Mission # 244

MISSION SUMMARY

Mission Date 27 December 1944
384th Mission
Mission Number 244
8th Air Force Mission Mission Number 764
Mission Comments Tactical Support For Troops
The 384th Bombardment Group (H) led the 1st Division in the lead A Group of the 41st Combat Wing. The lead and low squadrons bombed the primary target. The high squadron attacked the marshalling yards at Koblenz, Germany.
Primary Target Target: Bridge (Tactical)
Type: Transportation
Location: Altenahr, Germany
Target Attacked (Mode) Primary (Visual)
Sortie/Aircraft Summary Completed Mission, not including spares - 34
Failed To Return - 1
Aborted - 1
Scrubbed - 4
Flying Spare, Completed Mission - 3
Ground Spare Aircraft, Unused - 1
Mission Personnel Mission Personnel Roster or Mission Loading Lists
Mission Documents Combat Mission Records and Plans obtained from the National Archives

44 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
42‑31484Erickson, Stanley WallaceCompleted MissionLead Squadron. Sustained battle damage and attempted to land away at RAF Manston, Kent. Crashed into aircraft in the dispersal area and exploded, killing the entire crew.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑32106MacDonald, Ranald HCompleted MissionLead Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37788[N/A]ScrubbedReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑107083.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑38013Smisek, William JosephCompleted MissionGround Spare Aircraft; replaced 44‑6105. High Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑38208Abbott, William HCompleted MissionHigh Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97150Jackson, Oakley HomerCompleted MissionHigh Squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97271Holmes, George WCompleted MissionLow Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97309Miley, Harold LCompleted MissionHigh Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97320Ultcht, John PFlying Spare,
Completed Mission
Low Squadron flying spare; joined formation.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97592Keller, Marion WayneCompleted MissionHigh Squadron lead. Turned over lead of Squadron to deputy at the IP for a Gee-H run. The Gee-H failed about 2/3 of the way to the target and Parker resumed the lead and attempted to complete the attack visually, but was unable to. They then attempted to complete a second run visually, which was unsuccessful because conditions prevented identification of the target, so they moved on to the secondary, using PFF with visual assist.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97824[N/A]ScrubbedReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑38016.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑98000Fisher, Robert JeremyCompleted MissionLow Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102430Owens, Robert ClareCompleted MissionGround Spare Aircraft; replaced 44‑6514. High Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102459Wyatt, William GlennCompleted MissionLow Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102500Worthen, Kirk WinthropFlying Spare,
Completed Mission
Lead Squadron flying spare.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102501McLean, William SCompleted MissionLead Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102518Hollingsworth, Frederick ClayCompleted MissionLead Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102661Galiano, Joe VCompleted MissionLow Squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑107083Nelson, Elmer (NMI)Failed to ReturnHigh Squadron hot camera ship. Received direct flak burst two minutes after attacking secondary; burst hit behind ball turret and completely disengaged the tail assembly; three chutes observed; crashed near Mühlbach (near Arenburg), Germany; MACR 11248
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37703Van Pelt, Charles ACompleted MissionLow Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37717Zink, Joseph DCompleted MissionHigh Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37843Bayne, William DavisCompleted MissionHigh Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38016Rice, Robert ECompleted MissionLead Gee-H Ground Spare Aircraft. Replaced 42‑97824. Low Squadron deputy. Assumed Squadron lead after leader aborted. Led Gee-H bomb run with visual assist on primary target.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38062Kramer, William LeoCompleted MissionLow Squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38262Shelley, John KCompleted MissionHigh Squadron deputy. Assumed lead at IP for Gee-H bomb run, but equipment failed 2/3 of the way to the target; relinquished lead to Squadron leader.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38501Tatulis, Charles PCompleted MissionLead Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38548Gilmer, Charles ECompleted MissionLead Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38616Oosterhof, Franklin GCompleted MissionLead Squadron: division deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38630Molder, Charles RichardFlying Spare,
Completed Mission
High Squadron flying spare; joined formation.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38673Weisenberg, LeonardCompleted MissionLow Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38678Storey, Wallace ArnoldCompleted MissionLead Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38752Farnsworth, Reuben JosephCompleted MissionHigh Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38766Gregg, William GCompleted MissionLead Squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38823Fahr, JohnCompleted MissionHigh Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38850Hoppen, Jack StewartCompleted MissionLow Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38927McKone, Joseph FCompleted MissionLow Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38994Festersen, John CarlCompleted MissionLead Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6105[N/A]ScrubbedReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑38013.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6109Kinkead, Robert MCompleted MissionLow Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6476Rummel, Brian DunnCompleted MissionLead Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6514[N/A]ScrubbedReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑102430.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8008Herzog, John HenryCompleted MissionDivision lead. PFF & Gee-H ship. The Gee-H failed prior to the IP so a visual bomb run was attempted. The navigator and bombardier located the target too late to make a good run, so a second visual run was made and bombs were released on the primary target.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8221[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
Lead PFF Ground Spare Aircraft.
44‑8401Gabel, Raymond JohnAbortedLow Squadron lead. Aborted over base due to instrument failure; bombs jettisoned.
SORTIE REPORT