SORTIE REPORT #11440
MISSION DATA:
DATE 384th BG Mission # 8th AF Mission # 384th PRIMARY TARGET
1945‑04‑25 316 968 Target: Skoda Armament Works
Type: Industry
Location: Pilsen / Plzeň, Czechoslovakia
THE LAST ONE!: The 384th Bombardment Group (H) flew as the 41st Combat Bombardment Wing C Group in Air Task Force 1 on today's mission, the last strategic bombing mission of the war in Europe. Under strict orders to bomb by visual means only, the Lead and Low Squadrons made two bomb runs, and the High Squadron made three. Results appeared to be good, and the delay resulted in the 384th dropping the final bombs of the war on Axis targets in Europe.
It was not known that this would be the last strategic bombing mission of WWII in the ETO until well after this mission ended.
SORTIE DATA:
COMBAT CREDIT STATUS TARGET ATTACKED (MODE)
Yes Completed Mission Primary (Visual)
SORTIE AIRCRAFT DATA:
TYPE SERIAL NUMBER SQUADRON SQ CODE NAME GROUND CREW CHIEF
B-17G 44‑6882 546th BK*J BOOMERANG Flynn, Roland (NMI)
SORTIE CREW DATA:
POSITION CREWMEMBER UNIT STATUS
Pilot Wahlstrom, Harry Lawrence 546 Completed, Uninjured
Co-pilot Schneider, Andrew J 546 Completed, Uninjured
Navigator Jelneck, William Edward 546 Completed, Uninjured
Togglier Gustitus, Clarence Charles 546 Completed, Uninjured
Radio Operator Henderson, Jack (NMI) 546 Completed, Uninjured
Engineer/Top Turret Whitsel, Frank Lloyd 546 Completed, Uninjured
Ball Turret Harris, Robert B 546 Completed, Uninjured
Tail Gunner Miller, Oscar Colquitt 546 Completed, Uninjured
Photographer Pohlmann, John H 545 Completed, Uninjured
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