Bonnett, Charles Daniel

Individual Personnel Data
Name Bonnett, Charles Daniel
Rank First Lieutenant / Captain
Serial Number O-727080
Unit Assignments
  • Assigned to the 384th Bombardment Group Headquarters Detachment
  • Assigned to the 544th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #12 , effective 18 January 1944.
  • Assigned to the 547th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #52, effective 18 March 1944.
Duty Bombardier
MOS1035 - Bombardier
Last Duty Date 14 March 1945
Results Completed Tour, Returned to USA
DecorationsAwarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, oak leaf cluster for meritorious achievement on a mission over enemy territory, 29 May 1944 per 1st Air division General Orders #178 dated 18 July 1944.
Additional Information
  • Flew to England with Group CO Peaslee, per AAB Kearney Special Orders #96 dated 17 May 1943.
  • Assigned as the Original Group Bombardier.
  • Promoted from 1Lt to Capt between 24 and 28 July 1943 (per mission loading lists).
  • VOCO of 5 November 1943 placing Captain Bonnett on Temporary Duty for approximately two days on or about 5 November 1943 to 8th Bomber Command, purpose Official Business is hereby confirmed and made of record per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #151 dated 23 November 1943.
  • Placed on seven days Temporary Duty to 8th Air Force Officers Rest Home, Stanbridge Earls, Hampshire (a Flak House) on or about 14 February 1944 per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #27 dated 9 February 1944.




Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 45 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
1 22 June 1943 Target: General Motors Truck Factory
Type: Industry
Location: Antwerp, Belgium
Bombardier 42‑30043 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead.
Sortie Report
3 26 June 1943 Target: Villacoublay Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Paris, France
Bombardier 42‑30030 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead.
Sortie Report
9 24 July 1943 Target: Aluminum & Magnesium Plants
Type: Industry
Location: Herøya, Norway
Bombardier 42‑5883 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead.
Sortie Report
11 28 July 1943 Target: Aircraft Engine Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Kassel, Germany
Bombardier 42‑30142 Combat Mission Credit
Aborted mission after taking off.
Wing lead. Turned back with #2 engine out. Bombed unidentified location on island of Terschelling, The Netherlands.
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
Bombardier 42‑5797 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
27 2 October 1943 Target: Port Facilities
Type: Transportation
Location: Emden, Germany
Bombardier 42‑30033 Combat Mission Credit
Gen. Robert F Travis, Commander, 41st Combat Bombardment Wing (H), Molesworth, England, was aboard this aircraft as 103rd CBW Leader.
Sortie Report
30 9 October 1943 Target: Aircraft Factories
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Anklam, Germany
Bombardier 42‑3441 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead.
Sortie Report
40 5 December 1943 Target: Fighter Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Saint-Jean-d'Angély, France
Bombardier 42‑3441 Combat Mission Credit
Wing lead.
Sortie Report
46 24 December 1943 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Croisette, France
Bombardier 42‑37801 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
54 21 January 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Preuseville, France
Bombardier 42‑31364 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead.
Sortie Report
56 30 January 1944 Target: Aircraft Assembly Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Brunswick / Braunschweig, Germany
Bombardier 42‑31364 Combat Mission Credit
Low group lead.
Sortie Report
58 4 February 1944 Target: Alfred Teves Main Works: Aircraft Parts Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Bombardier 42‑31364 Combat Mission Credit
High group lead, 41st B Combat Wing.
Sortie Report
60 6 February 1944 Target: Nancy/Essey Aerodrome
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Nancy, France
Bombardier 42‑31235 Combat Mission Credit
Wing lead.
Sortie Report
66 24 February 1944 Target: Ball-Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Bombardier 42‑31235 Combat Mission Credit
Wing lead.
Sortie Report
83 27 March 1944 Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Tours, France
Bombardier 42‑31433 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead.
Sortie Report
97 27 April 1944 Target: Toul/Croix de Metz Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Nancy, France
Bombardier 42‑38208 Combat Mission Credit
Wing lead.
Sortie Report
100 4 May 1944 Target: Friedrichstrasse Railroad Station
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
Bombardier 42‑97574 Combat Mission Credit
41st Combat Wing lead. PFF ship and unidentified crew members were provided by the 305th BG at Chelveston (Station 105).
Sortie Report
101 7 May 1944 Target: Friedrichstrasse Railroad Station
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
Bombardier 42‑97543 Combat Mission Credit
Wing lead. PFF ship and unidentified crew members provided by 305th BG, Chelveston (Station 105).
Sortie Report
106 12 May 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Bombardier 42‑97574 Combat Mission Credit
Wing lead. PFF aircraft and unidentified crew members provided by 305th BG, Chelveston (Station 105).
Sortie Report
109 19 May 1944 Target: Unidentified Industrial Area
Type: Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Bombardier 42‑97574 Combat Mission Credit
Wing lead. PFF aircraft and unidentified crew members provided by the 305th BG, Chelveston (Station 105).
Sortie Report
110 20 May 1944 Target: Orly Airport
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Paris, France
Bombardier 42‑31484 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead.
Sortie Report
114 24 May 1944 Target: Unidentified Military Installations
Type: Military
Location: Berlin, Germany
Bombardier 42‑97647 Combat Mission Credit
Wing lead. PFF ship and radio operator (T/Sgt L A Taylor) provided by the 305th BG, Chelveston (Station 105). Col. William L Travis, 41st Bomb Wing, aboard as combat flight leader.
Sortie Report
116 27 May 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Bombardier 42‑107221 Combat Mission Credit
Low group lead.
Sortie Report
119 29 May 1944 Target: Focke-Wulf Aircraft Parts Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Krzesiny District, Poznań, Poland
Bombardier 42‑31484 Combat Mission Credit
Wing lead.
Sortie Report
200 27 September 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards (PFF Aiming Points)
Type: Transportation
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Bombardier 42‑97592 Combat Mission Credit
Wing deputy. PFF ship.
Sortie Report
202 30 September 1944 Target: Handorf Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Münster, Germany
Bombardier 44‑8047 Combat Mission Credit
Wing deputy. PFF ship.
Sortie Report
203 2 October 1944 Target: Ford Motor Works
Type: Industry
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Bombardier 42‑102661 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron deputy. Hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
208 9 October 1944 Target: Ball-Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Bombardier 44‑8008 Combat Mission Credit
Group and wing lead. PFF ship.
Sortie Report
210 14 October 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Saarbrücken, Germany
Bombardier 44‑8008 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead. PFF ship.
Sortie Report
218 2 November 1944 Target: Ruhr-Chemie A.G. Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Sterkrade (Holten), Germany
Bombardier 44‑8008 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead. PFF ship. Turned over lead to deputy for bomb run.
Sortie Report
232 29 November 1944 Target: Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Misburg, Germany
Bombardier 44‑8007 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead.
Sortie Report
233 30 November 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Zeitz, Germany
Bombardier 44‑8401 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead.
Sortie Report
239 12 December 1944 Target: Leuna Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Bombardier 44‑8401 Combat Mission Credit
Wing lead. PFF ship.
Sortie Report
240 18 December 1944 Target: Road Junction
Type: Transportation
Location: Gemünd, Germany
Bombardier 44‑8007 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead. PFF & Gee-H ship.
Sortie Report
255 15 January 1945 Target: Neuburg Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Neuburg an der Donau, Germany
Bombardier 44‑8007 Combat Mission Credit
Returned early from mission after taking off.
Group lead. PFF ship. Aborted 30 minutes prior to IP due to mechanical problems. Ordered low squadron into lead before departing. Bombed a target of opportunity (TOO) during return.
Sortie Report
256 17 January 1945 Target: Railroad Viaduct
Type: Transportation
Location: Bielefeld, Germany
Bombardier 44‑8211 Combat Mission Credit
Division lead. PFF & Gee-H ship. PFF started acting up during assembly, so the air commander ordered the low squadron lead (PFF-equipped) to move up and fly as his deputy. At the IP, the Gee-H equipment was unusable, so lead was turned over to the deputy.
Sortie Report
257 20 January 1945 Target: Rail and Road Bridges
Type: Transportation
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Bombardier 44‑8401 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron lead; PFF ship. Landed away at RAF Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire.
Sortie Report
261 28 January 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Bombardier 44‑8007 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron lead; PFF and Gee-H ship.
Sortie Report
264 3 February 1945 Target: Tempelhof Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
Bombardier 42‑98027 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead; PFF ship.
Sortie Report
265 9 February 1945 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Lützkendorf, Germany
Bombardier 44‑8580 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron lead; PFF ship.
Sortie Report
266 14 February 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Dresden, Germany
Bombardier 44‑8665 Combat Mission Credit
Returned early from mission after taking off.
High squadron lead; PFF ship. Returned early after entering enemy airspace, because right waist and bombardier's oxygen regulators 'blew up'. Attacked a target of opportunity, a factory, in Nordhorn, Germany.
Sortie Report
267 15 February 1945 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bohlen, Germany
Bombardier 44‑8665 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead. Landed away at Bassingbourn Airfield, Station 121.
Sortie Report
269 20 February 1945 Target: Main Railroad Station
Type: Transportation
Location: Nuremberg / Nürnberg, Germany
Bombardier 42‑98027 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron lead; PFF ship.
Sortie Report
270 21 February 1945 Target: Tank Factory
Type: Industry
Location: Nuremberg / Nürnberg, Germany
Bombardier 42‑98027 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron lead; PFF ship.
Sortie Report
273 24 February 1945 Target: Submarine Construction Shipyard
Type: Shipyards
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Bombardier 44‑8580 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead; PFF ship.
Sortie Report

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