IRON LADY

B-17F  42-11829

Ground Crew Chief: MSgt. Brewster

 

CREW  ROSTER

Medals        
Claims              
Mission Pilot Co-Pilot Bombardier Navigator Flight Eng. Radioman Ball Gunner Port Waist Star. Waist Tail Gunner
Capt. 1st Lt. 2nd Lt. 2nd Lt. SSgt. Tech Sgt. Sgt. Sgt. Sgt. Sgt.
Miss. Flown 23 (25) 18 (20) 13 (15) 13 (15) 21 (23) 16 (18) 23 (25) 21 (23) 6 (8) 19 (21)
Ferrara Di Agostino, Joe Wright, Mark O'Donnell, Phil Smith, Pete Foster, Hank Zabizi  KIA   Endelman, Steve O'Neill  KIA  Roberts, Dave             LW =2 days Peterson KIA 
Padua Di Agostino Wright O'Donnell Smith  LW Foster McGann, Phil Endelman Zimmer, Jack Wagner, Tom Malone, Rick
Turin Di Agostino  LW SW=Home O'Donnell Smith Foster McGann   KIA  Endelman Zimmer Roberts Malone
Piraeus Di Agostino Johnson, Herb O'Donnell Smith  LW Foster Masters, Fred KIA                    Endelman Zimmer Roberts Malone  SW=Home    
Brod Di Agostino Johnson O'Donnell Smith Foster Spiers, Jonah Endelman Zimmer Roberts McNichol, Paul
Sofia Di Agostino Johnson O'Donnell Smith Foster        LW=3 days Spiers Endelman Zimmer Roberts McNichol
Fiume Di Agostino Johnson O'Donnell LW Smith LW Simeon, Joel    LW=3 days Spiers KIA Endelman Zimmer Roberts McNichol
Florence Di Agostino Johnson O'Donnell Smith Jankowski, Jacob SW=Home Spirrell, Frank Endelman Zimmer Roberts McNichol
Prato Di Agostino Johnson O'Donnell Smith Foster Spirrell Endelman Zimmer Roberts McNichol
Klagenfurt Di Agostino Johnson O'Donnell KIA Smith SW=Home Foster Spirrell Endelman Zimmer Roberts SW=Home McNichol
Florence* Di Agostino Johnson Franchetti, Paul Gilmore, Simon Foster Spirrell Endelman Zimmer Toye, Joe McNichol
Centocelle* Di Agostino Johnson Franchetti Gilmore Foster Spirrell Endelman Zimmer Toye McNichol
Ciampino* Di Agostino Johnson Franchetti Gilmore Foster Spirrell Endelman Zimmer Toye McNichol
Parma Di Agostino LW Johnson LW=3 days Franchetti Gilmore Foster Spirrell Endelman Zimmer LW=2 days Toye McNichol
Pontecorvo Di Agostino Bennett, Gary Franchetti Gilmore Foster Spirrell Endelman Bird, Billy Toye McNichol
Vrattsa Di Agostino Bennett Franchetti Gilmore Foster Spirrell Endelman Zimmer FB=Recovered Toye McNichol
Aviano Di Agostino Johnson Franchetti Gilmore Foster Spirrell Endelman Zimmer Toye DOW McNichol
Zagreb Di Agostino Johnson Franchetti Gilmore Foster Spirrell Endelman Zimmer Flathery, Sean McNichol
Ploesti Di Agostino Johnson Franchetti Gilmore Foster Spirrell Endelman Zimmer LW Flathery LW McNichol
Antheor Di Agostino Johnson Franchetti Gilmore Foster Spirrell Endelman Zimmer Flathery McNichol
Vado Di Agostino Johnson Franchetti Gilmore Foster Spirrell Endelman Zimmer Flathery McNichol
Munich Di Agostino Johnson Franchetti LW Gilmore Foster Spirrell Endelman Zimmer Flathery McNichol LW
Budapest Di Agostino Johnson Franchetti Gilmore Foster Spirrell Endelman Zimmer Flathery McNichol

* Crew Notes: Missions 17, 18 & 19  - Di Agostino crew flew on Florence, Centocelle & Ciampino missions on A/C 42-11830.

SPECIAL CREW ABILITIES:

1st Lt. Joe Di Agostino has a +1 DRM to Landing Charts G-9 & G-10.

2nd Lt. Herb Johnson has a +1 DRM to Landing Charts G-9 & G-10.

2nd Lt. Pete Smith has the pilot school wash out skill. He may make an emergency landing with a landing modifier of -6.

SSgt. Hank Foster emergency landing modifier is -9 LD for land.

TSgt. Spirrell applies a +1 DRM modifier to a ditching attempt provided the radio is operational.

Personal Lucky Charms earned after Klagenfurt Mission: Di Agostino (used mission 20) & Endelman

Personal Lucky Charms earned after second Florence Mission: Zimmer (used mission 23)

Personal Lucky Charms earned after Centocelle Mission: Foster

Personal Lucky Charms earned after Ciampino Mission: Johnson (used mission 20)

Personal Lucky Charms earned after Parma Mission: McNichol

Personal Lucky Charms earned after Aviano Mission: Spirrell

Personal Lucky Charms earned after Antheor Mission: Franchetti (used mission 82) and Gilmore

Personal Lucky Charms earned after Vado Mission: Di Agostino (#2) and Eldelman (#2)

Personal Lucky Charms earned after Munich Mission: Foster (#2) and Zimmer (#2)

 

Crew History:

MSgt. Simeon flew on 4 previous missions; 2 with another 15th AF group, on Pola mission with Wilson crew (Fateful Amy, 399th) & on Sofia mission with Oswald crew (Sky Rat, 399th).

SSgt. Jankowski flew on Piraeus, Brod, Sofia & Fiume missions with Hilliard crew (The Ant's Hill, 399th)

MISSION RECORD

Mission

Target City

Target Type

Bomb Run

Fw-190 Claimed/Dam

Me-109 Claimed/Dam

Me-110 Claimed/Dam

6

Ferrara, Italy

Marshalling Yards

40

2

1

1

1

-

-

7

Padua, Italy

Marshalling Yards

5

0

0

0

1

-

-

8

Turin, Italy

Ball Bearings

Abort Z-3

0

0

4

1

-

-

9

Piraeus, Greece

Dock Yards

30

0

0

1

1

-

-

10

Brod, Yugoslavia

Marshalling Yards

60

1

1

1

1

-

-

11

Sofia, Bulgaria

Marshalling Yards

0

1

0

0

0

2

1

12

Fiume, Italy

Oil Refinery

40

0

1

4

1

-

-

14

Florence, Italy

Marshalling Yards

0

0

1

0

1

-

-

15

Prato, Italy

Marshalling Yards

50

0

1

0

1

-

-

16

Klagenfurt, Austria

Aircraft Factory

Jettison Z-5

0

1

4

3

1

?

20

Parma, Italy

Marshalling Yards

30

1

4

1

1

-

-

22

Pontecorvo, Italy

Bridge

30

-

-

-

-

-

-

23

Vrattsa, Bulgaria

Marshalling Yards

20

1

0

0

0

-

-

24

Aviano, Italy

Airfield

20

-

-

-

5

-

-

73

Zagreb, Yugoslavia

Marshalling Yards

0

-

-

3

1

-

-

74

Ploesti, Romania

Oil Refinery

30

1

6

3

1

0

1

75

Antheor, France

Marshalling Yards

40

-

-

-

-

-

-

76

Vado, Italy

Rail Bridge

97

-

-

-

-

-

-

82

Munich, Germany Aircraft Components Factory

0

0

0

0

3

-

-

83

Budapest, Hungary Oil Refinery

60

-

-

1

1

0

0

TOTALS

Avg: 28.9%

7

16

23

23

3

2

MISSION NOTES

Mission

Notes

6

New crew assignment.  Fell out-of-formation half way home after hitting target due to lost of heat in nose compartment.  Returned with ball turret Guns inoperable, 2 P. wing root hits, 1 S. wing root hit, 1 tail plane hit, 2 rudder hits, numerous superficial hits to the nose, radio room, waist, tail.  4 Casualties.  Claims: 1 Fw-190 & 1 Me-109 by SSgt. Foster, 1 Fw-190 by Sgt. Peterson.  Replacements: Sgts. McGann, Zimmer & Malone.   Temporary replacement: Sgt. Wagner.

7

Dropped out of formation due to fuel tank fire halfway back to home base.  Returned alone with the starboard wing inboard tank holed, #3 engine useless, the rudder 67% damaged, pilots' control cables damaged, and superficial hits to the nose compartment and fuselage, and 1 casualty.

8

Sgt. Roberts returns to crew.  Fell out-of-formation zone 2 outbound, aborted zone 3 outbound and returned to base.  Landed with #1 & #4 engines out, radio room heater out and oxygen out, tail wheel damaged and numerous superficial hits to rest of plane.  3 casualties.  Claims: 1 Me-109 apiece by Lt. O'Donnell, SSgt. Foster, Sgts. Roberts & Malone.  Replacements: Lt. Johnson and TSgt. Masters.

9

Returned with tail wheel, rudder, starboard wing root damaged and various other superficial hits.  3 casualties.  Claims: 1 Me-109 by SSgt. Foster.  Replacements: Sgts. Spiers and McNichol.

10

Returned without damage or casualties.  Claims: 1 FW-190 by SSgt. Foster & 1 ME-109 by Sgt. Roberts.

11

Returned with top turret guns, port elevator, bomb release mechanism and bomb controls inoperable, plus numerous superficial holes to both wings.  1 casualty.  2 ME-110s by Sgt. McNichol and 1 FW-190 by 2nd Lt. O'Donnell (One of Sgt. McNichol's claims is later confirmed by S-2). Temporary replacement: MSgt. Simeon.

12

Returned with waist and tail oxygen systems out; rafts destroyed; navigator's equipment inop.; tail wheel damaged; port wing & starboard wing root damaged (2 port, 1 starboard); 2/3 of the rudder shot away; control cables damaged and numerous other superficial holes all over the aircraft   4 casualties.  Claims: 1 ME-109 apiece by Lt. O'Donnell, MSgt. Simeon, TSgt. Spiers & Sgt. Malone. Replacement: TSgt. Spirrell.  Temp. Replacement: SSgt. Jankowski.

14

Returned with tail guns inoperable; port wing fuel tank leaking, control cables & rudder damaged. 1 casualty.

15

SSgt. Foster rejoins crew.  Returned with 2 minor fuselage holes and no casualties.

16

Reached target but bombs jettisoned before bomb run.  Returned out-of-formation on two engines, top and ball turrets inoperable, port wing aileron, flaps and elevator inoperable, nose and tail compartment heating system inoperable, damaged rudder, one wing tank holed, and 3 casualties.  Claims: 1 ME-109 & 1 ME-110 by Sgt. Endleman, 2 ME-109s by SSgt. Foster and 1 ME-109 by Sgt. McNichol.  Replacements: 2nd Lts. Franchetti & Gilmore and Sgt. Toye.

17

Crew flew Florence mission on A/C 42-11830.  Returned with minor tail plane damage and no casualties.  Claims: 1 FW-190 by SSgt. Foster.

18

Crew flew Centocelle mission on A/C 42-11830.  Returned without damage or casualties.

19

Crew flew Ciampino mission on A/C 42-11830.  Returned without damage or casualties.

20

Returned with the inboard s/board fuel tank, control cables, radio room oxygen system damaged and superficial holes in the pilots' compartment. 3 casualties. Claims: 1 ME-109 & 1 FW-190 by SSgt. Foster (ME-109 later confirmed by S-2).  Temporary replacements: 2nd Lt. Bennett & Sgt. Bird.

22

Returned without damage or casualties.

23

Returned with port waist gunner suit heater inoperable, minor superficial damage to the fuselage and 1 case of frostbite.  Claims: 1 FW-190 by SSgt. Foster.

24

Lt. Johnson rejoins crew.  Returned with minor damage and 1 casualty.  Replacement: Sgt. Flatherty.

73

Returned without damage or casualties.  Claims: 2 Me-109s by 2nd Lt. Franchetti and 1 Me-109 by Sgt. Flathery (Flathery's claim later confirmed by S-2).

74

Returned with Engine 1 Out (Prop Feathered), Radio destroyed, both Ailerons and starboard elevator inoperable, structural damage to both wing roots (2 each), 67% of the rudder shot away (2 hits), superficial damage hits to both flaps and numerous other holes to be patched up and 2 casualties.  Claims: 1 Fw-190 and 1 Me-109 by Sgt. Flathery, 1 Me-109 each by Sgts. Endelman and Endelman.

75

Returned without damage or casualties.

76

Returned without damage or casualties.

77

Runway abort - Did not participate on mission.

82

Returned with the starboard waist gunner heating system, port flaps and both ailerons inoperable, structural damage to the rudder (1 hit), superficial damage to the fuselage, to the nose and pilots compartment, and two light casualties.

83

Returned with rafts shredded, superficial damage to the fuselage and bomb bay section and no casualties.  Claims: 1 Me-109 by 2nd Lt. Gilmore.

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