Goodrick, Gene Robert

Individual Personnel Data
Name Goodrick, Gene Robert   
Rank Second Lieutenant / First Lieutenant
Serial Number O-760823   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 547th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #140 dated 17 July 1944, effective 17 July 1944.
Duty Pilot
MOS1091 - Pilot, B-17
Last Duty Date 15 January 1945
Results Completed Tour, Returned to USA
DecorationsAwarded the Silver Star for 'gallantry in action' during a mission over Germany on 30 November 1944.
Citation For
Higher Decoration
SILVER STAR. GENE R. GOODRICK, O-760823, First Lieutenant, Army Air Forces, United States Army. For gallantry in action while piloting a B-17 bomber on a penetration mission over Germany, 30 November 1944. Unable to observe the target on the initial run due to dense contrails left by preceding formations, Lieutenant Goodrick ordered the bombs held. Just after turning to make the second bomb run, an almost direct burst of flak exploded the oxygen tank under the flight deck and started a fierce fire. In the resultant confusion, the navigator, bombardier, co-pilot, and engineer bailed out, but Lieutenant Goodrick remained cool, his only concern at the moment being to hold his position and perform his duty. Immediately after releasing the bombs, he left the formation, rejoining his unit later after the fire had been extinguished. Arriving at the base after dark with the hydraulic and electrical systems destroyed, Lieutenant Goodrick exhibited a high degree of skill by safely landing the crippled bomber unassisted. His courage, skill and tenacity of purpose are worthy of the highest praise. Entered Military service from Missouri.

Citation Source: 'As Briefed...'
Additional Information
  • Promoted to 1Lt on 4 September 1944, per squadron history (microfilm A0641-00242).
  • Placed on seven days Temporary Duty to Furzedown House, AAF Station 563 (a Flak House) on 16 October 1944 to carry out the instructions of the Commanding General per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #204 dated 15 October 1944.
  • Awarded Silver Star medal for his handling of events during 30 November 1944 mission to attack targets in Zeitz, Germany, aboard aircraft 42-38800, 'BUSY BUZZARD'. For his description of this mission, click on the 'Related Story' link - and for his navigator's story, read the 'Navigator' chapter of 'B-17 Fortress At War' by Roger Freeman.
  • Ordered on appproximately two days Temorary Duty to London on 22 December 1944, purpose Public Relations Office (PRO) Radio Activities per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #252 dated 21 December 1944.
Related Documents Missing Air Crew Report # 11111 (30.544 MB)
Mission To Zeitz (0.049 MB)
Gene Goodrick Describes His Silver Star Mission (6.544 MB)
Photos of this Veteran signing the Wing PanelGoodrick Signing
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Goodrick, Gene RobertPilotCT
2nd Lt. Harter, David SmuckCo-pilotCT
2nd Lt. Weiss, Warren HenryNavigatorCT
2nd Lt. Spears, Simms MemoryBombardierCT
S/SGT. Adams, Harold PeterRadio Operator / GunnerCT
S/SGT. Clarke, Willis JohnEngineer / Top Turret GunnerTR
SGT. Pierce, Lee FrancisBall Turret GunnerCT
SGT. Clairday, Willard LeeTail GunnerCT
SGT. Stephens, Frank (NMI)Flexible GunnerCT
SGT. Seibel, Joseph AustinFlexible GunnerCT

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 35 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
166 28 July 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil & Chemical Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Pilot 42‑97263 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
167 29 July 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil & Chemical Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Pilot 42‑38013 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
168 31 July 1944 Target: Aero Engine Factory
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Munich / München, Germany
Pilot 42‑38013 Combat Mission Credit
Low Group Hot Camera Ship.
Sortie Report
169 1 August 1944 Target: Railroad Bridge
Type: Transportation
Location: Chartres, France
Pilot 42‑97948 Combat Mission Credit
Low Group.
Sortie Report
170 3 August 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Fleury, Flers, Fiefs, France
Pilot 44‑6080 Combat Mission Credit
I Group.
Sortie Report
175 8 August 1944 Target: Tactical - Enemy Strong Points
Type: Military
Location: Bretteville-sur-Laize, France
Pilot 42‑97204 Combat Mission Credit
High group hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
176 9 August 1944 Target: Erding Airdrome & Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Erding, Germany
Pilot 42‑38013 Combat Mission Credit
High section deputy, low group.
Sortie Report
177 11 August 1944 Target: Tactical: Coastal Artillery Emplacements
Type: Military
Location: Brest, France
Pilot 44‑6080 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
178 12 August 1944 Target: "Landing Ground"
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: La Perthe, France
Pilot 44‑6080 Combat Mission Credit
High section lead, high group.
Sortie Report
183 24 August 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil & Chemical Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Pilot 43‑37843 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
185 26 August 1944 Target: Buer Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Pilot 42‑38013 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron deputy, lead group.
Sortie Report
187 3 September 1944 Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Pilot 42‑37788 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
188 5 September 1944 Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Pilot 42‑38013 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
189 8 September 1944 Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Pilot 44‑6080 Combat Mission Credit
Hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
190 9 September 1944 Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Pilot 42‑38013 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
192 11 September 1944 Target: Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Lützkendorf & Merseburg, Germany
Pilot 43‑37990 Aborted mission after taking off.
41A Group. Turned back due to #1 engine supercharger failure.
Sortie Report
193 12 September 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Brüx, Czechoslovakia
Pilot 44‑6105 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
198 25 September 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Pilot 44‑6080 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
199 26 September 1944 Target: Steelworks
Type: Industry
Location: Osnabrück, Germany
Pilot 44‑6135 Combat Mission Credit
Lead group hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
201 28 September 1944 Target: Steelworks
Type: Industry
Location: Magdeburg, Germany
Pilot 44‑6135 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
202 30 September 1944 Target: Handorf Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Münster, Germany
Pilot 43‑38542 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
204 3 October 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Wesseling, Germany
Pilot 43‑38262 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
207 7 October 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Leipzig, Germany
Pilot 44‑6105 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron.
Sortie Report
208 9 October 1944 Target: Ball-Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Pilot 44‑6149 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
209 11 October 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Wesseling, Germany
Pilot 43‑38630 Combat Mission Credit
First Squadron.
Sortie Report
215 25 October 1944 Target: Nordstern Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Pilot 43‑38757 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron.
Sortie Report
216 30 October 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Pilot 42‑97960 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
217 1 November 1944 Target: Nordstern Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Pilot 43‑38630 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
218 2 November 1944 Target: Ruhr-Chemie A.G. Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Sterkrade (Holten), Germany
Pilot 42‑102501 Combat Mission Credit
Ground Spare Aircraft; replaced 43‑38542. Low Squadron.
Sortie Report
225 11 November 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Pilot 44‑6592 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
226 16 November 1944 Target: Tactical - Artillery Positions
Type: Military
Location: Eschweiler, Germany
Pilot 43‑38630 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Squadron, 41st Bomb Wing D group. Landed away at Stratford, due to weather.
Sortie Report
230 26 November 1944 Target: Railroad Viaduct
Type: Transportation
Location: Altenbeken, Germany
Pilot 43‑38630 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
232 29 November 1944 Target: Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Misburg, Germany
Pilot 44‑6592 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
233 30 November 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Zeitz, Germany
Pilot 43‑38800 Combat Mission Credit
First Lt. Gene Goodrick awarded Silver Star, Owens p. 200; MACR 11111 covers crewmembers that departed aircraft.
Sortie Report
235 4 December 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Soest, Germany
Pilot 43‑38630 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
236 6 December 1944 Target: Leuna Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Pilot 43‑38630 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report

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