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: Hit by flak on the way to the target, then attacked by fighters. Some of crew bailed out before aircraft exploded. Crashed near Volmershofen/Heidgen (5 miles SW of Bonn), Germany. MACR 288
TOO (Visual)
Target: Military Installations
Type: Military
Location: [Unidentified], Germany
- SORTIE AIRCRAFT DATA:
TYPE SERIAL NUMBER SQ CODE NAME
B-17F 42-5806 SO*Y / JD*Z not known
- SORTIE CREW DATA:
POSITION CREWMEMBER UNIT STATUS
Pilot Swank, Robert Dale 545 KIA
Co-pilot Hoffmeyer, William Alfred 545 POW
Navigator Bolin, Harold Andrew 545 POW
Bombardier Perkins, Newell Edward 545 POW
Radio Operator Mattoon, William Earl 545 POW
Engineer/Top Turret Kosse, Russell Jerome 545 POW
Ball Turret Johnson, Carl Benjamin 545 KIA
Tail Gunner Martin, J D (IO) 545 POW
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Sorbo, Peter Paul 545 KIA
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Richey, Charles Virgil 545 KIA
- SORTIE-RELATED DOCUMENTS:
TYPE IDENTIFICATION
MACRMissing Air Crew Report # 288
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