SORTIE REPORT #8895
MISSION DATA:
DATE 384th BG Mission # 8th AF Mission # 384th PRIMARY TARGET
1945‑01‑17 256 798 Target: Railroad Viaduct
Type: Transportation
Location: Bielefeld, Germany
Secondary Target Attacked: The 384th Bombardment Group (H) led the 41st Combat Wing on today's mission. Because he was experiencing problems with his PFF equipment, the group leader ordered the low squadron to fly as his deputy (low squadron deputy moved into lead position, and lead squadron deputy moved into low squadron deputy position) in case a PFF attack was needed. At the IP, the Gee-H operator reported that his equipment could not be used, so the deputy (formerly low squadron leader) was ordered to lead the formation in a PFF attack on the secondary target. Bombs were dropped in group formation after a good PFF run.
SORTIE DATA:
COMBAT CREDIT STATUS TARGET ATTACKED (MODE)
Yes Completed Mission
Comments: Low Squadron deputy. Assumed Squadron lead when low Squadron leader was ordered to fly in lead Squadron.
Secondary (PFF)
Target: Railroad Workshops
Type: Transportation
Location: Paderborn, Germany
SORTIE AIRCRAFT DATA:
TYPE SERIAL NUMBER SQUADRON SQ CODE NAME
B-17G 42‑97824 544th SU*U not known
SORTIE CREW DATA:
POSITION CREWMEMBER UNIT STATUS
Pilot Rice, Robert Eugene 544 Completed, Uninjured
Co-pilot Janczy, Thomas Joseph 544 Completed, Uninjured
Navigator Richter, Morris Herman 544 Completed, Uninjured
Navigator Calnitz, Jerome 544 Completed, Uninjured
Bombardier Feider, Leo John 544 Completed, Uninjured
Radio Operator Wynn, Francis Xavier 544 Completed, Uninjured
Engineer/Top Turret Deaton, Marshall Taylor 544 Completed, Uninjured
Ball Turret Spradlin, Clifford Wright 544 Completed, Uninjured
Tail Gunner Kelsey, Donald Edward 544 Completed, Uninjured
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Butler, Ralph Willard 544 Completed, Uninjured
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