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Mission # 14

MISSION SUMMARY

Mission Date 12 August 1943
VIII Bomber Command Operations Show Operations
384th Bomb Group Mission
384th BG Mission Number 14, VIII BC Mission Number 81
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
Ground Spare Aircraft, Unused - 1
Scrubbed - 1
Aborted - 6
Failed To Return - 5
Mission Personnel Mission Personnel Roster or Mission Loading Lists
Mission Documents Combat Mission Records and Plans obtained from the National Archives
Other Mission Documents 1943-08-12, Group Lead, M. Dillingham, D. Ogilvie

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 RowlandAborted Mission After Taking Off.Turned 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 FryeAborted Mission After Taking Off.Turned 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. Engines #1 & #3 damaged by 20mm shell, many flak holes in ship.
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: Did Not Take Off 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 EverettAborted Mission After Taking Off.Turned 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 EarlCompleted MissionFlak damaged three engines preventing full power.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29985Lecates, Robert LeslieAborted Mission After Taking Off.Low 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 SamuelAborted Mission After Taking Off.Turned 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 HenryAborted Mission After Taking Off.High 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