SORTIE REPORT #4956
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: Wing lead. Landed away at RAF Manston, Kent, due to battle damage.
TOO (Visual)
Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Laon, France
SORTIE AIRCRAFT DATA:
TYPE SERIAL NUMBER SQUADRON SQ CODE NAME
B-17G 42‑97824 544th SU*U not known
SORTIE CREW DATA:
POSITION CREWMEMBER UNIT STATUS
Commander Nuttall, Alfred Charles 544 Completed, Uninjured
Pilot Lane, Edward William 544 Completed, Uninjured
Navigator Lord, Kenneth Smith 544 Completed, Uninjured
Navigator Schmidtke, George Emory 544 Completed, Uninjured
Bombardier Cooper, Leo Lee 544 Completed, Uninjured
Radio Operator Flory, Clarence Robert 544 Completed, Uninjured
Engineer/Top Turret Bray, Leo (NMI) 544 Completed, Uninjured
Ball Turret Wittwer, Derall Boyd 544 Completed, Uninjured
Tail Gunner Carlson, Walter Elmer 544 Completed, Uninjured
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Larkin, Vincent Joseph 544 Completed, Uninjured
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