Mission # 39

MISSION SUMMARY

Mission Date 1 December 1943
384th Mission Number
 
39
8th Air Force Mission Number 145
Mission Comments Primary Target Attacked
The 384th Bombardment Group (H) flew today's mission under very challenging conditions. During initial climb in wing formation, the low squadron was forced to fly through a cloud layer with icing conditions. This caused three aircraft to fall out of position, which were then unable to return to the formation. Also, during most of the mission, flying speeds were excessively high - as much as 175 mph - causing fuel shortages on return.
Primary Target Target: Non-Ferrous Metals Plant
Type: Industry
Location: Solingen, Germany
Target Attacked (Mode) Primary (PFF)
Sortie/Aircraft Summary Completed Mission, not including spares - 12
Failed To Return - 3
Aborted - 3
Scrubbed - 4
Flying Spare, Completed Mission - 2
Ditched - 1
Returned Early - 1
Mission Personnel Mission Personnel Roster or Mission Loading Lists

26 AIRCRAFT ASSIGNED TO THIS MISSION
Table is sortable by Aircraft, Pilot, Results, and Mission/Sortie Information
Aircraft Pilot Results Mission/Sortie Information
41‑24525Rich, John (NMI)Completed MissionGround spare aircraft; replaced 42‑31274. Landed away at Woodbridge.
SORTIE REPORT
41‑24557Sundlun, Bruce GeorgeFailed to ReturnShot down by enemy aircraft, crashed near Ettingen, Germany; MACR 1334.
SORTIE REPORT
41‑24578Stearns, Clarence GroverFlying Spare,
Completed Mission
Flying Spare; joined formation. Landed away at Manston.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑3259Bedsole, Joseph LinyerCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑5838[N/A]ScrubbedReplaced by ground spare aircraft 42‑39784.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29554Yelvington, Melton AlbertCompleted MissionLanded away at Molesworth.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29632Jones, William ArchCompleted MissionLanded away at Kimbolton.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29703Robinson, Robert LawrenceFlying Spare,
Completed Mission
Flying Spare; joined formation.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29723Reed, Merlin HCompleted MissionLow squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29768Nelson, Darwin GeorgeFailed to ReturnShot down by enemy aircraft; crashed near the Zwarteberg/Mont Noir on the Belgian-French border. The crewmembers bailed out, Easley landed near Boeschepe (Nord), France, some others landing near Abele, Belgium, and the rest near Westouter, Belgium. These locations are all within four miles south and west of Poperinge, Belgium; MACR 1336
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29828Edwards, Floyd ClintonCompleted MissionGround spare aircraft; replaced 42‑37816.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29935Markow, Henry VScrubbedDid not take off
SORTIE REPORT
42‑30033Goulder, Edmund SamuelFailed to ReturnGroup lead; mechanical problems; crashed near Prüm, Germany; MACR 1335
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31058Wilson, William MonroeAbortedLow squadron lead; turned back due to excessive icing (3/4' on wings), frozen guns, and lagging turbo.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31073Carter, T L (IO)Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑31211MacPhail, Philip RayAbortedLow squadron. Aborted due to excessive icing (3/4' on wings, etc.); aircraft stalled and went into a spiral.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31274[N/A]ScrubbedReplaced by ground spare aircraft 41-24525.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37727Van der Haeghen, Joseph AlbertCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑37776Moore, Clifford OrvilleAbortedLow squadron. Aborted due to excessive icing; aircraft stalled at 80mph and dropped 3000' after hitting propwash in icing conditions.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37792Thompson, Siguard (NMI)Completed MissionHigh squadron lead; landed away at Woodbridge.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37801Booska, Maurice ArthurCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑37816[N/A]ScrubbedReplaced by ground spare aircraft 42‑29828.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37848Ulrey, Edgar EllsworthCompleted MissionLanded away at RAF Waterbeach, Cambs.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37885Jorgenson, Henry (NMI)Returned EarlyFlying Spare; joined formation; turned back over enemy territory due to a cracked cylinder head on #4 engine.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑39784Willing, Mark SkinnerCompleted MissionLead ground spare aircraft; replaced 42‑5838.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑39796Martin, Rudolph AlfredFailed to Return,
Ditched
Ditched off Portsmouth, entire crew rescued; no MACR.
SORTIE REPORT