Bollinger, Ardell H

Individual Personnel Data
Name Bollinger, Ardell H   
Rank Staff Sergeant / Technical Sergeant
Serial Number 13097189   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 546th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho, Special Orders #32 dated 1 February 1943
Duty Radio Operator / Gunner
Last Duty Date 23 September 1943
Reported missing on MACR 748 (24.645 MB)
Results Evaded Capture
See Escape and Evasion Report Number 335 (30.452 MB)
DecorationsPurple Heart Medal, wounded 23 September 1943.
Additional Information
  • Appointed Technical Sergeant effective 15 June 1943 per 546th Bomb Squadron Morning Report dated 18 June 1943.
  • Ordered on Temporary Duty for seven days to the 8th Air Force Rest Home, Moulsford Manor (a Flak House) on or about 8 August 1943 per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #64 dated 5 August 1943.
Related Documents MACR 748 (24.645 MB)
E&E Report 335 (30.452 MB)
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Original 384th Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Dietel, William (NMI), JrPilotKIA
2nd Lt. Dutton, Kenneth CCo-pilotKIA
2nd Lt. Funk, Herbert W, Jr, "Herbie"NavigatorKIA
2nd Lt. Davis, Clyde W, "Breech Lock"BombardierKIA
S/SGT. Bollinger, Ardell HRadio Operator / GunnerEV
S/SGT. Adams, Howard JohnsonEngineer / Top Turret GunnerPOW
SGT. Dunmyer, Lawrence Edwin, "Shorty"Ball Turret GunnerKIA
CPL. Martin, Wyman D, "Marty"Tail GunnerKIA
SGT. Mason, Jack L (#1)Flexible GunnerKIA
PVT. Crockett, Jack DFlexible GunnerTBD

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 13 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
1 22 June 1943 Target: General Motors Truck Factory
Type: Industry
Location: Antwerp, Belgium
Radio Operator 42‑30032 Combat Mission Credit
Additional non-384th crewmember, Maj G E Hagenbuch, appears on the loading list as an instructor pilot (IP).
Sortie Report
2 25 June 1943 Target: Industrial Area & Submarine Pens
Type: Military
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑30032 Combat Mission Credit
Bombed primary target on wing lead.
Sortie Report
4 28 June 1943 Target: Fighter Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Beaumont-le-Roger, France
Radio Operator 42‑30196 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron deputy.
Sortie Report
5 29 June 1943 Target: duNord Aircraft Works, Villacoublay Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Paris, France
Radio Operator 42‑30026 Combat Mission Credit
Ground spare aircraft; replaced 42‑30196.
Sortie Report
6 4 July 1943 Target: Gnome et Rhone Aircraft Engine Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Le Mans, France
Radio Operator 42‑30032 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron lead and group deputy.
Sortie Report
7 10 July 1943 Target: Drucat Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Abbeville, France
Radio Operator 42‑30032 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead.
Sortie Report
8 14 July 1943 Target: Villacoublay Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Paris, France
Radio Operator 42‑30032 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
10 25 July 1943 Target: Blohm & Voss Aircraft Works and Shipyard
Type: Industry
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑30032 Aborted mission after taking off.
High squadron lead. Truned back at 1443 hrs because #1 prop ran away.
Sortie Report
18 27 August 1943 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Watten, France
Radio Operator 42‑29914 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
19 31 August 1943 Target: Fighter Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Romilly-sur-Seine, France
Radio Operator 41‑24507 Aborted mission after taking off.
Turned back with #1 engine very rough and #3 engine oil pressure dropped 40 lbs.
Sortie Report
20 3 September 1943 Target: Air Park and Aerodrome
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Romilly-sur-Seine, France
Radio Operator 42‑3459 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
21 6 September 1943 Type: Industry
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑3459 Combat Mission Credit
Landed at Grafton Underwood.
Sortie Report
22 7 September 1943 Target: Bruxelles-Evere Airfield/Repair Depot
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Brussels / Bruxelles, Belgium
Radio Operator 42‑3459 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
23 9 September 1943 Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Lille-Vendeville & Vitry-en-Artois, France
Radio Operator 42‑3459 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
24 16 September 1943 Target: Blockade Runner Ship (in Loire River)
Type: Transportation
Location: Nantes, France
Radio Operator 42‑3459 Aborted mission after taking off.
Turned back; unable to locate formation after passing through cloud layer.
Sortie Report
25 23 September 1943 Target: Submarine Repair Ship
Type: Submarine Facility
Location: Nantes, France
Radio Operator 42‑3459 Combat Mission Credit
Shot down by enemy aircraft shortly after crossing the coast of France, crashed near Pontivy, France; MACR 748. Co-pilot Ritt was pilot of a newly assigned crew, flying his first orientation flight.
Sortie Report

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