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 C 544 POW
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
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Jenkins, Roland Hairston 544 Evaded
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Costello, Edward Crawford 546 POW
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