Mission # 72

MISSION SUMMARY

Mission Date 6 March 1944
384th Mission
Mission Number 72
8th Air Force Mission Mission Number 250
Mission Comments Berlin Attacked - Finally!
The 384th Bombardment Group (H) was assigned to provide a full group formation to fly as the high group of the 40th Composite Combat Wing, and a squadron to fly as the high squadron of the composite high group of the 41st Composite Combat Wing. Due to difficulties in assembly, only the squadron formation completed the mission: the remaining aircraft and crews returned to Grafton Underwood without attacking. The squadron assigned to the 41st CCBW completed the mission, attacking an industrial target in the Berlin area.
Primary Target Target: Erkner Ball-Bearing Factory
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Target Attacked (Mode) Secondary (PFF)
Target: Unidentified Factory
Location: Perlin, Germany
Sortie/Aircraft Summary Completed Mission, not including spares - 5
Aborted - 19
Scrubbed - 1
Mission Personnel Mission Personnel Roster or Mission Loading Lists
Mission Documents Combat Mission Records and Plans obtained from the National Archives

25 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
42‑3440Pryor, Raymond ThomasScrubbedDid not take off because of gas leak.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31166Laboda, Joseph StanleyAbortedReturned to base after group leader abandoned attempt to join assigned combat wing.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31211Horton, Lloyd (NMI)AbortedLanded almost immediately after takeoff because an exhaust stack on #1 cylinder of #2 engine had broken. Crew list not available in Group records (as of 8/2013).
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31235Allison, Earl ThomasCompleted MissionHigh squadron lead, high composite group, 41st Composite Combat Wing.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31364Morrison, Donald SCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑31375Courtemanche, Ralph EudorAbortedReturned to base after group leader abandoned attempt to join assigned combat wing.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31433Stearns, Clarence GroverAbortedHigh group lead, 40th composite Combat Bomb Wing. After assembling with the wing presumed to be the correct one, the group leader received a call from the correct wing leader that he was ten miles to the left of his assigned wing. The group leader left his position and attempted to catch the assigned wing at Cromer. When the group arrived at that point there were no B-17 formations in sight, at which time he decided to abandon the mission.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31435West, George BerryCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑31495Foster, James ECompleted MissionHigh squadron deputy, high composite group, 41st Composite Combat Wing.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31740Rich, John (NMI)AbortedReturned to base after group leader abandoned attempt to join assigned combat wing.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31926Lovell, James MacNaughtonAbortedReturned to base after group leader abandoned attempt to join assigned combat wing.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37758Ledbetter, Edwin DwightAbortedReturned to base after group leader abandoned attempt to join assigned combat wing.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37781Reed, Merlin HAbortedHigh squadron deputy, high group, 40th Composite Combat Bomb Wing. Returned to base after group leader abandoned attempt to join assigned combat wing.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37785Knapp, Paul BernardAbortedTurned back at 1117 hrs because #3 supercharger ran away and could not be controlled.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37788Smith, Roger ClementAbortedReturned to base after group leader abandoned attempt to join assigned combat wing.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37789Fioretti, Edward AnthonyAbortedReturned to base after group leader abandoned attempt to join assigned combat wing.
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42‑37792Heffley, Farris OrmondAbortedReturned to base after group leader abandoned attempt to join assigned combat wing. This aircraft had blown the tire on the left main landing gear during takeoff. The crew jettisoned its bomb load in the English Channel and remained in the air near the base until fuel was nearly exhausted, then landed without further damage.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37801Urton, Raymond LeeAbortedHigh group deputy, 40th Composite Combat Wing. Returned to base after group leader abandoned attempt to join assigned combat wing.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37848Bishop, Charles WAbortedReturned to base after group leader abandoned attempt to join assigned combat wing.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37982Clayton, John EarlCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑38014Wilson, William MonroeAbortedHigh squadron lead, high group, 40th Composite Combat Bomb Wing. Returned to base after group leader abandoned attempt to join assigned combat wing.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑38112Thompson, Siguard (NMI)AbortedLow squadron lead, high group, 40th Composite Combat Bomb Wing. Returned to base after group leader abandoned attempt to join assigned combat wing.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑38158Smith, Harry BaileyAbortedReturned to base after group leader abandoned attempt to join assigned combat wing.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97449Bennett, Phillip NathanAbortedReturned to base after group leader abandoned attempt to join assigned combat wing.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97477Langlois, Robert EzraAbortedReturned to base after group leader abandoned attempt to join assigned combat wing.
SORTIE REPORT