Mission # 243

MISSION SUMMARY

Mission Date 24 December 1944
384th Mission
Mission Number 243
8th Air Force Mission Mission Number 760, Task Forces 1 & 2
Mission Comments Various Targets Attacked
The 384th Bombardment Group (H) flew two formations for today's mission. The first formation formed the lead and low squadrons of the 41st Combat Bombardment Wing C Group (41C Group) as part of 8th Air Force Mission 760 Task Force 2, while the second formation, comprised of aircraft that had landed at Horham Airfield, Station 118, the previous day, flew in squadron strength with the 13th Combat Bombardment Wing F Group (13F Squadron) as part of 8th Air Force Mission 760 Task Force 1. Other 384th aircraft participated with other units as indicated in Sortie comments.
The 41C Group attacked their primary target, an airfield at Kirch Göns, Germany, and most returned to Grafton Underwood, except as noted. The 13F Squadron was unable to pick up their primary target in the bombsight so they attacked their secondary target, railroad marshaling yards at Kaiserslautern, Germany, by visual means: all 13F Squadron aircraft were diverted to Sudbury Airfield, Station 174, on their return due to inclement weather.
Primary Target Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Kirch Göns, Germany
Target Attacked (Mode) Primary (Visual)
Sortie/Aircraft Summary Completed Mission, not including spares - 41
Ground Spare Aircraft, Unused - 3
Flight Completed - 1
Mission Personnel Mission Personnel Roster or Mission Loading Lists
Mission Documents Combat Mission Records and Plans obtained from the National Archives

45 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
42‑3441Gabel, Raymond John Flight CompletedWeather aircraft.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31484Rummel, Brian Dunn Completed Mission41C Group.
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42‑32106Touton, William F Completed Mission41C Group.
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42‑37788Woodworth, John Dempster Completed Mission41C Group.
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42‑38208Smisek, William Joseph Completed Mission41C Group. Landed away at Sudbury Airfield, AAF Station 174, due to weather.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑39888Van Pelt, Charles A Completed Mission41C Group.
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42‑97150Jackson, Oakley Homer Completed Mission41C Group.
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42‑97251Festersen, John Carl Completed Mission41C Group.
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42‑97263Gregg, William G Completed Mission13F Squadron.
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42‑97271Backman, Glenn Elmer Completed Mission13F Squadron.
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42‑97320Ultcht, John P Completed Mission13F Squadron.
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42‑97510Fahr, John (NMI) Completed MissionTook off from Ridgewell Airfield, AAF Station 167 (was unable to return to GU after prior day's mission due to weather) and flew the mission with the 381st BG, attacking their assigned primary target. Diverted to Sudbury Airfield, AAF Station 174, on return due to inclement weather.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97592Kinnaird, William Robert Completed MissionTook off from Ridgewell Airfield, AAF Station 167 (was unable to return to GU after prior day's mission due to weather), to lead a Squadron of the 381st BG to attack Steinbach Airfield in Germany.
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42‑97960Molder, Charles Richard Completed Mission13F Squadron.
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42‑97986Mohler, John Grigsby Completed Mission13F Squadron Deputy. PFF ship.
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42‑98000Warner, Henry L Completed MissionTook off from Eye Airfield, AAF Station 134 (was unable to return to GU after prior day's mission due to weather), and flew the mission with the 490th BG, attacking their assigned primary target.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑98027Ellis, Harold Richard Completed Mission41C Group, Low Squadron Lead. Landed away at RAF Wratting Common, Cambridgeshire.
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42‑102501Hollingsworth, Frederick Clay Completed Mission41C Group.
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42‑102661Freiman, Peter Paul Completed Mission13F Squadron.
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43‑37703Galiano, Joe V Completed Mission41C Group.
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43‑37717Starr, William George Completed Mission41C Group.
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43‑37917Zink, Joseph D Completed Mission41C Group.
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43‑38016Wismer, Richard Glen Completed Mission13F Squadron.
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43‑38062DeFrancesco, John Joseph Completed Mission41C Group.
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43‑38262Blankenmeyer, William J Completed Mission41C Group Deputy. Gee-H ship.
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43‑38501McLean, William S Completed Mission13F Squadron.
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43‑38616Oosterhof, Franklin Gerald Completed Mission41C Group, Low Squadron Deputy. Landed away at Ridgewell Airfield, AAF Station 167, due to weather.
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43‑38630Owens, Robert Clare Completed Mission41C Group.
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43‑38673Storey, Wallace Arnold Completed Mission41C Group.
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43‑38678Weisenberg, Leonard Completed Mission13F Squadron.
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43‑38721Holmes, George W Completed Mission13F Squadron.
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43‑38752Klatt, Merton D Completed Mission41C Group. Took off from Great Ashfield Airfield, AAF Station 155 (was unable to return to GU after prior day's mission due to weather), and flew mission with the 384th BG. Crewmember S/Sgt E Duff (FG), provided by 385th BG.
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43‑38757Hicks, Ralph Benjamin Completed Mission41C Group. Landed away at Sudbury Airfield, AAF Station 174, due to inclement weather.
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43‑38800[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
43‑38823[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
43‑38927Gilmore, James Robson Completed Mission41C Group.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38994Gilmer, Charles E Completed Mission41C Group, Low Squadron Hot Camera ship.
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44‑6105Abbott, William H Completed Mission41C Group.
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44‑6109Kinkead, Robert M Completed Mission41C Group.
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44‑6476Tatulis, Charles P Completed Mission13F Squadron.
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44‑8211Walker, Jay F Completed Mission13F Squadron. PFF ship.
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44‑8216[N/A]Lead Ground Spare
Aircraft, Unused
 
44‑8221Herzog, John Henry Completed Mission41C Group Lead. PFF ship.
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44‑8401Rowe, George B Completed Mission13F Squadron Lead. PFF ship.
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44‑8430Worthen, Kirk Winthrop Completed Mission41C Group.
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