2021 REUNION
OGDEN, UTAH
6-10 OCTOBER 2021

Mission # 56

MISSION SUMMARY

Mission Date 30 January 1944
384th Mission
Mission Number 56
8th Air Force Mission Mission Number 200
Mission Comments Aircraft Plant Attacked
The 384th Bombardment Group (H) supplied two group formations for today's mission, which flew as the lead and low groups of the 41st Combat Wing A Wing on today's mission. The target was attacked by PFF.
Primary Target Target: Aircraft Assembly Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Brunswick / Braunschweig, Germany
Target Attacked (Mode) Primary (PFF)
Sortie/Aircraft Summary Completed Mission, not including spares - 32
Failed To Return - 3
Aborted - 3
Scrubbed - 4
Flying Spare, Completed Mission - 3
Some Crewmembers Bailed Out - 1
Flight Completed - 1
Mission Personnel Mission Personnel Roster or Mission Loading Lists
Mission Documents Combat Mission Records and Plans obtained from the National Archives

47 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
41‑24560Morrison, Donald Sylvester ScrubbedLow group high Squadron. Did not take off.
SORTIE REPORT
41‑24578Outen, Charles Levi AbortedLead group flying spare; turned back at Burnham due to #3 engine oil pressure dropping to 30 lbs and becoming erratic; cylinder head tempurature on #1 engine ran high with cowl flaps open.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑3087Kew, William Joseph Completed MissionLead group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑3259Heffley, Farris Ormond AbortedLow group. Turned back at 0945 hrs because throttle linkage was broken on #1 and prop had to be feathered; generators on other engines out also.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑3440Jacobs, Randolph George Edward Completed MissionLow group deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑3441Price, William Merriman ScrubbedLead group high Squadron lead. Did not take off.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑3491Lecates, Robert Leslie Completed MissionWing deputy. PFF ship provided by the 482nd BG, with crew. Pilot formerly assigned to the 384th. Led the wing in PFF attack on target.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑5404Writz, Horace Fred Failed to ReturnLow group. Seen going down before bombs away due to enemy aircraft attacks; crashed near Döhren, Germany. Casualties buried in Riemsloh. MACR 2264
SORTIE REPORT
42‑5444Ross, Burton Raymond Failed to ReturnLow group high Squadron. Last seen at 1146 hrs, six minutes before the IP, being attacked by FW 190s and began falling away from the formation where he burst into flames, but continued on and dropped bombs on target; three chutes seen to emerge; crashed near Oberkirchen, Germany. Casualties buried in Meinsen. MACR 2263
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29554Yelvington, Melton Albert Completed MissionLow group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29636Jeter, Sydney Ryland Completed MissionLead group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29651Herbert, Joseph Robert Completed MissionLow group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29688McDonald, Raymond Leroy Completed MissionLead group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29703West, George Berry Completed MissionLow group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29717Larsen, Jack Kirby Completed MissionLow group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑30026Algar, Philip Morris Completed MissionWing lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31045Courtemanche, Ralph Eudor Completed MissionLead group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31058Edwards, Floyd Clinton Flight CompletedWearther aircraft; remainder of crew (CP, N, Eng, RO) not identified in Group documents.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31211MacPhail, Philip Ray Completed MissionLead group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31222Reed, Merlin Howard AbortedLead group. Turned back at Sleaford at 1000 hrs because of runaway prop on #2 engine.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31235Hurley, Joseph Anthony Completed MissionLow group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31346Lotz, William Henry Flying Spare,
Completed Mission
Low group flying spare; joined formation.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31364Estes, Thomas Jefferson Completed MissionLow group lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31415Fioretti, Edward Anthony Completed Mission,
some crew bailed out
Low group. Turned back at the IP and jettisoned bombs at some point because ship was on fire due to enemy aircraft. All of the enlisted men except top turret gunner bailed out at the IP, due to a misunderstanding between the radio operator and bombardier after ship caught fire; crash-landed at base. 1st Lt. Edward Fioretti, pilot, and 2nd Lt. Scott Briley, co-pilot, both awarded Silver Stars, Owens p. 199. Aircraft salvaged.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31433Pryor, Raymond Thomas Completed MissionLow group. Ground Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑31484.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31484[N/A]ScrubbedReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑31433.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31495Carpenter, Walter Richard Completed MissionLow group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31606Lovvorn, Hollie Ray Completed MissionLead group low Squadron deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37727Penney, Comus Robert Failed to ReturnLow group. Seen going down before bombs away due to enemy aircraft attacks; crashed between Beber and Eimbeckhausen, Germany. Casualties buried in Bad Münder. MACR 2265
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37776Wilson, William Monroe Completed MissionLead group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37788Booska, Maurice Arthur Completed MissionLead group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37792Lovell, James MacNaughton Flying Spare,
Completed Mission
Low group flying spare; joined formation.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37793[N/A]ScrubbedReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑39962.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37801LaSeur, William Veryle Completed MissionLead group high Squadron deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37816Hines, James Wesley Completed MissionLow group. Jettisoned bombs when an engine was shot away by an enemy aircraft and had to leave formation.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37848Stier, George Withers Flying Spare,
Completed Mission
Lead group flying spare; Joined formation. Did not attack target but jettisoned bombs 5 mins after target due to a malfunction in bomb bay doors.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37974Ashcraft, Archie Bertis Completed MissionLow group low Squadron lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37982Clayton, John Earl Completed MissionLow group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑38013Stearns, Clarence Grover Completed MissionLead group low Squadron lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑38014Markow, Henry V Completed MissionLead group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑39809Bennett, Phillip Nathan Completed MissionLead group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑39888Jorgenson, Henry (NMI) Completed MissionLow group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑39962DeFrees, Norman Francis Completed MissionLead group. Ground Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑37793.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑39991Corcoran, John Joseph Completed MissionLead group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑40005Moore, Clifford Orville Completed MissionLead group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97449Daskey, Kendall (NMI) Completed MissionLead group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97477Bedsole, Joseph Linyer Completed MissionLow group high Squadron lead.
SORTIE REPORT