Martin-Vegue, James Raymond

Individual Personnel Data
Name Martin-Vegue, James Raymond
Rank Second Lieutenant / Major
Serial Number O-728223
Unit Assignments
  • Assigned to the 545th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per 545th Bomb Squadron Morning Report dated 6 January 1943, effective 31 December 1942.
  • Assigned to the 384th Bombardment Group Headquarters Detachment, per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #41, effective 2 July 1943.
Duty Navigator
MOS1034 - Navigator
Last Duty Date TBD
Results TBD
Additional Information
  • Appointed First Lieutenant effective 14 January 1943 per 545th Bomb Squadron Morning Report dated 12 February 1943.
  • Detailed as Group Navigator per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #41 dated 2 July 1943.
  • Granted an eight day leave of absence effective on or about 31 January 1944 dated 25 January 1944.
  • Granted a seven day leave of absence effective 2 August 1944 per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #150 dated 28 July 1944.
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
545th BOMB SQUADRON MODEL CREW
The first combat crew assigned to the squadron.
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Carrington, Richard Thompson, JrPilotPOW
2nd Lt. Roberts, James RichardCo-pilotPOW
2nd Lt. Martin-Vegue, James RaymondNavigatorTBD
2nd Lt. Smithwick, Michael HayesBombardierPOW
S/SGT. Perrotti, Salvatore JohnRadio Operator / GunnerPOW
S/SGT. Schmidlapp, Phillip ElbertEngineer / Top Turret GunnerPOW
SGT. Smalley, Win RichardBall Turret GunnerMIA
SGT. Parkins, Walter CarlTail GunnerMIA
SGT. Scholand, Joseph AntonFlexible GunnerPOW

Crew History

The Carrington Crew was the first one to be assigned to the 545th BS of the 384th BG - becoming its "Model Crew" and "Crew 51" (crew #1 of the 545th) - on 31 December 1942 at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. They flew to Wendover a few days after the ground echelon entrained for the transfer.
Information on the original members of this crew is sketchy, with only Carrington identified by name. The first indication of assignment is in the 31 December 1942 "morning report" (MR) of the 545th BS, which reads "3 2nd Lts, 2 S/Sgts, 3 Sgts" were assigned. Martin-Vegue and Smithwick were the other 2 Lts, and Schmidlapp and Perrotti were the S/Sgts, based on the 6 January 1943 MR. The identity of other members is unclear, and have been tentatively identified based on the 17 May 1943 overseas movement order. Floyd M Wingate joined the 545th as a member of the Myer Crew, but transferred to the Carrington Crew before moving overseas. It is clear that co-pilot Roberts arrived on 15 January 1943 and was later given his own crew; he was replaced by Harvey C Esty (Lecates original co-pilot) prior to transfer overseas. Additional crew changes occurred after arriving in England.
Carrington's crew were shot down on 12 August 1943 mission to Gelsenkirchen, Germany, aboard B-17F 42-3231 "THE INFERNO".

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 23 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
1 22 June 1943 Target: General Motors Truck Factory
Type: Industry
Location: Antwerp, Belgium
Navigator 42‑3231 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron Lead.
Sortie Report
3 26 June 1943 Target: Villacoublay Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Paris, France
Navigator 42‑30030 Combat Mission Credit
Group Lead.
Sortie Report
4 28 June 1943 Target: Fighter Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Beaumont-le-Roger, France
Navigator 42‑5843 Combat Mission Credit
Wing Lead.
Sortie Report
6 4 July 1943 Target: Gnome et Rhone Aircraft Engine Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Le Mans, France
Navigator 42‑3231 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead.
Sortie Report
9 24 July 1943 Target: Aluminum & Magnesium Plants
Type: Industry
Location: Herøya, Norway
Navigator 42‑5883 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead.
Sortie Report
15 15 August 1943 Target: Poix-en-Picardie and Amiens-Glisy Airfields
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Poix-de-Picardie & Amiens, France
Navigator 42‑5852 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead.
Sortie Report
19 31 August 1943 Target: Fighter Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Romilly-sur-Seine, France
Navigator 42‑5852 Combat Mission Credit
Wing Lead for 41st Combat Bombardment Wing.
Sortie Report
27 2 October 1943 Target: Port Facilities
Type: Transportation
Location: Emden, Germany
Navigator 42‑30033 Combat Mission Credit
Wing Lead. Gen. Robert F Travis, Commander, 41st Combat Bombardment Wing (H), Molesworth, AAF Station 107, was aboard this aircraft as Air Task Force 2 Commander.
Sortie Report
31 10 October 1943 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Münster, Germany
Navigator 42‑3441 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead.
Sortie Report
36 16 November 1943 Target: Knaben II Molybdenum Mine
Type: Industry
Location: Knaben, Norway
Navigator 42‑5838 Combat Mission Credit
Division lead. Salvoed bombs near target (faulty bomb release mechanism).
Sortie Report
40 5 December 1943 Target: Fighter Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Saint-Jean-d'Angély, France
Navigator 42‑3441 Combat Mission Credit
Wing lead.
Sortie Report
66 24 February 1944 Target: Ball-Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Navigator 42‑31235 Combat Mission Credit
Wing lead.
Sortie Report
68 28 February 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Preuseville, France
Navigator 42‑38112 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead. Gen. Robert F Travis, Commander, 41st Combat Bombardment Wing (Heavy), Molesworth, England, flew aboard this aircraft as Flight Leader.
Sortie Report
91 19 April 1944 Target: Aircraft Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Kassel, Germany
Navigator 42‑97574 Combat Mission Credit
Wing lead. PFF ship and unidentified crew members provided by 305th BG.
Sortie Report
104 9 May 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Thionville, France
Navigator 42‑31364 Combat Mission Credit
Wing lead.
Sortie Report
114 24 May 1944 Target: Unidentified Military Installations
Type: Military
Location: Berlin, Germany
Navigator 42‑97647 Combat Mission Credit
Wing Lead. PFF ship and radio operator (T/Sgt L A Taylor) provided by the 305th BG, Chelveston, AAF Station 105. Col. William L Travis, 41st Bomb Wing, aboard as combat flight leader.
Sortie Report
120 30 May 1944 Target: Airfield: Hangars and Repair Sheds
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Halberstadt, Germany
Navigator 42‑38014 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Group, Wing Lead.
Sortie Report
139 19 June 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Fleury & Crépy, France
Navigator 42‑97824 Combat Mission Credit
41A Group Lead.
Sortie Report
141 20 June 1944 Target: Oil Refineries
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Harburg (Hamburg area), Germany
Navigator 42‑97699 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Group, Wing Lead. PFF ship provided by 305th BG, Chelveston, AAF Station 105.
Sortie Report
144 22 June 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Lille (Fives district), France
Navigator 42‑97824 Combat Mission Credit
Wing lead.
Sortie Report
164 24 July 1944 Target: Tactical - Enemy Strong Points
Type: Military
Location: La Chapelle en Juger & Hébécrevon, France
Navigator 42‑107125 Combat Mission Credit
Wing lead.
Sortie Report
186 30 August 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Crepieul, France
Navigator 42‑107125 Combat Mission Credit
Gee-H ship. Wing lead.
Sortie Report
188 5 September 1944 Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Navigator 44‑8007 Combat Mission Credit
PFF ship. Wing lead.
Sortie Report

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