Christian, Kenneth Paul Charles

Individual Personnel Data
Name Christian, Kenneth Paul Charles   
Rank Staff Sergeant / Technical Sergeant
Serial Number 17129189   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 544th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #138 dated 8 November 1943
Duty Radio Operator / Gunner
MOS757 - Radio Operator / Mechanic / Gunner, AAF
Last Duty Date 8 February 1944
Reported missing on MACR 2496 (16.693 MB)
Results Evaded Capture
See Escape and Evasion Report Number 472 (7.049 MB)
DecorationsPurple Heart,injured bailing out 8 February 1944.
Additional Information
Promoted to Technical Sergeant per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #65 dated 5 April 1944.
Related Documents MACR 2496 (16.693 MB)
E&E Report 472 (7.049 MB)




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Covington, Royston Truitt, JrPilotEV
2nd Lt. Allio, Orion RandolphCo-pilotCT
2nd Lt. Ohlson, Floyd HenryNavigatorPOW
2nd Lt. McGuinn, Thomas PatrickBombardierPOW
S/SGT. Christian, Kenneth Paul CharlesRadio Operator / GunnerEV
T/SGT. Younker, John JosephEngineer / Top Turret GunnerPOW
SGT. Onstad, William WalterBall Turret GunnerPOW
SGT. Wasilewski, Aleck MichaelTail GunnerPOW
S/SGT. Whitney, Stanley CliffordFlexible GunnerPOW

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 9 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
38 29 November 1943 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Bremen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑39784 Aborted mission after taking off.
Turned back; couldn't find formation after taking off late, due to misunderstanding over low engine oil pressure.
Sortie Report
40 5 December 1943 Target: Fighter Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Saint-Jean-d'Angély, France
Radio Operator 42‑39784 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
41 11 December 1943 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Emden, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑37785 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
42 13 December 1943 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Bremen, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑39784 Combat Mission Credit
Low group.
Sortie Report
44 20 December 1943 Target: Port Area/Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Bremen, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑39784 Combat Mission Credit
Brought one bomb back due to bomb release malfunction.
Sortie Report
46 24 December 1943 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Croisette, France
Radio Operator 42‑37793 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
49 4 January 1944 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Kiel, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑31045 Aborted mission after taking off.
Flying Spare. Joined formation, then turned back because of an oxygen system failure.
Sortie Report
53 14 January 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Le Meillard, France
Radio Operator 42‑29651 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
54 21 January 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Preuseville, France
Radio Operator 42‑39784 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
57 3 February 1944 Target: Submarines (under construction)
Type: Submarine Facility
Location: Wilhelmshaven, Germany
Radio Operator 41‑24578 Combat Mission Credit
Lead group.
Sortie Report
61 8 February 1944 Target: Piston Ring Factory
Type: Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑39784 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron deputy. Turned back at 1048 hrs after first and only attack by enemy aircraft on our wing; jettisoned his bombs; crashed southeast of Cherbourg, France, possibly near near le Theil, France. MACR 2496
Sortie Report

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