SORTIE REPORT
MISSION DATA:
DATE 384th BG Mission # 8th AF Mission # 384th PRIMARY TARGET
1945‑03‑20 293 898 Target: Deutsche Werft Submarine Shipyard
Type: Submarine Facility
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Hamburg Hammered: A practice mission scheduled for today was scrubbed when a Field Order was received in the morning. The Group flew as the 41st Bombardment Wing A Group on today's mission. The primary (visual only) target was hidden by clouds, so the #2 target was attacked using PFF, with minimal help from visual sightings. The high and low squadrons bombed on their first run, but the lead squadron had to avoid traffic conflicts, and elected to make a second bomb run. As a result, the lead squadron returned to base independently.
SORTIE DATA:
COMBAT CREDIT STATUS TARGET ATTACKED (MODE)
Yes Failed to Return
Comments: Lead squadron. Hit by flak at 1655 hrs in #2 engine during withdrawal; was thrown out of formation to the right and dropped 7000ft; was last seen heading for the deck, apparently under control with no feathered props. Crashed near Ramhausen, Germany (northwest of Hamburg). MACR 13565
Secondary (PFF)
Target: "Petroleumhafen" Refinery & Storage Complex
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Hamburg, Germany
- SORTIE AIRCRAFT DATA:
TYPE SERIAL NUMBER SQ CODE NAME
B-17G 42-97271 JD*H BOSS LADY
- SORTIE CREW DATA:
POSITION CREWMEMBER UNIT STATUS
Pilot Hicks, Gerald Warden 545 KIA
Co-pilot Hendricks, Jesse William 545 POW
Navigator Thiefels, Robert James 545 POW
Togglier Gussin, John Anthony 545 POW
Radio Operator Winner, Charles H 545 POW
Engineer/Top Turret Goodman, William Lyle 545 POW
Ball Turret Grocki, Robert David 545 POW
Tail Gunner Meek, Sherman Edward 545 POW
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Wolcott, Roger (NMI), Jr 545 POW
- SORTIE-RELATED DOCUMENTS:
TYPE IDENTIFICATION
MACRMissing Air Crew Report # 13565
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