SORTIE REPORT
MISSION DATA:
DATE 384th BG Mission # 8th AF Mission # 384th PRIMARY TARGET
1944‑09‑17 195B 637 Target: Light Gun Positions, Tactical
Type: Military
Location: 's-Hertogenbosch (den Bosch), The Netherlands
Tactical Support Mission: Today's second mission for the 384th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was to attack tactical targets near 's-Hertogenbosch (just north of Eindhoven). Three squadrons, designated D, E, and F were assigned to this target. While weather conditions were clear, allowing the D and E squadrons to bomb successfully - E squadron bombing an unidentified military target near Eindhoven - the F squadron 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.
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 R 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 Number 10197
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