Mission # 17


Mission Date 17 August 1943
384th Mission
Mission Number 17
VIII Bomber Command Mission Mission Number 84   (more...)
Mission Comments 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
Failed To Return - 5
Aborted - 1
Returned Early - 1
Mission Personnel Mission Personnel Roster or Mission Loading Lists
Mission Documents Combat Mission Records and Plans obtained from the National Archives

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Aircraft Pilot Results Mission/Sortie Information
41‑24416Ogilvie, Donald Potter Completed MissionAircraft loaned by 303rd BG for today's mission.
42‑3074Higdon, Philip E Completed MissionTurned back when #2 engine failed. Supporting documents reveal that the crew received combat credit for this mission.
42‑3216Armstrong, Lloyd Rowland Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑3222Mattes, Frank George Failed to ReturnHigh Squadron lead. Shot down by enemy aircraft before target; crashed near Mannheim, Germany. MACR 292
42‑3230Wofford, Drewry Fry Failed to ReturnHigh Squadron deputy. Damaged by enemy aircraft; crashed near Weiler, Germany. MACR 293
42‑3429Butler, Johnny Addison Completed MissionGroup lead.
42‑3455Algar, Philip Morris Completed MissionS/Sgt. Loring Miller, right waist gunner, awarded Silver Star (As Briefed, p. 198).
42‑5051Faulkiner, Russel Ruben Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑5444Lecates, Robert Leslie Completed MissionLanded away at Earls Colne, AAF Station 358, on return.
42‑5843Pulcipher, Ralph Robert Completed MissionGroup deputy.
42‑5855Willing, Mark Skinner Completed MissionLanded away at RAF Woodbridge, Suffolk - an RAF 'emergency landing field.'
42‑5889Sprague, Alfred Lee Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑29699Frink, Horace Everett Returned 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 Thomas AbortedTurned back for unknown reasons.
42‑29728Jacobs, Randolph George Edward Completed MissionAircraft suffered battle damage; crash landed at base.
42‑29956Hausenfluck, Jesse Dee Failed to ReturnLow Squadron deputy. Shot down by enemy aircraft, crashed south of St. Goarshausen, Germany in Niederheimbach. MACR 296
42‑30065Kelly, James Henry Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑30139Sweningsen, Oliver (NMI) Failed to ReturnDamaged by flak; crashed near Stangenroth (Bad Kissingen area), Germany. MACR 294
42‑30147Wilson, Clayton R Failed 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 Edwin Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT