SORTIE REPORT #808
MISSION DATA:
DATE 384th BG Mission # 8th AF Mission # 384th PRIMARY TARGET
1943‑10‑14 32 115 Target: Ball-Bearing Factory
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
"Second Schweinfurt" aka "Black Thursday": The 384th Bombardment Group (H) put up three squadrons on today's mission. However, six aircraft aborted, reducing the number that bombed the primary target. A further six aircraft were knocked out by enemy action. An all-too-familiar situation faced the returning crews - bad weather over East Anglia. Three Aircraft were lost when the crews, unable to locate a suitable place to land in England, bailed out and abandoned them, while most of the remainder landed at other airfields.
SORTIE DATA:
COMBAT CREDIT STATUS TARGET ATTACKED (MODE)
No Aborted
Comments: Turned back. Landed away at Metfield.
N/A
SORTIE AIRCRAFT DATA:
TYPE SERIAL NUMBER SQUADRON SQ CODE NAME GROUND CREW CHIEF
B-17F 42‑30033 546th BK*G LITTLE AMERICA Foster, Ewing H
SORTIE CREW DATA:
POSITION CREWMEMBER UNIT STATUS
Pilot Armstrong, Lloyd Rowland 545 Aborted
Co-pilot Furber, Donald Wilson 545 Aborted
Navigator Wilson, Eugene Theodore 545 Aborted
Bombardier Kinney, William Brownie 545 Aborted
Radio Operator Carroll, George Henry 545 Aborted
Engineer/Top Turret Estes, Lloyd Stack 545 Aborted
Ball Turret Thurman, Fillman Clifton 545 Aborted
Tail Gunner Renfro, Alvin Everette 545 Aborted
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Polito, Michael John 545 Aborted
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Voorhees, Ralph Warner 545 Aborted
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