Mendias, Ferdinand J

Individual Personnel Data
Name Mendias, Ferdinand J   
Rank Corporal / Sergeant
Serial Number 19003096   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 546th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #34 dated 11 February 1945
Duty Ball Turret Gunner
MOS611 - Aerial Gunner
Last Duty Date 23 March 1945
Results Killed In Action
Final Resting Place or Memorial: California
Related Documents Missing Air Crew Report # 13611 (7.970 MB)
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album

Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
2nd Lt. Connor, John MichaelPilotPOW
2nd Lt. Robinette, Mack (NMI)Co-pilotPOW
2nd Lt. Bellavance, Paul Joseph, JrNavigatorPOW
CPL. Hollenbeck, Claude (NMI), "HOLLIE"TogglierPOW
CPL. Fulton, Max JohnsRadio Operator / GunnerKIA
CPL. Earl, Willard GeorgeEngineer / Top Turret GunnerPOW
CPL. Mendias, Ferdinand JBall Turret GunnerKIA
PVT. Ainsworth, Donald JTail GunnerWIA
CPL. Burke, Hal EugeneFlexible GunnerPOW

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 6 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
287 12 March 1945 Target: Railway Center
Type: Transportation
Location: Betzdorf, Germany
Ball Turret 43‑39060 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
291 18 March 1945 Target: Schlesischer Railway Station
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
Ball Turret 43‑39053 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Squadron hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
292 19 March 1945 Target: Braunkohle-Benzin Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bohlen, Germany
Ball Turret 43‑38548 Combat Mission Credit
41C Group.
Sortie Report
293 20 March 1945 Target: Deutsche Werft Submarine Shipyard
Type: Submarine Facility
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Ball Turret 43‑38747 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
294 22 March 1945 Target: German Hutted Camps (Barracks) at 51°36'N,7°06'E
Type: Military
Location: Westerholt, Germany
Ball Turret 43‑38766 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
295 23 March 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Gladbeck, Germany
Ball Turret 43‑39053 Combat Mission Credit
Left formation at target on fire after aircraft received direct flak burst, setting #4 on fire and #2 started smoking; the aircraft lost 8-10,000ft in a spin, then exploded in mid-air; two to four chutes observed; crashed near Duisburg, Germany. MACR 13611
Sortie Report

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