Mission # 21

MISSION SUMMARY

Mission Date 6 September 1943
384th Mission
Mission Number 21
8th Air Force Mission Mission Number 91
Mission Comments Target Of Opportunity Attacked
The 384th Bombardment Group had 21 aircraft airborne as scheduled. From the IP until leaving the target area, there was a complete undercast except for small sparse patches of farmland. This group followed the lead group over the target area twice without dropping the bombs. Bombs were finally dropped on a small town in Germany. Fuel ran short for many aircraft, many landing away at US and RAF airfields.
Primary Target Type: Industry
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Target Attacked (Mode) TOO (Visual)
Target: Unidentified Farm Community
Type: Non-Military
Location: Unnamed, Germany
Sortie/Aircraft Summary Completed Mission, not including spares - 15
Failed To Return - 5
Aborted - 1
Ground Spare Aircraft, Unused - 4
Mission Personnel Mission Personnel Roster or Mission Loading Lists
Mission Documents Combat Mission Records and Plans obtained from the National Archives

25 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
41‑24507Armstrong, James EdwinFailed to ReturnTwo bomb runs due to overcast at target; enemy aircraft and flak knocked out two engines; insufficient fuel to reach England, crashed near Étrépagny, France; MACR 772.
SORTIE REPORT
41‑24557Sundlun, Bruce GeorgeCompleted MissionLanded away at RAF Deanland, East Sussex, due to low fuel.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑3041McMahon, James JosephFailed to ReturnOut of fuel; crashed near Metz, France.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑3216[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
42‑3218Armstrong, Lloyd RolandCompleted MissionGroup lead. Landed at Grafton Underwood.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑3429Estes, Thomas JeffersonCompleted MissionLanded away near Dungeness, Kent, due to low fuel.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑3440Sprague, Alfred LeeCompleted MissionHigh Squadron lead. Landed away at Little Staughton, Cambridgeshire, due to low fuel.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑3455Faulkiner, Russel RubenFailed to ReturnOut of gas (right wing hit by flak), FW-190 finished them off, crashed near Rheims, France; MACR 775.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑3459Higdon, Philip ECompleted MissionLanded at Grafton Underwood.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑5444Thompson, Siguard (NMI)Completed MissionLanded away at Deanland, East Sussex, due to low fuel.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑5720Aufmuth, Lester HerbertFailed to ReturnDamaged by enemy aircraft; insufficient fuel to return to England; made a forced landing in field near Beauvais, France; MACR 776.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑5838Frink, Horace EverettCompleted MissionLanded away at Hornchurch, Essex, due to low fuel.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑5843Pulcipher, Ralph RobertFailed to ReturnShot down by fighters and flak; crashed near Beauvais, France; MACR 1455.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑5849Ogilvie, Donald PotterAbortedReturned to station early after failure to draw more than 20 inches manifold pressure at 17,000 feet altitude.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑5852Butler, Johnny AddisonCompleted MissionGroup deputy. Landed away at Hornchurch, Essex, due to low fuel.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29554Yelvington, Melton AlbertCompleted MissionLanded away at RAF Deanland, East Sussex, due to low fuel.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29651Jacobs, Randolph George EdwardCompleted MissionHigh Squadron deputy. Landed away at Deanland, East Sussex, due to low fuel.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29699[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
42‑29768[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
42‑29814Ingles, John ThomasCompleted MissionLanded away at Deanland, East Sussex, due to low fuel.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29828Ashcraft, Archie BertisCompleted MissionLow Squadron deputy. Landed away at [unknown location] due to low fuel.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29935[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
42‑30026Algar, Philip MorrisCompleted MissionLanded away at West Malling, Kent, due to low fuel.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑30033Kelly, James HenryCompleted MissionLow Squadron lead. Landed away at West Malling, Kent, due to low fuel.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑30043Price, William MerrimanCompleted MissionLanded away at RAF West Malling, Kent, due to low fuel. Returned to Station 106 at 1530 hours. Flak hole in left elevator.
SORTIE REPORT