SORTIE REPORT
MISSION DATA:
DATE 384th BG Mission # 8th AF Mission # 384th PRIMARY TARGET
1944‑03‑09 74 253 Target: Heinkel Aircraft Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oranienburg, Germany
Secondary Target Attacked With PFF: The 384th Bombardment Group (H) flew as the low group of the 41st Combat Bombardment Wing on today's mission. The primary target was hidden by dense clouds, so the secondary was attacked using PFF (RADAR) aiming.
SORTIE DATA:
COMBAT CREDIT STATUS TARGET ATTACKED (MODE)
Yes Failed to Return
Comments: Lost after bombs away when bombs from high group (379BG) hit this aircraft, knocking tail completely off in front of stabilizer; aircraft dived straight down into a spin with all four engines going; no chutes observed. MACR 3005
Secondary (PFF)
Target: City Center
Type: Non-Military
Location: Berlin, Germany
- SORTIE AIRCRAFT DATA:
TYPE SERIAL NUMBER SQ CODE NAME GROUND CREW CHIEF
B-17G 42-37781 BK*U SILVER DOLLAR McKinney, Lauren L
- SORTIE CREW DATA:
POSITION CREWMEMBER UNIT STATUS
Pilot Reed, Merlin H 546 MIA
Co-pilot Rininsland, Bruce Martin 546 KIA
Navigator Gudyka, Peter (NMI) 546 MIA
Bombardier Heiss, John L 546 KIA
Radio Operator Wellman, Robert F 546 KIA
Engineer/Top Turret Johnson, Robert O (1943) 546 MIA
Ball Turret Osepchook, Arthur John 546 POW
Tail Gunner Hardy, Emmet F 546 KIA
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Plotz, John James 546 POW
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Jacobson, Joseph (NMI) 546 KIA
- SORTIE-RELATED DOCUMENTS:
TYPE IDENTIFICATION
MACRMissing Air Crew Report # 3005
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