SORTIE REPORT
MISSION DATA:
DATE 384th BG Mission # 8th AF Mission # 384th PRIMARY TARGET
1945‑04‑06 305 930 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards (Visual Primary)
Type: Transportation
Location: Leipzig, Germany
Leipzig Railyard Bombed: The 384th Bombardment Group (H) flew as the 41st Combat Bombardment Wing A Group. Due to 10/10ths cloud cover over the primary (visual) target aim point, bombs were released at the secondary (PFF) aim point.
SORTIE DATA:
COMBAT CREDIT STATUS TARGET ATTACKED (MODE)
Yes Failed to Return
Comments: Collided with 43‑39164 after target at 1018 hrs; aircraft had tail destroyed and a hole in the trailing edge of the right wing; he held control for a minute, then went into a steep dive; no chutes were observed; crashed near Leisnig, Germany.
Secondary (PFF)
Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards (PFF Secondary)
Type: Transportation
Location: Leipzig, Germany
- SORTIE AIRCRAFT DATA:
TYPE SERIAL NUMBER SQ CODE NAME
B-17G 43-38801 SU*M RUTH
- SORTIE CREW DATA:
POSITION CREWMEMBER UNIT STATUS
Pilot Hastings, David Shove 544 KIA
Co-pilot Martino, Dominick Thomas 544 KIA
Navigator Johnson, Thorston Julius 544 KIA
Bombardier Crawford, Raymond Harold, Jr 544 KIA
Radio Operator Weeks, Thomas Clayton, Jr 544 KIA
Engineer/Top Turret Gatto, Stephen Lawrence 544 KIA
Ball Turret May, Frank Dean 544 KIA
Tail Gunner Bonacker, Marlyn Rae 544 POW
- SORTIE-RELATED DOCUMENTS:
TYPE IDENTIFICATION
MACRMissing Air Crew Report Number 13851
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