Burcham, Eugene Emmons

Individual Personnel Data
Name Burcham, Eugene Emmons
Rank Second Lieutenant / Captain
Serial Number O-757689
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 545th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #56 dated 24 March 1944
Duty Bombardier
MOS1035 - Bombardier
Last Duty Date 17 April 1945
Results Completed Tour, Returned to USA
Additional Information
  • Graduated from Bombardier School at Victorville AAF, Victorville, California, Class #43-15, 23 October 1943.
  • Granted a seven day sick leave effective on or about 25 April 1944 per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #77 dated 25 April 1944.
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Bennett, Dewayne (NMI), "Ben"PilotCT
2nd Lt. Spiers, Paul RobertCo-pilotCT
2nd Lt. Rovero, Aldo JohnNavigatorCT
2nd Lt. Burcham, Eugene EmmonsBombardierCT
S/SGT. Perrone, Michael JRadio Operator / GunnerCT
S/SGT. Holland, James AlvinEngineer / Top Turret GunnerCT
SGT. Zelazoski, Bernard LeoBall Turret GunnerCT
SGT. Trumbo, James DonovanTail GunnerCT
SGT. Wyatt, Kenneth AinleyFlexible GunnerPOW
SGT. Gale, Verlin ClintonFlexible GunnerCT

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 38 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
86 9 April 1944 Target: FW-190 Fighter Aircraft Assembly Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Marienburg, Germany
Bombardier 42‑32106 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
89 13 April 1944 Target: Ball-Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Bombardier 42‑97309 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
92 20 April 1944 Target: V-Weapon Service Bunker (under construction)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Sottevast, France
Bombardier 42‑102518 Combat Mission Credit
B Wing, High Group.
Sortie Report
93 22 April 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Hamm, Germany
Bombardier 42‑102430 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
94 24 April 1944 Target: Dornier-Werke GMBH Aircraft Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
Bombardier 42‑102430 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
101 7 May 1944 Target: Friedrichstrasse Railroad Station
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
Bombardier 42‑102430 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron deputy, lead group.
Sortie Report
102 8 May 1944 Target: Friedrichstrasse Railroad Station
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
Bombardier 42‑102430 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
104 9 May 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Thionville, France
Bombardier 42‑97201 Combat Mission Credit
Ground Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑102430.
Sortie Report
105 11 May 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Saarbrücken and Ehrang, Germany
Bombardier 42‑102442 Combat Mission Credit
41A Group, High Squadron Lead.
Sortie Report
107 13 May 1944 Target: Aircraft Assembly Components Factory.
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Poznań, Poland
Bombardier 42‑102518 Combat Mission Credit
High 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
Bombardier 42‑107125 Combat Mission Credit
Group deputy.
Sortie Report
109 19 May 1944 Target: Unidentified Industrial Area
Type: Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Bombardier 42‑37788 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Group, Low Squadron Lead. Ground Spare aircraft; replaced 42‑97271.
Sortie Report
126 5 June 1944 Target: Field Artillery Battery
Type: Military
Location: La Fosse, France
Bombardier 42‑107148 Combat Mission Credit
Low Group Lead.
Sortie Report
127 6 June 1944 Target: Rocket Gun Installation
Type: Military
Location: 'Meuvaines' (actually, 1.3 miles SE of Crépon), France
Bombardier 42‑107148 Combat Mission Credit
H Squadron lead.
Sortie Report
130 7 June 1944 Target: Transportation Hub
Type: Military
Location: Caen, France
Bombardier 42‑107125 Combat Mission Credit
Low Group Lead. Gee-H ship.
Sortie Report
131 8 June 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards (41C) & Loire River Railroad Bridge (41D)
Type: Transportation
Location: Orleans, France
Bombardier 42‑107148 Combat Mission Credit
41C Wing, Low Group Lead.
Sortie Report
134 13 June 1944 Target: Dreux Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Dreux, France
Bombardier 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
135 14 June 1944 Target: Coulommiers Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Coulommiers, France
Bombardier 42‑97941 Combat Mission Credit
41B Wing, High Group Lead.
Sortie Report
139 19 June 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Fleury & Crépy, France
Bombardier 42‑102449 Combat Mission Credit
41B Group Lead.
Sortie Report
142 21 June 1944 Target: Friedrichstrasse Industrial Area
Type: Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Bombardier 42‑97941 Combat Mission Credit
Low Group Lead.
Sortie Report
146 25 June 1944 Target: Railroad Bridge & Embankment
Type: Transportation
Location: Sens, France
Bombardier 42‑97941 Combat Mission Credit
Low group lead, 41st A wing.
Sortie Report
150 4 July 1944 Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Dreux (Conches-en-Ouche), France
Bombardier 42‑107125 Combat Mission Credit
Wing lead. Gee-H ship.
Sortie Report
153 7 July 1944 Target: Me-109 Aircraft Factory
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Leipzig, Germany
Bombardier 42‑97941 Combat Mission Credit
High group lead, 41st B wing. Lost group in heavy clouds; tacked on to the low group of the 41st B wing and bombed with them.
Sortie Report
159 17 July 1944 Target: Beautor Bridge
Type: Transportation
Location: Beautor, France
Bombardier 42‑97941 Combat Mission Credit
High group lead.
Sortie Report
164 24 July 1944 Target: Tactical - Enemy Strong Points
Type: Military
Location: La Chapelle en Juger & Hébécrevon, France
Bombardier 42‑97941 Combat Mission Credit
Low group lead.
Sortie Report
165 25 July 1944 Target: Tactical - Enemy Strong Points
Type: Military
Location: Montreuil-sur-Lozon, Le Châtel,
& La Chapelle en Juger, France
Bombardier 42‑107125 Combat Mission Credit
Wing Lead.
Sortie Report
221 6 November 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bottrop (Welheim), Germany
Bombardier 42‑107125 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron deputy and hot camera ship. Led Squadron on bomb run.
Sortie Report
236 6 December 1944 Target: Leuna Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Bombardier 44‑8007 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead. PFF & Gee-H ship.
Sortie Report
242 23 December 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Ehrang, Germany
Bombardier 42‑97592 Combat Mission Credit
Ground Spare Aircraft, replaced 43‑37917. Landed away at RAF Wethersfield, Essex, due to weather. Apparently ferried to Ridgewell prior to 24 December mission.
Sortie Report
243 24 December 1944 Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Kirch Göns, Germany
Bombardier 42‑97592 Combat Mission Credit
Took off from Ridgewell Airfield, AAF Station 167 (was unable to return to GU after prior day's mission due to weather), to lead a Squadron of the 381st BG to attack Steinbach Airfield in Germany.
Sortie Report
249 2 January 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Gerolstein, Germany
Bombardier 44‑8221 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead. with Lt. Col William C Sipes of the 41st Combat Bombardment Wing as Air Commander. PFF & Gee-H ship. Gee-H failed prior to IP; turned over lead to high Squadron. Did not attack target because bombardier noticed, approaching the bomb release point (high Squadron leading), that they were a mile to the left of the target. Bombs were held with the intention of making another run, but the remainder of the group had dropped on the high Squadron leader.
Sortie Report
260 23 January 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Neuss, Germany
Bombardier 44‑8211 Aborted mission after taking off.
Group lead. Turned back over field due to mechanical failure.
Sortie Report
261 28 January 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Bombardier 44‑8008 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead; PFF and Gee-H ship.
Sortie Report
270 21 February 1945 Target: Tank Factory
Type: Industry
Location: Nuremberg / Nürnberg, Germany
Bombardier 44‑8580 Combat Mission Credit
Wing lead; PFF ship.
Sortie Report
279 2 March 1945 Target: Low Temperature Carbonization Plant and Refinery of Deutsche Petroleum A.G.
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Rositz, Germany
Bombardier 44‑8580 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead; PFF ship.
Sortie Report
287 12 March 1945 Target: Railway Center
Type: Transportation
Location: Betzdorf, Germany
Bombardier 44‑8649 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead; PFF and Gee-H ship.
Sortie Report
295 23 March 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Gladbeck, Germany
Bombardier 44‑8541 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead. PFF and Gee-H ship.
Sortie Report
311 15 April 1945 Target: Flak guns at Pointe de Suzac
Type: Military
Location: Royan, France
Bombardier 44‑8221 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead. PFF ship.
Sortie Report
313 17 April 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Dresden, Germany
Bombardier 44‑8789 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead. PFF ship.
Sortie Report

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