Mission # 240

MISSION SUMMARY

Mission Date 18 December 1944
384th Mission
Mission Number 240
8th Air Force Mission Mission Number 754
Mission Comments Weather Challenges The Plan
The 384th Bombardment Group (H) flew as the 41st Combat Wing C Group on today's mission. Clouds to above 29,500 feet, and an inoperative Gee-H ground station, forced the Group to bypass the primary target and attack the PFF secondary. Air traffic conflict forced the Group to do a 360° turn at the IP. A technical failure on the bomb run forced the high group to go around on a second run, which was accomplished successfully. The Group could not reassemble after bombing because of the weather conditions, so all squadrons returned to base separately.
Primary Target Target: Road Junction
Type: Transportation
Location: Gemünd, Germany
Target Attacked (Mode) Secondary (PFF)
Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Coblenz, Germany
Sortie/Aircraft Summary Completed Mission, not including spares - 35
Scrubbed - 3
Flying Spare, Completed Mission - 3
Ground Spare Aircraft, Unused - 3
Landed In Allied Territory - 2
Flight Completed - 1
Mission Personnel Mission Personnel Roster or Mission Loading Lists
Mission Documents Combat Mission Records and Plans obtained from the National Archives

47 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
42‑37822Smith, Jack MFlight CompletedGround spare aircraft; replaced 42‑97150. Weather aircraft; remainder of crew (CP, N, RO, Eng) not identified
SORTIE REPORT
42‑38013[N/A]ScrubbedReplaced by ground spare aircraft 42‑97309.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑38208Weideman, Dennis ArcherCompleted MissionLow squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97150[N/A]ScrubbedReplaced by ground spare aircraft 42‑37822.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97251Rummel, Brian DLanded in Allied TerritoryLanded at A-84 (Chievres, Belgium) due to low fuel; returned the next day.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97263Klatt, Merton DCompleted MissionReplaced 43‑38757, possibly in planning rather than on the flight line.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97271Backman, Glenn ElmerCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97309Brown, Bert OliverFlying Spare,
Completed Mission
Ground spare aircraft, replaced 42‑38013. Low Squadron Flying Spare; joined formation.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97320Kramer, William LeoFlying Spare,
Completed Mission
High squadron flying spare; joined formation.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97510[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
42‑97960Molder, Charles RichardCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑98000DeFrancesco, John JosephCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑102459Milligan, George RobertCompleted MissionHigh squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102500Somers, James LowellCompleted MissionLead squadron; released bombs one minute late.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102501McLean, William SCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑102518Weisenberg, LeonardCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑102661Van Pelt, Charles ACompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑107083Cook, Raymond DCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑37717Starr, William GeorgeCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑37843Jackson, Oakley HomerCompleted MissionLow squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37917Rex, Kenneth MCompleted MissionLead squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38016[Non-384th Pilot]Completed MissionLoaned to the 92nd BG for today's mission. Manned by 92nd personnel, except as noted on the Sortie Report.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38062Warner, Henry LCompleted MissionHigh squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38262[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
Lead PFF ground spare aircraft.
43‑38501Gilmer, Charles ECompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38548Cepits, Francis FCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38616Rice, Robert ECompleted MissionHigh squadron deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38630Abbott, William HCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38673Wismer, Richard GlenCompleted MissionGroup deputy. Lead squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38678Storey, Wallace ArnoldCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38721Holmes, George WCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38752Mumper, Benjamin RCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38757[N/A]ScrubbedReplaced by ground spare aircraft 42‑97263, possibly in planning rather than on the flight line.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38766Gregg, William GLanded in Allied TerritoryLanded at A-84 (Chievres, Belgium) due to low fuel; returned the next day.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38800Rowe, George BCompleted MissionLow squadron deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38801Gilmore, James RobsonCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38823Touton, William FCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38850Galiano, Joe VCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38927McKone, Joseph FCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑6109Kinkead, Robert MFlying Spare,
Completed Mission
Lead squadron flying spare; joined formation.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6476Tatulis, Charles PCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑6592Owens, Robert ClareCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑8007Carnes, Joe RossCompleted MissionGroup lead. PFF & Gee-H ship.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8008Gabel, Raymond JohnCompleted MissionHigh squadron lead. PFF & Gee-H ship. Because an inverter went out in the PFF equipment on the first run, they were forced to make a second PFF run which was completed without difficulty.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8216Bills, Edgar LCompleted MissionLow squadron lead. PFF & Gee-H ship.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8221[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
Lead PFF & Gee-H ground spare aircraft.
44‑8430Festersen, John CCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT