SORTIE REPORT
MISSION DATA:
DATE 384th BG Mission # 8th AF Mission # 384th PRIMARY TARGET
1944‑09‑17 195 637 Target: Tank and Gun Concentrations, Tactical
Type: Military
Location: Eindhoven & 's‑Hertogenbosch (den Bosch), The Netherlands
Tactical Support Mission: The 384th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was tasked to provide six squadrons, A thru F, for today's mission against tactical targets in The Netherlands in support of ground troops. These squadrons formed two groups which flew to their target areas. The first group (A, B, and C squadrons) attacked a single assigned target at Eindhoven, the C squadron having to make a second bomb run because the bombardier had the bomb rack selector switch OFF on the first run, so bombs did not release. The other group was assigned targets near 's Hertogenbosch. The D Squadron attacked its assigned target and the E Squadron attacked its own assigned target. The F Squadron did not attack because the Bombardier was unable to pick up the target on the first run: a second bomb run was considered but not attempted because they would not have been able to comply with the bombing deadline of 1130 hrs. All squadrons returned to base independently.
SORTIE DATA:
COMBAT CREDIT STATUS TARGET ATTACKED (MODE)
Yes Failed to Return
Comments: F Squadron lead. At 1122 hrs, prior to the IP, a direct flak burst hit the #2 engine, and the right wing caught fire. The aircraft exploded shortly before or on hitting the ground. Crashed near Liege, Belgium. MACR 10197
Primary (Visual)
- SORTIE AIRCRAFT DATA:
TYPE SERIAL NUMBER SQ CODE NAME
B-17G 44-8011 SO*J MISBEHAVIN'
- SORTIE CREW DATA:
POSITION CREWMEMBER UNIT STATUS
Pilot Kelsay, Omar Frank 547 Bailed Out Over
Allied Territory
Co-pilot Soester, Wilbur Leroy 547 POW
Navigator Schold, George Bertie, Jr 547 POW
Bombardier Parker, Max Franklin 547 POW
Radio Operator Soto, Roman Serrano 547 Bailed Out Over
Allied Territory
Engineer/Top Turret Pavlos, Nickolas Manuel 547 Evaded
Ball Turret Schmeller, Thomas Raymond 547 KIA
Tail Gunner Kelsey, Donald Edward 547 Bailed Out Over
Allied Territory
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Norstrom, John Julius 547 Bailed Out Over
Allied Territory
Observer Ziegler, Pete Frank 547 Bailed Out Over
Allied Territory
- SORTIE-RELATED DOCUMENTS:
TYPE IDENTIFICATION
MACRMissing Air Crew Report # 10197
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