SORTIE REPORT #11466
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
Comments: High Squadron.
Primary (Visual)
SORTIE AIRCRAFT DATA:
TYPE SERIAL NUMBER SQUADRON SQ CODE NAME
B-17G 43‑38839 545th JD*H not known
SORTIE CREW DATA:
POSITION CREWMEMBER UNIT STATUS
Pilot Davidson, Wallace Simms 547 Completed, Uninjured
Co-pilot Raila, Edward Stanley 547 Completed, Uninjured
Navigator Spoonholtz, Ellis Robert 547 Completed, Uninjured
Togglier Vogt, William J 547 Completed, Uninjured
Radio Operator Dube, Roland Raymond 547 Completed, Uninjured
Engineer/Top Turret Blankinship, Joseph H, IV 547 Completed, Uninjured
Ball Turret Poore, Edward Francis 547 Completed, Uninjured
Tail Gunner Pueppke, Dale Edward 547 Completed, Uninjured
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