Mission # 1

MISSION SUMMARY

Mission Date 22 June 1943
384th Mission Number
 
1
8th Air Force Mission Number 65
Mission Comments First 384th Combat Mission
VIII Bomber Command Mission Number 65: In the first large-scale daylight raid on the Ruhr, 235 B-17's are dispatched to hit a chemical works and a synthetic rubber plant; 183 bomb the target; 16 bombers are lost and 75 others are damaged; casualties are 2 KIA, 16 WIA and 151 MIA. 11 YB-40's accompany this raid; 1 is lost. In a second raid, 42 B-17's are dispatched to bomb the former Ford and General Motors plants at Antwerp; 39 hit the target; 4 bombers are lost, 1 is damaged beyond repair, and 17 others are damaged; casualties are 1 KIA, 3 WIA and 40 MIA. An additional 21 B-17's fly an uneventful diversion.
Col Budd J Peaslee led the 384th Bombardment Group (H) on this mission. The Group put up 20 aircraft for this mission; two B-17s failed to return, 10 crewmembers were KIA, 1 was MIA, 9 became POW, and 4 were wounded.
Primary Target Target: General Motors Truck Factory
Type: Industry
Location: Antwerp, Belgium
Target Attacked (Mode) Primary (Visual)
Sortie/Aircraft Summary Completed Mission, not including spares - 18
Failed To Return - 1
Scrubbed - 1
Ground Spare Aircraft, Unused - 1
Ditched - 1
Mission Personnel Mission Personnel Roster or Mission Loading Lists

22 AIRCRAFT ASSIGNED TO THIS MISSION
Table is sortable by Aircraft, Pilot, Results, and Mission/Sortie Information
Aircraft Pilot Results Mission/Sortie Information
42‑3216Edwards, Floyd ClintonCompleted MissionTail gunner's feet were frostbitten.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑3218Armstrong, Lloyd RolandCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑3222Mattes, Frank GCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑3231Carrington, Richard ThompsonCompleted MissionLow squadron lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑3317Witt, Francis JohnScrubbedRemainder of crew not identified in mission documents.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑5848Ogilvie, Donald PotterCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑5849Riches, George WCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑5850Dillingham, Maurice StanleyCompleted MissionHigh squadron lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑5852Butler, Johnny AddisonCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑5853Disney, Frederick GuilsomeFailed to Return,
Ditched
Damaged by enemy aircraft; ditched in English Channel.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29956Hausenfluck, Jesse DGround Spare Aircraft,
Unused
Ground spare aircraft/crew; did not take off; remainder of crew not identified in mission documents.
42‑30005Henderson, Lykes SheltonCompleted MissionGround spare aircraft/crew; replaced Witt. Landed first with wounded aboard.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑30026Algar, Philip MorrisCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑30032Dietel, William (NMI)Completed MissionAdditional non-384th crewmember, Maj G E Hagenbuch, appears on the loading list as an instructor pilot (IP).
SORTIE REPORT
42‑30033Kelly, James HenryCompleted MissionGroup deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑30040Rosio, Joseph (NMI)Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑30043Hankinson, Gordon JoshuaCompleted MissionGroup lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑30046Wilson, Clayton RCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑30065Keck, George BCompleted MissionHigh squadron deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑30076Olbinski, Robert JamesFailed to ReturnShot down by enemy aircraft; crashed near Wilhelminadoorp, The Netherlands. MACR 2165
SORTIE REPORT
42‑30139Roberts, James RCompleted MissionBomb rack did not work on toggle; bombs jettisoned in the Channel.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑30143Hall, Ralph JacksonCompleted MissionLow squadron deputy.
SORTIE REPORT