SORTIE REPORT #320
MISSION DATA:
DATE 384th BG Mission # 8th AF Mission # 384th PRIMARY TARGET
1943‑08‑12 14 81 Target: Synthetic Fuel Hydrogenation Plant
Type: Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Many Enemy Fighters: The 384th Bombardment Group (H) flew as the high group of the 103rd Combat Wing on today's mission. The formation was decimated by aborts and losses. Formation problems prevented attack on primary target. Unidentified military installations were bombed leaving primary target area. Heavy fighter attacks occurred for over an hour after the target.
SORTIE DATA:
COMBAT CREDIT STATUS TARGET ATTACKED (MODE)
No Aborted Mission After Taking Off.
Comments: Turned back over Yarmouth; could not reach altitude or keep up with formation; lower turret was out and top turret Vickers unit was 'vaporizing' (?).
N/A
SORTIE AIRCRAFT DATA:
TYPE SERIAL NUMBER SQUADRON SQ CODE NAME
B-17F 42‑30043 547th SO*V RUTHLESS
SORTIE CREW DATA:
POSITION CREWMEMBER UNIT STATUS
Pilot Goulder, Edmund Samuel 547 Aborted
Co-pilot Carter, T L (IO) 547 Aborted
Navigator Harris, Arthur Claude 547 Aborted
Bombardier Boomhower, William (NMI) 545 Aborted
Radio Operator Sears, William Francis 547 Aborted
Engineer/Top Turret Thomasson, Edward Arthmur 547 Aborted
Ball Turret Leslie, Claude Robert 547 Aborted
Tail Gunner Seager, Francis Marvin 547 Aborted
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Vodilko, Michael Joseph 547 Aborted
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Saunders, Paul Ralph 547 Aborted
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