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Mission # 68

MISSION SUMMARY

Mission Date 28 February 1944
Eighth Air Force Operations Operations description not yet available.
384th Bomb Group Mission
384th BG Mission Number 68, Eighth AF Force Mission Number 238
Weather Prevents Bombing
The 384th Bombardment Group (H) flew today's mission alone: there was no wing or division assembly, or organized 'bomber stream.' Because the briefed target was in occupied territory, bombardiers were required to make positive visual identification of the aiming point before releasing their bombs; this was not possible due to the nearly solid cloud cover in the target area. Many bomb runs were flown (lead and high squadrons made eight, and the low squadron made nine or more) but in the end, all bombs were returned to base.
Primary Target Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Preuseville, France
Target Attacked (Mode) No Target Attacked
Sortie/Aircraft Summary Completed Mission, not including spares - 20
Flying Spare, Returned As Briefed - 3
Failed To Return - 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 1944-02-28, Group Lead, E. Ulrey, F. Edwards

24 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
42‑3440Herbert, Joseph RobertFlying Spare, Returned As Briefed SORTIE REPORT
42‑29688Corcoran, John JosephCompleted MissionLow Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29809Briley, Scott AndrewCompleted MissionLead Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29828Poole, George IrvinCompleted MissionLead Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31058Rinne, Austin DeanFailed To ReturnWent down in France during the first bomb run between the IP and target with one engine smoking badly and in flames; no flak or fighters encountered up to that point; ten chutes seen; one did not open; aircraft seen to hit ground; crashed near Envermeu, France. MACR 2937
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31166Cosentino, George (NMI)Completed MissionLead Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31211Reed, Merlin HowardCompleted MissionLow Squadron deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31222Bishop, Charles WCompleted MissionLow Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31235Jorgenson, Henry (NMI)Completed MissionHigh Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31346Allison, Earl ThomasCompleted MissionHigh Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31364Jacobs, Randolph George EdwardCompleted MissionHigh Squadron lead. Colonel William L Travis, 41st Combat Bombardment Wing (Heavy), Molesworth, England, flew aboard this aircraft as an observer.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31484Hines, James WesleyCompleted MissionLead Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31495Carpenter, Walter RichardCompleted MissionHigh Squadron deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31606Stier, George WithersFlying Spare, Returned As Briefed SORTIE REPORT
42‑31871Rich, John (NMI)Completed MissionLow Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31926Jones, William ArchCompleted MissionLead Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37776Courtemanche, Ralph EudorCompleted MissionLow Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37785Clayton, John EarlCompleted MissionHigh Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37789Knapp, Paul BernardCompleted MissionHigh Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37974Laboda, Joseph StanleyFlying Spare, Returned As Briefed SORTIE REPORT
42‑38112Edwards, Floyd ClintonCompleted MissionGroup lead. Gen. Robert F Travis, Commander, 41st Combat Bombardment Wing (Heavy), Molesworth, England, flew aboard this aircraft as Flight Leader.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑39888Goller, Theodore (NMI)Completed MissionHigh Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑39991Wilson, William MonroeCompleted MissionLow Squadron lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97477Bedsole, Joseph LinyerCompleted MissionGroup deputy. A British Army observer and war correspondent, Maj. Anthony Cotterell, flew with this crew.
SORTIE REPORT