Mission # 162

MISSION SUMMARY

Mission Date 20 July 1944
384th Mission
Mission Number 162
8th Air Force Mission Mission Number 484   (more...)
Mission Comments Airfield Attacked
The 384th Bombardment Group (H) provided all three groups of the 41st C Combat Bombardment Wing on today's mission. Weather in the target area was partly cloudy, and, although the lead aircraft was equipped for radar bombing (PFF), the air commander determined that the primary target would not be attacked. Instead, he led the wing to attack a fighter airfield by visual means. Bombing results were mixed; some low group B-17s dropped their loads early when their group lead jettisoned his load due to flak damage to his #1 engine.
Primary Target Target: Aircraft Plants
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Dessau, Germany
Target Attacked (Mode) Secondary (Visual)
Target: Fighter Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Nordhausen, Germany
Sortie/Aircraft Summary Completed Mission, not including spares - 34
Failed To Return - 1
Aborted - 1
Scrubbed - 1
Ground Spare Aircraft, Unused - 3
Flight Completed - 1
Mission Personnel Mission Personnel Roster or Mission Loading Lists
Mission Documents Combat Mission Records and Plans obtained from the National Archives

41 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
42‑3441Keate, Richard CFlight CompletedAssembly Ship; remainder of crew not listed on mission documents.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31222Young, Daniel MonroeCompleted MissionLanded away at RAF Wratting Common, Cambridgeshire, on return for unknown reasons.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31484Spiers, Paul RobertCompleted MissionLead Group, High Squadron Lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37788Bahten, John IrwinCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑37822MacFarlane, Menzies JamesCompleted MissionHigh Group, Low Squadron Lead. Ground Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑97263. Hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37974Grant, Walter EdwardFailed to ReturnHigh Group. At 1115 hrs aircraft dropped back and released bombs, apparently unable to keep up with formation; it was under attack by four ME109s and two FW190s; four chutes seen; the aircraft went down in a glide, apparently under control; crashed near Zetteritz, Germany. MACR 727.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37982[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
42‑38014Shearer, Wilbur LeeCompleted MissionWing Deputy, Hot Camera Ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑38208Stevens, Raymond RobertCompleted MissionHigh Group Deputy, Hot Camera Ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑39888Patella, Joseph DavidCompleted MissionHigh Group, High Squadron Deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97072Cole, Alfred HCompleted MissionLow Group, Low Squadron Deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97142Pranger, Nicholas VincentAbortedTurned back with a sick crew member. Hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97150Hannaford, Vernon LloyalCompleted MissionHigh Group, Low Squadron Deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97201Lynch, Edward ThomasCompleted MissionHigh Group Hot Camera Ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97263[N/A]ScrubbedReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑37822.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97282Norton, Paul ECompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97320Melzar, Raymond AugustusCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97510Jennings, William CorneliusCompleted MissionLead Group, Low Squadron Deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97574Kelsay, Omar FrankCompleted MissionWing Lead. PFF ship and unidentified crew members provided by the 305th BG, Chelveston, AAF Station 105.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97941[N/A]Lead Ground Spare
Aircraft, Unused
 
42‑97960Koch, Robert BruceCompleted MissionHigh Group Lead. This was the first mission of Booska's second tour.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑98000Fairfield, William AdelbertCompleted MissionLow Group Lead. On the bomb run, hit by flak in #4 engine; had to jettison bomb load to stay in formation.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102459Thompson, Paul WCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑102500Gibson, James AllenCompleted MissionLead Group, High Squadron Deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102501Clements, Ben HillCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑102566[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
42‑102601Strand, Robert EarlCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑102620Davis, L K (IO)Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑102959Halasz, John JuliusCompleted MissionLow Group, Low Squadron Lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑107058Donohue, William RobertCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑107083Minor, Henry WCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑107224Kelley, Robert EncilCompleted MissionLow Group Deputy, Hot Camera Ship. Led the Low Group after Lead ship was damaged and couldn't keep up.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37713Myrick, Kenneth DCompleted MissionLead Group, Low Squadron Lead.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37717Liebert, Jack LouisCompleted MissionHigh Group, High Squadron Lead. Warren May (N) killed instantly by flak - see 'Jesse's Story' on the Stories page.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37822Allred, Frank LavonCompleted MissionLow Group Hot Camera Ship.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37870Dudock, Edward PeterCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑37917Cranstoun, Richard LeroyCompleted MissionLow Group, High Squadron Lead.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6109Farra, Robert LeslieCompleted MissionLow Group, High Squadron Deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6135Bagby, Donald WoodsCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑6141Combs, William FelixCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑6149Bennett, John RCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT