Mission # 49

MISSION SUMMARY

Mission Date 4 January 1944
384th Mission
Mission Number 49
8th Air Force Mission Mission Number 174
Mission Comments Port Attacked
The 384th Bombardment Group (H) flew as the High Group of the 41st Combat Wing on today's mission. Bombs were released on the wing leader using PFF aiming. The group leader released his bombs late due to 'freezing of the controls,' but the majority of the group released bombs on the wing lead. The target area was obscured by clouds so the results of the bombing were unobserved.
Primary Target Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Kiel, Germany
Target Attacked (Mode) Primary (PFF)
Sortie/Aircraft Summary Completed Mission, not including spares - 15
Failed To Return - 1
Aborted - 5
Scrubbed - 4
Flying Spare, Completed Mission - 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
41‑24525Lovvorn, Hollie Ray Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
41‑24560West, George Berry Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
41‑24578Outen, Charles Levi AbortedTurned back because of an oxygen system failure.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑3051Booska, Maurice Arthur Completed MissionGround Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑37776.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑3087Daskey, Kendall (NMI) Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑5404Laboda, Joseph Stanley Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑5444Ashcraft, Archie Bertis Completed MissionHigh Squadron lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑5838Kaczaraba, William (NMI) Failed to ReturnLow Squadron lead. MIA. Damaged by enemy aircraft, crashed near Kalundborg, Denmark; MACR 1483. For details, see A Dying Breed by Neal B. Dillon.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29632Poole, George Irvin AbortedTurned back becuse all four engines were 'running very rough.'
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29651Knapp, Paul Bernard Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑29688[N/A]ScrubbedReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑29723.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29703Jorgenson, Henry (NMI) Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑29723McDonald, Raymond Leroy Completed MissionGround Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑29688.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29809[N/A]ScrubbedReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑37788.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29828Writz, Horace Fred Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑31045Covington, Royston Truitt AbortedFlying Spare. Joined formation, then turned back because of an oxygen system failure.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31222Yelvington, Melton Albert Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑31246Sprague, Alfred Lee Completed MissionGroup deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37727Hines, James Wesley AbortedFlying Spare. Joined formation, then turned back becuse aircraft needed 'excessive power settings ... to stay in formation.'
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37758Jones, William Arch Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑37776[N/A]ScrubbedReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑3051.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37788Cosentino, George (NMI) AbortedLead Ground Spare Aircraft. Replaced 42‑29809. Took off late, then turned back with engine trouble.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37793DeFrees, Norman Francis Flying Spare,
Completed Mission
Flying Spare; joined formation.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37848Estes, Thomas Jefferson Completed MissionGroup lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37885Lotz, William Henry ScrubbedApparently did not take off due to 'technical failures.' Bomb load was 'Nickles' (propaganda leaflets).
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37924Stearns, Clarence Grover Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT