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Mission Summaries

385th BGA

This section contains summaries of each combat mission flown by the 385th BG including number of aircraft, losses and related MACRs, if any, and, in some cases, additional information related to that mission.

Mission No. 1 – 17 July – Target Amsterdam – 28 a/c flown.

Mission No. 2 – 24 July – Target Bergen – 21 a/c flown.

Mission No. 3 – 25 July – Target Warnemunde – 21 a/c flown.

Mission No. 4 – 26 July – Target Wesermunde – 21 a/c flown.

This was our first mission with fighter opposition.

Duncan, 42-30281 ditched in the North Sea, all 10 were KIA, MACR 191A.

Harris, 42-5895 also ditched in the North Sea, 4 were KIA, 6 POW’s, MACR 191B.

Daniel, 42-30279, Black Jacker, crashed in Germany, 7 KIA, 3 POW, MACR 191C.

These first four missions flown were failures due to cloud cover at the targets and no bombs were dropped.

Mission No. 5 – 28 July – Target Oschersleben – 26 a/c flown.

97% of all bombs fell within 1000 ft. of the target.

Gurgel, 42-30179, Grim Reaper, crashed in Germany, 4 KIA, 6 POW, MACR 189A. Outbound over the North Sea. Robbins in Lady Susie II, 42-30257, collided with Storr in Betty Boom, 42-3316, and Noel in Round Trip Ticket, 42-30285. MACR’s 189B, C, D.

Robbins crashed into the North Sea killing all onboard. Radio operator T/Sgt. Walter T. Reep was found washed ashore by Police constable K. Mouritsen on the beach near Bjerregaard, Denmark on 21 Sept. and was laid to rest in Fovrfelt cemetery in Esbjerg on 27 Sept. 1943. On 30 Apr. 1948 the body was disinterred and taken to the US Military Cemetery Neuville-en-Condron in Belgium. Here can also be found the graves of Storr, Top Turret Gunner T/Sgt. Harry L. McComb, Ball Turret Gunner Sgt. Joseph T. Schipani, Left Waist Gunner S/Sgt. Arthur J. Spicas and Right Waist Gunner S/Sgt. James F. McDonough. But Co-pilot 2nd Lt. Robert P. Blakely, Navigator 2nd Lt. Clinton A. Weaver, Bombardier 2nd Lt. Athel J. Miller and Tail Gunner S/Sgt. James R. Murphy all now rest in the USA.

Mission No. 6 – 29 July – Target Warnemunde – 16 a/c flown.

Grodi. 42-30270, The Old Shillelagh, ditched and all were recovered safely.

Mission No. 7 – 30 July – Target Kassel – 17 a/c flown.

5 a/c aborted, 7 attached to another Group.

Mission No. 8 – 12 August – Target Bonn.

Mission No. 9 – 15 August – Target Vitry En Artois – 21 a/c flown.

Stone, 42-30598, ditched in the English Channel, 10 KIA, MACR 267.

Mission No. 10 – 17 August – Target Regensburg – 21 a/c flown.

Reichardt, 42-5914, Sack Time, crashed in Germany. 10 POWs, MACR 387B.

Sommers, 42-5886, The Jolly Roger, crashed in Belgium, 6 KIA, 3 POW, 1 evaded capture, MACR 387A.

Keeley in 42-3388, Sleepytime Girl, ditched in the Mediterranean Sea, the emergency radio was damaged and useless but Sam Rochester, the radio operator, and Lt. Keeley were the only ones who knew that. Sam kept operating the radio as if it were working for the morale of the others. The crew was rescued after about 24 hours spending the night in the dinghy. They returned to England.

The 385th BG as part of the 4th Bombardment Wing, earned its first Distinguished Unit Citation for this shuttle mission as later specified in General Orders 36, War Dept. 1 May 1944. This was the less-than-successful shuttle mission flying from Great Ashfield, to the target, then on to Telergma, in North Africa to land. Conditions and support facilities in North Africa left much to be desired. Shuttle logistics were a nightmare. Not enough material or correct personnel were available to properly service the aircraft. Shuttle missions were never repeated.

Mission No. 11 -1 9 August – Target Woensdrecht – 6 a/c flown.

Mission No. 12 – 24 August – Target Bordeaux – 13 a/c flown.

This was the return leg of the African Shuttle, Mission 10.

Grodi, 42-30364, Old Shillelagh II, crashed in France, 3 KIA, 6 evaded capture, MACR 395.

Masters 42-30187, Lulu Belle, ditched in the Atlantic Ocean, 4 KIA, 8 rescued; MACR 961.

Mission No. 13 – 24 August – Target Conches – 6 a/c flown.

Flown at the same time as No. 12, it was intended as a diversion for the Shuttle return flight.

Mission No. 14 – 27 August – Target Watten – 12 a/c flown.

Mission No. 15 – 6 September – Target Dieppe – 21 a/c flown.

Mission No. 16 – 7 September – Target Watten – 21 a/c flown.

Mission No. 17 – 9 September – Target Beauvais – 21 a/c flown.

Mission No. 18 – 15 September – Target Paris – 22 a/c flown.

Mission No. 19 – 16 September – Target Cognac – 22 a/c flown.

Schlev, 42-30601,_ _Mary Ellen II, crash landed in England, after a midair collision with a B-17 of the 95th BG

Mission No. 20 – 23 September – Target Kerlin – 22 a/c flown.

Mission No. 21 – 26 September – Target Reims – 22 a/c flown.

Yanello, 42-30264, Dorsal Queen, crashed in England, 10 KIA, 1 survived.

Keely, 42-3290, Rauncy Wolf, also crashed in England, 10 KIA

As the aircraft were approaching the field for a landing at about 5300 feet, Keeley’s plane was hit from the rear by Yanello who was blinded by frost on his windshield. Dorsal Queen lost its tail and Raunchy Wolf lost its left wing. They crashed in England at Thornton and Bulphen, respectively. There was only one survivor, John J. Adams, the Tail Gunner on Yanello’s crew, who bailed out. All bodies were recovered. There is no MACR as neither crew was missing.

Mission No. 22 – 27 September – Target Essen – 20 a/c flown.

Mission No. 23 – 2 October – Target Emden – 26 a/c flown.

Mission No. 24 – 4 October – Target St. Dizier – 26 a/c flown.

Mission No. 25 – 8 October – Target Bremen – 22 a/c flown.

Jenson, 42-30275, The Vibrant Virgin, crashed in Germany, 10 POW, MACR 825.

Dawurske in 42-3308, was so badly damaged and some crew injured that all successfully bailed out over England. The a/c crashed in England.

Mission No. 26 – 9 October – Target Marienburg – 23 a/c flown.

Bell, 42-30336, Miss Nonalee II, landed in Denmark, 10 POW, 1E, MACR 824.

Mission No. 27 – 10 October – Target Munster – 21 a/c flown.

Pettinger, 42-6155, crashed in Germany, 10 POW, MACR 827.

Whitlow, 42-3539, Michigan Air Force, crashed in Holland, 3 KIA, 4 POW, 3 evaded capture, MACR 826.

Mission No. 28 – 14 October – Target Schweinfurt – 22 a/c flown.

Mission No. 29 – 18 October – Target Duren – 22 a/c flown.

Mission No. 30 – 20 October – Target Duren – 22 a/c flown.

Fryer, 42-5913, Shack Bunny, crashed in France, 10 POW, MACR 828.

Mission No. 31 – 3 November – Target Wilhelmshaven – 27 a/c flown.

Mission No. 32 – 5 November – Target Gelsenkirchen – 27 a/c flown.

Mission No. 33 – 11 November – Target Munster – 20 a/c flown.

McGowan, 30795, The Wild Hare, crashed in Germany, 1 KIA, 8 POW, one evaded capture, MACR 1161.

Mission No. 34 – 13 November – Target Bremen – 21 a/c flown.

Dawurske, 42-30717, Man O’ War, collided with McCall, 42-39860, War Cry. McCall ditched in the North Sea, 1 KIA, 9 rescued, MACR 1403. Dawurske crashed in Germany. No chutes were seen, MACR 1402.

Mission No. 35 – 16 November – Target Rjukan – 21 a/c flown.

Mission No. 36 – 19 November – Target Gelsenkirchen – 22 a/c flown.

Mission No. 37 – 26 November – Target Paris – 22 a/c flown.

Mission No. 38 – 29 November – Target Bremen – 22 a/c flown.

Bostick, 42-5902, Lady Liz, made it back to England but the crew bailed out. Bostick crash-landed at Ellough.

Swope, 42-37874, Who Dat Ding Bat, Dropped out of the formation in Holland, over the Zuider Zee with only 30 minutes of gas left, 10 KIA, MACR 1532.

Yoder, 42-30204, Gremlin Buggy, crashed in Germany, 5 KIA, 5 POW, MACR 1581. Yoder left the formation 2 minutes after the target.

Mission No. 39 – 30 November – Target Solingen – 21 a/c flown.

Mission No. 40 – 5 December – Target Bordeaux – 21 a/c flown.

Kleuser, 42-3397, “Fighting Cock”, ditched in the Atlantic, 7 KIA, 3 POW, MACR 2164. Shore patrol fired on their dinghy, killing 6.

Maryonovich, 42-3294, “Suzanne”, ditched in the Atlantic, all returned.

Mission No. 41 – 11 December – Target Emden – 22 a/c flown. Jennings, 42-30168, Slo-Jo, ditched in the North Sea, 7 KIA, 3 POW, MACR 1666.

Poore, 42-30816, Mary Ellen III, crashed in Holland, 2 KIA, 8 POW, MACR 1164.

Pollock, 42-3488, Weidner’s Wildcast, crashed in Holland, 2 KIA, 8 POW, MACR 1665.

Mission No. 42 – 13 December – Target Kiel – 36 a/c flown.
Fowles, 42-3551, Shack Bunny, crashed in Germany, 1 KIA, 9 POW, MACR 1667.

Mission No. 43 – 16 December – Target Bremen – 23 a/c flown.

Mission No. 44 – 20 December – Target Bremen – 21 a/c flown.

Mission No. 45 – 22 December – Target Munster – 20 a/c flown.

Mission No. 46 – 24 December – Target V-2 site (No Ball) – 21 a/c flown.

Mission No. 47 – 30 December – Target Ludwigshafen – 21 a/c flown. Eckhardt, 42-3097, Ground Hog, crashed in Germany, 2 KIA, 6 POW, 2 evaded capture, MACR 1898.

Frye, 42-30249, Raunchy Wolf, crashed in France, 1 KIA, 6 POW, 3 evaded capture, MACR 1899.

Mission 48 – 31 December – Target Cognac – 21 a/c flown.

Mission No. 49 – 4 January – Target Kiel – 26 a/c flown.
Bean, 42-40046, crashed in Germany, 10 POW, MACR 1897. Bean was last seen lagging with two feathered props.

Mission No. 50 – 5 January – Target Bordeaux – 18 a/c flown.

Mission No. 51 – 7 January – Target Ludwigshafen – 22 a/c flown.

Mission No. 52 – 11 January – Target Osnabruck – 41 a/c flown.

Mission No. 53 – 14 January – Target Belmesnil – 24 a/c flown.

Mission No. 54 – 21 January – Target V-2 Site (No Ball) – 36 a/c flown.

Mission No. 55 – 24 January – Target Frankfurt – 41 a/c flown.

Mission No. 56 – 29 January – Target Frankfurt – 41 a/c flown.
Notestein, 42-30251, Picadilly Queen, crashed in Germany after a mid air collision with a German ME 109, 6 KIA, 4 POW, MACR 2267.

Bostwick, 42-97506, Thunder Bird, crashed in Germany, 10 POW, MACR 2269. Palmer, 42-30354, Huslin’ Hussy, crashed in Belgium, 1 KIA, 2 POW, 7 evaded capture, MACR 2268.

Mission No. 57 – 30 January – Target Brunswick – 32 a/c flown. Lojinger, 42-31181, collided with a B-17 from another Bomb Group (42-22266) in Germany, 10 POW, MACR 2266.

Mission No. 58 – 3 February – Target Brunswick – 32 a/c flown.
Morse, 42-39952, collided with Heuser, 42-39938, 20 KIA, MACR’s 2196 and 2197.

Mission No. 59 – 4 February – Frankfurt – 39 a/c flown.
Horstman, 42-31295, Ben J, crashed in Holland, 7 POW, 3 evaded capture, MACR 2200. McAdams, 42-31355, crashed in France, 10 POW, MACR 2198.

Mission No. 60 – 5 February – Target Villacoublay – 21 a/c flown.

Mission No. 61 – 6 February – Target Brux – 21 a/c flown.

Mission No. 62 – 8 February – Target V-2 Site (No Ball) – 36 a/c flown. Pabich, 42-31380, crash landed in France, near Pont Audemer. 3 POW, 7 evaded capture, MACR 2498.

Mission No. 63 – 10 February – Target Brunswick – 19 a/c flown.

Mission No. 64 – 13 February – Target V-2 Site (No Ball) – 36 a/c flown. Herron, 42-30836, Dragon Lady, ditched in the English Channel, 4 KIA, 6 rescued, MACR 3245.

Mission No. 65 – 20 February – Target Tutow – 36 a/c flown.
Ruby, 42-40004, crashed in England.

Mission No. 66 – 21 February – Target Diepholz – 34 a/c flown.
Binks, in a PFF aircraft, crashed in Holland, no information.

Pease, 42-37963, collided with Hutchinson, 42-31370, Sleepytime Gal II. 20 KIA

Mission No. 67 – 24 February – Target Rostock – 33 a/c flown. Mcllveen, 42-31349, Stars and Stripes, 2nd Edition, crashed in Germany, 2 KIA, 8 POW, MACR 2777.

Terrace, 42-30662, Clarissa Jean, crashed in Germany, 1 KIA, 9 POW, MACR 2778. Johnston in 42-31746 crash landed at Honington on return.

Mission No. 68 – 25 February – Target Regensburg – 34 a/c flown. Davis, 42-3422, Winnie the Pooh, crashed in Germany, 1 KIA, 9 POW, MACR 2775.

Richey, 42-31786, Jeanie Ricky, with No. 2 out, landed at 447th BG field in the dark. Hardlife had cleared them to land but they were on the wrong final, wrong field. They took a truck home.

Drobysh, 42-97530, Quittin’ Time, also safely landed at an RAF field with one engine out and blew a tire on landing.

Mission No. 69 – 28 February – Target V1 site (No Ball) – 21 a/c flown. Kemman, 42-38121, crashed in France, 8 KIA, 2 POW, MACR 2882.

Clark, 42-31751, crashed in France, 8 KIA, 2 POW, MACR 2883.

Inglis crew, 42-31203, Gremlin Avenger, ditched in the channel, all recovered.

Mission No. 70 – 29 February – Target Brunswick – 22 a/c flown.

Mission No. 71 – 3 March – Target Berlin – 34 a/c flown.

Mission No. 72 – 4 March – Target Berlin – 21 a/c flown.

Mission No. 73 – 6 March – Target Berlin – 24 a/c flown.

Mission No. 74 – 8 March – Target Berlin – 21 a/c flown

Mission No. 75 – 9 March – Target Berlin – 21 a/c flown.

Mission No. 76 – 11 March – Target Munster – 20 a/c flown.

Mission No. 77 – 15 March – Target Brunswick – 21 a/c flown.

Mission No. 78 – 16 March – Target – Augsburg – 24 a/c flown.
Krause, 42-30737, Ohio Air Force, crashed in France, 2 KIA, 8 POW, MACR 3245.

Laughlin, 42-38195, landed in Switzerland, 1 KIA, 8 Interned, MACR 3247.

Meyer, 42-38160, Lonesome Polecat. ditched in Switzerland, 1 KIA, 9 Interned, MACR 3246. Lonesome Polecat, ditched in Lake Baar. In 1952 it was recovered by the Swiss.

Mission No. 79 – 18 March – Target Munich – 30 a/c flown.