Mission # 259

MISSION SUMMARY

Mission Date 22 January 1945
384th Mission
Mission Number 259
8th Air Force Mission Mission Number 805
Mission Comments Visual Bombing!
The 384th Bombardment Group (H) provided the lead and low squadrons of the 41st Combat Wing C Group on today's mission. Although prepared for blind bombing with PFF (radar) and Gee-H, the target was clearly visible. Bombing was reported to be excellent.
Primary Target Target: Synthetic Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Sterkrade, Germany
Target Attacked (Mode) Primary (Visual)
Sortie/Aircraft Summary Completed Mission, not including spares - 25
Failed To Return - 2
Scrubbed - 1
Flying Spare, Completed Mission - 2
Ground Spare Aircraft, Unused - 3
Landed In Allied Territory - 1
Flight Completed - 1
Mission Personnel Mission Personnel Roster or Mission Loading Lists
Mission Documents Combat Mission Records and Plans obtained from the National Archives

35 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 RCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑38013Bennett, Ralph JCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑38208Blankenmeyer, William JFlight CompletedWeather aircraft.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97824[Non-384th Pilot]Completed MissionLoaned to the 457th BG for today's mission. Manned by 457th personnel, except as noted on the Sortie Report.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97960Molder, Charles RichardFlying Spare,
Completed Mission
Low Squadron flying spare; joined formation.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102459Reed, Verlin DFlying Spare,
Completed Mission
Lead Squadron flying spare; joined formation.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102501McKay, William MonroeCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑102518Hollingsworth, Frederick ClayCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑102620Milligan, George RobertCompleted MissionLanded at Grafton Underwood with a flat main tire, and was slow exiting the runway; 43‑38721 landed long and collided with this aircraft.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37703Birder, Rodney HughFailed to ReturnDamaged by flak, this aircraft left the formation in the target area; crashed near Kervenheim, Germany. MACR 11764
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37843Belsinger, Harry FCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38016[Non-384th Pilot]Completed MissionLoaned to the 457th BG for today's mission. Manned by 457th personnel, except as noted on the Sortie Report.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38501Rush, Joseph HCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38647Smith, Jack MCompleted MissionLow Squadron lead.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38673Starr, William GeorgeCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38721Burroughs, Edwin CCompleted MissionLead Squadron hot camera ship. Landed long and collided with 42-102620 which had not cleared the runway due to a flat tire.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38747Smith, Jack LCompleted MissionLow Squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38752Whitesides, John BCompleted MissionLow Squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38757Klatt, Merton DCompleted MissionLow Squadron deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38766[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
43‑38850Van Popering, Earle AllenFailed to ReturnLead Squadron hot camera ship. Left formation five miles after target and was still tracked by flak; levelled off for a short time, but soon went into a nose dive with all four engines running and one wheel down; crashed near Deventer, The Netherlands. MACR 11994
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38994Johnson, Donald ErnestCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑39019Boyette, Irving HCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑39053Spangler, George KCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑39060Richardson, George PCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑6109Mohr, James HCompleted MissionGround Spare Aircraft; replaced 44‑8408. Landed away at Wittering.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6514[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
44‑6590Galiano, Joe VCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑6592Goble, Charles DCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑8007[Non-384th Pilot]Completed MissionLoaned to the 401st BG for today's mission. Manned by 401st personnel, except as noted on the Sortie Report.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8008[Non-384th Pilot]Completed MissionLoaned to the 401st BG for today's mission. Manned by 401st personnel, except as noted on the Sortie Report.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8221Koch, Robert BruceLanded in Allied TerritoryGroup lead; PFF and Gee-H ship. Engine #3 ran away after the target; left the formation about 15 minutes before the Zuider Zee on the return trip. Major Hutchinson ordered the deputy to assume the lead. The mission folder lacks details, but it is known that this aircraft flew its next mission with the 384th on 7 April, and several of the crewmembers continued to fly with the Group.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8401Rice, Robert ECompleted MissionLead PFF ground spare; replaced 8221, which was taken by group lead when 8211 was scrubbed. Group deputy. Landed away at Woodbridge; flak damage caused prop to fall off during landing.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8408[N/A]ScrubbedReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 44‑6109.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8608[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused