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Chapman, Ralph Reese

Individual Personnel Data
Name Chapman, Ralph Reese   
Rank Corporal / Staff Sergeant
Serial Number 34721834   
Unit Assignments
  • Assigned to the 545th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #242 dated 10 December 1944, effective 10 December 1944.
  • Assigned to the 385th Bomb group for return to Zone of the Interior (ZOI) , per 545th Bomb Squadron Morning Report (reference to 1st Air Division Special Orders #176 EXTRACT) dated 26 June 1945, effective 28 June 1945.
Duty Ball Turret Gunner
MOS611 - Aerial Gunner
Last Duty Date 28 June 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 9 March 1945 per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #54 dated 9 March 1945.
  • Placed on seven days Temporary Duty to Palace Hotel, Southport, APO 524 (A Flak House) on 26 March 1945 per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #63 dated 22 March 1945.
  • Promoted to Staff Sergeant effective 14 March 1945 per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #57 dated 14 March 1945.




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Boyette, Irving HPilotCT
2nd Lt. Dott, Donald ShropshireCo-pilotTBD
2nd Lt. Beltz, William RNavigatorCT
2nd Lt. Frantzen, Donald JBombardierTR
CPL. Beall, Charles HRadio Operator / GunnerCT
CPL. Barber, Raymond CliffordEngineer / Top Turret GunnerCT
CPL. Chapman, Ralph ReeseBall Turret GunnerCT
CPL. Graham, Ralph RTail GunnerTBD
SGT. Pohlmann, John HFlexible GunnerTBD

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 31 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
243 24 December 1944 Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Kirch Göns, Germany
Ball Turret 43‑38673 Combat Mission Credit
41C Group.
Sortie Report
245 28 December 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Brühl, Germany
Ball Turret 43‑37717 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Squadron hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
246 30 December 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Limburg, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑97271 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
247 31 December 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Neuss, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑97309 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
248 1 January 1945 Target: Oil Storage Depot
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Derben, Germany
Ball Turret 43‑38673 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron.
Sortie Report
249 2 January 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Gerolstein, Germany
Ball Turret 43‑38548 Combat Mission Credit
Ground Spare Aircraft; replaced 43‑38721.
Sortie Report
250 3 January 1945 Target: Enemy Strong Point & Transportation Hub
Type: Military
Location: St Vith, Belgium
Ball Turret 42‑102430 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
252 7 January 1945 Target: Enemy Strong Point
Type: Military
Location: Blankenheim, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑107148 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Squadron hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
254 10 January 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Bonn, Germany
Ball Turret 43‑38823 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron.
Sortie Report
256 17 January 1945 Target: Railroad Viaduct
Type: Transportation
Location: Bielefeld, Germany
Ball Turret 43‑38721 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
259 22 January 1945 Target: Synthetic Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Sterkrade, Germany
Ball Turret 43‑39019 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
260 23 January 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Neuss, Germany
Ball Turret 43‑37917 Aircraft did not take off.
Low Squadron hot camera ship; did not take off.
Sortie Report
261 28 January 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Ball Turret 43‑39019 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
263 1 February 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Ball Turret 43‑39019 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at Alconbury Airfield, AAF Station 102, due to low fuel.
Sortie Report
264 3 February 1945 Target: Tempelhof Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
Ball Turret 43‑39019 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron.
Sortie Report
265 9 February 1945 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Lützkendorf, Germany
Ball Turret 43‑39019 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
266 14 February 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Dresden, Germany
Ball Turret 43‑39019 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at Martlesham Heath Airfield, AAF Station 369, on return due to low fuel.
Sortie Report
267 15 February 1945 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bohlen, Germany
Ball Turret 43‑39019 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at Bassingbourn Airfield, AAF Station 121.
Sortie Report
269 20 February 1945 Target: Main Railroad Station
Type: Transportation
Location: Nuremberg / Nürnberg, Germany
Ball Turret 43‑39019 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
276 27 February 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Wahren (Leipzig area), Germany
Ball Turret 43‑39019 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
280 3 March 1945 Target: Synthetic Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Misburg, Germany
Ball Turret 43‑39019 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron deputy and hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
290 17 March 1945 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bohlen (Leipzig), Germany
Ball Turret 43‑39203 Combat Mission Credit
Group deputy. Lead Squadron hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
292 19 March 1945 Target: Braunkohle-Benzin Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bohlen, Germany
Ball Turret 43‑38673 Combat Mission Credit
41C Group, High Squadron Flying Spare. Joined formation. Landed away at RAF Manston, Kent, on return due to low fuel; crew remained at Manston overnight.
Sortie Report
295 23 March 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Gladbeck, Germany
Ball Turret 43‑39019 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
296 24 March 1945 Target: Vechta Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Vechta, Germany
Ball Turret 43‑37917 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron flying spare; joined formation.
Sortie Report
303 4 April 1945 Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Fassberg, Germany
Ball Turret 44‑8408 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Squadron.
Sortie Report
305 6 April 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards (Visual Primary)
Type: Transportation
Location: Leipzig, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑97309 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
306 7 April 1945 Target: Underground Oil Storage Plant
Type: Military
Location: Hitzacker, Germany
Ball Turret 43‑37917 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
311 15 April 1945 Target: Flak guns at Pointe de Suzac
Type: Military
Location: Royan, France
Ball Turret 43‑38839 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
313 17 April 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Dresden, Germany
Ball Turret 43‑37717 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
314 19 April 1945 Target: Railroad Station & Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Elsterwerda, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑107125 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron.
Sortie Report
315 20 April 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Seddin, Germany
Ball Turret 43‑38673 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report

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