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 M Flight 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 Archer Completed MissionLow Squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97150[N/A]ScrubbedReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑37822.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97251Rummel, Brian Dunn Landed in Allied TerritoryLanded at A-84 (Chievres, Belgium) due to low fuel; returned the next day.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97263Klatt, Merton Dale Completed MissionReplaced 43‑38757, possibly in planning rather than on the flight line.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97271Backman, Glenn Elmer Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97309Brown, Bert Oliver Flying Spare,
Completed Mission
Ground Spare Aircraft, replaced 42‑38013. Low Squadron Flying Spare; joined formation.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97320Kramer, William Leo Flying Spare,
Completed Mission
High Squadron flying spare; joined formation.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97510[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
42‑97960Molder, Charles Richard Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑98000DeFrancesco, John Joseph Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑102459Milligan, George Robert Completed MissionHigh Squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102500Somers, James Lowell Completed MissionLead Squadron; released bombs one minute late.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102501McLean, William S Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑102518Weisenberg, Leonard Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑102661Van Pelt, Charles A Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑107083Cook, Raymond D Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑37717Starr, William George Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑37843Jackson, Oakley Homer Completed MissionLow Squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37917Rex, Kenneth Monroe Completed 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 L Completed MissionHigh Squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38262[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
Lead PFF Ground Spare Aircraft.
43‑38501Gilmer, Charles E Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38548Cepits, Francis Frederick Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38616Rice, Robert Eugene Completed MissionHigh Squadron deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38630Abbott, William H Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38673Wismer, Richard Glen Completed MissionGroup deputy. Lead Squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38678Storey, Wallace Arnold Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38721Holmes, George W Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38752Mumper, Benjamin Royce Completed 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 G Landed in Allied TerritoryLanded at A-84 (Chievres, Belgium) due to low fuel; returned the next day.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38800Rowe, George B Completed MissionLow Squadron deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38801Gilmore, James Robson Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38823Touton, William F Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38850Galiano, Joe V Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38927McKone, Joseph F Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑6109Kinkead, Robert M Flying Spare,
Completed Mission
Lead Squadron flying spare; joined formation.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6476Tatulis, Charles P Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑6592Owens, Robert Clare Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑8007Carnes, Joe Ross Completed MissionGroup lead. PFF & Gee-H ship.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8008Gabel, Raymond John Completed 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 L Completed 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 Carl Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT