SORTIE REPORT #4025
MISSION DATA:
DATE 384th BG Mission # 8th AF Mission # 384th PRIMARY TARGET
1944‑06‑14 135 412 Target: Coulommiers Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Coulommiers, France
Clouds Cover Primary: The 384th Bombardment Group (H) flew as the 41st B Combat Bombardment Wing (41B Wing) and the High Group of the 41st D Combat Bombardment Wing (41D Group) on today's mission. The primary and secondary targets of the 41B Wing were hidden by 10/10 cloud cover, so a target of opportunity (TOO), the airfield at Creil, was bombed by the Lead and High groups: the Low group was forced out of position by sudden maneuvers by the Wing Lead and were unable to follow him on the bomb run to the TOO, resulting in no attack by the Low Group. The High and Low groups returned to England in formation with the Wing ahead of them in the bomber stream. Weather prevented the 41D Group from attacking the primary. After three runs on the primary target, contact with the Lead group was lost, and a decision was made to attempt to find the secondary target. However, weather conditions there were similar, so all bombs were returned to base. Also, because this group had lost contact with its Wing, it returned to base alone.
SORTIE DATA:
COMBAT CREDIT STATUS TARGET ATTACKED (MODE)
Yes Failed To Return
Comments: 41B Wing, Low Group. Attacked by about ten enemy aircraft on route to target; aircraft exploded and crashed near Bisseau, France. MACR 580
No Target Attacked
SORTIE AIRCRAFT DATA:
TYPE SERIAL NUMBER SQUADRON SQ CODE NAME
B-17G 42‑97188 544th SU*A not known
SORTIE CREW DATA:
POSITION CREWMEMBER UNIT STATUS
Pilot Summerville, Robert Dana 544 KIA
Co-pilot Vogt, Jean Deveau 544 KIA
Navigator Wiseman, Abraham (NMI) 544 Evaded
Bombardier Eisenach, Ralph Eugene 544 POW
Radio Operator McClanahan, John Howard, Jr 544 POW
Engineer/Top Turret Holt, Alfred Irwin 544 Evaded
Ball Turret Larocca, Frank (NMI) 544 POW
Tail Gunner Harris, Thomas James 544 KIA
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Marshall, Sylvester Joseph 544 POW
SORTIE-RELATED DOCUMENTS:
TYPE IDENTIFICATION
MACRMissing Air Crew Report # 5800
ESCAPEEscape & Evasion Report # 1009
ESCAPEEscape & Evasion Report # 1193
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