Mission # 249

MISSION SUMMARY

Mission Date 2 January 1945
384th Mission
Mission Number 249
8th Air Force Mission Mission Number 776
Mission Comments Transportation Targeted
The 384th Bombardment Group (H) flew as the 41st Combat Wing A Group on today's mission. The group leader's Gee-H equipment failed prior to the IP, so the high squadron led the group on the bomb run. The group did not bomb on the first run as the bombardier was not able to synchronize the bombsight to the target when visual conditions occurred too close to the bomb release point. A second run was made and bombs were released by visual means, but may have gone wide of the intended target.
Primary Target Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Gerolstein, Germany
Target Attacked (Mode) Primary (Visual)
Sortie/Aircraft Summary Completed Mission, not including spares - 36
Scrubbed - 1
Flying Spare, Completed Mission - 2
Ground Spare Aircraft, Unused - 4
Mission Personnel Mission Personnel Roster or Mission Loading Lists
Mission Documents Combat Mission Records and Plans obtained from the National Archives

43 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
42‑32106Baughman, John R Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑37788Belsinger, Harry F Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑38013Bennett, Ralph J Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑39888Ultcht, John P Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97150[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
42‑97251Gilmer, Charles E Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97263Jackson, Oakley Homer Completed MissionLanded away at RAF Manston, Kent, due to low fuel.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97271Kinkead, Robert M Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97510Gregg, William G Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97592[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
Lead PFF Ground Spare Aircraft.
42‑97960Molder, Charles Richard Completed MissionLead Squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97986Martin, Donald Francis Completed MissionLow Squadron lead. PFF ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑98000Fleshman, Warren Gray Completed MissionHigh Squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑98027Gabel, Raymond John Completed MissionHigh Squadron lead. PFF & Gee-H ship. Led formation on two bomb runs.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102430DeFrancesco, John Joseph Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑102459Birder, Rodney Hugh Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑102501[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
42‑102620Milligan, George Robert Completed MissionHigh Squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102661McKone, Joseph F Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑107148MacKellar, Donald Allen Completed MissionLow Squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37703Warner, Henry L Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑37717MacDonald, Ranald H Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑37917Zink, Joseph D Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38016Rice, Robert Eugene Completed MissionHigh Squadron deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38062Galiano, Joe V Flying Spare,
Completed Mission
Flying spare; joined formation.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38501Tatulis, Charles Paul Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38548Boyette, Irving H Completed MissionGround Spare Aircraft; replaced 43‑38721.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38616Storey, Wallace Arnold Completed MissionLow Squadron deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38673Fahr, John (NMI) Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38678Miley, Harold L Completed MissionLow Squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38721[N/A]ScrubbedReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 43‑38548.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38747Richardson, George P Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38752Farnsworth, Reuben Joseph Completed MissionLead Squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38757Buswell, Richard Grant Flying Spare,
Completed Mission
Lead Squadron flying spare; joined formation.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38800Hicks, Ralph Benjamin Completed MissionGroup deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38927Fisher, Robert Jeremy Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38994Festersen, John Carl Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑6476Cook, Raymond D Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑6514Abbott, William H Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑6592Smisek, William Joseph Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑8216[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
Lead PFF Ground Spare Aircraft.
44‑8221Kinnaird, William Robert Completed MissionGroup lead. with Lt. Col William C Sipes of the 41st Combat Bombardment Wing as Air Commander. PFF & Gee-H ship. Gee-H failed prior to IP; turned over lead to high Squadron. Did not attack target because bombardier noticed, approaching the bomb release point (high Squadron leading), that they were a mile to the left of the target. Bombs were held with the intention of making another run, but the remainder of the group had dropped on the high Squadron leader.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8430Worthen, Kirk Winthrop Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT