SORTIE REPORT #7082
MISSION DATA:
DATE 384th BG Mission # 8th AF Mission # 384th PRIMARY TARGET
1944‑10‑18 213 682 Target: Ford Motor Works
Type: Industry
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Weather Challenges Crews: The 384th Bombardment Group (H) flew as the 41st CBW B Group on today's mission. Clouds obscured the target so each squadron started a Gee-H bomb run - in each case the Gee-H equipment failed, so the deputy had to take over with PFF (radar), with varying results. The lead and low squadron deputies did not have enough time to take over on the initial bomb run, so they turned and attacked the PFF secondary. The high squadron was able to complete the attack on the primary on the first run.
SORTIE DATA:
COMBAT CREDIT STATUS TARGET ATTACKED (MODE)
Yes Completed Mission
Comments: Low Squadron deputy. PFF ship. Took over on bomb run after lead Gee-h equipment failed, but too late to bomb primary. Led Squadron to attack secondary by PFF.
Secondary (PFF)
Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
SORTIE AIRCRAFT DATA:
TYPE SERIAL NUMBER SQUADRON SQ CODE NAME
B-17G 44‑8008 544th SU*Y not known
SORTIE CREW DATA:
POSITION CREWMEMBER UNIT STATUS
Pilot Gilbert, Stanley Milton 544 Completed, Uninjured
Co-pilot Culhane, Emmett Patrick 544 Completed, Uninjured
Navigator Mass, Russell C 544 Completed, Uninjured
Navigator Sarto, Joseph Michael 544 Completed, Uninjured
Bombardier Ward, Donald Leroy 544 Completed, Uninjured
Radio Operator Hickman, Noah Clarence 544 Completed, Uninjured
Engineer/Top Turret Chase, Marion Butler, Jr 544 Completed, Uninjured
Tail Gunner Carella, Jack Vito 544 Completed, Uninjured
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Foster, Erwin Vernon 544 Completed, Uninjured
Waist (Flexible) Gunner McKnight, Lyle Orin 544 Completed, Uninjured
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