SORTIE REPORT
MISSION DATA:
DATE 384th BG Mission # 8th AF Mission # 384th PRIMARY TARGET
1944‑07‑20 162 484 Target: Aircraft Plants
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Dessau, Germany
Airfield Attacked: The 384th Bombardment Group (H) provided all three groups of the 41st C Combat Bombardment Wing on today's mission. Weather in the target area was partly cloudy, and, although the lead aircraft was equipped for radar bombing (PFF), the air commander determined that the primary target would not be attacked. Instead, he led the wing to attack a fighter airfield by visual means. Bombing results were mixed; some low group B-17s dropped their loads early when their group lead jettisoned his load due to flak damage to his #1 engine.
SORTIE DATA:
COMBAT CREDIT STATUS TARGET ATTACKED (MODE)
Yes Failed to Return
Comments: High Group. At 1115 hrs aircraft dropped back and released bombs, apparently unable to keep up with formation; it was under attack by four ME109s and two FW190s; four chutes seen; the aircraft went down in a glide, apparently under control; crashed near Zetteritz, Germany. MACR 727.
Secondary (Visual)
Target: Fighter Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Nordhausen, Germany
- SORTIE AIRCRAFT DATA:
TYPE SERIAL NUMBER SQ CODE NAME
B-17G 42-37974 JD*O, SU*M SECTION 8
- SORTIE CREW DATA:
POSITION CREWMEMBER UNIT STATUS
Pilot Grant, Walter Edward 547 POW
Co-pilot Grabon, Daniel Stanley 547 KIA
Navigator Wells, Benjamin Franklin 547 POW
Togglier Zipfel, Herbert Walter 547 POW
Radio Operator Sexton, William Hiram 547 POW
Engineer/Top Turret Farrow, Thomas Chapell 547 POW
Ball Turret Fulwider, Albert Clayton, Jr 547 POW
Tail Gunner Karcher, Norbert Raymond 547 KIA
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Jablonski, Raymond Joseph 547 POW
- SORTIE-RELATED DOCUMENTS:
TYPE IDENTIFICATION
MACRMissing Air Crew Report # 7278
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