SORTIE REPORT
MISSION DATA:
DATE 384th BG Mission # 8th AF Mission # 384th PRIMARY TARGET
1944‑11‑08 222 705 Target: Leuna Synthetic Oil Plant (visual aim point)
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Another Attack on Oil: The 384th Bombardment Group (H) flew as the 41st Combat Wing B Group on today's mission. Bombs were dropped in Group formation using PFF aiming.
SORTIE DATA:
COMBAT CREDIT STATUS TARGET ATTACKED (MODE)
Yes Failed to Return
Comments: At 1145 hours, aircraft pulled out of formation with #3 engine feathered but under control; was picked up immediately by P-51 escort; flak damage caused crew to bail out safely, except bombardier whose parachute did not open; crew was fired on as they descended; aircraft crashed just south of Bodenheim (near Mainz), Germany; MACR 10352.
Secondary (PFF)
Target: Leuna Synthetic Oil Plant (PFF aim point)
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
- SORTIE AIRCRAFT DATA:
TYPE SERIAL NUMBER SQ CODE NAME
B-17G 42-97282 SU*H REBEL
- SORTIE CREW DATA:
POSITION CREWMEMBER UNIT STATUS
Pilot Drake, William Bright 544 POW
Co-pilot Johnson, Richard Arthur 544 POW
Navigator Dunning, Leonard Francis 544 POW
Bombardier Hart, Daniel Alphonse 544 KIA
Radio Operator Clymer, Charles Richard 544 POW
Engineer/Top Turret Pire, Irwin Joseph, Jr 544 POW
Ball Turret Owen, Robert Ralph 544 POW
Tail Gunner May, Gayle Gustavus 544 POW
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Lewis, Richard Lowell 544 POW
- SORTIE-RELATED DOCUMENTS:
TYPE IDENTIFICATION
MACRMissing Air Crew Report Number 10352
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