2021 REUNION
OGDEN, UTAH
6-10 OCTOBER 2021

Mission # 24

MISSION SUMMARY

Mission Date 16 September 1943
384th Mission
Mission Number 24
VIII Bomber Command Mission Mission Number 97   (more...)
Mission Comments Ship Gone; Port Facilities Attacked
The 384th Bomb Group flew as the Low Group of the leading Wing of Air Task Force 1 on today's Mission. Primary target was a supply ship for submarines. The ship was not found in the briefed area, so the Group attacked the secondary target, port facilities and shipping, with good results.
Primary Target Target: Blockade Runner Ship (in Loire River)
Type: Transportation
Location: Nantes, France
Target Attacked (Mode) Secondary (Visual)
Target: Harbor Facilities
Type: Transportation
Location: Nantes, France
Sortie/Aircraft Summary Completed Mission, not including spares - 11
Failed To Return - 1
Aborted - 5
Ground Spare Aircraft, Unused - 3
Ditched - 1
Mission Personnel Mission Personnel Roster or Mission Loading Lists
Mission Documents Combat Mission Records and Plans obtained from the National Archives

21 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
41‑24557Sundlun, Bruce George Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
41‑24560Ingles, John Thomas AbortedTurned back; unable to locate formation after passing through cloud layer.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑3216Lecates, Robert Leslie Completed MissionGroup lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑3218Van der Haeghen, Joseph Albert Completed MissionGroup deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑3429Estes, Thomas Jefferson AbortedTurned back; unable to locate formation after passing through cloud layer.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑3440Sprague, Alfred Lee Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑3459Higdon, Philip E AbortedTurned back; unable to locate formation after passing through cloud layer.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑5086[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
42‑5404Thompson, Siguard (NMI) AbortedTurned back; unable to locate formation after passing through cloud layer.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑5838Frink, Horace Everett Completed MissionLow Squadron lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑5849Butler, Johnny Addison Failed to ReturnShot down by enemy aircraft; crashed near Rennes, France; MACR 722.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29651Jacobs, Randolph George Edward AbortedTurned back; unable to locate formation after passing through cloud layer.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29699Price, William Merriman Failed to Return,
Ditched
Ditched in the English Channel Near Hope Cove, Knightsbridge, Devon (about 15 miles SE of Plymouth), after being damaged by enemy aircraft; crew rescued by a fishing boat; Leigh was injured and hospitalized in Hope Cove until 2 October; no MACR; all returned to duty.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29768Willing, Mark Skinner Completed MissionLanded away at RAF St. Athan, Wales.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29828Ashcraft, Archie Bertis Completed MissionS/Sgt James R. Fields awarded Silver Star (see 'As Briefed...', page 198). Landed away at RAF High Ercall, Shropshire.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29935[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
42‑30005Harry, William Russell Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑30026Algar, Philip Morris Completed MissionLanded away at RAF Colerne, Wiltshire.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑30033Kelly, James Henry Completed MissionHigh Squadron lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑30043Yelvington, Melton Albert Completed MissionLanded away at RAF Chivenor, Devon.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑30196[N/A]Lead Ground Spare
Aircraft, Unused