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Mission # 6

MISSION SUMMARY

Mission Date 4 July 1943
VIII Bomber Command Operations Show Operations
384th Bomb Group Mission
384th BG Mission Number 6, VIII BC Mission Number 71
Aircraft Plant Attacked
The 384th Bombardment Group (H) flew as the Lead Group of the 103rd Combat Wing with a YB-40 from the 92nd BG in the #2 position of the Lead Squadron on today's mission. Weather at the primary target was clear and visual sighting resulted in accurate bombing.
Primary Target Target: Gnome et Rhone Aircraft Engine Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Le Mans, France
Target Attacked (Mode) Primary (Visual)
Sortie/Aircraft Summary Completed Mission, not including spares - 15
Ground Spare Aircraft, Unused - 2
Scrubbed - 2
Aborted - 2
Failed To Return - 2
Mission Personnel Mission Personnel Roster or Mission Loading Lists
Mission Documents Combat Mission Records and Plans obtained from the National Archives

23 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
42‑3218Armstrong, Lloyd RowlandCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑3222Mattes, Frank GeorgeCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑3230Hall, Ralph JacksonCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑3231Carrington, Richard ThompsonCompleted MissionGroup lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑3235Myer, Lawrence WayneFailed To ReturnShot down before the target was reached; crashed near Poillé-sur-Vègre about 40km WSW of Le Mans, France. MACR 3035/4495
SORTIE REPORT
42‑3330Estes, Thomas JeffersonCompleted MissionLow Squadron Lead. Ground Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑30073.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑5838[N/A]Scrubbed: Did Not Take OffReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑5849.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑5843Pulcipher, Ralph RobertCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑5848Ogilvie, Donald PotterCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑5849Frink, Horace EverettCompleted MissionGround Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑5838. Frink had taken off in 838, detected a short circuit that made the aircraft unusable for combat, and landed. It took him 20 minutes from landing to taking off again!
SORTIE REPORT
42‑5852Butler, Johnny AddisonCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑29956Hausenfluck, Jesse DeeCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑29960Erickson, Gordon BennettFailed To ReturnLow Squadron Deputy. Damaged by flak after the target, then further attacked by Me-109s; crashed near Belfonds, France. No MACR
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29985Edwards, Floyd ClintonCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑30026Algar, Philip MorrisCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑30032Dietel, William (NMI)Completed MissionHigh Squadron Lead, Group Deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑30033Kelly, James HenryAborted Mission After Taking Off.Turned back when ball turret gunner's oxygen valve froze up.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑30039Halseth, Edwin SAborted Mission After Taking Off.Turned back when pilot became ill.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑30040[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft, Unused 
42‑30046Wilson, Clayton RCompleted MissionHigh Squadron Deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑30065Keck, George BCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑30073[N/A]Scrubbed: Did Not Take OffReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑3330.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑30147[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft, Unused