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David E. Fackler, Pilot
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DAVID E. FACKLER CREW - 359th BS
B-17F Knockout Dropper #41-24605 (BN-R)
(crew assigned 359BS: 29 Mar 1944 - photo: April 1944)

(Back L-R) 1Lt David E. Fackler (P), 1Lt Wallace L. Paton (CP),
1Lt Paul G. Hogan (N), 2Lt George H. Nance (B)

(Front L-R) S/Sgt Harold W. McIntyre (BT), S/Sgt Ray Brewer (WG),
T/Sgt Bert T. Prendergast (R), T/Sgt Jerome D. Schlottmann (E),
S/Sgt Wilbert F. Pohlman (TG), S/Sgt Bill B. Tipton (WG)

(Ranks and Grades at time of last combat mission)

Twenty-six dispatched (21 credited) combat missions od 1Lt David E. Fackler:
Credited missions:132 (9 April 1944), 134, 136, 137, 138, 141, 142, 144, 148(AS), 150, 151, 155, 162, 164, 165, 169, 170, 171, 174, 175, 176.
Non-Credited missions: 145(S), 152(A), 167(S), 172(A), 178(S).
(AS) Credited abortive sortie - no bombs dropped. (A) Non-credited aborted mission
(S) Take off as a spare B-17 that was not required - returned to Molesworth

Crew Notes:

  • 1Lt David E. Fackler (P) - Missions 132 and 134 flown as CoPilot with Combat Orientation Pilots and crews. Last mission on 12 July 1944. Did not complete his 25 mission combat tour.

  • 2Lt Wallace L. Paton (CP) - Had 32 credited combat missions. Stood down on missions 132 & 134 and flew on all of the other 19 1Lt Fackler missions. Dispatched on 14 (13 credited) missions as CoPilot with other Pilots (154, 179, 181, 182, 183, 184, 185, 190, 192(A), 193, 194, 195, 196, 197) Combat tour completed on 6 July 1944.

  • 1Lt Paul G. Hogan (N) - Had 33 credited combat missions. Flew on 14 credited missions with the 1Lt Fackler Crew (132, 134, 136, 137, 138, 141, 142, 144, 148, 150, 151, 155, 162, 164). Flew on 19 additional credited missions as a Lead Crew Navigator with other Lead Crew Pilots (170, 175, 176, 178, 184, 191, 193, 195, 205, 210, 218, 221, 223, 226, 228, 232, 234, 240, 243). Combat tour completed on 17 February 1944.

  • 1Lt Rolf N. Andreason (N) - Substitute Navigator - Had 33 credited combat missions: Seven credited missions with the 1Lt Fackler crew (165, 169, 170, 171, 174, 175, 176); First 15 missions with the 2Lt Clinton A. Moser crew (132, 133, 134, 137, 138, 141, 142, 143, 144, 146, 148, 149, 151, 155, 159); 11 missions with other Pilots(183, 185, 190, 191, 193, 194, 195, 196, 201, 202, 203). Combat tour completed on 13 July 1944.

  • 1Lt George H. Nance (B) - Had 27 credited combat missions: Thirteen with the 1Lt Fackler crew (134, 136, 137, 138, 141, 142, 144, 148, 150, 151, 155, 162, 164); Fourteen as a Lead Crew Bombardier with other Lead Crew Pilots (167, 184, 191, 195, 205, 218, 225, 228, 232, 234, 235, 239, 243, 244). Last combat mission on 29 May 1944.

  • 2Lt Frank P. Campbell (B) - Substitute Bombardier - Had 33 credited combat missions: Six with the 1Lt Fackler crew (165, 169, 170, 171, 174, 176); 27 with other Pilots - 15 with 2Lt Clinton A. Moser crew (132, 133, 134, 137, 138, 141, 142, 143, 144, 146, 148, 149, 151, 155, 159), 12 with other Pilots (180, 181, 182, 183, 184, 190, 193, 194, 195, 198, 201, 202).Combat tour completed on 11 July 1944.

  • T/Sgt Jerome D. Schlottmann (E), S/Sgt Harold W. McIntyre (BTG), S/Sgt Ray Brewer (WG), S/Sgt Wilbert F. Pohlman (TG) - Had 20 credited missions with the 1Lt Fackler crew (134, 136, 137, 138, 141, 142, 144, 148, 150, 151, 155, 162, 164, 165, 169, 170, 171, 174, 175, 176). Missions with other Pilots: T/Sgt Schlottmann - 10 missions (193, 194, 195, 196, 228, 233, 234, 235, 236, 238), S/Sgt McIntyre and Brewer - 4 missions (193, 194, 195, 196), S/Sgt Pohlman - 3 missions (194, 195, 196). Last missions flown: T/Sgt Schlottmann - 9 Sept 1944; Others on 5 July 1944.

  • T/Sgt Bert T. Prendergast (R) - Had 11 credited missions with the 1Lt Fackler crew (134, 136, 137, 138, 141, 142, 144, 148, 150, 151, 155). Last mission on 19 May 1944. Transferred to the 15th Air Force in Italy and flew 22 more missions. See his mission log here.

  • T/Sgt William C. McLaughlin (R) - Substitute Radio Operator - Had 13 credited missions: Nine with the 1Lt Fackler crew (162, 164, 165, 169, 170, 171, 174, 175, 176); Four with the 1Lt Edward F. Callahan crew (193, 194, 195, 196). Last mission on 5 July 1944.

  • S/Sgt Bill P. Tipton (WG) - Had 11 credited missions with the 1Lt Fackler Crew (134, 136, 137, 138, 141, 142, 144, 148, 150, 151, 155). Crew size reduced from 10 to 9 men and second waist Gunner position was deleted. Last mission on 19 May 1944.

[photo courtesy of Paul G. Hogan and the Irue Ferguson Family]
[Researched by Harry D. Gobrecht, 303rdBGA Historian Emeritus]