2021 REUNION
OGDEN, UTAH
6-10 OCTOBER 2021

Boney, Chester Joseph

Individual Personnel Data
Name Boney, Chester Joseph   
Rank Sergeant / Staff Sergeant
Serial Number 35540494   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 547th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #146 dated 17 November 1943, effective 17 November 1943.
Duty Flexible Gunner
MOS612 - Airplane Armorer / Gunner
Last Duty Date 18 March 1944
Results Interned, Neutral Country
Additional Information
  • Interned in Switzerland.
  • Promoted to Staff Sergeant per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #10 dated 15 January 1944.
Related Documents Missing Air Crew Report # 3484 (2.122 MB)
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Smith, Roger ClementPilotINT
2nd Lt. Reid, Harvey WilliamCo-pilotPOW
Flt. Ofcr. Mittendorf, Ehrhard (NMI), JrNavigatorPOW
2nd Lt. Marquardt, George MarvinBombardierCT
S/SGT. Kendall, Earl FrankRadio Operator / GunnerINT
S/SGT. Kaminski, Bruno (NMI)Engineer / Top Turret GunnerINT
SGT. Danko, Charles GabrielBall Turret GunnerINT
S/SGT. Green, Jesse BrittenTail GunnerINT
SGT. Boney, Chester JosephFlexible GunnerINT
S/SGT. Hamilton, Gerald ThorwaldFlexible GunnerINT

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 8 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
44 20 December 1943 Target: Port Area/Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Bremen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 41‑24525 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at Attlebridge due to low fuel.
Sortie Report
47 30 December 1943 Target: I. G. Farben Industrie, Chemical/Synthetic Rubber Plants
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑37776 Aborted mission after taking off.
Turned back at 1042 hrs because nose and windshields were completely blocked out by frost and throwing oil; 12x500GP rtd
Sortie Report
48 31 December 1943 Target: Blockade Runner 'Orsone' (name of ship)
Type: Transportation
Location: [Mouth of River Garonne], France
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 41‑24525 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at Kimbolton; bombs jettisoned.
Sortie Report
51 7 January 1944 Target: Powerhouse
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑39784 Aborted mission after taking off.
Flying spare. Became separated from formation in dense clouds after group assembly; failed to make wing rendezvous.
Sortie Report
52 11 January 1944 Target: Ju-88 Aircraft Parts Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Halberstadt, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑29651 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
54 21 January 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Preuseville, France
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑29688 Aborted mission after taking off.
41B Group. Turned back over base as prop governor on #4 engine broke and had to be feathered.
Sortie Report
55 29 January 1944 Target: Aircraft Parts Plants
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑39809 Combat Mission Credit
Returned early from mission after taking off.
Low group. Turned back at 1019 hrs due to pilot's illness. Bombs jettisoned in Channel.
Sortie Report
63 20 February 1944 Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Leipzig & Bernburg, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 41‑24560 Aborted mission after taking off.
41B Group. Turned back at 0905 hrs due to complete loss of power in #1 engine; aircraft took off a second time but could not catch up with group.
Sortie Report
65 22 February 1944 Target: Aircraft Factory
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Halberstadt & Aschersleben, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑29927 Aborted mission after taking off.
41B Group. Turned back due to oil leak in #4 at 1155 hrs; landed away at RAF Castle Camps, Cambridgeshire.
Sortie Report
66 24 February 1944 Target: Ball-Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑31871 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Squadron, low group.
Sortie Report
69 2 March 1944 Target: Alfred Teves Main Works: Aircraft Parts Plant and Machine Shop
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑37785 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
75 16 March 1944 Target: Aircraft Assembly & Repair Works
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑37788 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
76 18 March 1944 Target: Aircraft Assembly & Repair Works
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑37793 Combat Mission Credit
At 1440 hrs he turned from formation; at 1455 he called Group Leader that two engines were out and he was heading for Switzerland, escorted by P-38s through a mountain pass to the south; damage caused by flak; crash-landed at Altstetten, Switzerland. MACR 3484
From 303rd BG: '#1 engine would not feather, vibrated badly and ran away over target. Supercharger on #2 inoperative 30 minutes before initial point, was rough and lost oil. Supercharger on #3 did not function properly. Aircraft landed at Dubendorf [sic] wheels up. Destruction completed of secret equipment. Target was bombed.'
Sortie Report

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