SORTIE REPORT
MISSION DATA:
DATE 384th BG Mission # 8th AF Mission # 384th PRIMARY TARGET
1945‑01‑02 249 776 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Gerolstein, Germany
Transportation Targeted: The 384th Bombardment Group (H) flew as the 41st Combat Wing A Group on today's mission. The group leader's Gee-H equipment failed prior to the IP, so the high squadron led the group on the bomb run. The group did not bomb on the first run as the bombardier was not able to synchronize the bombsight to the target when visual conditions occurred too close to the bomb release point. A second run was made and bombs were released by visual means, but may have gone wide of the intended target.
SORTIE DATA:
COMBAT CREDIT STATUS TARGET ATTACKED (MODE)
Yes Completed Mission
Comments: Group lead. with Lt. Col William C Sipes of the 41st Combat Bombardment Wing as Air Commander. PFF & Gee-H ship. Gee-H failed prior to IP; turned over lead to high squadron. Did not attack target because bombardier noticed, approaching the bomb release point (high squadron leading), that they were a mile to the left of the target. Bombs were held with the intention of making another run, but the remainder of the group had dropped on the high squadron leader.
Primary (Visual)
- SORTIE AIRCRAFT DATA:
TYPE SERIAL NUMBER SQ CODE NAME
B-17G 44-8221 SO*X not known
- SORTIE CREW DATA:
POSITION CREWMEMBER UNIT STATUS
Pilot Kinnaird, William Robert 545 Completed, Uninjured
Navigator Rovero, Aldo John 545 Completed, Uninjured
Navigator Bell, Albert (NMI) 546 Completed, Uninjured
Navigator Sarto, Joseph Michael 544 Completed, Uninjured
Bombardier Burcham, Eugene Emmons 545 Completed, Uninjured
Radio Operator Palecek, George Frank 545 Completed, Uninjured
Engineer/Top Turret Harfman, Lavern Frank 545 Completed, Uninjured
Tail Gunner Pluhar, Emil Edward 545 Completed, Uninjured
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Darby, Phillip S 545 Completed, Uninjured
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Marmozewicz, Joseph J 545 Completed, Uninjured
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