Jepsen, C. H.

The Charles H. Jepsen crew: 710th Squadron

Rattlesden, undated

Back Row L-R: 
Lt. Van Dyke Jones
Lt. James McBroom
Lt. Charles Jepson
Lt. Dan D. Smith
Front Row L-R: 
Cpl. John Schaeffer
Cpl. Stephen Ottman
Cpl. Kirk Richards
Cpl. Leland Kirby
Cpl. Norman Jones

 

The Jepson crew at Drew Field in 1944

 

Lt. Charles H. Jepsen; original pilot, Washington


Lt. James M. McBroom; Co-Pilot/Pilot, Mississippi

Lt. Van Dyke Jones; Bombardier, New Jersey

Lt. Dan D. Smith; Navigator, Illinois

Cpl. Stephen W. Ottman; Top Turret Gunner & Engineer, New York

Cpl. John J. Schaeffer; Ball Turret Gunner, California

Cpl. Norman E. Jones; Radio Operator & Right Waist Gunner, Georgia

Cpl. Kirk M. Richards; Left Waist Gunner, California

Cpl. Leland M. Kirby; Tail Gunner, California

 

 

 


 

N/A RTU: Drew Field, FL
N/A Transit Station, Kearney AAB
N/A In Transit (by air)
11/44 – 05/45 710th Squadron, Rattlesden, UK Special Order No. 259
Missions flown: 35

 

Combat Missions

No. DATE TARGET AIRCRAFT COMMENTS (from James McBroom’s diary)
178 11/26/44 HAMM 42-97803 R.R. Yards- Moderate, accurate flak. No fighters, no damage, no losses  Temp 46°
179 11/27/44 BINGEN 43-38524 Blonde Bomber II R.R. Yards. Slight, inaccurate flak. No fighters, no damage, no losses. 
180 11/30/44 LUTZKENDORF 44-6595 R.R. Yards – moderate, inaccurate flak, fighters – Buthe lost over target, no damage. 
181 12/04/44 MAINZ 42-97819 R.R. Yards –  Moderate, inaccurate flak, no fighters, very bad weather in target area, No damage or losses. 
182 12/06/44 MERSEBURG 42-97819 (Jepson flew w/o McBroom) 
186 12/15/44 HANOVER 42-97819 R.R. Yards –  Moderate, inaccurate flak, no fighters, very bad weather in target area, No damage or losses. 
187 12/18/44 MAINZ 42-97819 R.R. Yards – Slight, accurate flak. Bombed in overcast at 28,000. No losses, weather bad at home field, though. 
188 12/24/44 BABENHAUSEN 42-97819 Airfield – Heavy, accurate flak at enemy lines. Krug went down, we got hit at 5015 N. – 0612 E. No. 1 out and on fire and wouldn’t feather, No.3 supercharger & throttle gone, No.4 very bad vibration, hydraulic system out, two command receivers out, left waist oxygen system out, #2 generator out, #1 oil temp. out, #1 cylinder head temp out, both radio turning units out. I had one hole and one dent in flying-flak helmet, cut on neck, hit on back of neck, and three holes in leg of flying suit.  Landed at Woodbridge, over 150 holes. 
189 12/28/44 ZELLHAUSEN 44-6595 R.R. Yards – Slight, inaccurate flak, no fighters. Bombed through solid undercast. No losses and no damage.
191 12/31/44 WENZENDORF-STADE 43-38995 R.R. Yards – Slight, inaccurate flak, no fighters. Bombed through solid undercast. No losses and no damage. 
192 01/01/45 DOLLBERGEN 43-38995 Oil, instr t.o. Sills lost on t.o., Beighley crashed but safely – two runs on target – Hanover flak on 2nd run – Unescorted south thru Ger. – out at same as Dec. 24 – got flak there – several holes. 
195 01/05/45 WAXWEILER 42-97803 R.R. Yards – Bad weather – Assembly in So. Eng. at 25,000 – Bombed from 29,000. Slight accurate flak. No losses. 
196 01/06/45 WORMS 43-38995 R.R. Yards, inst t.o. – Weather ship crashed and burned – Heavy, inaccurate flak thru undercast – Bad weather entire mission – 
198 01/08/45 FRANKFURT 43-39054 Jersey Bounce II Assembly in So. England before daylight – heavy, accurate flak – Weeks went down – visual flak – instr. bombing – very bad weather entire mission – 
199 01/10/45 KARLSRUHE 43-39054 Jersey Bounce II (Jepson flew w/o McBroom) 
202 01/15/45 AUGSBURG 43-39054 Jersey Bounce II (Jepson flew w/o McBroom) 
208 02/03/45 BERLIN 43-39054 Jersey Bounce II Gov’t Hdqrs. – Moderate, accurate flak, no fighters – good weather all way – no losses – 900 fighters 
209 02/06/45 CHEMNITZ 43-39054 Jersey Bounce II Our group got no flak – Bad weather and group all split up on way back – 600′ ceiling and rain at base – no losses 
217 02/23/45 CRAILSHEIM 43-39054 Jersey Bounce II R.R. Yards, Bombed at 12,000 – No flak or fighters – Weather good to enemy lines out – then very bad – 400′ at base 
219 02/25/45 NEUBERG 43-39054 Jersey Bounce II Oil underground – bad weather t.o. Sweated fighters whole time – light flak at enemy lines – none at target – No losses 
220 02/26/45 BERLIN 43-39054 Jersey Bounce II R.R. Yards – Good weather – Good escort, moderate, inaccurate flak at target only – Instr. bombing & flak – no losses
223 03/02/45 DRESDEN 43-39054 Jersey Bounce II Light, inaccurate flak, good weather, undercast except in Dresden area – Dresden was secondary – 30 gallons gas on landing
227 03/09/45 FRANKFURT 43-39054 Jersey Bounce II Led 8th A.F. and got a little flak – undercast except at target – Good weather, no losses 
229 03/11/45 HAMBURG 44-8502 Oil – undercast at target, heavy flak, but mostly inaccurate – no losses 
235 03/19/45 ZWICKAU 43-39054 Jersey Bounce II City – made 2/3 of bomb run on Rhuland (?) Oil & flak – no flak at Zwickau, but bombed in clouds – very bad weather – assembled over France – 400′ ceiling for t.o. and landing – Fighters but diamond (?), no losses 
236 03/20/45 HAMBURG 43-39054 Jersey Bounce II (Jepson flew w/o McBroom) 
238 03/22/45 HELBERT AREA 43-39054 Jersey Bounce II (Jepson flew w/o McBroom) 
240 03/24/45 VARRELBUSCH A/F 43-39054 Jersey Bounce II Airfield – Pilot – no flak or fighters, good weather entire route – CAVU – Dyke led – good results 
Lt. McBroom takes over as 1st pilot  
241 03/28/45 HANOVER 44-6958 Jersey Bounce III R.R. Yards – Primary visual and flak free – assembled over France – very bad weather – 30 min. delay at enemy lines – weather bad at base – 3 runs on Hanover with Neal & Sapore – no losses 
242 03/30/45 HAMBURG 44-6958 Jersey Bounce III Submarine Pens – Flak heavy and accurate, Bull, Reese, and Dyke leading – lots of damage – Smith came close – Jets hit us and group in front – We had no losses
243 03/31/45 BRANDENBURG 44-6958 Jersey Bounce III City – no flak – we hit last resort. Primary north of Magenburg, secondary Brandenburg – 109’s hit all around us – no losses 
245 04/04/45 KEIL 44-6958 Jersey Bounce III Submarine pens and docks – heavy, inaccurate flak, but instr. flak and bombing. I flew low element lead – no losses
246 04/05/45 NURNBERG 44-6958 Jersey Bounce III City – Assembly over France – never found 447 – bombed with 34th – airfield in edge of city – Hvy, accurate flak 
247 04/07/45 SCHWERIN 44-6958 Jersey Bounce III City – Primary was airfield – Hit Schwerain visual – No flak and fighters missed us – Instr t.o. to 3,000 – bomb at 15,000 
248 04/08/45 PLAUEN 44-6958 Jersey Bounce III R.R. Yards – Flak light but accurate – Two ships in groups behind us – no losses – Jep finished 
249 04/09/45 NEWBURG A/F 43-38712 Buddy Buddy Airfield – Visual all way – Dyke leading and finished – Kirby finished with me – No flak and fighters – Straight line
250 04/10/45 BRANDENBURG 43-38712 Buddy Buddy Airfield – CAVU all the way – Flak heavy all over Germany – Saw 8 blow up before target – Flak at IP & target, lots of damage, but no losses 
251 04/11/45 INGLOSTADT 44-6958 Jersey Bounce III Airfield – CAVU all way. No flak and no fighters – Bombing at 18,000 – Good results – N E Jones finished. 
254 04/16/45 ROYAN AREA 44-6958 Jersey Bounce III German troop concentrations – good results, no flak, no escort, saw ships shelling coast – CAVU Schaeffer finished 
255 04/17/45 DRESDEN 44-6958 Jersey Bounce III R.R. Yards – Bad weather at target, went thru Brux flak at IP – moderate – inaccurate flak at target 
257 04/20/45 NEURUPPIN 44-6958 Jersey Bounce III CAVU except at target and IP – no flak and no fighters – sweated uncharted flak – low section lead 

 

 

Richards and McBroom with 43-39054 Jersey Bounce II sometime between January 8 and March 24, 1945.
 

Jersey Bounce II after a wheels-up landing on March 24, 1945. Briefly described in the Engineering Report for March, 1945

 

 

 

 

See also McBroom crew page

 

 

 

 


Photos and details courtesy of Mr. Allen McBroom