|DATE||384th BG Mission #||8th AF Mission #||384th PRIMARY TARGET|
|1944‑03‑18||76||264||Target: Aircraft Assembly & Repair Works
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
Two Targets Attacked: The 384th Bombardment Group (H) provided two formations for today's mission. A group size formation led the 41st Combat Bombardment Wing, while a squadron size formation led the high composite group of the same wing. All targets were attacked by visual means.
Five aircraft of High Composite Group, led by Capt J M Merritt, bombed an airfield in the vicinity of Memmingen, Germany as a Last Resort Target: they were unable to drop on the primary target because another formation was below them.
|COMBAT CREDIT||STATUS||TARGET ATTACKED (MODE)|
Failed to Return
Comments: At 1445 hrs called Group Leader saying he had two engines out and would try for home; had escort of four friendly fighters; force-landed at Dubendorf, Switzerland; MACR 3485. From 303rd BG: 'Secret equipment destroyed. Landed wheels down at Dubendorf. Wheels retracted after landing, but aircraft could not be burned because of Swiss interference. Target was bombed. Could not feather #1 engine out on bomb run. Half power obtained from engines Nos. 2 and 3 which were running rough.'
|SORTIE AIRCRAFT DATA:|
|TYPE||SERIAL NUMBER||SQUADRON||SQ CODE||NAME|
|B-17G||42‑31871 ⇗||547th||SO*T||not known|
|SORTIE CREW DATA:|
|Pilot||LaSeur, William Veryle ⇗||547||Interned|
|Co-pilot||Lessig, Joseph Watson ⇗||547||Interned|
|Navigator||Howell, William Wright ⇗||547||Interned|
|Bombardier||Loh, Phillip Henry, III ⇗||547||Interned|
|Radio Operator||Hay, James Franklin ⇗||547||Interned|
|Engineer/Top Turret||O'Brien, John Gerald ⇗||547||Interned|
|Ball Turret||Gormley, Edward Oliver ⇗||547||Interned|
|Tail Gunner||Gardner, Eugene Frederick ⇗||547||Interned|
|Waist (Flexible) Gunner||Harper, Richard Wight ⇗||547||Interned|
|Waist (Flexible) Gunner||Froment, Dorrance Verl ⇗||547||Interned|
|MACR||Missing Air Crew Report # 3485|