Thurman, Fillman Clifton

Individual Personnel Data
Name Thurman, Fillman Clifton   
Rank Staff Sergeant
Serial Number 18077086   
Unit Assignments
  • Assigned to the 545th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho, Special Orders #32 dated 1 February 1943, effective 1 February 1943.
  • Assigned to the A non-384th related unit, per 545th Bomb Squadron Morning Report - transferred to 12th RCD, AAF Station 591, effective 23 March 1944.
Duty Ball Turret Gunner
MOS612 - Airplane Armorer / Gunner
Last Duty Date 23 March 1944
Results Completed Tour, Returned to USA
Additional Information
  • Ordered to attend Gunnery School at Snettisham, Norfolk, for approximately 10 days beginning on or about 30 May 1943, on SO #21 dated 30 May 1943. Students are required to bring .50 cal. Ammunition, gas mask, steel helmet, mess equipment, blankets, clothing for ten days, and draw 'PX rations' in advance.
  • Placed on seven days Temporary Duty (R&R) on or about 28 September 1943 to Moulsford Manor near Chelsey, Berkshire per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #105 dated 27 September 1943.
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Original 384th Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Armstrong, Lloyd RolandPilotCT
2nd Lt. Van der Haeghen, Joseph AlbertCo-pilotCT
2nd Lt. Wilson, Eugene TheodoreNavigatorMIA
2nd Lt. Kinney, William BrownieBombardierCT
S/SGT. Carroll, George HenryRadio Operator / GunnerCT
S/SGT. Estes, Lloyd StackEngineer / Top Turret GunnerWIA
S/SGT. Thurman, Fillman CliftonBall Turret GunnerCT
SGT. Grimes, Robert AlbertTail GunnerPOW
S/SGT. Mason, Jack Leslie (#2)Flexible GunnerCT
S/SGT. Renfro, Alvin EveretteFlexible GunnerCT

Crew History

The Armstrong Crew joined the 545th BS at Wendover on 1 February 1943. Identified as "Crew #5" on the assignment order, they became the first "Crew #53" in the squadron. They trained at Wendover, Sioux City, and Kearney, and then flew to England together.

They flew numerous missions together, with Wilson and Grimes not flying the first few missions, for unknown reasons. In September, Van der Haeghen was rated First Pilot and given his own crew; Mason and Grimes went with him, and were replaced by S/Sgt Michael Polito and S/Sgt Ralph Voorhees. Most of the members of this crew completed their combat tour, with only Wilson not surviving the war.

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 25 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
1 22 June 1943 Target: General Motors Truck Factory
Type: Industry
Location: Antwerp, Belgium
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑3218 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
3 26 June 1943 Target: Villacoublay Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Paris, France
Ball Turret 42‑3218 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
4 28 June 1943 Target: Fighter Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Beaumont-le-Roger, France
Ball Turret 42‑3218 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
5 29 June 1943 Target: duNord Aircraft Works, Villacoublay Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Paris, France
Ball Turret 42‑3218 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
6 4 July 1943 Target: Gnome et Rhone Aircraft Engine Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Le Mans, France
Ball Turret 42‑3218 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
7 10 July 1943 Target: Drucat Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Abbeville, France
Ball Turret 42‑3218 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
9 24 July 1943 Target: Aluminum & Magnesium Plants
Type: Industry
Location: Herøya, Norway
Ball Turret 42‑3218 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron deputy.
Sortie Report
10 25 July 1943 Target: Blohm & Voss Aircraft Works and Shipyard
Type: Industry
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑3218 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
14 12 August 1943 Target: Synthetic Fuel Hydrogenation Plant
Type: Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑3218 Aborted mission after taking off.
Turned back at 0810 hrs because of supercharger failure on #3 & #4 engines.
Sortie Report
16 16 August 1943 Target: Le Bourget Airport & Air Depot
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Paris, France
Ball Turret 42‑3218 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
17 17 August 1943 Target: Ball-Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑3216 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
18 27 August 1943 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Watten, France
Ball Turret 42‑3218 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
19 31 August 1943 Target: Fighter Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Romilly-sur-Seine, France
Ball Turret 42‑3218 Aborted mission after taking off.
Turned back with #2, #3, and #4 engines very rough.
Sortie Report
21 6 September 1943 Type: Industry
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑3218 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead. Landed at Grafton Underwood.
Sortie Report
23 9 September 1943 Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Lille-Vendeville, France
Ball Turret 42‑3218 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
24 16 September 1943 Target: Blockade Runner Ship (in Loire River)
Type: Transportation
Location: Nantes, France
Ball Turret 42‑3218 Combat Mission Credit
Group deputy.
Sortie Report
25 23 September 1943 Target: Submarine Repair Ship
Type: Submarine Facility
Location: Nantes, France
Ball Turret 42‑3218 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron Lead. Ground Spare Aircraft. Replaced 42‑29768.
Sortie Report
26 27 September 1943 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Emden, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑3218 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron Lead.
Sortie Report
29 8 October 1943 Target: Workshops
Type: Submarine Facility
Location: Bremen, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑3218 Aborted mission after taking off.
High Squadron lead. Turned back, unable to keep up with formation due to lack of power.
Sortie Report
30 9 October 1943 Target: Aircraft Factories
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Anklam, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑3441 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead.
Sortie Report
31 10 October 1943 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Münster, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑3218 Aborted mission after taking off.
Low Squadron lead.
Sortie Report
32 14 October 1943 Target: Ball-Bearing Factory
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑30033 Aborted mission after taking off.
Turned back. Landed away at Metfield.
Sortie Report
35 5 November 1943 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑30033 Combat Mission Credit
Returned early from mission after taking off.
Turned back because of oxygen failure and #3 engine not operating properly; bombed a target of opportunity with unobserved results.
Sortie Report
37 26 November 1943 Target: City Center
Type: Non-Military
Location: Bremen, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑5444 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead.
Sortie Report
38 29 November 1943 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Bremen, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑5838 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
55 29 January 1944 Target: Aircraft Parts Plants
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑37816 Combat Mission Credit
Wing lead.
Sortie Report
57 3 February 1944 Target: Submarines (under construction)
Type: Submarine Facility
Location: Wilhelmshaven, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑30026 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Group, Wing Lead.
Sortie Report
64 21 February 1944 Target: Fighter Field & Aircraft Storage Depot
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Werl, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑31484 Combat Mission Credit
Low group lead, 41st B Combat Wing.
Sortie Report
73 8 March 1944 Target: Erkner Ball-Bearing Factory
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑31048 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
76 18 March 1944 Target: Aircraft Assembly & Repair Works
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑97477 Combat Mission Credit
41st Combat Bombardment Wing Lead.
Sortie Report

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