Donovan, Warren Francis

Individual Personnel Data
Name Donovan, Warren Francis   
Rank Second Lieutenant
Serial Number O-678843   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 544th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #146 dated 17 November 1943
Duty Co-pilot
MOS1091 - Pilot, B-17
Last Duty Date 25 February 1944
Reported missing on MACR 2774 (1.201 MB)
Results Prisoner Of War
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1 Barth-Vogelsang Prussia 54-12
Related Documents MACR 2774 (1.201 MB)
2003 Natick Veterans Oral History Project Interview
Remote WebpageNatick Veterans Oral History Project: Warren Donovan video interview
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Larsen, Jack KirbyPilotPOW
2nd Lt. Donovan, Warren FrancisCo-pilotPOW
2nd Lt. Fallon, John JamesNavigatorPOW
2nd Lt. Murray, Edward JosephBombardierPOW
S/SGT. Cole, Robert LesterRadio Operator / GunnerPOW
S/SGT. Barnes, Karl FrancisEngineer / Top Turret GunnerPOW
SGT. Haverlah, Alton BernhardBall Turret GunnerPOW
SGT. Moore, John WilliamTail GunnerPOW
SGT. Holler, Edward RalphFlexible GunnerPOW
SGT. Simon, Edward (NMI)Flexible GunnerPOW

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 13 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
42 13 December 1943 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Bremen, Germany
Co-pilot 41‑24560 Combat Mission Credit
Low group.
Sortie Report
47 30 December 1943 Target: I. G. Farben Industrie, Chemical/Synthetic Rubber Plants
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑39784 Combat Mission Credit
Briefed to fly in high squadron of composite group, flew #6 position with unidentified Group; landed away at Thurleigh due to fuel shortage.
Sortie Report
54 21 January 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Preuseville, France
Co-pilot 42‑29717 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
55 29 January 1944 Target: Aircraft Parts Plants
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑29717 Combat Mission Credit
Lead group.
Sortie Report
56 30 January 1944 Target: Aircraft Assembly Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Brunswick / Braunschweig, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑29717 Combat Mission Credit
Low group.
Sortie Report
57 3 February 1944 Target: Submarines (under construction)
Type: Submarine Facility
Location: Wilhelmshaven, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑29717 Combat Mission Credit
Lead group.
Sortie Report
58 4 February 1944 Target: Alfred Teves Main Works: Aircraft Parts Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑29703 Combat Mission Credit
High group, 41st B Combat Wing.
Sortie Report
59 5 February 1944 Target: Bricy Aerodrome, Luftwaffe Training and Bomber Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Orleans, France
Co-pilot 42‑37885 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
61 8 February 1944 Target: Piston Ring Factory
Type: Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑29717 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
63 20 February 1944 Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Leipzig, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑3441 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
64 21 February 1944 Target: Fighter Field & Aircraft Storage Depot
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Werl, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑29717 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
65 22 February 1944 Target: Aircraft Factory
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Halberstadt, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑29717 Aborted mission after taking off.
Took off late (0922 instead of 0845) due to mechanical trouble but succeeded in joining formation.
Sortie Report
66 24 February 1944 Target: Ball-Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑29717 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron, lead group.
Sortie Report
67 25 February 1944 Target: Ball Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑29717 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron, lead group. Feathered #2 engine at 1325 hrs but continued on towards target; at 1420, three minutes before target was reached, jettisoned bombs and peeled off from formation, perhaps heading for Switzerland; crash-landed near Bruchsal, Germany. MACR 2774
Sortie Report

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