Mission # 309

MISSION SUMMARY

Mission Date 11 April 1945
384th Mission
Mission Number 309
8th Air Force Mission Mission Number 941
Mission Comments Underground Oil Storage Attacked
The 384th Bombardment Group (H) flew as the 41st Combat Bombardment Wing 'B' Group on today's mission. It was a long haul to the target near Munich, but the bombers were met with clear skies, and bombing results were good. The lead and low squadrons bombed on the first run, but the bomb bay door motors in the lead aircraft of the high squadron failed, and the doors could not be hand-cranked open in time to drop, so the high squadron returned to the I.P. and completed a successful visual bomb run. Because of that, the high squadron had to tack on to another formation on the return to home base.
Primary Target Target: Underground Oil Storage Depot
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Freiham, Germany
Target Attacked (Mode) Primary (Visual)
Sortie/Aircraft Summary Completed Mission, not including spares - 36
Scrubbed - 1
Flying Spare, Completed Mission - 2
Ground Spare Aircraft, Unused - 3
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
42‑37788[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
42‑38208Martin, Gerald LCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97309Enns, Harkless GCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97510Bowman, Harold HCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑98027Jamison, Joseph FCompleted MissionHigh Squadron lead. PFF ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102459Casagrande, James ACompleted MissionHigh Squadron. Landed away at A-61, Beauvais/Tille, France, with engine trouble and low fuel. Crew and aircraft remained there overnight.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102518Carlson, Russell ECompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑102661Wahlstrom, Harry LawrenceCompleted MissionHigh Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑107125Clishem, James ECompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑37717Blagg, John AnthonyCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑37917MacDonald, Ranald HCompleted MissionLow Squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37971Burroughs, Edwin CCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38016Knaur, John SCompleted MissionHigh Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38588Abare, William TebbsCompleted MissionHigh Squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38647Shuff, Charles BernardCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38673Jerome, Edwin AnthonyCompleted MissionThe 545th loading list indicates S/Sgt Russell H Holtz as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner on this aircraft. However, the 546th loading list states that S/Sgt Donald E White flew this mission in that position on aircraft 8673. Pending receipt of documents to resolve this ambiguity, both crewmen are listed as flying this mission.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38678Dott, Donald ShropshireFlying Spare,
Completed Mission
Low Squadron flying spare; joined formation. Landed away at A-97, Sandweiler, Luxemburg, with battle damage and two engines out. Crew and aircraft remained there overnight.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38747Porter, James LCompleted MissionHigh Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38752Meitzler, Roy ACompleted MissionLead Squadron hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38757Ruckman, George FCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38766Martin, Byron LCompleted MissionHigh Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38800Eakin, Otho MCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑38974Nicolai, Edwin GFlying Spare,
Completed Mission
High Squadron flying spare; joined formation.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38994Gray, Harold ReginaldCompleted MissionHigh Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑39131Rush, Joseph HCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑39138Wilson, Robert LCompleted MissionHigh Squadron deputy and hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑39203Neal, William TCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑39236Pinson, William TCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑6476Moorhead, Harris LCompleted MissionHigh Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6514Drew, James LawrenceCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑6882Leavitt, Philip NeldonCompleted MissionHigh Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6892Grove, Alfred WCompleted MissionHigh Squadron. Landed at A-68, Juvincourt, France, for fuel and returned to base.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6898Aitken, Robert PCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑6909Seavey, Homer CarlCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑8007Murphy, William CCompleted MissionLow Squadron deputy and hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8211[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
44‑8221[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
44‑8401Lucas, Roy ECompleted MissionLow Squadron lead. PFF ship.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8541[N/A]ScrubbedReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 44‑8649.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8580Donnell, Alonzo McWilliamsFlight CompletedWeather aircraft; remainder of crew (CP, N, RO, Eng) not identified
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8649Boyette, Irving HCompleted MissionLead Ground Spare Aircraft; replaced 44‑8541. Group lead. PFF ship.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8665Goble, Charles DCompleted MissionGroup deputy and hot camera ship. PFF ship.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8679Barnett, Jack (NMI)Completed MissionLanded at RAF Hunsdon, Hertfordshire, on return due to low fuel; returned to base after refuelling.
SORTIE REPORT