Mission # 178

MISSION SUMMARY

Mission Date 12 August 1944
384th Mission
Mission Number 178
8th Air Force Mission Mission Number 545
Mission Comments Luftwaffe Attacked Near Paris
The 384th Bombardment Group (H) provided all three groups of the 41st C Combat Bombardment Wing on today's mission. The mission proceeded generally as briefed, up until bomb release - then the bomb release on the high group lead aircraft failed to operate. The high group leader asked wing for permission to make a second run, which was granted, but the target was so obscured by prior bombing that they were unable to aim accurately. The high group then proceeded to the briefed secondary, an airfield between Étampes and Mondesir and completed a successful attack there.
Primary Target Target: "Landing Ground"
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: La Perthe, France
Target Attacked (Mode) Primary (Visual)
Sortie/Aircraft Summary Completed Mission, not including spares - 34
Aborted - 2
Scrubbed - 1
Flying Spare, Completed Mission - 2
Flying Spare, Returned As Briefed - 1
Ground Spare Aircraft, Unused - 3
Mission Personnel Mission Personnel Roster or Mission Loading Lists
Mission Documents Combat Mission Records and Plans obtained from the National Archives

43 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
42‑31222[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
This aircraft was apparently considered to replace 42‑97142 when Cline scrubbed it. But Cline eventually flew the mission in 42‑97142 after taking off almost an hour late.
42‑37788Brown, Bert OliverCompleted MissionHigh group. Ground Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑97150. On return, arrived over two hours late, possibly due to landing elsewhere to refuel.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37822Hughes, Robert DavisCompleted MissionLead group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑38013Buslee, John OliverFlying Spare,
Completed Mission
Lead group flying spare; joined formation.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑38208[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
42‑39888Lindberg, Gilbert RAbortedLead group. Turned back because the radio-compass was out.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97142Cline, Walter WFlying Spare,
Completed Mission
Low group flying spare; joined formation. Cline apparently experienced a problem with this aircraft, and mission records indicate a change to Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑31222. Eventually, however, he flew the mission in his originally assigned ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97150[N/A]ScrubbedReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑37788.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97204Majeske, Charles PaulCompleted MissionLead group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97251Tracy, Edward HanksCompleted MissionLow group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97263Bennett, John RCompleted MissionHigh section lead, low group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97282Patella, Joseph DavidCompleted MissionLead group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97309Pluhar, Emil EdwardCompleted MissionHigh group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97320Hepler, Wilbur DavidCompleted MissionLead group hot camera ship. 'Landed at coast for fuel' and arrived at base two hours late.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97510Martin, Donald FrancisCompleted MissionHigh group. On return, arrived an hour-and-a-half late, possibly due to landing elsewhere to refuel.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97941Hines, James WesleyCompleted MissionHigh group lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97960Allred, Frank LavonCompleted MissionWing lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102430Robertson, Vernon MCompleted MissionHigh group. Bombs failed to release over target for unknown reason and were brought back.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102459Gabel, Raymond JohnCompleted MissionLow Squadron deputy, lead group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102500Plowman, Noel ElwinCompleted MissionLow group. Landed with #3 feathered.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102501Hassing, Eugene TheronCompleted MissionLow group hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102518Young, Daniel MonroeCompleted MissionHigh group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102566Kinnaird, William RobertFlying Spare,
Returned As Briefed
High group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102601Peterson, John WrightCompleted MissionLow Squadron lead, low group. Landed with #1 feathered.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102620Henderson, William VCompleted MissionLow group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102661[N/A]Lead Ground Spare
Aircraft, Unused
 
42‑102933Myrick, Kenneth DCompleted MissionLow group lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑107058LeDonne, Edward GeorgeCompleted MissionLow Squadron deputy, low group.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37713Hanlon, Ernest EdwardCompleted MissionLow group.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37717Green, Loren LesterAbortedHigh group hot camera ship. Turned back because #4 engine failed.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37822Durdin, Larkin ClaytonCompleted MissionWing deputy and hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37843Sienkiewicz, Edward AlfredCompleted MissionHigh section deputy, high group.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37917Peters, Lloyd ACompleted MissionHigh group.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37971Davis, L K (IO)Completed MissionLow group deputy and hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37990Rainey, Harry WesleyCompleted MissionLow group.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38062Reed, William MarcusCompleted MissionLead group.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6080Goodrick, Gene RobertCompleted MissionHigh section lead, high group.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6105Hicks, Ralph BenjaminCompleted MissionLow group.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6109Farra, Robert LeslieCompleted MissionLow Squadron lead, high group.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6141Murchan, Lawrence AloysiusCompleted MissionLow Squadron lead, lead group.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6149Neville, Harry WalterCompleted MissionHigh section lead, lead group.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6294Herzog, John HenryCompleted MissionHigh group deputy and hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8011Mock, John MontagueCompleted MissionHigh section deputy, lead group.
SORTIE REPORT