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Mission # 240

MISSION SUMMARY

Mission Date 18 December 1944
Eighth Air Force Operations Operations description not yet available.
384th Bomb Group Mission
384th BG Mission Number 240, Eighth AF Force Mission Number 754
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
Flying Spare, Completed Mission - 3
Landed In Allied Territory - 2
Flight Completed - 1
Ground Spare Aircraft, Unused - 3
Scrubbed - 3
Mission Personnel Mission Personnel Roster or Mission Loading Lists
Mission Documents Combat Mission Records and Plans obtained from the National Archives
Other Mission Documents 1944-12-18, Group Lead, PFF & GEE-H Ship, M. Booska, J. Carnes

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]Scrubbed: Did Not Take OffReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑97309.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑38208Weideman, Dennis ArcherCompleted MissionLow Squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97150[N/A]Scrubbed: Did Not Take OffReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑37822.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97251Rummel, Brian DunnLanded In Allied TerritoryLanded at A-84 (Chievres, Belgium) due to low fuel; returned the next day.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97263Klatt, Merton DaleCompleted MissionReplaced 43‑38757, possibly in planning rather than on the flight line.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97271Backman, Glenn ElmerCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97309Brown, Bert OliverSpare, Completed MissionGround Spare Aircraft, replaced 42‑38013. Low Squadron Flying Spare; joined formation.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97320Kramer, William LeoSpare, Completed MissionHigh 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 MonroeCompleted 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, UnusedLead PFF Ground Spare Aircraft.
43‑38501Gilmer, Charles ECompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38548Cepits, Francis FrederickCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38616Rice, Robert EugeneCompleted 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 RoyceCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38757[N/A]Scrubbed: Did Not Take OffReplaced 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 MSpare, Completed MissionLead Squadron flying spare; joined formation.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6476Tatulis, Charles PaulCompleted 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, UnusedLead PFF & Gee-H Ground Spare Aircraft.
44‑8430Festersen, John CarlCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT