Mission # 18


Mission Date 27 August 1943
384th Mission
Mission Number 18
VIII Bomber Command Mission Mission Number 87   (more...)
Mission Comments No Attack: Mechanical Failure
The 384th Bombardment Group (H) flew as the high group of the 103rd Combat Wing on today's mission. During the bomb run, the linkage between the bombsight and the Automatic Flight Control Equipment (AFCE) failed. It was too late to either transition to manual control or to transfer the lead to the group deputy (whose bombardier was never able to see the target). A second run was considered, but not undertaken due to the risk inherent in making the run without support of other groups in the wing. Consequently, as required by bombing SOP over occupied territory, the bombs were held, except for the Aufmuth Crew, who accidentally dropped two bombs.
Primary Target Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Watten, France
Target Attacked (Mode) No Target Attacked
Sortie/Aircraft Summary Completed Mission, not including spares - 17
Aborted - 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
41‑24507Jacobs, Randolph George Edward Completed MissionLow Squadron deputy.
42‑3218Armstrong, Lloyd Roland Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑3440Sprague, Alfred Lee Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑3441Estes, Thomas Jefferson Completed MissionLow Squadron lead.
42‑3455Faulkiner, Russel Ruben Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑5051McMahon, James Joseph Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑5404Thompson, Siguard (NMI) Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑5444Lecates, Robert Leslie Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑5838Frink, Horace Everett Completed MissionHigh Squadron deputy.
42‑5843Pulcipher, Ralph Robert Completed MissionHigh Squadron lead.
42‑5852Willing, Mark Skinner Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑29554Ingles, John Thomas AbortedHad to leave formation when one bomb broke loose and lodged on bomb bay doors. Jettisoned it over the English Channel and returned to base.
42‑29699Goulder, Edmund Samuel Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑29703Aufmuth, Lester Herbert Completed MissionAccidentally dropped two bombs in target area.
42‑29914Higdon, Philip E Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑30026Armstrong, James Edwin Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑30033Ogilvie, Donald Potter Completed MissionGroup lead.
42‑30043Price, William Merriman Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT