SORTIE REPORT
MISSION DATA:
DATE 384th BG Mission # 8th AF Mission # 384th PRIMARY TARGET
1944‑01‑07 51 178 Target: Powerhouse
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Few Aircraft Join Formation: The 384th Bombardment Group (H) was planned to fly as the high group of the 94th Combat Wing on today's mission. After group assembly, clouds encountered on the climb to the wing rendezvous point separated the squadrons. The high squadron (plus two aircraft from the low squadron, and one from the lead squadron which later aborted) tacked on to several wings in succession, trying to find their assigned wing, finally joining a wing that included groups of the 1st and 94th Combat Wings. From that point on, the mission proceeded as planned, and bombs were dropped on the wing leader.
SORTIE DATA:
COMBAT CREDIT STATUS TARGET ATTACKED (MODE)
Yes Failed to Return
Comments: Left formation after bombing target. Most of crew bailed out near Abbeville, France; aircraft crashed near Saint-Valery-sur-Somme, France; MACR 1608.
Primary (PFF)
- SORTIE AIRCRAFT DATA:
TYPE SERIAL NUMBER SQ CODE NAME
B-17F 41-24525 SO*Y WHAT'S COOKIN' DOC?
- SORTIE CREW DATA:
POSITION CREWMEMBER UNIT STATUS
Pilot Garner, Walter Ernest 547 POW
Co-pilot Bern, Philip (NMI) 547 POW
Navigator Canale, Guy (NMI) 547 KIA
Bombardier Daigle, James Joseph 547 POW
Radio Operator Edmiston, William Joseph 547 POW
Engineer/Top Turret Hawk, Elmer Russell, Jr 547 POW
Ball Turret Rardon, Edward Perish 547 POW
Tail Gunner Anderson, Jack R 547 POW
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Hays, Charles Reed 547 POW
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Hannah, Charles V 547 KIA
- SORTIE-RELATED DOCUMENTS:
TYPE IDENTIFICATION
MACRMissing Air Crew Report Number 1608
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