OLD CROW EXPRESS

B-17F  42-11822

 

CREW  ROSTER

Medals        
Mission Pilot Co-Pilot Bombardier Navigator Flight Eng. Radioman Ball Gunner Port Waist Star. Waist Tail Gunner
Captain 2nd Lt. 1st Lt. 2nd Lt. SSgt. Tech Sgt. Sgt. Sgt. Sgt. Sgt.
  Visalia, CA Green Bay, WI Jacksonville, FLA Philadelphia, PA Philadelphia, PA Dallas, TX Fresno, CA Long Beach, CA Clarksville, TN Phoenix, AZ
R. Emilia Anderson, Freddie Sap, Jimmy LW Peterson, Walter Blackbird, Mark O'Reilly, Fredrick Norton, Bobby Hamlet, Andy Sumlin, Justin Madison, Tim Carter, Carlos
Sofia Anderson Sap Peterson DOW   O'Reilly Norton Hamlet Sumlin Madision Carter
Athens Anderson Sap Peterson Thornhill, Roger O'Reilly Norton Hamlet Sumlin Madison Carter
Rimini Anderson Sap Peterson Thornhill O'Reilly Norton Hamlet Sumlin Madison Carter
Ferrara Anderson Sap SW=Home    Peterson LW LW=1 day

O'Reilly   Norton Hamlet Sumlin Madison Carter
Padua Anderson Long, Bill Peterson Evans, Frank O'Reilly   Norton Hamlet Sumlin Madison Carter
Turin Anderson Long Peterson Thornhill O'Reilly   Norton Hamlet Sumlin  LW Madison Carter  LW
Piraeus Anderson Long Peterson Thornhill O'Reilly   Norton Hamlet Sumlin  LW Madison   LW Carter
Brod Anderson Long Peterson Thornhill O'Reilly   Norton Hamlet Sumlin Madison Carter
Sofia Anderson Long Peterson Thornhill O'Reilly   Norton Hamlet Sumlin Madison Carter
Fiume Anderson Long Peterson Thornhill O'Reilly   Norton Hamlet Sumlin Madison Carter       
Florence Anderson Long Peterson Thornhill KIA

O'Reilly   Norton LW=2 days Hamlet Sumlin Madison Carter

 

Crew History:

TSgt. Daly flew on second Sofia mission with Hilliard crew on The Ant's Hill

 

Special Crew Abilities:

Flight Engineer O'Reilly: His landing modifier (LD) is -10.

Radioman Norton: applies a +1 modifier to a ditching attempt provided the radio is operational.

 

Personal Lucky Charms earned after 2nd Sofia Mission: Anderson (used mission 14), Peterson, O'Reilly, Norton, Hamlet, Sumlin, Madison & Carter.

MISSION RECORD

Mission

Target City

Target Type

Bomb Run

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

1

Reggio Emilia, Italy Marshalling Yards 30 2 2 0 1 - -

2

Sofia, Bulgaria Marshalling Yards 75 3 3 1 1 0 0

3

Athens, Greece Airfield 20 1 0 0 0 - -

4

Rimini, Italy Marshalling Yards 30 0 0 1 0 - -

6

Ferrara, Italy Marshalling Yards 5 0 0 2 0 - -

7

Padua, Italy Marshalling Yards 0A 0 1 0 0 - -

8

Turin, Italy Ball Bearings 0 1 0 1 0 - -

9

Piraeus, Greece Dock Yards 0 0 1 0 1 - -

10

Brod, Yugoslavia Marshalling Yards 20 0 0 0 0 - -

11

Sofia, Bulgaria Marshalling Yards 60 1 0 0 0 1 0

12

Fiume, Italy Oil Refinery 99 0 0 1 0 - -

14

Florence, Italy Marshalling Yards 30 0 3 1 1 - -

TOTALS

Avg.: 34% 8 10 7 4 1 0

MISSION NOTES

Mission

Notes

1

Took flak hit on tail (damaged tail wheel). Barely returned to base with S. wing fuel tank leak  Ran off tarmac into adjoining grass area. Total damage: 52 points. Co-pilot took a minor shrapnel wound in shoulder, patched up and returned to duty 16 Dec. 1943.  Two Fw-190s claimed; one each by SSgt. O'Reilly and Sgt. Carter.

2

Returned with 1 casualty & damage to navigator heater & 5 superficial holes (20 damage points). Replacement Roger Thornhill.

3

Fell-out-of-formation after bombing target.  Returned with oxygen out in radio room, fire in radio room, top turret guns inoperable, bomb controls inoperable, port wing root hit and no casualties.  1 Fw-190 claimed by Sgt. Carter.

4

Returned with damage to the control cable, navigator equipment inoperable and no casualties.  Claims: 1 Me-109 by 2nd Lt. Peterson.

6

Fell out-of-formation after bomb run from fire to oxygen system.  Damage to radio, intercom, aileron instrument controls, port wing root damaged & inboard fuel tank holed.  Returned alone with 3 casualties.  Claims: 1 Me-109 apiece by Sgt. Carter and SSgt. O'Reilly (O'Reilly's claim is later confirmed).  Temporary replacement: 2nd Lt. Evans.

7

Early abort zone 3 outbound due to fuel tank leak as a result of enemy fighter attack.  Returned early with no casualties.

8

2nd Lt. Thornhill returns to crew.  Fell out-of-formation prior to bomb run due to oxygen fire but continued onward.  After bombing target made emergency landing on Corsica.  Damage to aircraft: Navigator Equipment out, oxygen to tail section out form fire, tail guns out, nose gun out, #3 engine out, damage to port wing root, starboard wing aileron inoperable, fire to port wing inboard fuel tank.  Total damage points = 184.  2 casualties.  Claims: 1 Fw-190 and Me-109 by SSgt. O'Reilly.

9

Returned with tail wheel damaged, starboard aileron inoperable and control cables damaged. 2 casualties. Claims: 1 Me-109 by SSgt. O'Reilly. 

10

Returned with #3 engine, port flap, intercom inoperable, damaged tail wheel, starboard wing root damaged, superficial damage to the #1 engine,  bomb bay, nose and pilot compartments, and no casualties.

11

Returned with starboard aileron inoperable, a couple of superficial holes in the bomb bay and pilots' compartment and no casualties.  Claims: 1 FW-190 by Sgt. Carter and 1 ME-110 by Hamlet.

12

Returned with the #4 engine feathered, starboard waist gun destroyed, rudder damage, multiple holes in the starboard wing, other superficial holes to the port wing, tail and waist.  No casualties.  Claims: 1 ME-109 by Sgt. Carter (Later confirmed by S-2).

14

Returned with heat out to the nose and pilots' compartments, port wing flap inoperable, radio shot up, control cables damaged, superficial holes on both wings, waist and tail sections.  2 casualties.  Claims: 1 ME-109 by 2nd Lt. Peterson.

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