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Mission # 51

MISSION SUMMARY

Mission Date 7 January 1944
Eighth Air Force Operations Operations description not yet available.
384th Bomb Group Mission
384th BG Mission Number 51, Eighth AF Force Mission Number 178
Few Aircraft Join Formation
The 384th Bombardment Group (H) was planned to fly as the high group of the 94th Combat Wing on today's mission. After group assembly, clouds encountered on the climb to the wing rendezvous point separated the squadrons. The high squadron (plus two aircraft from the low squadron, and one from the lead squadron which later aborted) tacked on to several wings in succession, trying to find their assigned wing, finally joining a wing that included groups of the 1st and 94th Combat Wings. From that point on, the mission proceeded as planned, and bombs were dropped on the wing leader.
Primary Target Target: Powerhouse
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Target Attacked (Mode) Primary (PFF)
Sortie/Aircraft Summary Completed Mission, not including spares - 7
Aborted - 13
Did Not Take Off - 1
Failed To Return - 1
Mission Personnel Mission Personnel Roster or Mission Loading Lists
Mission Documents Combat Mission Records and Plans obtained from the National Archives

22 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
41‑24525Garner, Walter ErnestFailed To ReturnLeft formation after bombing target. Most of crew bailed out near Abbeville, France; aircraft crashed near Saint-Valery-sur-Somme, France; MACR 1608.
SORTIE REPORT
41‑24578Outen, Charles LeviCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑3087Kew, William JosephCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑5444Wolf, Richard VanceAborted Mission After Taking Off.Turned back at 1025 hrs due to runaway supercharger on #3 engine.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29632Ross, Burton RaymondAborted Mission After Taking Off.Became separated from formation in dense clouds after group assembly; failed to make wing rendezvous.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29703Heffley, Farris OrmondAborted Mission After Taking Off.Became separated from formation in dense clouds after group assembly; failed to make wing rendezvous.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29809Fioretti, Edward AnthonyAborted Mission After Taking Off.Became separated from formation in dense clouds after group assembly; failed to make wing rendezvous. Bomb load included 'nickles' - propaganda leaflets.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29828Laboda, Joseph StanleyCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑31045Stier, George WithersAborted Mission After Taking Off.Became separated from formation in dense clouds after group assembly; failed to make wing rendezvous.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31211Moore, Clifford OrvilleAborted Mission After Taking Off.Became separated from formation in dense clouds after group assembly; failed to make wing rendezvous.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31222Taylor, Sidney PaulAborted Mission After Taking Off.Became separated from formation in dense clouds after group assembly; failed to make wing rendezvous.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31246Edwards, Floyd ClintonAborted Mission After Taking Off.Low Squadron lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37727Penney, Comus RobertAborted Mission After Taking Off.Flying spare. Became separated from formation in dense clouds after group assembly; failed to make wing rendezvous.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37758Lovell, James MacNaughtonCompleted MissionLanded away at Nuthampstead with one wounded crewmember.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37776Corcoran, John JosephAborted Mission After Taking Off.Became separated from formation in dense clouds after group assembly; failed to make wing rendezvous.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37788Booska, Maurice ArthurCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑37793DeFrees, Norman FrancisCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑37801Carter, T L (IO)Did Not Take OffHigh Squadron lead; did not take off due to engine trouble.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37848Algar, Philip MorrisAborted Mission After Taking Off.Group lead. Became separated from formation in dense clouds after group assembly; failed to make wing rendezvous.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37885Yelvington, Melton AlbertAborted Mission After Taking Off.Became separated from formation in dense clouds after group assembly; failed to make wing rendezvous.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37924Stearns, Clarence GroverCompleted MissionHigh Squadron #4; assumed Squadron lead after assigned Squadron lead aircraft failed to take off; then led remaining group aircraft on the mission after weather broke up the group formation, causing most (including assigned group lead) to turn back.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑39784Smith, Roger ClementAborted Mission After Taking Off.Flying spare. Became separated from formation in dense clouds after group assembly; failed to make wing rendezvous.
SORTIE REPORT