W.L. Jackson Crew - Assigned 752nd Squadron - December 19, 1944
Flying at the End of Hostilities
|Rank||Name||Serial #||Crew Pos||Date||Status||Comments|
|2Lt||William L Jackson, Jr||0832149||Pilot||Jun-45||FEH||Ferry Crew - Top O' The Mark|
|2Lt||Kenneth F Kidd||0768122||Co-Pilot||Jun-45||FEH||Ferry Crew - Top O' The Mark|
|2Lt||Robert W Attenborough||02069904||Navigator||Jun-45||FEH||Ferry Crew - Top O' The Mark|
|2Lt||Albert W Junes||0768966||Bombardier||Jun-45||FEH||Ferry Crew - Top O' The Mark|
|Cpl||Lew S Hurtig||39211561||Radio Operator||Jun-45||FEH||Ferry Crew - Top O' The Mark|
|Cpl||Joseph S Schultz||12178063||Flight Engineer||Jun-45||FEH||Ferry Crew - Top O' The Mark|
|Sgt||Herman I Harney||35137664||Armorer-Gunner||Jun-45||FEH||Ferry Crew - Top O' The Mark|
|Cpl||James D Hudson||39143072||Armorer-Gunner||Jun-45||FEH||Ferry Crew - Top O' The Mark|
|Cpl||Eugene M Pitard||14188596||Armorer-Gunner||Jun-45||FEH||Ferry Crew - Top O' The Mark|
|Cpl||David S Reid||39215793||Armorer-Gunner||Jun-45||FEH||Ferry Crew - Top O' The Mark|
2Lt William L. Jackson, Jr and crew was assigned to the 752nd Squadron on December 19, 1944. This was the same day that the crew of 2Lt William E. Jackson, Jr and crew was assigned to the same squadron. [This has presented numerous issues 70+ years later trying to put together mission information on these two crews!]
Jackson's first mission was on January 13, 1945 to the marshalling yards in Kaiserlautern, Germany, and their last was on April 16, 1945 when the 458th hit another marshalling yard in Landshut, Germany. The crew flew a total of 27 missions. The crew was forced to abort on two of their missions, the first of which occurred on February 22, 1945 during assembly. They lost the #2 supercharger at 8,000 feet and by the time they reached 12,000 feet over Beacon #5 they were only pulling 30" of manifold pressure. They brought their bombs back to base. The second abort occurred on February 28th, but this time they were almost into enemy territory when a gas leak forced them to turn around. They were given credit for this mission. [See account below]
At this stage of the war, all of the targets that the crew went to were in Germany. The sole exception was the mission to Point de Grave on April 14, 1945. It was on this raid, in an attempt to dislodge the remaining German forces in France, that the Eighth Air Force experimented with the first use of Napalm. The crew flew a variety of 752nd Squadron aircraft on their missions, but one B-24H25-DT 42-51110 7V M named Top O' The Mark seemed to be their favorite. They flew a total of 12 missions in this aircraft, including its 100th credited sortie on April 5, 1945 (see section below).
2Lt Albert Junes, bombardier, was transferred to the 755th (Lead) Squadron on March 27, 1945. He was transferred back to the 752nd on May 7, 1945.
Seven days after their final mission the crew went on Rest Home leave. Two days later the Eighth Air Force ceased bombing operations over Europe, and on May 8, 1945 the war in the ETO came to an end. Many of the crews who had not completed a combat tour were assigned to ferry the group's B-24 Liberators back to the Zone of the Interior. Jackson's crew, along with several ground men, departed Horsham St. Faith in mid-June 1945, flying Top O' The Mark back to the States.
|Date||Target||458th Msn||Pilot Msn||Serial||RCL||Sqdn||A/C Msn||A/C Name||Comments|
|28-Jan-45||DORTMUND||174||3||42-95179||X||7V||75||HERE I GO AGAIN|
|06-Feb-45||MAGDEBURG||178||4||42-51206||S||7V||32||THE PIED PIPER|
|15-Feb-45||MAGDEBURG||182||5||42-51206||S||7V||34||THE PIED PIPER|
|19-Feb-45||MESCHADE||184||6||42-51110||M||7V||72||TOP O' THE MARK|
|22-Feb-45||PEINE-HILDESHEIM||186||ABT||41-29340||N||7V||--||YANKEE BUZZ BOMB||ABORT - #2 TURBO|
|23-Feb-45||GERA-REICHENBACH||187||7||42-51514||B||7V||15||BIG CHIEF LIL' BEAVER|
|26-Feb-45||BERLIN||190||8||41-29340||N||7V||63||YANKEE BUZZ BOMB||GROUP 200TH MISSION|
|28-Feb-45||BIELEFELD||192||ABT||41-29305||N||Z5||--||I'LL BE BACK/HYPOCHONDRIAC||ABORT - FUEL LEAK|
|02-Mar-45||MAGDEBURG||194||9||42-51110||M||7V||81||TOP O' THE MARK|
|05-Mar-45||HARBURG||197||11||42-51110||M||7V||84||TOP O' THE MARK|
|12-Mar-45||FRIEDBURG||202||13||42-51270||A||7V||22||MY BUNNIE II|
|15-Mar-45||ZOSSEN||204||14||42-51270||A||7V||24||MY BUNNIE II|
|19-Mar-45||LEIPHEIM||207||15||41-29567||G||7V||17||MY BUNNIE / BAMBI|
|21-Mar-45||HESEPE||209||16||44-10487||R||7V||46||Girl on surfboard (no name)|
|24-Mar-45||KIRKOFF||213||17||42-51110||M||7V||96||TOP O' THE MARK|
|25-Mar-45||HITZACKER||214||18||42-51110||M||7V||97||TOP O' THE MARK||DROP 12mi OFF TGT|
|31-Mar-45||BRUNSWICK||216||19||42-51110||M||7V||99||TOP O' THE MARK|
|04-Apr-45||PERLEBERG||217||20||42-51270||A||7V||33||MY BUNNIE II|
|05-Apr-45||PLAUEN||218||21||42-51110||M||7V||100||TOP O' THE MARK|
|06-Apr-45||HALLE||219||22||42-51110||M||7V||101||TOP O' THE MARK|
|10-Apr-45||RECHLIN/LARZ||223||24||42-51110||M||7V||102||TOP O' THE MARK|
|11-Apr-45||REGENSBURG||224||25||42-51110||M||7V||103||TOP O' THE MARK|
|14-Apr-45||POINTE DE GRAVE||225||26||42-51110||M||7V||104||TOP O' THE MARK|
|16-Apr-45||LANDSHUT||227||27||42-51110||M||7V||105||TOP O' THE MARK|
Mission Abort - Sortie Credit
February 28, 1945
SUBJECT: Abortion of A/C 305 N
TO: Group Operations
We had a gas leak to [sic] develop soon after we began to transfer fuel to #3 tank. We immediately changed to #4 tank, but the gas leak continued. We quit transferring fuel thinking the tanks were too full, and that the leak would stop after using some of the fuel. The Waist Gunner and Tail Gunner complained about gas fumes and after a while reported that they were getting worse. We had started climbing by this time, so I thought that maybe this too would keep the gas leaking if the tanks were too full. The gas leak continued throughout the climb. I had had the crew chief crack the bomb bay doors about 6 or 8 inches when the gunners reported the fumes. I called the Lincoln Red Leader and reported the trouble. He called back and said act at my own discretion. I called him back and said I would stay with the formation until we leveled off and see if it would stop.
When we leveled off we were almost in enemy territory. I called my Waist Gunners and asked about the leak to see if it had stopped and he reported it wasn't doing any better. About ten minutes later I asked him again and he said the gas was still coming out and the ship still had fumes in the Waist Section. I called the Lincoln Red Leader and reported this, and asked permission to leave the formation, drop my bombs and return to base. He called back and said to fly the same heading as the formation and out to the side, drop my bombs and return to base. We pulled out of formation, to the right side and flew straight ahead for about three minutes. We saw a town through a hole in the clouds which my Navigator identified as St. Goar. We tried to drop our bombs on this town. The left bomb bay doors would not open so we dropped them thru the doors. We didn't see the bomb bursts because of the cloud coverage. I don't know whether we hit the town or not. We had no bomb sight installed. According to the Navigator we were approximately 15 miles southeast of Coblenz, flying a heading of about 110 degrees when we dropped our bombs. After we dropped our bombs we turned to a heading of 270 degrees until we got back across the lines, and then we headed home. The gas leak continued until we reduced our power settings to start our let down.
2 Lt., A.C. 75nd Sq.
B-24H-25-DT 42-51110 7V M Top O' The Mark - 100th Mission*
Sgt. Edward C. Scheller - Crew Chief
"Just Back from Germany"
1Lt William L. Jackson
Kenneth Kidd - Co-pilot
Robert Attenborough - Navigator
Albert Junes - Bombardier