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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 30 -- April 27, 1944, Thursday AM

Monceau Sur Sambre, Belgium

Marshalling Yards (S.5256)



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 17-287
OpRep #            : 27a
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : No Attack
Take-off Time      : 0934
Time Over Target   : 1116
Landing Time       : 1249
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 3:15

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      : ZB 906
Illustration       : NEG. 3114 8 MARCH 44
Illustration Ref   : 039045
Secondary Target   : Tourcoing Marshalling Yards (S5785) (Z835)
Summary of Results : Mission was abortive due to low clouds covering target and target area.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 50.42640,4.39149 (50° 25' 35" N, 4° 23' 29" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on Google Maps, Selected RR Yard near Monceau Sur Sambre, Belgium)
(See Latitude/Longitude Coordinates and Target Identifiers for more information.)

Scanned original Mission 30 documents (multipage PDF files)

Mission Folder       Reports Folder       OpRep # 27a       Fuel Use

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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 # 30 -- April 27, 1944, Thursday AM
Monceau Sur Sambre, Belgium -- Marshalling Yards (S.5256)

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  668th                   
  43-9640  5H-Z  A-20J
  Capt Hulse, D.A.
  Lt Conte, R.
  S/Sgt Moran, J.W.
  S/Sgt Driskill, P.B.
  3  670th                   
  43-9696  F6-G  A-20G
  Lt Crispino, J.C.
  S/Sgt Walsh, T.I.
  S/Sgt Conopask, R.E.
  4  670th                   
  43-9978  F6-S  A-20G
  Lt Greene, W.J.
  S/Sgt Ochaba, J.A.
  Sgt Colbert, W.F.
  5  670th                   
  43-9892  F6-L  A-20G
  Capt Moore, Z.R.
  S/Sgt Kidd, W.L.
  S/Sgt Risko, S.
  6  670th                   
  43-9680  F6-R  A-20G
  Lt Brown, N.G.
  S/Sgt Wilson, J.E.
  S/Sgt Binney, I.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  670th                   
  43-9227  F6-F  A-20G
  Capt Jackson, C.R.
  S/Sgt Bonamo, A.J.
  Pvt McKee, J.
  2  670th                   
  43-9387  F6-H  A-20G
  Lt Johnson, E.L.
  S/Sgt Donahue, W.J.
  S/Sgt Brayn, M.R.
  3  670th                   
  43-9386  F6-W  A-20G
  Lt Hillerman, J.P.
  S/Sgt Lee, R.E.
  Sgt Falk, F.G.
  4  670th                   
  43-9209  F6-K  A-20G
  Lt Rooney, R.J.
  S/Sgt McCleary, H.M.
  S/Sgt DiNapoli, S.F.
  5  670th                   
  43-9380  F6-N  A-20G
  Lt Nordstrom, A.W.
  S/Sgt Gossett, J.D.
  S/Sgt Miller, R.L.
  6  669th                   
  43-9717  2A-N  A-20G
  Lt Leonard, T.J.
  S/Sgt Evans, O.D.
  Sgt Palmer, T.A.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  668th                   
  43-9195  5H-D  A-20G
  Lt Osborne, A.E.
  S/Sgt Kelly, E.E.
  S/Sgt Coe, W.H.
  2  668th                   
  43-9194  5H-C  A-20G
  Lt Peede, L.G.
  S/Sgt Hibbs, C.L.
  S/Sgt Daugherty, L.M.
  3  668th                   
  43-9379  5H-G  A-20G
  Lt Kleopfel, M.E.
  S/Sgt Shaw, L.R.
  S/Sgt Bankston, R.
  4  668th                   
  43-9745  5H-I  A-20G
  Lt Meagher, J.F.
  S/Sgt Dickenson, E.S.
  S/Sgt McCreery, J.E.
  5  668th                   
  43-9684  5H-K  A-20G
  Lt Kreh, E.B.
  S/Sgt Newkirk, A.W.
  S/Sgt Anderson, E.A.
  6  668th                   
  43-9701  5H-H  A-20G
  Lt Bartmus, G.F.
  S/Sgt Love, C.F.
  S/Sgt Adair, F.L.

Box I
  SPARE  668th               
  43-9377  5H-W  A-20G
  Lt Downing, W.E.
  S/Sgt Simpson, D.H.
  T/Sgt Robbins, L.G.

Box II -- Flight I
  1  671st                   
  43-10129  5C-I  A-20J
  Capt Clark, R.A.
  Lt Jones, C.W.
  Sgt Wolber, R.A.
  S/Sgt Nicks, R.W.
  2  671st                   
  43-9914  5C-X  A-20J
  Lt Platter, E.T.
  Lt Basnett, R.J.
  S/Sgt Johnson, K.L.
  S/Sgt Czech, J.L.
  3  671st                   
  43-9221  5C-F  A-20G
  Lt Perkins, R.D.
  S/Sgt Sherry, V.N.
  S/Sgt Linneman, R.H.
  4  671st                   
  43-9951  5C-P  A-20G
  Lt Stockwell, R.E.
  S/Sgt Kutzer, L.G.
  S/Sgt Wellin, H.E.
  5  671st                   
  43-9937  5C-B  A-20G
  Lt Durante, A.R.
  S/Sgt Best, H.T.
  S/Sgt DeGiusti, I.R.
  6  671st                   
  43-10214  5C-C  A-20G
  Lt Zubon, M.
  T/Sgt Tanner, J.R.L.
  S/Sgt Russell, W.C.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  669th                   
  43-9181  2A-A  A-20G
  Lt Sommers, H.L.
  S/Sgt Nielsen, A.L.
  S/Sgt Coffey, G.L.
  2  669th                   
  43-9189  2A-P  A-20G
  Lt Connor, J.S.
  S/Sgt Alden, S.F.
  S/Sgt Ballinger, R.L.
  3  669th                   
  43-9226  2A-E  A-20G
  Lt Behlmer, R.L.
  T/Sgt Kelly, W.J.
  S/Sgt Ferguson, W.G.
  4  669th                   
  43-9679  2A-R  A-20G
  Lt Morton, R.J.
  S/Sgt Citty, F.M.
  S/Sgt Rosenstein, M.
  [Not Airborne]
  5  670th                   
  43-9224  F6-E  A-20G
  Lt MacManus, P.F.E.
  S/Sgt LaNave, O.D.
  S/Sgt Rogers, J.L., Jr.
  6  669th                   
  43-9743  2A-W  A-20G
  Lt Boukamp, T.
  S/Sgt Colosimo, R.J.
  S/Sgt Wing, J.S.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  671st                   
  43-9393  5C-K  A-20G
  Capt Dunn, L.F.
  Cpl Troyer, R.J.
  S/Sgt Middleton, C.W.
  2  669th                   
  43-9376  2A-O  A-20G
  Lt Wheeler, R.V.
  S/Sgt Brower, J.S.
  S/Sgt Corrin, E.
  3  669th                   
  43-9211  2A-C  A-20G
  Lt Smith, R.H.
  S/Sgt Adams, V.P.
  S/Sgt Judd, E.R.
  4  671st                   
  43-9714  5C-N  A-20G
  Lt Hixon, S.M.
  T/Sgt Larronde, F.H.
  S/Sgt Lempka, H.A.
  5  671st                   
  43-9493  5C-V  A-20G
  Lt Andrews, H.D.
  S/Sgt Cook, G.M.
  S/Sgt Werley, E.R.
  6  671st                   
  43-9724  5C-W  A-20G
  Lt Cole, H.P.
  S/Sgt Chvatal, F.R.
  S/Sgt Fandre, B.G.

Box II
  SPARE  668th               
  43-9893  5H-P  A-20G
  Lt Cowgill, G.W.
  S/Sgt Foster, H.A.
  S/Sgt Rust, E.W.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 30 -- April 27, 1944, Thursday AM
Monceau Sur Sambre, Belgium -- Marshalling Yards (S.5256)

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

Ending our longest sustained drive against the foe, we flew two missions on the 27th. The Marshalling Yards at Monceau-Sur-Sambre was protected by .7 to .8 cloud cover in the morning which prevented any bombing. In the afternoon, however, our 36 aircraft completely battered the Marshalling Yards at Arras. A roundhouse, the aiming point, was demolished. Major Price with Lt. Hand, B/N, and Captain Dunn with Lt. Arrington B/N, led the two boxes.

"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Pages 55 - 56

Mission #30 - 27 April - AM - Monceau sur Sambre Marshalling Yard. Captain Dunn and Lt. Arrington, BN led boxes. Captain Hulse and Lt. Conte, BN and Lt. Platter with Lt. Basnett, BN led flights. Cloud cover obscured the target so no drop was attempted. No flak was encountered on the way in, but during a break in the clouds on the way back to the coast, some inaccurate flak came up - but no damage resulted.

"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

This Squadron furnished 12 crews for the mission against the marshalling yard at Charleroi on the morning of April 27th , 1944. The formation took off in the usual manner with a total of 6x500 lb. bombs, two of which were mounted on wing racks. This flight was more or less of an experiment and the outcome was not as bad as was expected, although a loss of airspeed and sluggishness of control was noted.

The planes entered the enemy coast between Dunkerque and Ostend, an area quite free of flak. Very shortly after crossing the coast the formation approached an undercast which held all the way around the route, causing the shops to return without dropping their bombs. On the way out a slight amount of "through the overcast" firing was observed, but did no damage. All planes returned safely although several were quite low on gas.

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