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Mission # 226

MISSION SUMMARY

Mission Date 16 November 1944
Eighth Air Force Operations Operations description not yet available.
384th Bomb Group Mission
384th BG Mission Number 226, Eighth AF Force Mission Number 715
Enemy Troop Positions Bombed
The 384th BG provided all aircraft and personnel for the lead, high, and low squadrons of the 41st Bomb Wing A Group, and the lead squadron of the 41st Bomb Wing D Group. In addition, two aircraft were loaned to other groups. The mission was to attack enemy ground positions ahead of allied forces.
Primary Target Target: Tactical - Artillery Positions
Type: Military
Location: Eschweiler, Germany
Target Attacked (Mode) Primary (PFF)
Sortie/Aircraft Summary Completed Mission, not including spares - 48
Flying Spare, Completed Mission - 2
Flight Completed - 1
Ground Spare Aircraft, Unused - 1
Scrubbed - 3
Failed To Return - 1
Mission Personnel Mission Personnel Roster or Mission Loading Lists
Mission Documents Combat Mission Records and Plans obtained from the National Archives

56 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
42‑32106Weaver, Paul HansonCompleted MissionHot camera ship. Landed away at RAF Cranfield, Bedfordshire, due to weather.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37788Abbott, William HCompleted MissionGround Spare Aircraft, replaced 44‑6514. Lead Squadron, 41st Bomb Wing D group. Landed away at RAF Tilstock, Shropshire, due to weather.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑38013Hassing, Eugene TheronCompleted MissionGround Spare Aircraft, replaced 43‑38501. Landed away at Stratford, due to weather.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑38208Brown, Bert OliverCompleted MissionLanded away at Stratford, due to weather.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑39888Orr, James WallaceCompleted MissionLanded away at Stratford, due to weather.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97150Jackson, Oakley HomerCompleted MissionLead Squadron, 41st Bomb Wing D group. Landed away at Tilstock, due to weather.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97251Cepits, Francis FrederickCompleted MissionLanded away at Stratford, due to weather.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97263Mock, John MontagueCompleted MissionLead Squadron, 41st Bomb Wing D group; did not bomb target because bomb release mechanism froze up. Landed away at Tilstock, due to weather.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97309Peters, Lloyd ArmanCompleted MissionGround Spare Aircraft, replaced 43‑37917. Landed away at Stratford, due to weather.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97320DeFrancesco, John JosephCompleted MissionLanded away at Stratford, due to weather.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97510Salley, Thomas RaysorSpare, Completed MissionLead Squadron flying spare, 41st Bomb Wing A group; joined formation. Landed away at Stratford, due to weather.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97824Gabel, Raymond JohnCompleted MissionGee-H ship; aircraft flew with the 381st BG at Ridgewell, as deputy group lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97941Hunt, John HardyCompleted MissionGee-H ship; high Squadron deputy, 41st Bomb Wing A group. Landed away at Stratford, due to weather; involved in an accident on the runway: Lt Green landed long and crashed into this aircraft.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑98000Hoppen, Jack StewartCompleted MissionHot camera ship. Landed away at Stratford, due to weather.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑98027Cline, Walter WilliamCompleted MissionPFF & Gee-H ship; group lead, 41st Bomb Wing A group. Landed away at Stratford, due to weather.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102459McKone, Joseph FCompleted MissionLanded away at Stratford, due to weather.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102501Clements, Ben HillCompleted MissionLanded away at Stratford, due to weather.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102518Rose, Gerald DaleCompleted MissionLanded away at Stratford, due to weather.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102933Hale, Kenneth OliverSpare, Completed MissionFlying spare; joined formation. Landed away at Stratford, due to weather.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑107121Somers, James LowellCompleted MissionHot camera ship. Landed away at Stratford, due to weather.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑107125[Non-384th Pilot]Completed MissionLoaned to the 401st BG for today's mission. Manned by 401st personnel, except as noted on the Sortie Report.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37703Evans, Hugh LegarCompleted MissionLanded away at Stratford, due to weather.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37713Duesler, Donald BartonCompleted MissionLanded away at Stratford, due to weather.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37717Holmes, George WCompleted MissionHot camera ship. Landed away at Stratford, due to weather.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37843Klatt, Merton DaleCompleted MissionLead Squadron, 41st Bomb Wing D group. Landed away at Tilstock, due to weather.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37917Abbott, Edward WilliamCompleted MissionLanded away at Stratford, due to weather.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37971[N/A]Scrubbed: Did Not Take OffReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑97309.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38062Rice, Robert EugeneCompleted MissionLanded away at Stratford, due to weather.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38501[N/A]Scrubbed: Did Not Take OffReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑38013.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38542Rowe, George BCompleted MissionLead Squadron deputy, 41st Bomb Wing D group. Landed away at Tilstock, due to weather.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38548LeDonne, Edward GeorgeCompleted MissionLanded away at Stratford, due to weather.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38616Koch, Robert BruceFlight CompletedWeather aircraft; remainder of crew (CP, N, RO, Eng) not identified
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38630Goodrick, Gene RobertCompleted MissionLead Squadron, 41st Bomb Wing D group. Landed away at Stratford, due to weather.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38673Storey, Wallace ArnoldCompleted MissionLanded away at Stratford, due to weather.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38678Herring, Harold FCompleted MissionLanded away at Stratford, due to weather.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38721Green, Loren LesterCompleted MissionOn return to England, in bad weather, pilots were instructed to divert and land at Stratford. Lt. Green landed long and collided with an aircraft still on the runway.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38747Mohler, John GrigsbyCompleted MissionHot camera ship; lead Squadron deputy, 41st Bomb Wing A group.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38750Groff, Richard HubertCompleted MissionLow Squadron deputy, 41st Bomb Wing A group. Landed away at Stratford, due to weather.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38752Farnsworth, Reuben JosephCompleted MissionLead Squadron, 41st Bomb Wing D group. Landed away at Stratford, due to weather.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38757Owens, Robert ClareCompleted MissionLead Squadron, 41st Bomb Wing D group. Landed away at Tilstock, due to weather.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38766McLean, William SCompleted MissionLanded away at Stratford, due to weather.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38800Mumper, Benjamin RoyceCompleted MissionHot camera ship; lead Squadron, 41st Bomb Wing D group. Landed away at Tilstock, due to weather.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38801Gilmore, James RobsonCompleted MissionLanded away at Stratford, due to weather.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38823Fahr, John (NMI)Completed MissionLanded away at Stratford, due to weather.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6105Heubner, Emil JCompleted MissionLead Squadron, 41st Bomb Wing D group. Landed away at Tilstock, due to weather.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6141Wehrheim, Francis WalterCompleted MissionLanded away at Stratford, due to weather.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6476Walker, Jay FCompleted MissionLanded away at Stratford, due to weather.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6512Springsted, Donald GeorgeFailed To ReturnHot camera ship. Aircraft received a direct flak burst in #3 engine over target, setting it afire at 1205 hrs. Six chutes were observed, but one appeared to be on fire. The aircraft crash-landed at Tongres, Belgium, with injured pilot and tail-gunner, and dead co-pilot. MACR 10448
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6514[N/A]Scrubbed: Did Not Take OffReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑37788.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6592Milne, Alexander DaleCompleted MissionHot camera ship; lead Squadron, 41st Bomb Wing D group. Landed away at Tilstock, due to weather.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8008Blankenmeyer, William JCompleted MissionPFF ship; low Squadron lead, 41st Bomb Wing A group. Landed away at Stratford, due to weather.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8211Keller, Marion WayneCompleted MissionPFF & Gee-H ship; lead Squadron lead, 41st Bomb Wing D group. Landed away at RAF Tilstock, Shropshire, due to weather.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8216[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft, Unused 
44‑8401Martin, Donald FrancisCompleted MissionPFF ship; high Squadron lead, 41st Bomb Wing A group. Landed away at Stratford, due to weather.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8409Starr, William GeorgeCompleted MissionLanded away at RAF Stratford, Warwickshire, due to weather.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8430Mead, Frank WillardCompleted MissionLanded away at Stratford, due to weather.
SORTIE REPORT