Mission # 135

MISSION SUMMARY

Mission Date 14 June 1944
384th Mission
Mission Number 135
8th Air Force Mission Mission Number 412   (more...)
Mission Comments Clouds Cover Primary
The 384th Bombardment Group (H) flew as the 41st B Combat Bombardment Wing (41B Wing) and the High Group of the 41st D Combat Bombardment Wing (41D Group) on today's mission. The primary and secondary targets of the 41B Wing were hidden by 10/10 cloud cover, so a target of opportunity (TOO), the airfield at Creil, was bombed by the Lead and High groups: the Low group was forced out of position by sudden maneuvers by the Wing Lead and were unable to follow him on the bomb run to the TOO, resulting in no attack by the Low Group. The High and Low groups returned to England in formation with the Wing ahead of them in the bomber stream. Weather prevented the 41D Group from attacking the primary. After three runs on the primary target, contact with the Lead group was lost, and a decision was made to attempt to find the secondary target. However, weather conditions there were similar, so all bombs were returned to base. Also, because this group had lost contact with its Wing, it returned to base alone.
Primary Target Target: Coulommiers Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Coulommiers, France
Target Attacked (Mode) TOO (Visual)
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Criel, France
Sortie/Aircraft Summary Completed Mission, not including spares - 44
Failed To Return - 1
Scrubbed - 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

49 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
42‑31222Rosborough, James EdwardCompleted Mission41B Wing, Lead Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31484Dean, Ralph MerrickCompleted Mission41B Wing, High Group, High Squadron Lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑32106Cranstoun, Richard LeroyCompleted Mission41B Wing, High Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37776Maggart, Richard LeeCompleted Mission41B Wing, Low Group. 'Over the target four enemy fighters dove through the formation, shooting off a big chunk of this B-17's stabilizer; a shell went through her wing, grazing a gas tank and a mass of controls, but did no damage. When she reached her hardstand, the sub-depot boys had a new stabilizer there by the time the props stopped turning.'
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37822[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
42‑37982Barnes, Robert CCompleted Mission41B Wing, Low Group, High Squadron Lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑38013Shelley, John KCompleted Mission41B Wing, High Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑38014June, Glenn JosephCompleted Mission41B Wing, Lead Group, Wing Lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑38208Kelly, John ThomasCompleted Mission41D Group, Group Deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑39888Gottfried, Raymond NathanCompleted Mission41B Wing, Low Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97139Meland, Ralph WCompleted Mission41B Wing, Lead Group, Wing Deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97150Hannaford, Vernon LloyalCompleted Mission41D Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97178Peterson, Walter ThomasCompleted Mission41B Wing, High Group, Low Squadron Lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97188Summerville, Robert DanaFailed to Return41B Wing, Low Group. Attacked by about ten enemy aircraft on route to target; aircraft exploded and crashed near Bisseau, France. MACR 580
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97201Roth, Verle LeroyCompleted Mission41D Group. Jettisoned bomb load in the English Channel due to battle damage.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97237Pring, Robert BradfordCompleted Mission41D Group, High Squadron Deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97251Gibson, James AllenCompleted Mission41B Wing, Lead Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97273Melsen, Howard CarlCompleted Mission41B Wing, Lead Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97282Druckenmiller, Leon CCompleted Mission41B Wing, Low Group, Low Squadron Deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97309Bagby, Donald WoodsCompleted Mission41B Wing, High Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97367[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
42‑97449Menke, Robert ACompleted Mission41D Group, Low Squadron Deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97510Sullivan, James DominicCompleted Mission41B Wing, Lead Group. Number 3 engine went out near the primary target (which was not attacked) due to enemy aircraft; forced to jettison bombs in an open field to keep up with the formation.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97521[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
42‑97824Humbles, Alfred TCompleted Mission41D Group, Group Lead. Lead Ground Spare aircraft; replaced 42‑97960.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97941Parks, Oattis ElwynCompleted Mission41B Wing, High Group Lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97948Malone, John JCompleted Mission41B Wing, Lead Group, Low Squadron Deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97960[N/A]ScrubbedReplaced by Ground Spare aircraft 42‑97824.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102430Keate, Richard CCompleted Mission41B Wing, High Group, High Squadron Deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102442Peterson, Harold WilliamCompleted Mission41B Wing, High Group, Low Squadron Deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102500Gowder, Charles FredCompleted Mission41B Wing, Lead Group, Low Squadron Lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102501Rucker, David LeroyCompleted Mission41B Wing, Lead Group, High Squadron Deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102601Carey, Gates ChapmanCompleted Mission41B Wing, Lead Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102617Rimbold, Arthur ArimeseCompleted Mission41B Wing, Low Group, High Squadron Deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102661Lane, Edward WilliamCompleted Mission41B Wing, Low Group, Group Lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102933Stills, James VernonCompleted Mission41B Wing, Lead Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102959Pryor, Oliver McCoyCompleted Mission41B Wing, Low Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑107057Ungerman, Kenneth ACompleted Mission41B Wing, Lead Group, High Squadron Lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑107121Kelley, Robert EncilCompleted Mission41B Wing, Low Group, Group Deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑107148Pompe, Bernard JosephCompleted Mission41B Wing, High Group Deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑107224Finch, Francis NelsonCompleted Mission41B Wing, Low Group.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37703Strong, Bert FCompleted Mission41B Wing, Low Group, Low Squadron Lead.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37717Liebert, Jack LouisCompleted Mission41B Wing, High Group.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6105Wortman, Marshall (NMI)Completed Mission41D Group.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6109Adams, William LowellCompleted Mission41B Wing, High Group.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6128Hale, Charles EugeneCompleted Mission41D Group, Low Squadron Lead.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6135Wright, James WileyCompleted Mission41D Group, High Squadron Lead.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6141Murchan, Lawrence AloysiusCompleted Mission41B Wing, Low Group.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6147Burkhard, James AlbertCompleted Mission41B Wing, High Group.
SORTIE REPORT