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)
Yes Completed Mission
Comments: This aircraft was assigned to the Goulder Crew, but was taken by the Sierens Crew to replace 42‑5849.
TOO (Visual)
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: [unidentified island], Germany
- SORTIE AIRCRAFT DATA:
TYPE SERIAL NUMBER SQUADRON SQ CODE NAME
B-17F 42-3104 547th SO*A RAIDER
- SORTIE CREW DATA:
POSITION CREWMEMBER UNIT STATUS
Pilot Sierens, Ernest Joseph 547 Completed, Uninjured
Co-pilot Acker, Joel Milton, Jr 547 Completed, Uninjured
Navigator Scoursi, Spiridon John 547 Completed, Uninjured
Bombardier Blossman, Allan Milton 547 Completed, Uninjured
Radio Operator Ketterman, Harry Kennith 547 Completed, Uninjured
Engineer/Top Turret Johnson, Melvin Henry 547 Completed, Uninjured
Ball Turret Hunt, George Alfred 547 Completed, Uninjured
Tail Gunner Brindley, Louis Delbert 547 Completed, Uninjured
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Hansen, Melvin Everett 547 Completed, Uninjured
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Jones, Van Green 547 Completed, Uninjured
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