Deaton, Marshall Taylor

Individual Personnel Data
Name Deaton, Marshall Taylor   
Rank Sergeant / Technical Sergeant
Serial Number 38554682   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 544th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 special Orders #157 dated 5 August 1944
Duty Ball Turret Gunner / Engineer / Top Turret Gunner
MOS611 - Aerial Gunner
Last Duty Date 29 January 1945
Results Completed Tour, Returned to USA
Additional Information
Promoted to Staff Sergeant per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #194 dated 1 October 1944.




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Rice, Robert EPilotCT
2nd Lt. Janczy, Thomas JCo-pilotCT
2nd Lt. Merlis, Albert JNavigatorCT
2nd Lt. Feider, Leo JohnBombardierCT
S/SGT. Wynn, Francis Xavier, "Windy"Radio Operator / GunnerCT
SGT. Woloszyk, Leonard John, "Wally"Engineer / Top Turret GunnerTBD
SGT. Deaton, Marshall TaylorBall Turret GunnerCT
SGT. Oberle, TheodoreTail GunnerTBD
SGT. Wittig, Harold RaymondFlexible GunnerTR
SGT. Ziminski, Henry TFlexible GunnerTR

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 36 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
186 30 August 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Crepieul, France
Ball Turret 42‑102459 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
189 8 September 1944 Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Ball Turret 43‑38062 Combat Mission Credit
Returned early from mission after taking off.
Lost formation because he was following element lead (who was aborting); returned bombs to base.
Sortie Report
190 9 September 1944 Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑97282 Flying spare aircraft: returned to base after taking off.
Lead group. Returned with one engine out.
Sortie Report
191 10 September 1944 Target: BMW Motor Component Parts Plant
Type: Industry
Location: Sindelfingen, Germany
Ball Turret 44‑6141 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
192 11 September 1944 Target: Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Lützkendorf & Merseburg, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑37822 Combat Mission Credit
41A Group. Landed with bomb bay doors open.
Sortie Report
193 12 September 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Brüx, Czechoslovakia
Ball Turret 43‑37703 Aborted mission after taking off.
Turned back due to low oil pressure in #2 engine at altitude. This failure was confirmed by Engineering Officer.
Sortie Report
194 13 September 1944 Target: Leuna Synthetic Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Ball Turret 43‑37713 Combat Mission Credit
Ground Spare Aircraft, replaced 42‑37982. Hot camera ship. Landed away at RAF Manston, Kent, with battle damage.
Sortie Report
195 17 September 1944 Target: Tank and Gun Concentrations, Tactical
Type: Military
Location: Eindhoven & 's‑Hertogenbosch (den Bosch), The Netherlands
Ball Turret 42‑97320 Combat Mission Credit
B Squadron.
Sortie Report
196 19 September 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Hamm, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑97320 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Squadron.
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198 25 September 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑98000 Aborted mission after taking off.
C Wing, lead Squadron. Aborted due to personnel illness.
Sortie Report
199 26 September 1944 Target: Steelworks
Type: Industry
Location: Osnabrück, Germany
Ball Turret 44‑6141 Combat Mission Credit
Low group.
Sortie Report
201 28 September 1944 Target: Steelworks
Type: Industry
Location: Magdeburg, Germany
Ball Turret 43‑37703 Aborted mission after taking off.
Turned back due to personnel illness.
Sortie Report
202 30 September 1944 Target: Handorf Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Münster, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑37822 Flying spare aircraft: returned to base after taking off.
Lead group
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203 2 October 1944 Target: Ford Motor Works
Type: Industry
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Ball Turret 43‑38615 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
204 3 October 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Wesseling, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑98000 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
208 9 October 1944 Target: Ball-Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑98000 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
209 11 October 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Wesseling, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑98000 Combat Mission Credit
Third Squadron.
Sortie Report
214 19 October 1944 Target: Heinrich Lanz Tank Factory
Type: Industry
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑98000 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Squadron.
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215 25 October 1944 Target: Nordstern Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑102661 Combat Mission Credit
Fourth Squadron.
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216 30 October 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 43‑38062 Combat Mission Credit
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217 1 November 1944 Target: Nordstern Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 43‑38750 Combat Mission Credit
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218 2 November 1944 Target: Ruhr-Chemie A.G. Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Sterkrade (Holten), Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 43‑38062 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron.
Sortie Report
220 5 November 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 43‑38801 Combat Mission Credit
Hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
223 9 November 1944 Target: Ground Installations
Type: Military
Location: Ouvrages de Sorbey (Metz), France
Engineer/Top Turret 43‑38750 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
224 10 November 1944 Target: Ostheim Airfield & Butzweilerhof Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 43‑38750 Combat Mission Credit
41D Squadron.
Sortie Report
226 16 November 1944 Target: Tactical - Artillery Positions
Type: Military
Location: Eschweiler, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 43‑38062 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at Stratford, due to weather.
Sortie Report
227 20 November 1944 Target: Buer Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 43‑38750 Combat Mission Credit
Flew entire mission, but due to mechanical failure could not release bombs; bomb load returned to base.
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228 23 November 1944 Target: Nordstern Coking Plant at Gelsenkirchener Bergwerks-A.G.
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑102661 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
229 25 November 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Lützkendorf, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 43‑38016 Combat Mission Credit
Gee-H ship; landed away at Aldermaston, due to weather.
Sortie Report
233 30 November 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Zeitz, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 43‑38750 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
234 2 December 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Oberlahnstein, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 43‑38801 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron.
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240 18 December 1944 Target: Road Junction
Type: Transportation
Location: Gemünd, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 43‑38616 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron deputy.
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244 27 December 1944 Target: Bridge (Tactical)
Type: Transportation
Location: Altenahr, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 43‑38016 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Gee-H Ground Spare Aircraft. Replaced 42‑97824. Low Squadron deputy. Assumed Squadron lead after leader aborted. Led Gee-H bomb run with visual assist on primary target.
Sortie Report
245 28 December 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Brühl, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 43‑38016 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron deputy. Gee-H ship.
Sortie Report
248 1 January 1945 Target: Oil Storage Depot
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Derben, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 43‑38016 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron deputy. Gee-H ship.
Sortie Report
249 2 January 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Gerolstein, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 43‑38016 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron deputy.
Sortie Report
252 7 January 1945 Target: Enemy Strong Point
Type: Military
Location: Blankenheim, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 43‑38616 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron deputy.
Sortie Report
254 10 January 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Bonn, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 44‑8221 Combat Mission Credit
Group deputy. PFF & Gee-H ship. Assumed group lead immediately upon departure of the group lead. PFF & Gee-H in this aircraft were inoperative, so Rice ordered low Squadron lead to take over (high Squadron lead was not reachable via radio) and returned to #2 position. Left formation after first attempted bomb run because oxygen system was shot away.
Sortie Report
256 17 January 1945 Target: Railroad Viaduct
Type: Transportation
Location: Bielefeld, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑97824 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron deputy. Assumed Squadron lead when low Squadron leader was ordered to fly in lead Squadron.
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257 20 January 1945 Target: Rail and Road Bridges
Type: Transportation
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 43‑38016 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron deputy; Gee-H ship. Landed away at RAF Oakington, Cambridgeshire.
Sortie Report
259 22 January 1945 Target: Synthetic Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Sterkrade, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 44‑8401 Combat Mission Credit
Lead PFF ground spare; replaced 8221, which was taken by group lead when 8211 was scrubbed. Group deputy. Landed away at Woodbridge; flak damage caused prop to fall off during landing.
Sortie Report

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