SORTIE REPORT #959
MISSION DATA:
DATE 384th BG Mission # 8th AF Mission # 384th PRIMARY TARGET
1943‑11‑16 36 131 Target: Knaben II Molybdenum Mine
Type: Industry
Location: Knaben, Norway
Several Bomb Runs: The 384th Bombardment Group (H) led the 41st Combat Wing and 1st Bomb Division on today's mission. From the Division Leader's Narrative: 'We dropped down to 14,000 feet to bomb and did not drop any lower because the low Group would be in the clouds. We could not find the target. None of the other Groups seemed to be able to find it either, so we went back out to the coastline to orient ourselves. We came back in, and thought we were on the target, but we were not sure, so we did not drop our bombs. We made three more bomb runs on the target trying to release our bombs, but they would not release, so on the last run we had our Deputy drop his bombs on signal from the lead plane, and the others dropped on him.'
SORTIE DATA:
COMBAT CREDIT STATUS TARGET ATTACKED (MODE)
Yes Completed Mission Primary (Visual)
SORTIE AIRCRAFT DATA:
TYPE SERIAL NUMBER SQUADRON SQ CODE NAME GROUND CREW CHIEF
B-17F 42‑30033 546th BK*G LITTLE AMERICA Foster, Ewing H
SORTIE CREW DATA:
POSITION CREWMEMBER UNIT STATUS
Pilot Jones, William Arch, Jr 545 Completed, Uninjured
Co-pilot Morgan, James Edward, Jr 545 Completed, Uninjured
Navigator Coughlin, James Phillip 545 Completed, Uninjured
Bombardier Wilson, James Marvin 545 Completed, Uninjured
Radio Operator Gager, Homer Dwight 545 Completed, Uninjured
Engineer/Top Turret Dowsley, Felix Raymond, Jr 545 Completed, Uninjured
Ball Turret Brown, William (NMI) 545 Completed, Uninjured
Tail Gunner Pierce, Ralph Emerson, Jr 545 Completed, Uninjured
Waist (Flexible) Gunner White, Frederick Louis 545 Completed, Uninjured
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Rotondi, George William, Jr 545 Completed, Uninjured
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