Mission # 281

MISSION SUMMARY

Mission Date 4 March 1945
384th Mission
Mission Number 281
8th Air Force Mission Mission Number 863
Mission Comments Bombing Through Clouds
The 384th Bombardment Group (H) flew as the 41st Combat Wing B Group on today's mission - the fourteenth in as many days (they would get a 3-day break before the next mission). The primary target was to be attacked by visual means or Gee-H (not by PFF): clouds obscured the target so the formation used Gee-H. The equipment failed on the first run, and during the second run, the lead squadron was scattered by another group crossing at right angles. Nevertheless, bombs were away from all three squadrons on the second run, and all returned to base; a few had to land on the way for gas, and one damaged ship landed away and did not return home on the same day.
Primary Target Target: Ordnance Depot
Type: Military
Location: Ulm, Germany
Target Attacked (Mode) Primary (Gee-H)
Sortie/Aircraft Summary Completed Mission, not including spares - 38
Aborted - 1
Scrubbed - 1
Flying Spare, Completed Mission - 1
Ground Spare Aircraft, Unused - 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
42‑37788Cathey, George WarlickCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑37822Wilson, Robert LCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97510Magleby, Calvin CharlesCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97824Grove, Alfred WCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97986Bennett, Ralph JCompleted MissionHigh Squadron deputy and hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑98027Kramer, William LeoCompleted MissionGroup deputy and hot camera ship; PFF and Gee-H ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102459Graehl, Russell ECompleted MissionGround Spare Aircraft; replaced 44‑8430.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102518Funk, Donald OlsenAbortedHigh Squadron flying spare; turned back with #3 engine feathered.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑107125Sperry, Dale MCompleted MissionLanded away at RAF Gatwick, Kent, on return with #1 engine out; did not return to base.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑107148[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
43‑37843Patterson, Nelton DCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑37971Moorhead, Harris LCompleted MissionLead Squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38016[Non-384th Pilot]Completed MissionLoaned to the 305th BG for today's mission. Manned by 305th BG personnel, except as noted on the Sortie Report.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38548Shuff, Charles BernardCompleted Mission[ N.B. Actual positions: Ball Turret - George Cramer; Tail Gunner - Joseph Britton; Flexible (Waist) Gunner - George Lesko. Per George Cramer, January 2014. ]
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38588Connor, John MichaelCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38647Ferrell, Oran DCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38747Festersen, John CCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38752Whitesides, John BCompleted MissionHigh Squadron hot camera ship. Landed away at at Glatton Airfield, AAF Station 130, on return due to low fuel.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38801Van Pelt, Charles ACompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38994Kuite, Donald WCompleted MissionLanded away at RAF Manston, Kent, on return due to low fuel.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑39035Tebo, Clerance LCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑39053Tatulis, Charles PCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑39060Gregg, William GCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑39131Rush, Joseph HCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑39138Wright, Edward SCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑39164Milligan, George RobertCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑39197Ramsay, Walter ECompleted MissionLow Squadron deputy and hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑39203Henry, Robert TCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑39236Scherokman, EdwardCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑6514Goble, Charles DCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑6590Nicolai, Edwin GCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑6882Seavey, Homer CCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑6898Lewis, Charles AllynCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑6909Hatch, William AlvaCompleted MissionLow Squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6923Sharp, Alan ECompleted MissionLanded away at Little Staughton Airfield, AAF Station 127, on return due to low fuel.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8008[Non-384th Pilot]Completed MissionLoaned to the 306th BG for today's mission. Manned by 306th BG personnel, except as noted on the Sortie Report.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8211Belsinger, Harry FCompleted MissionHigh Squadron lead; PFF and Gee-H ship.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8430[N/A]ScrubbedReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑102459.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8541McKay, William MonroeCompleted MissionGroup lead; PFF and Gee-H ship.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8580[N/A]Lead Ground Spare
Aircraft, Unused
PFF ship.
44‑8668McLean, William SCompleted MissionLow Squadron lead; PFF ship.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8679Turner, Willard JeromeFlying Spare,
Completed Mission
Low Squadron flying spare; joined formation.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8789Knaur, John SCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT