Mission # 36


Mission Date 16 November 1943
384th Mission
Mission Number 36
8th Air Force Mission Mission Number 131
Mission Comments Several Bomb Runs
The 384th Bombardment Group (H) led the 41st Combat Wing and 1st Bomb Division on today's mission. From the Division Leader's Narrative: 'We dropped down to 14,000 feet to bomb and did not drop any lower because the low Group would be in the clouds. We could not find the target. None of the other Groups seemed to be able to find it either, so we went back out to the coastline to orient ourselves. We came back in, and thought we were on the target, but we were not sure, so we did not drop our bombs. We made three more bomb runs on the target trying to release our bombs, but they would not release, so on the last run we had our Deputy drop his bombs on signal from the lead plane, and the others dropped on him.'
Primary Target Target: Knaben II Molybdenum Mine
Type: Industry
Location: Knaben, Norway
Target Attacked (Mode) Primary (Visual)
Sortie/Aircraft Summary Completed Mission, not including spares - 20
Aborted - 1
Mission Personnel Mission Personnel Roster or Mission Loading Lists
Mission Documents Combat Mission Records and Plans obtained from the National Archives

Table is sorted by Pilot, and may be sorted by any column: click the column head.
Aircraft Pilot Results Mission/Sortie Information
41‑24525Kaczaraba, William (NMI)Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
41‑24557Sundlun, Bruce GeorgeCompleted MissionLow Squadron lead.
41‑24560Jorgenson, Henry (NMI)AbortedTurned back due to loose oil line on prop governor
42‑3259Bedsole, Joseph LinyerCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑3429Estes, Thomas JeffersonCompleted MissionHigh Squadron lead.
42‑3440Merritt, James MelvinCompleted MissionLanded away at RAF Catfoss, Yorks.
42‑3441Willing, Mark SkinnerCompleted MissionGroup deputy.
42‑5051Morrison, Donald SylvesterCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑5838Frink, Horace EverettCompleted MissionDivision lead. Salvoed bombs near target (faulty bomb release mechanism).
42‑29554Yelvington, Melton AlbertCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑29632Ashcraft, Archie BertisCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑29987Fields, LeonCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑30033Jones, William ArchCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑31058Herbert, Joseph RobertCompleted MissionLanded away at RAF Ouston (now RA Albemarle Barracks), near Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
42‑31073Martin, Rudolph AlfredCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑37776Ross, Burton RaymondCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑37785Carpenter, Walter RichardCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑37816Edwards, Floyd ClintonCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑37828Jacobs, Randolph George EdwardCompleted MissionLanded away at RAF Lissett, Yorkshire.

Official records received to date (Nov. 2019) identify Curtin as the assigned navigator of this crew. However, in private communication with Sheldon Vernon, he has stated that he was newly-assigned to the 384th/544th and had arrived the previous day. He was awakened and ordered to fly as Curtin's replacement, which he did. Until this conflict is resolved, both navigators will remain assigned to this sortie.
42‑37848Stearns, Clarence GroverCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑39796Nelson, Darwin GeorgeCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT