Mission # 96

MISSION SUMMARY

Mission Date 27 April 1944
384th Mission
Mission Number 96
8th Air Force Mission Mission Number 322
Mission Comments V-Weapons Attacked
The 384th Bombardment Group (H) flew as an independent group (no wing formation) on the first of two missions today. The target was partially obscured by haze making sighting difficult. In addition, the AFCE failed on the bomb run, requiring increased coordination between bombardier and pilot. However, most bombs were dropped right on the target area.
Primary Target Target: V-Weapon Service Bunker (under construction)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Sottevast, France
Target Attacked (Mode) Primary (Visual)
Sortie/Aircraft Summary Completed Mission, not including spares - 16
Failed To Return - 1
Aborted - 1
Flying Spare, Returned As Briefed - 3
Ground Spare Aircraft, Unused - 3
Flight Completed - 1
Mission Personnel Mission Personnel Roster or Mission Loading Lists
Mission Documents Combat Mission Records and Plans obtained from the National Archives

25 AIRCRAFT ASSIGNED TO THIS MISSION
Table is sorted by Pilot, and may be sorted by any column: click the column head.
Aircraft Pilot Results Mission/Sortie Information
42‑3440Johnson, William TFlying Spare,
Returned As Briefed
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31211Ulrey, Edgar EllsworthFlight CompletedWeather Ship
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31364Allison, Earl ThomasCompleted MissionGroup lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑32106Knapp, Paul BernardCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑37758[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
42‑37776Meland, Ralph WAbortedTurned back due to inability to catch up to formation.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37785Sharff, Sampson (NMI)Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑37982Clayton, John EarlCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97136Small, Herbert WilliamFailed to ReturnDirect hit by flak immediately after bombs away; fire started in cockpit and spread throughout aircraft, which peeled off to the left and started down and then exploded; no chutes observed; crashed 2 km W of Valognes, France. MACR 4350
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97139Decker, Charles EdgarCompleted MissionLow Squadron lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97188Farthing, Frank (NMI)Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97237[N/A]Lead Ground Spare
Aircraft, Unused
 
42‑97251Smith, Charles GroverCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97271Pompe, Bernard JosephCompleted MissionHigh Squadron deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97273Corcoran, John JosephCompleted MissionLow Squadron deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97309Birckhead, Robert BruceCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97367West, George BerryCompleted MissionGroup deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97510Horton, Lloyd (NMI)Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97521Peterson, Walter ThomasCompleted MissionDid not atack target due to malfunction of bomb bay doors, and mechanical difficulty with release mechanism; jettisoned 7x1000# GP bombs 2 minutes before target and 1x1000# GP shortly after target.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97573Kirkpatrick, William HughCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑102448Bouvier, James AndrewFlying Spare,
Returned As Briefed
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102518Helmley, Loyd ElmerCompleted MissionHigh Squadron lead. Did not attack target due to malfunction of bomb bay doors; dropped 2x1000# GP bombs between IP and target.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑107057Cole, Howard WoodrowFlying Spare,
Returned As Briefed
SORTIE REPORT
42‑107074Malone, John JCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑107083[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused