Mission # 17


Mission Date 17 August 1943
VIII Bomber Command Operations Show Operations
384th Bomb Group Mission
384th BG Mission Number 17, VIII BC Mission Number 84
First Schweinfurt
The 384th Bombardment Group (H) flew as the low group of the 202nd Provisional Combat Bomb Wing on today's mission. The mission was planned as a 'Double Strike' against Schweinfurt-Regensburg industrial plants. [Note: contrary to the implication in naming the raid, Schweinfurt and Regensburg are not neighboring cities; they are, in fact, over 100 miles apart.] The first air strike task force was supplied by the 4th Bomb Wing, which took off late due to heavy fog: they could still reach Africa by dark, but just barely. The second task force - the 1st Bomb Wing, including the 384th BG - was scheduled to take off 90-minutes after the 4th BW, to ensure the enemy fighters had exhausted their fuel and would be limited in their ability to mount a defense. In the event, the 1st BW was repeatedly delayed, also by weather, for almost four hours, allowing the enemy pilots ample time to refuel, rearm (and have a meal, if they wished!). As a consequence, losses were heavy. Both forces, however, inflicted enormous damage on their assigned targets, but the cost was immense.
Primary Target Target: Ball-Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Target Attacked (Mode) Primary (Visual)
Sortie/Aircraft Summary Completed Mission, not including spares - 13
Returned Early - 1
Aborted - 1
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 1943-08-17, Group Lead, T. Beckett, J. Butler

Table is sorted by Pilot, and may be sorted by any column: click the column head.
Aircraft Pilot Results Mission/Sortie Information
41‑24416Ogilvie, Donald PotterCompleted MissionAircraft loaned by 303rd BG for today's mission.
42‑3074Higdon, Philip EarlCompleted MissionTurned back when #2 engine failed. Supporting documents reveal that the crew received combat credit for this mission.
42‑3216Armstrong, Lloyd RowlandCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑3222Mattes, Frank GeorgeFailed To ReturnHigh Squadron lead. Shot down by enemy aircraft before target; crashed near Mannheim, Germany. MACR 292
42‑3230Wofford, Drewry FryeFailed To ReturnHigh Squadron deputy. Damaged by enemy aircraft; crashed near Weiler, Germany. MACR 293
42‑3429Butler, Johnny AddisonCompleted MissionGroup lead.
42‑3455Algar, Philip MorrisCompleted MissionS/Sgt. Loring Miller, right waist gunner, awarded Silver Star (As Briefed, p. 198).
42‑5051Faulkiner, Russel RubenCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑5444Lecates, Robert LeslieCompleted MissionLanded away at Earls Colne, AAF Station 358, on return.
42‑5843Pulcipher, Ralph RobertCompleted MissionGroup deputy.
42‑5855Willing, Mark SkinnerCompleted MissionLanded away at RAF Woodbridge, Suffolk - an RAF 'emergency landing field.'
42‑5889Sprague, Alfred LeeCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑29699Frink, Horace EverettReturned EarlyTurned back before target because of trouble with three engines; dropped his bombs on a target of opportunity (TOO), an unidentified fighter airfield.
42‑29703Ingles, John ThomasAborted Mission After Taking Off.Turned back for unknown reasons.
42‑29728Jacobs, Randolph George EdwardCompleted MissionAircraft suffered battle damage; crash landed at base.
42‑29956Hausenfluck, Jesse DeeFailed To ReturnLow Squadron deputy. Shot down by enemy aircraft, crashed south of St. Goarshausen, Germany in Niederheimbach. MACR 296
42‑30065Kelly, James HenryCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑30139Sweningsen, Oliver (NMI)Failed To ReturnDamaged by flak; crashed near Stangenroth (Bad Kissingen area), Germany. MACR 294
42‑30147Wilson, Clayton RussellFailed To ReturnLow Squadron lead. Damaged by enemy aircraft and flak; crashed about 20 miles north of Rheims (between Sissonne and Montcornet), France. MACR 291
42‑30196Armstrong, James EdwinCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT