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 JohnFlight CompletedWeather aircraft.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31484Rummel, Brian DunnCompleted Mission41C Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑32106Touton, William FCompleted Mission41C Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37788Woodworth, John DempsterCompleted Mission41C Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑38208Smisek, William JosephCompleted Mission41C Group. Landed away at Sudbury Airfield, AAF Station 174, due to weather.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑39888Van Pelt, Charles ACompleted Mission41C Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97150Jackson, Oakley HomerCompleted Mission41C Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97251Festersen, John CarlCompleted Mission41C Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97263Gregg, William GCompleted Mission13F Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97271Backman, Glenn ElmerCompleted Mission13F Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97320Ultcht, John PCompleted Mission13F Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97510Fahr, JohnCompleted 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 RobertCompleted 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.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97960Molder, Charles RichardCompleted Mission13F Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97986Mohler, John GrigsbyCompleted Mission13F Squadron Deputy. PFF ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑98000Warner, Henry LCompleted 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 RichardCompleted Mission41C Group, Low Squadron Lead. Landed away at RAF Wratting Common, Cambridgeshire.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102501Hollingsworth, Frederick ClayCompleted Mission41C Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102661Freiman, Peter PaulCompleted Mission13F Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37703Galiano, Joe VCompleted Mission41C Group.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37717Starr, William GeorgeCompleted Mission41C Group.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37917Zink, Joseph DCompleted Mission41C Group.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38016Wismer, Richard GlenCompleted Mission13F Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38062DeFrancesco, John JosephCompleted Mission41C Group.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38262Blankenmeyer, William JCompleted Mission41C Group Deputy. Gee-H ship.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38501McLean, William SCompleted Mission13F Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38616Oosterhof, Franklin GCompleted Mission41C Group, Low Squadron Deputy. Landed away at Ridgewell Airfield, AAF Station 167, due to weather.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38630Owens, Robert ClareCompleted Mission41C Group.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38673Storey, Wallace ArnoldCompleted Mission41C Group.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38678Weisenberg, LeonardCompleted Mission13F Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38721Holmes, George WCompleted Mission13F Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38752Klatt, Merton DCompleted 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.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38757Hicks, Ralph BenjaminCompleted Mission41C Group. Landed away at Sudbury Airfield, AAF Station 174, due to inclement weather.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38800[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
43‑38823[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
43‑38927Gilmore, James RobsonCompleted Mission41C Group.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38994Gilmer, Charles ECompleted Mission41C Group, Low Squadron Hot Camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6105Abbott, William HCompleted Mission41C Group.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6109Kinkead, Robert MCompleted Mission41C Group.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6476Tatulis, Charles PCompleted Mission13F Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8211Walker, Jay FCompleted Mission13F Squadron. PFF ship.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8216[N/A]Lead Ground Spare
Aircraft, Unused
 
44‑8221Herzog, John HenryCompleted Mission41C Group Lead. PFF ship.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8401Rowe, George BCompleted Mission13F Squadron Lead. PFF ship.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8430Worthen, Kirk WinthropCompleted Mission41C Group.
SORTIE REPORT