2023 UK REUNION
 14-18 SEPTEMBER 2023
 SAVE THE DATE

Mission # 2

MISSION SUMMARY

Mission Date 25 June 1943
VIII Bomber Command Operations Show Operations
384th Bomb Group Mission
384th BG Mission Number 2, VIII BC Mission Number 67
Weather Reduces Force
The 384th Bombardment Group (H) flew as the High Group of the 103rd Bomb Wing, the second of three wings assigned to this mission. Of the 19 aircraft taking off for today's mission, most became lost in rain and heavy clouds and failed to make wing formation. Eight aircraft continued following the 103rd Combat Wing, four bombing the primary target on the Wing Lead, and one bombing a last resort target; 7 crewmembers were KIA, 2 were MIA, and 21 became POW.
Primary Target Target: Industrial Area & Submarine Pens
Type: Military
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Target Attacked (Mode) Primary (Unknown)
Sortie/Aircraft Summary Completed Mission, not including spares - 5
Scrubbed - 3
Aborted - 11
Failed To Return - 3
Mission Personnel Mission Personnel Roster or Mission Loading Lists
Mission Documents Combat Mission Records and Plans obtained from the National Archives

22 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
42‑3188Estes, Thomas JeffersonCompleted MissionBombed an unknown city.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑3216[N/A]Scrubbed: Did Not Take OffReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑30143
SORTIE REPORT
42‑3218Ogilvie, Donald PotterAborted Mission After Taking Off.Returned to base due to weather conditions; pilot was unable to maintain contact with the formation.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑3231Henderson, Lykes SheltonScrubbed: Did Not Take OffGround Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑30037. Did not take off.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑5850McMillin, Selden LongleyFailed To ReturnGroup lead. Bombed primary on wing lead. Lost altitude near coast of England, one engine out and another smoking; cr Smallbroek, The Netherlands. MACR 16357 Maj. Selden Longley McMillin was awarded the Silver Star for this action (Owens p. 197).
SORTIE REPORT
42‑5852Butler, Johnny AddisonCompleted MissionBombed primary target on wing lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29960Erickson, Gordon BennettAborted Mission After Taking Off.Initially took off at 0553-1/2, landed at 0618, then took off again at 0630; reasons for this are unknown. Returned to base due to weather conditions; pilot was unable to maintain contact with the formation.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑30026Algar, Philip MorrisAborted Mission After Taking Off.Turned back after windshield motor burned out and cockpit filled with smoke, causing the pilot to lose contact with the formation.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑30030Rosio, Joseph (NMI)Aborted Mission After Taking Off.Returned to base due to weather conditions; pilot was unable to maintain contact with the formation.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑30031Burgoon, Howard CyrilAborted Mission After Taking Off.Returned to base due to weather conditions; pilot was unable to maintain contact with the formation.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑30032Dietel, William (NMI)Completed MissionBombed primary target on wing lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑30033Kelly, James HenryAborted Mission After Taking Off.Low Squadron deputy. Returned to base due to weather conditions; pilot was unable to maintain contact with the formation.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑30037[N/A]Scrubbed: Did Not Take OffReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑3231.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑30039Halseth, Edwin SAborted Mission After Taking Off.High Squadron lead. Returned to base due to weather conditions; pilot was unable to maintain contact with the formation.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑30043Pulcipher, Ralph RobertCompleted MissionJettisoned bombs on enemy-occupied Terschelling Island.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑30046Wilson, Clayton RAborted Mission After Taking Off.Returned to base due to weather conditions; pilot was unable to maintain contact with the formation.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑30048Wheat, Delton GAborted Mission After Taking Off.Turned back because of a faulty oil regulator.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑30049Way, John RichardFailed To ReturnAfter making two unsuccessful runs on the primary target, the crew headed for Emden as a likely target for their bomb load. The flak guns found them, inflicting serious damage and injuries - then they ran into fighters. A furious running battle ensued, with some crew members bailing out, and finally the aircraft exploded. The main part of the wreckage came down in the Dollard (Dutch: Dollart), an embayment of the Ems River on the border between Germany and the Netherlands. MACR 16349
SORTIE REPORT
42‑30058Frink, Horace EverettAborted Mission After Taking Off.Turned back with gyrocompass out and altimeter erratic. Landed away at Bottisham, AAF Station 374.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑30065Keck, George BCompleted MissionBombed an unknown city.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑30139Hausenfluck, Jesse DeeAborted Mission After Taking Off.Returned to base due to weather conditions; pilot was unable to maintain contact with the formation.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑30143Riches, George WilliamFailed To ReturnDamaged by flak, crashed near Oldenburg, Germany. MACR 16378. 1Lt. George Riches posthumously awarded Silver Star (Owens p. 200)
SORTIE REPORT