SORTIE REPORT #826
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: Knocked down by enemy aircraft; crashed near Metz, France; MACR 838.
Primary (Visual)
SORTIE AIRCRAFT DATA:
TYPE SERIAL NUMBER SQUADRON SQ CODE NAME
B-17F 42‑29867 544th SU*C not known
SORTIE CREW DATA:
POSITION CREWMEMBER UNIT STATUS
Pilot Williams, Walter Gordon 544 POW
Co-pilot Candler, Belford Bruce 544 POW
Navigator Abele, Carl William 544 POW
Bombardier Breen, Thomas Carroll, Jr 544 POW
Radio Operator Hanrahan, Thomas Patrick 544 POW
Engineer/Top Turret Bush, Clyde Thomas 544 POW
Ball Turret Genette, William Raymond 544 POW
Tail Gunner Wickline, Albert John 544 Evaded
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Henneberry, Michael Raymond 544 POW
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Deese, James William 544 POW
SORTIE-RELATED DOCUMENTS:
TYPE IDENTIFICATION
MACRMissing Air Crew Report # 838
ESCAPEEscape & Evasion Report # 2770
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