Vrana, Ralph John

Individual Personnel Data
Name Vrana, Ralph John   
Rank Second Lieutenant
Serial Number O-777547   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 546th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #8 dated 9 January 1945
Duty Co-pilot
MOS1091 - Pilot, B-17
Last Duty Date 25 April 1945
Results Flying Combat Missions At End Of War
Additional Information
Ditched and was rescued on 3 February 1945 mission. He was not hospitalized, but undoubtedly suffered from the effects of exposure to the cold North Sea.
Placed on seven days Temporary Duty to Palace Hotel, Southport. AAF Station 524 (a Flak house) on or about 7 February 1945 per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #30 dated 6 February 1945.
Related Documents Missing Air Crew Report # 15315 (25.934 MB)
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Long, Robert ClayPilotKIA
2nd Lt. Vrana, Ralph JohnCo-pilotFCMEW
2nd Lt. Field, Edward (NMI)NavigatorFCMEW
CPL. Rudolph, Marvin IrvingTogglierCT
CPL. Maki, Frederick ArnoldRadio Operator / GunnerMIA
SGT. Oglesby, Howard JasperEngineer / Top Turret GunnerCT
PVT. Cook, Jack ColemanBall Turret GunnerKIA
CPL. Davis, Thomas ArnoldTail GunnerTR
CPL. Duncan, Donald RamseyFlexible GunnerFCMEW

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 24 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
262 29 January 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Siegen, Germany
Co-pilot 43‑38501 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
263 1 February 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Co-pilot 43‑38766 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
264 3 February 1945 Target: Tempelhof Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑102501 Combat Mission Credit
Aircraft left formation after bombs away with one engine feathered, damaged by flak. Dropped behind formation and appeared headed for Russian lines, but ditched in the North Sea. 2nd Lt. Robert C. Long received posthumous award of Silver Star, for his selfless efforts to save his crew after ditching. See 'As Briefed...' page 201. MACR 15315
Sortie Report
287 12 March 1945 Target: Railway Center
Type: Transportation
Location: Betzdorf, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑97510 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
288 14 March 1945 Target: Railroad Bridge, Weser River
Type: Transportation
Location: Bad Oeynhausen, Germany
Co-pilot 43‑39131 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
289 15 March 1945 Target: Army HQ
Type: Military
Location: Zossen, Germany
Co-pilot 43‑39131 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron.
Sortie Report
291 18 March 1945 Target: Schlesischer Railway Station
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
Co-pilot 43‑38501 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
292 19 March 1945 Target: Braunkohle-Benzin Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bohlen, Germany
Co-pilot 43‑38501 Combat Mission Credit
41C Group.
Sortie Report
293 20 March 1945 Target: Deutsche Werft Submarine Shipyard
Type: Submarine Facility
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Co-pilot 43‑38501 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
Co-pilot 43‑38548 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
296 24 March 1945 Target: Vechta Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Vechta, Germany
Co-pilot 43‑38757 Combat Mission Credit
Lead squadron hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
298 26 March 1945 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Zeitz, Germany
Co-pilot 43‑38501 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron. Landed away at RAF Manston on return due to low fuel. Returned to base later in the evening.
Sortie Report
299 28 March 1945 Target: Berlin/Spandau Motor Transport Works
Type: Industry
Location: Spandau (Berlin), Germany
Co-pilot 42‑102620 Combat Mission Credit
Replaced 43‑38584.
Sortie Report
302 3 April 1945 Target: Underground Oil Storage Depot
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Kiel, Germany
Co-pilot 43‑38588 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
303 4 April 1945 Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Fassberg, Germany
Co-pilot 43‑38801 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron.
Sortie Report
304 5 April 1945 Target: Ordnance Depot
Type: Military
Location: Ingolstadt, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑97510 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
306 7 April 1945 Target: Underground Oil Storage Plant
Type: Military
Location: Hitzacker, Germany
Co-pilot 43‑38548 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
307 9 April 1945 Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Fürstenfeldbruck, Germany
Co-pilot 44‑6909 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
308 10 April 1945 Target: Ordnance Depot Workshop Area
Type: Military
Location: Oranienburg, Germany
Co-pilot 44‑6909 Combat Mission Credit
Returned four bombs to base.
Sortie Report
309 11 April 1945 Target: Underground Oil Storage Depot
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Freiham, Germany
Co-pilot 44‑6882 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron.
Sortie Report
310 14 April 1945 Target: Gun Battery
Type: Military
Location: Royan (Bordeaux), France
Co-pilot 44‑6909 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
311 15 April 1945 Target: Flak guns at Pointe de Suzac
Type: Military
Location: Royan, France
Co-pilot 43‑39131 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
315 20 April 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Seddin, Germany
Co-pilot 43‑39197 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
316 25 April 1945 Target: Skoda Armament Works
Type: Industry
Location: Pilsen / Plzeň, Czechoslovakia
Co-pilot 43‑39197 Combat Mission Credit
Had one engine out due to battle damage. Landed away at A-70 (Laon/Couvron, France) on return.
Sortie Report

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