|DATE||384th BG Mission #||8th AF Mission #||384th PRIMARY TARGET|
|1943‑10‑09||30||113||Target: Aircraft Factories
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Anklam, Germany
Aircraft Factories Attacked: The 384th Bombardment Group (H) put up 21 Flying Fortresses as the High Group of the 41st Combat Bombardment Wing, which led the 1st Air Task Force on today's mission. They pounded one source of enemy air strength, the aircraft factories at Anklam, with excellent results under perfect bombing conditions.
Maj. Ketelsen, Group Leader: 'Fifteen fighters attacked at 1035 for ten minutes, halfway through Denmark, but no fighters or flak from there to target. After leaving the target, Ju-88s, ME's, and FW-190s attacked for two hours. Flew too close to Rostock and its heavy intense flak on way home. Thirty minutes after the two hour attack ended, 60 miles off the Frisian Islands, FW-190s attacked the wing following the 41st wing. Low clouds forced the group up so that it came home apart from other groups.'
|COMBAT CREDIT||STATUS||TARGET ATTACKED (MODE)|
Failed to Return:
Comments: Damaged by enemy aircraft; ditched at 1341 hrs 50 mi. west of Danish coast, North Sea; MACR 872.
Air Commander's Report Excerpt:
A/C 814 last observed 50 mi. W of Danish coast. Most of vertical rudder shot away. Having difficulty maintaining level flight. Straggling under attack by several E/A.
|- SORTIE AIRCRAFT DATA:|
|TYPE||SERIAL NUMBER||SQ CODE||NAME|
|- SORTIE CREW DATA:|
|Pilot||Ingles, John Thomas||544||MIA|
|Co-pilot||Pratt, Harry Mitchell||544||MIA|
|Navigator||Ruman, Charles Logan||544||MIA|
|Bombardier||Fish, Robert Leigh||544||MIA|
|Radio Operator||Smith, Lawrence Waith, Jr||544||MIA|
|Engineer/Top Turret||Morrison, Clarence Theodore||544||MIA|
|Ball Turret||Farley, John Francis||544||MIA|
|Tail Gunner||Brescia, Alfred Joseph||544||MIA|
|Waist (Flexible) Gunner||Spaulding, Charles Arnold||544||MIA|
|Waist (Flexible) Gunner||Janes, Carl Warner||544||MIA|
|- SORTIE-RELATED DOCUMENTS:|
|MACR||Missing Air Crew Report # 872|