SORTIE REPORT
MISSION DATA:
DATE 384th BG Mission # 8th AF Mission # 384th PRIMARY TARGET
1943‑08‑17 17 84 Target: Ball-Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
First Schweinfurt: The 384th Bombardment Group (H) flew as the low group of the 202nd Provisional Combat Bomb Wing on today's mission. The mission was planned as a 'Double Strike' against Schweinfurt-Regensburg industrial plants. [Note: contrary to the implication in naming the raid, Schweinfurt and Regensburg are not neighboring cities; they are, in fact, over 100 miles apart.] The first air strike task force was supplied by the 4th Bomb Wing, which took off late due to heavy fog: they could still reach Africa by dark, but just barely. The second task force - the 1st Bomb Wing, including the 384th BG - was scheduled to take off 90-minutes after the 4th BW, to ensure the enemy fighters had exhausted their fuel and would be limited in their ability to mount a defense. In the event, the 1st BW was repeatedly delayed, also by weather, for almost four hours, allowing the enemy pilots ample time to refuel, rearm (and have a meal, if they wished!). As a consequence, losses were heavy. Both forces, however, inflicted enormous damage on their assigned targets, but the cost was immense.
SORTIE DATA:
COMBAT CREDIT STATUS TARGET ATTACKED (MODE)
Yes Failed to Return
Comments: Low squadron lead. Damaged by enemy aircraft and flak; crashed about 20 miles north of Rheims (between Sissonne and Montcornet), France. MACR 291
Primary (Visual)
- SORTIE AIRCRAFT DATA:
TYPE SERIAL NUMBER SQ CODE NAME
B-17F 42-30147 SU*O M'HONEY
- SORTIE CREW DATA:
POSITION CREWMEMBER UNIT STATUS
Pilot Wilson, Clayton R 546 POW
Co-pilot Brown, Dewey C, Jr 546 Evaded
Navigator Bloesch, Fred E 546 POW
Bombardier Stevens, Herman D 546 POW
Radio Operator Desrochers, John M 546 Evaded
Engineer/Top Turret Long, Vern P 546 Evaded
Ball Turret Kendall, George J 546 POW
Tail Gunner Hook, Jack F 546 POW
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Klein, Ellis H 546 Evaded
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Penick, Eugene W 546 POW
- SORTIE-RELATED DOCUMENTS:
TYPE IDENTIFICATION
MACRMissing Air Crew Report Number 291
ESCAPEEscape and Evasion Report Number 165
ESCAPEEscape and Evasion Report Number 193
ESCAPEEscape and Evasion Report Number 192
ESCAPEEscape and Evasion Report Number 166
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