Mission # 257

MISSION SUMMARY

Mission Date 20 January 1945
384th Mission
Mission Number 257
8th Air Force Mission Mission Number 801
Mission Comments Transportation Bombed
The 384th Bombardment Group (Heavy) formed the 41st B group on today's mission. Weather prevented visual bombing, and the formation was unable to use Gee-H guidance to the target, so the PFF Primary target was bombed, with unobserved results. Upon the Group's return to Grafton Underwood, a heavy snowstorm forced nearly all aircraft to land elsewhere.
Primary Target Target: Rail and Road Bridges
Type: Transportation
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Target Attacked (Mode) PFF Primary (PFF)
Target: Marshalling Yard
Type: Transportation
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Sortie/Aircraft Summary Completed Mission, not including spares - 34
Aborted - 1
Scrubbed - 2
Flying Spare, Completed Mission - 2
Ground Spare Aircraft, Unused - 2
Crashed - 2
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 MissionLanded away at RAF Warboys, Huntingdonshire (now Cambridgeshire).
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37822Milligan, George Robert Completed MissionLanded away at RAF Upwood, Huntingdonshire (now Cambridgeshire).
SORTIE REPORT
42‑38013[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
42‑97251Cook, Raymond D Crashed in Allied TerritoryGround Spare Aircraft, replaced 42‑107125 when it was taken by Abbott in the lead Squadron. Low Squadron Deputy. Battle damage. Crew bailed out over England due to icing: two crewmembers received minor injuries. Aircraft crashed 2.25 miles northwest of Old Weston and exploded.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97510Peterson, Calvin J Completed MissionLanded away at Cheddington Airfield, AAF Station 113.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97824[N/A]ScrubbedReplaced by Gee-H aircraft 42‑107125, which was originally assigned to Cook, low Squadron deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97960Molder, Charles Richard Completed MissionLanded away at RAF Wyton, Cambridgeshire.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97986Walker, Jay F Completed MissionLow Squadron lead; PFF ship. Landed away at RAF Stradishall, Suffolk.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102501McKay, William Monroe Completed MissionLanded away at RAF Newmarket, Suffolk.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102518Hollingsworth, Frederick Clay Completed MissionLanded away at RAF Oakington, Cambridgeshire.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102620Warner, Henry L Flying Spare,
Completed Mission
High Squadron flying spare; joined formation. Landed away at Bassingbourne Airfield, AAF Station 121.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102661Van Pelt, Charles A Completed MissionLanded away at RAF Newmarket, Suffolk.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑107125Abbott, William H Completed MissionThis aircraft was originally assigned to Cook (low Squadron deputy); taken by Abbott after finding 42‑97824 unservicable, and no other Gee-H ships were available. Landed away at RAF Oakington, Cambridgeshire.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑107148Hewes, Charles Pershing Completed MissionLanded away at Little Walden Airfield, AAF Station 165.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37703Kramer, William Leo Completed MissionHigh Squadron Hot camera ship. Landed away at RAF Upwood, Huntingdonshire (now Cambridgeshire).
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38016Rice, Robert E Completed MissionHigh Squadron deputy; Gee-H ship. Landed away at RAF Oakington, Cambridgeshire.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38062Fisher, Robert Jeremy Completed MissionHigh Squadron hot camera ship. Landed away at RAF Oakington, Cambridgeshire.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38542Fleshman, Warren Gray Crashed in Allied TerritoryCrash landed near Molesworth Airfield, AAF Station 107 due to weather and engine failures; 2 crew killed, 7 seriously injured.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38548Ramsay, Walter E AbortedLanded away at RAF Manston, Kent.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38630Whitesides, John B Completed MissionLead Squadron hot camera ship. Landed away at RAF Bourn, Cambridgeshire.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38673Welsh, James H Completed MissionLanded away at RAF Oakington, Cambridgeshire.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38678Holmes, George W Completed MissionLanded away at RAF Oakington, Cambridgeshire.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38721Mohr, James H Completed MissionLanded away at Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38747[N/A]ScrubbedReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 43‑39053.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38752Goble, Charles D Completed MissionLanded away at RAF Wyton, Cambridgeshire.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38757Ruckman, George F Completed MissionOne of only three aircraft to land at Grafton Underwood.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38800Smisek, William Joseph Completed MissionOne of only three aircraft to land at Grafton Underwood.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38823Starr, William George Completed MissionLanded away at RAF Tempsford, Bedfordshire.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38850Springsted, Donald George Completed MissionLanded away at Ridgewell Airfield, AAF Station 167.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38927Van Popering, Earle Allen Completed MissionLanded away at RAF Warboys, Huntingdonshire (now Cambridgeshire).
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38994Gregg, William G Completed MissionLanded away at RAF Oakington, Cambridgeshire.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑39053Festersen, John Carl Completed MissionGround Spare Aircraft; replaced 43‑38747. Landed away at RAF Upwood, Huntingdonshire (now Cambridgeshire).
SORTIE REPORT
43‑39060Gilmer, Charles E Completed MissionLanded away at RAF Wyton, Cambridgeshire.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑39131Spangler, George Knox Completed MissionLow Squadron hot camera ship. Landed away at Deenethorpe Airfield, AAF Station 128.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6109MacKellar, Donald Allen Completed MissionLanded away at Alconbury Airfield, AAF Station 102.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6476Tatulis, Charles P Completed MissionLanded away at Ridgewell Airfield, AAF Station 167.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6514Belsinger, Harry F Completed MissionLead Squadron hot camera ship. Landed away at Ridgewell Airfield, AAF Station 167.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6592Bennett, Ralph J Completed MissionLanded away at RAF Oakington, Cambridgeshire.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8211Ellis, Harold Richard Completed MissionGroup lead; PFF & Gee-H ship. Landed away at RAF Warboys, Huntingdonshire (now Cambridgeshire).
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8221[N/A]Lead Ground Spare
Aircraft, Unused
Lead Ground Spare Aircraft; PFF ship.
44‑8401Smith, James Milton Completed MissionHigh Squadron lead; PFF ship. Landed away at RAF Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8430Rush, Joseph H Flying Spare,
Completed Mission
Lead Squadron flying spare; joined formation. One of only three aircraft to land at Grafton Underwood.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8608Galiano, Joe V Completed MissionLanded away at Bury St. Edmunds Airfield, Suffolk.
SORTIE REPORT