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 Clifford Flight CompletedAssembly Ship; remainder of crew not listed on mission documents.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31222Young, Daniel Monroe Completed MissionLanded away at RAF Wratting Common, Cambridgeshire, on return for unknown reasons.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31484Spiers, Paul Robert Completed MissionLead Group, High Squadron Lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37788Bahten, John Irwin Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑37822MacFarlane, Menzies James Completed MissionHigh Group, Low Squadron Lead. Ground Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑97263. Hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37974Grant, Walter Edward Failed 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 Lee Completed MissionWing Deputy, Hot Camera Ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑38208Stevens, Raymond Robert Completed MissionHigh Group Deputy, Hot Camera Ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑39888Patella, Joseph David Completed MissionHigh Group, High Squadron Deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97072Cole, Alfred H Completed MissionLow Group, Low Squadron Deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97142Pranger, Nicholas Vincent AbortedTurned back with a sick crew member. Hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97150Hannaford, Vernon Lloyal Completed MissionHigh Group, Low Squadron Deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97201Lynch, Edward Thomas Completed MissionHigh Group Hot Camera Ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97263[N/A]ScrubbedReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑37822.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97282Norton, Paul E Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97320Melzar, Raymond Augustus Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97510Jennings, William Cornelius Completed MissionLead Group, Low Squadron Deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97574Kelsay, Omar Frank Completed 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 Bruce Completed MissionHigh Group Lead. This was the first mission of Booska's second tour.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑98000Fairfield, William Adelbert Completed 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 W Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑102500Gibson, James Allen Completed MissionLead Group, High Squadron Deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102501Clements, Ben Hill Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑102566[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
42‑102601Strand, Robert Earl Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑102620Davis, L K (IO) Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑102959Halasz, John Julius Completed MissionLow Group, Low Squadron Lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑107058Donohue, William Robert Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑107083Minor, Henry W Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑107224Kelley, Robert Encil Completed 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 D Completed MissionLead Group, Low Squadron Lead.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37717Liebert, Jack Louis Completed 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 Lavon Completed MissionLow Group Hot Camera Ship.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37870Dudock, Edward Peter Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑37917Cranstoun, Richard Leroy Completed MissionLow Group, High Squadron Lead.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6109Farra, Robert Leslie Completed MissionLow Group, High Squadron Deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6135Bagby, Donald Woods Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑6141Combs, William Felix Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑6149Bennett, John R Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT