SORTIE REPORT #2141
MISSION DATA:
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.
SORTIE DATA:
COMBAT CREDIT STATUS TARGET ATTACKED (MODE)
Yes 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.'
Primary (Visual)
SORTIE AIRCRAFT DATA:
TYPE SERIAL NUMBER SQUADRON SQ CODE NAME
B-17G 42‑31871 547th SO*T not known
SORTIE CREW DATA:
POSITION CREWMEMBER UNIT STATUS
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
SORTIE-RELATED DOCUMENTS:
TYPE IDENTIFICATION
MACRMissing Air Crew Report # 3485
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