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: High squadron lead. Shot down by enemy aircraft before target; crashed near Mannheim, Germany. MACR 292
Primary (Visual)
- SORTIE AIRCRAFT DATA:
TYPE SERIAL NUMBER SQ CODE NAME
B-17F 42-3222 JD*P DUECES WILD
- SORTIE CREW DATA:
POSITION CREWMEMBER UNIT STATUS
Pilot Mattes, Frank G 545 KIA
Co-pilot Thompson, Arthur J, Jr 545 POW
Navigator Wentworth, Wayne L 545 POW
Bombardier Konefal, Adam (NMI) 545 KIA
Radio Operator Fletter, Homer Thomas 545 POW
Engineer/Top Turret Miller, Walter Amos 545 POW
Ball Turret Rhodes, James C 545 POW
Tail Gunner Hay, Thomas (NMI) 545 POW
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Garcia, Edward Jiminez 545 POW
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Thompson, John Paul 545 POW
- SORTIE-RELATED DOCUMENTS:
TYPE IDENTIFICATION
MACRMissing Air Crew Report Number 292
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