SORTIE REPORT
MISSION DATA:
DATE 384th BG Mission # 8th AF Mission # 384th PRIMARY TARGET
1943‑07‑29 12 79 Target: Naval Base
Type: Military
Location: Kiel, Germany
Weather Stymies Bombers: Solid clouds at German coast prevented formations from continuing mission. Captain Ketelson led Group in an attack on a target of opportunity (TOO), an airfield on a German coastal island, near Heligoland. Due to the shortness of the bomb run, the Bombardier reported all bombs fell into the North Sea. About fifty enemy fighters and moderate flak were encountered after turning back. Wing formation was described as 'straggling', leaving formations vulnerable to attack.
SORTIE DATA:
COMBAT CREDIT STATUS TARGET ATTACKED (MODE)
No Aborted
Comments: Turned back over North Sea because #3 exhaust manifold blew and pressure went down to 15 inches, making it impossible to keep up with formation.
N/A
- SORTIE AIRCRAFT DATA:
TYPE SERIAL NUMBER SQUADRON SQ CODE NAME GROUND CREW CHIEF
B-17F 42-3074 545th JD*B KATHLEEN / LOMA LEE Wilson, Stuart P
- SORTIE CREW DATA:
POSITION CREWMEMBER UNIT STATUS
Pilot Swank, Robert Dale 545 Aborted
Co-pilot Hoffmeyer, William Alfred 545 Aborted
Navigator Bolin, Harold Andrew 545 Aborted
Bombardier Perkins, Newell Edward 545 Aborted
Radio Operator Mattoon, William Earl 545 Aborted
Engineer/Top Turret Kosse, Russell Jerome 545 Aborted
Ball Turret Johnson, Carl Benjamin 545 Aborted
Tail Gunner Martin, J D (IO) 545 Aborted
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Smith, William James 545 Aborted
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Richey, Charles Virgil 545 Aborted
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