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Mission # 163

MISSION SUMMARY

Mission Date 21 July 1944
Eighth Air Force Operations Show Operations
384th Bomb Group Mission
384th BG Mission Number 163, Eighth AF Force Mission Number 486
Ludwigshfen Industries Attacked
The 384th Bombardment Group (H) provided all three groups of the 41st B Combat Bombardment Wing on today's mission, except for the high section of the high group which was made up of three aircraft from the 303rd BG at Molesworth, Station 107. The wing leader decided to bypass the primary target when he found it unsuitable for visual bombing. He opted to attack the PFF secondary, an industrial district that was better-suited to PFF attack.
Primary Target Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Schwäbisch Hall, Germany
Target Attacked (Mode) Secondary (PFF)
Target: Industrial Area
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Sortie/Aircraft Summary Completed Mission, not including spares - 32
Returned To Base - 1
Ground Spare Aircraft, Unused - 3
Scrubbed - 1
Aborted - 1
Mission Personnel Mission Personnel Roster or Mission Loading Lists
Mission Documents Combat Mission Records and Plans obtained from the National Archives
Other Mission Documents 1944-07-21, Low Group Lead, G. June, R. Meland
1944-07-21, High Group Lead, M. Wortman, R. Koch

38 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
42‑3441Bennett, Dewayne (NMI)Returned To BaseAssembly ship; remainder of crew not listed on mission documents.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31222Patella, Joseph DavidCompleted MissionHigh section deputy, low group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31484Spiers, Paul RobertCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑37822Bahten, John IrwinCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑37982Cole, Alfred HoltonAborted Mission After Taking Off.Lead group. Turned back over England because he could not locate formation after taking off late - navigator had overslept, and in his report stated he had difficulty performing navigation tasks.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97072Allred, Frank LavonCompleted MissionHigh section lead, low group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97142Clements, Ben HillCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97150Dudock, Edward PeterCompleted MissionHigh group hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97201Hannaford, Vernon LloyalCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97251[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft, Unused 
42‑97271[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft, Unused 
42‑97282Norton, Paul ECompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97320Melzar, Raymond AugustusCompleted MissionHigh section lead, lead group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97574Wilson, Quentin (NMI)Completed MissionWing lead. PFF aircraft and unidentified crew members provided by the 305th BG, Chelveston, AAF Station 105.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97941[N/A]Scrubbed: Did Not Take OffReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑107125.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97948[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft, Unused 
42‑97960Koch, Robert BruceCompleted MissionHigh group lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102430Herzog, John HenryCompleted MissionLow Squadron deputy, lead group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102459Thompson, Paul WaldronCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑102500Jennings, William CorneliusCompleted MissionLow Squadron deputy, low group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102518Young, Daniel MonroeCompleted MissionLead Squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102566Minor, Henry WCompleted MissionLead Squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102601Strand, Robert EarlCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑102620Davis, L K (IO)Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑102933Meland, Ralph WendellCompleted MissionLow group lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102959Combs, William FelixCompleted MissionLow Squadron deputy, high group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑107058Donohue, William RobertsCompleted MissionLow Squadron hot camera ship, low group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑107083Peterson, John WrightCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑107121Shearer, Wilbur LeeCompleted MissionLow group deputy and hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑107125Keate, Richard CliffordCompleted MissionWing deputy. Lead Ground Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑97941.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37713Myrick, Kenneth DelayCompleted MissionLow Squadron lead, low group.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37822Maggart, Richard LeeCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑37870Stevens, Raymond RobertCompleted MissionHigh group deputy and hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37917Cranstoun, Richard LeroyCompleted MissionLow Squadron lead, lead group.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6080MacFarlane, Menzies JamesCompleted MissionLow Squadron lead, high group.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6109Farra, Robert LeslieCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑6135Bagby, Donald WoodsCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑6149Bennett, John RCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT