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OGDEN, UTAH
6-10 OCTOBER 2021

Burch, Hugh Ralph

Individual Personnel Data
Name Burch, Hugh Ralph
Rank Second Lieutenant
Serial Number O-752176
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 545th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #146 dated 17 November 1943, effective 17 November 1943.
Duty Co-pilot / Pilot
MOS1091 - Pilot, B-17
Last Duty Date 11 April 1944
Results Completed Tour, Returned to USA
Additional Information
Placed on seven days Temporary Duty to American Red Cross Club, Southport (a Flak house) on or about 10 February 1944 per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #28 EXTRACT dated 10 February 1944.
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Hines, James WesleyPilotCT
2nd Lt. Burch, Hugh RalphCo-pilotCT
2nd Lt. Copeland, Carter GlennNavigatorCT
2nd Lt. Morris, Richard WilliamBombardierTBD
S/SGT. Dahms, Rex JohnRadio Operator / GunnerCT
S/SGT. Wilson, Jerome FranklinEngineer / Top Turret GunnerWIA
SGT. Douglas, James CliftonBall Turret GunnerCT
SGT. Cahill, William Lawrence, JrTail GunnerCT
SGT. Jarvis, Francis HarrisonFlexible GunnerCT
SGT. Woodard, Everett DerwoodFlexible GunnerCT

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 28 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
42 13 December 1943 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Bremen, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑29554 Combat Mission Credit
Low group.
Sortie Report
43 16 December 1943 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Bremen, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑39888 Combat Mission Credit
Ground Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑29554. Also see comments for aircraft 42‑29688 for this mission.
Sortie Report
45 22 December 1943 Target: Steel Shops/Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Osnabrück, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑29809 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
46 24 December 1943 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Croisette, France
Co-pilot 42‑3259 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
47 30 December 1943 Target: I. G. Farben Industrie, Chemical/Synthetic Rubber Plants
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑5404 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
49 4 January 1944 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Kiel, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑37727 Aborted mission after taking off.
Flying Spare. Joined formation, then turned back becuse aircraft needed 'excessive power settings ... to stay in formation.'
Sortie Report
50 5 January 1944 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Kiel, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑29632 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
52 11 January 1944 Target: Ju-88 Aircraft Parts Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Halberstadt, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑3051 Combat Mission Credit
Flying spare; joined formation. Landed away at Coltishall, Norfolk, on return due to weather.
Sortie Report
54 21 January 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Preuseville, France
Co-pilot 41‑24560 Combat Mission Credit
41A Group.
Sortie Report
56 30 January 1944 Target: Aircraft Assembly Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Brunswick / Braunschweig, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑37816 Combat Mission Credit
Low group. Jettisoned bombs when an engine was shot away by an enemy aircraft and had to leave formation.
Sortie Report
58 4 February 1944 Target: Alfred Teves Main Works: Aircraft Parts Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑97477 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron deputy, high group, 41st B Combat Wing.
Sortie Report
60 6 February 1944 Target: Nancy/Essey Aerodrome
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Nancy, France
Co-pilot 42‑3441 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
61 8 February 1944 Target: Piston Ring Factory
Type: Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑29809 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Squadron.
Sortie Report
63 20 February 1944 Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Leipzig & Bernburg, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑37801 Aborted mission after taking off.
41A Group. Turned back; tail gunner fell ill.
Sortie Report
64 21 February 1944 Target: Fighter Field & Aircraft Storage Depot
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Werl, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑29632 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
65 22 February 1944 Target: Aircraft Factory
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Halberstadt & Aschersleben, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑29632 Aborted mission after taking off.
41A Group.
Sortie Report
66 24 February 1944 Target: Ball-Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑29632 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron deputy, lead group.
Sortie Report
67 25 February 1944 Target: Aircraft Assembly & Ball Bearings Plants
Type: Industry
Location: Augsburg & Stuttgart, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑31484 Combat Mission Credit
41C Group, High Squadron, Low group.
Sortie Report
68 28 February 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Preuseville, France
Co-pilot 42‑31484 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Squadron.
Sortie Report
70 3 March 1944 Target: Roller-Bearing Factory
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑31048 Aborted mission after taking off.
Turned back because of low fuel.
Sortie Report
73 8 March 1944 Target: Erkner Ball-Bearing Factory
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑38112 Combat Mission Credit
Returned early from mission after taking off.
Turned back when oxygen system had been shot out by flak; dropped bombs and 25 parcels of 'nickles' (propaganda leaflets) on TOO near Lingen, Germany, with 'poor' results.
Sortie Report
74 9 March 1944 Target: Heinkel Aircraft Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oranienburg, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑38112 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
76 18 March 1944 Target: Aircraft Assembly & Repair Works
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑97124 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Squadron.
Sortie Report
77 19 March 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-2 Storage and Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Wizernes, France
Co-pilot 42‑38112 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
79 22 March 1944 Target: Heinkel Aircraft Assembly Plant at Annahof Airfield
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oranienburg, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑37789 Combat Mission Credit
NOTE: The Loading List incorrectly identified the co-pilot as Sidney Bush.
Sortie Report
80 23 March 1944 Target: Airdrome and Airpark
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Gütersloh, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑31166 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
81 24 March 1944 Target: Ball-Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑97124 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron deputy.
Sortie Report
83 27 March 1944 Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Tours & Chartres, France
Pilot 42‑97124 Combat Mission Credit
94 Group, High Squadron Deputy.
Sortie Report
84 28 March 1944 Target: Dijon-Longvic Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Dijon, France
Pilot 42‑97124 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
85 29 March 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Brunswick / Braunschweig, Germany
Pilot 42‑97124 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
86 9 April 1944 Target: FW-190 Fighter Aircraft Assembly Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Marienburg, Germany
Pilot 42‑97124 Aborted mission after taking off.
Turned back at 1003 hrs; could not locate formation due to bad weather. Bombs jettisoned in Channel due to malfunction of bomb bay doors.
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
Pilot 42‑97124 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
88 11 April 1944 Target: FW Aircraft Parts Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Sorau, Germany
Pilot 42‑97124 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report

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