Mission # 213

MISSION SUMMARY

Mission Date 18 October 1944
384th Mission
Mission Number 213
8th Air Force Mission Mission Number 682
Mission Comments Weather Challenges Crews
The 384th Bombardment Group (H) flew as the 41st CBW B Group on today's mission. Clouds obscured the target so each squadron started a Gee-H bomb run - in each case the Gee-H equipment failed, so the deputy had to take over with PFF (radar), with varying results. The lead and low squadron deputies did not have enough time to take over on the initial bomb run, so they turned and attacked the PFF secondary. The high squadron was able to complete the attack on the primary on the first run.
Primary Target Target: Ford Motor Works
Type: Industry
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Target Attacked (Mode) Secondary (PFF)
Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Sortie/Aircraft Summary Completed Mission, not including spares - 28
Aborted - 6
Flying Spare, Completed Mission - 3
Ground Spare Aircraft, Unused - 5
Landed In Allied Territory - 2
Mission Personnel Mission Personnel Roster or Mission Loading Lists
Mission Documents Combat Mission Records and Plans obtained from the National Archives

44 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
42‑32106Green, Loren LesterAbortedHigh Squadron. Aborted due to personnel illness.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37822Galiano, Joe VCompleted MissionLow Squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑39888Freiman, Peter PaulCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97251Salley, Thomas RaysorCompleted MissionHigh Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97271Klatt, Merton DFlying Spare,
Completed Mission
Lead Squadron flying spare; joined formation.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97282DeFrancesco, John JosephFlying Spare,
Completed Mission
Low Squadron flying spare; joined formation.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97309Doran, William ElmerAbortedHigh Squadron. Aborted due to faulty prop governor.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97510[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
42‑97521Fahr, JohnLanded in Allied TerritoryHigh Squadron. Soon after bombs away, this aircraft started to drop back from formation under control, and continued to drop back until out of sight; returned to base and resumed combat missions after seven weeks.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97592Dudock, Edward PeterCompleted MissionGroup deputy. PFF ship. Took over on bomb run after lead Gee-H equipment failed, but too late to bomb primary. Led Squadron to attack secondary by PFF.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97824Toler, Harold MortonCompleted MissionLow Squadron lead. Gee-H ship. Relinquished lead to deputy on bomb run after Gee-H equipment failed.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97960Smith, Jack MCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑102459Orr, James WallaceCompleted MissionLow Squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102500Mohler, John GrigsbyCompleted MissionHigh Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102501Clements, Ben HillCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑102518Kinnaird, William RobertCompleted MissionHigh Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102566Herring, Harold FCompleted MissionHigh Squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102661Groff, Richard HubertCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑107121Duesler, Donald BartonAbortedTurned back with #3 engine out.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑107125[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
Lead Gee-H Ground Spare Aircraft.
43‑37703McKone, Joseph FAbortedTurned back during formation assembly; landed at Waterbeach; reported an engine on fire.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37843Brown, Bert OliverLanded in Allied TerritoryLanded in allied territory due to battle damage and low fuel.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37917Hunt, John HardyCompleted MissionHigh Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37971Holmes, George WFlying Spare,
Completed Mission
High Squadron flying spare; joined formation.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38016Martin, Donald FrancisCompleted MissionHigh Squadron lead. Relinquished lead to deputy on bomb run after Gee-H equipment failed.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38062Fleshman, Warren GrayCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38262Neville, Harry WalterCompleted MissionGroup lead. Gee-H ship. Relinquished lead to deputy on bomb run after Gee-H equipment failed. Force-landed on continent with battle damage and low fuel; abandoned aircraft.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38542Mock, John MontagueCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38548LeDonne, Edward GeorgeCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38588Mead, Frank WillardCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38616[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
43‑38678Gross, Kenneth EugeneCompleted MissionHigh Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38747[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
43‑38750Gabel, Raymond JohnCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38752Keller, Marion WayneCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38757Sienkiewicz, Edward AlfredCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38766Ellis, Harold RichardCompleted MissionHigh Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6141Farnsworth, Reuben JosephCompleted MissionLead Squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6476Rummel, Brian DunnCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑8007Johnstone, William ACompleted MissionHigh Squadron deputy. PFF ship. Took over on bomb run after lead Gee-H equipment failed; completed attack on primary target.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8008Gilbert, Stanley MiltonCompleted MissionLow Squadron deputy. PFF ship. Took over on bomb run after lead Gee-h equipment failed, but too late to bomb primary. Led Squadron to attack secondary by PFF.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8047[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
Lead PFF Ground Spare Aircraft.
44‑8409Mumper, Benjamin RAbortedLead group hot camera ship. Aborted due to oxygen regulator trouble
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8430Cepits, Francis FrederickAbortedTurned back; aircraft would not climb to altitude.
SORTIE REPORT