Mission # 67

MISSION SUMMARY

Mission Date 25 February 1944
384th Mission
Mission Number 67
8th Air Force Mission Mission Number 235   (more...)
Mission Comments Big Week, Last Day
The 384th Bombardment Group (H) provided aircraft and crews to two separate combat wings for today's mission. One formation flew as the high group of the 41st Combat Bombardment Wing (41A Group), and another small contingent flew as portions of the lead and low groups of the 41st Composite Combat Wing (41C Group). Weather at the 41A Group's target area near Augsburg was CAVU and visual bombing results were good.
During assembly, one aircraft was forced out of the 41A Group while avoiding a mid-air collision and ended up joining the 41C Group and bombing a ball bearing plant with them. Weather at the 41C Group's target area near Stuttgart was CAVU and visual bombing results were good.
Primary Target Target: Aircraft Assembly & Ball Bearings Plants
Type: Industry
Location: Augsburg & Stuttgart, Germany
Target Attacked (Mode) Primary (Visual)
Sortie/Aircraft Summary Completed Mission, not including spares - 25
Failed To Return - 1
Aborted - 4
Scrubbed - 2
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

33 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
41‑24560West, George BerryCompleted Mission41C Group, High Squadron, Lead Group. Landed away at RAF Desborough, Northamptonshire, on return due to low fuel.
SORTIE REPORT
41‑24578Yelvington, Melton AlbertCompleted Mission41C Group, High Squadron, Low Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑3259Laboda, Joseph StanleyCompleted Mission41C Group, High Squadron, Low Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑3440Bennett, Phillip NathanCompleted Mission41A Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑3441Smith, Harry BaileyCompleted Mission41A Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29632Pryor, Raymond ThomasCompleted Mission41C Group, High Squadron, Lead Group. Landed away at RAF Boreham, Essex, on return due to low fuel.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29717Larsen, Jack KirbyFailed to Return41C Group, High Squadron, Lead Group. Feathered #2 engine at 1325 hrs but continued on towards target; at 1420, three minutes before target was reached, jettisoned bombs and peeled off from formation, perhaps heading for Switzerland; crash-landed near Bruchsal, Germany. MACR 2774
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29809Briley, Scott AndrewCompleted Mission41C Group, High Squadron Deputy, Low Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29828Heffley, Farris OrmondCompleted Mission41C Group, High Squadron, Low Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29927Rinne, Austin DeanCompleted Mission41C Group, High Squadron, Lead Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑30026Wilson, William MonroeDid Not Take Off41A Group. Ran off the perimeter track and delayed aircraft waiting to take off: was pulled out, but developed an oxygen leak in the waist and did not take off.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31058Rich, John (NMI)Completed Mission41A Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31211[N/A]Scrubbed41A Group. Replaced by Ground Spare aircraft 42‑37885.
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42‑31222Courtemanche, Ralph EudorAborted41C Group, High Squadron, Lead Group. Turned back at 1142 hrs because fuel had to be siphoned out of #4 wing tank when fuel pressure went up to 19.5 lbs, and #3 engine began throwing oil.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31235Foster, James ECompleted Mission41A Group, High Squadron Deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31346Robinson, Robert LawrenceCompleted Mission41A Group, High Squadron Lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31364Jorgenson, Henry (NMI)Aborted41A Group. Turned back at 1112 hrs due to excessive fuel consumption.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31375Decker, Charles EdgarCompleted Mission41A Group Deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31433Booska, Maurice ArthurCompleted Mission41A Group, Low Squadron Lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31484Hines, James WesleyCompleted Mission41C Group, High Squadron, Low group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31495Goller, Theodore (NMI)Completed Mission41A Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31871Urton, Raymond LeeAborted41A Group, Low Squadron Deputy. Aborted 10 miles NW of Splasher 1 due to an oxygen leak.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31926Cosentino, George (NMI)Completed Mission41C Group, High Squadron, Low Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37785Allison, Earl ThomasCompleted Mission41A Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37788Outen, Charles LeviScrubbed41A Group. Did not take off 'due to starter on No. 4 engine freezing when starting engines on pre-flight.'
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37789Knapp, Paul BernardCompleted Mission41A Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37848Stier, George WithersCompleted Mission41A Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37885Reed, Merlin HowardCompleted Mission41A Group, Ground Spare aircraft. Replaced 42‑31211.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37974Poole, George ICompleted Mission41A Group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑38112Daskey, Kendall (NMI)Completed Mission41C Group, Lead Squadron, Lead Group. During assembly, forced out of the 41st Combat Wing while avoiding collision wih another aircraft; joined the 41st Composite Wing and completed the mission.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑39888Clayton, John EarlAborted41A Group. Turned back at 1125 hrs when #3 supercharger would not function at altitude, being able to get only 23-24 inches of boost at 19,000'.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑39991Algar, Philip MorrisCompleted Mission41A Group Lead.
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42‑97477Bedsole, Joseph LinyerCompleted Mission41C Group, High Squadron Lead, Low Group.
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