Mission # 106

MISSION SUMMARY

Mission Date 12 May 1944
384th Mission
Mission Number 106
8th Air Force Mission Mission Number 353
Mission Comments First 384th Oil Industry Attack
The 384th Bombardment Group (H) led the 41st B Combat Bombardment Wing, and supplied an additional group for the low position of the wing formation for today's mission - the first 384th attack on oil industry targets. Clear weather at the target permitted accurate visual bombing.
Primary Target Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Target Attacked (Mode) Primary (Visual)
Sortie/Aircraft Summary Completed Mission, not including spares - 30
Aborted - 6
Scrubbed - 2
Flying Spare, Completed Mission - 1
Ground Spare Aircraft, Unused - 3
Mission Personnel Mission Personnel Roster or Mission Loading Lists
Mission Documents Combat Mission Records and Plans obtained from the National Archives

42 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
42‑3440[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
42‑3441[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
42‑31484[N/A]Lead Ground Spare
Aircraft, Unused
 
42‑32106Kirkpatrick, William Hugh Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑37776Kelsay, Omar Frank Completed MissionGround Spare Aircraft, replaced 42‑97204. Took off late due to mechanical difficulty in assigned aircraft; joined 94th BG and bombed their primary target.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37788MacFarlane, Menzies James Completed MissionHigh Squadron deputy, low group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37982Francis, Thomas Rex Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑38013Inman, Loren Alexander Completed MissionLow Squadron deputy, low group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑38014Decker, Charles Edgar Completed MissionLow group lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑38208Johnson, William T AbortedTurned back at 1201 hrs because #1 engine went out and was running rough and losing oil. This occurred at a point about 100 miles inside Belgium, approaching the German border; since they were well within enemy territory, combat credit was awarded the crew for this mission.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑39766Pryor, Raymond Thomas Completed MissionWing deputy. PFF aircraft and unidentified crew members provided by 305th BG, Chelveston, AAF Station 105.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑39888Druckenmiller, Leon C AbortedTurned back at 1055 hrs over Clacton after two crew members reported flames shooting from left wing panel.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97072Wright, James Wiley Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97139Courtemanche, Ralph Eudor Completed MissionLow group deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97142Cole, Howard Woodrow Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97178Peterson, Walter Thomas Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97188Wortman, Marshall (NMI) Flying Spare,
Completed Mission
Ground Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑97263. Flying spare; joined formation.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97201Roth, Verle Leroy Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97204[N/A]ScrubbedReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑37776.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97237Brown, Donald Harold Completed MissionLow Squadron lead, low group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97251Meland, Ralph W Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97263[N/A]ScrubbedReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑97188.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97271Lane, Edward William Completed MissionHigh Squadron lead, lead group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97273Strand, Robert Earl Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97309Pompe, Bernard Joseph Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97367Hale, Charles Eugene AbortedTurned back at 1131 hrs with #4 prop running away.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97404Hall, Barney Marcus Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97521Dean, Ralph Merrick Completed MissionLow Squadron deputy, lead group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97574Morrison, Donald Sylvester Completed MissionWing lead. PFF aircraft and unidentified crew members provided by 305th BG, Chelveston, AAF Station 105.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102402Castleman, Milton Eugene AbortedHigh Squadron lead, low group. Turned back at 1025 hrs because ball turret gunner blacked out at 8000 ft.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102430Peterson, Harold William Completed MissionHigh Squadron deputy, lead group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102459Halasz, John Julius Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑102500Rosborough, James Edward Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑102518Burkhard, James Albert Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑102548Stevens, Raymond Robert Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑102566Pulliam, Lyle James AbortedTook off on three engines and had only 35 inches manifold pressure on #1 engine; turned back north of Kettering when #1 cylinder head blew out and engine had to be feathered.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102617James, Robert Huey Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑102620Shearer, Wilbur Lee Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑107057Rucker, David Leroy AbortedTurned back when #2 supercharger failed.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑107083Baker, Charles Washington Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑107121Malone, John J Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑107125Knapp, Paul Bernard Completed MissionLow Squadron lead, lead group.
SORTIE REPORT