SORTIE REPORT
MISSION DATA:
DATE 384th BG Mission # 8th AF Mission # 384th PRIMARY TARGET
1943‑12‑31 48 171 Target: Blockade Runner 'Orsone' (name of ship)
Type: Transportation
Location: [Mouth of River Garonne], France
Target Not Found: The 384th Bombardment Group (H) flew as the low group of the 41st Combat Bomb Wing on today's mission. The primary target was a ship reported to be at or near the mouth of the River Garonne. However, the target was not seen due to 10/10 cloud cover, while the secondary target was hidden by 8/10 clouds, so the formation returned without attacking. Bombs were mostly jettisoned in the English Channel. Due to weather and fuel shortage, most aircraft landed at other bases.
SORTIE DATA:
COMBAT CREDIT STATUS TARGET ATTACKED (MODE)
Yes Crashed
Comments: Crash-landed near Whittlesey, UK (east of Peterborough) on return; crew bailed out safely, although minor injuries typical of a parachute descent were undoubtedly sustained; pilot and copilot rode ship down and were uninjured. Bombs had been jettisoned.
N/A
- SORTIE AIRCRAFT DATA:
TYPE SERIAL NUMBER SQ CODE NAME
B-17G 42-31073 SO*D BILLIE-DEL
- SORTIE CREW DATA:
POSITION CREWMEMBER UNIT STATUS
Pilot Stier, George Withers 546 Completed, Uninjured
Co-pilot Bertram, Harold John 546 Completed, Uninjured
Navigator Harvey, Ralph Oscar 546 Bailed Out Over England
Bombardier Heine, Robert Paul 546 Bailed Out Over England
Radio Operator Schliske, Hilbert Laverne 546 Wounded
Engineer/Top Turret Kane, Francis Patrick 546 Bailed Out Over England
Ball Turret David, Alfred Alme 546 Bailed Out Over England
Tail Gunner Mock, Melvin Bert 546 Bailed Out Over England
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Norton, Richard Anthony 546 Wounded
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Duddy, Martin Joseph 546 Bailed Out Over England
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