SORTIE REPORT #1442
MISSION DATA:
DATE 384th BG Mission # 8th AF Mission # 384th PRIMARY TARGET
1944‑01‑21 54 187 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Preuseville, France
Weather Affects Bombing: The 384th Bombardment Group (H) provided two group formations of two squadrons each for today's mission: one flew as the Lead Group of the 41st A Combat Bombardment Wing (41A Group) and the other flew as the Low Group of the 41st B Combat Bombardment Wing (41B Group). The 384th was alerted for an operational mission just as they were about to take off for a practice mission. In the space of one and one-half hours, these 34 aircraft were reconfigured for combat, and dispatched to attack 'NOBALL' targets in France. The 41A Group of 18 aircraft, led by Major Alfred C Nuttall, attacked the Preuseville target on their fourth bomb run. The 41B Group of 16 aircraft, led by Major George W Harris, were unable to locate the assigned target in the Pommereval area due to cloud obscuration, despite making seven bomb runs, and returned their bomb loads to base.
SORTIE DATA:
COMBAT CREDIT STATUS TARGET ATTACKED (MODE)
No Aborted
Comments: 41B Group. Turned back at 1350 hrs over Beachy Head because 'this aircraft took off late and could not find a position open in the formation.'
No Target Attacked
SORTIE AIRCRAFT DATA:
TYPE SERIAL NUMBER SQUADRON SQ CODE NAME GROUND CREW CHIEF
B-17F 42‑29723 546th BK*B WOLF PACK McIntire, Bruce Dodson
SORTIE CREW DATA:
POSITION CREWMEMBER UNIT STATUS
Pilot Reed, Merlin Howard 546 Aborted
Co-pilot Rininsland, Bruce Martin 546 Aborted
Navigator Gudyka, Peter (NMI) 546 Aborted
Bombardier Heiss, John Lawrence 546 Aborted
Radio Operator Wellman, Robert Francis 546 Aborted
Engineer/Top Turret Johnson, Robert O (1943) 546 Aborted
Ball Turret Osepchook, Arthur John 546 Aborted
Tail Gunner Hardy, Emmet Francis 546 Aborted
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Jacobson, Joseph (NMI) 546 Aborted
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Casey, Robert Joseph 546 Aborted
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