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Guzy, Edward Frank

Individual Personnel Data
Name Guzy, Edward Frank   
Rank Sergeant / Staff Sergeant
Serial Number 36335975   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 545th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho, Special Orders #32 dated 1 February 1943, effective 1 February 1943.
Duty Tail Gunner / Flexible Gunner
MOS612 - Airplane Armorer / Gunner
Last Duty Date 30 January 1945
Results Transferred
DecorationsAwarded the Air Medal for five combat missions.
Awarded an Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal for shooting down an enemy aircraft on 25 July 1943.
Additional Information
  • Promoted to Staff Sergeant effective 1 April 1943 per 545th Bomb Squadron Morning Report dated 1 April 1943.
  • Reclassified from Aerial Gunner Specialist (MOS) 611 to Armorer Gunner Specialist (MOS) 612 effective 13 April 1943 per 545th Bomb Squadron Morning Report dated 13 April 1943.
  • Apparently removed from flight status on 19 August 1943.
  • Reclassified from MOS 911 to 062 on AAF Station 106 SO #18 dated 25 January 1944
  • Reclassified from MOS 521 to 060 on AAF station 106 SO #38 dated 26 February 1944
  • Attached to the 1140th Military Police Company for rations, quarters and administration per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #87 dated 10 May 1944.
  • Relieved from attachment to the 1140th MP Company on AAF Station 106 SO #131 dated 7 July 1944.
  • Transferred to the 12th Replacement Control Depot, Reinforcement Command on 30 January 1945. Microfilm record A0640-1640
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album

Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Original 384th Combat Crew
2nd Lt. Edwards, Floyd ClintonPilotPOW
2nd Lt. Gordy, Paul PateCo-pilotPOW
2nd Lt. Koenig, Robert MartinNavigatorPOW
2nd Lt. Kelly, Victor ThomasBombardierKIA
S/SGT. Ellis, Milzia ColemanRadio Operator / GunnerTR
S/SGT. DeElmo, William FowlerEngineer / Top Turret GunnerTR
S/SGT. Svirsky, LeonBall Turret GunnerPOW
SGT. Guzy, Edward FrankTail GunnerTR
S/SGT. Meyer, Alfred (NMI)Flexible GunnerPOW
S/SGT. Miller, Walter AmosFlexible GunnerPOW

Crew History

The Edwards Crew joined the 545th BS at Wendover on 1 February 1943. Identified as "Crew #4" on the assignment order, they became the first "Crew #52" in the squadron.
Before moving to England, Ellis was transferred out of the Group and was replaced by S/Sgt Robert P Goldman as Radio Operator: DeElmo was later replaced by S/Sgt Charles P Tate, and Miller took over as Engineer.
This revised crew flew to England and are the ones pictured in the standard crew photo in the photo gallery. They flew several missions together with occasional substitutions until Edwards was wounded on the 25 July 1943 mission. He recovered after several months and returned to combat duty, later becoming a lead pilot. Guzy left the crew after the 25 July 1943 mission, and flew no more missions with the 384th after that.

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 5 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
3 26 June 1943 Target: Villacoublay Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Paris, France
Tail Gunner 42‑3216 Aborted Mission After Taking Off
Turned back with #3 engine running rough, low oil pressure and smoking; feathered engine.
Sortie Report
4 28 June 1943 Target: Fighter Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Beaumont-le-Roger, France
Tail Gunner 42‑3216 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
5 29 June 1943 Target: duNord Aircraft Works, Villacoublay Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Paris, France
Tail Gunner 42‑3216 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
6 4 July 1943 Target: Gnome et Rhone Aircraft Engine Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Le Mans, France
Tail Gunner 42‑29985 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
9 24 July 1943 Target: Aluminum & Magnesium Plants
Type: Industry
Location: Herøya, Norway
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑3216 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron lead, group deputy.
Sortie Report
10 25 July 1943 Target: Blohm & Voss Aircraft Works and Shipyard
Type: Industry
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑5855 Combat Mission Credit
The pilot was wounded shortly after crossing the enemy coast, so co-pilot flew most of the mission.
Sortie Report

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