SORTIE REPORT
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)
Yes Failed to Return
Comments: Lead Ground Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑5849. High Squadron deputy. Damaged by flak; crashed near Gelsenkirchen, Germany. MACR 289
TOO (Visual)
Target: Military Installations
Type: Military
Location: [Unidentified], Germany
- SORTIE AIRCRAFT DATA:
TYPE SERIAL NUMBER SQUADRON SQ CODE NAME
B-17F 42-30046 544th SU*K MERRIE HELL
- SORTIE CREW DATA:
POSITION CREWMEMBER UNIT STATUS
Pilot Sierens, Ernest Joseph 547 MIA
Co-pilot Acker, Joel Milton, Jr 547 KIA
Navigator Scoursi, Spiridon John 547 KIA
Bombardier Blossman, Allan Milton 547 KIA
Radio Operator Ketterman, Harry Kennith 547 POW
Engineer/Top Turret Johnson, Melvin Henry 547 KIA
Ball Turret Hunt, George Alfred 547 KIA
Tail Gunner Brindley, Louis Delbert 547 POW
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Jones, Van Green 547 KIA
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Hansen, Melvin Everett 547 KIA
- SORTIE-RELATED DOCUMENTS:
TYPE IDENTIFICATION
MACRMissing Air Crew Report # 289
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