Mission # 14

MISSION SUMMARY

Mission Date 12 August 1943
384th Mission
Mission Number 14
8th Air Force Mission Mission Number 81
Mission Comments Many Enemy Fighters
The 384th Bombardment Group (H) flew as the high group of the 103rd Combat Wing on today's mission. The formation was decimated by aborts and losses. Formation problems prevented attack on primary target. Unidentified military installations were bombed leaving primary target area. Heavy fighter attacks occurred for over an hour after the target.
Primary Target Target: Synthetic Fuel Hydrogenation Plant
Type: Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Target Attacked (Mode) TOO (Visual)
Target: Military Installations
Type: Military
Location: [Unidentified], Germany
Sortie/Aircraft Summary Completed Mission, not including spares - 9
Failed To Return - 5
Aborted - 6
Scrubbed - 1
Ground Spare Aircraft, Unused - 1
Mission Personnel Mission Personnel Roster or Mission Loading Lists
Mission Documents Combat Mission Records and Plans obtained from the National Archives

22 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
42‑3104Keck, George BFailed to ReturnDamaged by enemy aircraft; crashed near 'House Oelgarten', Hennef, Germany. MACR 286
SORTIE REPORT
42‑3216Ogilvie, Donald PotterCompleted MissionGroup lead. Bomb bay doors wouldn't open on bomb run; bombs dropped on target of opportunity 30 west of Gelsenkirchen.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑3218Armstrong, Lloyd RolandAbortedTurned back at 0810 hrs because of supercharger failure on #3 & #4 engines.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑3222Mattes, Frank GeorgeCompleted MissionLow Squadron lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑3230Wofford, Drewry FryAbortedTurned back at 0811 hrs because #3 engine was throwing oil and vibrating and had to be feathered.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑3231Carrington, Richard ThompsonFailed to ReturnDamaged by enemy aircraft, crashed [SE of] Liblar, Germany. MACR 287
SORTIE REPORT
42‑3259Magowan, DavidCompleted MissionOn return, landed away at Framlingham, AAF Station 153, with one wounded.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑5806Swank, Robert DaleFailed to ReturnHit by flak on the way to the target, then attacked by fighters. Some of crew bailed out before aircraft exploded. Crashed near Volmershofen/Heidgen (5 miles SW of Bonn), Germany. MACR 288
SORTIE REPORT
42‑5849[N/A]Scrubbed SORTIE REPORT
42‑29686Bigelow, William HoraceFailed to ReturnDamaged by enemy aircraft; exploded in mid-air and crashed east of Königswinter, Germany, at 'HEISTERBACHERROTT.' MACR 290
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29699Frink, Horace EverettAbortedTurned back because #1, #3 and #4 oil pressure dropped off between nothing and ten; feathered #1 and #3.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29703[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
42‑29768Willing, Mark SkinnerCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑29927Higdon, Philip ECompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑29985Lecates, Robert LeslieAbortedLow Squadron deputy. Returned early after #1 engine oil cooler sprung leak and lost power. Bombed a target of opportunity (TOO), an airfield in The Netherlands.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑30026Algar, Philip MorrisCompleted MissionLead Squadron #2 position.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑30039Bishop, Charles WCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑30043Goulder, Edmund SamuelAbortedTurned back over Yarmouth; could not reach altitude or keep up with formation; lower turret was out and top turret Vickers unit was 'vaporizing' (?).
SORTIE REPORT
42‑30046Sierens, Ernest JosephFailed to ReturnLead Ground Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑5849. High Squadron deputy. Damaged by flak; crashed near Gelsenkirchen, Germany. MACR 289
SORTIE REPORT
42‑30139Kelly, James HenryAbortedHigh Squadron lead, group deputy. turned back at 0828 hrs because #1 engine failed.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑30142Hausenfluck, Jesse DeeCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑30196Armstrong, James EdwinCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT