Mission # 94


Mission Date 24 April 1944
384th Mission
Mission Number 94
8th Air Force Mission Mission Number 315
Mission Comments Aircraft Factory Demolished
The 384th Bombardment Group (H) led the 41st B Combat Bombardment Wing, and provided the majority of the high composite group of that wing, on today's mission. The objective was the factory in which the Do 335 Multipurpose Fighter was being built. This innovative aircraft was seen as a substantial threat to Allied fighter and bomber forces, and no effort was spared to cripple its production. In addition, new bombing formations were being tried for the first time, which made the mission even more hazardous. Regardless of the risk and challenges faced by aircrews, the mission was successful, crippling Do 335 production. For its part on this mission, the 384th was awarded its second Distinguished Unit Citation.
Primary Target Target: Dornier-Werke GMBH Aircraft Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
Target Attacked (Mode) Primary (Visual)
Sortie/Aircraft Summary Completed Mission, not including spares - 26
Failed To Return - 7
Scrubbed - 3
Ground Spare Aircraft, Unused - 4
Mission Personnel Mission Personnel Roster or Mission Loading Lists
Mission Documents Combat Mission Records and Plans obtained from the National Archives
Other Mission Documents Smokestack Blue Leader, Slow Down! (0.538 MB)
World War II Experiences (1.861 MB)
Not So Fond Memories of Oberpfaffenhofen (2.968 MB)
Mission 94 Formal Report
Mission 94 Intel Records
Mission 94 Personnel Records
24 April 1944 Strike Photo Overlay (Filesize N/A)

Table is sorted by Pilot, and may be sorted by any column: click the column head.
Aircraft Pilot Results Mission/Sortie Information
42‑3429Johnson, William TCompleted MissionSustained 20mm cannon damage.
42‑3440[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
42‑3441Foster, James ECompleted MissionGround spare aircraft; replaced 42‑39888. Sustained 20mm cannon damage.
42‑31346Harvey, Walter LewisFailed to ReturnLow squadron lead, lead group. Received direct flak burst at 1201 hrs 40 miles east of Paris; fire observed in nose with smoke coming out of cockpit; four chutes, only three opened; crashed SE of Cézanne, France. MACR 4355
42‑31484[N/A]Lead Ground Spare
Aircraft, Unused
42‑31495Yokie, John OliviCompleted MissionLanded with wounded crewmen aboard.
42‑32106Knapp, Paul BernardCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑37785Clayton, John EarlCompleted MissionGround spare aircraft; replaced 42‑37789.
42‑37789[N/A]ScrubbedReplaced by ground spare aircraft 42‑37785.
42‑37885Broyhill, Virgil RayFailed to ReturnThough not observed leaving formation, this aircraft made a forced landing at Dubendorf, Switzerland. MACR 4287
42‑38013[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
42‑38014Ulrey, Edgar EllsworthCompleted MissionWing lead.
42‑38158MacKichan, William GrahamFailed to ReturnHigh squadron lead, lead group. Hit by direct flak burst on bomb run; a/c blew up in mid-air after bomb release. MACR 4352
42‑38208[N/A]Lead Ground Spare
Aircraft, Unused
42‑39888[N/A]ScrubbedBlew tire on takeoff; replaced by ground spare aircraft 42‑3441.
42‑97072Humbles, Alfred TCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97081Corcoran, John JosephCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97136Boger, Eugene ArthurCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97139Decker, Charles EdgarCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97142Cole, Howard WoodrowCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97178Barad, Robert LeoCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97188Farthing, Frank (NMI)Completed MissionSustained 20mm cannon damage.
42‑97204Daskey, Kendall (NMI)Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97221Brouillard, Richard VernonFailed to ReturnAttacked by enemy aircraft at 1329 hrs; crashed 2 miles SW of Schlehdorf/Kochelsee, Germany. MACR 4351
42‑97251Smith, Charles GroverCompleted MissionLanded away at Boxted (Station 150) due to battle damage.
42‑97263Brown, Donald HaroldCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97372Haley, Ralph BernardFailed to ReturnHit by flak near Munich; #2 engine on fire but plane under control; bombed target; crashed near Fuessen, Germany. MACR 4349. Navigator seriously wounded; died later in German hospital.
42‑97449Kelsay, Omar FrankCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97477Edwards, Floyd ClintonFailed to ReturnHigh composite group lead. Left formation immediately after target and instructed deputy Laboda to take over lead; set course for Switzerland; 4 chutes; e/a, cr Maulbronn (25 miles NW of Stuttgart), Germany. MACR 4348
42‑97514Morrison, Donald SCompleted MissionWing deputy. PFF aircraft and unidentified crew members supplied by 305th BG.
42‑97573Kirkpatrick, William HughCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97637[305th BG Pilot]Completed MissionPFF aircraft and unidentified crew members supplied by 305th BG.
42‑102430Bennett, Dewayne (NMI)Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑102446Bailey, Everett LeeFailed to ReturnStruck by flak on bomb run; after bombing lft formation and headed for Switzerland; shot down by Swiss aircraft, crashing into the Greifensee. MACR 4347. This aircraft was recovered from lake in the 1950's.
42‑102448Bouvier, James AndrewCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑102449Coleman, Lee BrowningCompleted MissionHigh squadron deputy, lead group.
42‑102518Laboda, Joseph StanleyCompleted MissionAssumed lead after target when lead aircraft was shot down.
42‑107057[N/A]ScrubbedReplaced by ground spare aircraft 42‑97637, and Stoulil Crew.
42‑107058Gowder, Charles FredCompleted MissionLanded away at RAF Manston, Kent, on return due to crew casualties and battle damage. This aircraft had two killed and four wounded aboard. 2nd Lt. Charles Gowder was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. S/Sgt. James E. Williamson, tail gunner, was awarded the Silver Star.
42‑107074Strand, Robert ECompleted MissionGround spare aircraft; replaced 42‑107083.