SORTIE REPORT #78
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: Initially attacked east of Caen, France, by enemy aircraft; lost altitude rapidly; crashed in La Chapelle-Hareng, France. MACR 15567
No Target Attacked
SORTIE AIRCRAFT DATA:
TYPE SERIAL NUMBER SQUADRON SQ CODE NAME
B-17F 42‑3188 544th SU*F MISS CARRIAGE
SORTIE CREW DATA:
POSITION CREWMEMBER UNIT STATUS
Pilot Cuddeback, Thomas A 544 POW
Co-pilot Adair, Luther Ewell, Jr 544 POW
Navigator Singer, George Robert 544 KIA
Bombardier Dillon, James Francis, Jr 544 POW
Radio Operator Fink, Philip James 544 Evaded
Engineer/Top Turret Suchy, Albert Leonard 544 POW
Ball Turret Bessey, Edward Thomas 544 KIA
Tail Gunner Selgo, John V 544 KIA
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Brown, Marvin Frank 544 KIA
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Hardin, David Jackson 546 KIA
SORTIE-RELATED DOCUMENTS:
TYPE IDENTIFICATION
MACRMissing Air Crew Report # 15567
ESCAPEEscape & Evasion Report # 113
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