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)
Yes Completed Mission
Crewmember(s) Bailed Out
Comments: High group, 41st A wing. Tailgunner bailed out during violent prop wash, apparently believing the aircraft was in trouble.
Primary (Visual)
- SORTIE AIRCRAFT DATA:
TYPE SERIAL NUMBER SQ CODE NAME GROUND CREW CHIEF
B-17G 42-97273 BK*F ACES & ATES Konzem, Hubert P
- SORTIE CREW DATA:
POSITION CREWMEMBER UNIT STATUS
Pilot Pranger, Nicholas Vincent 546 Completed, Uninjured
Co-pilot Vaden, Kenneth Underwood 546 Completed, Uninjured
Navigator Cheresnik, Edward John 546 Completed, Uninjured
Bombardier Wolf, Charles Elmer, Jr 546 Completed, Uninjured
Radio Operator Neyer, Ralph Richard 546 Completed, Uninjured
Engineer/Top Turret Brooker, Cameron Hutchison 546 Completed, Uninjured
Ball Turret Browne, Erle Royden 546 Completed, Uninjured
Tail Gunner Kidwell, Hugh Thomas 546 POW
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Sullivan, John Joseph 546 Completed, Uninjured
- SORTIE-RELATED DOCUMENTS:
TYPE IDENTIFICATION
MACRMissing Air Crew Report Number 7454
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