Mission # 298

MISSION SUMMARY

Mission Date 26 March 1945
384th Mission
Mission Number 298
8th Air Force Mission Mission Number 915
Mission Comments 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
Scrubbed - 1
Flying Spare, Completed Mission - 2
Ground Spare Aircraft, Unused - 4
Returned Early - 1
Crashed - 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

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 Anthony Completed MissionHigh Squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37788[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
42‑38208Gray, Fred Price Completed MissionLead Squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97309Lucas, Roy E Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97824Miller, John C Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97986[N/A]Lead Ground Spare
Aircraft, Unused
PFF ship.
42‑102459Martin, Byron L Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑102518Carlson, Russell E Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑102620Grove, Alfred W Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑107125Carpenter, Dean E Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑37717MacDonald, Ranald H Completed 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 Alva Completed MissionLow Squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37971Baughman, John R Completed MissionHigh Squadron deputy and hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38501Leavitt, Philip Neldon Completed 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 Carl Completed MissionLow Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38647Henry, Robert T Completed MissionLow Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38673Jerome, Edwin Anthony Completed MissionLanded away at RAF Woodbridge, Suffolk, on return due to low fuel. Crew and aircraft remained overnight.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38678Miley, Harold L Flying Spare,
Completed Mission
High 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 Carl Completed MissionLow Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38757[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
43‑38766Magleby, Calvin Charles Completed MissionLow Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38801Nicolai, Edwin G Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38974Van Pelt, Charles A Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38994Smith, Eliot H Completed 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 E Completed MissionLanded away (presumably) on continent on return due to low fuel. Crew and aircraft remained there overnight.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑39131Rush, Joseph H Returned 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 W Completed MissionGroup deputy and hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑39164Kowats, Daniel Frank Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑39197Ostnes, Leif Robert Completed MissionLow Squadron deputy and hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑39236[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
44‑6109Jordan, Theodore Gustav Crashed 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 L Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑6514Meitzler, Roy A ScrubbedLow Squadron. Aircraft did not take off.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6882Spangler, George Knox Completed MissionLow Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6892Montgomery, Robert W Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑6909Richardson, George P Flying Spare,
Completed Mission
Low Squadron flying spare; joined formation.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8211Smisek, William Joseph Flight CompletedWeather aircraft; remainder of crew (CP, N, RO, Eng) not identified
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8408Burroughs, Edwin C Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑8580Gilmer, Charles E Completed MissionLow Squadron lead. PFF ship.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8608Knaur, John S Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑8665Peterson, Calvin J Completed MissionHigh Squadron lead. PFF ship.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8679Carney, William Robert Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑8789Tuck, Sam Gail Completed MissionGroup lead. PFF ship.
SORTIE REPORT