Mission # 176

MISSION SUMMARY

Mission Date 9 August 1944
384th Mission
Mission Number 176
8th Air Force Mission Mission Number 533
Mission Comments More Bad Weather
The 384th Bombardment Group (H) provided all three groups of the 41st B Combat Bombardment Wing - except for three aircraft from the 303rd BG, which formed the high element of the high group - on today's mission. Although the division abandoned operations at the Dutch Coast due to bad weather, the 41st B carried on until after they had passed Aachen, at which point the weather had become impenetrable. The wing leader ordered the wing to attack the briefed target of last resort, which the lead and high groups accomplished. However, the low group's bombsight gyro 'tumbled' just before bombs away, so they went on to bomb a target of opportunity (TOO).
Primary Target Target: Erding Airdrome & Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Erding, Germany
Target Attacked (Mode) Last Resort Target (Visual)
Target: Shoe Factory
Type: Industry
Location: Pirmasens, Germany
Sortie/Aircraft Summary Completed Mission, not including spares - 30
Aborted - 2
Scrubbed - 2
Ground Spare Aircraft, Unused - 1
Mission Personnel Mission Personnel Roster or Mission Loading Lists
Mission Documents Combat Mission Records and Plans obtained from the National Archives

35 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
42‑31484Brodie, James JosephCompleted MissionHigh group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑32106Johnstone, William ACompleted MissionLow Squadron lead, high group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37788Proctor, John RichardAbortedLow group hot camera ship. Turned back having lost the formation.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑38013Goodrick, Gene RobertCompleted MissionHigh section deputy, low group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑39888Shwery, Arthur JCompleted MissionLow Squadron deputy, low group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97204Soester, Wilbur LeroyCompleted MissionHigh section lead, lead group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97251Tracy, Edward HCompleted MissionLead group hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97320Groff, Richard HubertCompleted MissionLow group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97510Murchan, Lawrence AloysiusCompleted MissionLow Squadron lead, low group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97557Vinnedge, Roy AlanCompleted MissionWing deputy. PFF ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97941Laboda, Joseph StanleyCompleted MissionHigh group deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97960Allred, Frank LavonCompleted MissionLow group. Lead Ground Spare Aircraft; replaced 43‑37822, which was found to have a bad engine after takeoff. Returned to base and took off late, intercepting the formation at the English coast.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97986[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
42‑102430Carnes, Joe RossCompleted MissionLow group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102500Pranger, Nicholas VincentAbortedLead group. Turned back due to a crewman's serious illness; replaced crewman and took off, but could not catch up with formation.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102518Kinnaird, William RobertCompleted MissionHigh group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102601Cepits, Francis FCompleted MissionLead group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102620Duesler, Donald BartonCompleted MissionLead group hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102933Minor, Henry WCompleted MissionHigh group lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑107058LeDonne, Edward GeorgeCompleted MissionLead group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑107121[N/A]ScrubbedLead group. Did not take off.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37713Causa, Raymond (NMI)Completed MissionLead group.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37717Wismer, Richard GlenCompleted MissionHigh group hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37822[N/A]ScrubbedReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑97960.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37843Brown, Bert OliverCompleted MissionLead group.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37917Hunt, John HardyCompleted MissionHigh group hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37971Hulcher, Donald Lawrence Completed MissionHigh group.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6080Lynch, Edward ThomasCompleted MissionHigh section lead, low group.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6105Skehan, Joseph RCompleted MissionLow group.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6109Farra, Robert LeslieCompleted MissionLow Squadron lead, high group.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6135Maggart, Richard LeeCompleted MissionLow group.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6149Buslee, John OliverCompleted MissionLow group.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6294Durdin, Larkin ClaytonCompleted MissionLow group deputy and hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8007Wilson, QuentinCompleted MissionWing lead. PFF ship. Lt. Col. Calhoun aboard as Wing Commander (possibly from 41st CBW HQ).
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8011Hicks, Ralph BenjaminCompleted MissionHigh section deputy, lead group.
SORTIE REPORT