Laboda, Joseph Stanley

Individual Personnel Data
Name Laboda, Joseph Stanley
Rank Second Lieutenant / Captain
Serial Number O-802207
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 545th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #146 dated 17 November 1943
Duty Pilot
MOS1091 - Pilot, B-17
Last Duty Date 11 May 1944
Results Completed Tour, Returned to USA
Additional Information
  • Placed on seven days Temporary Duty on or about 6 March 1944 to American Red Cross Club, Southport (a Flak House) per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #51 dated 17 March 1944. This Temporary Duty is dated 18 March 1944 vice 6 March 1944 in the unit Morning Report.
  • Promoted to First Lieutenant in April 1944. Microfilm record A0640-01587
  • promoted to Captain on 29 September 1944; 545th Morning Report 6 October 1944.
  • Flew more than the required number of missions for a combat tour.
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Laboda, Joseph StanleyPilotCT
2nd Lt. Bush, Sidney LewisCo-pilotKIA
2nd Lt. Crist, Vern WarrenNavigatorPOW
2nd Lt. Fornear, Thomas SouthernBombardierMIA
S/SGT. Flynn, James ERadio Operator / GunnerCT
S/SGT. Hardtmann, Arnold JohnEngineer / Top Turret GunnerCT
SGT. Smart, Samuel Hayes, "Sammy"Ball Turret GunnerCT
S/SGT. Nutt, Oliver WayneTail GunnerCT
SGT. Kalinsky, Morris (NMI)Flexible GunnerCT
SGT. Kerr, Robert EugeneFlexible GunnerCT

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 48 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
45 22 December 1943 Target: Steel Shops/Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Osnabrück, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑5444 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
46 24 December 1943 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Croisette, France
Pilot 42‑39784 Combat Mission Credit
Ground Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑37727.
Sortie Report
49 4 January 1944 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Kiel, Germany
Pilot 42‑5404 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
50 5 January 1944 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Kiel, Germany
Pilot 42‑29828 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
51 7 January 1944 Target: Powerhouse
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Pilot 42‑29828 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
54 21 January 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Preuseville, France
Pilot 42‑31045 Combat Mission Credit
41A Group.
Sortie Report
57 3 February 1944 Target: Submarines (under construction)
Type: Submarine Facility
Location: Wilhelmshaven, Germany
Pilot 42‑3259 Aborted mission after taking off.
Lead group. Turned back at 1008 hrs, two miles south of Cromer because #1 prop ran away and had to be feathered; controls worked loosely and prop would not unfeather.
Sortie Report
58 4 February 1944 Target: Alfred Teves Main Works: Aircraft Parts Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Pilot 42‑3259 Combat Mission Credit
High group, 41st B Combat Wing.
Sortie Report
59 5 February 1944 Target: Bricy Aerodrome, Luftwaffe Training and Bomber Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Orleans, France
Pilot 42‑3259 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
60 6 February 1944 Target: Nancy/Essey Aerodrome
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Nancy, France
Pilot 42‑3259 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
61 8 February 1944 Target: Piston Ring Factory
Type: Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Pilot 42‑3259 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at RAF Manston, Kent, on return due to low fuel.
Sortie Report
63 20 February 1944 Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Leipzig & Bernburg, Germany
Pilot 42‑3259 Combat Mission Credit
41A Group.
Sortie Report
64 21 February 1944 Target: Fighter Field & Aircraft Storage Depot
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Werl, Germany
Pilot 42‑3259 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
66 24 February 1944 Target: Ball-Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Pilot 42‑3259 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron, lead group.
Sortie Report
67 25 February 1944 Target: Aircraft Assembly & Ball Bearings Plants
Type: Industry
Location: Augsburg & Stuttgart, Germany
Pilot 42‑3259 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
Pilot 42‑37974 Flying spare aircraft: returned to base after taking off.
Sortie Report
71 4 March 1944 Type: Military
Location: Berlin, Germany
Pilot 42‑31484 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
72 6 March 1944 Target: Erkner Ball-Bearing Factory
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Pilot 42‑31166 Aborted mission after taking off.
Returned to base after group leader abandoned attempt to join assigned combat wing.
Sortie Report
73 8 March 1944 Target: Erkner Ball-Bearing Factory
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Pilot 42‑3440 Combat Mission Credit
This aircraft dropped 'nickles' (propaganda leaflets) in addition to demolition bombs.
Sortie Report
74 9 March 1944 Target: Heinkel Aircraft Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oranienburg, Germany
Pilot 42‑31048 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
93 22 April 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Hamm, Germany
Pilot 42‑31484 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron lead, low group.
Sortie Report
94 24 April 1944 Target: Dornier-Werke GMBH Aircraft Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
Pilot 42‑102518 Combat Mission Credit
Assumed lead after target when lead aircraft was shot down.
Sortie Report
95 25 April 1944 Target: Metz-Frescaty Airdrome
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Metz, France
Pilot 42‑102518 Combat Mission Credit
Group deputy.
Sortie Report
97 27 April 1944 Target: Toul/Croix de Metz Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Nancy, France
Pilot 42‑97573 Combat Mission Credit
Wing deputy.
Sortie Report
98 29 April 1944 Target: Industrial District
Type: Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Pilot 42‑102518 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron lead.
Sortie Report
101 7 May 1944 Target: Friedrichstrasse Railroad Station
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
Pilot 42‑102518 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron lead, lead group.
Sortie Report
102 8 May 1944 Target: Friedrichstrasse Railroad Station
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
Pilot 42‑107125 Aborted mission after taking off.
Group deputy. Turned back at 0849 hrs because #3 prop governor was throwing oil and pressure dropped to 65 lbs.
Sortie Report
104 9 May 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Thionville, France
Pilot 42‑102518 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron lead.
Sortie Report
105 11 May 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Saarbrücken and Ehrang, Germany
Pilot 42‑107125 Combat Mission Credit
41A Group.
Sortie Report
176 9 August 1944 Target: Erding Airdrome & Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Erding, Germany
Pilot 42‑97941 Combat Mission Credit
High group deputy.
Sortie Report
179 13 August 1944 Target: Tactical: Road Network
Type: Transportation
Location: Beaumont-le-Roger (area), France
Pilot 44‑6294 Combat Mission Credit
Wing deputy and hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
181 16 August 1944 Target: Delitzsch Air Field and Air Equipment Depot
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Delitzsch, Germany
Pilot 42‑107125 Combat Mission Credit
Low group deputy.
Sortie Report
183 24 August 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil & Chemical Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Pilot 42‑97592 Combat Mission Credit
Wing deputy. PFF ship.
Sortie Report
188 5 September 1944 Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Pilot 42‑102449 Weather aircraft; remainder of crew (CP, N, RO, Eng) not identified
Sortie Report
190 9 September 1944 Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Pilot 42‑107125 Combat Mission Credit
Low group lead.
Sortie Report
197 21 September 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Mainz, Germany
Pilot 44‑8007 Combat Mission Credit
Wing lead. PFF ship.
Sortie Report
204 3 October 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Wesseling, Germany
Pilot 42‑107125 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead. Gee-H ship.
Sortie Report
219 4 November 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bottrop (Welheim), Germany
Commander 44‑8007 Combat Mission Credit
PFF ship; low squadron lead.
Sortie Report
223 9 November 1944 Target: Ground Installations
Type: Military
Location: Ouvrages de Sorbey (Metz), France
Commander 43‑38747 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron lead.
Sortie Report
227 20 November 1944 Target: Buer Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Commander 42‑98027 Combat Mission Credit
PFF ship; group lead, 41st Bomb Wing D group.
Sortie Report
232 29 November 1944 Target: Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Misburg, Germany
Commander 44‑8211 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron lead.
Sortie Report
239 12 December 1944 Target: Leuna Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Commander 44‑8007 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron lead. PFF & Gee-H ship.
Sortie Report
246 30 December 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Limburg, Germany
Commander 42‑97592 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron lead. PFF & Gee-H ship.
Sortie Report
251 5 January 1945 Target: Landing Ground
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Neiderbreisig, Germany
Commander 44‑8216 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron lead. PFF ship.
Sortie Report
267 15 February 1945 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bohlen, Germany
Commander 44‑8007 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron lead. PFF and Gee-H ship. Only aircraft to land at Grafton Underwood after the mission.
Sortie Report
275 26 February 1945 Target: Schlesicher Railroad Station (Bahnhof)
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
Air Commander 44‑8665 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron lead; PFF ship.
Sortie Report
280 3 March 1945 Target: Synthetic Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Misburg, Germany
Commander 43‑39138 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron lead.
Sortie Report
288 14 March 1945 Target: Railroad Bridge, Weser River
Type: Transportation
Location: Bad Oeynhausen, Germany
Commander 42‑98027 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron lead; PFF and Gee-H ship.
Sortie Report
292 19 March 1945 Target: Braunkohle-Benzin Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bohlen, Germany
Commander 44‑8789 Combat Mission Credit
41C Group, High Squadron Lead. PFF ship.
Sortie Report
298 26 March 1945 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Zeitz, Germany
Commander 44‑8665 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron lead. PFF ship.
Sortie Report
300 30 March 1945 Target: Deutsche Schiff- u. Maschinenbau A.G. (DESCHIMAG)
Submarine and Warship Yard
Machine Shop
Type: Submarine Facility
Location: Bremen, Germany
Commander 44‑8649 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead. PFF & Gee-H ship.
Sortie Report
310 14 April 1945 Target: Gun Battery
Type: Military
Location: Royan (Bordeaux), France
Commander 44‑8211 Combat Mission Credit
Capt. Laboda, High Squadron Lead
Sortie Report
313 17 April 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Dresden, Germany
Commander 44‑8007 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron lead. PFF & Gee-H ship.
Sortie Report

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