Mission # 75

MISSION SUMMARY

Mission Date 16 March 1944
384th Mission Number
 
75
8th Air Force Mission Number 262
Mission Comments Bad Day At Augsburg
The 384th Bombardment Group (H) flew two formations on today's mission. A group-sized formation was assigned to the 40th Composite Combat Wing; it could not find its assigned Wing, so it tacked on to the 1st Combat Wing and completed the mission. Also, a single squadron formation was assigned as the low squadron of the Composite High Group of the 41st Combat Wing. The formations were unable to attack the primary target because it was obscured by clouds, so the bombers unloaded on the secondary target, Augsburg, using PFF (RADAR) aiming.
Primary Target Target: Aircraft Assembly & Repair Works
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
Target Attacked (Mode) Secondary (PFF)
Target: City
Type: Non-Military
Location: Augsburg, Germany
Sortie/Aircraft Summary Completed Mission, not including spares - 21
Failed To Return - 2
Aborted - 3
Scrubbed - 5
Flying Spare, Completed Mission - 2
Flying Spare, Returned As Briefed - 1
Mission Personnel Mission Personnel Roster or Mission Loading Lists

34 AIRCRAFT ASSIGNED TO THIS MISSION
Table is sorted by Aircraft serial Number, and may be sorted by any column: click the column head.
Aircraft Pilot Results Mission/Sortie Information
42‑3441Kravet, Marvin RobertFlying Spare,
Completed Mission
Flying spare; joined formation.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31048Poole, George IFlying Spare,
Completed Mission
Flying spare; joined formation.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31166Heffley, Farris OrmondCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑31222[N/A]ScrubbedReplaced by ground spare aircraft 42‑97477.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31235Allison, Earl ThomasCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑31346Yokie, John OliviCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑31364Goller, Theodore (NMI)Completed MissionJettisoned bombs at 1130 hrs when aircraft was hit by bombs from Ledbetter aircraft 42‑37801 (MIA); bombs knocked out #2 engine and forced the jettisoning of bombs.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31375Courtemanche, Ralph EudorCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑31435Herbert, Joseph RobertCompleted MissionLow squadron deputy, high group, 40th B Composite Combat Wing.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31484Yelvington, Melton AlbertCompleted MissionHigh squadron lead, high group, 40th B Composite Combat Wing.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31495[N/A]ScrubbedReplaced by ground spare aircraft 42‑37785.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31871Booska, Maurice ArthurCompleted MissionGroup deputy, high group, 40th B Combat Wing.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31926Lovell, James MacNaughtonAbortedTurned back at 1019 hrs because #2 engine vibrated and overheated and was throwing white and black smoke.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37785[N/A]ScrubbedGround spare aircraft; replaced 42‑31495.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37788Smith, Roger ClementCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑37792Briley, Scott AndrewCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑37801Ledbetter, Edwin DwightFailed to ReturnAircraft observed jettisoning bombs and stayed in formation until target was reached where he left formation with all four engines going and appeared to be diving down into the low group; apparently damaged by flak; crashed near Lhuître, France. MACR 3243
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37848Stier, George WithersFailed to ReturnGround spare aircraft; replaced 42‑97510. After bombing target at 1325 hrs, lost altitude and flew just above undercast; continued in this way for 1.5 hrs and then was lost from sight; damaged by flak; crashed near Grivillers, France. MACR 3244
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37974Langlois, Robert EzraAbortedTurned back at 1017 hrs because he was pulling excessive power settings, losing airspeed, stalled out at 115 MPH, and was unable to maintain position in formation.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37982Clayton, John EarlCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑38013Jorgenson, Henry (NMI)ScrubbedReplaced by ground spare aircraft 42‑38158.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑38014MacPhail, Philip RayCompleted MissionLow squadron lead, composite high group, 41st A Combat Wing.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑38112Fioretti, Edward AnthonyCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑38158LaSeur, William VeryleCompleted MissionGround spare aircraft; replaced 42‑38013.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑38208Stearns, Clarence GroverCompleted MissionGroup lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑39888Foster, James EFlying Spare,
Returned As Briefed
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97081Corcoran, John JosephCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97136Baylor, Robert BledsoeCompleted MissionDropped nickles (propaganda leaflets), in addition to bomb load on target.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97139Decker, Charles EdgarCompleted MissionSquadron deputy, low squadron, composite high group, 41st composite combat wing.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97142Horton, Lloyd (NMI)Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97449Daskey, Kendall (NMI)Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97477Miller, James GilmoreCompleted MissionLead ground spare aircraft; replaced 42‑31222.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97510[N/A]ScrubbedReplaced by ground spare aircraft 42‑37848.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97521Pryor, Raymond ThomasAbortedTurned back at 0955 hrs because #3 & #4 engines failed; #1 oil cooler was leaking very badly and the lead was off of sparkplug of #7 cylinder, #2 engine.
SORTIE REPORT