SORTIE REPORT
MISSION DATA:
DATE 384th BG Mission # 8th AF Mission # 384th PRIMARY TARGET
1944‑07‑17 159 478 Target: Beautor Bridge
Type: Transportation
Location: Beautor, France
Myriad Problems: The 384th Bombardment Group (H) provided all three group formations of the 41st C Combat Bombardment Wing for today's mission. The bombardier of the lead group could not pick up the primary target on the first bomb run - and his intercom was out so the pilot's orders went unheard, resulting in the lead group's bombs being dropped on Laon, France, Marshalling Yards. Meanwhile, the high group had similar trouble picking up the primary target, and went around for a second run with the same result, but with heavy flak. The high group leader then selected a last resort target, a bridge in Eu, France, and the group dropped their bombs there. The low group released their bombs on the first bomb run, but apparently aimed them at a nearby railroad bridge in 'Vouël' (Tergnier), France.
SORTIE DATA:
COMBAT CREDIT STATUS TARGET ATTACKED (MODE)
Yes Completed Mission
Comments: High group.
Last Resort Target (Visual)
Target: Eu Bridge
Type: Transportation
Location: Eu, France
- SORTIE AIRCRAFT DATA:
TYPE SERIAL NUMBER SQ CODE NAME GROUND CREW CHIEF
B-17G 42-97251 BK*O SNUFFY Kahn, Arthur W
- SORTIE CREW DATA:
POSITION CREWMEMBER UNIT STATUS
Pilot Menke, Robert A 547 Completed, Uninjured
Co-pilot Brandon, George Gray 547 Completed, Uninjured
Navigator Kuba, Carl Willliam 547 Completed, Uninjured
Bombardier Gudowski, Frank George 547 Completed, Uninjured
Radio Operator Sexton, William Hiram 547 Completed, Uninjured
Engineer/Top Turret Shaputis, John Vero 547 Completed, Uninjured
Ball Turret Smith, Jack Alexander 547 Completed, Uninjured
Tail Gunner Berger, Robert Jeane 547 Completed, Uninjured
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Snyder, Clifford Leroy 547 Completed, Uninjured
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