Mission # 239

MISSION SUMMARY

Mission Date 12 December 1944
384th Mission Number
 
239
8th Air Force Mission Number 748
Mission Comments Continued Pressure on Oil
The 384th Bombardment Group (H) flew as the 41st Combat Wing A Group on today's mission. Each squadron bombed independently, using PFF.
Primary Target Target: Leuna Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Target Attacked (Mode) Primary (PFF)
Sortie/Aircraft Summary Completed Mission, not including spares - 33
Failed To Return - 1
Aborted - 1
Flying Spare, Completed Mission - 3
Ground Spare Aircraft, Unused - 4
Landed In Allied Territory - 1
Mission Personnel Mission Personnel Roster or Mission Loading Lists

43 AIRCRAFT ASSIGNED TO THIS MISSION
Table is sortable by Aircraft, Pilot, Results, and Mission/Sortie Information
Aircraft Pilot Results Mission/Sortie Information
42‑37788Woodworth, John DempsterCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑37822[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
42‑97251Cook, Raymond DCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97263Mumper, Benjamin RCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97271Backman, Glenn ElmerCompleted MissionHigh squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97510[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
42‑97824Orr, James WCompleted MissionLow squadron deputy. Gee-H ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97960Abbott, William HCompleted MissionHigh squadron deputy. Took over as deputy when Wismer aborted.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97986[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
Lead PFF ground spare aircraft.
42‑98000McKone, Joseph FCompleted MissionLow squadron hot camera ship
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102459DeFrancesco, John JosephCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑102501McLean, William SFlying Spare,
Completed Mission
Lead squadron flying spare; joined formation.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102518Rex, Kenneth MCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑102620Kramer, William LeoCompleted MissionLow squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102661Galiano, Joe VFlying Spare,
Completed Mission
Low squadron flying spare; joined formation.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102933Hale, Kenneth OliverFailed to ReturnAt 1206 hrs, aircraft dropped down out of formation and trailed the group, under control with no damage observed; at 1230 hrs he called group leader for fighter support, which he received, but he continued to trail group; crash-landed on the Continent. It was further reported in MACR 11340 that he received fighter support from aircraft of the 364th Fighter Group, and that one engine was feathered and one on fire. The fighter escort departed in the vicinity of Brunswick (Braunschweig), Germany due to low fuel. The location of the crash is not given in available documents.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37703Van Pelt, Charles ACompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑37717Starr, William GCompleted MissionHigh squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37843Brown, Bert OliverCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑37917Zink, Joseph DCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑37971Wismer, Richard GlenAbortedOriginally high squadron deputy; aborted.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38501Somers, James LowellCompleted MissionLead squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38548Cepits, Francis FCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38616Hartness, Joseph GeorgeCompleted MissionWing deputy. Hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38630[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
43‑38673Hicks, Kenneth DelmontCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38678Storey, Wallace ArnoldCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38757Jackson, Oakley HomerCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38800Hicks, Ralph BCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38801Gilmore, James RobsonCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38823Fahr, JohnCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38850Hoppen, Jack StewartLanded in Allied TerritoryLast observed over France with many holes in his gas tank; presumably landed in allied territory; returned to base later. According to the Pilot's personal account, the fuel valves were frozen and the Engineer could not transfer fuel as needed. Therefore, they landed at Brussels, Belgium - 'Put the ship down in 'Tokious,' Brussels' - and spent 3 days in a hotel there before returning to base.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38927Ultcht, John PCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑6105Molder, Charles RichardCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑6109Weisenberg, LeonardFlying Spare,
Completed Mission
High squadron flying spare; joined formation.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6476Rummel, Brian DCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑6514Weideman, Dennis ArcherCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑6592Farnsworth, Reuben JosephCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑8007Doran, William ElmerCompleted MissionHigh squadron lead. PFF & Gee-H ship.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8008Gabel, Raymond JCompleted MissionLow squadron lead. PFF ship.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8401Wilson, QuentinCompleted MissionWing lead. PFF ship.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8421Brookshire, James DCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑8430Festersen, John CCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT