Mission # 66

MISSION SUMMARY

Mission Date 24 February 1944
384th Mission
Mission Number 66
8th Air Force Mission Mission Number 233
Mission Comments Big Week, Day Five
The 384th Bombardment Group (H) provided two formations for today's mission. The main formation of group size flew as the lead group of the 41st 'Regular' Combat Bombardment Wing. The second formation, consisting of two squadrons, combined with a squadron from the 303rd BG to form the composite low group of the same combat wing. The weather cooperated, with CAVU conditions over the target area. A smoke screen did not hide the target very well, and, in fact, helped the bombardiers identify and confirm the target location! Bombing was by visual aiming and results were good.
Primary Target Target: Ball-Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Target Attacked (Mode) Primary (Visual)
Sortie/Aircraft Summary Completed Mission, not including spares - 27
Aborted - 5
Mission Personnel Mission Personnel Roster or Mission Loading Lists
Mission Documents Combat Mission Records and Plans obtained from the National Archives

32 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
41‑24560Knapp, Paul Bernard Completed MissionHigh Squadron, lead group.
SORTIE REPORT
41‑24578Smith, Harry Bailey AbortedLead Squadron, low group. Turned back because #2 supercharger ran away and engine began losing oil and smoking; could not be feathered.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑3259Laboda, Joseph Stanley Completed MissionHigh Squadron, lead group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑3440Clayton, John Earl AbortedLead Squadron, lead group. Flying spare; aborted; took off one hour late and could not catch formation.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑3490Lecates, Robert Leslie Completed MissionLead Squadron, lead group. Aircraft and crew supplied by the 482nd BG at Alconbury for PFF bombing.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29632Hines, James Wesley Completed MissionLow Squadron deputy, lead group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29717Larsen, Jack Kirby Completed MissionHigh Squadron, lead group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29809Briley, Scott Andrew AbortedHigh Squadron deputy, lead group. Turned back at 0950 hrs because of a sheared fuel transfer selector valve shaft.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29828Heffley, Farris Ormond AbortedTurned back at 1137 hrs because ball turret oxygen system hose broke after catching under electrical conduit elbow; later, flexible filler hose got caught in turret gears and entire system went out.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29927Bennett, Phillip Nathan Completed MissionLead Squadron, low group
SORTIE REPORT
42‑30026Rich, John (NMI) Completed MissionLow Squadron, low group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31058Decker, Charles Edgar Completed MissionLow Squadron, low group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31166Yelvington, Melton Albert Completed MissionLow Squadron, lead group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31235Merritt, James Melvin Completed MissionWing lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31346Goller, Theodore (NMI) Completed MissionWing deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31364Morrison, Donald Sylvester Completed MissionLead Squadron, lead group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31375Courtemanche, Ralph Eudor Completed MissionLow Squadron deputy, low group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31433Stearns, Clarence Grover Completed MissionLow group lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31484Jones, William Arch Completed MissionHigh Squadron lead, lead group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31495Booska, Maurice Arthur Completed MissionWing deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31871Smith, Roger Clement Completed MissionLead Squadron, low group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31926Pryor, Raymond Thomas Completed MissionLow Squadron, lead group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37785Allison, Earl Thomas Completed MissionHigh Squadron, lead group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37792Reed, Merlin Howard Completed MissionLow Squadron, low group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37848MacPhail, Philip Ray Completed MissionLow Squadron lead, low group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37885West, George Berry Completed MissionLead Squadron, lead group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37974Poole, George Irvin Completed MissionLow Squadron, lead group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑38014Miller, James Gilmore AbortedLow Squadron, low group. Turned back at 1125 hrs when #4 engine began throwing out dense black smoke. It was ruled that the abort was not justified: the pilot was relieved (returned to co-pilot duty).
SORTIE REPORT
42‑38112Cosentino, George (NMI) Completed MissionLow Squadron, lead group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑39888Foster, James Everett Completed MissionHigh Squadron, lead group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑39991Corcoran, John Joseph Completed MissionLow Squadron, low group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97477Bedsole, Joseph Linyer Completed MissionLow Squadron lead, lead group.
SORTIE REPORT