Koehne, George Henry, Jr

Individual Personnel Data
Name Koehne, George Henry, "Snapper", Jr
Rank Major / Lieutenant Colonel
Serial Number O-383807
Unit Assignments
  • Assigned to the 544th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #83, effective 3 May 1944.
  • Assigned to the 384th Bombardment Group Headquarters Detachment, per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #97 dated 26 May 1944, effective 25 May 1944.
  • Assigned to a non-384th related unit, per Headquarters Detachment, 384th Bombardment Group Morning Report dated 10 February 1945., effective 30 January 1945.
Duty Pilot / Operations Officer
MOS1091 - Pilot, B-17
Last Duty Date 30 January 1945
Results Completed Tour, Returned to USA
Additional Information
  • Detailed Group Operations Officer, primary vice LT. COL. THOMAS P. BECKETT relieved per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #97 dated 26 May 1944.
  • Ordered on approximately two days Temporary Duty to London on or about 22 August 1944, purpose Official Business per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #169 dated 22 August 1944.




Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 28 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
106 12 May 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑38208 Combat Mission Credit
Aborted mission after taking off.
Turned back at 1201 hrs because #1 engine went out and was running rough and losing oil. This occurred at a point about 100 miles inside Belgium, approaching the German border; since they were well within enemy territory, combat credit was awarded the crew for this mission.
Sortie Report
107 13 May 1944 Target: Aircraft Assembly Components Factory.
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Poznań, Poland
Co-pilot 42‑97263 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron lead, low group, 40th CBW.
Sortie Report
108 15 May 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Mimoyecques, France
Co-pilot 42‑107221 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron lead.
Sortie Report
110 20 May 1944 Target: Orly Airport
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Paris, France
Commander 42‑31484 Combat Mission Credit
Group Lead.
Sortie Report
116 27 May 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Commander 42‑107221 Combat Mission Credit
Low Group Lead.
Sortie Report
123 2 June 1944 Target: Four Medium Howitzer Batteries, Tactical Support
Type: Military
Location: Neufchatel (5 miles SE of Hardelot), France
Commander 42‑97699 Combat Mission Credit
Group Lead. PFF ship and unidentified crew members provided by the 305th BG, Chelveston, AAF Station 105.
Sortie Report
130 7 June 1944 Target: Transportation Hub
Type: Military
Location: Caen, France
Commander 42‑107125 Combat Mission Credit
Low Group Lead. Gee-H ship.
Sortie Report
134 13 June 1944 Target: Dreux Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Dreux, France
Commander 42‑107125 Combat Mission Credit
Low Group Lead. Second Navigator: 2Lt Peterson (379th BG). Landed away at Polebrook, AAF Station 110, on return, due to bad weather.
Sortie Report
137 16 June 1944 Target: Athies Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Laon, France
Commander 42‑97574 Combat Mission Credit
High Group Lead. PFF ship and unidentified crew members provided by the 303rd BG, Molesworth, AAF Station 107.
Sortie Report
142 21 June 1944 Target: Friedrichstrasse Industrial Area
Type: Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Commander 42‑97941 Combat Mission Credit
Low Group Lead.
Sortie Report
148 28 June 1944 Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Juvincourt (Juvincourt-et-Damary), France
Commander 42‑97960 Combat Mission Credit
High group lead, 41st A wing. Landed away at Wattisham, AAF Station 377, on return due to weather.
Sortie Report
150 4 July 1944 Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Dreux (Conches-en-Ouche), France
Commander 42‑102449 Combat Mission Credit
High group lead. Gee-H ship.
Sortie Report
156 12 July 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Munich / München, Germany
Commander 42‑97960 Combat Mission Credit
Low group lead.
Sortie Report
160 18 July 1944 Target: Rocket Research & Development Complex
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Peenemünde & Zinnowitz, Germany
Commander 42‑97941 Combat Mission Credit
41A Group, Group Lead.
Sortie Report
166 28 July 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil & Chemical Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Commander 42‑102933 Combat Mission Credit
High group lead.
Sortie Report
177 11 August 1944 Target: Tactical: Coastal Artillery Emplacements
Type: Military
Location: Brest, France
Commander 42‑97557 Combat Mission Credit
Wing lead. PFF ship provided by the 303rd BG, Molesworth, AAF Station 107.
Sortie Report
184 25 August 1944 Target: Airfield & Airpark
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Anklam, Germany
Commander 42‑97986 Combat Mission Credit
Wing lead. PFF ship.
Sortie Report
187 3 September 1944 Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Commander 44‑8007 Combat Mission Credit
PFF ship. Wing lead.
Sortie Report
190 9 September 1944 Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Commander 42‑97986 Combat Mission Credit
PFF ship. Wing lead.
Sortie Report
202 30 September 1944 Target: Handorf Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Münster, Germany
Commander 42‑97592 Combat Mission Credit
Wing lead. PFF ship.
Sortie Report
211 15 October 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Commander 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
Commander 44‑8008 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead. PFF ship. Turned over lead to deputy for bomb run.
Sortie Report
224 10 November 1944 Target: Ostheim Airfield & Butzweilerhof Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Commander 44‑8007 Combat Mission Credit
41C Group, Group Lead. PFF ship.
Sortie Report
233 30 November 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Zeitz, Germany
Commander 44‑8401 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead.
Sortie Report
239 12 December 1944 Target: Leuna Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Commander 44‑8401 Combat Mission Credit
Wing lead. PFF ship.
Sortie Report
248 1 January 1945 Target: Oil Storage Depot
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Derben, Germany
Commander 44‑8216 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead. PFF ship. Prevented from attacking the primary target by weather, led an attack on the secondary PFF target, but did not attack when PFF equipment failed. After several additional failed attempts to attack the secondary and last resort targets, finally attacked a target of opportunity (TOO).
Sortie Report
255 15 January 1945 Target: Neuburg Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Neuburg an der Donau, Germany
Commander 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
258 21 January 1945 Target: Marshalling Yard
Type: Transportation
Location: Aschaffenburg, Germany
Commander 42‑97592 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead. PFF and Gee-H ship.
Sortie Report

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