Mission # 253

MISSION SUMMARY

Mission Date 8 January 1945
384th Mission
Mission Number 253
8th Air Force Mission Mission Number 787
Mission Comments Railroad Attacked
The 384th Bombardment Group (H) flew as the 41st Combat Wing C Group on today's mission. The railroad line in Kyllburg passes through two tunnels and crosses the Kyll River, making it a significant target for the purpose of interdicting the flow of supplies and reinforcements to the front lines. Bombs were dropped in group formation with Gee-H aiming: results were unobserved.
Primary Target Target: Railroad
Type: Transportation
Location: Kyllburg, Germany
Target Attacked (Mode) Primary (Gee-H)
Sortie/Aircraft Summary Completed Mission, not including spares - 38
Failed To Return - 1
Aborted - 1
Scrubbed - 3
Flying Spare, Completed Mission - 3
Landed In Allied Territory - 1
Mission Personnel Mission Personnel Roster or Mission Loading Lists
Mission Documents Combat Mission Records and Plans obtained from the National Archives

47 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
42‑32106Hewes, Charles PershingCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑37788Belsinger, Harry FCompleted MissionLead Squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37822Hoppen, Jack StewartCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑38013Whitesides, John BCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97150Ruckman, George FCompleted MissionLead Squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97251Ramsay, Walter ECompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97271Baughman, John RCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97320Kramer, William LeoScrubbedReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑38752.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97510[N/A]ScrubbedReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 43‑39060.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97521Peterson, Calvin JCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97824[Non-384th Pilot]AbortedGee-H ship. Loaned to the 306th BG with Gee-H navigator; remaining unidentified crew provided by 306th BG.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97986Herring, Harold FCompleted MissionHigh Squadron lead. PFF ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑98000DeFrancesco, John JosephFailed to ReturnMIA. Prior to the IP at 1022 hrs, this aircraft was observed slowing up and dropping behind formation. It was then lost to view in contrails. Flak damaged one or more engines. Crashed near BAASEM, Germany. MACR 11579
SORTIE REPORT
42‑98027Keller, Marion WayneCompleted MissionGroup deputy. PFF & Gee-H ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102501Gregg, William GFlying Spare,
Completed Mission
Low Squadron flying spare; joined formation.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102518Fletcher, Graydon JCompleted MissionHigh Squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102620Fleshman, Warren GrayCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑102661McKone, Joseph FCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑107125[Non-384th Pilot]Completed MissionGee-H ship. Loaned to the 381st BG with Gee-H navigator; remaining unidentified crew provided by 381st BG. Bombed 381st assigned primary target.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑107148MacKellar, Donald AllenLanded in Allied TerritoryDid not join the 384th formation as briefed; probably joined another group and attacked their primary target (Speyer, Germany). Landed at Laon, France (airfield A-70) due to flak damage. Crew and aircraft resumed combat operations 9 days later.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37703Wyatt, William GlennCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑37843Miley, Harold LFlying Spare,
Completed Mission
Flying spare; joined formation.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38016[Non-384th Pilot]Completed MissionPFF & Gee-H ship. Loaned to the 92nd BG with Gee-H navigator; remaining unidentified crew provided by 92nd BG. Bombed 92nd assigned primary target.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38501Chmura, Edward (NMI)Completed MissionLow Squadron lead.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38548Gilmer, Charles ECompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38630Molder, Charles RichardCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38673Starr, William GeorgeCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38678Storey, Wallace ArnoldCompleted MissionHigh Squadron deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38747McLean, William SCompleted MissionLow Squadron deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38752Van Popering, Earle AllenCompleted MissionGround Spare Aircraft, replaced 44‑6514. Landed away at Eye due to low fuel and inoperative radio equipment.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38757Bennett, Ralph JFlying Spare,
Completed Mission
Lead Squadron flying spare; joined formation.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38800Smisek, William JosephCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38823Kinkead, Robert MCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38850Milligan, George RobertCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38927Warner, Henry LCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38994Johnson, Donald ErnestCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑39060Tatulis, Charles PCompleted MissionGround Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑97510.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6105Tebo, Clerance LCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑6135Richardson, George PCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑6476Cook, Raymond DCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑6514[N/A]ScrubbedReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 43‑38752.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6592Phillips, Herbert DCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑8007Walker, Jay FCompleted MissionGroup lead. PFF & Gee-H ship.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8008[Non-384th Pilot]Completed MissionPFF & Gee-H ship. Loaned to the 398th BG with Gee-H navigator; remaining unidentified crew provided by 398th BG. Bombed 398th assigned secondary target.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8216[Non-384th Pilot]Completed MissionGee-H ship. Loaned to the 306th BG with Gee-H navigator; remaining unidentified crew provided by 306th BG. Bombed 306th assigned secondary target.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8221[Non-384th Pilot]Completed MissionPFF & Gee-H ship. Loaned to the 92nd BG with Gee-H navigator; remaining unidentified crew provided by 92nd BG. Bombed 92nd assigned primary target.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8430Worthen, Kirk WinthropCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT