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. 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 Failed to Return
Comments: Shot down by enemy aircraft after attacking target of opportunity (TOO) with the group. No MACR.
TOO (Visual)
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: [unidentified island], Germany
- SORTIE AIRCRAFT DATA:
TYPE SERIAL NUMBER SQ CODE NAME
B-17F 42-29700 JD*E JIMMY BOY
- SORTIE CREW DATA:
POSITION CREWMEMBER UNIT STATUS
Pilot Roberts, James R 545 POW
Co-pilot Gordy, Paul Pate 545 POW
Navigator Sherrer, Richard P 544 POW
Bombardier Cawley, Thomas F 545 POW
Radio Operator Goldman, Robert Phillip 545 POW
Engineer/Top Turret Overbaugh, Paul Lon 545 POW
Ball Turret Conover, Chester E 545 KIA
Tail Gunner Quaranta, Robert J 545 MIA
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Williams, Joseph P 545 KIA
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Avey, Howard F 545 POW
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TYPE IDENTIFICATION
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