SORTIE REPORT #66
MISSION DATA:
DATE 384th BG Mission # 8th AF Mission # 384th PRIMARY TARGET
1943‑06‑26 3 68 Target: Villacoublay Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Paris, France
Target Hidden, Bombs Held: The 384th Bombardment Group (Heavy) flew as the Low Group of the 103rd Combat Bomb Wing (Provisional) on today's mission, led by Col. Budd J. Peaslee. Although a bombing run was attempted from the planned IP, no bombing reference points in the target area were visible. Adhering to official policy - bombing only positively identified targets of military significance in occupied territory is permitted - bombs were not dropped. A B-17 gunship - known as a YB-40 - supplied by the 92nd BG, flew as #3 in the lead squadron.
SORTIE DATA:
COMBAT CREDIT STATUS TARGET ATTACKED (MODE)
Yes Failed To Return
Comments: Attacked by enemy aircraft; last seen with three engines smoking, diving at a 45° angle; five chutes reported. Crashed in Bernouville, France (6km west of Gisors). No MACR.
No Target Attacked
SORTIE AIRCRAFT DATA:
TYPE SERIAL NUMBER SQUADRON SQ CODE NAME
B-17F 42‑30031 544th SU*D not known
SORTIE CREW DATA:
POSITION CREWMEMBER UNIT STATUS
Pilot Burgoon, Howard Cyril 544 POW/Wounded
Co-pilot Kress, Victor Charles 544 POW
Navigator Wilmot, David Barr 544 POW
Bombardier Hunt, Tom J E 544 Evaded
Radio Operator McFarland, Harold Sylvester 544 POW
Engineer/Top Turret Peckham, Edward Lawrence 544 POW
Ball Turret Aguiar, William (NMI) 544 Evaded
Tail Gunner Ullmer, Henry Joseph 544 POW/Wounded
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Costello, Edward Crawford 546 POW
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Jenkins, Roland Hariston 544 Evaded/Wounded
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