Mission # 266

MISSION SUMMARY

Mission Date 14 February 1945
384th Mission
Mission Number 266
8th Air Force Mission Mission Number 830
Mission Comments Bombs Miss Objective
The 384th Bombardment Group (H) flew as the entire 41st C Combat Wing on today's mission. The weather at alternate targets was worse than at the primary target, so the primary was attacked using PFF with a visual assist. However, bombing accuracy was poor. Many aircraft ran low on fuel and landed on the Continent before returning to base.
Primary Target Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Dresden, Germany
Target Attacked (Mode) Primary (PFF with Visual Assist)
Sortie/Aircraft Summary Completed Mission, not including spares - 33
Aborted - 2
Scrubbed - 2
Flying Spare, Completed Mission - 1
Ground Spare Aircraft, Unused - 3
Returned Early - 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
42‑97824Sharp, Alan E AbortedTurned back due to a runaway propellor.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97986Belsinger, Harry F Completed MissionLow Squadron lead; PFF ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑98027McKay, William Monroe Completed MissionWing lead; PFF and Gee-H ship. Landed on Continent for fuel before returning to base.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102459[N/A]ScrubbedGround Spare Aircraft; replaced 43‑38801, and in turn was replaced by 43‑38501.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102518[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
42‑102661Jackson, Taylor Hall Returned EarlyHigh Squadron flying spare; joined formation. Bombed with the group but returned independently due to internal engine failure.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37843Patterson, Nelton D Completed MissionMay have flown with another group.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37917Haaf, Arthur H Completed MissionLead Squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37971Mohr, James H Flying Spare,
Completed Mission
Lead Squadron flying spare; joined formation (low Squadron).
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38501Kowats, Daniel Frank Completed MissionGround Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑102495, which had replaced 43‑38801. Took off late as a result of multiple aircraft swaps, but caught the formation and completed the mission.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38548Smith, Jack L Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38630Abbott, William H Completed MissionLow Squadron deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38647Cathey, George Warlick Completed MissionLow Squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38673Hollingsworth, Frederick Clay Completed MissionLanded on Continent for fuel before returning to base.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38678Miley, Harold L Completed MissionLead Squadron hot camera ship. Landed away at B-53, Merville, France, due to low fuel.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38747Festersen, John Carl AbortedTurned back with #4 supercharger trouble.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38752Baker, John R Completed MissionLanded away at RAF Woodbridge, Suffolk, on return due to low fuel.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38757Graehl, Russell E Completed MissionLow Squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38766Gregg, William G Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38800Smisek, William Joseph Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38801[N/A]ScrubbedReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑102459.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38974Kramer, William Leo Completed MissionLanded on Continent for fuel before returning to base.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑39019Boyette, Irving H Completed MissionLanded away at Martlesham Heath Airfield, AAF Station 369, on return due to low fuel.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑39035Tebo, Clerance L Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑39053Kuite, Donald W Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑39131Rush, Joseph H Completed MissionLanded away at RAF Woodbridge, Suffolk, due to low fuel.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑39138Ultcht, John P Completed MissionHigh Squadron deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑39164Wright, Edward S Completed MissionLanded on Continent for fuel before returning to base.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6476Ostnes, Leif Robert Completed MissionLanded away at A-82, Verdun, France, due to low fuel.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6514Goble, Charles D Completed MissionLanded away at Sudbury Airfield, AAF Station 174, due to low fuel.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6590Knaur, John S Completed MissionHigh Squadron hot camera ship. Landed on Continent for fuel before returning to base.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6882Spangler, George Knox Completed MissionLanded on Continent for fuel before returning to base.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6892Milligan, George Robert Completed MissionHigh Squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6898Funk, Donald Olsen Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑6909Richardson, George P Completed MissionLanded on Continent for fuel before returning to base.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6923Carlson, Russell E Completed MissionLanded away at Brussels due to low fuel.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8007Holmes, George W Completed MissionWing deputy; PFF and Gee-H ship.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8408Starr, William George Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑8580[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
44‑8608Hoppen, Jack Stewart Completed MissionLanded away at RAF Woodbridge, Suffolk, due to low fuel.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8665Tuck, Sam Gail Returned EarlyHigh Squadron lead; PFF ship. Returned early after entering enemy airspace, because right waist and bombardier's oxygen regulators 'blew up'. Attacked a target of opportunity, a factory, in Nordhorn, Germany.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8668[N/A]Lead Ground Spare
Aircraft, Unused
Lead ground spare: PFF ship.
44‑8679Baughman, John R Completed MissionLanded on Continent for fuel before returning to base.
SORTIE REPORT