SORTIE REPORT
MISSION DATA:
DATE 384th BG Mission # 8th AF Mission # 384th PRIMARY TARGET
1944‑08‑09 176 533 Target: Erding Airdrome & Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Erding, Germany
More Bad Weather: The 384th Bombardment Group (H) provided all three groups of the 41st B Combat Bombardment Wing - except for three aircraft from the 303rd BG, which formed the high element of the high group - on today's mission. Although the division abandoned operations at the Dutch Coast due to bad weather, the 41st B carried on until after they had passed Aachen, at which point the weather had become impenetrable. The wing leader ordered the wing to attack the briefed target of last resort, which the lead and high groups accomplished. However, the low group's bombsight gyro 'tumbled' just before bombs away, so they went on to bomb a target of opportunity (TOO).
SORTIE DATA:
COMBAT CREDIT STATUS TARGET ATTACKED (MODE)
Yes Completed Mission
Comments: High section deputy, lead group.
Last Resort Target (Visual)
Target: Shoe Factory
Type: Industry
Location: Pirmasens, Germany
- SORTIE AIRCRAFT DATA:
TYPE SERIAL NUMBER SQ CODE NAME
B-17G 44-8011 SO*J MISBEHAVIN'
- SORTIE CREW DATA:
POSITION CREWMEMBER UNIT STATUS
Pilot Hicks, Ralph Benjamin 547 Completed, Uninjured
Co-pilot Niederlitz, Donald Edward 547 Completed, Uninjured
Navigator Miller, Dan Owens 547 Completed, Uninjured
Bombardier Scheanwald, Richard James 547 Completed, Uninjured
Radio Operator Frerichs, Earl Edward 547 Completed, Uninjured
Engineer/Top Turret Townsend, Perry Houston, Jr 547 Completed, Uninjured
Ball Turret Jones, Terry Lee 547 Completed, Uninjured
Tail Gunner Manners, Dale Melvin 547 Completed, Uninjured
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Weeks, Melvin Francis 547 Completed, Uninjured
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