Franklin, Walter Dewitt

Individual Personnel Data
Name Franklin, Walter Dewitt   
Rank Corporal / Staff Sergeant
Serial Number 18105508   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 547th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #148 dated 26 July 1944, effective 26 July 1944.
Duty Flexible Gunner / Togglier
MOS611 - Aerial Gunner
Last Duty Date 2 January 1945
Results Completed Tour, Returned to USA
Additional Information
  • ASN on assignment order given as 18105538.
  • Promoted to Sergeant per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #166 dated 19 August 1944.
  • Promoted to Staff Sergeant per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #185 dated 19 September 1944.
Related Documents Accident Report # 44-09-27-510 (2.530 MB)




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Brown, Bert Oliver, JrPilotCT
2nd Lt. Bayne, William DavisCo-pilotCT
2nd Lt. Scherer, Raymond JuliusNavigatorCT
2nd Lt. Furiga, Frank DominicBombardierPOW
SGT. Ondrusek, Marvin JohnRadio Operator / GunnerCT
SGT. Regan, Richard GeorgeEngineer / Top Turret GunnerCT
CPL. Jones, William JesseBall Turret GunnerCT
CPL. Palmer, Raymond GeorgeTail GunnerCT
CPL. Chalkus, Joseph WilliamFlexible GunnerCT
CPL. Franklin, Walter DewittFlexible GunnerCT

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 35 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
182 18 August 1944 Target: Tactical: Bridge
Type: Transportation
Location: Vise, Belgium
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 44‑6135 Combat Mission Credit
Returned early from mission after taking off.
Low group hot camera ship. Salvoed bombs in an open field in Belgium.
Sortie Report
183 24 August 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil & Chemical Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑97204 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
187 3 September 1944 Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑38013 Combat Mission Credit
Hot camera ship, low Squadron.
Sortie Report
188 5 September 1944 Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Togglier 42‑97263 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
190 9 September 1944 Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑37843 Combat Mission Credit
Bombs not released; bomb bay doors could not be opened.
Sortie Report
191 10 September 1944 Target: BMW Motor Component Parts Plant
Type: Industry
Location: Sindelfingen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 44‑6135 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron.
Sortie Report
193 12 September 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Brüx, Czechoslovakia
Togglier 43‑37990 Combat Mission Credit
Flying Spare; joined formation.
Sortie Report
194 13 September 1944 Target: Leuna Synthetic Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Togglier 44‑8011 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
196 19 September 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Hamm, Germany
Togglier 44‑6105 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron.
Sortie Report
198 25 September 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Togglier 42‑38208 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
200 27 September 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards (PFF Aiming Points)
Type: Transportation
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Togglier 44‑6080 Taxi accident prior to takeoff. Salvaged 9/27/44
Sortie Report
201 28 September 1944 Target: Steelworks
Type: Industry
Location: Magdeburg, Germany
Togglier 42‑38208 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
202 30 September 1944 Target: Handorf Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Münster, Germany
Togglier 44‑6105 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
203 2 October 1944 Target: Ford Motor Works
Type: Industry
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Togglier 43‑37843 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
205 5 October 1944 Type: Industry
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Togglier 44‑6135 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron.
Sortie Report
208 9 October 1944 Target: Ball-Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Togglier 43‑38542 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
213 18 October 1944 Target: Ford Motor Works
Type: Industry
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Togglier 43‑37843 Combat Mission Credit
Landed in allied territory due to battle damage and low fuel.
Sortie Report
215 25 October 1944 Target: Nordstern Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Togglier 44‑6135 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron.
Sortie Report
216 30 October 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Togglier 43‑38757 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
218 2 November 1944 Target: Ruhr-Chemie A.G. Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Sterkrade (Holten), Germany
Togglier 43‑38752 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron flying spare; joined formation.
Sortie Report
219 4 November 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bottrop (Welheim), Germany
Togglier 42‑37788 Combat Mission Credit
Ground Spare Aircraft, replaced 43‑38542. High Squadron.
Sortie Report
221 6 November 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bottrop (Welheim), Germany
Togglier 43‑38542 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
225 11 November 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Togglier 42‑97263 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
226 16 November 1944 Target: Tactical - Artillery Positions
Type: Military
Location: Eschweiler, Germany
Togglier 42‑38208 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at Stratford, due to weather.
Sortie Report
232 29 November 1944 Target: Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Misburg, Germany
Togglier 43‑37843 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
233 30 November 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Zeitz, Germany
Togglier 43‑37843 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
234 2 December 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Oberlahnstein, Germany
Togglier 43‑37843 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
235 4 December 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Soest, Germany
Togglier 43‑37843 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at RAF Boreham, Essex, due to low fuel.
Sortie Report
236 6 December 1944 Target: Leuna Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Togglier 44‑6592 Flying spare aircraft: returned to base after taking off.
High Squadron
Sortie Report
237 9 December 1944 Target: Airfield and Daimler Factory
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Böblingen (Stuttgart area), Germany
Togglier 43‑38630 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
238 11 December 1944 Target: Road & Rail Bridge
Type: Transportation
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Togglier 43‑37843 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron, D Group.
Sortie Report
239 12 December 1944 Target: Leuna Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Togglier 43‑37843 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
240 18 December 1944 Target: Road Junction
Type: Transportation
Location: Gemünd, Germany
Togglier 42‑97309 Combat Mission Credit
Ground Spare Aircraft, replaced 42‑38013. Low Squadron Flying Spare; joined formation.
Sortie Report
241 19 December 1944 Target: Railway Junction
Type: Transportation
Location: Glaadt, Germany
Togglier 43‑37843 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
Togglier 43‑37843 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at Woodbridge due to weather.
Sortie Report
244 27 December 1944 Target: Bridge (Tactical)
Type: Transportation
Location: Altenahr, Germany
Togglier 43‑37843 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron.
Sortie Report
245 28 December 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Brühl, Germany
Togglier 42‑37788 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
249 2 January 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Gerolstein, Germany
Togglier 43‑38757 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Squadron flying spare; joined formation.
Sortie Report

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