Mission # 227

MISSION SUMMARY

Mission Date 20 November 1944
384th Mission
Mission Number 227
8th Air Force Mission Mission Number 718
Mission Comments Marshalling Yards Bombed
A combination of equipment failures prevented the planned Gee-H attack on the primary target. Therefore, all squadrons of the 384th attacked the secondary PFF target.
Primary Target Target: Buer Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Target Attacked (Mode) Secondary (PFF)
Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Münster, Germany
Sortie/Aircraft Summary Completed Mission, not including spares - 48
Aborted - 2
Scrubbed - 4
Returned Early - 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
42‑31484Duesler, Donald BartonCompleted MissionGround Spare Aircraft, replaced 42‑102500. Composite Squadron, 41st Bomb Wing D group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑32106Zink, Joseph DCompleted MissionLead Squadron, 41st Bomb Wing D group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37788Farnsworth, Reuben JosephCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑37822Galiano, Joe VCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑38013Jackson, Oakley HomerAbortedGround Spare Aircraft, replaced 42‑97150. Aborted, unable to locate formation after taking off late.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑38208Mumper, Benjamin RCompleted MissionLanded away at Bassingbourn, due to weather.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑39888Orr, James WallaceCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97150[N/A]ScrubbedReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑38013.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97251Chmura, Edward (NMI)Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97263Abbott, William HCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97271O'Donnell, Phillip JCompleted MissionLead Squadron, 41st Bomb Wing D group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97309[N/A]ScrubbedLead Gee-H Ground Spare Aircraft, replaced 42‑97424. Replaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑107148, possibly after taking off and returning.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97510Salley, Thomas RaysorCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97592Smith, Jack MCompleted MissionPFF ship; low Squadron lead, 41st Bomb Wing C group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97824[N/A]ScrubbedGee-H ship. Replaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑97309, possibly after taking off and returning.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97960McNamara, John GordonCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑98000Fleshman, Warren GrayCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑98027Gross, Kenneth EugeneCompleted MissionPFF ship; group lead, 41st Bomb Wing D group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102430Abbott, Edward WilliamCompleted MissionLead Squadron, 41st Bomb Wing D group
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102459Wehrheim, Francis WalterCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑102500[N/A]ScrubbedReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑31484.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102518Rose, Gerald DaleCompleted MissionLead Squadron 41st Bomb Wing D group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102661Groff, Richard HubertCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑107083Causa, Raymond (NMI)Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑107125Hicks, Ralph BenjaminCompleted MissionGee-H ship; low Squadron deputy, 41st Bomb Wing C group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑107148Pranger, Nicholas VincentAbortedGround Spare Aircraft, replaced 42‑97309. Originally intended to fly deputy lead position in high C group (with Gee-H equipment); aborted, unable to catch formation after very late takeoff.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37703DeFrancesco, John JosephCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑37713Cepits, Francis FrederickCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑37717Holmes, George WCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑37843Mock, John MontagueCompleted MissionLanded away at Bassingbourn, due to weather.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37917Starr, William GeorgeCompleted MissionLead Squadron, 41st Bomb Wing D group.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37971Peters, Lloyd ACompleted MissionLead Squadron, 41st Bomb Wing D group.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38016Gilbert, Stanley MiltonReturned EarlyGee-H ship; lead Squadron deputy, 41st Bomb Wing C group. The mission commander's narrative states: 'A/C 8016 (Pilot Gilbert) returned early due to engine failure. Bombs were jettisoned.' According to Marion Chase, Engineer: 'Five minutes before target, had a runaway prop and finally feathered it due to vibration. At 29,000 ft. we could not climb and lost our formation. Came back alone.'
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38062Evans, Hugh LegarCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38501Hassing, Eugene TheronCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38548Mead, Frank WillardCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38678Storey, Wallace ArnoldCompleted MissionLead Squadron, 41st Bomb Wing D group.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38747Hale, Kenneth OliverCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38750Rice, Robert ECompleted MissionFlew entire mission, but due to mechanical failure could not release bombs; bomb load returned to base.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38752Harter, David SCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38757Klatt, Merton DCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38766Clements, Ben HillCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38800Owens, Robert ClareCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38801Gilmore, James RobsonCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38823Fahr, JohnCompleted MissionLead Squadron, 41st Bomb Wing D group.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6105Heubner, Emil JCompleted MissionComposite Squadron, 41st Bomb Wing D group.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6141Hoppen, Jack StewartCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑6476Somers, James LowellCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑6514Rowe, George BCompleted MissionComposite Squadron 41st Bomb Wing D group.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6592Majeske, Charles PaulCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑8008Neville, Harry WalterCompleted MissionPFF ship; C group lead.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8211Hunt, John HardyCompleted MissionGee-H ship; lead Squadron deputy, 41st Bomb Wing D group.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8401Oosterhof, Franklin GCompleted MissionPFF ship; high Squadron lead, 41st C group.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8409Herring, Harold FCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑8430Walker, Jay FCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT