SORTIE REPORT
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)
Yes Failed to Return
Comments: Knocked down by enemy aircraft; crashed near Würzburg, Germany; MACR 839.
Primary (Visual)
- SORTIE AIRCRAFT DATA:
TYPE SERIAL NUMBER SQ CODE NAME GROUND CREW CHIEF
B-17F 42-30196 BK*Y SAD SACK Flynn, James F
- SORTIE CREW DATA:
POSITION CREWMEMBER UNIT STATUS
Pilot Keller, Lawrence Larry, Jr 546 KIA
Co-pilot Odell, Marion Dale 546 KIA
Navigator Hart, Jerome Fraser 546 KIA
Bombardier Gross, Kenneth Elbert 546 KIA
Radio Operator Vansandt, Wallie Hayes, Jr 546 POW
Engineer/Top Turret Jacoby, Virgilio NMI 546 KIA
Ball Turret McClean, Harold Keith 546 KIA
Tail Gunner Jellings, Charles Albert 546 POW
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Maloney, John Edward 546 POW
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Motiaytis, Peter Charles 546 POW
- SORTIE-RELATED DOCUMENTS:
TYPE IDENTIFICATION
MACRMissing Air Crew Report # 839
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