SORTIE REPORT #1298
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 In Allied Territory
Comments: Ditched. Eight crewmen bailed out in vicinity of Offham, Sussex, landing safely, although minor injuries typical of a parachute descent were undoubtedly sustained. Pilot ditched aircraft in the English Channel, about 17 miles off of Eastbourne, East Sussex and was rescued. The Navigator sustained serious injuries but the cause is unknown; the mission records stating only that he was "seriously wounded in action."
N/A
SORTIE AIRCRAFT DATA:
TYPE SERIAL NUMBER SQUADRON SQ CODE NAME GROUND CREW CHIEF
B-17G 42‑37725 546th BK*G not known Schuyler, Charles R
SORTIE CREW DATA:
POSITION CREWMEMBER UNIT STATUS
Pilot Rich, John (NMI), Jr 546 Completed, Uninjured
Co-pilot Wehry, George Ellsworth 546 Bailed Out Over England
Navigator Indest, Joseph Albert 546 Seriously Wounded
Bombardier Marvin, William Vern 546 Bailed Out Over England
Radio Operator Montagne, Henry Julien Louis 546 Bailed Out Over England
Engineer/Top Turret Eklund, Howard J 546 Bailed Out Over England
Ball Turret Henken, Norman (NMI) 546 Bailed Out Over England
Tail Gunner Goddard, Kenneth Douglas 546 Bailed Out Over England
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Jacobson, Donald Roger 546 Bailed Out Over England
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Louden, Jack Elmer 546 Bailed Out Over England
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