Mission # 24

MISSION SUMMARY

Mission Date 16 September 1943
384th Mission
Mission Number 24
8th Air Force Mission Mission Number 97
Mission Comments Ship Gone; Port Facilities Attacked
The intended target, a ship loaded with munitions, was not found in the briefed area. 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 GeorgeCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
41‑24560Ingles, John ThomasAbortedTurned back; unable to locate formation after passing through cloud layer.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑3216Lecates, Robert LeslieCompleted MissionGroup lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑3218Van der Haeghen, Joseph AlbertCompleted MissionGroup deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑3429Estes, Thomas JeffersonAbortedTurned back; unable to locate formation after passing through cloud layer.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑3440Sprague, Alfred LeeCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑3459Higdon, Philip EAbortedTurned 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 EverettCompleted MissionLow squadron lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑5849Butler, Johnny AddisonFailed to ReturnShot down by enemy aircraft; crashed near Rennes, France; MACR 722.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29651Jacobs, Randolph George EdwardAbortedTurned back; unable to locate formation after passing through cloud layer.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29699Price, William MerrimanFailed 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 SkinnerCompleted MissionLanded away at RAF St. Athan.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29828Ashcraft, Archie BertisCompleted MissionS/Sgt James R. Fields awarded Silver Star (see 'As Briefed...', page 198) .Landed away at High Ercall.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29935[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
42‑30005Harry, William RussellCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑30026Algar, Philip MorrisCompleted MissionLanded away at Colerne, Wiltshire.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑30033Kelly, James HenryCompleted MissionHigh squadron lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑30043Yelvington, Melton AlbertCompleted MissionLanded away at Chivenor.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑30196[N/A]Lead Ground Spare
Aircraft, Unused