Kalas, Joseph Markus

Individual Personnel Data
Name Kalas, Joseph Markus   
Rank Staff Sergeant / Technical Sergeant
Serial Number 33361307   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 546th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho, Special Orders #70 dated 11 March 1943
Duty Ball Turret Gunner
Last Duty Date 23 September 1943
Reported missing on MACR 748 (24.645 MB)
Results Evaded Capture
See Escape and Evasion Report Number 337 (1.274 MB)
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.
Related Documents MACR 748 (24.645 MB)
E&E Report 337 (1.274 MB)
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Original 384th Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
Flt. Ofcr. Bishop, Charles W, "CHICK"PilotCT
2nd Lt. Ulrey, Edgar EllsworthCo-pilotCT
2nd Lt. Grimaldi, Anthony JosephNavigatorCT
2nd Lt. Yee, Wilbert Y KBombardierPOW
S/SGT. Morton, Cecil GordonRadio Operator / GunnerKIA
S/SGT. Edman, Bruno EEngineer / Top Turret GunnerPOW
S/SGT. Kalas, Joseph MarkusBall Turret GunnerEV
S/SGT. Parks, Howard DavidTail GunnerPOW
S/SGT. Kelly, Leonard JFlexible GunnerEV
S/SGT. Yeater, James ThomasFlexible GunnerPOW

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 12 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
3 26 June 1943 Target: Villacoublay Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Paris, France
Ball Turret 42‑30030 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead.
Sortie Report
6 4 July 1943 Target: Gnome et Rhone Aircraft Engine Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Le Mans, France
Ball Turret 42‑5849 Combat Mission Credit
Ground spare aircraft; replaced 42‑5838. Frink had taken off in 838, detected a short circuit that made the aircraft unusable for combat, and landed. It took him 20 minutes from landing to taking off again!
Sortie Report
8 14 July 1943 Target: Villacoublay Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Paris, France
Ball Turret 42‑3222 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
10 25 July 1943 Target: Blohm & Voss Aircraft Works and Shipyard
Type: Industry
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑30030 Aborted mission after taking off.
High squadron deputy. Turned back at 1435 hrs at Splasher 5 because prop on #2 engine ran away.
Sortie Report
11 28 July 1943 Target: Aircraft Engine Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Kassel, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑29700 Aborted mission after taking off.
Turned back with #2 engine supercharger trouble.
Sortie Report
12 29 July 1943 Target: Naval Base
Type: Military
Location: Kiel, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑30030 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
13 30 July 1943 Target: Aircraft Assembly Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Kassel, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑30196 Combat Mission Credit
Aborted mission after taking off.
Turned back 62 miles into Belgium because hydraulic fluid was coming down into the ball turret, which was inoperative, the left waist gun and left top turret gun were out of order, and the tachometer on one engine was oscillating wildly.
Sortie Report
14 12 August 1943 Target: Synthetic Fuel Hydrogenation Plant
Type: Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑30039 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
18 27 August 1943 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Watten, France
Ball Turret 42‑29914 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
19 31 August 1943 Target: Fighter Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Romilly-sur-Seine, France
Ball Turret 41‑24507 Aborted mission after taking off.
Turned back with #1 engine very rough and #3 engine oil pressure dropped 40 lbs.
Sortie Report
20 3 September 1943 Target: Air Park and Aerodrome
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Romilly-sur-Seine, France
Ball Turret 42‑3459 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
21 6 September 1943 Type: Industry
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑3459 Combat Mission Credit
Landed at Grafton Underwood.
Sortie Report
22 7 September 1943 Target: Bruxelles-Evere Airfield/Repair Depot
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Brussels / Bruxelles, Belgium
Ball Turret 42‑3459 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
23 9 September 1943 Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Lille-Vendeville & Vitry-en-Artois, France
Ball Turret 42‑3459 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
24 16 September 1943 Target: Blockade Runner Ship (in Loire River)
Type: Transportation
Location: Nantes, France
Ball Turret 42‑3459 Aborted mission after taking off.
Turned back; unable to locate formation after passing through cloud layer.
Sortie Report
25 23 September 1943 Target: Submarine Repair Ship
Type: Submarine Facility
Location: Nantes, France
Ball Turret 42‑3459 Combat Mission Credit
Shot down by enemy aircraft shortly after crossing the coast of France, crashed near Pontivy, France; MACR 748. Co-pilot Ritt was pilot of a newly assigned crew, flying his first orientation flight.
Sortie Report

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