SORTIE REPORT
MISSION DATA:
DATE 384th BG Mission # 8th AF Mission # 384th PRIMARY TARGET
1944‑04‑24 94 315 Target: Dornier-Werke GMBH Aircraft Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
Aircraft Factory Demolished: The 384th Bombardment Group (H) led the 41st B Combat Bombardment Wing, and provided the majority of the high composite group of that wing, on today's mission. The objective was the factory in which the Do 335 Multipurpose Fighter was being built. This innovative aircraft was seen as a substantial threat to Allied fighter and bomber forces, and no effort was spared to cripple its production. In addition, new bombing formations were being tried for the first time, which made the mission even more hazardous. Regardless of the risk and challenges faced by aircrews, the mission was successful, crippling Do 335 production. For its part on this mission, the 384th was awarded its second Distinguished Unit Citation.
SORTIE DATA:
COMBAT CREDIT STATUS TARGET ATTACKED (MODE)
Yes Failed to Return
Comments: High squadron lead, lead group. Hit by direct flak burst on bomb run; a/c blew up in mid-air after bomb release. MACR 4352
Primary (Visual)
- SORTIE AIRCRAFT DATA:
TYPE SERIAL NUMBER SQ CODE NAME
B-17G 42-38158 SO*L JEAN
- SORTIE CREW DATA:
POSITION CREWMEMBER UNIT STATUS
Pilot MacKichan, William Graham 547 KIA
Co-pilot Hautz, William James 547 KIA
Navigator Walling, Neil Emerson 547 KIA
Bombardier Lynch, John D, Jr 547 KIA
Radio Operator Gray, Kenneth D 547 POW
Engineer/Top Turret Altendorf, Elroy Andrew 547 KIA
Ball Turret Cox, John S 547 KIA
Tail Gunner Pastorella, John Paul 547 KIA
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Gustafson, Claus Norman 547 POW
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Olstad, Kermit Iver 547 KIA
- SORTIE-RELATED DOCUMENTS:
TYPE IDENTIFICATION
MACRMissing Air Crew Report # 4352
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