SORTIE REPORT
MISSION DATA:
DATE 384th BG Mission # 8th AF Mission # 384th PRIMARY TARGET
1945‑01‑08 253 787 Target: Railroad
Type: Transportation
Location: Kyllburg, Germany
Railroad Attacked: The 384th Bombardment Group (H) flew as the 41st Combat Wing C Group on today's mission. The railroad line in Kyllburg passes through two tunnels and crosses the Kyll River, making it a significant target for the purpose of interdicting the flow of supplies and reinforcements to the front lines. Bombs were dropped in group formation with Gee-H aiming: results were unobserved.
SORTIE DATA:
COMBAT CREDIT STATUS TARGET ATTACKED (MODE)
Yes Failed to Return
Comments: MIA. Prior to the IP at 1022 hrs, this aircraft was observed slowing up and dropping behind formation. It was then lost to view in contrails. Flak damaged one or more engines. Crashed near BAASEM, Germany. MACR 11579
Primary (Gee-H)
- SORTIE AIRCRAFT DATA:
TYPE SERIAL NUMBER SQ CODE NAME
B-17G 42-98000 SU*J FIGHTIN' HEBE
- SORTIE CREW DATA:
POSITION CREWMEMBER UNIT STATUS
Pilot DeFrancesco, John Joseph 544 POW
Co-pilot Simmons, Robert Edwin 544 POW
Navigator Spann, Lynwood Erskin 544 POW
Togglier Lott, Homer L 544 POW
Radio Operator Bias, Ira J, Jr 544 POW
Engineer/Top Turret Williams, John Allen 544 POW
Ball Turret Doleshal, Charles J 544 POW
Tail Gunner Hastings, Harmon C 544 MIA
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Reed, Gordon Wilbur 544 POW
- SORTIE-RELATED DOCUMENTS:
TYPE IDENTIFICATION
MACRMissing Air Crew Report Number 11579
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