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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 26 -- April 23, 1944, Sunday AM

Bonnieres, France

NOBALL (XI/A/85)

 

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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 10-280
OpRep #            : 23a
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 11,200 - 12,000 feet
Take-off Time      : 1026
Time Over Target   : 1142
Landing Time       : 1258
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 2:32
 

Place of Take-Off  : AAF-170 Wethersfield RAF Station, England
A/C Dispatched     : 37 Total -- 32 A-20G's, 5 A-20J's
Target Number      : Z 3096
Illustration       : A/85/1
Illustration Ref   : 027038
Summary of Results : Both boxes bombed with Poor results.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 50.24722,2.26528 (50° 14' 50" N, 2° 15' 55" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on V1 Sites, BONNIERES LB55)
(See Latitude/Longitude Coordinates and Target Identifiers for more information.)


Scanned original Mission 26 documents (multipage PDF files)

Mission Folder       Reports Folder       OpRep # 23a

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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).
An on-line index of records held by AFHRA up to 2001 is available at Air Force History Index.org.
Most of these PDF files are unaltered originals provided by the AFHRA, a few have been re-organized.
Pages may be out of sequence; files may contain scanned blank pages and/or pages scanned upside-down; some pages may be included in more than one file.
The "Mission Folder" usually contains the majority of documents for a Mission, including Field Orders, Status Reports, Pilot Interrogations, Photos (if available), etc.




Loading List

Loading List 1, Box I


Loading List

Loading List 2, Box II


Bomb Run Photo

NOBALL (XI/A/85) near Bonnieres, France


Bomb Run Google Overlay

Bomb Run Photo overlaid on current Google Earth display
(Overlay by Wayne Sayles)


Bomb Run Photo

NOBALL (XI/A/85) near Bonnieres, France


Bomb Run Google Overlay

Bomb Run Photo overlaid on current Google Earth display
(Overlay by Wayne Sayles)


A/C 43-907

671st BS A-20G A/C Serial# 43-9707 Fuselage Code 5C-H
Crew: 2d Lt Joseph T. Schouten (Pilot),
S/Sgt Robert R. Williamson and Sgt Joseph E. Feistl (Gunners).
Lost when Plane was hit in the turret section of fuselage by a direct Flak burst

(Fold3.com photo identified by Gerry Asher)


A/C 43-907 Google Overlay

A/C 43-9707 overlaid on current Google Earth display
(Overlay by Wayne Sayles)


A/C 43-907

671st BS A-20G A/C Serial# 43-9707 Fuselage Code 5C-H


A/C 43-907

671st BS A-20G A/C Serial# 43-9707 Fuselage Code 5C-H


These photographs of Lt Schouten's aircraft were taken by the crew of
Maj Kenneth Tilghman Roney (AC 43-9701, 5H-H) as described in Roney's personal history:

"On another mission, the plane on whose wing I was flying received a direct flak hit just aft
of the bomb-bay, which blew the whole tail off. The blast threw me out of formation momentarily,
and pieces of the aircraft peppered my plane, but fortunately did no serious damage. The flak that
day was about as heavy as I'd ever seen it - pieces of it sounded like hail hitting a tin roof. There
were more than 100 holes in my plane when I landed, including three punctured gas tanks. Thank
goodness for those self-sealing tanks; they made it possible for me to get back safely, and
eliminated a serious fire hazard. My "strike-camera" got pictures of the front end of the crippled
plane spinning down, as we were on the bomb run and the doors were open and the camera was
operating. As far as we know, no one got out."
(Extract from:
Roney, Kenneth Tilghman. "Personal History Of Kenneth Tilghman Roney". Provo, Utah 84602:
BRIGHAM YOUNG U Press, 1986. First edition 1986, copyright by Kenneth Tilghman Roney;
Second edition 1998, copyright by Helen Scott Tyler Roney, Nancy Roney Mitchell, and Carol Roney Holland.)






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

         Date          Report

A/C
Serial #
Type
Mis-
sion
#
Bomb
Sq
Location Personnel (Status when available)
Apr 23, 1944
Sunday
MACR
4095
43-9707
A-20G
26 671 Over target at Bonnieres France Schouten, Joseph Thomas (MIA, KIA)
Williamson, Robert Ray (MIA, KIA)
Feistl, Joseph E. (MIA, KIA)


To view more information regarding an Incident/Report, click on the Report hyperlink.
( = Entries having actual Reports available for review.   = Entries having additional Images or Photos.)
To view an individual's Memorial page, click on the "Name" hyperlink.



Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 26 -- April 23, 1944, Sunday AM
Bonnieres, France -- NOBALL (XI/A/85)

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  668th                   
  43-9444  5H-J  A-20J
  Maj Price, R.F.
  Lt Hand, A.R.
  S/Sgt Kelly, E.E.
  S/Sgt Coe, W.H.
  2  670th                   
  43-9439  F6-J  A-20J
  Lt McNulty, G.M.
  Lt Bursiel, F.H.
  S/Sgt White, H.E.
  S/Sgt Addleman, R.F.
  3  670th                   
  43-9750  F6-M  A-20G
  Capt Conant, H.F.
  S/Sgt McCreery, J.E.
  S/Sgt Orr, J.R.
 
  4  668th                   
  43-9362  5H-L  A-20G
  Lt Shaefer, R.F.
  S/Sgt Judd, E.R.
  S/Sgt Fejes, J.A.
 
  5  668th                   
  43-9182  5H-B  A-20G
  Lt Bartmus, G.F.
  S/Sgt Hibbs, C.L.
  S/Sgt Daugherty, L.M.
 
  6  668th                   
  43-9684  5H-K  A-20G
  Lt Kleopfel, M.E.
  S/Sgt Shaw, L.R.
  S/Sgt Bankston, R.
 

Box I -- Flight II
  1  668th                   
  43-9377  5H-W  A-20G
  Lt Siracusa, L.J.
  S/Sgt Hume, J.N.
  S/Sgt Brown, F.E.
  [Not Airborne]
 
  2  668th                   
  43-9195  5H-D  A-20G
  Lt Downing, W.E.
  S/Sgt MacDonald, R.W.
  S/Sgt Hill, A.A.
 
  3  668th                   
  43-9194  5H-C  A-20G
  Lt Kreh, E.B.
  S/Sgt Molver, V.E.
  S/Sgt Gray, C.M.
 
  4  668th                   
  43-9216  5H-E  A-20G
  Lt Ebenstein, G.
  S/Sgt Perkins, H.
  S/Sgt Burch, R.W.
 
  5  668th                   
  43-9223  5H-F  A-20G
  Lt Meagher, J.F.
  S/Sgt Damico, E.A.
  S/Sgt Dickenson, E.S.
 
  6  668th                   
  43-9745  5H-I  A-20G
  Lt Cruze, R.K.
  S/Sgt Love, C.F.
  S/Sgt Adair, F.L.
 

Box I -- Flight III
  1  670th                   
  43-9455  F6-T  A-20J
  Capt Jackson, C.R.
  Lt Forma, W.
  S/Sgt Bonamo, A.J.
  Pvt McKee, J.
  2  670th                   
  43-9696  F6-G  A-20G
  Lt Shea, D.F.
  S/Sgt Lee, R.E.
  Sgt Falk, F.G.
 
  3  670th                   
  43-9978  F6-S  A-20G
  Lt Rooney, R.J.
  S/Sgt McCleary, H.M.
  S/Sgt DiNapoli, S.F.
 
  4  670th                   
  43-9209  F6-K  A-20G
  Lt Crispino, J.C.
  S/Sgt Walsh, T.I.
  S/Sgt Conopask, R.E.
 
  5  670th                   
  43-9217  F6-D  A-20G
  Lt Leonard, T.J.
  S/Sgt Evans, O.D.
  Sgt Palmer, T.A.
 
  6  670th                   
  43-9227  F6-F  A-20G
  Lt McBride, L.R.
  S/Sgt Allred, F.D.
  Sgt Stephens, D.W.
 

Box I
  SPARE  669th               
  43-9211  2A-C  A-20G
  Lt Shainberg, N.V.
  S/Sgt Colosimo, R.J.
  S/Sgt Wing, J.S.
 
                                                           


Box II -- Flight I
  1  669th                   
  43-9450  2A-S  A-20J
  Maj Campbell, M.W.
  Lt Palin, W.H.
  S/Sgt Thompson, J.B.
  S/Sgt Hatch, H.F.
  2  671st                   
  43-9914  5C-X  A-20J
  Capt Clark, R.A.
  Lt Jones, C.W.
  S/Sgt Kasper, J.F.
  S/Sgt Boyer, H.E.
  3  671st                   
  43-9711  5C-M  A-20G
  Lt Cole, H.P.
  S/Sgt Chvatal, F.R.
  S/Sgt Fandre, B.G.
 
  4  671st                   
  43-9707  5C-H  A-20G
  Lt Schouten, J.T.
  S/Sgt Feistl, J.E.
  S/Sgt Williamson, R.R.
 
  5  671st                   
  43-9221  5C-F  A-20G
  Lt Merchant, W.A.
  S/Sgt Harp, C.J.
  S/Sgt Brown, K.P.
 
  6  671st                   
  43-9937  5C-B  A-20G
  Lt Durante, A.R.
  S/Sgt Best, H.T.
  S/Sgt DeGiusti, I.R.
 

Box II -- Flight II
  1  671st                   
  43-9951  5C-P  A-20G
  Lt Stockwell, R.E.
  S/Sgt Foster, H.A.
  S/Sgt Rust, E.W.
 
  2  671st                   
  43-9393  5C-K  A-20G
  Lt Greenley, R.E.
  S/Sgt Worden, H.C.
  S/Sgt Rzepka, J.J.
 
  3  671st                   
  43-9493  5C-V  A-20G
  Lt Smith, R.H.
  S/Sgt Stockham, A.A.
  S/Sgt Adams, V.P.
 
  4  670th                   
  43-9386  F6-W  A-20G
  Lt Greene, W.J.
  S/Sgt Ochaba, J.A.
  Sgt Colbert, W.F.
 
  5  670th                   
  43-9380  F6-N  A-20G
  Lt Johnson, E.L.
  S/Sgt Donahue, W.J.
  S/Sgt Brayn, M.R.
 
  6  670th                   
  43-9689  F6-I  A-20G
  Lt Atkinson, P.G.
  S/Sgt Glynn, P.F.
  Sgt Swafford, J.O.
 

Box II -- Flight III
  1  669th                   
  43-9679  2A-W  A-20G
  Lt Morton, R.J.
  S/Sgt Norton, C.Q.
  S/Sgt Citty, F.M.
 
  2  669th                   
  43-9226  2A-E  A-20G
  Lt Renth, E.J.
  S/Sgt LaNave, O.D.
  S/Sgt Fields, W.E.
 
  3  669th                   
  43-9181  2A-A  A-20G
  Lt Land, W.H.
  S/Sgt Alden, S.F.
  S/Sgt Ballinger, R.L.
 
  4  669th                   
  43-9673  2A-I  A-20G
  Lt DeMun, E.E.
  S/Sgt Carney, H.O.
  S/Sgt Rosenstein, M.
 
  5  668th                   
  43-9701  5H-H  A-20G
  Maj Roney, K.T.
  T/Sgt Kelly, W.J.
  S/Sgt Ferguson, W.G.
 
  6  669th                   
  43-9743  2A-R  A-20G
  Lt Siggs, W.C.
  S/Sgt Radlich, N.
  Sgt Nicks, R.W.
 

Box II
  SPARE  671st               
  43-9219  5C-D  A-20G
  Lt Adams, J.D.
  Sgt Clearman, P.L.
  Cpl Zeikus, A.J.
 
                                                           



Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 26 -- April 23, 1944, Sunday AM
Bonnieres, France -- NOBALL (XI/A/85)


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

Flying back for the sixth consecutive day, 37 aircraft dropped 143 x 500 G.P. bombs in an attack on a military installation at Bonnieres. For the first time the crews saw one of their own planes broken in half by flak over the target. The crew, 2nd Lt. Joseph T. Schouten, S/Sgt. Robert R. Williamson, and Sgt. Joseph E. Feistl, are all listed as "Missing in Action". Some of the other planes, seeing the bombs fall out of Lt. Schouten's stricken plane, mistook them for bombs from the lead plane and dropped on them. As a result the bombing was poor. Major Price with Lt. Hand, B/N, and Major Campbell with Lt. Palin, B/N, led the two boxes.


"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Page 54

Mission #26 - 23 April - Bonniereres NoBall. We've been here before and were not too happy with the greeting we got back then. Today, Sunday, the experts were manning the antiaircraft guns. Major Price with Lt. Hand, BN, led Box I with Major Campbell and Lt. Palin, BN leading Box II, The second box took an unusually long bomb run giving the gunners good time to cut their fuses. Lt. Joseph T. Shouten, with gunners S/Sgt. Robert Williamson and Sgt. Feistl were flying in slot #4 on the lead flight of Box II. This slot is directly behind and below the Box leader in position #1. A flak burst hit Shouten's right engine. He remained in his slot,. but another burst hit them amid ships, splitting the plane in half, causing a flat spin down. No parachutes were seen coming out. When the flak hit Shouten's plane amidships, the bombs dropped out, causing the planes behind him to think the drop was following a legitimate bomb run, so they dropped their load, well short of the assigned aiming point. Other planes came back with multiple flak holes, one with 38 shots and another with 29 hits.

April 24 - A mission scheduled for today did not get too far from base, getting a recall before reaching the English Channel. The weather was cloudy, requiring ascents and descents through a hazy mixture. Lt. A. A. McDonald of the 669th Squadron, lost control of his plane and started a dive, causing a wing to break. He managed to pull the plane out of the dive, but knew he was going to crash. He saw he was heading for a housing area and managed to maneuver the plane to an open space and crash landed, exploding the bombs. His heroic effort probably saved many civilian lives. Gunners with McDonald included S/Sgt. Leroy Barard and S/Sgt. Joseph J. Shields. All three crew members perished. Their remains were interred in the American Military Cemetery at Cambridge, England. No other planes were lost.


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

On the 23rd, ten crews took part in the attack on the Bonnieres noball site. S/Sgt Donahue sustained flak wounds and received the Purple Heart as a result of this mission.


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

Sunday seems an ill-fated day for the 416th Bomb Group. The outfit received its real baptism of fire just over a month ago on March 19th , 1944, on what is now aptly called "Bloody Sunday". Today was another dark Sunday for this Squadron in particular. Take off for another "No-Ball"-Bonnieres-was in the mid-morning. Up to the target area nothing of importance happened except for some inaccurate flak. The second box took an extremely long (11/2 minutes) bomb run for a known well defended target. It was on this run that Lt. Joseph T. Schouten, flying number four in the lead flight second box, received a hit on his right engine. He held position, however, until additional direct hits blew the entire fuselage off directly behind the wing, and the forward section of the plane tumbled to the ground. No chutes were seen to open. Though the crew are officially " Missing in Action" , the Squadron has reconciled itself to the loss of Lt. Schouten, S/Sgt. Feistl and S/Sgt. Williamson. Sgt. Feistl had received the Purple Heart and a cluster for injuries sustained on previous missions with this Group.

Additional flak on the way out left a considerable number of the ships battle damaged. Bomb results were only fair.


"671tst Bombardment Squadron (L) History"
Transcribed from USAF Archives

The plane flown by Lt. Joseph T. Schouten received a direct hit by an 88mm. shell over the Pas-de-Calais Area on April 23. His Gunners, Sgt. Joseph E. Feistl and S/Sgt. Robert R. Williamson were also missing.


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