Booska, Maurice Arthur

Individual Personnel Data
Name Booska, Maurice Arthur
Rank Second Lieutenant / Major
Serial Number O-799714
Unit Assignments
  • Assigned to the 547th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #141 dated 12 November 1943
  • Assigned to the 544th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #195, effective 2 October 1944.
  • Assigned to the 544th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per 544th Bomb Squadron Morning Report - 544th Bomb Squadron at Y-17 Marseilles/Istres, effective 22 June 1945.
  • Assigned to a non-384th related unit, per 544th Bomb Squadron Morning Report dated 16 October 1945 - to AAF/ET Rhein Depot (Prov) (Main) AAF Station 594 Stone, England, effective 15 October 1945.
Duty Pilot / Commanding Officer
MOS1091 - Pilot, B-17
Last Duty Date 15 October 1945
Results Completed Tour, Returned to USA
Additional Information
  • Placed on Temporary Duty to Coombe House Hotel, Semley Dorsey (a Flak House) for seven days on or about 3 March 1944 per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #39 dated 27 February 1944.
  • Appointed Major effective 19 October 1944 per 544th Bomb Squadron Morning Report dated 24 October 1944.
  • Major Booska replaced Major Gerald B. Sammons as Squadron Commander on 3 November 1944 when Major Sammons departed the squadron and returned to the USA.
  • Placed on Detached Service to Y-17, Marseilles/Istres for an indefinite period effective 13 June 1945 per 544th Bomb Squadron Morning Report dated 13 June 1945.
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Booska, Maurice ArthurPilotCT
2nd Lt. Alloway, Ralph HughCo-pilotCT
2nd Lt. Hock, Robert EdwardNavigatorPOW
2nd Lt. Ackerson, Donald RichardBombardierPOW
S/SGT. Hill, Edward TheodoreRadio Operator / GunnerPOW
S/SGT. Farrow, Thomas ChapellEngineer / Top Turret GunnerPOW
S/SGT. Carvell, John PatrickBall Turret GunnerCT
S/SGT. Karcher, Norbert Raymond, "Red"Tail GunnerKIA
SGT. Olstad, Kermit IverFlexible GunnerKIA
SGT. Pond, Jesse ElmoreFlexible GunnerCT

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 47 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
37 26 November 1943 Target: City Center
Type: Non-Military
Location: Bremen, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑29768 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
38 29 November 1943 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Bremen, Germany
Pilot 42‑29554 Did not take off; engines had insufficient oil pressure, and no Spare Aircraft were available.
Sortie Report
39 1 December 1943 Target: Non-Ferrous Metals Plant
Type: Industry
Location: Solingen, Germany
Pilot 42‑37801 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
40 5 December 1943 Target: Fighter Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Saint-Jean-d'Angély, France
Pilot 42‑29723 Flying spare aircraft: returned to base after taking off.
Sortie Report
41 11 December 1943 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Emden, Germany
Pilot 41‑24525 Combat Mission Credit
Flying spare. Unable to locate the 384th formation, joined the 381st BG (1st Combat Wing).
Sortie Report
42 13 December 1943 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Bremen, Germany
Pilot 42‑3087 Combat Mission Credit
Lead group.
Sortie Report
43 16 December 1943 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Bremen, Germany
Pilot 41‑24525 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at RAF Wyton.
Sortie Report
49 4 January 1944 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Kiel, Germany
Pilot 42‑3051 Combat Mission Credit
Ground Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑37776.
Sortie Report
51 7 January 1944 Target: Powerhouse
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Pilot 42‑37788 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
54 21 January 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Preuseville, France
Pilot 42‑37788 Combat Mission Credit
41B Group.
Sortie Report
55 29 January 1944 Target: Aircraft Parts Plants
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Pilot 42‑37788 Combat Mission Credit
Low group.
Sortie Report
56 30 January 1944 Target: Aircraft Assembly Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Brunswick / Braunschweig, Germany
Pilot 42‑37788 Combat Mission Credit
Lead group.
Sortie Report
57 3 February 1944 Target: Submarines (under construction)
Type: Submarine Facility
Location: Wilhelmshaven, Germany
Pilot 42‑37788 Combat Mission Credit
Low group. After losing the formation in clouds, continued mission with the 91st BG.
Sortie Report
58 4 February 1944 Target: Alfred Teves Main Works: Aircraft Parts Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Pilot 42‑31433 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron deputy, high group, 41st A Combat Wing.
Sortie Report
60 6 February 1944 Target: Nancy/Essey Aerodrome
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Nancy, France
Pilot 42‑37788 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
61 8 February 1944 Target: Piston Ring Factory
Type: Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Pilot 42‑37788 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
63 20 February 1944 Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Leipzig & Bernburg, Germany
Pilot 42‑37788 Combat Mission Credit
41B Group, Low Squadron Lead.
Sortie Report
64 21 February 1944 Target: Fighter Field & Aircraft Storage Depot
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Werl, Germany
Pilot 42‑37788 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
65 22 February 1944 Target: Aircraft Factory
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Halberstadt & Aschersleben, Germany
Pilot 42‑31433 Combat Mission Credit
41B Group, Low Squadron Lead.
Sortie Report
66 24 February 1944 Target: Ball-Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Pilot 42‑31495 Combat Mission Credit
Wing deputy.
Sortie Report
67 25 February 1944 Target: Aircraft Assembly & Ball Bearings Plants
Type: Industry
Location: Augsburg & Stuttgart, Germany
Pilot 42‑31433 Combat Mission Credit
41A Group, Low Squadron Lead.
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
Pilot 42‑31433 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
75 16 March 1944 Target: Aircraft Assembly & Repair Works
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
Pilot 42‑31871 Combat Mission Credit
Group deputy, high group, 40th B Combat Wing.
Sortie Report
78 20 March 1944 Type: Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Pilot 42‑38208 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron lead. Col William A Travis (41st Bomb Wing) was aboard this aircraft as copilot.
Sortie Report
79 22 March 1944 Target: Heinkel Aircraft Assembly Plant at Annahof Airfield
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oranienburg, Germany
Pilot 42‑31433 Combat Mission Credit
Low group deputy.
Sortie Report
80 23 March 1944 Target: Airdrome and Airpark
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Gütersloh, Germany
Pilot 42‑31433 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron lead, lead group.
Sortie Report
82 26 March 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Le Grismont, Rebecques, France
Pilot 42‑31433 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron lead.
Sortie Report
86 9 April 1944 Target: FW-190 Fighter Aircraft Assembly Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Marienburg, Germany
Pilot 42‑97072 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron lead, lead 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
Pilot 42‑97072 Combat Mission Credit
Group deputy.
Sortie Report
158 16 July 1944 Target: Aero Engine Factory
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Munich / München, Germany
Pilot 44‑6080 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
162 20 July 1944 Target: Aircraft Plants
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Dessau, Germany
Commander 42‑97960 Combat Mission Credit
High Group Lead. This was the first mission of Booska's second tour.
Sortie Report
164 24 July 1944 Target: Tactical - Enemy Strong Points
Type: Military
Location: La Chapelle en Juger & Hébécrevon, France
Commander 43‑37870 Combat Mission Credit
High group lead.
Sortie Report
168 31 July 1944 Target: Aero Engine Factory
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Munich / München, Germany
Commander 42‑97960 Combat Mission Credit
Low Group Lead.
Sortie Report
174 7 August 1944 Target: Aircraft Fuel Depot
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Dugny (Paris), France
Commander 42‑97960 Combat Mission Credit
Low group lead.
Sortie Report
179 13 August 1944 Target: Tactical: Road Network
Type: Transportation
Location: Beaumont-le-Roger (area), France
Commander 42‑97960 Combat Mission Credit
Low group lead.
Sortie Report
182 18 August 1944 Target: Tactical: Bridge
Type: Transportation
Location: Vise, Belgium
Commander 42‑97960 Combat Mission Credit
Low group lead.
Sortie Report
187 3 September 1944 Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Commander 42‑97592 Combat Mission Credit
PFF ship. Low Squadron lead.
Sortie Report
191 10 September 1944 Target: BMW Motor Component Parts Plant
Type: Industry
Location: Sindelfingen, Germany
Commander 42‑97824 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron lead.
Sortie Report
198 25 September 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Commander 42‑102449 Combat Mission Credit
B wing, high group lead.
Sortie Report
201 28 September 1944 Target: Steelworks
Type: Industry
Location: Magdeburg, Germany
Commander 43‑38542 Combat Mission Credit
Low group lead.
Sortie Report
210 14 October 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Saarbrücken, Germany
Commander 44‑8008 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead. PFF ship.
Sortie Report
217 1 November 1944 Target: Nordstern Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Commander 44‑8211 Combat Mission Credit
Division lead. PFF and Gee-H ship.
Sortie Report
223 9 November 1944 Target: Ground Installations
Type: Military
Location: Ouvrages de Sorbey (Metz), France
Commander 44‑8008 Combat Mission Credit
Division lead. PFF ship.
Sortie Report
232 29 November 1944 Target: Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Misburg, Germany
Commander 44‑8007 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead.
Sortie Report
240 18 December 1944 Target: Road Junction
Type: Transportation
Location: Gemünd, Germany
Commander 44‑8007 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead. PFF & Gee-H ship.
Sortie Report
247 31 December 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Neuss, Germany
Commander 44‑8221 Combat Mission Credit
Division lead. PFF & Gee-H ship. Led a normal Gee-H bombing run with the low Squadron releasing on the lead.
Sortie Report
267 15 February 1945 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bohlen, Germany
Commander 44‑8665 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead. Landed away at Bassingbourn Airfield, AAF Station 121.
Sortie Report
282 7 March 1945 Target: Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bochum, Germany
Commander 42‑98027 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead; PFF and Gee-H ship.
Sortie Report
298 26 March 1945 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Zeitz, Germany
Commander 44‑8789 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead. PFF ship.
Sortie Report

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