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 ElmerFlying Spare,
Completed Mission
Low Squadron flying spare; joined formation.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37788Sienkiewicz, Edward AlfredCompleted MissionLow Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37822[N/A]ScrubbedReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑107148.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑38208Owens, Robert ClareCompleted MissionLead Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97309Farra, Robert LCompleted MissionLow Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97320Rice, Robert EAbortedTurned back, reason unknown.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97510Smith, Jack MCompleted MissionHigh Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97521Gross, Kenneth EugeneCompleted MissionLow Squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97824Durdin, Larkin ClaytonCompleted MissionHigh Squadron lead. Gee-H ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97986Henderson, William VCompleted 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 MiltonCompleted MissionHigh Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102430Wismer, Richard GlenCompleted MissionLow Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102449[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
Lead Gee-H Ground Spare Aircraft.
42‑102500Mohler, John GrigsbyCompleted MissionLead Squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102501Majeske, Charles PCompleted MissionLead Squadron. Dropped late.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102518[N/A]ScrubbedReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑102661.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102620Springsted, Donald GeorgeFlying Spare,
Completed Mission
High Squadron flying spare; joined formation.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102661Peters, Lloyd ACompleted MissionGround Spare Aircraft, replaced 42‑102518. Low Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102933Hale, Kenneth OliverCompleted MissionLead Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑107121Brookshire, James DFlying Spare,
Completed Mission
Lead Squadron flying spare; joined formation and bombed target; dropped bombs late.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑107125Herzog, John HenryCompleted MissionLow Squadron lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑107148Mumper, Benjamin RCompleted MissionGround Spare Aircraft, replaced 42‑37822. High Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37703Norton, Paul ECompleted MissionHigh Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37717Mandelbaum, Norman W (IO)Completed MissionLow Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37917McDaniel, Clifford FranklinCompleted MissionLow Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38016Myrick, Kenneth DCompleted MissionGroup lead.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38062Carlson, Walter ElmerCompleted MissionHigh Squadron. Dropped out of formation after bombs away, but returned OK to base.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38262Rowe, George BCompleted MissionLead Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38501Hassing, Eugene TheronCompleted MissionLead Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38548LeDonne, Edward GeorgeCompleted MissionLead Squadron. Released bombs early.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38579Birckhead, Robert BruceFailed to ReturnLow Squadron. Aircraft peeled off and left formation prior to target and was under control; damaged by flak, crashed near Munchen-Gladbach, Germany; MACR 9754. (Note: MACR Interrogation Reports indicate Adams and Batte had switched positions.)
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38588Causa, Raymond (NMI)Completed MissionLead Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38615Patella, Joseph DavidCompleted MissionHigh Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38616Rummel, Brian DCompleted MissionLead Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6135Brown, Bert OliverCompleted MissionHigh Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6141Orr, James WallaceCompleted MissionHigh Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6149Cornair, Russell JCompleted MissionLow Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6294Kass, Robert HilerCompleted MissionLow Squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6476Chmura, Edward (NMI)Completed MissionLead Squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6512Groff, Richard HubertCompleted MissionHigh Squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8008[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
Lead PFF Ground Spare Aircraft.
44‑8047Hughes, Robert DavisCompleted MissionHigh Squadron deputy. PFF ship.
SORTIE REPORT