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Britton, Joseph Rodman

Individual Personnel Data
Name Britton, Joseph Rodman   
Rank Corporal / Staff Sergeant
Serial Number 17165665   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 547th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #29 dated 5 February 1945, effective 5 February 1945.
Duty Tail Gunner
MOS611 - Aerial Gunner
Last Duty Date TBD
Results TBD
Additional Information
  • Combat mission records for the period 20 February to 4 March 1945 show Joseph Britton assigned to the Flexible [Waist] Gunner position. George Cramer, in personal interviews in January 2014, stated that 'Britton never flew in any other position than Tail Gunner.
  • Promoted to Sergeant effective 18 February 1945 per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #40 dated 18 February 1945.
  • Reclassified from MOS 611 to MOS 612 effective 26 March 1945 per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #66 dated 26 March 1945.
  • Ordered to Bucklands, AAF Station 524 (a Flak house) on 27 March 1945 for seven days temporary duty per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #66 dated 26 March 1945.
  • Promoted to Staff Sergeant effective 3 April 1945 per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #72 dated 3 April 1945.
Related Documents 2016 Veteran's History Project Oral History Interview
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Shuff, Charles BernardPilotFCMEW
2nd Lt. White, William FCo-pilotFCMEW
2nd Lt. Birney, Robert Charles, "Bob"NavigatorFCMEW
2nd Lt. Abbott, Charles RBombardierCT
CPL. Harrison, Erwin Jack, "Itch"Radio Operator / GunnerFCMEW
CPL. Henricks, Bernard JosephEngineer / Top Turret GunnerFCMEW
CPL. Cramer, George EdwardBall Turret GunnerFCMEW
CPL. Britton, Joseph RodmanTail GunnerTBD
CPL. Lesko, George JosephFlexible GunnerKIA

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 23 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
269 20 February 1945 Target: Main Railroad Station
Type: Transportation
Location: Nuremberg / Nürnberg, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑38800 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
270 21 February 1945 Target: Tank Factory
Type: Industry
Location: Nuremberg / Nürnberg, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑39035 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
271 22 February 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Ülzen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑38013 Combat Mission Credit

Sortie Report
272 23 February 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Plauen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑38800 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at Wormingford Airfield, AAF Station 159.
Sortie Report
274 25 February 1945 Target: Tank & Submarine Engine Factory
Type: Industry
Location: Friedrichshafen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑38757 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron flying spare; joined formation.
Sortie Report
276 27 February 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Wahren (Leipzig area), Germany
Flexible (Waist) Gunner 43‑38752 Combat Mission Credit
Ground Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑37788. Lead Squadron hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
277 28 February 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Hagen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑38800 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron.
Sortie Report
278 1 March 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Bruchsal, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 44‑6909 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
280 3 March 1945 Target: Synthetic Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Misburg, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑37788 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Squadron hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
281 4 March 1945 Target: Ordnance Depot
Type: Military
Location: Ulm, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑38548 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
283 8 March 1945 Target: Oil Refinery - 'Benzol Plant'
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Essen, Germany
Tail Gunner 43‑38647 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
285 10 March 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Schwerte, Germany
Tail Gunner 43‑38647 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
286 11 March 1945 Target: Vacuum Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bremen, Germany
Tail Gunner 43‑38752 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
288 14 March 1945 Target: Railroad Bridge, Weser River
Type: Transportation
Location: Bad Oeynhausen, Germany
Tail Gunner 43‑38630 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Squadron hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
289 15 March 1945 Target: Army HQ
Type: Military
Location: Zossen, Germany
Tail Gunner 44‑6898 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron.
Sortie Report
290 17 March 1945 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bohlen (Leipzig), Germany
Tail Gunner 43‑39236 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron flying spare; joined formation.
Sortie Report
292 19 March 1945 Target: Braunkohle-Benzin Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bohlen, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑37788 Combat Mission Credit
41C Group.
Sortie Report
293 20 March 1945 Target: Deutsche Werft Submarine Shipyard
Type: Submarine Facility
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Tail Gunner 44‑6898 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
Tail Gunner 43‑38630 Combat Mission Credit
Flak damage forced the pilot to crash-land on the continent
Sortie Report
305 6 April 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards (Visual Primary)
Type: Transportation
Location: Leipzig, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑38208 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
306 7 April 1945 Target: Underground Oil Storage Plant
Type: Military
Location: Hitzacker, Germany
Tail Gunner 43‑38647 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
309 11 April 1945 Target: Underground Oil Storage Depot
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Freiham, Germany
Tail Gunner 43‑38647 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
311 15 April 1945 Target: Flak guns at Pointe de Suzac
Type: Military
Location: Royan, France
Tail Gunner 43‑38647 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report

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