Mission # 153

MISSION SUMMARY

Mission Date 7 July 1944
384th Mission Number
 
153
8th Air Force 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 - 23
Aborted - 12
Scrubbed - 3
Flying Spare, Completed Mission - 1
Flying Spare, Returned As Briefed - 1
Ground Spare Aircraft, Unused - 1
Returned To Base - 1
Some Crewmembers Bailed Out - 1
Crashed - 2
Mission Personnel Mission Personnel Roster or Mission Loading Lists

45 AIRCRAFT ASSIGNED TO THIS MISSION
Table is sortable by Aircraft, Pilot, Results, and Mission/Sortie Information
Aircraft Pilot Results Mission/Sortie Information
42‑32106Young, Daniel MonroeAbortedHigh group, 41st B wing. Lost group in heavy clouds; returned to base.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37788Hannaford, Vernon LloyalReturned To BaseWeather aircraft; remainder of crew (CP, N, RO, Eng) not identified
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37974Combs, William FelixCompleted 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 CAbortedHigh 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 ACompleted MissionHigh group, 41st A wing.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑38208Hale, Charles EugeneCompleted 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 CarlCompleted MissionLow squadron deputy, high group, 41st A wing.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97201Coleman, Lee BrowningFlying Spare,
Returned As Briefed
High group, 41st A wing.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97237Brown, Billie BarnardCompleted MissionHigh group, 41st A wing.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97251Rosborough, James EdwardAbortedHigh 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 MCompleted 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 VincentCompleted 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 HardyCompleted MissionHigh group, 41st A wing.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97449Griggs, Frederick MonroeCompleted MissionHigh group, 41st A wing.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97521Melzar, Raymond AugustusCompleted 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 MCompleted 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 AllenCompleted MissionHigh squadron deputy, high group, 41st A wing.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97960Shelley, John KCompleted MissionHigh group lead, 41st A wing.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102430Herzog, John HenryCompleted 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 OCrashed 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 FredCompleted 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 WCompleted MissionHigh 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 ChapmanCompleted MissionHigh group, 41st A wing.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102617Allred, Frank LavonAbortedHigh group, 41st B wing. Lost group in heavy clouds; returned to base.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102620Stills, James VernonCompleted MissionHigh squadron lead, high group, 41st A wing.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102661Strong, Bert FAbortedHigh 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 WAbortedLow 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 DFlying Spare,
Completed Mission
High group, 41st A wing flying spare; joined formation.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑107121Blackburn, Keith MCompleted MissionHigh group, 41st A wing. Ground spare aircraft; replaced 42‑107064.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑107148Burkhard, James AlbertAbortedHigh group deputy, 41st B wing. Lost group in heavy clouds; returned to base.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑107224Cole, Alfred HAbortedHigh group, 41st B wing. Turned back with instruments out.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37703Murchan, Lawrence AloysiusAbortedHigh group, 41st B wing. Lost group in heavy clouds; returned to base.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37713Sullivan, James DominicCompleted MissionHigh group, 41st A wing.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37717Norton, Paul EAbortedHigh group flying spare, 41st B wing. Lost group in heavy clouds; returned to base.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6105Dudock, Edward PCompleted MissionHigh group, 41st A wing.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6109Adams, William LowellCompleted 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 HueyAbortedHigh group, 41st B wing. Lost group in heavy clouds; returned to base.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6147Bagby, Donald WoodsCrashed 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 IrwinCompleted MissionHigh group, 41st A wing. Ground spare aircraft; replaced 42‑97263.
SORTIE REPORT