SORTIE REPORT
MISSION DATA:
DATE 384th BG Mission # 8th AF Mission # 384th PRIMARY TARGET
1944‑03‑19 77 266 Target: NOBALL (V-2 Storage and Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Wizernes, France
Traffic Conflict & Equipment Failure: The 384th Bombardment Group (H) flew as the low group of the 41st Combat Wing on today's mission. Weather at the target was clear. On the first bomb run, the high group took position immediately above the 384th, so Major Harris led the Group on a 360-degree turn to avoid their bombs. On the second bomb run, the lead aircraft's AFCES (autopilot) went out and the run was completed with the pilot flying manually following PDI guidance: bombing accuracy was poor.
SORTIE DATA:
COMBAT CREDIT STATUS TARGET ATTACKED (MODE)
Yes Failed to Return
Comments: Aircraft hit by flak immediately after bombs away; later observed spiraling down with flames pouring from all parts of aircraft; four chutes emerged, with one on fire; crashed near Wavrans-sur-Ternoise, a very small village, near a larger town called St Pol-sur-Ternoise, France. MACR 3242
Primary (Visual)
- SORTIE AIRCRAFT DATA:
TYPE SERIAL NUMBER SQ CODE NAME
B-17G 42-31926 JD*G LOVELL'S HOVEL
- SORTIE CREW DATA:
POSITION CREWMEMBER UNIT STATUS
Pilot Lovell, James MacNaughton 545 KIA
Co-pilot Brookings, Walter Francis 545 KIA
Navigator Lewis, Joseph Franklyn 545 POW
Bombardier Bachicha, Martin Paul 545 POW
Radio Operator Deftos, Minot Fred 547 KIA
Engineer/Top Turret Fowlkes, Calvin Oscar Lewis 545 KIA
Ball Turret Johnson, James Hansel, Jr 545 KIA
Tail Gunner Kardos, Louis Julius 545 POW
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Oldham, Jesse Zera 545 POW
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Blankenship, Doye Herman 545 KIA
- SORTIE-RELATED DOCUMENTS:
TYPE IDENTIFICATION
MACRMissing Air Crew Report # 3242
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