2021 REUNION
OGDEN, UTAH
6-10 OCTOBER 2021

Mission # 205

MISSION SUMMARY

Mission Date 5 October 1944
384th Mission
Mission Number 205
8th Air Force Mission Mission Number 665
Mission Comments Cologne / Köln Bombed
The 384th Bombardment Group (H) flew as the 41st CBW B Group on today's mission. Each of the three squadrons comprising the group formation were assigned a different primary target. Bombing was planned to be by Gee-H aiming, but the targets were apparently beyond the range of the Gee-H signals. The lead group's target was a factory in Cologne, the High group's was an oil refinery in Monheim (near Cologne) and the low group's was the M.T. Factory of Ford Motor AG in Cologne. In the end, the city of Cologne itself felt the weight of the attack.
Primary Target Type: Industry
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Target Attacked (Mode) Secondary (PFF)
Type: Non-Military
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Sortie/Aircraft Summary Completed Mission, not including spares - 34
Failed To Return - 1
Aborted - 1
Scrubbed - 2
Flying Spare, Completed Mission - 3
Ground Spare Aircraft, Unused - 2
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
42‑31484Levine, Max (NMI) Completed MissionLow Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑32106Doran, William Elmer Flying Spare,
Completed Mission
Low Squadron flying spare; joined formation.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37788Sienkiewicz, Edward Alfred Completed MissionLow Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37822[N/A]ScrubbedReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑107148.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑38208Owens, Robert Clare Completed MissionLead Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97309Farra, Robert Leslie Completed MissionLow Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97320Rice, Robert Eugene AbortedTurned back, reason unknown.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97510Smith, Jack M Completed MissionHigh Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97521Gross, Kenneth Eugene Completed MissionLow Squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97824Durdin, Larkin Clayton Completed MissionHigh Squadron lead. Gee-H ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97986Henderson, William Vincent Completed MissionDeputy lead. This aircraft led the group on two PFF runs, was hit by flak over target area and lost two engines; could not keep up with group and was going to land in Belgium; plane was under control, but was reported to explode at about 2,000' altitude. However, while it was out of commission for about two months, it was back flying combat missions in December.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑98000Gilbert, Stanley Milton Completed MissionHigh Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102430Wismer, Richard Glen Completed MissionLow Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102449[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
Lead Gee-H Ground Spare Aircraft.
42‑102500Mohler, John Grigsby Completed MissionLead Squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102501Majeske, Charles Paul Completed MissionLead Squadron. Dropped late.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102518[N/A]ScrubbedReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑102661.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102620Springsted, Donald George Flying Spare,
Completed Mission
High Squadron flying spare; joined formation.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102661Peters, Lloyd Arman Completed MissionGround Spare Aircraft, replaced 42‑102518. Low Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102933Hale, Kenneth Oliver Completed MissionLead Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑107121Brookshire, James D Flying Spare,
Completed Mission
Lead Squadron flying spare; joined formation and bombed target; dropped bombs late.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑107125Herzog, John Henry Completed MissionLow Squadron lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑107148Mumper, Benjamin Royce Completed MissionGround Spare Aircraft, replaced 42‑37822. High Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37703Norton, Paul E Completed MissionHigh Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37717Mandelbaum, Norman W (IO) Completed MissionLow Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37917McDaniel, Clifford Franklin Completed MissionLow Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38016Myrick, Kenneth Delay Completed MissionGroup lead.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38062Carlson, Walter Elmer Completed MissionHigh Squadron. Dropped out of formation after bombs away, but returned OK to base.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38262Rowe, George B Completed MissionLead Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38501Hassing, Eugene Theron Completed MissionLead Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38548LeDonne, Edward George Completed MissionLead Squadron. Released bombs early.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38579Birckhead, Robert Bruce Failed to ReturnLow Squadron. Shot down by FLAK.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38588Causa, Raymond (NMI) Completed MissionLead Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38615Patella, Joseph David Completed MissionHigh Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38616Rummel, Brian Dunn Completed MissionLead Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6135Brown, Bert Oliver Completed MissionHigh Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6141Orr, James Wallace Completed MissionHigh Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6149Cornair, Russell John Completed MissionLow Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6294Kass, Robert Hiler Completed MissionLow Squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6476Chmura, Edward (NMI) Completed MissionLead Squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6512Groff, Richard Hubert Completed MissionHigh Squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8008[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
Lead PFF Ground Spare Aircraft.
44‑8047Hughes, Robert Davis Completed MissionHigh Squadron deputy. PFF ship.
SORTIE REPORT