SORTIE REPORT #823
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 Crashed In Allied Territory
Comments: Crew bailed out over England; their battle-damaged aircraft crash-landed near Baydon, Wiltshire. Erwin C. Johnson and Elliott L. Gadd were injured as a result of bailing out. Johnson did not fly again. Gadd remained off flight status until 5 December 1943.
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SORTIE AIRCRAFT DATA:
TYPE SERIAL NUMBER SQUADRON SQ CODE NAME
B-17F 42‑29784 545th JD*V SMILIN-THRU
SORTIE CREW DATA:
POSITION CREWMEMBER UNIT STATUS
Pilot Johnson, Erwin Crawford 546 Seriously Wounded
Co-pilot Gadd, Elliott Leroy 546 Wounded
Navigator Bailey, William Eugene 546 Bailed Out Over England
Bombardier Littleton, George James 546 Bailed Out Over England
Radio Operator Ranallo, Sam David 546 Bailed Out Over England
Engineer/Top Turret Hunt, Leo Albert 546 Bailed Out Over England
Ball Turret Couture, Clement Adrian 546 Bailed Out Over England
Tail Gunner Parsons, Lawrence Lincoln 546 Bailed Out Over England
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Baker, Earl Shelton 546 Bailed Out Over England
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Fless, Gustave (NMI) 546 Bailed Out Over England
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