Desrochers, John M

Individual Personnel Data
Name Desrochers, John M   
Rank Staff Sergeant / Master Sergeant
Serial Number 33248462   
Unit Assignments
  • Assigned to the 546th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho, Special Orders #70 dated 11 March 1943
  • Assigned to the 544th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #59, effective 31 July 1943.
Duty Radio Operator / Gunner
MOS757 - Radio Operator / Mechanic / Gunner, AAF
Last Duty Date 17 August 1943
Reported missing on MACR 291 (1.714 MB)
Results Evaded Capture
See Escape and Evasion Report Number 193 (5.793 MB)
Additional Information
  • Promoted to Technical Sergeant per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #49 dated 15 July 1943.
  • Promoted to Master Sergeant on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #159 dated 3 December 1943.
Related Documents MACR 291 (1.714 MB)
E&E Report 193 (5.793 MB)
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Original 384th Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
Flt. Ofcr. Wilson, Clayton RPilotPOW
2nd Lt. Brown, Dewey C, JrCo-pilotEV
2nd Lt. Bloesch, Fred ENavigatorPOW
2nd Lt. Stevens, Herman DBombardierPOW
S/SGT. Desrochers, John MRadio Operator / GunnerEV
S/SGT. Long, Vern PEngineer / Top Turret GunnerEV
S/SGT. May, Herbert EBall Turret GunnerKIA
S/SGT. Hook, Jack FTail GunnerPOW
SGT. Klein, Ellis HFlexible GunnerEV
S/SGT. Kendall, George JFlexible GunnerPOW

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 13 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
1 22 June 1943 Target: General Motors Truck Factory
Type: Industry
Location: Antwerp, Belgium
Radio Operator 42‑30046 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
2 25 June 1943 Target: Industrial Area & Submarine Pens
Type: Military
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑30046 Aborted mission after taking off.
Returned to base due to weather conditions; pilot was unable to maintain contact with the formation.
Sortie Report
3 26 June 1943 Target: Villacoublay Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Paris, France
Radio Operator 42‑30046 Combat Mission Credit
Flying spare; joined formation and completed mission.
Sortie Report
4 28 June 1943 Target: Fighter Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Beaumont-le-Roger, France
Radio Operator 42‑30046 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
5 29 June 1943 Target: duNord Aircraft Works, Villacoublay Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Paris, France
Radio Operator 42‑30040 Combat Mission Credit
Ground spare aircraft; replaced 42‑30046.
Sortie Report
6 4 July 1943 Target: Gnome et Rhone Aircraft Engine Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Le Mans, France
Radio Operator 42‑30046 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron deputy.
Sortie Report
7 10 July 1943 Target: Drucat Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Abbeville, France
Radio Operator 42‑30046 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
8 14 July 1943 Target: Villacoublay Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Paris, France
Radio Operator 42‑30046 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
10 25 July 1943 Target: Blohm & Voss Aircraft Works and Shipyard
Type: Industry
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑30046 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
11 28 July 1943 Target: Aircraft Engine Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Kassel, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑30046 Aborted mission after taking off.
Turned back when #2 supercharger failed.
Sortie Report
12 29 July 1943 Target: Naval Base
Type: Military
Location: Kiel, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑30046 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron lead, wing deputy.
Sortie Report
13 30 July 1943 Target: Aircraft Assembly Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Kassel, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑29927 Combat Mission Credit
Group deputy.
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
Radio Operator 42‑3429 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron lead, group deputy.
Sortie Report
16 16 August 1943 Target: Le Bourget Airport & Air Depot
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Paris, France
Radio Operator 42‑3429 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead.
Sortie Report
17 17 August 1943 Target: Ball-Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑30147 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron lead. Damaged by enemy aircraft and flak; crashed about 20 miles north of Rheims (between Sissonne and Montcornet), France. MACR 291
Sortie Report

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