SORTIE REPORT #424
MISSION DATA:
DATE 384th BG Mission # 8th AF Mission # 384th PRIMARY TARGET
1943‑08‑27 18 87 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Watten, France
No Attack: Mechanical Failure: The 384th Bombardment Group (H) flew as the high group of the 103rd Combat Wing on today's mission. During the bomb run, the linkage between the bombsight and the Automatic Flight Control Equipment (AFCE) failed. It was too late to either transition to manual control or to transfer the lead to the group deputy (whose bombardier was never able to see the target). A second run was considered, but not undertaken due to the risk inherent in making the run without support of other groups in the wing. Consequently, as required by bombing SOP over occupied territory, the bombs were held, except for the Aufmuth Crew, who accidentally dropped two bombs.
SORTIE DATA:
COMBAT CREDIT STATUS TARGET ATTACKED (MODE)
Yes Completed Mission No Target Attacked
SORTIE AIRCRAFT DATA:
TYPE SERIAL NUMBER SQUADRON SQ CODE NAME GROUND CREW CHIEF
B-17F 42‑30026 546th BK*J BATTLEWAGON Flynn, Roland (NMI)
SORTIE CREW DATA:
POSITION CREWMEMBER UNIT STATUS
Pilot Armstrong, James Edwin 546 Completed, Uninjured
Co-pilot Stoner, Robert L 546 Completed, Uninjured
Navigator Carlin, Charles C 546 Completed, Uninjured
Bombardier Mannka, Charles Pershing 546 Completed, Uninjured
Radio Operator House, Walter Lafayette 546 Completed, Uninjured
Engineer/Top Turret Shemanski, Aloysius Bruno 546 Completed, Uninjured
Ball Turret Redwing, James Hardy 546 Completed, Uninjured
Tail Gunner Hammock, Clifford (NMI) 546 Completed, Uninjured
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Deibert, William O 546 Completed, Uninjured
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Markus, Julius Martin 546 Completed, Uninjured
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