DeFrancesco, John Joseph

Individual Personnel Data
Name DeFrancesco, John Joseph   
Rank Second Lieutenant / First Lieutenant
Serial Number O-825120   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 544th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #190 dated 26 September 1944
Duty Pilot
MOS1091 - Pilot, B-17
Last Duty Date 8 January 1945
Reported missing on MACR 11579 (4.494 MB)
Results Prisoner Of War
POW Camp: Stalag 13D Nuremburg (Oflag 73) Bavaria 49-11
Additional Information
Appointed First Lieutenant (AUS) effective 13 November 1944 per 544th Squadron Morning report 19 November 1944.
Related Documents MACR 11579 (4.494 MB)
Photos of this Veteran signing the Wing PanelDeFrancesco Signing
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. DeFrancesco, John JosephPilotPOW
2nd Lt. Simmons, Robert EdwinCo-pilotPOW
Flt. Ofcr. Calnitz, JeromeNavigatorCT
2nd Lt. Brown, William CBombardierCT
T/SGT. Bias, Ira J, JrRadio Operator / GunnerPOW
T/SGT. Howell, Evan LawrenceEngineer / Top Turret GunnerCT
S/SGT. Doleshal, Charles JBall Turret GunnerPOW
T/SGT. Hastings, Harmon CTail GunnerMIA
S/SGT. Walker, Ferris JohnTail GunnerTR
S/SGT. Williams, John AllenFlexible GunnerPOW

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 35 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
208 9 October 1944 Target: Ball-Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Co-pilot 44‑6512 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
209 11 October 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Wesseling, Germany
Co-pilot 43‑38062 Combat Mission Credit
Third squadron.
Sortie Report
210 14 October 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Saarbrücken, Germany
Pilot 42‑98000 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
211 15 October 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Pilot 42‑39888 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron flying spare; joined formation.
Sortie Report
212 17 October 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Pilot 42‑39888 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
213 18 October 1944 Target: Ford Motor Works
Type: Industry
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Pilot 42‑97282 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron flying spare; joined formation.
Sortie Report
215 25 October 1944 Target: Nordstern Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Pilot 42‑102459 Combat Mission Credit
Fourth squadron.
Sortie Report
217 1 November 1944 Target: Nordstern Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Pilot 42‑97320 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
219 4 November 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bottrop (Welheim), Germany
Pilot 42‑39888 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
221 6 November 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bottrop (Welheim), Germany
Pilot 43‑38062 Combat Mission Credit
Ground spare aircraft; replaced 42‑37822.
Sortie Report
222 8 November 1944 Target: Leuna Synthetic Oil Plant (visual aim point)
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Pilot 42‑98000 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
223 9 November 1944 Target: Ground Installations
Type: Military
Location: Ouvrages de Sorbey (Metz), France
Pilot 42‑102459 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
224 10 November 1944 Target: Butzweilerdorf Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Pilot 44‑6512 Combat Mission Credit
Hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
226 16 November 1944 Target: Tactical - Artillery Positions
Type: Military
Location: Eschweiler, Germany
Pilot 42‑97320 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
Pilot 43‑37703 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
228 23 November 1944 Target: Nordstern Coking Plant at Gelsenkirchener Bergwerks-A.G.
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Pilot 43‑37703 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
229 25 November 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Lützkendorf, Germany
Pilot 42‑102459 Combat Mission Credit
Landed at Grafton Underwood.
Sortie Report
231 27 November 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Offenburg, Germany
Pilot 42‑97320 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
232 29 November 1944 Target: Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Misburg, Germany
Pilot 42‑97320 Combat Mission Credit
Hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
233 30 November 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Zeitz, Germany
Pilot 42‑97320 Flying spare aircraft: returned to base after taking off.
Low squadron
Sortie Report
234 2 December 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Oberlahnstein, Germany
Pilot 42‑31484 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
235 4 December 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Soest, Germany
Pilot 42‑97320 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
237 9 December 1944 Target: Airfield and Daimler Factory
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Böblingen (Stuttgart area), Germany
Pilot 42‑102459 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron flying spare; joined formation.
Sortie Report
238 11 December 1944 Target: Road & Rail Bridge
Type: Transportation
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Pilot 42‑37822 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
239 12 December 1944 Target: Leuna Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Pilot 42‑102459 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
240 18 December 1944 Target: Road Junction
Type: Transportation
Location: Gemünd, Germany
Pilot 42‑98000 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
241 19 December 1944 Target: Railway Junction
Type: Transportation
Location: Glaadt, Germany
Pilot 42‑107148 Combat Mission Credit
Ground spare aircraft; replaced 42‑97320. Landed away at RAF Fairwood Common near Swansea, Wales.
Sortie Report
243 24 December 1944 Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Kirch Gons, Germany
Pilot 43‑38062 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
245 28 December 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Brühl, Germany
Pilot 43‑38062 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
246 30 December 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Limburg, Germany
Pilot 42‑37822 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
247 31 December 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Neuss, Germany
Pilot 43‑38062 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
249 2 January 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Gerolstein, Germany
Pilot 42‑102430 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
250 3 January 1945 Target: Enemy Strong Point & Transportation Hub
Type: Military
Location: St Vith, Belgium
Pilot 43‑38062 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
251 5 January 1945 Target: Landing Ground
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Neiderbreisig, Germany
Pilot 43‑38850 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
252 7 January 1945 Target: Enemy Strong Point
Type: Military
Location: Blankenheim, Germany
Pilot 42‑37822 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
253 8 January 1945 Target: Railroad
Type: Transportation
Location: Kyllburg, Germany
Pilot 42‑98000 Combat Mission Credit
MIA. Prior to the IP at 1022 hrs, this aircraft was observed slowing up and dropping behind formation. It was then lost to view in contrails. Flak damaged one or more engines. Crashed near BAASEM, Germany. MACR 11579
Sortie Report

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