Ford, Howard Emerson

Individual Personnel Data
Name Ford, Howard Emerson   
Rank Staff Sergeant / Technical Sergeant
Serial Number 37497860   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 546th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #81 dated 1 May 1944
Duty Radio Operator / Gunner
MOS757 - Radio Operator / Mechanic / Gunner, AAF
Last Duty Date 12 July 1944
Reported missing on MACR 7568 (10.860 MB)
Results Killed In Action
Final Resting Place or Memorial: Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Saint Louis, Missouri
Additional Information
Promoted to Technical Sergeant per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #120 dated 23 June 1944.
Related Documents MACR 7568 (10.860 MB)
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Rosborough, James EdwardPilotKIA
2nd Lt. Matlack, Vincent DePaul, JrCo-pilotKIA
2nd Lt. Saslow, Seymour GeraldNavigatorPOW
Flt. Ofcr. Fletcher, John JosephBombardierPOW
S/SGT. Ford, Howard EmersonRadio Operator / GunnerKIA
SGT. Bedsted, Lee RoyEngineer / Top Turret GunnerPOW
SGT. Gerhold, Melvin HenryBall Turret GunnerPOW
SGT. Raines, Louis EdwardTail GunnerPOW
SGT. Brecht, Victor DouglasFlexible GunnerKIA
SGT. Steorts, Hubert, JrFlexible GunnerCT

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 27 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
106 12 May 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑102500 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
107 13 May 1944 Target: Aircraft Assembly Components Factory.
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Poznań, Poland
Radio Operator 42‑102620 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron, high composite group, 41st CBW.
Sortie Report
112 22 May 1944 Target: Warehouse District in the Dock Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Kiel, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑107083 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
113 23 May 1944 Target: Nancy/Essey Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Nancy, France
Radio Operator 42‑97271 Combat Mission Credit
Ground spare aircraft; replaced 42‑107083.
Sortie Report
114 24 May 1944 Target: Unidentified Military Installations
Type: Military
Location: Berlin, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑37974 Combat Mission Credit
Low group.
Sortie Report
116 27 May 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑102601 Combat Mission Credit
Lead group.
Sortie Report
119 29 May 1944 Target: Focke-Wulf Aircraft Parts Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Krzesiny District, Poznań, Poland
Radio Operator 42‑107057 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
120 30 May 1944 Target: Airfield: Hangars and Repair Sheds
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Halberstadt, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑102501 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
124 3 June 1944 Target: Coastal Artillery Battery
Type: Military
Location: Le Touquet, France
Radio Operator 42‑97251 Flying spare aircraft: returned to base after taking off.
Sortie Report
125 4 June 1944 Target: Artillery Battery
Type: Military
Location: Hardelot (Boulogne area), France
Radio Operator 42‑102500 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
131 8 June 1944 Target: Loire River Railroad Bridge
Type: Transportation
Location: Orleans, France
Radio Operator 42‑97251 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron deputy.
Sortie Report
132 10 June 1944 Target: Chateau Bougon Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Nantes, France
Radio Operator 42‑97251 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
134 13 June 1944 Target: Dreux Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Dreux, France
Radio Operator 42‑97251 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
135 14 June 1944 Target: Coulommiers Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Coulommiers, France
Radio Operator 42‑31222 Combat Mission Credit
Lead group.
Sortie Report
136 15 June 1944 Target: Railroad Viaduct
Type: Transportation
Location: La Possonnièrre, France
Radio Operator 42‑97251 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
137 16 June 1944 Target: Athies Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Laon, France
Radio Operator 42‑97142 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron deputy, high group.
Sortie Report
138 18 June 1944 Target: Ölwerke Julius Humbles
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑97251 Combat Mission Credit
High group, 41st B wing flying spare; joined formation.
Sortie Report
139 19 June 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Fleury, France
Radio Operator 42‑107083 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
140 19 June 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Crépy, France
Radio Operator 42‑102500 Combat Mission Credit
Originally assigned aircraft 42‑107058. There is no record of 42-102500 being a spare aircraft.
Sortie Report
142 21 June 1944 Target: Industrial Area
Type: Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑107083 Combat Mission Credit
Lead group.
Sortie Report
144 22 June 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Lille (Fives district), France
Radio Operator 42‑107083 Combat Mission Credit
Flying spare; joined formation.
Sortie Report
145 24 June 1944 Target: German Vacuum Oil Company
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Oslebshausen (Bremen area), Germany
Radio Operator 42‑107083 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
146 25 June 1944 Target: Railroad Bridge & Embankment
Type: Transportation
Location: Sens, France
Radio Operator 42‑107083 Aborted mission after taking off.
Turned back, reasons unknown.
Sortie Report
148 28 June 1944 Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Juvincourt (Juvincourt-et-Damary), France
Radio Operator 42‑97251 Combat Mission Credit
High group, 41st A wing. Landed away at Wattisham, Station 377, on return due to weather.
Sortie Report
149 30 June 1944 Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Montdidier, France
Radio Operator 42‑107058 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
151 6 July 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Coubronne, France
Radio Operator 42‑97251 Combat Mission Credit
High section deputy, low group.
Sortie Report
153 7 July 1944 Target: Me-109 Aircraft Factory
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Leipzig, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑97251 Aborted mission after taking off.
High group, 41st A wing. Turned back; reasons unknown.
Sortie Report
154 8 July 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Renescure, France
Radio Operator 42‑97251 Combat Mission Credit
High group.
Sortie Report
155 11 July 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Munich / München, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑102501 Combat Mission Credit
Ground spare aircraft; replaced 42‑97251.
Sortie Report
156 12 July 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Munich / München, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑97273 Combat Mission Credit
Low group. At 1325, immediately after bombs away, 4 parachutes appeared from plane which exploded a few thousand feet below the formation; flak damage, crashed in the area of Munich, Germany. MACR 7568
Sortie Report

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