Wittwer, Derall Boyd

Individual Personnel Data
Name Wittwer, Derall Boyd   
Rank Sergeant / Staff Sergeant
Serial Number 35550649   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 544th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #85 dated 6 May 1944
Duty Ball Turret Gunner
MOS748 - Army Airplane Mechanic / Gunner, Flight Engineer
Last Duty Date 13 August 1944
Results Completed Tour, Returned to USA
Additional Information
  • Promoted from Private to Sergeant on SO #139 dated 16 July 1944.
  • Promoted to Staff Sergeant per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #158 dated 6 August 1944.




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Fairfield, William Adelbert, JrPilotCT
Flt. Ofcr. Seidlein, George HCo-pilotCT
2nd Lt. McNair, Alexander JohnNavigatorCT
2nd Lt. Peters, Joseph JamesBombardierCT
SGT. Needle, Joseph (NMI)TogglierCT
S/SGT. Flory, Clarence RobertRadio Operator / GunnerCT
S/SGT. Bray, Leo (NMI)Engineer / Top Turret GunnerCT
SGT. Wittwer, Derall BoydBall Turret GunnerCT
S/SGT. Andrews, James LeeTail GunnerCT
T/SGT. Larkin, Vincent JosephFlexible GunnerCT

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 32 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
109 19 May 1944 Target: Unidentified Industrial Area
Type: Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑97188 Aborted mission after taking off.
Lead group. Turned back over field at 0930 hrs; sparkplug on #7 cylinder, #3 engine blew out.
Sortie Report
114 24 May 1944 Target: Unidentified Military Installations
Type: Military
Location: Berlin, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑97282 Flying spare aircraft: returned to base after taking off.
Lead Group Flying Spare.
Sortie Report
115 25 May 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Sarreguemines and Blainville-sur-l'Eau, France
Ball Turret 42‑37785 Combat Mission Credit
41A Group.
Sortie Report
116 27 May 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑97282 Combat Mission Credit
Low Group. Landed away at Boxted Airfield, AAF Station 150, on return due to low fuel.
Sortie Report
118 28 May 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑97282 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron Lead.
Sortie Report
120 30 May 1944 Target: Airfield: Hangars and Repair Sheds
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Halberstadt, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑37974 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
121 31 May 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Colmar, France
Ball Turret 42‑97320 Aborted mission after taking off.
Turned back at 0951 hrs because #1 and #3 engine oil temperatures read 90-100 degrees and #3 oil pressure was 45 lbs at altitude.
Sortie Report
123 2 June 1944 Target: Four Medium Howitzer Batteries, Tactical Support
Type: Military
Location: Neufchatel (5 miles SE of Hardelot), France
Ball Turret 42‑97188 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron Deputy.
Sortie Report
125 4 June 1944 Target: Artillery Battery
Type: Military
Location: Hardelot (Boulogne area), France
Ball Turret 42‑97188 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
126 5 June 1944 Target: Field Artillery Battery
Type: Military
Location: La Fosse, France
Ball Turret 42‑97188 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Group, High Squadron Deputy.
Sortie Report
128 6 June 1944 Target: Two Bridges
Type: Transportation
Location: Caen, France
Ball Turret 42‑102459 Combat Mission Credit
I Squadron.
Sortie Report
130 7 June 1944 Target: Transportation Hub
Type: Military
Location: Caen, France
Tail Gunner 42‑97282 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
131 8 June 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards (41C) & Loire River Railroad Bridge (41D)
Type: Transportation
Location: Orleans, France
Ball Turret 42‑107224 Combat Mission Credit
41C Wing.
Sortie Report
132 10 June 1944 Target: Chateau Bougon Airfield (41A) & Vannes Airfield (41B)
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Nantes & Vannes, France
Ball Turret 42‑102959 Combat Mission Credit
41B Group.
Sortie Report
133 12 June 1944 Target: Railroad Bridge 48°29'N,2°0'W
Type: Transportation
Location: La Vicomté-sur-Rance, France
Ball Turret 42‑102459 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
134 13 June 1944 Target: Dreux Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Dreux, France
Ball Turret 42‑102459 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
136 15 June 1944 Target: Railroad Viaduct
Type: Transportation
Location: La Possonnièrre, France
Ball Turret 42‑97320 Combat Mission Credit
High Group, High Squadron Lead.
Sortie Report
137 16 June 1944 Target: Athies Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Laon, France
Ball Turret 42‑97320 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
138 18 June 1944 Target: Ölwerke Julius Humbles
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑102617 Combat Mission Credit
41B Group.
Sortie Report
139 19 June 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Fleury & Crépy, France
Ball Turret 42‑97320 Combat Mission Credit
41A Group.
Sortie Report
140 19 June 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Fleury & Crépy, France
Ball Turret 42‑97282 Combat Mission Credit
41B Group, Low Squadron Deputy.
Sortie Report
142 21 June 1944 Target: Friedrichstrasse Industrial Area
Type: Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑102959 Combat Mission Credit
Low Group, High Squadron Deputy.
Sortie Report
143 22 June 1944 Target: V-2 Storage & Launch Site
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Wizernes, France
Ball Turret 42‑102959 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
148 28 June 1944 Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Juvincourt (Juvincourt-et-Damary), France
Ball Turret 42‑102959 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron lead, high group, 41st B wing. Landed away at Boxted, AAF Station 150, on return due to weather.
Sortie Report
149 30 June 1944 Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Montdidier, France
Ball Turret 42‑102675 Combat Mission Credit
Low group lead. Gee-H ship provided by the 379th BG, Kimbolton, AAF Station 117, for today's mission.
Sortie Report
150 4 July 1944 Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Dreux (Conches-en-Ouche), France
Ball Turret 42‑107224 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron deputy, lead group.
Sortie Report
151 6 July 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Coubronne, France
Ball Turret 42‑31435 Combat Mission Credit
Lead group. Crash landed at RAF Manston, Kent, due to major flak damage.
Sortie Report
154 8 July 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Renescure, France
Ball Turret 42‑97824 Combat Mission Credit
Low group lead.
Sortie Report
157 13 July 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Munich / München, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑97824 Combat Mission Credit
41A Group Lead.
Sortie Report
159 17 July 1944 Target: Beautor Bridge
Type: Transportation
Location: Beautor, France
Ball Turret 42‑97824 Combat Mission Credit
Wing lead. Landed away at RAF Manston, Kent, due to battle damage.
Sortie Report
162 20 July 1944 Target: Aircraft Plants
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Dessau, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑98000 Combat Mission Credit
Low Group Lead. On the bomb run, hit by flak in #4 engine; had to jettison bomb load to stay in formation.
Sortie Report
164 24 July 1944 Target: Tactical - Enemy Strong Points
Type: Military
Location: La Chapelle en Juger & Hébécrevon, France
Ball Turret 42‑107125 Combat Mission Credit
Wing lead.
Sortie Report
165 25 July 1944 Target: Tactical - Enemy Strong Points
Type: Military
Location: Montreuil-sur-Lozon, Le Châtel,
& La Chapelle en Juger, France
Ball Turret 42‑102959 Combat Mission Credit
High Group Lead.
Sortie Report
167 29 July 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil & Chemical Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Ball Turret 43‑37822 Combat Mission Credit
Low group lead, 41st B wing.
Sortie Report
174 7 August 1944 Target: Aircraft Fuel Depot
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Dugny (Paris), France
Ball Turret 42‑102661 Combat Mission Credit
Wing lead.
Sortie Report

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