SORTIE REPORT
MISSION DATA:
DATE 384th BG Mission # 8th AF Mission # 384th PRIMARY TARGET
1944‑04‑11 88 298 Target: FW Aircraft Parts Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Sorau, Germany
384th Overcomes Weather: The 384th Bombardment Group (H) led the 41st Combat Bombardment Wing 'A' on today's mission, providing the lead group and the high squadron of the high composite group. Weather challenged the navigator and bombardier in the vicinity of the target, but there was enough visibility to identify and accurately bomb the primary target on the first bomb run - from an altitude of 11,800 feet!
SORTIE DATA:
COMBAT CREDIT STATUS TARGET ATTACKED (MODE)
Yes Failed to Return
Comments: Suffered a direct hit by flak that blew off plexiglass nose of aircraft at 1111 hrs; aircraft started descending under control; 7 chutes observed; aircraft seen to land in a river, but actually crashed in a forested area just north of Bokensdorf, Germany. MACR 3820
Primary (Visual)
- SORTIE AIRCRAFT DATA:
TYPE SERIAL NUMBER SQ CODE NAME GROUND CREW CHIEF
B-17G 42-31375 BK*S not known Priesnitz, Frank Joseph, Jr
- SORTIE CREW DATA:
POSITION CREWMEMBER UNIT STATUS
Pilot Rich, John (NMI), Jr 546 POW
Co-pilot Wehry, George Ellsworth 546 POW
Navigator Indest, Joseph Albert 546 KIA
Bombardier Marvin, William Vern 546 KIA
Radio Operator Montagne, Henry Julien Louis 546 POW
Engineer/Top Turret Eklund, Howard J 546 POW
Ball Turret Henken, Norman (NMI) 546 POW
Tail Gunner Bishop, Nelson M J 546 POW
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Herrera, Presciliano Silva 546 POW
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Zee, Julius (NMI) 546 POW
- SORTIE-RELATED DOCUMENTS:
TYPE IDENTIFICATION
MACRMissing Air Crew Report Number 3820
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