Mission # 159

MISSION SUMMARY

Mission Date 17 July 1944
384th Mission
Mission Number 159
8th Air Force Mission Mission Number 478
Mission Comments Myriad Problems
The 384th Bombardment Group (H) provided all three group formations of the 41st C Combat Bombardment Wing for today's mission. The bombardier of the lead group could not pick up the primary target on the first bomb run - and his intercom was out so the pilot's orders went unheard, resulting in the lead group's bombs being dropped on Laon, France, Marshalling Yards. Meanwhile, the high group had similar trouble picking up the primary target, and went around for a second run with the same result, but with heavy flak. The high group leader then selected a last resort target, a bridge in Eu, France, and the group dropped their bombs there. The low group released their bombs on the first bomb run, but apparently aimed them at a nearby railroad bridge in 'Vouël' (Tergnier), France.
Primary Target Target: Beautor Bridge
Type: Transportation
Location: Beautor, France
Target Attacked (Mode) Various Targets Attacked, See Individual Sorties
Sortie/Aircraft Summary Completed Mission, not including spares - 34
Aborted - 2
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

40 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
42‑31484Spiers, Paul Robert Completed MissionLow Squadron lead, high group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37822Combs, William Felix Completed MissionLead group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37974Halasz, John Julius Completed MissionLead group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37982[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
42‑38013[N/A]ScrubbedLow group. Replaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 43‑37703.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑38014[N/A]Lead Ground Spare
Aircraft, Unused
 
42‑38208Stevens, Raymond Robert Completed MissionLow group deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑39888Patella, Joseph David Completed MissionLead group. Hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97142Pranger, Nicholas Vincent Completed MissionLow group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97150Hale, Charles Eugene Completed MissionLow Squadron lead, low group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97178McGee, Leonard Vincent Completed MissionHigh group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97201Lynch, Edward Thomas Completed MissionLow group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97204Pring, Robert Bradford Completed MissionLow group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97237MacFarlane, Menzies James Completed MissionLow Squadron deputy, low group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97251Menke, Robert A Completed MissionHigh group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97271Heim, Gerard Anthony AbortedHigh group. Turned back at 0846 hrs due to #2 runaway prop.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97282Cole, Alfred H AbortedLead group. Turned back at 0850 hrs due to #2 runaway prop.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97449Mount, Dick Wilson Completed MissionLow group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97510Jennings, William Cornelius Completed MissionHigh section deputy, low group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97521[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
42‑97824Lane, Edward William Completed MissionWing lead. Landed away at RAF Manston, Kent, due to battle damage.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97941Keate, Richard Clifford Completed MissionHigh group lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97948Gibson, James Allen Completed MissionHigh section lead, low group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97960Shelley, John K Completed MissionLow group lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102459Allred, Frank Lavon Completed MissionLow Squadron deputy, lead group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102500Myrick, Kenneth D Completed MissionHigh section lead, lead group. Hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102501Donohue, William Robert Completed MissionHigh section deputy, high group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102518Herzog, John Henry Completed MissionHigh group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102566Minor, Henry W Completed MissionHigh group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102601Strand, Robert Earl Completed MissionHigh section deputy, lead group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102617Rimbold, Arthur Arimese Completed MissionLead group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102620Endelicato, Marion (NMI) Completed MissionLead group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102661Kelley, Robert Encil Completed MissionWing deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102959James, Robert Huey Completed MissionLow Squadron lead, lead group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑107148Bean, Arthur E Completed MissionHigh group deputy. Hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37703Dudock, Edward Peter Completed MissionLow group. Ground Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑38013.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37713Stills, James Vernon Completed MissionHigh section lead, high group.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37717Liebert, Jack Louis Completed MissionHigh group.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6135Farra, Robert Leslie Completed MissionHigh group.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6149Griggs, Frederick Monroe Completed MissionLow group.
SORTIE REPORT