Sylvia, Francis Robert

Individual Personnel Data
Name Sylvia, Francis Robert   
Rank Private First Class / Staff Sergeant
Serial Number 31289498   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 547th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #45 dated 8 July 1943
Duty Flexible Gunner
Last Duty Date 14 October 1943
Results Evaded Capture
See Escape and Evasion Report Number 2425 (2.999 MB)
Additional Information
  • Promoted to Sergeant per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #45 dated 8 July 1943.
  • Promoted to Staff Sergeant per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #75 dated 20 August 1943.
  • Placed on seven days Temporary Duty (R&R) The American Red Cross Club, Southport on or about 15 October 1943 per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #95 dated 13 September 1943.
Related Documents Missing Air Crew Report # 842 (3.690 MB)
Escape & Evasion Report # 2425 (2.999 MB)
Account of 14 October 1943 Mission and its Aftermath (9.866 MB)




Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 14 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
11 28 July 1943 Target: Aircraft Engine Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Kassel, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑5848 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron lead, deputy flight leader. Led wing after flight leader aborted.
Sortie Report
12 29 July 1943 Target: Naval Base
Type: Military
Location: Kiel, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑5848 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
14 12 August 1943 Target: Synthetic Fuel Hydrogenation Plant
Type: Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑3216 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead. Bomb bay doors wouldn't open on bomb run; bombs dropped on target of opportunity 30 west of Gelsenkirchen.
Sortie Report
15 15 August 1943 Target: Poix-en-Picardie and Amiens-Glisy Airfields
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Poix-de-Picardie & Amiens, France
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑3441 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
16 16 August 1943 Target: Le Bourget Airport & Air Depot
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Paris, France
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑3441 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
17 17 August 1943 Target: Ball-Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 41‑24416 Combat Mission Credit
Aircraft loaned by 303rd BG for today's mission.
Sortie Report
18 27 August 1943 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Watten, France
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑30033 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead.
Sortie Report
19 31 August 1943 Target: Fighter Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Romilly-sur-Seine, France
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑30005 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
21 6 September 1943 Type: Industry
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑5849 Aborted mission after taking off.
Sortie Report
22 7 September 1943 Target: Bruxelles-Evere Airfield/Repair Depot
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Brussels / Bruxelles, Belgium
Tail Gunner 42‑3441 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
23 9 September 1943 Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Lille-Vendeville, France
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑3441 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron Lead.
Sortie Report
27 2 October 1943 Target: Port Facilities
Type: Transportation
Location: Emden, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑3441 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron Lead..
Sortie Report
28 4 October 1943 Type: Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑3441 Combat Mission Credit
Group deputy.
Sortie Report
29 8 October 1943 Target: Workshops
Type: Submarine Facility
Location: Bremen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑30196 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron lead.
Sortie Report
32 14 October 1943 Target: Ball-Bearing Factory
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑31059 Combat Mission Credit
Knocked down by enemy aircraft; crashed near Soissons, France; MACR 842.
Sortie Report

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