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Finstad, Berton Robert

Individual Personnel Data
Name Finstad, Berton Robert
Rank Corporal / Staff Sergeant
Serial Number 16153098
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 544th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #232 dated 24 November 1944, effective 24 November 1944.
Duty Flexible Gunner
MOS612 - Airplane Armorer / Gunner
Last Duty Date 17 March 1945
Results Completed Tour, Returned to USA
Additional Information
  • Promoted to Sergeant effective 1 December 1944 per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #236 dated 1 December 1944.
  • Promoted to Staff Sergeant effective 1 January 1945 per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #1 dated 1 January 1945.
  • Promoted to Staff Sergeant effective 3 February 1945 per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #27 dated 3 February 1945.
Related Documents Accident Report # 45-01-22-526 (4.348 MB)
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Milligan, George Robert, Jr, "BOB"PilotCT
2nd Lt. Dabney, William LCo-pilotTR
2nd Lt. Britt, Leo TNavigatorCT
2nd Lt. Miller, Leland EdwardBombardierWIA
CPL. Brooks, William RalphRadio Operator / GunnerMIA
SGT. Ray, Virgie NewtonEngineer / Top Turret GunnerCT
CPL. Horvath, Emil LouisBall Turret GunnerCT
CPL. Cline, Ellis WallaceTail GunnerCT
CPL. Finstad, Berton RobertFlexible GunnerCT

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 34 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
236 6 December 1944 Target: Leuna Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑97320 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
237 9 December 1944 Target: Airfield and Daimler Factory
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Böblingen (Stuttgart area), Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑38062 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
238 11 December 1944 Target: Road & Rail Bridge
Type: Transportation
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑102430 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Squadron, B Group, Hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
240 18 December 1944 Target: Road Junction
Type: Transportation
Location: Gemünd, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑102459 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
241 19 December 1944 Target: Railway Junction
Type: Transportation
Location: Glaadt, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑102459 Aircraft did not take off.
Did not take off due to weather which deteriorated after lead aircraft took off.
Sortie Report
242 23 December 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Ehrang, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑37822 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at Framlingham due to weather.
Sortie Report
246 30 December 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Limburg, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑97320 Aborted mission after taking off.
Ground Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑37703. Milligan aborted 703 after takeoff, returned and moved his crew to this Spare Aircraft. Once he was again airborne, it was too late to catch up to the Group, and he returned to base.
Sortie Report
246 30 December 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Limburg, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑37703 Aborted mission after taking off.
Lost #3 engine after takeoff. Returned to base and moved his crew to 42‑97320.
Sortie Report
247 31 December 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Neuss, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑98000 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
248 1 January 1945 Target: Oil Storage Depot
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Derben, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑102620 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron flying spare; joined formation.
Sortie Report
249 2 January 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Gerolstein, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑102620 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
251 5 January 1945 Target: Landing Ground
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Neiderbreisig, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑97320 Aircraft did not take off.
Did not take off.
Sortie Report
252 7 January 1945 Target: Enemy Strong Point
Type: Military
Location: Blankenheim, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑102661 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
253 8 January 1945 Target: Railroad
Type: Transportation
Location: Kyllburg, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑38850 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
254 10 January 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Bonn, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑37822 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
256 17 January 1945 Target: Railroad Viaduct
Type: Transportation
Location: Bielefeld, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑97510 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
257 20 January 1945 Target: Rail and Road Bridges
Type: Transportation
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑37822 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at RAF Upwood, Huntingdonshire (now Cambridgeshire).
Sortie Report
259 22 January 1945 Target: Synthetic Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Sterkrade, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑102620 Combat Mission Credit
Landed at Grafton Underwood with a locked right main wheel (caused by battle damage) and was struck from behind by the next aircraft.
Sortie Report
260 23 January 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Neuss, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑37788 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at Sudbury Airfield, AAF Station 174.
Sortie Report
261 28 January 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑38747 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron flying spare; joined formation.
Sortie Report
263 1 February 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑37917 Aborted mission after taking off.
Turned back with #3 leaking oil.
Sortie Report
264 3 February 1945 Target: Tempelhof Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑32106 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Squadron.
Sortie Report
265 9 February 1945 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Lützkendorf, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑39164 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron.
Sortie Report
266 14 February 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Dresden, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 44‑6892 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
267 15 February 1945 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bohlen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑97824 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at Bassingbourn Airfield, AAF Station 121.
Sortie Report
268 19 February 1945 Target: Coking Plant
Type: Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑97824 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
269 20 February 1945 Target: Main Railroad Station
Type: Transportation
Location: Nuremberg / Nürnberg, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑38974 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
271 22 February 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Ülzen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑37822 Combat Mission Credit
Ground Spare Aircraft; replaced 43‑38801.
Sortie Report
272 23 February 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Plauen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 44‑8608 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
273 24 February 1945 Target: Submarine Construction Shipyard
Type: Shipyards
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑38548 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
274 25 February 1945 Target: Tank & Submarine Engine Factory
Type: Industry
Location: Friedrichshafen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑39164 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron.
Sortie Report
275 26 February 1945 Target: Schlesicher Railroad Station (Bahnhof)
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
Flexible (Waist) Gunner 43‑38062 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
278 1 March 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Bruchsal, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 44‑6892 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
279 2 March 1945 Target: Low Temperature Carbonization Plant and Refinery of Deutsche Petroleum A.G.
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Rositz, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 44‑6892 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at RAF Friston, East Sussex, on return due to low fuel.
Sortie Report
281 4 March 1945 Target: Ordnance Depot
Type: Military
Location: Ulm, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑39164 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
283 8 March 1945 Target: Oil Refinery - 'Benzol Plant'
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Essen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑39164 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
284 9 March 1945 Target: Henschel Tank and Locomotive Works
Type: Industry
Location: Kassel, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 44‑6590 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
289 15 March 1945 Target: Army HQ
Type: Military
Location: Zossen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑39138 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Squadron.
Sortie Report
290 17 March 1945 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bohlen (Leipzig), Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑38974 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report

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