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 Completed Mission
Comments: Landed away at Molesworth.
Primary (Visual)
- SORTIE AIRCRAFT DATA:
TYPE SERIAL NUMBER SQ CODE NAME
B-17F 42-29703 SU*E KATHY JANE
- SORTIE CREW DATA:
POSITION CREWMEMBER UNIT STATUS
Pilot Robinson, Robert Lawrence 544 Completed, Uninjured
Co-pilot Baylor, Robert Bledsoe 544 Completed, Uninjured
Navigator Holzbaur, Frederick Morris 544 Completed, Uninjured
Bombardier Kramer, Herman Drummond 544 Completed, Uninjured
Radio Operator Stumpf, Howard Martin 544 Completed, Uninjured
Engineer/Top Turret Hutchison, William Wilde 544 Completed, Uninjured
Ball Turret Maziarka, Stanley Walter 544 Completed, Uninjured
Tail Gunner Ripley, Carlyle David 544 Completed, Uninjured
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Porter, Edward Eugene 544 Completed, Uninjured
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Johnston, Thomas Theadora, Jr 544 Completed, Uninjured
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