Mission # 153

MISSION SUMMARY

Mission Date 7 July 1944
384th Mission
Mission Number 153
8th Air Force Mission Mission Number 458
Mission Comments Me-109 Factory Targeted
The 384th Bombardment Group (H) provided the high groups for the 41st A and B Combat Bombardment Wings on today's mission. The A group encountered little difficulty completing the mission as briefed, but the story was quite different for the B group. Following assembly, the 41st B CBW leader led the formation through a very heavy cloud layer, causing the formation to deteriorate. Once clear of the clouds, few 384th ships were able to locate any formation. Those who did tacked on to the low B group and bombed the target using PFF. In addition, two of our ships collided in the cloudy conditions, with fatal results.
Primary Target Target: Me-109 Aircraft Factory
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Leipzig, Germany
Target Attacked (Mode) Primary (Visual)
Sortie/Aircraft Summary Completed Mission, not including spares - 22
Aborted - 12
Scrubbed - 3
Flying Spare, Completed Mission - 2
Flying Spare, Returned As Briefed - 1
Ground Spare Aircraft, Unused - 1
Some Crewmembers Bailed Out - 1
Crashed - 2
Flight Completed - 1
Mission Personnel Mission Personnel Roster or Mission Loading Lists
Mission Documents Combat Mission Records and Plans obtained from the National Archives

45 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
42‑32106Young, Daniel Monroe AbortedHigh group, 41st B wing. Lost group in heavy clouds; returned to base.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37788Hannaford, Vernon Lloyal Flight CompletedWeather aircraft; remainder of crew (CP, N, RO, Eng) not identified
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37974Combs, William Felix Completed MissionHigh group, 41st B wing. Lost group in heavy clouds; tacked on to the low group of the 41st B wing and bombed with them.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37982Durdin, Larkin Clayton AbortedHigh Squadron deputy, high group, 41st B wing. Lost group in heavy clouds; tacked on to the low group of the 41st B wing and bombed with them.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑38013Menke, Robert A Completed MissionHigh group, 41st A wing.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑38208Hale, Charles Eugene Completed MissionHigh group deputy, 41st A wing. Deputy Grp Leader
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97072[N/A]ScrubbedReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑97251.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97142Melsen, Howard Carl Completed MissionLow Squadron deputy, high group, 41st A wing.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97201Coleman, Lee Browning Flying Spare,
Returned As Briefed
High group, 41st A wing.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97237Brown, Billie Barnard Completed MissionHigh group, 41st A wing.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97251Rosborough, James Edward AbortedHigh group, 41st A wing. Turned back; reasons unknown.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97263[N/A]ScrubbedHigh group, 41st A wing. Replaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 44‑6149.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97271Seitz, Harold Meade Completed MissionHigh group, 41st B wing. Lost group in heavy clouds; tacked on to the low group of the 41st B wing and bombed with them.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97273Pranger, Nicholas Vincent Completed Mission,
some crew bailed out
High group, 41st A wing. Tailgunner bailed out during violent prop wash, apparently believing the aircraft was in trouble.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97367Sweeney, Ned Hardy Completed MissionHigh group, 41st A wing.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97449Griggs, Frederick Monroe Completed MissionHigh group, 41st A wing.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97521Melzar, Raymond Augustus Completed MissionHigh group, 41st B wing. Lost group in heavy clouds; tacked on to the low group of the 41st B wing and bombed with them. Ground Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑97072.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97941Dean, Ralph Merrick Completed MissionHigh group lead, 41st B wing. Lost group in heavy clouds; tacked on to the low group of the 41st B wing and bombed with them.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97948Gibson, James Allen Completed MissionHigh Squadron deputy, high group, 41st A wing.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97960Shelley, John K Completed MissionHigh group lead, 41st A wing.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102430Herzog, John Henry Completed MissionHigh group, 41st B wing. Lost group in heavy clouds; tacked on to the low group of the 41st B wing and bombed with them.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102442Anderson, Earl Overlade Crashed in Allied TerritoryHigh group, 41st B wing. Collided with 44‑6147 over England due to weather conditions; crashed 8 miles NW Ridgewell at Withersfield, Suffolk, UK.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102500Gowder, Charles Fred Completed MissionLow Squadron lead, high group, 41st A wing.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102501Endelicato, Marion (NMI) Completed MissionHigh group, 41st A wing.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102518Olson, Norman (NMI) AbortedHigh group, 41st B wing. Lost group in heavy clouds; returned to base.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102566Minor, Henry W Flying Spare,
Completed Mission
High group flying spare, 41st B wing; joined formation. Lost group in heavy clouds; tacked on to the low group of the 41st B wing and bombed with them.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102601Carey, Gates Chapman Completed MissionHigh group, 41st A wing.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102617Allred, Frank Lavon AbortedHigh group, 41st B wing. Lost group in heavy clouds; returned to base.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102620Stills, James Vernon Completed MissionHigh Squadron lead, high group, 41st A wing.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102661Strong, Bert Franklin AbortedHigh group, 41st B wing. Lost group in heavy clouds; returned to base.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102933[N/A]Lead Ground Spare
Aircraft, Unused
 
42‑102959Thompson, Paul W AbortedLow Squadron deputy, high group, 41st B wing. Lost group in heavy clouds; returned to base.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑107064[N/A]ScrubbedHigh group, 41st A wing. Replaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑107121.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑107083Myrick, Kenneth D Flying Spare,
Completed Mission
High group, 41st A wing flying spare; joined formation.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑107121Blackburn, Keith Monroe Completed MissionHigh group, 41st A wing. Ground Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑107064.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑107148Burkhard, James Albert AbortedHigh group deputy, 41st B wing. Lost group in heavy clouds; returned to base.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑107224Cole, Alfred H AbortedHigh group, 41st B wing. Turned back with instruments out.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37703Murchan, Lawrence Aloysius AbortedHigh group, 41st B wing. Lost group in heavy clouds; returned to base.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37713Sullivan, James Dominic Completed MissionHigh group, 41st A wing.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37717Norton, Paul E AbortedHigh group flying spare, 41st B wing. Lost group in heavy clouds; returned to base.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6105Dudock, Edward Peter Completed MissionHigh group, 41st A wing.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6109Adams, William Lowell Completed MissionHigh group, 41st B wing. Lost group in heavy clouds; tacked on to the low group of the 41st B wing and bombed with them.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6141James, Robert Huey AbortedHigh group, 41st B wing. Lost group in heavy clouds; returned to base.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6147Bagby, Donald Woods Crashed in Allied TerritoryHigh group, 41st B wing. Collided with 42‑102442 over England due to weather conditions; crashed 8 miles NW Ridgewell at Withersfield, Suffolk, UK.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6149Bahten, John Irwin Completed MissionHigh group, 41st A wing. Ground Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑97263.
SORTIE REPORT