Curran, Kenneth James

Individual Personnel Data
Name Curran, Kenneth James
Rank Second Lieutenant / First Lieutenant
Serial Number O-761896
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 545th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #85 dated 6 May 1944
Duty Co-pilot
MOS1091 - Pilot, B-17
Last Duty Date 13 August 1944
Results Completed Tour, Returned to USA
Related Documents Accident Report # 44-07-28-518 (1.079 MB)




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Bagby, Donald WoodsPilotCT
2nd Lt. Curran, Kenneth JamesCo-pilotCT
2nd Lt. Davis, Gerald PaulNavigatorKIA
2nd Lt. Gay, Harry FranklynBombardierCT
SGT. Niemann, Carl (NMI)TogglierKIA
S/SGT. Day, Dean WillisRadio Operator / GunnerCT
SGT. Allison, Arthur EllsworthEngineer / Top Turret GunnerKIFA
SGT. Pawlowski, Raymond (NMI)Ball Turret GunnerKIA
SGT. O'Neal, Cecil CashTail GunnerKIA
S/SGT. Huff, Jack DyerFlexible GunnerKIA

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 32 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
111 21 May 1944 Target: NOBALL (Supergun Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Mimoyecques, France
Co-pilot 42‑97271 Group B.
Sortie Report
113 23 May 1944 Target: Nancy/Essey Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Nancy, France
Co-pilot 42‑102518 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
114 24 May 1944 Target: Unidentified Military Installations
Type: Military
Location: Berlin, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑97271 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Group.
Sortie Report
116 27 May 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑107125 Combat Mission Credit
Low Group.
Sortie Report
118 28 May 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑102430 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
119 29 May 1944 Target: Focke-Wulf Aircraft Parts Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Krzesiny District, Poznań, Poland
Co-pilot 42‑37758 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Group, High Squadron Deputy.
Sortie Report
121 31 May 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Colmar, France
Co-pilot 42‑102500 Flying spare aircraft: returned to base after taking off.
Sortie Report
123 2 June 1944 Target: Four Medium Howitzer Batteries, Tactical Support
Type: Military
Location: Neufchatel (5 miles SE of Hardelot), France
Co-pilot 42‑102566 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
124 3 June 1944 Target: Coastal Artillery Battery
Type: Military
Location: Le Touquet, France
Co-pilot 42‑97178 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
125 4 June 1944 Target: Artillery Battery
Type: Military
Location: Hardelot (Boulogne area), France
Co-pilot 42‑102430 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
126 5 June 1944 Target: Field Artillery Battery
Type: Military
Location: La Fosse, France
Co-pilot 42‑102430 Combat Mission Credit
Low Group.
Sortie Report
130 7 June 1944 Target: Transportation Hub
Type: Military
Location: Caen, France
Co-pilot 42‑31435 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
131 8 June 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards (41C) & Loire River Railroad Bridge (41D)
Type: Transportation
Location: Orleans, France
Co-pilot 42‑37758 Combat Mission Credit
41C Wing.
Sortie Report
132 10 June 1944 Target: Chateau Bougon Airfield (41A) & Vannes Airfield (41B)
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Nantes & Vannes, France
Co-pilot 42‑37758 Combat Mission Credit
41B Group.
Sortie Report
134 13 June 1944 Target: Dreux Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Dreux, France
Co-pilot 42‑97309 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
135 14 June 1944 Target: Coulommiers Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Coulommiers, France
Co-pilot 42‑97309 Combat Mission Credit
41B Wing, High Group.
Sortie Report
137 16 June 1944 Target: Athies Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Laon, France
Co-pilot 42‑97309 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
140 19 June 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Fleury & Crépy, France
Co-pilot 42‑102518 Combat Mission Credit
41A Group, Flying Spare. Joined formation.
Sortie Report
141 20 June 1944 Target: Oil Refineries
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Harburg (Hamburg area), Germany
Co-pilot 42‑32106 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Group.
Sortie Report
142 21 June 1944 Target: Friedrichstrasse Industrial Area
Type: Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑97309 Combat Mission Credit
Low Group.
Sortie Report
144 22 June 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Lille (Fives district), France
Co-pilot 42‑107224 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
145 24 June 1944 Target: German Vacuum Oil Company
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Oslebshausen (Bremen area), Germany
Co-pilot 42‑102430 Combat Mission Credit
Ground Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑97178.
Sortie Report
146 25 June 1944 Target: Railroad Bridge & Embankment
Type: Transportation
Location: Sens, France
Co-pilot 42‑32106 Combat Mission Credit
Assigned to fly as the second section, high composite Squadron, high group, 41st B' wing; unable to rendezvous with the assigned group, joined a formation of the 92nd BG and bombed with them.
Sortie Report
159 17 July 1944 Target: Beautor Bridge
Type: Transportation
Location: Beautor, France
Co-pilot 42‑97271 Aborted mission after taking off.
High group. Turned back at 0846 hrs due to #2 runaway prop.
Sortie Report
160 18 July 1944 Target: Rocket Research & Development Complex
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Peenemünde & Zinnowitz, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑97178 Combat Mission Credit
41A Group.
Sortie Report
161 19 July 1944 Target: Hydrogen Peroxide Plant
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Höllriegelskreuth District, Pullach, Germany
Co-pilot 44‑6135 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
162 20 July 1944 Target: Aircraft Plants
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Dessau, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑31484 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Group, High Squadron Lead.
Sortie Report
163 21 July 1944 Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Schwäbisch Hall, Germany
Co-pilot 44‑6135 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
164 24 July 1944 Target: Tactical - Enemy Strong Points
Type: Military
Location: La Chapelle en Juger & Hébécrevon, France
Co-pilot 44‑6135 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron lead, low group.
Sortie Report
165 25 July 1944 Target: Tactical - Enemy Strong Points
Type: Military
Location: Montreuil-sur-Lozon, Le Châtel,
& La Chapelle en Juger, France
Co-pilot 42‑107148 Combat Mission Credit
Wing Deputy, Hot Camera Ship.
Sortie Report
166 28 July 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil & Chemical Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑107148 Aborted mission after taking off.
Low group deputy and hot camera ship. Turned back due to #4 supercharger failure. Right main landing gear collapsed following a hard landing. Aircraft was damaged but crew were not injured.
Sortie Report
167 29 July 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil & Chemical Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑31484 Combat Mission Credit
High group deputy, 41st D wing.
Sortie Report
168 31 July 1944 Target: Aero Engine Factory
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Munich / München, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑31484 Combat Mission Credit
High Group Deputy and Hot Camera Ship.
Sortie Report
170 3 August 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Fleury, Flers, Fiefs, France
Co-pilot 44‑6294 Combat Mission Credit
H Group, High Squadron Lead.
Sortie Report
178 12 August 1944 Target: "Landing Ground"
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: La Perthe, France
Co-pilot 42‑97510 Combat Mission Credit
High group. On return, arrived an hour-and-a-half late, possibly due to landing elsewhere to refuel.
Sortie Report
179 13 August 1944 Target: Tactical: Road Network
Type: Transportation
Location: Beaumont-le-Roger (area), France
Co-pilot 44‑6294 Combat Mission Credit
Wing deputy and hot camera ship.
Sortie Report

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