SORTIE REPORT #5892
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, low group.
Primary (Visual)
SORTIE AIRCRAFT DATA:
TYPE SERIAL NUMBER SQUADRON SQ CODE NAME GROUND CREW CHIEF
B-17G 42‑97251 546th BK*O SNUFFY Kahn, Arthur William
SORTIE CREW DATA:
POSITION CREWMEMBER UNIT STATUS
Pilot Tracy, Edward Hanks 546 Completed, Uninjured
Co-pilot Hancock, Harry Carleton 546 Completed, Uninjured
Navigator Sheppard, Ralph Bartlett 546 Completed, Uninjured
Bombardier Vlaun, Richard Joseph 546 Completed, Uninjured
Radio Operator Hopkins, Robert Lee 546 Completed, Uninjured
Engineer/Top Turret Veal, Connally Hammond 546 Completed, Uninjured
Ball Turret Powell, Frederick H 546 Completed, Uninjured
Tail Gunner Balacek, Richard William 546 Completed, Uninjured
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Surowiec, Joseph (NMI) 546 Completed, Uninjured
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Barnett, Gene Henry 546 Completed, Uninjured
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