Blankenship, Doye Herman

Individual Personnel Data
Name Blankenship, Doye Herman   
Rank Private / Staff Sergeant
Serial Number 33213036   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 545th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #146 dated 17 November 1943
Duty Flexible Gunner
MOS748 - Army Airplane Mechanic / Gunner, Flight Engineer
Last Duty Date 19 March 1944
Results Killed In Action
Final Resting Place or Memorial: Crafts Methodist Church Cemetery, Gladehill, Virginia
Additional Information
Promoted to Staff Sergeant per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #14 Dated 21 January 1944.
Related Documents Missing Air Crew Report # 3242 (39.461 MB)
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Lovell, James MacNaughtonPilotKIA
2nd Lt. Brookings, Walter FrancisCo-pilotKIA
2nd Lt. Lewis, Joseph FranklynNavigatorPOW
2nd Lt. Bachicha, Martin PaulBombardierPOW
S/SGT. Geriak, John (NMI)Radio Operator / GunnerCT
S/SGT. Fowlkes, Calvin Oscar LewisEngineer / Top Turret GunnerKIA
SGT. Tessmer, Warren David, "Tess"Ball Turret GunnerWIA
S/SGT. Kardos, Louis JuliusTail GunnerPOW
PVT. Oldham, Jesse ZeraFlexible GunnerPOW
PVT. Blankenship, Doye HermanFlexible GunnerKIA

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 12 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
46 24 December 1943 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Croisette, France
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 41‑24578 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
47 30 December 1943 Target: I. G. Farben Industrie, Chemical/Synthetic Rubber Plants
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑29632 Aircraft did not take off.
Did not take off.
Sortie Report
51 7 January 1944 Target: Powerhouse
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑37758 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at Nuthampstead with one wounded crewmember.
Sortie Report
52 11 January 1944 Target: Ju-88 Aircraft Parts Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Halberstadt, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑37792 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
55 29 January 1944 Target: Aircraft Parts Plants
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑5404 Aborted mission after taking off.
Lead group. Turned back at 0825 hrs because exhaust stack broke on #3 engine, which then had to be feathered.
Sortie Report
56 30 January 1944 Target: Aircraft Assembly Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Brunswick / Braunschweig, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑37792 Combat Mission Credit
Low group flying spare; joined formation.
Sortie Report
57 3 February 1944 Target: Submarines (under construction)
Type: Submarine Facility
Location: Wilhelmshaven, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑31484 Combat Mission Credit
Lead group.
Sortie Report
58 4 February 1944 Target: Alfred Teves Main Works: Aircraft Parts Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑29554 Aborted mission after taking off.
High group, 41st B Combat Wing. Turned back at 1029 hrs because #4 supercharger ran away, there was no boost on #3 supercharger, and #3 engine detonated and was smoking.
Sortie Report
59 5 February 1944 Target: Bricy Aerodrome, Luftwaffe Training and Bomber Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Orleans, France
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑31484 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
60 6 February 1944 Target: Nancy/Essey Aerodrome
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Nancy, France
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑31484 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron deputy, lead group.
Sortie Report
63 20 February 1944 Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Leipzig & Bernburg, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑31484 Combat Mission Credit
41A Group.
Sortie Report
64 21 February 1944 Target: Fighter Field & Aircraft Storage Depot
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Werl, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑31926 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
65 22 February 1944 Target: Aircraft Factory
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Halberstadt & Aschersleben, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑31926 Aborted mission after taking off.
41A Group, Low Squadron Deputy.
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
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑31926 Combat Mission Credit
Low group, low squadron deputy.
Sortie Report
72 6 March 1944 Target: Erkner Ball-Bearing Factory
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑31926 Aborted mission after taking off.
Returned to base after group leader abandoned attempt to join assigned combat wing.
Sortie Report
76 18 March 1944 Target: Aircraft Assembly & Repair Works
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑97477 Combat Mission Credit
41st Combat Bombardment Wing Lead.
Sortie Report
77 19 March 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-2 Storage and Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Wizernes, France
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑31926 Combat Mission Credit
Aircraft hit by flak immediately after bombs away; later observed spiraling down with flames pouring from all parts of aircraft; four chutes emerged, with one on fire; crashed near Wavrans-sur-Ternoise, a very small village, near a larger town called St Pol-sur-Ternoise, France. MACR 3242
Sortie Report

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