Ackerson, Donald Richard

Individual Personnel Data
Name Ackerson, Donald Richard   
Rank Second Lieutenant / Lieutenant
Serial Number O-681514   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 547th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #141 dated 12 November 1943
Duty Bombardier
MOS1035 - Bombardier
Last Duty Date 13 April 1944
Results Prisoner Of War
POW Camp: Dulag Luft Grosstychow Dulag 12
Additional Information
Placed on Temporary Duty to Coombe House Hotel, Semley Dorsey (a Flak House) for seven days on or about 3 March 1944 per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #39 dated 27 February 1944.
Related Documents Missing Air Crew Report # 3867 (53.009 MB)
Résumé of Tour of Bombing Action in Europe (0.084 MB)
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Booska, Maurice ArthurPilotCT
2nd Lt. Alloway, Ralph HughCo-pilotCT
2nd Lt. Hock, Robert ENavigatorPOW
2nd Lt. Ackerson, Donald RichardBombardierPOW
S/SGT. Hill, Edward TheodoreRadio Operator / GunnerPOW
S/SGT. Farrow, Thomas ChapellEngineer / Top Turret GunnerPOW
S/SGT. Carvell, John PatrickBall Turret GunnerCT
S/SGT. Karcher, Norbert Raymond, "Red"Tail GunnerKIA
SGT. Olstad, Kermit IverFlexible GunnerKIA
SGT. Pond, Jesse ElmoreFlexible GunnerCT

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 27 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
38 29 November 1943 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Bremen, Germany
Bombardier 42‑29554 Did not take off; engines had insufficient oil pressure, and no Spare Aircraft were available.
Sortie Report
39 1 December 1943 Target: Non-Ferrous Metals Plant
Type: Industry
Location: Solingen, Germany
Bombardier 42‑37801 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
40 5 December 1943 Target: Fighter Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Saint-Jean-d'Angély, France
Bombardier 42‑29723 Flying spare aircraft: returned to base after taking off.
Sortie Report
41 11 December 1943 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Emden, Germany
Bombardier 41‑24525 Combat Mission Credit
Flying spare. Unable to locate the 384th formation, joined the 381st BG (1st Combat Wing).
Sortie Report
42 13 December 1943 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Bremen, Germany
Bombardier 42‑3087 Combat Mission Credit
Lead group.
Sortie Report
43 16 December 1943 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Bremen, Germany
Bombardier 41‑24525 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at RAF Wyton.
Sortie Report
51 7 January 1944 Target: Powerhouse
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Bombardier 42‑37788 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
54 21 January 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Preuseville, France
Bombardier 42‑37788 Combat Mission Credit
41B Group.
Sortie Report
55 29 January 1944 Target: Aircraft Parts Plants
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Bombardier 42‑37788 Combat Mission Credit
Low group.
Sortie Report
56 30 January 1944 Target: Aircraft Assembly Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Brunswick / Braunschweig, Germany
Bombardier 42‑37788 Combat Mission Credit
Lead group.
Sortie Report
57 3 February 1944 Target: Submarines (under construction)
Type: Submarine Facility
Location: Wilhelmshaven, Germany
Bombardier 42‑37788 Combat Mission Credit
Low group. After losing the formation in clouds, continued mission with the 91st BG.
Sortie Report
58 4 February 1944 Target: Alfred Teves Main Works: Aircraft Parts Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Bombardier 42‑31433 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron deputy, high group, 41st A Combat Wing.
Sortie Report
60 6 February 1944 Target: Nancy/Essey Aerodrome
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Nancy, France
Bombardier 42‑37788 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
61 8 February 1944 Target: Piston Ring Factory
Type: Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Bombardier 42‑37788 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
63 20 February 1944 Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Leipzig & Bernburg, Germany
Bombardier 42‑37788 Combat Mission Credit
41B Group, Low Squadron Lead.
Sortie Report
64 21 February 1944 Target: Fighter Field & Aircraft Storage Depot
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Werl, Germany
Bombardier 42‑37788 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
65 22 February 1944 Target: Aircraft Factory
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Halberstadt & Aschersleben, Germany
Bombardier 42‑31433 Combat Mission Credit
41B Group, Low Squadron Lead.
Sortie Report
66 24 February 1944 Target: Ball-Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Bombardier 42‑31495 Combat Mission Credit
Wing deputy.
Sortie Report
67 25 February 1944 Target: Aircraft Assembly & Ball Bearings Plants
Type: Industry
Location: Augsburg & Stuttgart, Germany
Bombardier 42‑31433 Combat Mission Credit
41A Group, Low Squadron Lead.
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
Bombardier 42‑31433 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
75 16 March 1944 Target: Aircraft Assembly & Repair Works
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
Bombardier 42‑31871 Combat Mission Credit
Group deputy, high group, 40th B Combat Wing.
Sortie Report
78 20 March 1944 Type: Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Bombardier 42‑38208 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron lead. Col William A Travis (41st Bomb Wing) was aboard this aircraft as copilot.
Sortie Report
79 22 March 1944 Target: Heinkel Aircraft Assembly Plant at Annahof Airfield
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oranienburg, Germany
Bombardier 42‑31433 Combat Mission Credit
Low group deputy.
Sortie Report
80 23 March 1944 Target: Airdrome and Airpark
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Gütersloh, Germany
Bombardier 42‑31433 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron lead, lead group.
Sortie Report
82 26 March 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Le Grismont, Rebecques, France
Bombardier 42‑31433 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron lead.
Sortie Report
86 9 April 1944 Target: FW-190 Fighter Aircraft Assembly Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Marienburg, Germany
Bombardier 42‑97072 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron lead, lead group.
Sortie Report
87 10 April 1944 Target: Evere Airfield (50°54'3"N 4°20'9"E)
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Brussels / Bruxelles, Belgium
Bombardier 42‑97072 Combat Mission Credit
Group deputy.
Sortie Report
88 11 April 1944 Target: FW Aircraft Parts Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Sorau, Germany
Bombardier 42‑38208 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron lead, lead group.
Sortie Report
89 13 April 1944 Target: Ball-Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Bombardier 42‑31433 Combat Mission Credit
High group lead. Shot down by enemy aircraft at 1350 hrs; hits scored on #3 engine, which was immediately feathered, and gas tank; entire right wing broke into a mass of flames; crashed near Gumpen, Germany. MACR 3867
Sortie Report

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