up due to confusion in the cockpit during final approach.
Sortie Report
234 2 December 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Oberlahnstein, Germany
Ball Turret 43‑38016 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron deputy. Hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
236 6 December 1944 Target: Leuna Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑97824 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron deputy. Gee-H ship (but no Gee-H navigator on this mission).
Sortie Report
239 12 December 1944 Target: Leuna Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Ball Turret 44‑8008 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron lead. PFF ship.
Sortie Report
240 18 December 1944 Target: Road Junction
Type: Transportation
Location: Gemünd, Germany
Ball Turret 44‑8008 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron lead. PFF & Gee-H ship. Because an inverter went out in the PFF equipment on the first run, they were forced to make a second PFF run which was completed without difficulty.
Sortie Report
244 27 December 1944 Target: Bridge (Tactical)
Type: Transportation
Location: Altenahr, Germany
Ball Turret 44‑8401 Aborted mission after taking off.
Low Squadron lead. Aborted over base due to instrument failure; bombs jettisoned.
Sortie Report
246 30 December 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Limburg, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑102661 Combat Mission Credit
Group deputy.
Sortie Report
249 2 January 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Gerolstein, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑98027 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron lead. PFF & Gee-H ship. Led formation on two bomb runs.
Sortie Report
252 7 January 1945 Target: Enemy Strong Point
Type: Military
Location: Blankenheim, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑97986 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron lead. PFF ship.
Sortie Report
254 10 January 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Bonn, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 44‑8221 Combat Mission Credit
Group deputy. PFF & Gee-H ship. Assumed group lead immediately upon departure of the group lead. PFF & Gee-H in this aircraft were inoperative, so Rice ordered low Squadron lead to take over (high Squadron lead was not reachable via radio) and returned to #2 position. Left formation after first attempted bomb run because oxygen system was shot away.
Sortie Report
256 17 January 1945 Target: Railroad Viaduct
Type: Transportation
Location: Bielefeld, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑97824 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron deputy. Assumed Squadron lead when low Squadron leader was ordered to fly in lead Squadron.
Sortie Report
257 20 January 1945 Target: Rail and Road Bridges
Type: Transportation
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Ball Turret 43‑38016 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron deputy; Gee-H ship. Landed away at RAF Oakington, Cambridgeshire.
Sortie Report
259 22 January 1945 Target: Synthetic Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Sterkrade, Germany
Ball Turret 44‑8401 Combat Mission Credit
Lead PFF ground spare; replaced 8221, which was taken by group lead when 8211 was scrubbed. Group deputy. Landed away at Woodbridge; flak damage caused prop to fall off during landing.
Sortie Report
263 1 February 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 44‑8211 Combat Mission Credit
Group deputy.
Sortie Report
264 3 February 1945 Target: Tempelhof Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 44‑6892 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
265 9 February 1945 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Lützkendorf, Germany
Ball Turret 43‑38974 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron.
Sortie Report
272 23 February 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Plauen, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑97824 Aborted mission after taking off.
Turned back due to a broken oil lne.
Sortie Report
273 24 February 1945 Target: Submarine Construction Shipyard
Type: Shipyards
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Ball Turret 43‑38062 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
274 25 February 1945 Target: Tank & Submarine Engine Factory
Type: Industry
Location: Friedrichshafen, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑37822 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron flying spare; joined formation.
Sortie Report
275 26 February 1945 Target: Schlesicher Railroad Station (Bahnhof)
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑102459 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
277 28 February 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Hagen, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑32106 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron flying spare; joined formation.
Sortie Report
279 2 March 1945 Target: Low Temperature Carbonization Plant and Refinery of Deutsche Petroleum A.G.
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Rositz, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑37822 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at RAF Dunsfold, Surrey, due to low fuel.
Sortie Report
281 4 March 1945 Target: Ordnance Depot
Type: Military
Location: Ulm, Germany
Ball Turret 43‑38801 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
283 8 March 1945 Target: Oil Refinery - 'Benzol Plant'
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Essen, Germany
Ball Turret 44‑6590 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
284 9 March 1945 Target: Henschel Tank and Locomotive Works
Type: Industry
Location: Kassel, Germany
Ball Turret 43‑39164 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
285 10 March 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Schwerte, Germany
Ball Turret 44‑6590 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
286 11 March 1945 Target: Vacuum Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bremen, Germany
Ball Turret 43‑39164 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
289 15 March 1945 Target: Army HQ
Type: Military
Location: Zossen, Germany
Ball Turret 44‑6590 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Squadron.
Sortie Report
290 17 March 1945 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bohlen (Leipzig), Germany
Ball Turret 43‑39164 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
291 18 March 1945 Target: Schlesischer Railway Station
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
Ball Turret 44‑6590 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
294 22 March 1945 Target: German Hutted Camps (Barracks) at 51°36'N,7°06'E
Type: Military
Location: Westerholt, Germany
Ball Turret 43‑38974 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
295 23 March 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Gladbeck, Germany
Ball Turret 43‑38974 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
296 24 March 1945 Target: Vechta Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Vechta, Germany
Ball Turret 43‑38974 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
298 26 March 1945 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Zeitz, Germany
Ball Turret 43‑38974 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
300 30 March 1945 Target: Deutsche Schiff- u. Maschinenbau A.G. (DESCHIMAG)
Submarine and Warship Yard
Machine Shop
Type: Submarine Facility
Location: Bremen, Germany
Ball Turret 43‑38974 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
301 31 March 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Lützkendorf, Germany
Ball Turret 43‑38974 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
302 3 April 1945 Target: Underground Oil Storage Depot
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Kiel, Germany
Ball Turret 44‑6514 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report

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