Mission # 162

MISSION SUMMARY

Mission Date 20 July 1944
384th Mission
Mission Number 162
8th Air Force Mission Mission Number 484
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 MissionHigh section lead, lead group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37788Bahten, John IrwinCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑37822MacFarlane, Menzies JamesCompleted MissionLow squadron lead, high group. 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 7278
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 section deputy, high group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97072Cole, Alfred HCompleted MissionLow squadron deputy, low group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97142Pranger, Nicholas VincentAbortedTurned back with a sick crew member. Hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97150Hannaford, Vernon LloyalCompleted MissionLow squadron deputy, high group.
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 MissionLow squadron deputy, lead group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97574Kelsay, Omar FrankCompleted MissionWing lead. PFF ship and unidentified crew members provided by the 305th BG, Chelveston, Station 105.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97941[N/A]Lead Ground Spare
Aircraft, Unused
 
42‑97960Koch, Robert BCompleted 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. Unfortunately, some of his group dropped their bombs when he did, and those bombs fell short of the target.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102459Thompson, Paul WCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑102500Gibson, James AllenCompleted MissionHigh section deputy, lead group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102501Clements, Ben HCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑102566[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
42‑102601Strand, Robert ECompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑102620Davis, L K (IO)Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑102959Halasz, John JuliusCompleted MissionLow squadron lead, low group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑107058Donohue, William RobertCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑107083Minor, Henry WCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑107224Kelley, Robert EncilCompleted MissionLow group deputy. Led the low group after lead ship was damaged and couldn't keep up. Hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37713Myrick, Kenneth DCompleted MissionLow squadron lead, lead group.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37717Liebert, Jack LCompleted MissionHigh section lead. high group. 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 PCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑37917Cranstoun, Richard LeroyCompleted MissionHigh section lead, low group.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6109Farra, Robert LCompleted MissionHigh section deputy, low group.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6135Bagby, Donald WoodsCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑6141Combs, William FelixCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑6149Bennett, John RCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT