Mission # 256


Mission Date 17 January 1945
384th Mission
Mission Number 256
8th Air Force Mission Mission Number 798
Mission Comments Secondary Target Attacked
The 384th Bombardment Group (H) led the 41st Combat Wing on today's mission. Because he was experiencing problems with his PFF equipment, the group leader ordered the low squadron to fly as his deputy (low squadron deputy moved into lead position, and lead squadron deputy moved into low squadron deputy position) in case a PFF attack was needed. At the IP, the Gee-H operator reported that his equipment could not be used, so the deputy (formerly low squadron leader) was ordered to lead the formation in a PFF attack on the secondary target. Bombs were dropped in group formation after a good PFF run.
Primary Target Target: Railroad Viaduct
Type: Transportation
Location: Bielefeld, Germany
Target Attacked (Mode) Secondary (PFF)
Target: Railroad Workshops
Type: Transportation
Location: Paderborn, Germany
Sortie/Aircraft Summary Completed Mission, not including spares - 36
Scrubbed - 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

Table is sorted by Pilot, and may be sorted by any column: click the column head.
Aircraft Pilot Results Mission/Sortie Information
42‑32106Van Pelt, Charles A Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑37788Van Popering, Earle Allen Completed MissionGround Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑37822.
42‑37822[N/A]ScrubbedReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑37788.
42‑38013[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
42‑38208Birder, Rodney Hugh Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97251Rush, Joseph H Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97510Milligan, George Robert Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97592Shelley, John K Completed MissionHigh Squadron lead. PFF ship.
42‑97824Rice, Robert E Completed MissionLow Squadron deputy. Assumed Squadron lead when low Squadron leader was ordered to fly in lead Squadron.
42‑97960Molder, Charles Richard Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97986[N/A]Lead Ground Spare
Aircraft, Unused
42‑102459[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
42‑102501McKay, William Monroe Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑102518Welsh, James H Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑102620Fleshman, Warren Gray Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑107148MacKellar, Donald Allen Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑37843Ruckman, George F Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑37917Hewes, Charles Pershing Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38016Minor, Henry W Flight CompletedWeather aircraft; remainder of crew (N, RO, Eng) not identified
43‑38062Warner, Henry L Completed MissionLow Squadron hot camera ship.
43‑38501Tatulis, Charles P Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38548Ramsay, Walter E Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38630Klatt, Merton D Completed MissionHigh Squadron deputy.
43‑38673Weisenberg, Leonard Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38678Holmes, George W Completed MissionDivision deputy. Ordered to fly as the low Squadron deputy to make room for the low Squadron leader to fly in the division deputy position.
43‑38721Boyette, Irving H Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38752Phillips, Herbert D Completed MissionHigh Squadron hot camera ship.
43‑38757Whitesides, John B Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38800Smisek, William Joseph Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38823Starr, William George Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38927Fisher, Robert Jeremy Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38994Johnson, Donald Ernest Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑39053Spangler, George Knox Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑39060Gilmer, Charles E Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑6109Peterson, Calvin J Completed MissionLead Squadron hot camera ship.
44‑6476Festersen, John Carl Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑6514Belsinger, Harry F Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑6592Tebo, Clerance L Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑8211Blankenmeyer, William J Completed MissionDivision lead. PFF & Gee-H ship. PFF started acting up during assembly, so the air commander ordered the low Squadron lead (PFF-equipped) to move up and fly as his deputy. At the IP, the Gee-H equipment was unusable, so lead was turned over to the deputy.
44‑8401Orr, James Wallace Completed MissionLow Squadron lead. PFF ship. Ordered to fly as division deputy while en route, due to failure of PFF equipment on lead aircraft. Led formation from IP (because lead Gee-H equipment also failed) in attack on secondary target using his PFF.
44‑8608Galiano, Joe V Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT