Mission # 54

MISSION SUMMARY

Mission Date 21 January 1944
384th Mission
Mission Number 54
8th Air Force Mission Mission Number 187   (more...)
Mission Comments Weather Affects Bombing
The 384th Bombardment Group (H) provided two group formations of two squadrons each for today's mission: one flew as the Lead Group of the 41st A Combat Bombardment Wing (41A Group) and the other flew as the Low Group of the 41st B Combat Bombardment Wing (41B Group). The 384th was alerted for an operational mission just as they were about to take off for a practice mission. In the space of one and one-half hours, these 34 aircraft were reconfigured for combat, and dispatched to attack 'NOBALL' targets in France. The 41A Group of 18 aircraft, led by Major Alfred C Nuttall, attacked the Preuseville target on their fourth bomb run. The 41B Group of 16 aircraft, led by Major George W Harris, were unable to locate the assigned target in the Pommereval area due to cloud obscuration, despite making seven bomb runs, and returned their bomb loads to base.
Primary Target Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Preuseville, France
Target Attacked (Mode) Primary (Visual)
Sortie/Aircraft Summary Completed Mission, not including spares - 32
Aborted - 2
Did Not Take Off - 2
Mission Personnel Mission Personnel Roster or Mission Loading Lists
Mission Documents Combat Mission Records and Plans obtained from the National Archives

36 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
41‑24560Hines, James Wesley Completed Mission41A Group.
SORTIE REPORT
41‑24578Outen, Charles Levi Completed Mission41B Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑3051Corcoran, John Joseph Did Not Take OffThis aircraft, prepared for the practice mission, was not dispatched on the operational mission, possibly due to insufficient time available to reconfigure it for combat in the 41B Group. Pilot for the intended practice mission, Corcoran, did not take part in the combat mission.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑3087Kew, William Joseph Completed Mission41B Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑3429Morrison, Donald Sylvester Completed Mission41A Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑3440Carpenter, Walter Richard Completed Mission41A Group Deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑3441Price, William Merriman Completed Mission41B Group, Low Squadron Deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑5404Ashcraft, Archie Bertis Completed Mission41A Group, Low Squadron Lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29554Yelvington, Melton Albert Completed Mission41A Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29636Writz, Horace Fred Completed Mission41A Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29651Allison, Earl Thomas Completed Mission41A Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29688Smith, Roger Clement Aborted41B Group. Turned back over base as prop governor on #4 engine broke and had to be feathered.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29717Larsen, Jack Kirby Completed Mission41A Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29723Reed, Merlin Howard Aborted41B Group. Turned back at 1350 hrs over Beachy Head because 'this aircraft took off late and could not find a position open in the formation.'
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29809Bedsole, Joseph Linyer Completed Mission41A Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31045Laboda, Joseph Stanley Completed Mission41A Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31058Rinne, Austin Dean Completed Mission41B Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31211MacPhail, Philip Ray Completed Mission41B Group Deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31235Robinson, Robert Lawrence Completed Mission41A Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31364Estes, Thomas Jefferson Completed Mission41A Group Lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31415Ross, Burton Raymond Completed Mission41A Group, Low Squadron Deputy.
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42‑31433Carter, T L (IO) Completed Mission41B Group, Low Squadron Lead.
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42‑31606McDonald, Raymond Leroy Completed Mission41B Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37727Heffley, Farris Ormond Completed Mission41A Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37776Jeter, Sydney Ryland Completed Mission41B Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37788Booska, Maurice Arthur Completed Mission41B Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37792Poole, George Irvin Completed Mission41A Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37793DeFrees, Norman Francis Completed Mission41B Group.
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42‑37801Daskey, Kendall (NMI) Completed Mission41B Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37848Ulrey, Edgar Ellsworth Completed Mission41B Group Lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37885Lotz, William Henry Completed Mission41A Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑38014Markow, Henry V Completed Mission41B Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑39784Covington, Royston Truitt Completed Mission41A Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑39888Jorgenson, Henry (NMI) Completed Mission41A Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑39991Courtemanche, Ralph Eudor Did Not Take OffThis aircraft, prepared for the practice mission, was not dispatched on the operational mission, possibly due to insufficient time available to reconfigure it for combat in the 41B Group. Pilot for the intended practice mission, Courtemanche, did not take part in the combat mission.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑40005Stier, George Withers Completed Mission41B Group.
SORTIE REPORT