SORTIE REPORT
MISSION DATA:
DATE 384th BG Mission # 8th AF Mission # 384th PRIMARY TARGET
1944‑02‑22 65 230 Target: Aircraft Factory
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Halberstadt & Aschersleben, Germany
Big Week, Day Three: The 384th Bombardment Group (H) provided two group formations for today's missions. One formed the high group of the 41st A Combat Bombardment Wing (41A Group), and the other formed the high group of the 41st B Combat Bombardment Wing (41B Group).The 41A Group lost its formation when forced to fly into clouds during assembly: the entire group aborted, and all bombs were returned to base rather than being dropped at Halberstadt. The 41B Group attacked their primary target at Aschersleben, but while bombs appeared to strike in the target area, heavy smoke from prior groups made assessment difficult.
SORTIE DATA:
COMBAT CREDIT STATUS TARGET ATTACKED (MODE)
No Crashed
Comments: 41B Group. Collided with 42‑38041 from 303rd BG, Molesworth, while forming up at 0956; crashed near Irthlingborough, Northamptonshire; only survivors were bombardier and navigator who parachuted to safety.
N/A
- SORTIE AIRCRAFT DATA:
TYPE SERIAL NUMBER SQ CODE NAME GROUND CREW CHIEF
B-17G 42-31516 BK*M not known McKinney, Lauren L
- SORTIE CREW DATA:
POSITION CREWMEMBER UNIT STATUS
Pilot Jeter, Sydney Ryland, Jr 546 KIA
Co-pilot Schutz, George Frederick, Jr 546 KIA
Navigator Bailey, William Eugene 546 Bailed Out Over England
Bombardier Swanson, Kenneth John 546 Bailed Out Over England
Radio Operator Dupuis, George Edward 546 KIA
Engineer/Top Turret MacDonald, Donald Van Buskirk 546 KIA
Ball Turret Lisch, John Robert 546 KIA
Tail Gunner Scheffer, Edgar A (IO) 546 KIA
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Madl, Ferdinand Jacob 546 KIA
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Persoskie, Metro (NMI) 546 KIA
- SORTIE-RELATED DOCUMENTS:
TYPE IDENTIFICATION
ACCIREPAccident Report # 44-02-22-511
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