Mission # 45

MISSION SUMMARY

Mission Date 22 December 1943
384th Mission
Mission Number 45
VIII Bomber Command 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 Jefferson Flight CompletedWeather aircraft; remainder of crew (CP, N, RO, Eng) not identified
SORTIE REPORT
41‑24525Lovvorn, Hollie Ray Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑3051[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
42‑3087Kew, William Joseph Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑3491Lecates, Robert Leslie AbortedLt 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 Albert Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑5444Ross, Burton Raymond Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑5838Price, William Merriman Completed MissionLow Squadron lead
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29632[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
42‑29688McDonald, Raymond Leroy Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑29717Morrison, Donald Sylvester Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑29723Outen, Charles Levi Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑29809Hines, James Wesley Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑29828Writz, Horace Fred Completed 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 V Flying Spare,
Completed Mission
Flying Spare; joined formation.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31246Jones, William Arch Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑31274Hurley, Joseph Anthony Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑37776Wilson, William Monroe Flying 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 Clinton Completed MissionHigh Squadron lead
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37848Sprague, Alfred Lee Completed MissionDeputy; took off late but joined formation at Chesterfield. Took over lead when Buck/Lecates aborted.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37885Harvey, Walter Lewis Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑37924Kaczaraba, William (NMI) Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑39784Jorgenson, Henry (NMI) Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑39888DeFrees, Norman Francis Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT