CABALLERO

B-17F  42-11840

Crew Chief: Msgt. Robert "Bob" Santos

 

CREW  ROSTER

Medals      
Mission Pilot Co-Pilot Bombardier Navigator Flight Eng. Radioman Ball Gunner Port Waist Star. Waist Tail Gunner
1st Lt. 2nd Lt. 2nd Lt. 2nd Lt. SSgt. Tech Sgt. Sgt. Sgt. Sgt. Sgt.
  Austin, TX Dilworth, ND Boring, OR Chicago, IL Ellis Corner, ME Philadelphia, PA Newark, NJ Pinson, GA Buffalo, NY Post Oak, VA
Poughkeepsie, NY Princeton, NJ Carrizo Springs, TX Clearwater, FL
Athens Mitchell, Scott P. Stander, Alfred T. Madison, Peter A.  LW Bryd, Louis D.  LW Dodge, Moses L. Clack, Freddy Raska, Louis M. Jones, Thomas J. Santo, Joseph F. Bristoe, Harlan B.
Padua Cawley Stander Madison Bryd Dodge Clack Raska Jones Santo Bristoe
Brod McPherson Dunlop KIA Jolly, M.J. Lowenthal, P Dodge Clack Raska Jones Santo Bristoe
Fiume McPherson Davenport, Donald Pappas, J.W. Lowenthal Dodge Villani, Francis M. Raska Jones Cohen, Stephen D. Bristoe
Florence McPherson Davenport Pappas Lowenthal Dodge    LW=3 days Villani Raska Jones Cohen Bristoe
M. Cassino McPherson Davenport Pappas Lowenthal Simeon, Joel Villani Raska Jones Cohen Bristoe
Campoleone McPherson Davenport Pappas Lowenthal Simeon Villani Raska Jones Cohen Bristoe
Regensburg McPherson Davenport Pappas Lowenthal LW Simeon Villani Raska  DOW Jones Cohen Bristoe LW
Verona McPherson Davenport, D Pappas Davenport, K Simeon Villani Vincent, Ray Jones Cohen Bristoe
Steyr McPherson Davenport, D Pappas Davenport, K Simeon Villani Vincent Jones Cohen Bristoe
Nis McPherson Hoover, Dean Pappas Davenport, K Simeon Villani Vincent Jones Cohen Bristoe
Brasov McPherson Hoover Pappas Davenport, K LW= 3 days Simeon Villani Vincent Jones Cohen Bristoe
Bucharest McPherson LW Hoover Pappas LW Snyder, Don E. LW Simeon Villani Vincent Jones Waters, Clifford Bristoe
Piombino Hoover Wayne, Riley Geist, Frank Nelson, Charles Simeon Villani Vincent Jones Waters Bristoe
Cesena Hoover Wayne Geist Nelson Simeon Villani Vincent Jones Waters Bristoe
Avezzano Hoover Wayne Geist Nelson Simeon Villani Vincent Jones Waters Bristoe
Wiener-Neustadt Hoover Wayne DOW Geist Nelson Simeon Villani Vincent  LW Jones SW=Home Waters KIA Bristoe LW
Zagreb McPherson Hansen, Steve Geist Nelson Simeon Villani Thomas, Larry Davidson, Tom Boxer, John Sawyer, Bob
Pola McPherson Hansen Geist Nelson Simeon Villani Thomas Davidson Boxer Sawyer
Vienna McPherson LW Hansen Geist Nelson Simeon Villani Thomas Davidson Boxer  SW=21 days Sawyer LW
Sete McPherson Hansen Geist Nelson Simeon Villani Thomas Davidson O'Dell, Francis Sawyer
Vienna McPherson Hansen Geist Nelson   LW & FB=Recv. Simeon LW Villani Thomas Davidson FB=Recv. O'Dell Sawyer

 

Special Crew Abilities:

2nd Lt. Peter A. Madison has the Medical Skill

Lucky Charm earned after Steyr mission: Jones (used on mission 61), Bristoe (used on mission 69)

Lucky Charm earned after Brasov mission: McPherson (used on mission 84)

Lucky Charm earned after Bucharest mission: Pappas & Villani

 

CREW HISTORIES:

Mission 7: 2nd Lt. Mike Cawley replaced 1st Lt. Mitchell as command pilot.

Mission 10: 2nd Lt. John McPherson replaced 2nd Lt. Cawley as command pilot, 2nd Lt. Paul Dunlop, Mike Jolly, Phil Lownethal flew in place of 2nd Lts. Stander, Madison and Bryd.

Mission 12: 2nd Lt. Davenport, TSgt. Villani & Sgt. Cohen assigned. Villani & Cohen flew on 4 missions with Whitaker crew on Special Delivery.

Mission 31: MSgt. Simeon replaces Sgt. Dodge.

2nd Lt. Snyder flew on Ploesti mission with Tines crew on Vengeful Harlot.

MISSION RECORD

Mission

Target City

Target Type

Bomb Run

Fw-190 Claimed/Dam Me-109 Claimed/Dam Me-110 Claimed/Dam

3

Athens, Greece Airfield 0A 0 0 0 2 - -

7

Padua, Italy Marshalling Yards 0 0 0 0 3 - -

10

Brod, Yugoslavia Marshalling Yards 0A 1 0 1 1 - -

12

Fiume, Italy Oil Refinery 40 0 0 0 0 - -

14

Florence, Italy Marshalling Yards 40 0 0 0 0 - -
31 Monte Cassino, Italy Ground Troops 0 - - - - - -
32 Campoleone, Italy Ground Troops 30 - - - - - -
33 Regensburg, Germany Aircraft Factory 20 0 0 2 1 - -
41 Verona, Italy Marshalling Yards 30 2 0 0 2 0 1
45 Steyr, Austria Industry - Ball Bearings 10 0 0 0 2 - -
48 Nis, Yugoslavia Marshalling Yards 50 2 1 1 0 - -
61 Brasov, Romania Aircraft Factory Abort z-5 0 0 3 1 - -
62 Bucharest, Romania Marshalling Yards 75 1 1 1 0 0 1
64 Piombino, Italy Marshalling Yards 30 - - - - - -
65 Cesena, Italy Marshalling Yards 40 - - - - - -
68 Avezzano, Italy Marshalling Yards 40 - - - - - -
69 Wiener-Neustadt, Austria Aircraft Factory 30 1 6 4 3 1 0
73 Zagreb, Yugoslavia Marshalling Yards 30 - - 0 2 - -
79 Pola, Italy Sub Pens 20 0 1 1 1 - -
84 Vienna, Austria Oil Refinery 20 1 0 1 1 - -
87 Sete, France Port Facilities 20 - - - - - -
95 Vienna, Austria Oil Storage 20 0 1 - - 2 1

TOTALS

Avg: 28.7% 8 10 14 19 3 3

MISSION NOTES

Mission

Notes

3

New replacement crew.  Fighter attack over the Adriatic knocked out bomb controls and compartment heat to the nose. Pilot aborted. (Zone 4).  Returned damaged to the bomb controls and nose compartment heating system and 2 casualties

4

DNF - Runway abort on Rimini mission

7

Assigned as group spare.  Flew with high squadron in third flight.  Returned with 2 superficial hits to the fuselage and no casualties.

10

Aborted over Adriatic (zone 3 outbound) from damage taken from enemy attacks.  Returned to base with lost of pilots' compartment heat, tail guns inoperable, port wing aileron inoperable, port wing root, control cables damaged & tail section oxygen system damaged, and 4 other superficial holes to the radio room, pilots' compartment, and port wing.  1 casualty.  Claims: 1 FW-190 by starboard waist gunner and 1 ME-109 shared by flight engineer and tail gunner.

12

Assigned as group spare.  Flew with lead squadron in third flight.  Returned without damage or casualties.

14

Assigned as group spare.  Flew with lead squadron in first flight.  Returned superficial damage to the starboard wing, radio room and fuselage.  1 casualty.

31

Returned without damage or casualties.
32 Returned without damage or casualties.
33

Returned with #3 engine, tail guns, starboard waist gun inoperable, damage to the starboard tail plane root and tail gunner's oxygen system, superficial damage to the fuselage (4) and starboard wing (4); 3 casualties.  Claims: 1 ME-109 apiece by MSgt. Simeon and Sgt. Bristoe.

41 Returned with #3 engine inoperable, port waist .50 destroyed, damage to the control cables, superficial damage to the port wing, the fuselage, to the nose, pilots, bomb bay and tail compartments. No casualties. Claims: 2 Fw-190s by Sgt. Bristoe.
45 Returned with damage to the port tail plane root, superficial damage to both wings, the fuselage, to the nose and waist compartments. No casualties.
48 Returned without damage or casualties.  Claims: 1 FW-190 & 1 Me-109 by MSgt. Simeon, 1 Fw-190 shared by 2nd Lt. Pappas and MSgt. Simeon.
61

Aborted mission zone-5 and returned alone.  Landed with cockpit windows smashed, superficial damage to the port wing flaps, to the nose and waist compartments, and two casualties.  Claims: 1 Me-109 apiece by MSgt. Simeon, Sgts. Bristoe and Vincent.

62 Returned with #3 engine and port aileron inoperable, both waist .50s, ball and tail turret guns inoperable, starboard wing inboard fuel tank holed (self-sealed), damage to the oxygen systems to the nose and radio compartments, structural damage to the starboard wing root, superficial damage to both wings, to the starboard aileron, to the fuselage, to the bomb bay doors, to the nose, pilots', radio, waist and tail compartments, and 3 casualties.  Claims: 1 FW-190 and 1 ME-109 by MSgt. Simeon.
64 Returned without damage or casualties.
65 Returned without damage or casualties.
68 Returned without damage or casualties.
69

Fell out-of-formation after bomb run from loss of oxygen to the tail compartment.  Returned home with wind milling propeller with starboard aileron inoperable, numerous superficial damage to the starboard wing, tailplane, fuselage, cockpit, bomb bay, waist and tail compartment and 5 casualties.  Claims: 2 Me-109s & 1 Fw-190 by MSgt. Simeon, 1 Me-109 apiece by Sgts. Vincent and Bristoe, and 1 Me-110 by Lt. Nelson.

73 Group spare that joined formation over base after 317th aircraft failed to appear during group formation. Returned without damage or casualties.
79 Group Spare - Took place of Tallest Crow, high squadron, third flight, left aircraft.  Returned with superficial fuselage damage and no casualties.  Claims: 1 Me-109 by MSgt. Simeon.
84 Group Spare - Took place of Iron Lady, low squadron, second flight, lead aircraft.  Returned with tail turret inoperable, Norden bombsight destroyed, radio room and port waist oxygen system damaged, superficial damage to the fuselage (3 hits), port flaps, starboard wing (3 hits), cockpit (2 hits), bomb bay, waist, tail compartments and 3 casualties.  Claims: 1 Fw-190 by MSgt. Simeon and 1 Me-109 by Sgt. Davidson.
87 Returned without damage or casualties.
95 Group Spare - Took place of Ice Queen, high squadron, first flight, left aircraft.  Returned with ailerons instruments, navigator and port waist heating systems inoperable, damaged to the control cables, to the rudder (1 hit), to the port wing outbound tank holed (self-sealed), superficial damage to the port wing (1 hit), fuselage (1 hit), nose (3 hits), bomb bay (1 hit), radio (1 hit), waist (1 hit), and pilotsí (1 hit) compartments, and 1 light casualty and 2 cases of frostbite.  Claims: 1 Me-110 apiece by SSgt. Siemon & Sgt. Sawyer.
10 Sgt. Boxer rejoins crew.

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