Mission # 89

MISSION SUMMARY

Mission Date 13 April 1944
384th Mission
Mission Number 89
8th Air Force Mission Mission Number 301
Mission Comments Primary Attacked, Huge Losses
The 384th Bombardment Group (H) flew as the high group of the 41st Combat Wing on today's mission. Vicious fighter attacks knocked down nine of our aircraft - the greatest one mission loss for the Group during the war - but the bombers were able to attack the assigned target with good results.
Primary Target Target: Ball-Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Target Attacked (Mode) Primary (Visual)
Sortie/Aircraft Summary Completed Mission, not including spares - 10
Failed To Return - 9
Aborted - 1
Flying Spare, Completed Mission - 1
Flying Spare, Returned As Briefed - 2
Ground Spare Aircraft, Unused - 4
Mission Personnel Mission Personnel Roster or Mission Loading Lists
Mission Documents Combat Mission Records and Plans obtained from the National Archives

27 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
42‑3441[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
42‑31048Miller, Max Jean Failed to ReturnShot down during fighter attacks which lasted from 1354 to 1357 hrs; crashed near Mannheim, Germany. MACR 3866
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31211Berbrich, John Martin Completed MissionHigh Squadron deputy.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31222Gekakis, Anthony AbortedTurned back at 1157 hrs because #1 engine was running rough and smoking.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31433Stearns, Clarence Grover Failed to ReturnHigh group lead. Shot down by enemy aircraft at 1350 hrs; hits scored on #3 engine, which was immediately feathered, and gas tank; entire right wing broke into a mass of flames; crashed near Gumpen, Germany. MACR 3867
SORTIE REPORT
42‑31484[N/A]Lead Ground Spare
Aircraft, Unused
 
42‑37792[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
42‑37816Heffley, Farris Ormond Failed to ReturnShot down during fighter attacks which lasted from 1354 to 1357 hrs; crashed Rambucourt, France. MACR 3868.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑38014Decker, Charles Edgar Completed MissionHigh Squadron lead; turned back at 1228 hrs because #3 engine was losing oil and the prop had to be feathered.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑38112Fioretti, Edward Anthony Failed to ReturnShot down during fighter attacks which lasted from 1354 to 1357 hrs; crashed near Lindenfels, Germany. MACR 3869
SORTIE REPORT
42‑38208Bennett, Phillip Nathan Completed MissionHigh group deputy; led mission after high group lead went down.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97072Wright, James Wiley Flying Spare,
Completed Mission
Flying spare; joined formation.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97124Swanson, Herbert Ture Failed to ReturnShot down during fighter attacks which lasted from 1354 to 1357 hrs; crashed near Bérismenil, Belgium. MACR 3870
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97139Courtemanche, Ralph Eudor Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97142June, Glenn Joseph Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97178Helmley, Loyd Elmer Flying Spare,
Returned As Briefed
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97201MacKichan, William Graham Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97204Brouillard, Richard Vernon Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97228Poole, George Irvin Failed to ReturnShot down during fighter attacks which lasted from 1354 to 1357 hrs; crashed near Messbach, Germany. MACR 3871
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97231Tollison, Verlyn Chance Failed to ReturnShot down by Me-109s near Coblenz at 1320 hrs; crashed near Reichenbach, Odenwald, Germany. MACR 3872
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97233Briley, Scott Andrew Failed to ReturnShot down during fighter attacks which lasted from 1354 to 1357 hrs; crashed near Vielbrunn, Germany (27 km south of Aschaffenburg). MACR 3874
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97251Smith, Charles Grover Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97274Lavin, James Robert Failed to ReturnHit by direct flak burst in left wing tanks at 1545 hrs on the return from attacking the target; large holes were seen in #1 and #2 engines whereupon the plane exploded in mid-air; crashed near Fouleng, Belgium. MACR 3873.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97309Bennett, Dewayne (NMI) Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97449[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
42‑97510Horton, Lloyd (NMI) Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑107058Gowder, Charles Fred Flying Spare,
Returned As Briefed
SORTIE REPORT