SORTIE REPORT
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 Crashed
Comments: High group, 41st B wing. Collided with 42‑102442 over England due to weather conditions; crashed 8 miles NW Ridgewell at Withersfield, Suffolk, UK.
N/A
- SORTIE AIRCRAFT DATA:
TYPE SERIAL NUMBER SQ CODE NAME
B-17G 44-6147 JD*U not known
- SORTIE CREW DATA:
POSITION CREWMEMBER UNIT STATUS
Pilot Bagby, Donald Woods 545 Bailed Out Over England
Co-pilot Morton, Howard Raymond 545 Bailed Out Over England
Navigator Davis, Gerald Paul 545 KIA
Togglier Niemann, Carl (NMI) 545 KIA
Radio Operator Day, Dean Willis 545 Bailed Out Over England
Engineer/Top Turret Huff, Jack Dyer 545 KIA
Ball Turret Pawlowski, Raymond (NMI) 545 KIA
Tail Gunner O'Neal, Cecil Cash 545 KIA
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Allison, Arthur Ellsworth 545 KIA
- SORTIE-RELATED DOCUMENTS:
TYPE IDENTIFICATION
ACCIREPAccident Report # 44-07-07-515
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