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 42-29809 JD*X QUEEN JEANIE / DAMN YANKEE II
- SORTIE CREW DATA:
POSITION CREWMEMBER UNIT STATUS
Pilot Bedsole, Joseph Linyer, Jr 545 Wounded
Co-pilot Cosentino, George (NMI) 545 Completed, Uninjured
Navigator Groh, Harold Chester 545 Completed, Uninjured
Bombardier Wismann, William Charles 545 Completed, Uninjured
Radio Operator Madden, Joseph Francis 545 Completed, Uninjured
Engineer/Top Turret Maruszak, Karol Leonard 545 Completed, Uninjured
Ball Turret Hotis, Leo Constantine 545 Completed, Uninjured
Tail Gunner McMichael, Marion Louis 545 Completed, Uninjured
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Mazewski, Michael Henry, Jr 545 Completed, Uninjured
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Woodall, Arthur James, Jr 545 Completed, Uninjured
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