Mission # 51

MISSION SUMMARY

Mission Date 7 January 1944
384th Mission
Mission Number 51
8th Air Force Mission 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
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 Ernest Failed 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 Levi Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑3087Kew, William Joseph Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑5444Wolf, Richard Vance AbortedTurned back at 1025 hrs due to runaway supercharger on #3 engine.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29632Ross, Burton Raymond AbortedBecame separated from formation in dense clouds after group assembly; failed to make wing rendezvous.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29703Heffley, Farris Ormond AbortedBecame separated from formation in dense clouds after group assembly; failed to make wing rendezvous.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29809Fioretti, Edward Anthony AbortedBecame 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 Stanley Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑31045Stier, George Withers AbortedBecame separated from formation in dense clouds after group assembly; failed to make wing rendezvous.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31211Moore, Clifford Orville AbortedBecame separated from formation in dense clouds after group assembly; failed to make wing rendezvous.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31222Taylor, Sidney Paul AbortedBecame separated from formation in dense clouds after group assembly; failed to make wing rendezvous.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31246Edwards, Floyd Clinton AbortedLow Squadron lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37727Penney, Comus Robert AbortedFlying spare. Became separated from formation in dense clouds after group assembly; failed to make wing rendezvous.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37758Lovell, James MacNaughton Completed MissionLanded away at Nuthampstead with one wounded crewmember.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37776Corcoran, John Joseph AbortedBecame separated from formation in dense clouds after group assembly; failed to make wing rendezvous.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37788Booska, Maurice Arthur Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑37793DeFrees, Norman Francis Completed 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 Morris AbortedGroup lead. Became separated from formation in dense clouds after group assembly; failed to make wing rendezvous.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37885Yelvington, Melton Albert AbortedBecame separated from formation in dense clouds after group assembly; failed to make wing rendezvous.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37924Stearns, Clarence Grover Completed 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 Clement AbortedFlying spare. Became separated from formation in dense clouds after group assembly; failed to make wing rendezvous.
SORTIE REPORT