Britton, Joseph R

Individual Personnel Data
Name Britton, Joseph R
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
Duty Tail Gunner
MOS611 - Aerial Gunner
Last Duty Date 15 April 1945
Results Flying Combat Missions At End Of War
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.'
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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 RBombardierFCMEW
CPL. Harrison, Erwin Jack, "Itch"Radio Operator / GunnerFCMEW
CPL. Henricks, Bernard JEngineer / Top Turret GunnerFCMEW
CPL. Cramer, George EBall Turret GunnerFCMEW
CPL. Britton, Joseph RTail GunnerFCMEW
CPL. Lesko, George JFlexible 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. [ N.B. actual positions: Ball Turret - George Cramer; Tail Gunner - Joseph Britton; Flexible (Waist) Gunner - George Lesko. Per George Cramer, January 2014.]
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, 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. [ N.B. Actual positions: Ball Turret - George Cramer; Tail Gunner - Joseph Britton; Flexible (Waist) Gunner - George Lesko. Per George Cramer, January 2014. ]
Sortie Report
278 1 March 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Bruchsal, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 44‑6909 Combat Mission Credit
[ N.B. Actual positions: Ball Turret - George Cramer; Tail Gunner - Joseph Britton; Flexible (Waist) Gunner - George Lesko. Per George Cramer, January 2014. ]
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.
[ N.B. Actual positions: Ball Turret - George Cramer; Tail Gunner - Joseph Britton; Flexible (Waist) Gunner - George Lesko. Per George Cramer, January 2014. ]
Sortie Report
281 4 March 1945 Target: Ordnance Depot
Type: Military
Location: Ulm, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑38548 Combat Mission Credit
[ N.B. Actual positions: Ball Turret - George Cramer; Tail Gunner - Joseph Britton; Flexible (Waist) Gunner - George Lesko. Per George Cramer, January 2014. ]
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
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 landing on continent at B-83 (Knocke/Le Zoute, Belgium) with one dead crewman aboard.
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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