Mission # 68

MISSION SUMMARY

Mission Date 28 February 1944
384th Mission
Mission Number 68
8th Air Force Mission Mission Number 238
Mission Comments 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
Failed To Return - 1
Flying Spare, Returned As Briefed - 3
Mission Personnel Mission Personnel Roster or Mission Loading Lists
Mission Documents Combat Mission Records and Plans obtained from the National Archives

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 Robert Flying Spare,
Returned As Briefed
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29688Corcoran, John Joseph Completed MissionLow Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29809Briley, Scott Andrew Completed MissionLead Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑29828Poole, George Irvin Completed MissionLead Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31058Rinne, Austin Dean Failed 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 Howard Completed MissionLow Squadron deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31222Bishop, Charles W Completed MissionLow Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31235Jorgenson, Henry (NMI) Completed MissionHigh Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31346Allison, Earl Thomas Completed MissionHigh Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31364Jacobs, Randolph George Edward Completed 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 Wesley Completed MissionLead Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31495Carpenter, Walter Richard Completed MissionHigh Squadron deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31606Stier, George Withers Flying Spare,
Returned As Briefed
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31871Rich, John (NMI) Completed MissionLow Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31926Jones, William Arch Completed MissionLead Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37776Courtemanche, Ralph Eudor Completed MissionLow Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37785Clayton, John Earl Completed MissionHigh Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37789Knapp, Paul Bernard Completed MissionHigh Squadron.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37974Laboda, Joseph Stanley Flying Spare,
Returned As Briefed
SORTIE REPORT
42‑38112Edwards, Floyd Clinton Completed 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 Monroe Completed MissionLow Squadron lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97477Bedsole, Joseph Linyer Completed MissionGroup deputy. A British Army observer and war correspondent, Maj. Anthony Cotterell, flew with this crew.
SORTIE REPORT