2021 REUNION
OGDEN, UTAH
6-10 OCTOBER 2021

Mission # 183

MISSION SUMMARY

Mission Date 24 August 1944
384th Mission
Mission Number 183
8th Air Force Mission Mission Number 568
Mission Comments Oil Pressure
The 384th Bombardment Group (H) provided all three groups of the 41st C Combat Bombardment Wing on today's mission. The 8th AF continued to decimate the enemy's fuel supply by attacking this giant chemical complex. The C wing was to follow the A and B wings, but over the North Sea, they caught up and passed both, leading them from the enemy coast, for the rest of the mission. This was apparently due to the wings making different adjustments for cloud layers, and perhaps navigation errors. Although the 384th was prepared for a target obscured by clouds and smoke screen, there was sufficient visibility for visual bombing.
Primary Target Target: Synthetic Oil & Chemical Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Target Attacked (Mode) Primary (Visual)
Sortie/Aircraft Summary Completed Mission, not including spares - 35
Flying Spare, Returned As Briefed - 3
Ground Spare Aircraft, Unused - 5
Returned Early - 1
Mission Personnel Mission Personnel Roster or Mission Loading Lists
Mission Documents Combat Mission Records and Plans obtained from the National Archives

44 AIRCRAFT ASSIGNED TO THIS MISSION
Table is sorted by Pilot, and may be sorted by any column: click the column head.
Aircraft Pilot Results Mission/Sortie Information
42‑32106Brodie, James Joseph Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑38014Peterson, John Wright Completed MissionLow group deputy and hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑38208Hicks, Ralph Benjamin Completed MissionHigh section deputy, high group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑39888[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
42‑97142Henderson, William Vincent Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97150Bills, Edgar L Completed MissionHigh section lead, high group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97204Brown, Bert Oliver Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97251Tracy, Edward Hanks Completed MissionLow Squadron deputy, low group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97263Rowe, George B Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97282Lindberg, Gilbert R Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97309Robertson, Vernon M Flying Spare,
Returned As Briefed
Lead group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97320Groff, Richard Hubert Completed MissionHigh group hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97510Causa, Raymond (NMI) Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97592Laboda, Joseph Stanley Completed MissionWing deputy. PFF ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97824Allred, Frank Lavon Completed MissionHigh group lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97960[N/A]Lead Ground Spare
Aircraft, Unused
 
42‑98000Buslee, John Oliver Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑102430[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
 
42‑102459Norton, Paul E Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑102500Hassing, Eugene Theron Completed MissionGround Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑107058.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102501Majeske, Charles Paul Completed MissionHigh section deputy, low group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102518Young, Daniel Monroe Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑102601Mohler, John Grigsby Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑102661Durdin, Larkin Clayton Completed MissionHigh group deputy and hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102933Malone, John James Completed MissionLow Squadron lead, low group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑107057Cepits, Francis Frederick Flying Spare,
Returned As Briefed
Low group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑107058[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft,
Unused
Originally assigned to Hassing in low group; replaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑102500. Reason(s) for the change are unknown.
42‑107121Myrick, Kenneth Delay Completed MissionLow group lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑107148Kinnaird, William Robert Completed MissionLead group hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37703Hepler, Wilbur David Flying Spare,
Returned As Briefed
High group.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37713Brookshire, James D Completed MissionLow group hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37717Wood, Rodney J Completed MissionLead group hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37843Goodrick, Gene Robert Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑37917Hulcher, Donald Lawrence  Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑37990Lynch, Edward Thomas Completed MissionHigh section lead, lead group.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38062Shwery, Arthur John Completed MissionLow Squadron deputy, high group.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38213Carnes, Joe Ross Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑6080Sienkiewicz, Edward Alfred Completed MissionHigh section deputy, lead group.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6105Skehan, Joseph Lynne Completed MissionHigh section lead, low group.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6109Farra, Robert Leslie Completed MissionLow Squadron lead, lead group.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6135Chadwick, James Woodrow Completed MissionLow Squadron deputy, lead group.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6141Murchan, Lawrence Aloysius Returned EarlyTurned back due to flak damage prior to primary and bombed unknown target of opportunity (TOO). Landed away at Rackheath, AAF Station 145, with two engines out.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8007[N/A]Lead Ground Spare
Aircraft, Unused
PFF ship.
44‑8008Keate, Richard Clifford Completed MissionWing lead. PFF ship.
SORTIE REPORT