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Mission # 63

MISSION SUMMARY

Mission Date 20 February 1944
Eighth Air Force Operations Show Operations
384th Bomb Group Mission
384th BG Mission Number 63, Eighth AF Force Mission Number 226
Big Week Begins!
The 384th Bombardment Group (H) provided two group formations for today's operation as part of 8th Air Force Mission 226, Task Force 1. One group led the 41st A Combat Bombardment Wing (41A Group), while the other flew as the low group of the 41st B Combat Bombardment Wing (41B Group). Despite cloudy weather most of the way to the targets, they were bombed visually. The 41A Group bombed their assigned primary target, an aircraft assembly and repair facility near Leipzig, Germany. The 41B Group Bombed their assigned target, an aircraft assembly plant near Bernberg, Germany.
Primary Target Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Leipzig & Bernburg, Germany
Target Attacked (Mode) Primary (Visual)
Sortie/Aircraft Summary Completed Mission, not including spares - 32
Flying Spare, Completed Mission - 3
Aborted - 7
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
Other Mission Documents 1944-02-22, Deputy Group Lead, E. Ulrey, J. Berbrich

43 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
41‑24560Witt, Francis JohnAborted Mission After Taking Off.41B Group. Turned back at 0905 hrs due to complete loss of power in #1 engine; aircraft took off a second time but could not catch up with group.
SORTIE REPORT
41‑24578Outen, Charles LeviCompleted Mission41B Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑3087Kew, William JosephCompleted Mission41B Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑3259Laboda, Joseph StanleyCompleted Mission41A Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑3441Larsen, Jack KirbyCompleted Mission41A Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29632Decker, Charles EdgarCompleted Mission41B Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29688McDonald, Raymond LeroyCompleted Mission41B Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29703Urton, Raymond LeeDid Not Take Off41B Group. Did not take off.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29717Bennett, Phillip NathanCompleted Mission41B Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29723Reed, Merlin HowardCompleted Mission41B Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29809Knapp, Paul BernardCompleted Mission41A Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29828Heffley, Farris OrmondSpare, Completed Mission41B Group Flying Spare. Joined formation.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29927Poole, George IrvinSpare, Completed Mission41B Group Flying Spare. Joined formation. Landed away at Chelveston Airfield, AAF Station 105.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑30026Corcoran, John JosephCompleted Mission41B Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31058Rinne, Austin DeanAborted Mission After Taking Off.41B Group. Turned back at 1023 hrs due to #2 cylinder head on #1 engine blew out, causing a fire, which resulted in feathering of engine.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31166Yelvington, Melton AlbertCompleted Mission41A Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31222Taylor, Sidney PaulCompleted Mission41B Group, High Squadron Lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31235Morrison, Donald SylvesterCompleted Mission41A Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31346Robinson, Robert LawrenceCompleted Mission41A Group, Wing Deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31364Stier, George WithersCompleted Mission41B Group, High Squadron Deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31375Briley, Scott AndrewCompleted Mission41A Group, High Squadron Deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31433DeFrees, Norman FrancisCompleted Mission41B Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31484Lovell, James MacNaughtonCompleted Mission41A Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31495Harvey, Walter LewisCompleted Mission41A Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31606West, George BerrySpare, Completed Mission41A Group Flying Spare. Joined formation.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37776Clayton, John EarlAborted Mission After Taking Off.41A Group. Turned back; #2 supercharger ran away.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37785Allison, Earl ThomasCompleted Mission41A Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37788Booska, Maurice ArthurCompleted Mission41B Group, Low Squadron Lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37789Horton, Lloyd (NMI)Completed Mission41B Group. Landed away at RAF Bourn, Cambridgeshire, on return due to low fuel.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37792Cosentino, George (NMI)Completed Mission41A Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37801Hines, James WesleyAborted Mission After Taking Off.41A Group. Turned back; tail gunner fell ill.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37848Ulrey, Edgar EllsworthCompleted Mission41B Group Deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37885Lotz, William HenryAborted Mission After Taking Off.41A Group. Turned back; waist gunner's heated suit failed.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37974Jones, William ArchCompleted Mission41A Group, Low Squadron Deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑38014Markow, Henry VictorCompleted Mission41B Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑38112Thompson, Siguard (NMI)Completed Mission41A Group, Low Squadron Lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑39766Gilmore, William FeatherstonCompleted Mission41A Group, 41st A Combat Wing lead. PFF aircraft, and remaining unidentified crew, provided by 482nd BG at Alconbury.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑39809Rich, John (NMI)Completed Mission41B Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑39888Herbert, Joseph RobertCompleted Mission41A Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑39991Algar, Philip MorrisAborted Mission After Taking Off.41B Group Lead. Turned back at 1105 hrs because of failure of #2 engine.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97449Daskey, Kendall (NMI)Completed Mission41B Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97477Bedsole, Joseph LinyerCompleted Mission41A Group, High Squadron Lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97521Pryor, Raymond ThomasAborted Mission After Taking Off.41A Group. Turned back with #1 engine out.
SORTIE REPORT