Mission # 117


Mission Date 28 May 1944
384th Mission
Mission Number 117
8th Air Force Mission Mission Number 376   (more...)
Mission Comments Equipment and Smokescreen Problems
For the first mission of the day - identified as 'Regular Mission' in Group records - the 384th Bombardment Group (H) formed the High Group of the 41st Combat Bombardment Wing, the fourth of five wings comprising Air Task Force 1. Equipment problems on the bomb run on the primary target prevented the lead aircraft from releasing its bombs (the signal for the rest of the group to drop its bombs). After turning the lead over to the group deputy, the secondary target was found to be effectively obscured by a smoke screen, so the formation dropped their bombs on a target of opportunity (TOO), a factory complex about 10 miles east of Leipzig, Germany.
Primary Target Target: Junkers Aircraft Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Dessau, Germany
Target Attacked (Mode) TOO (Visual)
Target: Factory Complex
Type: Industry
Location: Leipzig, Germany
Sortie/Aircraft Summary Completed Mission, not including spares - 20
Ground Spare Aircraft, Unused - 2
Mission Personnel Mission Personnel Roster or Mission Loading Lists
Mission Documents Combat Mission Records and Plans obtained from the National Archives

Table is sorted by Pilot, and may be sorted by any column: click the column head.
Aircraft Pilot Results Mission/Sortie Information
42‑3440Ungerman, Kenneth Armistead Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑31222Gibson, James Allen Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑37788[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
42‑37792Hale, Charles Eugene Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑38014[N/A]Lead Ground Spare
Aircraft, Unused
42‑38208Pring, Robert Bradford Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97072Bennett, Phillip Nathan Completed MissionGroup Lead. Aircraft experienced 'rack and AFCE problems' on initial bomb run, and was unable to drop bombs on the primary target. The air commander turned over the lead to his deputy for the (abortive) attack on the secondary target, and the actual attack on the TOO.
42‑97142Sullivan, James Dominic Completed MissionLow Squadron Deputy.
42‑97201Brown, Billie Barnard Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97204Wortman, Marshall (NMI) Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97237Wright, James Wiley Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97251Meland, Ralph Wendell Completed MissionHigh Squadron Lead.
42‑97263Kelly, John Thomas Completed MissionGroup Deputy. Assumed lead after equipment failures on the lead aircraft.
42‑97273June, Glenn Joseph Completed MissionLow Squadron Lead.
42‑97320Stevens, Raymond Robert Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97367MacFarlane, Menzies James Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑102500Gowder, Charles Fred Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑102501Rucker, David Leroy Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑102566Fitzgerald, Thomas Hayward Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑102601Carey, Gates Chapman Completed MissionHigh Squadron Deputy.
42‑102620Malone, John James Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑102661Peck, Harland Kenneth Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT