Mission # 51

MISSION SUMMARY

Mission Date 7 January 1944
384th Mission Number
 
51
8th Air Force Mission Number 178
Mission Comments 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
Failed To Return - 1
Aborted - 13
Did Not Take Off - 1
Mission Personnel Mission Personnel Roster or Mission Loading Lists

22 AIRCRAFT ASSIGNED TO THIS MISSION
Table is sorted by Aircraft serial Number, 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 VanceAbortedTurned back at 1025 hrs due to runaway supercharger on #3 engine.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29632Ross, Burton RaymondAbortedBecame separated from formation in dense coulds after group assembly; failed to make wing rendezvous.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29703Heffley, Farris OrmondAbortedBecame separated from formation in dense coulds after group assembly; failed to make wing rendezvous.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29809Fioretti, Edward AnthonyAbortedBecame separated from formation in dense coulds 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 WithersAbortedBecame separated from formation in dense coulds after group assembly; failed to make wing rendezvous.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31211Moore, Clifford OrvilleAbortedBecame separated from formation in dense coulds after group assembly; failed to make wing rendezvous.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31222Taylor, Sidney PaulAbortedBecame separated from formation in dense coulds after group assembly; failed to make wing rendezvous.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31246Edwards, Floyd ClintonAbortedLow squadron lead. Became separated from formation in dense coulds after group assembly; failed to make wing rendezvous.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37727Penney, Comus RobertAbortedFlying spare. Became separated from formation in dense coulds 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 JosephAbortedBecame separated from formation in dense coulds 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 MorrisAbortedGroup lead. Became separated from formation in dense coulds after group assembly; failed to make wing rendezvous.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37885Yelvington, Melton AlbertAbortedBecame separated from formation in dense coulds 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 ClementAbortedFlying spare. Became separated from formation in dense coulds after group assembly; failed to make wing rendezvous.
SORTIE REPORT