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: Damaged by enemy aircraft; exploded and crashed near Dilsen, Belgium; MACR 841.
Primary (Visual)
- SORTIE AIRCRAFT DATA:
TYPE SERIAL NUMBER SQ CODE NAME
B-17F 42-3216 JD*S THE JOKER
- SORTIE CREW DATA:
POSITION CREWMEMBER UNIT STATUS
Pilot Kopf, William E 547 KIA
Co-pilot Scott, Alfred William, Jr 547 KIA
Navigator Massey, Toscha Melody 545 KIA
Bombardier Connor, Eugene Warren 547 Evaded
Radio Operator Yeryar, Herbert Eugene 547 Evaded
Engineer/Top Turret Mauritho, Hugh (NMI) 547 Evaded
Ball Turret Smith, Clyde (NMI) 547 KIA
Tail Gunner Buddemeyer, Elton William 547 KIA
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Bernard, LeeRoy (NMI) 547 KIA
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Perroni, Anthony P 547 KIA
- SORTIE-RELATED DOCUMENTS:
TYPE IDENTIFICATION
MACRMissing Air Crew Report # 841
ESCAPEEscape & Evasion Report # 1527
ESCAPEEscape & Evasion Report # 2212
ESCAPEEscape & Evasion Report # 2214
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