Mission Report, 385th Bombardment Group, 11 Nov. 1943

The Mission Report is a valuable source of information for someone researching the experience of an airman who was shot down.  I have reproduced the following documents from the Mission Report of Tom Applewhite for 11 Nov. 1943 when his B-17, “The Wild Hare,” A/C No. 42-30795, blew up:

1. Narrative report (two pages)

2. Loading List (one page of four pages)

3. Group Formation Flown

4. Take Off and Landing

5. Navigator’s Report

6. Bombardment Group Log

7. Bombardier’s Narrative

8. Bombing Analysis

9.  Map

By comparing the the Bombardment Group Log and the Map, you can see the approximate location of where “The Wild Hare” was shot down.  The Map notations at 1433 and 1455 hours bracket the approximate location at 1440 hours when “The Wild Hare” blows up.  They also provide the formation’s altitude when it was attacked by fighter planes.

9 responses to “Mission Report, 385th Bombardment Group, 11 Nov. 1943

  1. Hello, My Dad is the Ivan Klohe of this article at

    http://www.stelzriede.com/ms/html/mshwm8c.htm

    about a Schweinfurt mission, where his first name is misspelled Ivan, when is was actually Ivon.
    He flew various B-17’s of the 385th Bomb Group RAF Great Ashfield England (World War II)
    His mission log shows he went on a similar route as the site on which I am asking, to Munster on 10 October 1943.
    Did any one know him?
    Thank you,
    Kris, his eldest child (son) of 7.

  2. I am reseraching SSGT Gordon E. Worthington Wait Gunner ( Rummans crew member). Do you have the mission report for the 385th Mission 37 on 23rd Nov. 1943 or where could I see/download this ?
    Also, I cannot access pages 2/3/4 of the Loading list for your published mission above (11th Nov 1943). Please advise and/or email me with any information. Thank you for your help

    [I sent Mr. McGowan a copy of the part of the Loading List that he needed.]

  3. Brigid O'Donnell

    Can you advise me how one goes about locating the Mission Report? Is it in a specific record group at NARA? I am researching my father, Lt. Raymond F. Bye, USAAF, pilot of 42-3348 Dottie J III, shot down returning from the Oct. 14, 1943 Schweinfurt raid. He was evadee #287. I would like to secure the Mission Report for that date, as well as for the first 7 missions he flew from Snetterton-Heath, Norwich, England, base of the 337th Sq., 96th BG.
    Thank you,
    Brigid O’Donnell

    Go to http://wwii-netherlands-escape-lines.com/faqs/how-do-i-learn-about-an-allied-airman-who-was-shot-down/ on this website and scroll down to “Learning About the Bombing Mission.”
    Bruce Bolinger

  4. I am looking for the mission report for Mission 114 (Munster). I am specifically looking for SSGT Thomas M Ennis. I believe he was a BTG on his plane. He was one of two personnel KIA that day. Not sure of AC number or name. Anything would be helpful

    • Herman Steunenberg

      Guess I missed out in my reply…Tim Pattavina plse contact me. I have more info regarding Thomas Ennis and crew.

  5. Patricia Martin

    Does anyone have the crews of the 385th BG, 548th SQ who completed the September 27, 1943 mission to Emden?

  6. Herman Steunenberg

    Hi Tim,
    Came across your request…I do have more info.
    Plse contact me
    Herman Steunenberg / Netherlands

  7. Thank you for your reply. I am interested in finding out anything on Tommy Ennis a member of this crew. Tommy was my mother cousin. If you have any pictures of his plane our family would love to get a copy. You can email direct at tjpatta@gmail.com.

    Thank you , Tim Pattavina

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