SORTIE REPORT #1064
MISSION DATA:
DATE 384th BG Mission # 8th AF Mission # 384th PRIMARY TARGET
1943‑12‑01 39 145 Target: Non-Ferrous Metals Plant
Type: Industry
Location: Solingen, Germany
Primary Target Attacked: The 384th Bombardment Group (H) flew today's mission under very challenging conditions. During initial climb in wing formation, the low squadron was forced to fly through a cloud layer with icing conditions. This caused three aircraft to fall out of position, which were then unable to return to the formation. Also, during most of the mission, flying speeds were excessively high - as much as 175 mph - causing fuel shortages on return.
SORTIE DATA:
COMBAT CREDIT STATUS TARGET ATTACKED (MODE)
Yes Failed to Return
Comments: Shot down by enemy aircraft; crashed near the Zwarteberg/Mont Noir on the Belgian-French border. The crewmembers bailed out, Easley landed near Boeschepe (Nord), France, some others landing near Abele, Belgium, and the rest near Westouter, Belgium. These locations are all within four miles south and west of Poperinge, Belgium; MACR 1336
Primary (PFF)
SORTIE AIRCRAFT DATA:
TYPE SERIAL NUMBER SQUADRON SQ CODE NAME
B-17F 42‑29768 547th SO*X WINSOME WINN II
SORTIE CREW DATA:
POSITION CREWMEMBER UNIT STATUS
Pilot Nelson, Darwin George 547 POW
Co-pilot Smith, Elmer LeRoy 547 POW
Navigator Harrison, Joseph Horatio 547 POW
Bombardier Drake, Sam Ellis 547 POW
Radio Operator Easley, Curtis (NMI) 547 Evaded
Engineer/Top Turret Gregorich, Vincent (NMI) 547 POW
Ball Turret Turner, John Harvey 547 POW
Tail Gunner Brewer, Albert (NMI) 547 Evaded
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Gomez, Antonio C, Jr 547 POW
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Seager, Francis Marvin 547 POW
SORTIE-RELATED DOCUMENTS:
TYPE IDENTIFICATION
MACRMissing Air Crew Report # 1336
ESCAPEEscape & Evasion Report # 2189
ESCAPEEscape & Evasion Report # 656
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