Mission # 54B

MISSION SUMMARY

Mission Date 21 January 1944
384th Mission Number
 
54B
8th Air Force Mission Number 187
Mission Comments Weather Prevents Attack
The 384th Bombardment Group (H) provided two 18-aircraft groups for today's mission: in this portion of the mission, our aircraft flew as the low group of the 41st B group. The 384th was alerted for an operational mission just as they were about to take off for a practice mission. In the space of one and one-half hours, these 18 aircraft were reconfigured for combat, and dispatched to attack a 'NOBALL' target in France. The B group of 16 aircraft, led by Major George W Harris, were unable to locate the assigned target in the Pommereval area due to cloud obscuration, despite making seven bomb runs, and returned their bomb loads to base.
Primary Target Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Pommereval, France
Target Attacked (Mode) No Target Attacked
Sortie/Aircraft Summary Completed Mission, not including spares - 14
Aborted - 2
Did Not Take Off - 2
Mission Personnel Mission Personnel Roster or Mission Loading Lists

18 AIRCRAFT ASSIGNED TO THIS MISSION
Table is sortable by Aircraft, Pilot, Results, and Mission/Sortie Information
Aircraft Pilot Results Mission/Sortie Information
41‑24578Outen, Charles LeviCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑3051Corcoran, John JosephDid Not Take OffThis aircraft, prepared for the practice mission, was not dispatched on the operational mission, possibly due to insufficient time available to reconfigure it for combat in the B group. Pilot for the intended practice mission, Corcoran, did not take part in the combat mission.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑3087Kew, William JosephCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑3441Price, William MerrimanCompleted MissionLow squadron deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29688Smith, Roger ClementAbortedTurned back over base as prop governor on #4 engine broke and had to be feathered.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29723Reed, Merlin HAbortedTurned back at 1350 hrs over Beachy Head because 'this aircraft took off late and could not find a position open in the formation.'
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31058Rinne, Austin DeanCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑31211MacPhail, Philip RayCompleted MissionGroup deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31433Carter, T L (IO)Completed MissionLow squadron lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31606McDonald, Raymond LeroyCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑37776Jeter, Sydney RCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑37788Booska, Maurice ArthurCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑37793DeFrees, Norman FrancisCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑37801Daskey, Kendall (NMI)Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑37848Ulrey, Edgar EllsworthCompleted MissionGroup lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑38014Markow, Henry VCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑39991Courtemanche, Ralph EudorDid Not Take OffThis aircraft, prepared for the practice mission, was not dispatched on the operational mission, possibly due to insufficient time available to reconfigure it for combat in the B group. Pilot for the intended practice mission, Courtemanche, did not take part in the combat mission.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑40005Stier, George WithersCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT