Smith, Roger Clement

Individual Personnel Data
Name Smith, Roger Clement
Rank Second Lieutenant / First Lieutenant
Serial Number O-620747
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 547th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #146 dated 17 November 1943, effective 17 November 1943.
Duty Pilot
MOS1091 - Pilot, B-17
Last Duty Date 18 March 1944
Results Interned, Neutral Country
Additional Information
Interned in Switzerland.
Related Documents Missing Air Crew Report # 3484 (2.122 MB)
Accident Report # 43-11-30-519 (7.554 MB)
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Smith, Roger ClementPilotINT
2nd Lt. Reid, Harvey WilliamCo-pilotPOW
Flt. Ofcr. Mittendorf, Ehrhard (NMI), JrNavigatorPOW
2nd Lt. Marquardt, George MarvinBombardierCT
S/SGT. Kendall, Earl FrankRadio Operator / GunnerINT
S/SGT. Kaminski, Bruno (NMI)Engineer / Top Turret GunnerINT
SGT. Danko, Charles GabrielBall Turret GunnerINT
S/SGT. Green, Jesse BrittenTail GunnerINT
SGT. Boney, Chester JosephFlexible GunnerINT
S/SGT. Hamilton, Gerald ThorwaldFlexible GunnerINT

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 11 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
-- 30 November 1943 Location: Co-pilot 42‑5747 DeFrees and minimal crew were ferrying the aircraft from Little Staughton to Grafton Underwood. The left landing gear was damaged when the aircraft landed short and hard. He was instructed to return to Little Staughton and crash-land there.
Sortie Report
43 16 December 1943 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Bremen, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑37924 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at Alconbury
Sortie Report
44 20 December 1943 Target: Port Area/Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Bremen, Germany
Pilot 41‑24525 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at Attlebridge due to low fuel.
Sortie Report
47 30 December 1943 Target: I. G. Farben Industrie, Chemical/Synthetic Rubber Plants
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Pilot 42‑37776 Aborted mission after taking off.
Turned back at 1042 hrs because nose and windshields were completely blocked out by frost and throwing oil; 12x500GP rtd
Sortie Report
48 31 December 1943 Target: Blockade Runner 'Orsone' (name of ship)
Type: Transportation
Location: [Mouth of River Garonne], France
Pilot 41‑24525 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at Kimbolton; bombs jettisoned.
Sortie Report
51 7 January 1944 Target: Powerhouse
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Pilot 42‑39784 Aborted mission after taking off.
Flying spare. Became separated from formation in dense clouds after group assembly; failed to make wing rendezvous.
Sortie Report
52 11 January 1944 Target: Ju-88 Aircraft Parts Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Halberstadt, Germany
Pilot 42‑29651 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
54 21 January 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Preuseville, France
Pilot 42‑29688 Aborted mission after taking off.
41B Group. Turned back over base as prop governor on #4 engine broke and had to be feathered.
Sortie Report
55 29 January 1944 Target: Aircraft Parts Plants
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Pilot 42‑39809 Combat Mission Credit
Returned early from mission after taking off.
Low group. Turned back at 1019 hrs due to pilot's illness. Bombs jettisoned in Channel.
Sortie Report
65 22 February 1944 Target: Aircraft Factory
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Halberstadt & Aschersleben, Germany
Pilot 42‑29927 Aborted mission after taking off.
41B Group. Turned back due to oil leak in #4 at 1155 hrs; landed away at RAF Castle Camps, Cambridgeshire.
Sortie Report
66 24 February 1944 Target: Ball-Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Pilot 42‑31871 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Squadron, low group.
Sortie Report
69 2 March 1944 Target: Alfred Teves Main Works: Aircraft Parts Plant and Machine Shop
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Pilot 42‑37785 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
70 3 March 1944 Target: Roller-Bearing Factory
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Pilot 42‑31871 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
71 4 March 1944 Type: Military
Location: Berlin, Germany
Pilot 42‑37801 Aborted mission after taking off.
Turned back at 0955 hrs; oxygen failure; dropped from 350 lbs to 250 lbs in 30 minutes without use.
Sortie Report
72 6 March 1944 Target: Erkner Ball-Bearing Factory
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Pilot 42‑37788 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 42‑37788 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
75 16 March 1944 Target: Aircraft Assembly & Repair Works
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
Pilot 42‑37788 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
76 18 March 1944 Target: Aircraft Assembly & Repair Works
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
Pilot 42‑37793 Combat Mission Credit
At 1440 hrs he turned from formation; at 1455 he called Group Leader that two engines were out and he was heading for Switzerland, escorted by P-38s through a mountain pass to the south; damage caused by flak; crash-landed at Altstetten, Switzerland. MACR 3484
From 303rd BG: '#1 engine would not feather, vibrated badly and ran away over target. Supercharger on #2 inoperative 30 minutes before initial point, was rough and lost oil. Supercharger on #3 did not function properly. Aircraft landed at Dubendorf [sic] wheels up. Destruction completed of secret equipment. Target was bombed.'
Sortie Report

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