Mission # 73

MISSION SUMMARY

Mission Date 8 March 1944
384th Mission
Mission Number 73
8th Air Force Mission Mission Number 252
Mission Comments 384th Leads Wing To Berlin
The 384th Bombardment Group (H) led the 41st Combat Wing on today's mission. The target was not obscured by clouds, although there was heavy smoke from previous bomb strikes. Bombing results were believed to be good.
Primary Target Target: Erkner Ball-Bearing Factory
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Target Attacked (Mode) Primary (Visual)
Sortie/Aircraft Summary Completed Mission, not including spares - 17
Aborted - 2
Flying Spare, Completed Mission - 2
Flying Spare, Returned As Briefed - 1
Ground Spare Aircraft, Unused - 3
Returned Early - 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 March 8 1944 Lead Crew Photo

26 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
42‑3440Laboda, Joseph StanleyCompleted MissionThis aircraft dropped 'nickles' (propaganda leaflets) in addition to demolition bombs.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑3490[482nd BG Pilot]Completed MissionPFF aircraft and unidentified crewmembers supplied by 482nd BG.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31048Fioretti, Edward AnthonyCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑31166Yelvington, Melton AlbertCompleted MissionLow Squadron deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31222Bishop, Charles WAbortedTurned back at 1042 hrs because #1 engine was running roughly and vibrated excessively.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31346[N/A]Lead Ground Spare
Aircraft, Unused
 
42‑31364[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
Ground Spare Aircraft.
42‑31375Corcoran, John JosephCompleted MissionAfter initial (unspecified) engine trouble, took off late, caught up with formation, and flew mission.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31433Stearns, Clarence GroverCompleted MissionWing lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31484Langlois, Robert EzraCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑31740Decker, Charles EdgarCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑31871Bennett, Phillip NathanFlying Spare,
Returned As Briefed
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31926Lovell, James MacNaughtonCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑37776Horton, Lloyd (NMI)Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑37781Reed, Merlin HowardCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑37785[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
Ground Spare Aircraft.
42‑37788Smith, Roger ClementCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑37789Heffley, Farris OrmondFlying Spare,
Completed Mission
Flying spare; joined formation.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37801Urton, Raymond LeeCompleted MissionWing deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37848MacPhail, Philip RayAbortedHigh Squadron deputy. Turned back at 1000 hrs because a gasket in #1 prop dome was put in incorrectly and leaked oil. Landed away at Molesworth.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37982Pryor, Raymond ThomasFlying Spare,
Completed Mission
Flying spare; joined formation.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑38014Wilson, William MonroeCompleted MissionHigh Squadron lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑38112Hines, James WesleyReturned EarlyTurned back when oxygen system had been shot out by flak; dropped bombs and 25 parcels of 'nickles' (propaganda leaflets) on TOO near Lingen, Germany, with 'poor' results.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑38158Outen, Charles LeviCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97449Smith, Harry BaileyCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97477Edwards, Floyd ClintonCompleted MissionLow Squadron lead.
SORTIE REPORT