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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 28 -- April 25, 1944, Tuesday PM

St. Pierre Du Mont, France

Coastal Battery



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 15-285
OpRep #            : 26
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 11,500 - 12,000 feet
Take-off Time      : 1659
Time Over Target   : 1813 - 1827
Landing Time       : 2039
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 3:40

Place of Take-Off  : AAF-170 Wethersfield RAF Station, England
A/C Dispatched     : 37 Total -- 33 A-20G's, 4 A-20J's
Target Number      : 4901W/J/1
Illustration       : 4901W/30
Illustration Ref   : 042035
Summary of Results : Box 1 - Fair Box 2 - Good

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 49.39637,-0.98893 (49° 23' 47" N, 0° 59' 20" W)
(Latitude/Longitude based on Google Maps, Visual match to Strike Photo)
(See Latitude/Longitude Coordinates and Target Identifiers for more information.)

Scanned original Mission 28 documents (multipage PDF files)

Mission Folder       Reports Folder       OpRep # 26       Fuel Use

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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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Loading List 1

Loading List 1, Box I

Loading List 2

Loading List 2, Box II

Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 28 -- April 25, 1944, Tuesday PM
St. Pierre Du Mont, France -- Coastal Battery

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.
  2  669th                   
  43-10135  2A-T  A-20J
  Capt Jackson, C.R.
  Lt Bursiel, F.H.
  Pvt McKee, J.
  S/Sgt Bonamo, A.J.
  3  669th                   
  43-9189  2A-P  A-20G
  Col Mace, H.L.
  Sgt Swafford, J.O.
  S/Sgt Glynn, P.F.
  4  670th                   
  43-9227  F6-F  A-20G
  Lt Ostrander, W.B.
  S/Sgt Wilson, J.E.
  S/Sgt Binney, I.
  5  670th                   
  43-9224  F6-E  A-20G
  Lt Monroe, H.A.
  S/Sgt Kidd, W.L.
  S/Sgt Risko, S.
  6  670th                   
  43-9387  F6-H  A-20G
  Lt McGlohn, C.L.
  S/Sgt Moran, J.W.
  S/Sgt Driskill, P.B.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  668th                   
  43-9362  5H-L  A-20G
  Lt Osborne, A.E.
  S/Sgt Kelly, E.E.
  S/Sgt Coe, W.H.
  2  668th                   
  43-9379  5H-G  A-20G
  Lt Cruze, R.K.
  S/Sgt Love, C.F.
  S/Sgt Adair, F.L.
  3  670th                   
  43-9978  F6-S  A-20G
  Lt Hill, L.E.
  S/Sgt Yost, C.H.
  S/Sgt Burch, R.W.
  4  668th                   
  43-9377  5H-W  A-20G
  Lt Bradford, B.H.
  S/Sgt MacDonald, R.W.
  S/Sgt Hill, A.A.
  5  668th                   
  43-9893  5H-P  A-20G
  Lt Poindexter, R.D.
  S/Sgt Simpson, D.H.
  T/Sgt Robbins, L.G.
  6  668th                   
  43-9182  5H-B  A-20G
  Capt Conant, H.F.
  S/Sgt McCreery, J.E.
  S/Sgt Orr, J.R.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  670th                   
  43-9209  F6-K  A-20G
  Lt McNulty, G.M.
  S/Sgt White, H.E.
  S/Sgt Addleman, R.F.
  2  670th                   
  43-9386  F6-W  A-20G
  Lt Leonard, T.J.
  S/Sgt Evans, O.D.
  S/Sgt Palmer, T.A.
  3  670th                   
  43-9689  F6-I  A-20G
  Lt Gruetzemacher, R.O.
  S/Sgt Allred, F.D.
  Sgt Stephens, D.W.
  4  668th                   
  43-9684  5H-K  A-20G
  Lt Meagher, J.F.
  S/Sgt Newkirk, A.W.
  S/Sgt Anderson, E.A.
  5  668th                   
  43-9745  5H-I  A-20G
  Lt Lesher, R.D.
  S/Sgt Antanaitis, A.J.
  S/Sgt Hedrick, H.R.
  6  668th                   
  43-9194  5H-C  A-20G
  Lt Kleopfel, M.E.
  S/Sgt Shaw, L.R.
  S/Sgt Bankston, R.

Box I
  Lt McBride, L.R.
  S/Sgt Griffin, E.L.
  Sgt Maziasz, C.W.
  [Not Airborne]

Box II -- Flight I
  1  671st                   
  43-9914  5C-X  A-20J
  Capt Dunn, L.F.
  Lt Arrington, H.T.
  T/Sgt Tanner, J.R.L.
  S/Sgt Russell, W.C.
  2  668th                   
  43-9640  5H-Z  A-20J
  Lt Col Farmer, W.W.
  Lt Pape, M.A.
  S/Sgt Molver, V.E.
  S/Sgt Gray, C.M.
  3  671st                   
  43-9219  5C-D  A-20G
  Lt Adams, J.D.
  Cpl Zeikus, A.J.
  Sgt Clearman, P.L.
  4  671st                   
  43-9951  5C-P  A-20G
  Lt DeMand, F.W.
  Cpl Troyer, R.J.
  S/Sgt Middleton, C.W.
  5  671st                   
  43-9493  5C-V  A-20G
  Lt Smith, R.H.
  S/Sgt Harp, C.J.
  S/Sgt Brown, K.P.
  6  669th                   
  43-9211  2A-C  A-20G
  Lt Cole, H.P.
  S/Sgt Fandre, B.G.
  S/Sgt Chvatal, F.R.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  669th                   
  43-9900  2A-Q  A-20G
  Lt MacManus, P.F.E.
  S/Sgt Rogers, J.L., Jr.
  S/Sgt Citty, F.M.
  2  669th                   
  43-9743  2A-R  A-20G
  Lt Renth, E.J.
  S/Sgt LaNave, O.D.
  S/Sgt Prindle, C.A.
  3  669th                   
  43-9717  2A-N  A-20G
  Lt Hewes, H.E., Jr.
  S/Sgt Kasper, J.F.
  S/Sgt Boyer, H.E.
  4  670th                   
  43-9696  F6-G  A-20G
  Lt Morton, R.J.
  S/Sgt Thompson, J.B.
  S/Sgt Hatch, H.F.
  5  670th                   
  43-9380  F6-N  A-20G
  Lt Land, W.H.
  S/Sgt Alden, S.F.
  S/Sgt Ballinger, R.L.
  6  670th                   
  43-9680  F6-R  A-20G
  Lt Shainberg, N.V.
  S/Sgt Bresnak, J.D.
  S/Sgt Cope, G.F.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  671st                   
  43-9714  5C-N  A-20G
  Lt Stockwell, R.E.
  S/Sgt Sherry, V.N.
  S/Sgt Linneman, R.H.
  2  671st                   
  43-9393  5C-K  A-20G
  Lt Greenley, R.E.
  S/Sgt Worden, H.C.
  S/Sgt Rzepka, J.J.
  3  671st                   
  43-9937  5C-B  A-20G
  Lt Durante, A.R.
  S/Sgt Best, H.T.
  S/Sgt DeGiusti, I.R.
  4  671st                   
  43-9724  5C-W  A-20G
  Lt Sommers, H.L.
  S/Sgt Kelton, H.E.
  S/Sgt Bergeron, A.E.
  5  671st                   
  43-9225  5C-G  A-20G
  Lt Connor, J.S.
  S/Sgt Ferguson, W.G.
  T/Sgt Kelly, W.J.
  6  670th                   
  43-9892  F6-L  A-20G
  Lt Gullion, A.W.
  S/Sgt Webb, C.L.
  S/Sgt Coffey, G.L.

Box II
  SPARE  669th               
  43-9226  2A-E  A-20G
  Lt Miracle, R.V.
  S/Sgt Sieg, B.C.
  S/Sgt Burkhalter, J.C.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 28 -- April 25, 1944, Tuesday PM
St. Pierre Du Mont, France -- Coastal Battery

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

The following day, the 25th, our planes attacked with renewed vigor. The morning mission produced good results against a NOBALL installation in the Bois d'Enger. The 37 planes attacking in two boxes led by Major Willetts with Lt. Royalty, B/N, and Captain Hulse with Lt. Conte, B/N, dropped only 71 x 500 G.P. bombs. Low clouds and shadows prevented recognition of the target by the second box leader. The bombs that were dropped had good results. The afternoon attack was made by 37 planes against coastal batteries at St. Pierre du Mont. The two boxes led by Major Meng with Lt. Powell, B/N, and Captain Dunn with Lt. Arrington, B/N, returned after dropping a heavy concentration of bombs in the target area with no battle damage.

"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Page 55

Mission #28 - 25 April - PM - St. Pierre de Mont Coastal Guns . Major Meng with Lt. Battersby and Captain Dunn each led boxes. A strong concentration blanketed the gun emplacements. No enemy flak or fighters bothered the crews.

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

Two missions on the 25th of April, one on the 26th, and two on the 27th brought about the attacks on one noball target, a coastal battery at St Pierre du Mont, the Louvain Marshalling yards, the Monceau Sur Sambre marshalling yards and the Arras marshalling yards. Forty-five sorties were accomplished on these missions, concluding a busy but gratifying three days for the squadron.

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

The 416th Bomb Group on the second mission of the day dispatched thirty-seven aircraft. Contrary to the usual procedure the two boxes did not go in together. The first box led by Major Meng with Lt. Powell as Bombardier-Navigator preceded the second box by 15 minutes. The latter was led by Captain Dunn and Lt. Arrington of this Squadron. The first box bombed just short of the target with a few hits on the target area. Lt. Arrington did an excellent job of hitting the target with the result that the second box plastered the objective with a strong concentration of bombs. The target was a coastal defense gun position (155 mm howitzers), and marked the first group visit to the Cherbourg area. No flak or enemy fighters were seen. Bombing results were classified very good.

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