Witt, Francis John, Jr

Individual Personnel Data
Name Witt, Francis John, Jr   
Rank Second Lieutenant / First Lieutenant
Serial Number O-665749   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 547th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho, Special Orders #70 dated 11 March 1943
Duty Pilot
MOS1091 - Pilot, B-17
Last Duty Date 4 March 1944
Results Evaded Capture
See Escape and Evasion Report Number 647 (8.262 MB)
Additional Information
Granted a 14 day sick leave on or about 3 August 1943 per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #61 dated 2 August 1943.
Related Documents Missing Air Crew Report # 2739 (12.108 MB)
Escape & Evasion Report # 647 (8.262 MB)
Accident Report # 43-06-12-502 (29.679 MB)
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Original 384th Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Witt, Francis John, JrPilotEV
Flt. Ofcr. Carter, T L (IO)Co-pilotCT
2nd Lt. Harris, Arthur ClaudeNavigatorPOW
2nd Lt. Derer, Joseph, JrBombardierPOW
S/SGT. Sears, William FrancisRadio Operator / GunnerPOW
S/SGT. Thomasson, Edward ArthmurEngineer / Top Turret GunnerPOW
S/SGT. Leslie, Claude RobertBall Turret GunnerEV
S/SGT. Douglas, Rufus JamesTail GunnerTR
S/SGT. Seager, Francis MarvinFlexible GunnerPOW
S/SGT. Vodilko, Michael JosephFlexible GunnerPOW

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 11 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
-- 12 June 1943 Location: Pilot 42‑30131 Involved in a collision with aircraft 42‑30036 on short final while landing at Grafton Underwood after a training mission. Pilot of 42‑30036 (2Lt Ellwood Kowalski) executed a pull-up maneuver upon observing red light from control tower and struck aircraft 42‑30131 which was just above. All five crew aboard Kowalski's aircraft were killed: crew aboard Lt Witt's aircraft survived uninjured. Aircraft 42‑30036 was not following established traffic pattern prior to collision.
Sortie Report
1 22 June 1943 Target: General Motors Truck Factory
Type: Industry
Location: Antwerp, Belgium
Pilot 42‑3317 Aircraft did not take off.
Remainder of crew not identified in mission documents.
Sortie Report
32 14 October 1943 Target: Ball-Bearing Factory
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Co-pilot 41‑24525 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at Little Staughton.
Sortie Report
35 5 November 1943 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑29987 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
38 29 November 1943 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Bremen, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑5747 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
42 13 December 1943 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Bremen, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑3441 Combat Mission Credit
Lead group, high Squadron lead.
Sortie Report
54 21 January 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Preuseville, France
Co-pilot 42‑3441 Combat Mission Credit
41B Group, Low Squadron Deputy.
Sortie Report
55 29 January 1944 Target: Aircraft Parts Plants
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑31433 Combat Mission Credit
Low group lead.
Sortie Report
62 11 February 1944 Target: Propeller Factory (Foundry)
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑31606 Combat Mission Credit
Group deputy.
Sortie Report
63 20 February 1944 Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Leipzig & Bernburg, Germany
Pilot 41‑24560 Aborted mission after taking off.
41B Group. Turned back at 0905 hrs due to complete loss of power in #1 engine; aircraft took off a second time but could not catch up with group.
Sortie Report
64 21 February 1944 Target: Fighter Field & Aircraft Storage Depot
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Werl, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑31433 Combat Mission Credit
Wing lead, 41st B Combat Wing.
Sortie Report
65 22 February 1944 Target: Aircraft Factory
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Halberstadt & Aschersleben, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑37801 Aborted mission after taking off.
41B Group, High Squadron Lead; landed away at RAF Eastchurch, Essex, due to severe snow storm.
Sortie Report
67 25 February 1944 Target: Aircraft Assembly & Ball Bearings Plants
Type: Industry
Location: Augsburg & Stuttgart, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑31871 Aborted mission after taking off.
41A Group, Low Squadron Deputy. Aborted 10 miles NW of Splasher 1 due to an oxygen leak.
Sortie Report
69 2 March 1944 Target: Alfred Teves Main Works: Aircraft Parts Plant and Machine Shop
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑31871 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
70 3 March 1944 Target: Roller-Bearing Factory
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑31606 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron lead.
Sortie Report
71 4 March 1944 Type: Military
Location: Berlin, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑31606 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron lead. Left formation at 1156 hrs right after bombs away going down under control, apparently in good condition and covered by friendly fighters; damaged by flak, crashed about 15 km northwest of Amiens, France. MACR 2739.
Sortie Report

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