SORTIE REPORT
MISSION DATA:
DATE 384th BG Mission # 8th AF Mission # 384th PRIMARY TARGET
1943‑09‑23 25 101 Target: Submarine Repair Ship
Type: Submarine Facility
Location: Nantes, France
Ship Attacked; Results Uncertain: The 384th Bombardment Group (H) flew one group of 18 aircraft on today's mission. The specific objective was a ship believed to be a floating repair shop for submarines, located in the Nantes, France, port area. Bombs were dropped using visual aiming, with undetermined results.
SORTIE DATA:
COMBAT CREDIT STATUS TARGET ATTACKED (MODE)
Yes Failed to Return
Comments: Shot down by enemy aircraft shortly after crossing the coast of France, crashed near Pontivy, France; MACR 748. Co-pilot Ritt was pilot of a newly assigned crew, flying his first orientation flight.
Primary (Visual)
- SORTIE AIRCRAFT DATA:
TYPE SERIAL NUMBER SQ CODE NAME GROUND CREW CHIEF
B-17F 42-3459 BK*F JOLLY ROGER Coon, Lawrence John
- SORTIE CREW DATA:
POSITION CREWMEMBER UNIT STATUS
Pilot Higdon, Philip E 546 POW
Co-pilot Ritt, Louis E 546 POW
Navigator Begab, Meyer (NMI) 546 POW
Bombardier Johnston, Lawrence Edwin 546 POW
Radio Operator Bollinger, Ardell H 546 Evaded
Engineer/Top Turret Jett, James L 546 POW
Ball Turret Kalas, Joseph Markus 546 Evaded
Tail Gunner Humphrey, Edward J 546 POW
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Cronin, Willard J 546 POW
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Kelly, Leonard J 546 Evaded
- SORTIE-RELATED DOCUMENTS:
TYPE IDENTIFICATION
MACRMissing Air Crew Report Number 748
ESCAPEEscape and Evasion Report Number 335
ESCAPEEscape and Evasion Report Number 337
ESCAPEEscape and Evasion Report Number 336
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