SORTIE REPORT
MISSION DATA:
DATE 384th BG Mission # 8th AF Mission # 384th PRIMARY TARGET
1944‑03‑04 71 247 Type: Military
Location: Berlin, Germany
Weather Alters Mission: The 384th Bombardment Group (H) flew as the low group of the 41st Combat Wing on today's mission. The Group had difficulty attaining its position in the wing formation because the wing leader used speeds greater than SOP, finally catching up near the Ruhr Valley. With the ground completely obscured by dense cloud cover, the wing commander informed his formation that they would bomb a target of opportunity (TOO), initially thought to be Cologne (Köln), Germany, but later determined to be Bonn.
SORTIE DATA:
COMBAT CREDIT STATUS TARGET ATTACKED (MODE)
Yes Failed to Return
Comments: Low squadron lead. Left formation at 1156 hrs right after bombs away going down under control, apparently in good condition and covered by friendly fighters; damaged by flak, crashed about 15 km northwest of Amiens, France. MACR 2739.
TOO (Visual)
Type: Non-Military
Location: Bonn, Germany
- SORTIE AIRCRAFT DATA:
TYPE SERIAL NUMBER SQ CODE NAME
B-17G 42-31606 SU*O not known
- SORTIE CREW DATA:
POSITION CREWMEMBER UNIT STATUS
Pilot Lovvorn, Hollie Ray 547 POW
Co-pilot Witt, Francis John, Jr 547 Evaded
Navigator Kazmerski, John Thomas 547 POW
Bombardier Fleenor, Charles Thurman 547 POW
Radio Operator Schwarz, James Cornelius 547 POW
Engineer/Top Turret Wilson, Gerald Eugene 547 POW
Ball Turret Miller, Robert Lee 547 POW
Tail Gunner Taylor, Homer William 547 POW
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Fernandez, Severino Jean 547 Evaded
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Leach, Kenneth (NMI) 547 Evaded
- SORTIE-RELATED DOCUMENTS:
TYPE IDENTIFICATION
MACRMissing Air Crew Report Number 2739
ESCAPEEscape and Evasion Report Number 677
ESCAPEEscape and Evasion Report Number 647
ESCAPEEscape and Evasion Report Number 698
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