Mission # 75

MISSION SUMMARY

Mission Date 16 March 1944
384th Mission
Mission Number 75
8th Air Force Mission 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
Mission Documents Combat Mission Records and Plans obtained from the National Archives

34 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
42‑3441Kravet, Marvin Robert Flying Spare,
Completed Mission
Flying spare; joined formation.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31048Poole, George Irvin Flying Spare,
Completed Mission
Flying spare; joined formation.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31166Heffley, Farris Ormond Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑31222[N/A]ScrubbedReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑97477.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31235Allison, Earl Thomas Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑31346Yokie, John Olivi Completed 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 Eudor Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑31435Herbert, Joseph Robert Completed MissionLow Squadron deputy, high group, 40th B Composite Combat Wing.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31484Yelvington, Melton Albert Completed 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 Arthur Completed MissionGroup deputy, high group, 40th B Combat Wing.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31926Lovell, James MacNaughton AbortedTurned 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 Clement Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑37792Briley, Scott Andrew Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑37801Ledbetter, Edwin Dwight Failed 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 Withers Failed 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 Ezra AbortedTurned 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 Earl Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑38013Jorgenson, Henry (NMI) ScrubbedReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑38158.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑38014MacPhail, Philip Ray Completed MissionLow Squadron lead, composite high group, 41st A Combat Wing.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑38112Fioretti, Edward Anthony Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑38158LaSeur, William Veryle Completed MissionGround Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑38013.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑38208Stearns, Clarence Grover Completed MissionGroup lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑39888Foster, James Everett Flying Spare,
Returned As Briefed
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97081Corcoran, John Joseph Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97136Baylor, Robert Bledsoe Completed MissionDropped nickles (propaganda leaflets), in addition to bomb load on target.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97139Decker, Charles Edgar Completed 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 Gilmore Completed 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 Thomas AbortedTurned 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