SORTIE REPORT
MISSION DATA:
DATE 384th BG Mission # 8th AF Mission # 384th PRIMARY TARGET
1944‑04‑13 89 301 Target: Ball-Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Primary Attacked, Huge Losses: The 384th Bombardment Group (H) flew as the high group of the 41st Combat Wing on today's mission. Vicious fighter attacks knocked down nine of our aircraft - the greatest one mission loss for the Group during the war - but the bombers were able to attack the assigned target with good results.
SORTIE DATA:
COMBAT CREDIT STATUS TARGET ATTACKED (MODE)
Yes Failed to Return
Comments: High group lead. Shot down by enemy aircraft at 1350 hrs; hits scored on #3 engine, which was immediately feathered, and gas tank; entire right wing broke into a mass of flames; crashed near Gumpen, Germany. MACR 3867
Primary (Visual)
- SORTIE AIRCRAFT DATA:
TYPE SERIAL NUMBER SQ CODE NAME
B-17G 42-31433 SO*V RUM POT II
- SORTIE CREW DATA:
POSITION CREWMEMBER UNIT STATUS
Commander Bedsole, Joseph Linyer, Jr 545 KIA
Pilot Stearns, Clarence Grover 547 POW
Navigator Hock, Robert E 547 POW
Bombardier Ackerson, Donald Richard 547 POW
Radio Operator Hill, Edward Theodore 547 POW
Engineer/Top Turret Barkhurst, David Luther 547 POW
Ball Turret Joseph, Pierre (NMI) 547 POW
Tail Gunner Martell, Warren Hardine 547 POW
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Corrigan, Theodore Bernard 547 POW
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Robison, John Timothy 547 POW
- SORTIE-RELATED DOCUMENTS:
TYPE IDENTIFICATION
MACRMissing Air Crew Report # 3867
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