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416th Bombardment Group (L)

A-26 ETO Combat Evaluation

Evaluation Mission # 1 -- September 6, 1944

Brest, France

Enemy Strong-Points


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386th Bomb Group Mission # 269


6 September 1944

Having completed their oversees training, the new A-26 planes went out on their first operational mission against the enemy this date. Thirteen aircraft were dispatched and thirteen aircraft attacked enemy strong-points at Brest. There was no enemy opposition. 1000 lb. bombs were dropped with fair to good results.
(September 1944 553rd Bomb Squadron History)

On most documents, individual Aircraft are indentifed by a 3-digit "A/C Number" or just "A/C". This number is actually the last 3 digits of the A/C Serial Number. Both Identifiers are included on the A-26 ETO Combat Evaluation Aircraft page.


Crews, Flight time and Aircraft Number


Pilots, Aircraft Number and Call Letters (C/L) Loading List


Pilots, Aircraft Number and Call Letters (C/L) Loading List


Aircraft Number and Bomb Load

Scanned original Evaluation Mission # 1 Folder (multipage PDF file)

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These Public Domain, Declassified Mission documents were graciously provided to the 416th BG Archive by the dedicated staff of the Air Force Historical Research Agency (AFHRA).
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A-26 ETO Combat Evaluation Mission 1 Loading List Transcription

Flt Pos A/C
Serial Number
C/L Pilot B/N 1 B/N 2 Gunner 1 Gunner 2 Other
1119941-39199DHankey, H.G. Lt ColHill, A.E. MajCarrell, B.A. 1st LtBrown, R.A. T/SgtBurhanna, H. Maj
1218541-39185HMills, W.W. 1st LtMagliano, R.J. 1st LtNeppes, C.E. T/Sgt
1319741-39197MChalmers, J.J. 2nd LtFortner, K. CplRichardson, E.R. Capt
1419841-39198FMiddlebrooks, M.T. 1st LtStebbins, B.D. 1st LtWilliams, M.H. S/Sgt
1518941-39189NRocholl, W.H. 1st LtReeves, C.O. 2nd LtGeorge, W.H. S/Sgt
1620241-39202KJordan, C.S. 2nd LtHanna, R.C. 1st LtJensen, K.F. S/Sgt
1718341-39183BThatcher, H.B. GenSmiley, H.M. S/SgtCelio, G.C. Col
2120041-39200LLambert, B.W. CaptSmith, W.E. CaptDye, H.P. CaptRio, D.J. S/SgtFerris, C.H. Maj
2219041-39190ARobb, M.L. 2nd LtHodges, B.A. 1st LtPresson, M.A. Sgt
2319641-39196JBuskirk, J.A. 1st LtCorbitt, C.H. S/Sgt
2419141-39191GBrewster, F.S. 1st LtDennis, L.W. 1st LtClark, W.O. S/Sgt
2519441-39194CKelly, J.R. ColQuinn, E.F. MajBrown, W.J. S/Sgt
2618741-39187OBrown, C.J. 1st LtStrand, J.H. 1st LtSunderland, H.E. S/Sgt
2713241-39132JFitch, C.A. 1st Lt