Airhart, L G

Individual Personnel Data
Name Airhart, L G   
Rank Sergeant / Technical Sergeant
Serial Number 18181345   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 544th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #155 dated 2 August 1944, effective 2 August 1944.
Duty Engineer / Top Turret Gunner
MOS748 - Army Airplane Mechanic / Gunner, Flight Engineer
Last Duty Date 12 January 1945
Results Completed Tour, Returned to USA
Additional Information
  • Promoted to Staff Sergeant per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #164 dated 15 August 1944.
  • Promoted to Technical Sergeant per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #194 dated 1 October 1944.
  • Placed on seven (7) days Temporary Duty (TD) on 6 October 1944 to Southport, AAF Station 524 (a Flak House) to carry out the instructions of the Commanding General per AAF Station 106 special Orders #198 dated 6 October 1944.
Related Documents Accident Report # 44-11-30-510 (3.765 MB)




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Gabel, Raymond JohnPilotCT
2nd Lt. Robilotta, Robert FrankCo-pilotCT
2nd Lt. Lovegren, Richard LeroyNavigatorKIA
2nd Lt. Bass, Sam (NMI)BombardierTBD
S/SGT. Snow, James KennethRadio Operator / GunnerCT
SGT. Airhart, L GEngineer / Top Turret GunnerCT
SGT. Ciaccio, Raymond (NMI)Ball Turret GunnerCT
CPL. Kolinek, Henry Joseph, JrTail GunnerCT
CPL. Gwin, Reginald (NMI)Flexible GunnerPOW
CPL. Miller, Fonda CoyFlexible GunnerTR

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 35 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
177 11 August 1944 Target: Tactical: Coastal Artillery Emplacements
Type: Military
Location: Brest, France
Engineer/Top Turret 43‑37822 Combat Mission Credit
High section lead, low group.
Sortie Report
178 12 August 1944 Target: "Landing Ground"
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: La Perthe, France
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑102459 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron deputy, lead group.
Sortie Report
179 13 August 1944 Target: Tactical: Road Network
Type: Transportation
Location: Beaumont-le-Roger (area), France
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑102459 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron deputy, high group.
Sortie Report
180 14 August 1944 Target: Echterdingen Airdrome
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑102459 Combat Mission Credit
Low group hot camera ship. Landed away at RAF Syerston, Nottinghamshire, on return, for unknown reasons.
Sortie Report
182 18 August 1944 Target: Tactical: Bridge
Type: Transportation
Location: Vise, Belgium
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑102566 Combat Mission Credit
Lead group.
Sortie Report
186 30 August 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Crepieul, France
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑102430 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Squadron flying spare; joined formation.
Sortie Report
187 3 September 1944 Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑98000 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
188 5 September 1944 Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑37822 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
189 8 September 1944 Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 43‑37703 Combat Mission Credit
Returned early from mission after taking off.
Hot camera ship. Unable to drop bombs due to failure of bomb release mechanism. Returned bombs to base.
Sortie Report
190 9 September 1944 Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 43‑38062 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
192 11 September 1944 Target: Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Lützkendorf & Merseburg, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑37822 Combat Mission Credit
41A Group. Landed with bomb bay doors open.
Sortie Report
196 19 September 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Hamm, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 43‑37822 Combat Mission Credit
Hot camera ship; lead Squadron. Landed away at Old Buckenham, reason unknown.
Sortie Report
197 21 September 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Mainz, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑37822 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
198 25 September 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑37822 Combat Mission Credit
C Wing, low group.
Sortie Report
200 27 September 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards (PFF Aiming Points)
Type: Transportation
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑98000 Combat Mission Credit
High group hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
201 28 September 1944 Target: Steelworks
Type: Industry
Location: Magdeburg, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 43‑38062 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
202 30 September 1944 Target: Handorf Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Münster, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 43‑38062 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
203 2 October 1944 Target: Ford Motor Works
Type: Industry
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 44‑6105 Aborted mission after taking off.
Turned back due to personnel failure; radio operator became ill.
Sortie Report
204 3 October 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Wesseling, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 43‑38062 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
212 17 October 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 43‑38062 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
213 18 October 1944 Target: Ford Motor Works
Type: Industry
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 43‑38750 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
214 19 October 1944 Target: Heinrich Lanz Tank Factory
Type: Industry
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 43‑38062 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Squadron.
Sortie Report
215 25 October 1944 Target: Nordstern Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 43‑38016 Combat Mission Credit
Fourth Squadron deputy. Gee-H equipment failed during assembly.
Sortie Report
222 8 November 1944 Target: Leuna Synthetic Oil Plant (visual aim point)
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 43‑38750 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron deputy. Hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
224 10 November 1944 Target: Ostheim Airfield & Butzweilerhof Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑97824 Combat Mission Credit
41D Squadron, Squadron Deputy. Gee-H ship. 544th loading list has 'Lt. Toelhman (303rd B. Gp)' listed as GH Navigator.
Sortie Report
226 16 November 1944 Target: Tactical - Artillery Positions
Type: Military
Location: Eschweiler, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑97824 Combat Mission Credit
Gee-H ship; aircraft flew with the 381st BG at Ridgewell, as deputy group lead.
Sortie Report
228 23 November 1944 Target: Nordstern Coking Plant at Gelsenkirchener Bergwerks-A.G.
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 43‑38016 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron deputy, A group; Gee-H ship.
Sortie Report
233 30 November 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Zeitz, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 43‑38542 Combat Mission Credit
Landed with wheels up due to confusion in the cockpit during final approach.
Sortie Report
234 2 December 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Oberlahnstein, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 43‑38016 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron deputy. Hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
236 6 December 1944 Target: Leuna Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑97824 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron deputy. Gee-H ship (but no Gee-H navigator on this mission).
Sortie Report
239 12 December 1944 Target: Leuna Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 44‑8008 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron lead. PFF ship.
Sortie Report
240 18 December 1944 Target: Road Junction
Type: Transportation
Location: Gemünd, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 44‑8008 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron lead. PFF & Gee-H ship. Because an inverter went out in the PFF equipment on the first run, they were forced to make a second PFF run which was completed without difficulty.
Sortie Report
243 24 December 1944 Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Kirch Göns, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑3441 Weather aircraft.
Sortie Report
244 27 December 1944 Target: Bridge (Tactical)
Type: Transportation
Location: Altenahr, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 44‑8401 Aborted mission after taking off.
Low Squadron lead. Aborted over base due to instrument failure; bombs jettisoned.
Sortie Report
246 30 December 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Limburg, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑102661 Combat Mission Credit
Group deputy.
Sortie Report
249 2 January 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Gerolstein, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑98027 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron lead. PFF & Gee-H ship. Led formation on two bomb runs.
Sortie Report
250 3 January 1945 Target: Enemy Strong Point & Transportation Hub
Type: Military
Location: St Vith, Belgium
Tail Gunner 43‑38850 Combat Mission Credit
Group deputy.
Sortie Report
252 7 January 1945 Target: Enemy Strong Point
Type: Military
Location: Blankenheim, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑97986 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron lead. PFF ship.
Sortie Report

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