Mission # 173

MISSION SUMMARY

Mission Date 5 August 1944
384th Mission
Mission Number 173
8th Air Force Mission Mission Number 519
Mission Comments Fighter Control Center
The 384th Bombardment Group (H) provided all three groups of the 41st B Combat Bombardment Wing on today's mission to knock out a control center for enemy fighter aircraft. Intense flak at the primary target did not deter the bombers, and visual bombing conditions enabled accurate bombing.
Primary Target Target: Luftwaffe Controlling Station
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Langenhagen, Germany
Target Attacked (Mode) Primary (Visual)
Sortie/Aircraft Summary Completed Mission, not including spares - 33
Aborted - 1
Scrubbed - 1
Flying Spare, Completed Mission - 1
Flying Spare, Returned As Briefed - 2
Ground Spare Aircraft, Unused - 2
Some Crewmembers Bailed Out - 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
42‑31222Pranger, Nicholas VincentCompleted MissionHigh section lead, low group. Ground Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑107057.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑32106McDaniel, Clifford FranklinCompleted MissionLow group hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37788Rainey, Harry WesleyFlying Spare,
Returned As Briefed
Lead group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37822Hughes, Robert DavisFlying Spare,
Returned As Briefed
High group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37982Shwery, Arthur JCompleted MissionA flak shell exploded beside the nose of "Tremblin Gremlin" on the bomb run. "I'm hit" said the bombardier, 1st Lt. Marvin Fryden, but he remained at his bombsight until bombs-away, then collapsed. He had been hit in the chest, and subsequently died of his wounds. Schwery (pilot) and Seeley (TT) were also wounded, and the plane was severely damaged, barely making it back to England to land at Halesworth, AAF Station 365, on two engines, with no brakes, and many flak holes.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑38013Skehan, Joseph RCompleted MissionLead group hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑38014Hanlon, Ernest EdwardAbortedProp governor on #2 engine defective.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97150Sienkiewicz, Edward AlfredCompleted MissionLead group hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97204Soester, Wilbur LeroyCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97251Tracy, Edward HFlying Spare,
Completed Mission
Low group flying spare; joined formation.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97263Bills, Edgar LCompleted MissionFour bombs hung up.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97282Patella, Joseph DavidCompleted MissionHigh group hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97320Groff, Richard HubertCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97699Kelsay, Omar FrankCompleted MissionWing lead. PFF ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97941Morris, GordonCompleted MissionLow group lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97960[N/A]Lead Ground Spare
Aircraft, Unused
 
42‑102459Norton, Paul ECompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑102501Clements, Ben HillCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑102518Kinnaird, William RobertCompleted MissionLow Squadron deputy, low group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102566Wood, Rodney JCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑102620Cline, Walter WCompleted MissionHigh section deputy, lead group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102661Allred, Frank LavonCompleted MissionHigh group lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102959Thompson, Paul WCompleted MissionLow Squadron lead, high group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑107057[N/A]ScrubbedReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑31222.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑107058Mead, Frank WillardCompleted Mission,
some crew bailed out
Five EM bailed out before target at 1230 near Garlstorf, Germany, when a hydraulic motor burned out, causing intense smoke in the cockpit: 'Stand by to bail out' order was heard by EM as 'Bail out' and they jumped - see MACR 7885. Plane attacked target with remaining 4 crew members.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑107083Peterson, John WrightCompleted MissionHigh section lead, high group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑107121Hassing, Eugene TheronCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑107125Herzog, John HenryCompleted MissionLow group deputy and hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37703Dodson, Lee WhiteCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑37713Davis, L K (IO)Completed MissionHigh section lead, lead group.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37717Wismer, Richard GlenCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑37822Strong, Bert FCompleted MissionHigh group deputy and hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37843Bean, Donald WCompleted MissionLow Squadron deputy, lead group.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37917Martin, Donald FrancisCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑37990Parker, George FrederickCompleted MissionLow Squadron lead, lead group.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6080Mock, John MontagueCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑6105Plowman, Noel ElwinCompleted MissionHigh section deputy, high group.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6109Kass, Robert HilerCompleted MissionLow Squadron lead, low group.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6135Maxey, Jesse EdwardCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑6141Toler, Harold MCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑6294[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused