We had always understood he was on his 65th mission. The Mission reports seem to indicate 61 or 62. I have copies of all his mission reports. I have prepared a time line of his high school graduation on. From it I have abstracted the entries pertaining to his missions and some other material that might be found interesting.
JJY or Jack is my brother; MR means "Mission Report"; wm means "wing man"; TU indicates the time they took off, TOT is the time over target, and TD is the time they landed. Most missions were about two hours, a lot shorter than your dad's bomber missions. The number required for rotation was 100, although we always believed that it was 60 and that he was past the requirement. That wasn't the only thing that we had wrong: We thought the German planes were FW-190s.
Anyway here is the abstract:
18 September 1944: Along with 13 other pilots, flew from the Naples replacement center to Amberieu in Southern France, having been assigned to the 324th Fighter Group. Flew in unarmed unescorted C-47 to France, “all of us were peering out the windows, looking for German fighters.” (Jerry Wurmser) Then assigned to 316th Fighter Squadron (324th Fighter Group consisted of 314th, 315th and 316th Fighter Squadrons)
The Squadron had moved to Dole - Tavaux, took a day to catch up with it (JJY letter, Wurmser) Jack wrote us that he had gone into town to a carpenter shop next to the birthplace of Louis Pasteur. We immediately looked it up – Dole. Jerry Wurmser told me he did the same thing.
2 October Broke a bone in his had when a plane swung around and the tail hit his hand.
30 October Returned to Flight status, the broken bone in his hand having healed.
1 November First transition training flight since in 316th Squadron
16 November TU 1210 TD 1155 Dive Bombing target gun position. Due to weather, unable to reach target. Bombs jettisoned safe in wooded area. (Mission Report 597: plane # 72) JJY wm to Flight leader Porter
17 November TU 1430 TOT 1455 TD 1540 Dive Bombing – 6 260 lb frag bombs -Troop Contentration (MR 601; Plane # 74) JJY wm to Capt. Scheiwe who aborted – unable to retract wheels
18 November TU 0740 TOT 0850 TD 1015 Dive Bombing 12 planes with 12 planes of 314th Squdron – Attacked Supply and ammo dumps (MR 603: plane # 74) JJY wm to Lt. Porter, the flight leader
19 November TU 0940 TOT 1010 TD 1130 Dive Bombing 4 plane flight Target: Four gun positions – 6 five hundred pound bombs in target area (MR 608; plane # 90) JJY wm to Lt. Porter, the flight leader
22 November TU 0830 TD 0910 Dive Bombing – Railroad bridge – bad weather, jettisoned bombs safe in river south of field (MR 617: plane # 74) JJY wm to Lt. Porter
3 December TU 0845 TOT 1020 TD 1110 Dive Bombing Target supply dump. Bad weather, Got permission from “Boxcar” to bomb Rhine River canal bridge (MR 626: plane # 70) JJY wm to Lt. LeGette
3 December TU 1230 TD 1330 Dive bombing mission to Strasburg. Bad weather, jettisoned bombs in river, close to base (MR 627; plane # 80) JJY wm to Porter
14 December TU 1210 TOT 1335 TD 1445 Bombed alternate target at Buchalberg (MR 633; plane # 83) JJY wm to LeGette
16 December TU 1515 TOT 1650 TD 1750 Dive bombing, weather prevented finding assigned target, flight saw train, attacked it; damaged it. (MR 635; plane #81) JJY wm to Allen
18 December TU 1445 TD 1615 Recce mission: route of Pirmasons, Kaiserlautern, Mannheim, Landau. Turned back due to weather; bombs jettisoned in river south of field. (MR 638; plane #76) JJY wm to Pardue
23 December TU 0825 TOT 0946 TD 1050 Armed Recce Bad weather; redirected to Pirmasens; cloud cover, saw town through break in clouds, turned out to be Waldfischbach. All bombs in target area (MR 642; plane #86: JJY wm to Lt. Thompson
24 December Completed 10 missions (JJY letter) Looks like 11. Maybe date on letter is wrong.
29 December TU 1310 TOT 1500 TD 1600 Bombed Fuel dump; Wurmser, Haun + 13 others on flight (MR # 650; plane # 85) JJY wm to Pyle
2 January Moved to Luneville, France
4 January TU 1440 TOT 1530 TD 1600 Fighter Sweep; strafed 10 gun positions at Bitche, silenced 6. Strafed and silenced approximately 20 guns firing from castle at Bitche. (MR 659; plane # 78) JJY wing man to Pyle
8 January TU 0830 TOT 0950 TD 1020 Bombed Alternate target, Maulterhouse; Slack, Wurmser + 9 others on flight (MR 662; plane # 86) JJY wm to Pyle
10 January TU 1340 TOT 1430 TD 1525 Armed Rec, bombed alternate Ammunition Dump; Wurmser, Haun & 9 others on flight (MR 664; plane # 78) JJY wm to Dewey
13 January TU 0800 TOT 0905 TD 0955 Bombed Railroad bridge Landau. Cut rail, but didn’t knock out bridge. (MR 666; plane # 83) JJY wm to Dewey
13 January TU 1315 TOT 1446 TD 1405 Bombed Railroad Bridge; Wumser, Slack + 7 others on flight (MR 668; plane # 77) JJY wm to Capt. Johnson
14 January TU 1050 TOT 1156 TD 1225 Bombed buildings at alternate target; Slack Wurmser + 9 others on flight (MR 671; plane # 72) JJY wm to Thompson –Slack was flight leader
14 January TU 1615 TOT 1650 TD 1740 Bombed railway bridge; Slack, Wurmser + 13 others on flight (MR 673; plane # 75) JJY wm to Thompson
Slack was flight leader
16 January TU 0815 TD 0950 Fighter Sweep to cut rail line. Clouds prevented attack; bombs jettisoned. (MR 675; plane # 85 JJY wm to Kandis
16 January TU 1605 TD 1720 Fighter Sweep Wissembourg – Karlsruhe – Stuttgart – Strassbourg (MR 678; plane # 77) JJY wm to Flight Leader Waspe
22 January TU 1350 TOT 1445 TD 1515 Bombed reported tanks in trees; Slack, Wurmser, Haun + 7 others on flight (MR 681; plane # 84) JJY wm to Dewey Lt. Slack was flight leader
4 February Assigned plane of his own, Plane # 83(P-47 D 28 RA Tail # 42-28590) - “Wee Three”. Jack considered whether he might change its name, but he didn’t.
13 February TU 1055 TOT 1150 TD 1205 Dive bombing Bad weather, but bombed town of Oberhausen (MR 703; plane # 83) JJY wm to Kandis
14 February TU 0805 TOT 0855 TD 1000 Bombed town and marshalling yard. Damaged one and destroyed another locomotive. (MR 707; plane # 83) JJY wm to Flight leader Thompson
14 February TU 1430 TOT 1540 TD 1655 Bombed supply depot, marshalling yards and destroyed locomotives in Haugenau (MR 709; plane # 95) JJY wm to McMeen
16 February TU 1725 TOT 1805 TD 1825 (MR 716; plane # 84) JJY wm to Flight leader Boyer – in plane # 83, Wee Three (JJY’s plane, formerly Boyer’s, who JJY wrote on 4th of February that Boyer had completed his missions – Possibly leading a flight in his former plane was sentimental or would look good on his personnel file)
[Editor: Wonder if Jack flew as Boyer’s wing man so he could keep a good look out on his plane.]
20 February Jack went to the front, a foxhole on the river. Fired two clips with an M-1 at German positions on the other side of the river. In a letter, Mother scolded him for doing that as it was dangerous.
28 February TU 1540 TOT 1636 TD 1730 Bombed Barracks; Wurmser + 6 others on flight (MR 764; plane # 83) JJY wm to Dewey
4 March Flew mission – two flights, eight planes. Three planes hit by flak, including JJY’s which had two holes in wing. (From Monthly Summary per Doug Patteson) JJY letter
14 March TU 1535 TOT 1600 TD 1720 Bombed Railroad, controller reported bombers being attacked over Karlsruhe; flew there, saw nothing (MR 782 plane # 80) JJY element leader to Capt. Barnes
15 March TU 0810 TOT 0830 TD 0939 Bombed Buildings, One exploded (MR 785; plane # 87) JJY wm to Haun
15 March TU 1005 TOT 1030 TD 1105 Bombed CP at Dudweiler and Railroad (MR 787); plane # 70) JJY element leader to Dewey
15 March TU 1445 TOT 1626 Bombed alternate target, ammo dump in forest (MR 791; plane # 72) – JJY element leader to Ottoman
15 March TU 1720 TOT 1705 TD 1900 Bombed Buildings in Oberbronn (MR 793; plane # 88) – JJY wm to Nuckolls
16 March TU 0830 TOT 0905 TD 1010 Bombed Town of Gunderhoffen Destroyed 15 buildings (MR 794; plane # 85) – JJY wm to Haun
16 March TU 1050 TOT 1130 TD 1235 About to attack locomotive near Mannheim, flight was attacked by 12 ME-109s. Bombs jettisoned. Jack Haun and Jack shot down ME-109 – Jack wrote of this in letter. (MR 797 plane #86) - JJY wm to Haun
16 March TU 1415 TOT 1520 TD 1625 Bombed Tanks bear Forstheim – This was probably the King Tiger that Jack wrote he knocked off the road. Reported to have stopped German attack (MR 801 plane # 83) JJY no wingman
16 March TU 1655 TOT 1725 TD 1845 Destroyed Railroad box cars (MR 803; plane # 83) JJY no wingman
16 March Jack wrote that he had completed 56 missions
17 March TU 1550 TOT 1645 TD 1720 Bombed Lauterbourg; strafed train and box cars (MR 806; plane # 83) JJY wm to Haun
18 March TU 0830 TOT 0915 TD 1030 Destroyed Barge; strafed and damaged RR cars (MR 808; plane #83) JJY element leader to Walby
18 March TU 1320 TOT 1400 TD 1510 Destroyed barge south of Mannheim (MR 812; plane # 83) JJY element leader to Kelly
18 March TU 1550 TOT 1655 TD 1735 Bombed buildings south of Heidelburg (MR 814; plane # 83) JJY wm to Goodwin
19 March TU 0820 TOT 0905-0910 TD 0955, dogfight with FW-190s, Jack’s plane (# 83) was seen spinning out of control; he was seen trying to get out. (MR 819) JJY wm to Haun. Hauptman Alfred Hammer, Gruppenkommandeur of IV./JG 53 based at Echterdingen (Pforzheim) flying ME-109s claimed victory over a P-47 at 0900. It was his 26th victory
1945 Wreckage of P-47 removed from Seehaus Forest
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