Mission # 13

MISSION SUMMARY

Mission Date 30 July 1943
384th Mission
Mission Number 13
8th Air Force Mission Mission Number 80
Mission Comments Bombers Plaster Kassel
The 384th Bombardment Group (H) flew with the 303rd BG and 379th BG in wing formation on today's mission. Opposition stiffened as they neared the target, but they were able to drop their bombs on the primary target area. Flak over Kassel, and subsequent vigorous fighter attacks wounded several crew members and damaged many of the Group's aircraft, but all managed to return to England, although not all made it to Grafton Underwood that day.
Primary Target Target: Aircraft Assembly Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Kassel, Germany
Target Attacked (Mode) Primary (Visual)
Sortie/Aircraft Summary Completed Mission, not including spares - 10
Aborted - 2
Scrubbed - 1
Ground Spare Aircraft, Unused - 4
Crashed - 1
Mission Personnel Mission Personnel Roster or Mission Loading Lists
Mission Documents Combat Mission Records and Plans obtained from the National Archives

18 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
42‑3074[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
42‑3104[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
42‑3216Kelly, James HenryCompleted MissionGround Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑3259.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑3259[N/A]ScrubbedReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑3216.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑5051[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
42‑5848Harry, William RussellCrashed in Allied TerritoryCrash-landed at Boxted, AAF Station 150, on return, with extensive battle damage due to enemy aircraft and flak, with five wounded crewmen aboard. 2nd Lt. William Russell Harry awarded Silver Star (see 'As Briefed' p. 197).
SORTIE REPORT
42‑5849Sierens, Ernest JCompleted MissionLanded away at Attlebridge, AAF Station 120, on return, reason unknown.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29686Bigelow, William HoraceCompleted MissionLow Squadron deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29699Frink, Horace EverettCompleted MissionLanded away at Martlesham Heath, AAF Station 369, on return, reason unknown.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29703Sprague, Alfred LeeCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑29768Willing, Mark SkinnerCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑29927Wilson, Clayton RCompleted MissionGroup deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29956Hausenfluck, Jesse DCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑29985Swank, Robert DaleAbortedTurned back ten miles from the English coast due to 'high cylinder head temperatures and rough No. 2 engine.'
SORTIE REPORT
42‑30026Algar, Philip MorrisCompleted MissionGroup lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑30039[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
42‑30065Keck, George BCompleted MissionLow Squadron lead. Landed away at Horham, AAF Station 119, on return with extensive battle damage, low fuel, and a wounded crewman.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑30196Bishop, Charles WAbortedTurned back 62 miles into Belgium because hydraulic fluid was coming down into the ball turret, which was inoperative, the left waist gun and left top turret gun were out of order, and the tachometer on one engine was oscillating wildly.
SORTIE REPORT