Mission # 254

MISSION SUMMARY

Mission Date 10 January 1945
384th Mission
Mission Number 254
8th Air Force Mission Mission Number 789
Mission Comments Two Marshalling Yards Bombed
The 384th Bombardment Group (H) flew as the 41st Combat Wing B Group on today's mission. As the result of the loss of the group leader, as well as multiple equipment failures, portions of the group attacked the primary and secondary targets: low squadron attacked the primary, high squadron attacked the secondary on the first run, and the lead squadron attacked the secondary on the second run.
Primary Target Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Bonn, Germany
Target Attacked (Mode) Secondary (Visual)
Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Cologne, Germany
Sortie/Aircraft Summary Completed Mission, not including spares - 31
Failed To Return - 1
Aborted - 3
Scrubbed - 2
Flying Spare, Completed Mission - 2
Ground Spare Aircraft, Unused - 3
Landed In Allied Territory - 4
Crashed - 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
42‑32106Peterson, Calvin JFlying Spare,
Completed Mission
Low Squadron flying spare; joined formation. Landed away at Chelveston on return due to low fuel.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37822Milligan, George RobertCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑38013[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
42‑97150Buswell, Richard GrantLanded in Allied TerritoryGround Spare Aircraft; replaced 43‑38757. Left formation after target; force-landed on the Continent; aircraft salvaged.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97251[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
42‑97263Whitesides, John BCrashed in Allied TerritoryCrashed on takeoff; aircraft a 'complete wreck', all crew survived, two seriously injured, one minor injuries.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97320Hoppen, Jack StewartLanded in Allied TerritoryLeft formation after first bomb run; did not attack; damaged by flak; force-landed in Belgium; aircraft salvaged.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97521Baughman, John RLanded in Allied TerritoryLow Squadron. Left formation at Channel on return; force-landed on continent; aircraft salvaged.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97592Hartness, Joseph GeorgeCompleted MissionHigh Squadron lead. PFF ship. Bombed secondary target on first run, PFF with visual assist.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97960Smisek, William JosephCompleted MissionLow Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97986Herring, Harold FCompleted MissionLow Squadron lead. PFF ship. Left his position and assumed lead at IP and led group on a PFF bomb run on secondary target (primary was obscured with clouds). The (secondary) target was picked up visually half-way down the bomb run but prior to release it was found that the bomb racks were frozen. He circled around and completed a second run with successful bomb release.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑98027[Non-384th Pilot]Completed MissionGee-H ship. Loaned to 351st BG with Gee-H navigator; unidentified crewmembers provided by the 351st BG. Attacked assigned 351st BG primary target.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102501Ramsay, Walter EFlying Spare,
Completed Mission
High Squadron flying spare; joined formation (low Squadron).
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102518Starr, William GeorgeAborted SORTIE REPORT
42‑102620Wyatt, William GlennCompleted MissionLead Squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102661Warner, Henry LCompleted MissionLead Squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑107125[Non-384th Pilot]ScrubbedGee-H ship. Loaned to 457th BG with Gee-H navigator; unidentified crewmembers provided by the 457th BG.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37703Kramer, William LeoCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑37843Belsinger, Harry FCompleted MissionHigh Squadron. Landed at RAF Bradwell Bay, Essex, on return due to low fuel.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38016[Non-384th Pilot]Completed MissionGee-H ship. Loaned to 92nd BG with Gee-H navigator; unidentified crewmembers provided by the 92nd BG. Attacked assigned 92nd BG primary target.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38501McKay, William MonroeCompleted MissionHigh Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38548Gilmer, Charles ECompleted MissionHigh Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38616McLean, William SCompleted MissionHigh Squadron deputy. Crash-landed at RAF Manston, Kent, upon return. Crew OK, but aircraft was salvaged.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38673Hewes, Charles PershingAbortedTurned back due to personnel illness (Hughes).
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38678Miley, Harold LCompleted MissionLow Squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38721Fletcher, Graydon JCompleted MissionLow Squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38747Ultcht, John PCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38752Ruckman, George FCompleted MissionHigh Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38757[N/A]ScrubbedReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑97150.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38800Klatt, Merton DCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38823Boyette, Irving HCompleted MissionLow Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38850McKone, Joseph FCompleted MissionLead Squadron flying spare. Joined formation (low Squadron).
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38927Fisher, Robert JeremyCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38994Johnson, Donald ErnestCompleted MissionHigh Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑39053Holmes, George WCompleted MissionLow Squadron deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑39060Gregg, William GCompleted MissionHigh Squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6105Tebo, Clerance LCompleted MissionLanded away at Chipping Ongar on return due to low fuel.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6109Kinkead, Robert MAbortedLow Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6135Richardson, George PLanded in Allied TerritoryHigh Squadron. Left formation prior to target and did not attack. Force-landed on Continent; aircraft salvaged.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6476Rush, Joseph HCompleted MissionHigh Squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6514Bennett, Ralph JCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑6592Molder, Charles RichardCompleted MissionLow Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8007[Non-384th Pilot]Completed MissionGee-H ship. Loaned to 401st BG with Gee-H navigator; unidentified crewmembers provided by the 401st BG. Attacked assigned 401st BG primary target.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8216Hicks, Kenneth DelmontFailed to ReturnGroup lead. PFF & Gee-H ship. Left formation 20 minutes prior to the IP, apparently due to flak damage. No communication was received from this aircraft regarding the abort. Crash site and fate of crew are unknown. MACR 11578
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8221Rice, Robert ECompleted MissionGroup deputy. PFF & Gee-H ship. Assumed group lead immediately upon departure of the group lead. PFF & Gee-H in this aircraft were inoperative, so Rice ordered low Squadron lead to take over (high Squadron lead was not reachable via radio) and returned to #2 position. Left formation after first attempted bomb run because oxygen system was shot away.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8401[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
Lead PFF Ground Spare Aircraft.
44‑8430Spangler, George KnoxCompleted MissionHigh Squadron. Landed away at Polebrook on return due to #2 engine out.
SORTIE REPORT