Mission # 248

MISSION SUMMARY

Mission Date 1 January 1945
384th Mission
Mission Number 248
8th Air Force Mission Mission Number 774
Mission Comments Two Targets Attacked
The 384th Bombardment Group (H) flew today's mission as the 41st Combat Wing C Group. Weather at the primary forced the decision to attack elsewhere. The lead squadron attacked a target of opportunity (TOO) and the high and low squadrons attacked the briefed PFF secondary target in visual mode.
Primary Target Target: Oil Storage Depot
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Derben, Germany
Target Attacked (Mode) Secondary (Visual)
Target: Vehicle Workshop
Type: Industry
Location: Kassel, Germany
Sortie/Aircraft Summary Completed Mission, not including spares - 35
Aborted - 1
Scrubbed - 1
Flying Spare, Completed Mission - 2
Flying Spare, Returned As Briefed - 1
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

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
42‑32106Gilmer, Charles E Flying Spare,
Returned As Briefed
Lead Squadron
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37788[N/A]ScrubbedReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 43‑37843.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37822Warner, Henry L Completed MissionLow Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑38013Chamberlin, Myron Completed MissionHigh Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑38014Ramsay, Walter E Completed MissionLead Squadron. Crashed while landing at RAF Detling, Kent, on return from mission with battle damage. Struck obstructions including a hut, destroying aircraft. There were no personnel injuries.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97251Gregg, William G Completed MissionLead Squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97271MacKellar, Donald Allen Completed MissionLead Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97309Holmes, George W Completed MissionLead Squadron. Left formation over friendly territory and landed on Continent, due to low fuel.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97320Birder, Rodney Hugh Completed MissionLow Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97510[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
42‑97960Smisek, William Joseph Completed MissionHigh Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97986[N/A]Lead Ground Spare
Aircraft, Unused
 
42‑102459Hoppen, Jack Stewart Completed MissionLow Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102500Johnson, Donald Ernest Completed MissionLead Squadron. Left formation over friendly territory and crash-landed near Okegem, Belgium, with battle damage. Seven crewmembers had bailed out and the pilot and co-pilot landed the aircraft in a field.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102518Hollingsworth, Frederick Clay Completed MissionLead Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102620Milligan, George Robert Flying Spare,
Completed Mission
Low Squadron flying spare; joined formation.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102661McKone, Joseph F Completed MissionLead Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑107125Oosterhof, Franklin Gerald Completed MissionLead Squadron deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37703Ultcht, John P Completed MissionLow Squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37717Baughman, John R Completed MissionLow Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37843Bennett, Ralph J Completed MissionGround Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑37788. High Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37917Zink, Joseph D Completed MissionLow Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38016Rice, Robert Eugene Completed MissionLow Squadron deputy. Gee-H ship.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38062Galiano, Joe V Completed MissionLow Squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38501Tatulis, Charles P Completed MissionLead Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38616Cook, Raymond D Completed MissionLead Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38630Belsinger, Harry F Completed MissionHigh Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38673Boyette, Irving H Completed MissionHigh Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38678Miley, Harold L Completed MissionLow Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38721[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
43‑38747Mohler, John Grigsby Flight CompletedWeather aircraft; remainder of crew (CP, N, RO, Eng) not identified.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38752Jackson, Oakley Homer Flying Spare,
Completed Mission
High Squadron flying spare; returned as briefed.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38757Farnsworth, Reuben Joseph Completed MissionHigh Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38800Rowe, George B Completed MissionHigh Squadron deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38801Fisher, Robert Jeremy AbortedGround Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑98000. Low Squadron. Struck some trees in avoiding a collision with another aircraft following takeoff in poor visibility. The wings and fuselage were damaged, but this aircraft continued in flight. They jettisoned bombs in the Channel, and returned to base.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38823Touton, William F Completed MissionHigh Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38994Festersen, John Carl Completed MissionLead Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6109Kinkead, Robert M Completed MissionHigh Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6514Molder, Charles Richard Completed MissionHigh Squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6592Abbott, William H Completed MissionHigh Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8216Gilmore, James Robson Completed MissionGroup lead. PFF ship. Prevented from attacking the primary target by weather, led an attack on the secondary PFF target, but did not attack when PFF equipment failed. After several additional failed attempts to attack the secondary and last resort targets, finally attacked a target of opportunity (TOO).
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8221Keller, Marion Wayne Completed MissionHigh Squadron lead. PFF ship. Followed group lead past primary target and started bomb run on secondary PFF target but was out of position. Returned for a second run and found the assigned MPI was obliterated by other bombs, they 'bombed the shops and yards at the western side' of the target area.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8401Smith, James Milton Completed MissionLow Squadron lead. PFF ship. Waist Gunner hit by flak but was saved by flak suit. After unsuccessful runs on the primary and secondary PFF targets, this Squadron broke formation and returned to bomb the secondary PFF target by visual means.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8430Richardson, George P Completed MissionLead Squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT