Mission # 45

MISSION SUMMARY

Mission Date 22 December 1943
384th Mission
Mission Number 45
8th Air Force Mission Mission Number 161
Mission Comments Unknown Location Bombed
Due to the lead (PFF) aircraft having aborted, the deputy lead (without PFF) attempted to release bombs based on formation ahead of them. Location of the target attacked is approximate, based on dead-reckoning navigation over 10/10 cloud cover.
Primary Target Target: Steel Shops/Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Osnabrück, Germany
Target Attacked (Mode) Unknown (Dead-Reckoning)
Location: About 10 miles NW of Osnabrück (52°23'N,7°40'E), Germany
Sortie/Aircraft Summary Completed Mission, not including spares - 18
Aborted - 2
Flying Spare, Completed Mission - 1
Flying Spare, Returned As Briefed - 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

27 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
41‑9022Estes, Thomas JeffersonFlight CompletedWeather aircraft; remainder of crew (CP, N, RO, Eng) not identified
SORTIE REPORT
41‑24525Lovvorn, Hollie RayCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑3051[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
42‑3087Kew, William JosephCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑3491Lecates, Robert LeslieAbortedLt Col. Buck Flight Leader; aircraft and crew supplied by 482BG at Alconbury; aborted (landed at Alconbury); on approach to enemy coast lost #2 supercharger and pilot's oxygen system sprang a leak; signalled deputy lead to take over and turned back.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑5404Van der Haeghen, Joseph AlbertCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑5444Ross, Burton RaymondCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑5838Price, William MerrimanCompleted MissionLow Squadron lead
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29632[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
42‑29688McDonald, Raymond LeroyCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑29717Morrison, Donald SylvesterCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑29723Outen, Charles LeviCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑29809Hines, James WesleyCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑29828Writz, Horace FredCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑29927[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
42‑31045Rich, John (NMI)Flying Spare,
Returned As Briefed
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31211Markow, Henry VFlying Spare,
Completed Mission
Flying Spare; joined formation.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31246Jones, William ArchCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑31274Hurley, Joseph ACompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑37776Wilson, William MonroeFlying Spare,
Returned As Briefed
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37792Cosentino, George (NMI)AbortedTurned back at 1325 hrs due to #2 supercharger going up to 60 inches at 23000ft; forced to feather #2 prop; returned bombs.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37816Edwards, Floyd ClintonCompleted MissionHigh Squadron lead
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37848Sprague, Alfred LeeCompleted MissionDeputy; took off late but joined formation at Chesterfield. Took over lead when Buck/Lecates aborted.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37885Harvey, Walter LewisCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑37924Kaczaraba, William (NMI)Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑39784Jorgenson, Henry (NMI)Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑39888DeFrees, Norman FrancisCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT