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)
No Aborted
Comments: High Squadron lead. Landed away at Alconbury.
N/A
- SORTIE AIRCRAFT DATA:
TYPE SERIAL NUMBER SQ CODE NAME
B-17F 42-3429 SU*F FLAK HOUSE
- SORTIE CREW DATA:
POSITION CREWMEMBER UNIT STATUS
Pilot Sprague, Alfred Lee 544 Aborted
Co-pilot Doman, Albert Hugh 544 Aborted
Navigator Baldwin, Pendleton Gaines 544 Aborted
Bombardier Pierce, Kermit Aubrey 544 Aborted
Radio Operator Anderson, Clarence Denton 544 Aborted
Engineer/Top Turret Marshall, Dean William 544 Aborted
Ball Turret Redding, George Thomas 544 Aborted
Tail Gunner Aune, Rudolph (NMI) 544 Aborted
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Abramowitz, Abraham B 544 Aborted
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Bumpers, Frederick S 544 Aborted
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