Harper, Jack R

Individual Personnel Data
Name Harper, Jack R   
Rank Corporal / Technical Sergeant
Serial Number 39291631   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 547th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #116 dated 19 June 1944
Duty Flexible Gunner
MOS612 - Airplane Armorer / Gunner
Last Duty Date 20 February 1945
Results Completed Tour, Returned to USA
Additional Information
  • Promoted to Sergeant per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #121 dated 24 June 1944.
  • Promoted to Staff Sergeant per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #133 dated 8 July 1944.
  • Placed on seven days Temporary Duty to American Red Cross Club, Keythorpe Hall, Station 566 (a Flak House) on 12 September 1944 per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #179 dated 8 September 1944.
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Neville, Harry WalterPilotCT
2nd Lt. McNamara, John GordonCo-pilotCT
2nd Lt. Hobdey, Cecil BNavigatorCT
2nd Lt. Denton, Horace BBombardierCT
S/SGT. Lay, Obert MRadio Operator / GunnerCT
S/SGT. DeLauri, AngeloEngineer / Top Turret GunnerCT
SGT. Kania, Stanley JBall Turret GunnerTBD
CPL. Olson, Robert WTail GunnerCT
CPL. Harper, Jack RFlexible GunnerCT
SGT. Gaston, David WilliamFlexible GunnerWIA

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 50 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
151 6 July 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Coubronne, France
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑97150 Combat Mission Credit
High group.
Sortie Report
153 7 July 1944 Target: Me-109 Aircraft Factory
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Leipzig, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑97449 Combat Mission Credit
High group, 41st A wing.
Sortie Report
154 8 July 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Renescure, France
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑97150 Combat Mission Credit
Lead group.
Sortie Report
155 11 July 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Munich / München, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 44‑6149 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron deputy, lead group.
Sortie Report
156 12 July 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Munich / München, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑97150 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
157 13 July 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Munich / München, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 44‑6149 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
159 17 July 1944 Target: Beautor Bridge
Type: Transportation
Location: Beautor, France
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 44‑6149 Combat Mission Credit
Low group.
Sortie Report
160 18 July 1944 Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Zinnowitz, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 44‑6149 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
164 24 July 1944 Target: Tactical - Enemy Strong Points
Type: Military
Location: La Chapelle en Juger & Hébécrevon, France
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 44‑6149 Combat Mission Credit
High group.
Sortie Report
165 25 July 1944 Target: Tactical - Enemy Strong Points
Type: Military
Location: Montreuil-sur-Lozon, Le Châtel,
& La Chapelle en Juger, France
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑38013 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
166 28 July 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil & Chemical Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 44‑6149 Combat Mission Credit
Lead group hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
167 29 July 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil & Chemical Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 44‑8011 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron deputy, high group, 41st B wing.
Sortie Report
168 31 July 1944 Target: Aero Engine Factory
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Munich / München, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑37788 Combat Mission Credit
Ground spare aircraft; replaced 44‑6149.
Sortie Report
170 3 August 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Fleury, Flers, Fiefs, France
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 44‑6149 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron lead, I group.
Sortie Report
171 4 August 1944 Target: Rocket Research & Development Complex
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Peenemünde, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑102500 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron lead, high group.
Sortie Report
175 8 August 1944 Target: Tactical - Enemy Strong Points
Type: Military
Location: Bretteville-sur-Laize, France
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 44‑6149 Combat Mission Credit
Low section lead, high group.
Sortie Report
178 12 August 1944 Target: "Landing Ground"
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: La Perthe, France
Togglier 44‑6149 Combat Mission Credit
High section lead, lead group.
Sortie Report
179 13 August 1944 Target: Tactical: Road Network
Type: Transportation
Location: Beaumont-le-Roger (area), France
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 44‑6149 Combat Mission Credit
Low group deputy and hot camera ship.
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180 14 August 1944 Target: Echterdingen Airdrome
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 44‑6080 Combat Mission Credit
High group 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
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑97592 Combat Mission Credit
Wing deputy. PFF ship.
Sortie Report
182 18 August 1944 Target: Tactical: Bridge
Type: Transportation
Location: Vise, Belgium
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑97960 Combat Mission Credit
Low group lead.
Sortie Report
187 3 September 1944 Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑97592 Combat Mission Credit
PFF ship. Low squadron lead.
Sortie Report
191 10 September 1944 Target: BMW Motor Component Parts Plant
Type: Industry
Location: Sindelfingen, Germany
Togglier 42‑107148 Flying spare aircraft: returned to base after taking off.
Low squadron
Sortie Report
198 25 September 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑102449 Combat Mission Credit
B wing, high group lead.
Sortie Report
200 27 September 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards (PFF Aiming Points)
Type: Transportation
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Togglier 42‑97960 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
203 2 October 1944 Target: Ford Motor Works
Type: Industry
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑97592 Combat Mission Credit
Wing deputy. PFF ship. Led wing after Major Bean aborted. Turned over lead to high squadron at IP for Gee-H bombing. After the Gee-H equipment failed on the second run, resumed lead and dropped using PFF aiming.
Sortie Report
205 5 October 1944 Type: Industry
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Togglier 42‑31484 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron.
Sortie Report
206 6 October 1944 Target: M/T Factory
Type: Industry
Location: Stettin / Szczecin, Poland
Togglier 42‑37788 Combat Mission Credit
D group.
Sortie Report
213 18 October 1944 Target: Ford Motor Works
Type: Industry
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑38262 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead. Gee-H ship. Relinquished lead to deputy on bomb run after Gee-H equipment failed. Force-landed on continent with battle damage and low fuel; abandoned aircraft.
Sortie Report
219 4 November 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bottrop (Welheim), Germany
Togglier 42‑97150 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron.
Sortie Report
224 10 November 1944 Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Ostheim, Germany
Togglier 42‑38013 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron, 41st Bomb Wing C group; landed away on continent due to fuel shortage.
Sortie Report
227 20 November 1944 Target: Buer Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 44‑8008 Combat Mission Credit
PFF ship; C group lead.
Sortie Report
228 23 November 1944 Target: Nordstern Coking Plant at Gelsenkirchener Bergwerks-A.G.
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Togglier 44‑6592 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron, B group.
Sortie Report
229 25 November 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Lützkendorf, Germany
Togglier 43‑37843 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at Aldermaston, due to weather.
Sortie Report
235 4 December 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Soest, Germany
Togglier 42‑97150 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
236 6 December 1944 Target: Leuna Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Togglier 43‑38757 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
238 11 December 1944 Target: Road & Rail Bridge
Type: Transportation
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Togglier 43‑38757 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron, D Group.
Sortie Report
240 18 December 1944 Target: Road Junction
Type: Transportation
Location: Gemünd, Germany
Togglier 42‑97263 Combat Mission Credit
Replaced 43‑38757, possibly in planning rather than on the flight line.
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241 19 December 1944 Target: Railway Junction
Type: Transportation
Location: Glaadt, Germany
Togglier 43‑38752 Aircraft did not take off.
Did not take off due to weather which deteriorated after lead aircraft took off.
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242 23 December 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Ehrang, Germany
Togglier 43‑38752 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at Great Ashfield due to weather.
Sortie Report
243 24 December 1944 Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Kirch Gons, Germany
Togglier 43‑38752 Combat Mission Credit
Took off from Great Ashfield (was unable to return to GU after prior day's mission due to weather) and flew mission with the 384th BG formation in the 41st Combat Wing C Group. Crewmember S/Sgt E Duff (FG), provided by 385th BG.
Sortie Report
252 7 January 1945 Target: Enemy Strong Point
Type: Military
Location: Blankenheim, Germany
Togglier 43‑38757 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
253 8 January 1945 Target: Railroad
Type: Transportation
Location: Kyllburg, Germany
Togglier 43‑38800 Combat Mission Credit
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254 10 January 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Bonn, Germany
Togglier 43‑38800 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
255 15 January 1945 Target: Neuburg Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Neuburg an der Donau, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑38630 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron deputy.
Sortie Report
256 17 January 1945 Target: Railroad Viaduct
Type: Transportation
Location: Bielefeld, Germany
Togglier 43‑38800 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
257 20 January 1945 Target: Rail and Road Bridges
Type: Transportation
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Togglier 43‑38800 Combat Mission Credit
One of only three aircraft to land at Grafton Underwood.
Sortie Report
258 21 January 1945 Target: Marshalling Yard
Type: Transportation
Location: Aschaffenburg, Germany
Togglier 44‑6105 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
259 22 January 1945 Target: Synthetic Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Sterkrade, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑38757 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron deputy.
Sortie Report
264 3 February 1945 Target: Tempelhof Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
Togglier 42‑37788 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
265 9 February 1945 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Lützkendorf, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 44‑6898 Combat Mission Credit
Due to an oxygen regulator failure, attacked a target of opportunity, railroad marshalling yards at Kaub, Germany.
Sortie Report
269 20 February 1945 Target: Main Railroad Station
Type: Transportation
Location: Nuremberg / Nürnberg, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑38647 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron deputy.
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