Mission # 78

MISSION SUMMARY

Mission Date 20 March 1944
384th Mission
Mission Number 78
8th Air Force Mission Mission Number 269
Mission Comments Weather Forces Recall
The 384th Bombardment Group (H) flew as the low group of the 41st Combat Wing on today's mission. Repeated conflicts with neighboring wing formations led at 1114 hrs to a loss of visual contact with assigned wing leader, who by that time was at about 5,000 feet higher altitude. Ten minutes later a recall order was received - the formation at that time was in the vicinity of Prüm, Germany - and the Group returned to base without dropping its bombs.
From the PRO LOG: 'Impossible atmospherical conditions compelled our planes to turn back over France [sic] without dropping their bombs. Clouds extended up to 25,000 feet when the bombers abandoned their [attack].'
Primary Target Type: Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Target Attacked (Mode) Mission RECALLED - No Target Attacked
Sortie/Aircraft Summary Completed Mission, not including spares - 1
Scrubbed - 1
Flying Spare, Returned As Briefed - 3
Ground Spare Aircraft, Unused - 1
Recalled - 19
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
42‑3440Yokie, John OliviMission Recalled SORTIE REPORT
42‑3441Lavin, James RobertMission Recalled SORTIE REPORT
42‑31048Barad, Robert LeoFlying Spare,
Returned As Briefed
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31166Heffley, Farris OrmondMission Recalled SORTIE REPORT
42‑31211[N/A]ScrubbedReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑97477.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31222Miller, James GilmoreMission Recalled SORTIE REPORT
42‑31235Jacobs, Randolph George EdwardMission RecalledGroup lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31375Horton, Lloyd (NMI)Mission Recalled SORTIE REPORT
42‑31435Clayton, John EarlMission Recalled SORTIE REPORT
42‑31495Allison, Earl ThomasMission RecalledGroup deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31740Rich, John (NMI)Mission Recalled SORTIE REPORT
42‑37758[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
42‑37788Daskey, Kendall (NMI)Completed MissionBecame separated from group prior to RECALL. Continued on to primary target area and released bombs in coordination with another wing. Bombing location given as 50°08',8°40', which was within the city of Frankfurt am Main.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37789Baylor, Robert BledsoeFlying Spare,
Returned As Briefed
SORTIE REPORT
42‑37885Jorgenson, Henry (NMI)Mission Recalled SORTIE REPORT
42‑38013Kravet, Marvin RobertMission Recalled SORTIE REPORT
42‑38014Wilson, William MonroeMission RecalledLow Squadron lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑38112Outen, Charles LeviMission RecalledHigh Squadron deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑38208Booska, Maurice ArthurMission RecalledHigh Squadron lead. Col William A Travis (41st Bomb Wing) was aboard this aircraft as copilot.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑39888Foster, James EMission Recalled SORTIE REPORT
42‑97081Corcoran, John JosephMission Recalled SORTIE REPORT
42‑97136Knapp, Paul BernardFlying Spare,
Returned As Briefed
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97142June, Glenn JosephMission RecalledLow Squadron deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97150Smith, Harry BaileyMission Recalled SORTIE REPORT
42‑97477Smith, Charles GroverMission RecalledGround Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑31211.
SORTIE REPORT