SORTIE REPORT
MISSION DATA:
DATE 384th BG Mission # 8th AF Mission # 384th PRIMARY TARGET
1944‑08‑26 185 576 Target: Buer Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
More Oil Pressure: The 384th Bombardment Group (H) provided all three groups of the 41st A Combat Bombardment Wing on today's mission. Weather at the target was not ideal, but the lead and low groups were able to drop accurately. The high group was not able to bomb the primary, so continued on to locate targets of opportunity. However, weather and air traffic conflicts prevented them from attacking, so they went on to the coast in search of some enemy shipping that had been reported. Eventually, nothing was spotted and they brought their bombs home.
SORTIE DATA:
COMBAT CREDIT STATUS TARGET ATTACKED (MODE)
Yes Failed to Return
Comments: Lead group. At 1228 hrs, shortly after leaving target, aircraft observed feathering #4 engine and dropped down very rapidly, falling behind, but under control; crashed near the Oldebroek army training area, Wezep, The Netherlands. MACR 8466
Primary (Visual)
- SORTIE AIRCRAFT DATA:
TYPE SERIAL NUMBER SQ CODE NAME
B-17G 42-97204 SO*K SKYLARK
- SORTIE CREW DATA:
POSITION CREWMEMBER UNIT STATUS
Pilot Rainey, Harry Wesley, Jr 547 POW
Co-pilot Rowe, J Z (IO) 547 POW
Navigator Francis, Charles Dean, III 544 POW
Bombardier Kendall, Walter Selium, Jr 547 POW
Radio Operator Sturdivant, Donald Barrett 547 POW
Engineer/Top Turret Evans, Jack Clifton 547 POW
Ball Turret Mosier, Richard Nelson 547 POW
Tail Gunner Gordon, Norman Hirsch 547 KIA
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Thornhill, John G 547 POW
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Knowlton, Alfred Bachelor 547 Evaded
- SORTIE-RELATED DOCUMENTS:
TYPE IDENTIFICATION
MACRMissing Air Crew Report Number 8466
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