Mission # 224

MISSION SUMMARY

Mission Date 10 November 1944
384th Mission
Mission Number 224
8th Air Force Mission Mission Number 709
Mission Comments Primary Targets Bombed
The 384th provided three squadrons to form the 41st C Combat Bombardment Wing (41C Group) and an additional 12 aircraft to form the high squadron of the 41st D Combat Bombardment Wing (41D Squadron). The 41C Group lead and low squadrons bombed Ostheim Airfield using Gee-H, but the high squadron Gee-H equipment failed on the bomb run, and a second run was necessary. They started a PFF run on the primary target, but the PFF equipment failed, then attempted a visual run but could not see the primary target. They then salvoed their bombs over the secondary target, the center of Köln. The 41D Squadron made a 'long smooth run' to attack Butzweilerhof Airfield through 'intense and accurate' flak.
Primary Target Target: Ostheim Airfield & Butzweilerhof Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Target Attacked (Mode) Primary (Gee-H)
Sortie/Aircraft Summary Completed Mission, not including spares - 46
Aborted - 4
Scrubbed - 1
Ground Spare Aircraft, Unused - 3
Flight Completed - 1
Mission Personnel Mission Personnel Roster or Mission Loading Lists
Mission Documents Combat Mission Records and Plans obtained from the National Archives

55 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
42‑31484Brookshire, James DCompleted Mission41C Group, Low Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑32106Herring, Harold FCompleted Mission41C Group, Lead Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37788McNamara, John GordonAborted41C Group, High Squadron. Hot Camera ship. Turned back due to mechanical failure.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37822[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
There is no evidence in the mission files that this aircraft was assigned to this mission, save for a reference to aircraft '822' being assigned to the Fleshman Crew on the 544th BS loading list.
42‑38013Klatt, Merton DCompleted Mission41C Group, High Squadron. Landed away on continent due to low fuel.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑39888Freiman, Peter PaulCompleted Mission41D Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97150Jackson, Oakley HomerAborted41C Group, High Squadron. Turned back due to mechanical failure; bomb load returned to base.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97251Hines, James WesleyFlight CompletedWeather Aircraft. remainder of crew (CP, N, RO, Eng) not identified.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97309Hicks, Kenneth DelmontCompleted Mission41C Group, Lead Squadron. Hot Camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97592Keller, Marion WCompleted Mission41C Group, High Squadron Lead. PFF ship. Landed away at RAF Woodbridge, Suffolk, due to low fuel.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97824Gabel, Raymond JohnCompleted Mission41D Squadron, Squadron Deputy. Gee-H ship. 544th loading list has 'Lt. Toelhman (303rd B. Gp)' listed as GH Navigator.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97960Mock, John MontagueCompleted Mission41C Group, High Squadron. Landed away on continent due to low fuel. Engineer died from anoxia.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑98000[N/A]Scrubbed41D Squadron. Replaced by Ground Spare aircraft 44‑8409.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑98027[Pilot TBD]Completed Mission41C Group, Gee-H aircraft; flew with 381st BG; remaining crew positions filled by non-384th personnel.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102449Hicks, Ralph BCompleted Mission41C Group, High Squadron Deputy. Gee-H ship. Landed away at Brussels, Belgium, due to low fuel.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102459Hoppen, Jack StewartCompleted Mission41D Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102500[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
41D Squadron.
42‑102566Zink, Joseph DCompleted Mission41C Group, Lead Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102661Groff, Richard HubertCompleted Mission41D Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102933Hale, Kenneth OliverCompleted Mission41C Group, Low Squadron. Hot Camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑107125Martin, Donald FrancisCompleted Mission41C Group, Group Deputy. Gee-H ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑107148Starr, William GeorgeAborted41C Group, Lead Squadron. Turned back due to material failure; jettisoned bomb load in Channel.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37703Wehrheim, Francis WalterCompleted Mission41D Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37713Salley, Thomas RCompleted Mission41C Group, Low Squadron. Hot Camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37717Holmes, George WCompleted Mission41C Group, Lead Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37843Mumper, Benjamin RCompleted Mission41C Group, High Squadron. Landed away on continent due to low fuel.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37917Rose, Gerald DaleCompleted Mission41C Group, Lead Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37971Peters, Lloyd ACompleted Mission41C Group, Lead Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38016Pranger, Nicholas VincentAborted41C Group, Low Squadron Deputy. Gee-H ship. Turned back over France due to material failure; jettisoned bombs in open field in France.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38062McKone, Joseph FCompleted Mission41D Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38501Clements, Ben HCompleted Mission41C Group, Low Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38542Rowe, George BCompleted Mission41C Group, High Squadron. Landed away on continent due to low fuel.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38588LeDonne, Edward GCompleted Mission41C Group, Low Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38616McLean, William SCompleted Mission41C Group, Low Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38630Milne, Alexander DaleCompleted Mission41C Group, High Squadron. Hot Camera ship. Landed away on continent due to low fuel.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38678Green, Loren LCompleted Mission41C Group, Lead Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38721Mayner, John RobertCompleted Mission41C Group, Lead Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38747Somers, James LowellCompleted Mission41C Group, Low Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38750Rice, Robert ECompleted Mission41D Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38752Majeske, Charles PCompleted Mission41C Group, High Squadron. Landed away on continent due to low fuel.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38766Causa, Raymond (NMI)Completed Mission41C Group, Low Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38801Fisher, Robert JeremyCompleted Mission41D Squadron. Hot Camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38823Fahr, JohnCompleted Mission41C Group, Lead Squadron. Hot Camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6105Heubner, Emil JCompleted Mission41C Group, High Squadron. Landed away on continent due to low fuel.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6135Abbott, William HCompleted Mission41C Group, High Squadron. Landed away on continent due to low fuel.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6141Galiano, Joe VCompleted Mission41D Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6476Rummel, Brian DCompleted Mission41C Group, Low Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6512DeFrancesco, John JosephCompleted Mission41D Squadron. Hot Camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6514[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
41D Squadron.
44‑8007Carnes, Joe RossCompleted Mission41C Group, Group Lead. PFF ship.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8211[Pilot TBD]Completed Mission41C Group, Gee-H aircraft; flew with 381st BG; remaining crew positions filled by non-384th personnel.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8216Ellis, Harold RichardCompleted Mission41C Group, Low Squadron Lead. PFF ship.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8401Gilbert, Stanley MCompleted Mission41D Squadron, Squadron Lead. PFF ship. Marion Chase, Engineer: 'Feathered #3 after flak hit oil cooler and we lost our oil.'
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8409Fleshman, Warren GrayCompleted Mission41D Squadron. Ground Spare aircraft, replaced 42‑98000.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8430Cepits, Francis FCompleted Mission41C Group, Low Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT