Mission # 261

MISSION SUMMARY

Mission Date 28 January 1945
384th Mission
Mission Number 261
8th Air Force Mission Mission Number 809
Mission Comments Transportation Targeted
The 384th Bombardment Group (H) led the 41st B Combat Wing on today's mission. At takeoff, a snowstorm prevented three aircraft from taking off. However, once airborne, assembly was accomplished without difficulty. Nearing the IP, the group commander found the target area cloud covered, and his Gee-H equipment was inoperative. Therefore he chose to bomb the designated secondary (the city center) using PFF. The low squadron's Gee-H was working, so they bombed the primary with good results.
Primary Target Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Target Attacked (Mode) Primary (Gee-H with Visual Assist)
Sortie/Aircraft Summary Completed Mission, not including spares - 22
Failed To Return - 1
Scrubbed - 5
Flying Spare, Completed Mission - 2
Ground Spare Aircraft, Unused - 1
Mission Personnel Mission Personnel Roster or Mission Loading Lists
Mission Documents Combat Mission Records and Plans obtained from the National Archives

31 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
42‑37788[N/A]ScrubbedReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 44‑6476.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑38013Whitesides, John BScrubbedGround Spare Aircraft; replaced 43‑38757 when displaced by Ruckman. Did not take off due to snowstorm.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑38208Tebo, Clerance LCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97592[Non-384th Pilot]Completed MissionLoaned to the 306th BG, with Gee-H navigator.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97960Kramer, William LeoCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑102501Spangler, George KCompleted MissionLead Squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102661[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
42‑107125Zink, Joseph DCompleted MissionGroup deputy; Gee-H ship.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37917Baughman, John RScrubbedLead Squadron hot camera ship. Did not take off due to snowstorm.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38501Tatulis, Charles PCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38630Bennett, Ralph JCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38647Ultcht, John PCompleted MissionLow Squadron deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38673MacKellar, Donald AllenFlying Spare,
Completed Mission
Lead Squadron flying spare; joined formation.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38678Fletcher, Graydon JCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38747Milligan, George RobertFlying Spare,
Completed Mission
Low Squadron flying spare; joined formation.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38757Ruckman, George FCompleted MissionOriginally assigned to Whitesides; taken by Ruckmman when he scrubbed 44‑6592.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38766Gregg, William GCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38994McKay, William MonroeCompleted MissionLanded away at RAF Manston, Kent, due to severe flak damage.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑39019Boyette, Irving HCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑39053Springsted, Donald GeorgeCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑39060Worthen, Kirk WinthropCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑39131Rush, Joseph HCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑6105Jackson, Oakley HomerFailed to ReturnDamaged by flak; sent SOS at 1320 and left formation under control; crashed near Ossenzijl, The Netherlands. MACR 11990
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6476Reed, Verlin DCompleted MissionGround Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑37788.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6514Patterson, Nelton DCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑6590Sharp, Alan EScrubbedDid not take off due to snowstorm.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6592[N/A]ScrubbedReplaced by 43‑38757 - Ruckman displaced Whitesides from that aircraft.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8007Tuck, Sam GailCompleted MissionLow Squadron lead; PFF and Gee-H ship.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8008Kinnaird, William RobertCompleted MissionGroup lead; PFF and Gee-H ship.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8211[Non-384th Pilot]Completed MissionLoaned to the 401st BG, with Gee-H navigator.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8408Starr, William GeorgeCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT