398th Mission Formation Charts

Transcription Status

A major undertaking has been underway to transcribe the Formation Charts for all of the 398th missions. The table below indicates the current status for transcribed Planned, After Assembly, and Over Target Charts by 398th mission.

To date almost all Over Target Formation Charts have been transcribed and a number of Planned and After Assembly Charts have also been completed. Each is available as a downloadable pdf file.

For most charts, the source data are the 398th Maxwell Records. These "Official WWII 8th AAF 398th Bomb Group Historical Data" are part of the 8th AAF Maxwell AFB Records and are available on Microfilm and recently on CD. These are referred commonly referred to as the Maxwell Records.

The transcriptions attempt to faithfully reproduce the information in the original Maxwell data, but are generally enhanced. Many times the original charts show only aircraft numbers and not pilots names. The transcribed charts add pilots names to the After Assembly and Over Target charts and also include footnotes to indicate various events such as aborts, missing aircraft, and aircraft borrowed from other bomb groups.

As backup to the Maxwell Records we have acquired some charts provided at the pilots' morning briefing and also those in the Arlin Diary. At times these charts supplemented the Maxwell data or were used when the Maxwell was missing or unreadable. The availability of these charts is indicated in the column called "Other Sources."

There were a number of volunteers in this effort and they are noted below and we thank them all for the major effort that they put into this project. Their surnames in the table below indicate who participated in the various charts.

Volunteers Key:

  1. Anderson: Formation Charts provided by Keith Anderson, Pilot, 600th Squadron
  2. Arlin: Formation Charts from Captain Alan A. Arlin's Diary of the 601st Squadron.
  3. Brantley: Formation Chart transcriptions provided by Tom Brantley, retired Air Force, and a good friend of Tom L. Guice, 603rd Squadron pilot.
  4. Brass: Formation Chart transcriptions provided by Ted Brass, son of Ernest Brass Jr., Navigator from the 601st Squadron Joe Wierney crew.
  5. Collins: Formation Charts provided by Ann Collins, daughter of Phillip Collins, Ball Turret Gunner from the 601st Squadron Saul Marias Crew.
  6. Linfors: Formation Charts provided by Eric Linfors, son-in-law of Clyde H. Welker, Co-Pilot from the 600th Howard Riley crew.
  7. Taylor: Formation Chart provided by William P. Taylor, Bombardier from the 603rd Squadron.

See also 398th Mission Reports - Transcription Status - a snapshot in a single page of the reports on-line for each 398th mission.

 

398th Formation Charts - Transcription Status
Mission No. Mission Date and Place Over Target Formation Chart After Assembly Formation Chart Planned Formation Chart Other Sources
May 1944    
1 06 Sottevast, Fr. (1) Brantley Keith Anderson
2 07 Berlin No PDF chart created. Notes on the Brantley Planned Chart indicate 15 verified aircraft Over Target but data inconclusive for another 6 aircraft. If an Over Target copy exists, please contact our 398th Group Historian. Brantley
3 08 Berlin Brantley
4 09 St. Dizier, France Brantley
5 11 Sarreguemines (5) Brantley
6 12 Lutzkendorf Brantley
7 13 Politz Brantley
8 19 Berlin Brantley   Arlin
9 20 Villacoublay, Fr. Brantley   Arlin
10 22 Kiel (10) Brantley
11 23 Saarbrucken Brantley
12 24 Berlin Brantley   Arlin
13 25 Nancy/Essey, Fr. Brantley
14 27 Ludwigshafen Brantley
15 28 Ruhland (15) Brantley
16 29 Posen [Poznan], Pol. Brantley
17 30 Dessau Brantley   Arlin
18 31 Mulhouse, France Brantley
Mission No. Mission Date and Place Over Target Formation Chart After Assembly Formation Chart Planned Formation Chart Other Sources
June 1944
19 02 Boulogne, France Brantley
20 02 Paliseau, France (20) Brantley   Arlin
21 03 Maninen, France Brantley
22 03 Manihen, France Brantley
23 04 Hardelot, France Brantley
24 05 Trouville, France Brantley
25 06 Courseulles, France (25) Brantley
26 06 Caen, France Brantley
27 07 Kerlin-Bastard, France Brantley
28 08 Tours, France Brantley   Arlin
29 10 Le Touquet, France Brantley
30 12 Lille-Nord, France (30) Brantley
31 13 Beauvais, France Brantley
32 15 Bordeaux, France Brantley
33 18 Hamburg Brantley
34 19 Cazeaux, France Brantley
35 20 Hamburg (35)

Brantley
Jordan

Identical to OT Jordan Arlin
36 21 Berlin Brantley
37 22 LaVaupaliere, France Brantley
38 23 Fiefs, France Brantley
39 24 Belloy-sur-Somme, France Jordan (Over Target Area) Identical to OT Jordan Arlin
40 25 Toulouse, France (40) Brantley
41 27 Biennais, France Brantley   Arlin
Mission No. Mission Date and Place Over Target Formation Chart After Assembly Formation Chart Planned Formation Chart Other Sources
July 1944
42 04 Tours, France Brantley
43 06 Cauchie D'Ecques, France Jordan Jordan Jordan Arlin, but note several mismatches on his chart
44 07 Leipzig Brantley
45 08 Humieres-Fresnoy, France (45) Brantley
46 09 Humieres, France Brantley
47 11 Munich Brantley
48 12 Munich Brantley
49 13 Munich Jordan Jordan Jordan Arlin
50 16 Munich (50) Brantley
51 18 Peenemunde Brantley
52 19 Lechfeld Brantley
53 20 Dessau Brantley
54 24 St. Lo, France Brantley
55 25 St. Lo, France (55) Brantley Keith Anderson
56 28 Merseburg Brass
Jordan
57 29 Merseburg Brantley
58 31 Munich Brantley
Mission No. Mission Date and Place Over Target Formation Chart After Assembly Formation Chart Planned Formation Chart Other Sources
August 1944
59 01 Villaroche, France Brantley   Arlin
60 03 Saarbrucken (60) Jordan Jordan Jordan Arlin
61 04 Peenemunde Brantley
62 05 Doliberg Brantley
63 06 Brandenburg Brantley
64 08 Couvincourt, France Jordan Jordan  
65 09 Saarbrucken (65) Brantley
66 11 Brest, France Brantley
67 12 Versailles, France Brantley    
68 13 Le Manoir, France Brantley
69 15 Ostheim

Collins
Brantley
Jordan

Collins
Brantley
Jordan
 
70 16 Delitzsch (70) Collins
Jordan
Collins
Jordan
Collins
Jordan
Arlin
71 24 Kolleda Collins
Jordan
Collins
Jordan
   
72 25 Neubrandenburg Brantley
73 26 Gelsenkirchen Collins
Jordan
    Arlin
74 27 Schoenfeld Brantley
75 30 Kiel (75) Brantley
Mission No. Mission Date and Place Over Target Formation Chart After Assembly Formation Chart Planned Formation Chart Other Sources
September 1944
76 03 Ludwigshafen

Taylor
Brantley

     
77 05 Ludwigshafen Collins
Jordan
Collins
Jordan
  Arlin
78 08 Ludwigshafen Brantley
79 09 Mannheim Brantley
80 10 Stuttgart (80) Brantley
81 12 Brux, Czech Brantley    
82 13 Lutzkendorf Jordan
An actual Over Target Chart cannot be found in the 398th records. If an Over Target copy exists, please contact our 398th Group Historian.
Jordan Jordan Arlin
83 17 Eindhoven, Holland Brantley
84 19 Hamm This Formation Chart was not in the records; Tom Brantley has attempted a reconstruction based on other data. If an Over Target copy exists, please contact our 398th Group Historian.
85 22 Kassel (85) Linfors Linfors
86 25 Frankfurt Brantley
87 26 Osnabruck Linfors Linfors
88 27 Cologne Linfors   Linfors Keith Anderson
89 28 Magdeburg Linfors   Arlin
90 30 Munster (90) Brantley
Mission No. Mission Date and Place Over Target Formation Chart After Assembly Formation Chart Planned Formation Chart Other Sources
October 1944
91 02 Kassel Linfors
92 03 Nurnberg Linfors Linfors Linfors Keith Anderson
93 05 Cologne Linfors Linfors Linfors The Arlin Chart shows many differences from 398th records.
94 06 Neubrandenburg Brantley
95 07 Brux, Czech (95) Brantley
96 09 Schweinfurt Brantley
97 14 Cologne

Linfors
Jordan

Linfors
98 15 Cologne Brantley
99 17 Cologne Brantley
100 22 Brunswick (100) Linfors Linfors
101 26 Munster Linfors   Linfors Arlin
102 28 Munster Brantley
103 30 Hamm Linfors Linfors Linfors
Mission No. Mission Date and Place Over Target Formation Chart After Assembly Formation Chart Planned Formation Chart Other Sources
November 1944
104 02 Merseburg Brantley
105 04 Harburg (105) Linfors Linfors Linfors Arlin
106 05 Frankfurt Brantley
107 08 Merseburg Linfors Linfors
108 09 Metz, France Brantley
109 10 Cologne Linfors Linfors Linfors Arlin
110 21 Merseburg (110) Brantley
111 25 Merseburg Linfors Linfors
112 26 Misburg Linfors Linfors
113 27 Offenburg Linfors Linfors
114 29 Misburg Brantley
115 30 Merseburg (115) Linfors Linfors Linfors
Mission No. Mission Date and Place Over Target Formation Chart After Assembly Formation Chart Planned Formation Chart Other Sources
December 1944
116 04 Soest Brantley
117 05 Berlin Brantley   Arlin
118 09 Stuttgart Brantley
119 11 Frankfurt Brantley Keith Anderson
120 12 Merseburg (120) Brantley
121 15 Kassel Brantley   Arlin
122 18 Cologne Brantley
123 24 Koblenz Brantley
124 28 Koblenz Brantley
125 29 Bingen (125) Brantley   Arlin
126 30 Bischofsheim Brantley
127 31 Blumenthal Brantley
Mission No. Mission Date and Place Over Target Formation Chart After Assembly Formation Chart Planned Formation Chart Other Sources
January 1945
128 01 Kassel Brantley
129 03 Cologne Brantley   Arlin
130 05 Kall (130) Brantley
131 06 Cologne Brantley
132 08 Speyer Brantley
133 10 Ostheim Brantley   Arlin
134 13 Germersheim Brantley
135 17 Paderborn (135) Brantley
136 20 Mannheim Brantley
137 21 Aschaffenburg Brantley   Arlin
138 22 Sterkrade Brantley
139 23 Neuss Brantley
140 28 Cologne (140) Brantley
141 29 Niederlahnstein Brantley
Mission No. Mission Date and Place Over Target Formation Chart After Assembly Formation Chart Planned Formation Chart Other Sources
February 1945
142 01 Mannheim Brantley
143 03 Berlin Brantley
144 06 Chemnitz Brantley
145 09 Altenbeken (145) Brantley
146 14 Prague, Czech Brantley
147 15 Dresden Brantley
148 16 Munster Brantley
149 19 Munster Brantley
150 20 Nurnburg (150) Brantley
151 21 Nurnburg Brantley
152 22 Stendal Brantley
153 23 Eger, Czech Brantley
154 25 Munich Brantley
155 27 Leipzig (155) Brantley
156 28 Schwerte Brantley
Mission No. Mission Date and Place Over Target Formation Chart After Assembly Formation Chart Planned Formation Chart Other Sources
March 1945
157 01 Neckarsulm Brantley
158 02 Bohlen Brantley
159 03 Chemnitz Brantley
160 04 Ulm (160) Brantley
161 05 Chemnitz Brantley
162 07 Siegen Brantley
163 08 Huls Brantley
164 09 Kassel Brantley
165 10 Sinsen (165) Brantley
166 11 Bremen Brantley
167 12 Dillenberg Brantley
168 14 Osnabruck Brantley
169 15 Oranienburg Brantley
170 17 Bohlen (170) Brantley
171 18 Berlin Brantley
172 19 Plauen Brantley
173 21 Rheine Brantley
174 22 Dorsten Brantley
175 23 Coesfeld (175) Brantley
176 24 Achmer Brantley
177 24 Twente/Enschede, Holland Brantley
178 28 Berlin Brantley
179 30 Bremen Brantley
180 31 Halle (180) Brantley
Mission No. Mission Date and Place Over Target Formation Chart After Assembly Formation Chart Planned Formation Chart Other Sources
April 1945
181 04 Reinsehlen Brantley
182 05 Grafenwohr Brantley
183 07 Kohlenbissen Brantley
184 08 Derben Brantley
185 09 Oberpfaffenhofen (185) Brantley
186 10 Oranienburg Brantley
187 11 Kraiburg Brantley
188 13 Neumunster Brantley
189 15 Fort Royal, France Brantley
190 16 Regensburg (190) Brantley
191 17 Dresden Brantley
192 18 Rosenheim Brantley
193 19 Elsterwerda Brantley
194 21 Munich Brantley
195 25 Pilsen, Czech (195) Brantley