SORTIE REPORT #4705
MISSION DATA:
DATE 384th BG Mission # 8th AF Mission # 384th PRIMARY TARGET
1944‑07‑07 153 458 Target: Me-109 Aircraft Factory
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Leipzig, Germany
Me-109 Factory Targeted: The 384th Bombardment Group (H) provided the high groups for the 41st A and B Combat Bombardment Wings on today's mission. The A group encountered little difficulty completing the mission as briefed, but the story was quite different for the B group. Following assembly, the 41st B CBW leader led the formation through a very heavy cloud layer, causing the formation to deteriorate. Once clear of the clouds, few 384th ships were able to locate any formation. Those who did tacked on to the low B group and bombed the target using PFF. In addition, two of our ships collided in the cloudy conditions, with fatal results.
SORTIE DATA:
COMBAT CREDIT STATUS TARGET ATTACKED (MODE)
No Aborted Mission After Taking Off.
Comments: High group, 41st B wing. Lost group in heavy clouds; returned to base.
N/A
SORTIE AIRCRAFT DATA:
TYPE SERIAL NUMBER SQUADRON SQ CODE NAME
B-17G 44‑6141 544th SU*F SNEAKIN DEACON
SORTIE CREW DATA:
POSITION CREWMEMBER UNIT STATUS
Pilot James, Robert Huey 544 Aborted
Co-pilot Rochette, Harold Irving 544 Aborted
Navigator Bronstein, David (NMI) 544 Aborted
Bombardier Stearns, Robert Sumner 544 Aborted
Radio Operator Brown, Joe Erwin 544 Aborted
Engineer/Top Turret Shay, James William, Jr 544 Aborted
Ball Turret Smith, Herman Eugene 544 Aborted
Tail Gunner Kew, John Harry 544 Aborted
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Cassidy, Michael Joseph 544 Aborted
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