Darby, Phillip S

Individual Personnel Data
Name Darby, Phillip S   
Rank Staff Sergeant / Technical Sergeant
Serial Number 14170795   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 545th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #116 dated 19 June 1944
Duty Engineer / Top Turret Gunner
MOS748 - Army Airplane Mechanic / Gunner, Flight Engineer
Last Duty Date 9 February 1945
Results Completed Tour, Returned to USA
Additional Information
Promoted to Staff Sergeant per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #147 dated 25 July 1944.
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Minor, Henry W, JrPilotCT
2nd Lt. Mayner, John Robert, Jr, "Whitey"Co-pilotCT
2nd Lt. Uriwal, Alfons Francis, "Al"NavigatorCT
2nd Lt. Gray, William E, IIIBombardierTR
S/SGT. Barth, Raymond ErnestRadio Operator / GunnerCT
S/SGT. Darby, Phillip SEngineer / Top Turret GunnerCT
SGT. Marmozewicz, Joseph JBall Turret GunnerCT
SGT. Carter, James KaneTail GunnerMIA
SGT. Harfman, Lavern FrankFlexible GunnerMIA
SGT. Guider, Robert HarwoodFlexible GunnerMIA

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 34 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
151 6 July 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Coubronne, France
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑97271 Combat Mission Credit
Low group.
Sortie Report
153 7 July 1944 Target: Me-109 Aircraft Factory
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Leipzig, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑102566 Combat Mission Credit
High group flying spare, 41st B wing; joined formation. Lost group in heavy clouds; tacked on to the low group of the 41st B wing and bombed with them.
Sortie Report
154 8 July 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Renescure, France
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑102566 Combat Mission Credit
High section deputy, low group.
Sortie Report
157 13 July 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Munich / München, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑102566 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
159 17 July 1944 Target: Beautor Bridge
Type: Transportation
Location: Beautor, France
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑102566 Combat Mission Credit
High group.
Sortie Report
160 18 July 1944 Target: Rocket Research & Development Complex
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Peenemünde & Zinnowitz, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑102566 Combat Mission Credit
41A Group.
Sortie Report
161 19 July 1944 Target: Hydrogen Peroxide Plant
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Höllriegelskreuth District, Pullach, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑102566 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
162 20 July 1944 Target: Aircraft Plants
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Dessau, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑107083 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
163 21 July 1944 Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Schwäbisch Hall, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑102566 Combat Mission Credit
Lead squadron hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
164 24 July 1944 Target: Tactical - Enemy Strong Points
Type: Military
Location: La Chapelle en Juger & Hébécrevon, France
Engineer/Top Turret 44‑6294 Combat Mission Credit
Low group.
Sortie Report
169 1 August 1944 Target: Railroad Bridge
Type: Transportation
Location: Chartres, France
Engineer/Top Turret 44‑6135 Combat Mission Credit
Wing deputy and hot camera ship. Dropped bombs early.
Sortie Report
187 3 September 1944 Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 43‑37971 Combat Mission Credit
Hot camera ship. Wing deputy.
Sortie Report
198 25 September 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑97948 Combat Mission Credit
C wing, low group lead.
Sortie Report
199 26 September 1944 Target: Steelworks
Type: Industry
Location: Osnabrück, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑97941 Combat Mission Credit
High group lead.
Sortie Report
203 2 October 1944 Target: Ford Motor Works
Type: Industry
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑97941 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron lead. Assumed lead at IP for a Gee-H bombing run. The Gee-H equipment malfunctioned, so bombing was by PFF on the wing lead.
Sortie Report
204 3 October 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Wesseling, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑107125 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead. Gee-H ship.
Sortie Report
212 17 October 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 44‑8007 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead. PFF ship.
Sortie Report
213 18 October 1944 Target: Ford Motor Works
Type: Industry
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑38016 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron lead. Relinquished lead to deputy on bomb run after Gee-H equipment failed.
Sortie Report
226 16 November 1944 Target: Tactical - Artillery Positions
Type: Military
Location: Eschweiler, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑102518 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at Stratford, due to weather.
Sortie Report
227 20 November 1944 Target: Buer Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑102518 Combat Mission Credit
Lead squadron 41st Bomb Wing D group.
Sortie Report
228 23 November 1944 Target: Nordstern Coking Plant at Gelsenkirchener Bergwerks-A.G.
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑102518 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
229 25 November 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Lützkendorf, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑97271 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at Aldermaston, due to weather.
Sortie Report
232 29 November 1944 Target: Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Misburg, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 43‑38823 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
233 30 November 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Zeitz, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑102518 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
234 2 December 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Oberlahnstein, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑97309 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron.
Sortie Report
235 4 December 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Soest, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑102518 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron.
Sortie Report
237 9 December 1944 Target: Airfield and Daimler Factory
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Böblingen (Stuttgart area), Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑31484 Combat Mission Credit
Ground Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑102518.
Sortie Report
240 18 December 1944 Target: Road Junction
Type: Transportation
Location: Gemünd, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑102518 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
241 19 December 1944 Target: Railway Junction
Type: Transportation
Location: Glaadt, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑97271 Aircraft did not take off.
Did not take off due to weather which deteriorated after lead aircraft took off.
Sortie Report
249 2 January 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Gerolstein, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 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
250 3 January 1945 Target: Enemy Strong Point & Transportation Hub
Type: Military
Location: St Vith, Belgium
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑98027 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead. PFF & Gee-H ship.
Sortie Report
251 5 January 1945 Target: Landing Ground
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Neiderbreisig, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 44‑6592 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron deputy.
Sortie Report
259 22 January 1945 Target: Synthetic Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Sterkrade, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑32106 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
260 23 January 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Neuss, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 44‑8408 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at RAF Oakington, Cambridgeshire.
Sortie Report
264 3 February 1945 Target: Tempelhof Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 43‑39019 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report

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