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OGDEN, UTAH
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Novak, Michael (NMI)

Individual Personnel Data
Name Novak, Michael (NMI)   
Rank Corporal / Staff Sergeant
Serial Number 42076875   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 545th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #243 dated 11 December 1944, effective 11 December 1944.
Duty Tail Gunner
MOS611 - Aerial Gunner
Last Duty Date 8 April 1945
Results Completed Tour, Returned to USA
Additional Information
  • Promoted to Sergeant effective 16 December 1944 per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #247 dated 16 December 1944.
  • Reclassified from MOS 611 to MOS 612 effective 6 March 1945 per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #52 dated 6 March 1945.
    Promoted to Staff Sergeant effective 14 March 1945 per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #57 dated 14 March 1945.
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Baughman, John RPilotCT
2nd Lt. Carney, William RobertCo-pilotCT
2nd Lt. Clark, Alen HNavigatorCT
2nd Lt. Adinolfi, Prisco Arthur, "Addy"BombardierCT
CPL. Cohen, Henry HennigRadio Operator / GunnerCT
CPL. Baysinger, Ellwill OrrinEngineer / Top Turret GunnerFCMEW
CPL. Barbosa, Roy (NMI)Ball Turret GunnerCT
CPL. Novak, Michael (NMI)Tail GunnerCT
CPL. Poggioli, John AFlexible GunnerCT

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 35 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
246 30 December 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Limburg, Germany
Tail Gunner 43‑38673 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
247 31 December 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Neuss, Germany
Tail Gunner 43‑37917 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
248 1 January 1945 Target: Oil Storage Depot
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Derben, Germany
Tail Gunner 43‑37717 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron.
Sortie Report
249 2 January 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Gerolstein, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑32106 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
250 3 January 1945 Target: Enemy Strong Point & Transportation Hub
Type: Military
Location: St Vith, Belgium
Tail Gunner 42‑32106 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron flying spare. Joined high Squadron.
Sortie Report
251 5 January 1945 Target: Landing Ground
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Neiderbreisig, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑37788 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at RAF Woodbridge, Suffolk, for fuel.
Sortie Report
253 8 January 1945 Target: Railroad
Type: Transportation
Location: Kyllburg, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑97271 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
254 10 January 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Bonn, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑97521 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron. Left formation at Channel on return; force-landed on continent; aircraft salvaged.
Sortie Report
257 20 January 1945 Target: Rail and Road Bridges
Type: Transportation
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑32106 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at RAF Warboys, Huntingdonshire (now Cambridgeshire).
Sortie Report
259 22 January 1945 Target: Synthetic Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Sterkrade, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑32106 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
260 23 January 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Neuss, Germany
Tail Gunner 44‑8408 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at RAF Oakington, Cambridgeshire.
Sortie Report
261 28 January 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Tail Gunner 43‑37917 Aircraft did not take off.
Lead Squadron hot camera ship. Did not take off due to snowstorm.
Sortie Report
266 14 February 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Dresden, Germany
Tail Gunner 44‑8679 Combat Mission Credit
Landed on Continent for fuel before returning to base.
Sortie Report
268 19 February 1945 Target: Coking Plant
Type: Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Tail Gunner 44‑8679 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
269 20 February 1945 Target: Main Railroad Station
Type: Transportation
Location: Nuremberg / Nürnberg, Germany
Tail Gunner 44‑8679 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
270 21 February 1945 Target: Tank Factory
Type: Industry
Location: Nuremberg / Nürnberg, Germany
Tail Gunner 43‑39019 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at RAF Woodbridge, Suffolk, due to low fuel.
Sortie Report
271 22 February 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Ülzen, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑107148 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
272 23 February 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Plauen, Germany
Tail Gunner 44‑8679 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
273 24 February 1945 Target: Submarine Construction Shipyard
Type: Shipyards
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Tail Gunner 44‑8679 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
282 7 March 1945 Target: Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bochum, Germany
Tail Gunner 44‑8679 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron.
Sortie Report
283 8 March 1945 Target: Oil Refinery - 'Benzol Plant'
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Essen, Germany
Tail Gunner 44‑8679 Aborted mission after taking off.
Turned back with #1 engine feathered.
Sortie Report
284 9 March 1945 Target: Henschel Tank and Locomotive Works
Type: Industry
Location: Kassel, Germany
Tail Gunner 44‑8679 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
286 11 March 1945 Target: Vacuum Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bremen, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑97271 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
287 12 March 1945 Target: Railway Center
Type: Transportation
Location: Betzdorf, Germany
Tail Gunner 44‑8679 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
288 14 March 1945 Target: Railroad Bridge, Weser River
Type: Transportation
Location: Bad Oeynhausen, Germany
Tail Gunner 44‑8679 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
290 17 March 1945 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bohlen (Leipzig), Germany
Tail Gunner 44‑8679 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at RAF Manston, Kent, on return due to low fuel.
Sortie Report
291 18 March 1945 Target: Schlesischer Railway Station
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
Tail Gunner 43‑37971 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron deputy and hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
292 19 March 1945 Target: Braunkohle-Benzin Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bohlen, Germany
Tail Gunner 44‑8679 Combat Mission Credit
41C Group.
Sortie Report
293 20 March 1945 Target: Deutsche Werft Submarine Shipyard
Type: Submarine Facility
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Tail Gunner 44‑8679 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Squadron.
Sortie Report
295 23 March 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Gladbeck, Germany
Tail Gunner 44‑8679 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
296 24 March 1945 Target: Vechta Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Vechta, Germany
Tail Gunner 43‑37971 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron deputy and hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
298 26 March 1945 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Zeitz, Germany
Tail Gunner 43‑37971 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron deputy and hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
299 28 March 1945 Target: Berlin/Spandau Motor Transport Works
Type: Industry
Location: Spandau (Berlin), Germany
Tail Gunner 44‑8408 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
301 31 March 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Lützkendorf, Germany
Tail Gunner 43‑37971 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron Deputy
Sortie Report
302 3 April 1945 Target: Underground Oil Storage Depot
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Kiel, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑97309 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
305 6 April 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards (Visual Primary)
Type: Transportation
Location: Leipzig, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑97309 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
306 7 April 1945 Target: Underground Oil Storage Plant
Type: Military
Location: Hitzacker, Germany
Tail Gunner 43‑37917 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report

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