SORTIE REPORT #5871
MISSION DATA:
DATE 384th BG Mission # 8th AF Mission # 384th PRIMARY TARGET
1944‑08‑24 183 568 Target: Synthetic Oil & Chemical Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Oil Pressure: The 384th Bombardment Group (H) provided all three groups of the 41st C Combat Bombardment Wing on today's mission. The 8th AF continued to decimate the enemy's fuel supply by attacking this giant chemical complex. The C wing was to follow the A and B wings, but over the North Sea, they caught up and passed both, leading them from the enemy coast, for the rest of the mission. This was apparently due to the wings making different adjustments for cloud layers, and perhaps navigation errors. Although the 384th was prepared for a target obscured by clouds and smoke screen, there was sufficient visibility for visual bombing.
SORTIE DATA:
COMBAT CREDIT STATUS TARGET ATTACKED (MODE)
Yes Completed Mission Primary (Visual)
SORTIE AIRCRAFT DATA:
TYPE SERIAL NUMBER SQUADRON SQ CODE NAME
B-17G 42‑32106 545th JD*R WORRY BIRD / VOAN
SORTIE CREW DATA:
POSITION CREWMEMBER UNIT STATUS
Pilot Brodie, James Joseph 545 Completed, Uninjured
Co-pilot Vevle, Lloyd Oliver 545 Completed, Uninjured
Navigator Hawkins, George Marshall, Jr 545 Completed, Uninjured
Bombardier Barnes, William Douglas, Jr 545 Completed, Uninjured
Radio Operator Taylor, William Edson 545 Completed, Uninjured
Engineer/Top Turret Crumpton, Robert Doyle 545 Completed, Uninjured
Ball Turret Hetu, Gordon Eugene 545 Completed, Uninjured
Tail Gunner Miller, Wilfred Frank 545 Completed, Uninjured
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Opie, Leonard Wood 545 Completed, Uninjured
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