2021 REUNION
OGDEN, UTAH
6-10 OCTOBER 2021

Mission # 39

MISSION SUMMARY

Mission Date 1 December 1943
384th Mission
Mission Number 39
VIII Bomber Command Mission 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
Mission Documents Combat Mission Records and Plans obtained from the National Archives

26 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
41‑24525Rich, John (NMI) Completed MissionGround Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑31274. Landed away at Woodbridge.
SORTIE REPORT
41‑24557Sundlun, Bruce George Failed to ReturnShot down by enemy aircraft, crashed SE of Ostend, Belgium, near Snellegem.
SORTIE REPORT
41‑24578Stearns, Clarence Grover Flying Spare,
Completed Mission
Flying Spare; joined formation. Landed away at Manston.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑3259Bedsole, Joseph Linyer Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑5838[N/A]ScrubbedReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑39784.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29554Yelvington, Melton Albert Completed MissionLanded away at Molesworth.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29632Jones, William Arch Completed MissionLanded away at Kimbolton.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29703Robinson, Robert Lawrence Flying Spare,
Completed Mission
Flying Spare; joined formation.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29723Reed, Merlin Howard Completed MissionLow Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29768Nelson, Darwin George Failed 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 Clinton Completed MissionGround Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑37816.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29935Markow, Henry V ScrubbedDid not take off
SORTIE REPORT
42‑30033Goulder, Edmund Samuel Failed to ReturnGroup lead; mechanical problems; turned back at 11:30am.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31058Wilson, William Monroe AbortedLow 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 Ray AbortedLow 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 Albert Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑37776Moore, Clifford Orville AbortedLow 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 Arthur Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑37816[N/A]ScrubbedReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑29828.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37848Ulrey, Edgar Ellsworth Completed 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 Skinner Completed MissionLead Ground Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑5838.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑39796Martin, Rudolph Alfred Failed to Return,
Ditched
Ditched off Portsmouth, entire crew rescued; no MACR.
SORTIE REPORT