Mission # 239

MISSION SUMMARY

Mission Date 12 December 1944
384th Mission
Mission Number 239
8th Air Force Mission 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
Mission Documents Combat Mission Records and Plans obtained from the National Archives

43 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
42‑37788Woodworth, John Dempster Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑37822[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
42‑97251Cook, Raymond D Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97263Mumper, Benjamin Royce Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97271Backman, Glenn Elmer Completed MissionHigh Squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97510[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
42‑97824Orr, James Wallace Completed MissionLow Squadron deputy. Gee-H ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97960Abbott, William H Completed 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 F Completed MissionLow Squadron hot camera ship
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102459DeFrancesco, John Joseph Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑102501McLean, William S Flying Spare,
Completed Mission
Lead Squadron flying spare; joined formation.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102518Rex, Kenneth Monroe Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑102620Kramer, William Leo Completed MissionLow Squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102661Galiano, Joe V Flying Spare,
Completed Mission
Low Squadron flying spare; joined formation.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102933Hale, Kenneth Oliver Failed 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.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37703Van Pelt, Charles A Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑37717Starr, William George Completed MissionHigh Squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37843Brown, Bert Oliver Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑37917Zink, Joseph D Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑37971Wismer, Richard Glen AbortedOriginally high Squadron deputy; aborted.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38501Somers, James Lowell Completed MissionLead Squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38548Cepits, Francis Frederick Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38616Hartness, Joseph George Completed MissionWing deputy. Hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38630[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
43‑38673Hicks, Kenneth Delmont Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38678Storey, Wallace Arnold Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38757Jackson, Oakley Homer Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38800Hicks, Ralph Benjamin Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38801Gilmore, James Robson Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38823Fahr, John (NMI) Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38850Hoppen, Jack Stewart Landed in Allied TerritoryLast observed over France with many holes in his gas tank; presumably landed in allied territory; returned to base later.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38927Ultcht, John P Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑6105Molder, Charles Richard Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑6109Weisenberg, Leonard Flying Spare,
Completed Mission
High Squadron flying spare; joined formation.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6476Rummel, Brian Dunn Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑6514Weideman, Dennis Archer Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑6592Farnsworth, Reuben Joseph Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑8007Doran, William Elmer Completed MissionHigh Squadron lead. PFF & Gee-H ship.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8008Gabel, Raymond John Completed MissionLow Squadron lead. PFF ship.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8401Wilson, Quentin Completed MissionWing lead. PFF ship.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8421Brookshire, James D Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑8430Festersen, John Carl Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT