SORTIE REPORT
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
Comments: Low Squadron deputy, lead group.
Primary (Visual)
- SORTIE AIRCRAFT DATA:
TYPE SERIAL NUMBER SQ CODE NAME
B-17G 44-6135 JD*J not known
- SORTIE CREW DATA:
POSITION CREWMEMBER UNIT STATUS
Pilot Chadwick, James Woodrow 545 Completed, Uninjured
Co-pilot Grantham, Edgar Harry 545 Completed, Uninjured
Navigator White, Leslie Comer 545 Completed, Uninjured
Bombardier Verbryke, Robert Merrill 545 Wounded
Radio Operator Mulvey, Lawrence V 545 Completed, Uninjured
Engineer/Top Turret Brown, Virgil Darrah 545 Completed, Uninjured
Ball Turret Schoonover, Henry Kermit 545 Completed, Uninjured
Tail Gunner Klumpp, Kenneth Bernard 545 Completed, Uninjured
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Merfeld, Louis Leonard 545 Completed, Uninjured
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