Palecek, George Frank

Individual Personnel Data
Name Palecek, George Frank   
Rank Corporal / Technical Sergeant
Serial Number 37610631   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 545th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #153 dated 31 July 1944
Duty Radio Operator / Gunner
MOS611 - Aerial Gunner
Last Duty Date 10 January 1945
Reported missing on MACR 11578 (6.263 MB)
Results Missing In Action
Final Resting Place or Memorial: Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge, England: Tablets of the Missing
Additional Information
Promoted to Sergeant per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #163 dated 14 August 1944.
Related Documents MACR 11578 (6.263 MB)
AR 44-11-16-527 (10.047 MB)




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Peters, Lloyd APilotCT
2nd Lt. Rose, Gerald DaleCo-pilotCT
2nd Lt. Simpson, Hubert DNavigatorCT
S/SGT. Covell, Charles FRadio Operator / GunnerCT
CPL. Palecek, George FrankRadio Operator / GunnerMIA
S/SGT. Hornack, William PEngineer / Top Turret GunnerCT
SGT. Ketchledge, Edward (NMI)Ball Turret GunnerCT
SGT. Bridget, John HaroldTail GunnerCT
SGT. Hatfield, Lowell CFlexible GunnerWIA

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 24 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
187 3 September 1944 Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Radio Operator 44‑8007 Combat Mission Credit
PFF ship. Wing lead.
Sortie Report
190 9 September 1944 Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑107125 Combat Mission Credit
Low group lead.
Sortie Report
191 10 September 1944 Target: BMW Motor Component Parts Plant
Type: Industry
Location: Sindelfingen, Germany
Radio Operator 44‑8007 Combat Mission Credit
PFF ship; wing lead. Air commander is Lt. Col. Calhoun Wing Leader, 41st CBW HQ.
Sortie Report
195 17 September 1944 Target: Tank and Gun Concentrations, Tactical
Type: Military
Location: Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Radio Operator 42‑97941 Combat Mission Credit
C squadron lead.
Sortie Report
196 19 September 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Hamm, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑97941 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron lead.
Sortie Report
197 21 September 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Mainz, Germany
Radio Operator 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
Radio Operator 44‑8008 Combat Mission Credit
Deputy lead. PFF ship.
Sortie Report
205 5 October 1944 Type: Industry
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑107125 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron lead.
Sortie Report
215 25 October 1944 Target: Nordstern Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Radio Operator 44‑8409 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
216 30 October 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Radio Operator 44‑8008 Combat Mission Credit
Group deputy. PFF ship.
Sortie Report
217 1 November 1944 Target: Nordstern Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Radio Operator 43‑38721 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
218 2 November 1944 Target: Ruhr-Chemie A.G. Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Sterkrade (Holten), Germany
Radio Operator 43‑38721 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
219 4 November 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bottrop (Welheim), Germany
Radio Operator 44‑8008 Combat Mission Credit
PFF ship; group lead.
Sortie Report
225 11 November 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Radio Operator 44‑8401 Combat Mission Credit
Lead PFF ground spare aircraft; replaced 44‑8007. Lead squadron lead.
Sortie Report
226 16 November 1944 Target: Tactical - Artillery Positions
Type: Military
Location: Eschweiler, Germany
Radio Operator 43‑38721 Combat Mission Credit
On return to England, in bad weather, pilots were instructed to divert and land at Stratford. Lt. Green landed long and collided with an aircraft still on the runway.
Sortie Report
227 20 November 1944 Target: Buer Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Radio Operator 44‑8211 Combat Mission Credit
Gee-H ship; lead squadron deputy, 41st Bomb Wing D group.
Sortie Report
238 11 December 1944 Target: Road & Rail Bridge
Type: Transportation
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Radio Operator 44‑8007 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead, B Group. PFF & Gee-H ship. Dropped bombs using PFF.
Sortie Report
242 23 December 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Ehrang, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑97592 Combat Mission Credit
Ground spare aircraft, replaced 43‑37917. Landed away at RAF Wethersfield, Essex, due to weather. Apparently ferried to Ridgewell prior to 24 December mission.
Sortie Report
243 24 December 1944 Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Kirch Gons, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑97592 Combat Mission Credit
Took off from Ridgewell (was unable to return to GU after prior day's mission due to weather) to lead a squadron of the 381st BG to attack Steinbach Airfield in Germany.
Sortie Report
244 27 December 1944 Target: Bridge (Tactical)
Type: Transportation
Location: Altenahr, Germany
Radio Operator 44‑8008 Combat Mission Credit
Division lead. PFF & Gee-H ship. The Gee-H failed prior to the IP so a visual bomb run was attempted. The navigator and bombardier located the target too late to make a good run, so a second visual run was made and bombs were released on the primary target.
Sortie Report
249 2 January 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Gerolstein, Germany
Radio Operator 44‑8221 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead. with Lt. Col William C Sipes of the 41st Combat Bombardment Wing as Air Commander. PFF & Gee-H ship. Gee-H failed prior to IP; turned over lead to high squadron. Did not attack target because bombardier noticed, approaching the bomb release point (high squadron leading), that they were a mile to the left of the target. Bombs were held with the intention of making another run, but the remainder of the group had dropped on the high squadron leader.
Sortie Report
250 3 January 1945 Target: Enemy Strong Point & Transportation Hub
Type: Military
Location: St Vith, Belgium
Radio Operator 42‑98027 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead. PFF & Gee-H ship.
Sortie Report
252 7 January 1945 Target: Enemy Strong Point
Type: Military
Location: Blankenheim, Germany
Radio Operator 44‑8007 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead. PFF & Gee-H ship.
Sortie Report
254 10 January 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Bonn, Germany
Radio Operator 44‑8216 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead. PFF & Gee-H ship. Left formation 20 minutes prior to the IP, apparently due to flak damage. No communication was received from this aircraft regarding the abort. Crash site and fate of crew are unknown. MACR 11578
Sortie Report

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