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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 13 -- April 11, 1944, Tuesday AM

Bonnieres and Beauvoir, France

NOBALL (XI/A/85 and XI/A/79)



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 263
OpRep #            : 7
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 11,500 - 12,000 feet
Take-off Time      : 0913
Time Over Target   : 1049
Landing Time       : 1248
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 3:35

Place of Take-Off  : AAF-170 Wethersfield RAF Station, England
A/C Dispatched     : 40 Total -- 37 A-20G's, 3 A-20J's
Target Number      : Z 3096 and Z 3031A
Illustration       : A/85/1 and A/79/1
Illustration Ref   : 027038, 019057
Summary of Results : Box 1 - Good Box 2 - Fair

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 50.24028,2.28611 (50° 14' 25" N, 2° 17' 10" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on V1 Sites, BEAUVOIR - PH M1-83)
(See Latitude/Longitude Coordinates and Target Identifiers for more information.)

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Mission Photo


Loading List 1, Box I


Loading List 2, Box II


Loading List, Spares

Missing Air Crew Reports, Aircraft Accident Reports, and other incidents

         Date          Report

Serial #
Location Personnel (Status when available)
Apr 11, 1944
No_Report   43-9387
13 670 emergency field McGlohn, Charles L. (Seriously Injured)
Moran, John W. (Not Injured)
Driskill, Paul B. (Not Injured)
Apr 11, 1944
No_Report   43-9360
13 668 Wethersfield/Sta 170 Conant, Hiram Francis (Not Injured)
Orr, John R. (WIA)
McCreery, Joseph E. (Not Injured)

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Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 13 -- April 11, 1944, Tuesday AM
Bonnieres and Beauvoir, France -- NOBALL (XI/A/85 and XI/A/79)

Included are Box, Flight and Position; Bomb Squadron; Aircraft Serial Number, Fuselage Code and Model; and Crew Members
transcribed from individual mission Loading List documents by Chris and Mary Adams and Carl Sgamboti.
Some information, such as Squadron, Serial Number, etc. has been expanded from other documents.

Box I -- Flight I
  1  670th                   
  43-9439  F6-J  A-20J
  Maj Meng, W.J.
  Lt Powell, V.H.
  S/Sgt Stobert, R.F.
  S/Sgt Glynn, F.P.
  Lt Bursiel, F.H.
  2  670th                   
  43-9217  F6-D  A-20G
  Lt Johnson, E.L.
  S/Sgt Donahue, W.J.
  S/Sgt Brayn, M.R.
  3  670th                   
  43-9696  F6-G  A-20G
  Lt Greene, W.J.
  S/Sgt Griffin, E.L.
  Sgt Eutsler, R.
  4  670th                   
  43-9200  F6-A  A-20G
  Maj Napier, J.G.
  S/Sgt Gossett, J.D.
  S/Sgt Miller, R.L.
  5  670th                   
  43-9892  F6-L  A-20G
  Lt Shaefer, R.F.
  S/Sgt Judd, E.R.
  S/Sgt Brown, F.E.
  6  668th                   
  43-9216  5H-E  A-20G
  Lt Meredith, R.G.
  S/Sgt Molver, V.E.
  S/Sgt Gray, C.M.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  670th                   
  43-9978  F6-S  A-20G
  Capt Hulse, D.A.
  S/Sgt White, H.E.
  S/Sgt Addleman, R.F.
  2  670th                   
  43-9680  F6-R  A-20G
  Lt Hillerman, J.P.
  S/Sgt Kidd, W.L.
  S/Sgt Adair, F.L.
  3  670th                   
  43-9227  F6-F  A-20G
  Lt McBride, L.R.
  S/Sgt Allred, F.D.
  Sgt Palmer, T.A.
  4  670th                   
  43-9689  F6-I  A-20G
  Lt Atkinson, P.G.
  S/Sgt Glynn, P.F.
  S/Sgt Swafford, J.O.
  5  670th                   
  43-9387  F6-H  A-20G
  Lt McGlohn, C.L.
  S/Sgt Moran, J.W.
  S/Sgt Driskill, P.B.
  6  670th                   
  43-9224  F6-E  A-20G
  Lt Leonard, T.J.
  S/Sgt Wilson, J.E.
  S/Sgt Binney, I.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  668th                   
  43-9360  5H-S  A-20G
  Capt Conant, H.F.
  S/Sgt Orr, J.R.
  S/Sgt McCreery, J.E.
  2  668th                   
  43-9195  5H-D  A-20G
  Lt Miracle, R.V.
  S/Sgt Sieg, B.C.
  S/Sgt Burkhalter, J.C.
  3  668th                   
  43-9194  5H-C  A-20G
  Lt Ritchie, S.B.
  S/Sgt Newkirk, A.W.
  S/Sgt Anderson, E.A.
  4  668th                   
  43-9745  5H-I  A-20G
  Lt Ebenstein, G.
  Pvt Newell, S.P.
  S/Sgt Perkins, H.
  5  668th                   
  43-9362  5H-L  A-20G
  Lt Bartmus, G.F.
  S/Sgt MacDonald, R.W.
  S/Sgt Hill, A.A.
  6  668th                   
  43-9893  5H-P  A-20G
  Lt Hill, L.E.
  S/Sgt Yost, C.H.
  S/Sgt Burch, R.W.

Box II -- Flight I
  1  671st                   
  43-9914  5C-X  A-20J
  Maj Willetts, D.L.
  Lt Royalty, P.G.
  T/Sgt Larronde, F.H.
  S/Sgt Lempka, H.A.
  Lt Basnett, R.J.
  2  671st                   
  43-9951  5C-P  A-20G
  Lt Perkins, R.D.
  S/Sgt Sherry, V.N.
  S/Sgt Linneman, R.H.
  [Crew switched to A/C #203 Flt III Pos 4]
  3  671st                   
  43-9493  5C-V  A-20G
  Lt Schouten, J.T.
  S/Sgt Williamson, R.R.
  S/Sgt Best, H.T.
  4  669th                   
  43-9211  2A-C  A-20G
  Capt Huff, M.J.
  S/Sgt Thompson, J.B.
  S/Sgt LaNave, O.D.
  5  669th                   
  43-9376  2A-O  A-20G
  Lt Sommers, H.L.
  Sgt Huber, A.J.
  Sgt Cope, G.F.
  6  669th                   
  43-9189  2A-P  A-20G
  Lt Dontas, P.
  S/Sgt Nielsen, A.L.
  S/Sgt Fields, W.E.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  669th                   
  43-9941  2A-U  A-20G
  Maj Campbell, M.W.
  T/Sgt Kelly, W.J.
  S/Sgt Ferguson, W.G.
  2  669th                   
  43-9717  2A-N  A-20G
  Lt Boukamp, T.
  S/Sgt Colosimo, R.J.
  S/Sgt Wing, J.S.
  3  669th                   
  43-9181  2A-A  A-20G
  Lt McDonald, A.A.
  S/Sgt Norton, C.Q.
  S/Sgt Citty, F.M.
  4  669th                   
  43-9390  2A-G  A-20G
  Lt Peck, W.A.
  S/Sgt Bergeron, A.E.
  Sgt Kelton, H.E.
  5  669th                   
  43-9743  2A-R  A-20G
  Lt Hewes, H.E., Jr.
  S/Sgt Kasper, J.F.
  S/Sgt Boyer, H.E.
  6  669th                   
  43-9673  2A-I  A-20G
  Lt Gullion, A.W.
  S/Sgt Webb, C.L.
  Sgt Coffey, G.L.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  671st                   
  43-9225  5C-G  A-20G
  Lt Platter, E.T.
  S/Sgt Johnson, K.L.
  S/Sgt Czech, J.L.
  2  671st                   
  43-9714  5C-N  A-20G
  Lt Cowgill, G.W.
  S/Sgt Foster, H.A.
  S/Sgt Rust, E.W.
  3  671st                   
  43-9711  5C-M  A-20G
  Lt Cole, H.P.
  S/Sgt Fandre, B.G.
  S/Sgt Chvatal, F.R.
  4  671st                   
  43-9203  5C-A  A-20G
  Lt Stockwell, R.E.
  Cpl Troyer, R.J.
  S/Sgt Middleton, C.W.
  [Crew switched to A/C #951 Flt I Pos 2]
  5  671st                   
  43-9937  5C-B  A-20G
  Lt Smith, R.H.
  S/Sgt Stockham, A.A.
  S/Sgt Adams, V.P.
  6  670th                   
  43-9750  F6-M  A-20G
  Lt Andrews, H.D.
  S/Sgt Cook, G.M.
  S/Sgt Werley, E.R.

Box II
  SPARE  671st               
  43-9707  5C-H  A-20G
  Lt Downing, W.E.
  S/Sgt Shaw, L.R.
  S/Sgt Bankston, R.
  SPARE  668th               
  43-9444  5H-J  A-20J
  Lt Osborne, A.E.
  Lt Maltby, A.H.
  S/Sgt Kelly, E.E.
  Sgt Coe, W.H.
  SPARE  668th               
  43-9379  5H-G  A-20G
  Lt Lesher, R.D.
  S/Sgt Antanaitis, A.J.
  Sgt Hedrick, H.R.
  SPARE  668th               
  43-9684  5H-K  A-20G
  Lt Meagher, J.F.
  S/Sgt Damico, E.A.
  S/Sgt Dickenson, E.S.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 13 -- April 11, 1944, Tuesday AM
Bonnieres and Beauvoir, France -- NOBALL (XI/A/85 and XI/A/79)

"416th Bombardment Group (L) - Group History 1944"
Transcribed from USAF Archives

In the afternoon 38 planes made an attack on a NOBALL target at Bonnieres and Beauvoir. Three planes dropped window between the two targets to protect the 37 planes that made the attack. The boxes led by Major Meng with, Lt. Powell, B/N, and Major Willetts with Lt. Peter C. Royalty, B/N, hit the targets squarely with 130 x 500 G.P. bombs. Bomber Command rated the results "good".

"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Pages 49 - 50

Mission #13 and 14 - 11 April - Bonniers and BeauvoirNoBall targets. Each of the two boxes were assigned different targets although both taking off in normal fashion and split up at the target area. Major Meng and Lt. Powell, BN went for one Noball and Major Willetts and Lt. Basnett went after the other. Both bombardiers hit their assigned aiming points, after which the two boxes re-assembled and flew back to base. Moderate flak met both boxes but with little damage. The major problem meeting the group was a heavy cloud bank prevented normal landing patterns. Descending through the clouds caused planes to scatter, fortunately, not into each other. They made it back to base inpairs, or trios and various times, but with no casualties.

McGlohn Mission

Captain Dave Hulse with Lt. Ralph Conte, BN, were leading a flight on a mission to Bonnieres and Beauvoir NoBall site, on ll April. Hulse was the officer detailed to write up awards recommendations for fliers. Hulse related this story:

Charles McGlohn was flying on our wing. We were going into the Pas de Calais area, and he caught a piece of flak that wounded his leg or arm. The shot knocked out his complete instrument panel, destroying it. He made the bomb run with us, ignoring the pain. When the bombardier dropped his bombs, McGlohn dropped his load. When we started back to base, the cloud cover was from 2,000 to 10,000 feet thick. We had to go down through 10,000 feet of overcast. As our flight dropped down, McGlohn tried to stay in formation with us, but the clouds were so thick and dense, he lost sight of me and he became very concerned that he may get lost in midstream and would not be able to tell which was up or down without instruments to go by. He was also concerned about hitting another plane.

He left the formation. He had not gone too deeply into the fog, so he went back up, well above the clouds, cut back on the throttle, trimmed up the ship to where it was flying in a slight dive, and started to descend. But first, he asked his gunners to bail out, but they stayed with him. As he started down, he thought he was going down about 1000 feet a minute, which meant it would take him about ten minutes through the cloud bank. He had to sit there without moving, holding the controls steady. He came out of the bottom of the clouds. He was moving at a high velocity, which he could not tell for sure without any instruments, and pulled back on the steering column and got the ship under control. He saw a field nearby, underneath, and went in to land. The crew all scrambled out of the plane. He was taken to a hospital.

When I talked to him after he was released from the hospital, he told me what he had done. I thought he deserved some kind of an award, since he probably saved flying into another ship in the clouds on the way down and he took steps to prevent such a mishap. At that time there was some kind of a rule on awards, that if you were injured and bleeding before you went into the target, and dropped your bombs and came back, that was considered an heroic thing. If you got hit on the way back coming to base. that was not considered heroic. In the first case, maybe a Silver Star, in the second place, maybe a DFC.

The Awards and Decorations Offcer, John T. S. Morris, wrote up the mission and his prose was excellent, but his description lacked substance. Since he was not a flier, he could not know what danger must be, in the air. I felt he deserved at least a DFC, so I re-wrote the citation request on a borrowed old typewriter which hardly worked. I mounted the machine on a discarded K-rations box. I had to overcome a problem of the keys on the machine striking twice, so I tied an old coke bottle on a string, and held the carriage in place. I had to make three copies, all originals, no erasures, which General Vanderberg read. He erased DFC and put infor a Silver Star to Charlie. He got what hedeserved.

"670th Bombardment Squadron (L) History"
Transcription from USAF Archives

Major Meng lead the mission of April 11th, which was an attack on two Noball targets - Bonnieres and Beauvoir. Nine of our crews participated in the attack and the results were rated as "Good". On this mission a shell burst 15-20 feet below the front of Lt McGlohn's airplane while near the target. The left tachometer, the left manifold pressure gauge and the airspeed indicator were shot out. Lt McGlohn was injured in the left knee by pieces of flak, and pieces of his instrument panel. There were about 30 holes in his aircraft. Lt McGlohn stayed in formation until a descent through the overcast was started over England. Due to the lack of instruments and the fact that he could not keep a good formation because of his injury, he left the formation and circled until he found a hole in the clouds. He descended safely. Due to the fact that his radio was out he could not contact his gunners to tell them of his plight. However he had their confidence and they remained with him. Lt McGlohn safely landed at Nuthemstead, England. He learned on landing that his right tire was blown. This necessitated using the left brake with his wounded left knee. However, he was able to keep the aircraft straight on the runway until the last moment when he swerved off the runway to the right. By skillful landing under extreme difficulty Lt McGlohn prevented a crash of his aircraft and also possible injury to his gunners. He was hospitalized for his injuries (See Exhibit # 13 attached), and the wounds sustained earned him the Purple Heart.

"671st Bomb Squadron (L) Unit History"
Gordon Russell and Jim Kerns

The 416th went on their third mission in 25 hours on the morning of April 11, 1944. One box was led by Major Willetts with Lt. Basnett navigator and Lt. Royalty bombardier. There were two boxes each with a separate "No-Ball" target. They were both bombed successfully, and the two boxes reformed and started their return trip. Moderate flak was encountered, but little damage was done.

Upon arrival over England the formation found it necessary to let down through the clouds. The result was hardly as desired, as the ships scattered all over this section of England, coming in by twos and threes. All ships returned.

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