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Mission # 298

MISSION SUMMARY

Mission Date 26 March 1945
Eighth Air Force Operations Operations description not yet available.
384th Bomb Group Mission
384th BG Mission Number 298, Eighth AF Force Mission Number 915
Weather, Equipment, Turbulence
The 384th Bombardment Group (H) flew as the 41st Bomb Wing B Group on today's mission. On initial approach to the target area, the division leader decided to attack the #2 target. After making two unsuccessful PFF runs on that target - foiled by equipment difficulties and prop-wash - the 384th decided to head directly for the #4 target, which the lead and high squadrons attacked. The low squadron again ran into prop-wash, which prevented accurate bombing, so they proceeded to attack a target of opportunity (TOO) at Würzburg, Germany by visual means.
Primary Target Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Zeitz, Germany
Target Attacked (Mode) #4 (PFF)
Target: Railroad Workshops
Type: Transportation
Location: Meiningen, Germany
Sortie/Aircraft Summary Completed Mission, not including spares - 33
Flying Spare, Completed Mission - 2
Returned Early - 1
Crashed - 1
Flight Completed - 1
Ground Spare Aircraft, Unused - 4
Scrubbed - 1
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
42‑32106Blagg, John AnthonyCompleted MissionHigh Squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37788[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft, Unused 
42‑38208Gray, Fred PriceCompleted MissionLead Squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97309Lucas, Roy ECompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97824Miller, John CCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97986[N/A]Lead Ground Spare Aircraft, UnusedPFF ship.
42‑102459Martin, Byron LCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑102518Carlson, Russell EdgarCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑102620Grove, Alfred WCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑107125Carpenter, Dean EdwardCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑37717MacDonald, Ranald HCompleted MissionLanded away at B-24 on continent (Bazenville, France) on return due to low fuel. Crew and aircraft remained there overnight.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37843Hatch, William AlvaCompleted MissionLow Squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37971Baughman, John RCompleted MissionHigh Squadron deputy and hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38501Leavitt, Philip NeldonCompleted MissionLow Squadron. Landed away at RAF Manston on return due to low fuel. Returned to base later in the evening.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38588Seavey, Homer CarlCompleted MissionLow Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38647Henry, Robert TCompleted MissionLow Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38673Jerome, Edwin AnthonyCompleted MissionLanded away at RAF Woodbridge, Suffolk, on return due to low fuel. Crew and aircraft remained overnight.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38678Miley, Harold LSpare, Completed MissionHigh Squadron flying spare; joined formation. Landed away (presumably) on the continent on return due to low fuel. Crew and aircraft remained there overnight.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38747Festersen, John CarlCompleted MissionLow Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38757[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft, Unused 
43‑38766Magleby, Calvin CharlesCompleted MissionLow Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38801Nicolai, Edwin GCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38974Van Pelt, Charles ACompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38994Smith, Eliot HCompleted MissionLow Squadron. Landed away at RAF Woodbridge, Suffolk, on return due to low fuel. Crew and aircraft remained there overnight.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑39019Voiland, Eugene ECompleted MissionLanded away on continent at B-51, a British airfield at Lille/Vendeville, France, on return due to low fuel. Crew and aircraft remained there overnight. (Note on Tactical Interrogation Form: 'RAF - Good to us')
SORTIE REPORT
43‑39131Rush, Joseph HReturned EarlyLow Squadron. Turned back over Germany due to #2 engine failure. Dropped bombs on target of opportunity (TOO) near Dettelbach, Germany (49°48'N, 10°11'E).
SORTIE REPORT
43‑39138Pierce, Oscar WCompleted MissionGroup deputy and hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑39164Kowats, Daniel FrankCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑39197Ostnes, Leif RobertCompleted MissionLow Squadron deputy and hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑39236[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft, Unused 
44‑6109Jordan, Theodore GustavCrashed In Allied TerritoryRunning short of fuel, attempted to land at an emergency airfield near Cranbrook, Kent, but crashed in Brewers Wood, on Hawkridge Farm near Cranbrook, Kent ('500 yards North of Hargridge House'). The pilot was killed and two crewman were injured seriously.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6476Moorhead, Harris LeroyCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑6514Meitzler, Roy AScrubbed: Did Not Take OffLow Squadron. Aircraft did not take off.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6882Spangler, George KnoxCompleted MissionLow Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6892Montgomery, Robert WCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑6909Richardson, George PSpare, Completed MissionLow Squadron flying spare; joined formation.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8211Smisek, William JosephFlight CompletedWeather aircraft; remainder of crew (CP, N, RO, Eng) not identified
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8408Burroughs, Edwin CCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑8580Gilmer, Charles ECompleted MissionLow Squadron lead. PFF ship.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8608Knaur, John SCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑8665Peterson, Calvin JamesCompleted MissionHigh Squadron lead. PFF ship.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8679Carney, William RobertCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑8789Tuck, Sam GailCompleted MissionGroup lead. PFF ship.
SORTIE REPORT