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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 58 -- May 27, 1944, Saturday PM

Amiens, France

Marshalling Yards

 

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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 54-332
OpRep #            : 57a
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 11,000 - 11,300 feet
Take-off Time      : 1853
Time Over Target   : 2036
Landing Time       : 2228
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 3:35
 

Place of Take-Off  : AAF-170 Wethersfield RAF Station, England
A/C Dispatched     : 41 Total -- 36 A-20G's, 5 A-20J's
Target Number      : 4902E/C/14
Illustration       : 4902E/5
Illustration Ref   : 104065
Summary of Results : Two boxes, 19 ships each box, with the last 3 ships in each flight and 3 ships preceding formation dispersing window. Box 1 - Majority of bombs were released prematurely on bomb run when a direct flak hit caused release of bombs of one ship with the result that 2 flights released under mistaken impression box leader had dropped. Box 2 - Fair

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 49.89030,2.30970 (49° 53' 25" N, 2° 18' 35" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on Google Maps, Visual match to Strike Photo)
(See Latitude/Longitude Coordinates and Target Identifiers for more information.)



Loading List 1

Loading List 1, Box I



Loading List 2

Loading List 2, Box II



Loading List 3

Loading List 3, Box III




Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 58 -- May 27, 1944, Saturday PM
Amiens, France -- Marshalling Yards

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  669th                   
  43-9450  2A-S  A-20J
  Maj Price, R.F.
  Lt Hand, A.R.
  S/Sgt McCreery, J.E.
  S/Sgt Sylva, H.J.
  2  669th                   
  43-9442  2A-D  A-20J
  Capt Clark, R.A.
  Lt Jones, C.W.
  S/Sgt Nicks, R.W.
  S/Sgt Radlich, N.
  3  668th                   
  43-9684  5H-K  A-20G
  Lt Ritchie, S.B.
  S/Sgt Anderson, E.A.
  S/Sgt Newkirk, A.W.
 
  4  668th                   
  43-10203  5H-R  A-20G
  Lt Siracusa, L.J.
  S/Sgt Hume, J.N.
  S/Sgt Brown, F.E.
 
  5  668th                   
  43-9893  5H-P  A-20G
  Lt Sims, T.J.
  Sgt Williamson, J.C.
  Sgt Larsen, H.W.
 
  6  668th                   
  43-9195  5H-D  A-20G
  Lt Svenson, R.R.
  Sgt Clark, C.J.
  Sgt Chustz, R.F.
 

Box I -- Flight II
  1  670th                   
  43-9200  F6-A  A-20G
  Lt Rudisill, R.S.
  S/Sgt Riley, R.K.
  S/Sgt Bonamo, A.J.
 
  2  670th                   
  43-9380  F6-N  A-20G
  Lt Johnson, E.L.
  S/Sgt Ochaba, J.A.
  S/Sgt Brayn, M.R.
 
  3  670th                   
  43-9227  F6-F  A-20G
  Lt Sewell, J.C.
  S/Sgt Evans, O.D.
  S/Sgt Palmer, T.A.
 
  4  670th                   
  43-9207  F6-B  A-20G
  Lt Harrold, F.J.
  S/Sgt Griffin, E.L.
  Sgt Maziasz, C.W.
 
  5  670th                   
  43-9680  F6-R  A-20G
  Lt Sommers, D.T.
  S/Sgt Zaklikiewicz, S.R.
  Sgt Johnson, J.L.
 
  6  670th                   
  43-9750  F6-M  A-20G
  Lt Hall, R.B.
  Sgt Blackford, D.S.
  S/Sgt Eutsler, R.
 

Box I -- Flight III
  1  669th                   
  43-10147  2A-K  A-20G
  Lt Morton, R.J.
  S/Sgt Alden, S.F.
  S/Sgt Ballinger, R.L.
 
  2  669th                   
  43-10206  2A-F  A-20G
  Lt Gullion, A.W.
  S/Sgt Coffey, G.L.
  S/Sgt Cope, G.F.
 
  3  669th                   
  43-9983  2A-J  A-20G
  Lt Hewes, H.E., Jr.
  S/Sgt Kasper, J.F.
  S/Sgt Boyer, H.E.
 
  4  669th                   
  43-9376  2A-O  A-20G
  Lt Peck, W.A.
  S/Sgt Bergeron, A.E.
  S/Sgt Kelton, H.E.
 
  5  669th                   
  43-9717  2A-N  A-20G
  Lt Connor, J.S.
  Sgt Rodgers, H.C.
  Sgt VanDuyne, J.E.
 
  6  669th                   
  43-9900  2A-Q  A-20G
  Lt Vleghels, A.J.
  Sgt Rice, R.W.
  Sgt Young, C.E.
 

Box I
  SPARE  668th               
  43-9907  5H-O  A-20G
  Lt Ebenstein, G.
  S/Sgt Perkins, H.
  Sgt Newell, S.P.
 
                                                           


Box II -- Flight I
  1  671st                   
  43-9645  5C-R  A-20J
  Lt Osborne, A.E.
  Lt Forma, W.
  S/Sgt Coe, W.H.
  S/Sgt Kelly, E.E.
  2  670th                   
  43-9455  F6-T  A-20J
  Maj Napier, J.G.
  Lt Smith, W.L.
  S/Sgt Dickenson, E.S.
  Sgt Hornbeck, K.E.
  3  668th                   
  43-10210  5H-Q  A-20G
  Lt Bartmus, G.F.
  S/Sgt Orr, J.R.
  S/Sgt Flacks, F.L.
 
  4  668th                   
  43-9194  5H-C  A-20G
  Lt Meagher, J.F.
  Sgt Hantske, D.
  S/Sgt Damico, E.A.
 
  5  668th                   
  43-9360  5H-S  A-20G
  Lt Lesher, R.D.
  S/Sgt Hedrick, H.R.
  S/Sgt Antanaitis, A.J.
 
  6  668th                   
  43-9963  5H-N  A-20G
  Lt Miracle, R.V.
  S/Sgt Burkhalter, J.C.
  S/Sgt Sieg, B.C.
 

Box II -- Flight II
  1  671st                   
  43-10165  5C-H  A-20G
  Lt DeMand, F.W.
  Sgt Troyer, R.J.
  S/Sgt Middleton, C.W.
 
  2  671st                   
  43-10164  5C-I  A-20G
  Lt Wipperman, R.A.
  Sgt DeBower, D.H.
  Sgt Garrett, A.D.
 
  3  670th                   
  43-9689  F6-I  A-20G
  Lt Durante, A.R.
  S/Sgt Best, H.T.
  S/Sgt DeGiusti, I.R.
 
  4  671st                   
  43-9925  5C-G  A-20G
  Lt Platter, E.T.
  S/Sgt Johnson, K.L.
  S/Sgt Czech, J.L.
 
  5  671st                   
  43-9221  5C-F  A-20G
  Lt Henderson, F.W.
  Sgt Griswold, R.M.
  Sgt Coulombe, P.E.
 
  6  671st                   
  43-9219  5C-D  A-20G
  Lt Miller, J.H.
  Sgt Schrom, R.G.
  Sgt Galender, J.
 

Box II -- Flight III
  1  671st                   
  43-9711  5C-M  A-20G
  Lt Marzolf, L.A.
  S/Sgt Kutzer, L.G.
  S/Sgt Wellin, H.E.
 
  2  671st                   
  43-9220  5C-E  A-20G
  Lt Perkins, R.D.
  S/Sgt Sherry, V.N.
  S/Sgt Linneman, R.H.
 
  3  671st                   
  43-9493  5C-V  A-20G
  Lt Smith, R.H.
  S/Sgt Stockham, A.A.
  Sgt Mahoney, R.J.
 
  4  671st                   
  43-10214  5C-C  A-20G
  Lt Wheeler, R.V.
  S/Sgt Brower, J.S.
  S/Sgt Corrin, E.
 
  5  671st                   
  43-9714  5C-N  A-20G
  Lt Morehouse, R.C.
  Sgt Zygiel, L.A.
  Sgt Burgess, A.J.
 
  6  671st                   
  43-9363  5C-L  A-20G
  Lt York, R.W.
  S/Sgt Cook, G.M.
  S/Sgt Werley, E.R.
 

Box II
  SPARE  670th               
  43-9892  F6-L  A-20G
  Lt Gruetzemacher, R.O.
  S/Sgt Kidd, W.L.
  S/Sgt Risko, S.
 
                                                           


Box III -- Flight I
  1  670th                   
  43-9452  F6-Q  A-20J
  Capt Jackson, C.R.
  Lt Maltby, A.H.
  S/Sgt Binney, I.
  S/Sgt Wilson, J.E.
  2  669th                   
  43-9840  2A-V  A-20G
  Lt Shainberg, N.V.
  Sgt Vafiadis, C.
  Sgt Hoffman, R.C.
 
  3  669th                   
  43-9181  2A-A  A-20G
  Lt Renth, E.J.
  S/Sgt LaNave, O.D.
  S/Sgt Citty, F.M.
 



Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 58 -- May 27, 1944, Saturday PM
Amiens, France -- Marshalling Yards


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

In the afternoon we were the ones to lose planes. The target was again the Marshalling Yards at Amiens. Some few bombs hit the target with fair results. The majority of box 1 dropped on the No. 4 plane, which, having received a direct hit by flak, salvoed its Bombs 10 seconds before the point for release. Six chutes were seen to come out of the planes flown by Lt Guillon and Lt Siracusa. Lt Simms was hit in the arm by flak, and gave the order to his two gunners to bail out over France. The two chutes were seen to open. Lt Simms managed to jockey the plane back across the Channel and crashed on the coast. Although badly injured, and the plane completely wrecked, he did an outstanding job getting the plane back to this side of the Channel. Lt Hewes was also hit over the target. He was last seen flying west from Amiens, slowly losing altitude. No chutes were seen and nothing further was reported on him. The four crews were: Lt Allen W. Gullion Jr., S/Sgt Grady F. Cope, and S/Sgt Gerald L. Coffey, Lt Lucien J. Siracusa, S/Sgt James M. Hume, and S/Sgt Floyd E. Brown Lt Harry E. Hewes, S/Sgt Joseph F. Kasper, and S/Sgt Harold E. Boyer Lt Tommie J. Simms, S/Sgt Julius C. Williamson, and S/Sgt Harry W. Larsen As the chutes from Lt Gullion's and Lt Siracusa's planes floated down, it was reported that light flak was fired at the parachutists from 8000 feet to the ground. The formation was led by Major Price, with Lt Hand, B-N, and Lt Osborne, with Lt Forma, B-N.


"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Page 81

Mission #58 - May 27 - PM - Amiens Marshalling Yard. The records do not show who led this formation in. The reports show that the pilot flying No. 4 slot of the first box took a flak burst, which caused his bombs to drop out, making the planes behind him to jettison their bombs. This was ten seconds before the leader was to drop his load. Some of the bombs did hit the target with fair results. Lt. A. W. Gullion of the 669th with gunners S/Sgts. Grady F. Cope and Gerald Coffey, and Lt. Lucien Siracusa with gunners, S/Sgts. James Hume and Floyd Brown were all hit by flak causing them all to parachute out with their planes crashing near the target area. Lt. Thomas J. Sims caught flak going on the bomb run, but he continued on to drop his bombs. He moved away from the flight, losing speed, feeling faint, he called to his gunners, Sgts. Harry W. Larsen and Julius J. Williamson, Jr. to bail out, which they did. Simms kept going and crash landed on the coast of England nursing his badly damaged ship and himself bleeding and hardly conscious. Upon landing, he passed out, was retrieved from the plane and carried to a nearby hospital. Siracusa was a POW and returned to duty. Lt. H. E. Hewes took a hit over the target and also went down. He evidently made it back to friendly territory since he was returned to the states carrying the designation SWA (Seriously Wounded in Action).


"668th Bombardment Squadron (L) History"
Transcription from USAF Archives

On 27 May, 1st Lt Lucian J. Siracusa, Flight Leader, and his combat crew S Sgt Floyd E. Brown (Mechanic-Gunner) and S Sgt James N. Hume (Armorer-Gunner) were reported Missing in Action. S Sgt Hume was a veteran of ninety-three combat missions, including 68 in the South Pacific.

On this same mission, 2nd Lt Tommie J. Sims, a newly assigned pilot flying his second combat mission, was seriously wounded and his aircraft severely damaged by enemy ground fire at the very outset of the bombing-run. Flying on one engine, the injured pilot heroically remained in formation for the duration of the run, and having released his bombs on the target, flew the ship back to England where he crash-landed. His crew, Sgt Harry W. Larsen (Mechanic-Gunner), and Sgt Julius C. Williamson Jr. (Armorer-Gunner), abandoned ship over enemy territory and are missing in action.


"669th Bombardment Squadron (L) History"
Transcription from USAF Archives

We seemed to be headed for a whole month of operations without a loss, when on the 27th all hell broke loose. In an attack on the Amiens Marshalling Yard, both Lt. Allen W. Gullion's and Lt. Harry E. Hewes' planes were hit by flak in the target area. Lt. Gullion's plane caught on fire, and three chutes were seen to come out of it and open up. With him were S/Sgt. Grady F. Cope and S/Sgt. Gerald F. Coffey, his gunners. The plane flown by Lt. Hewes was seen to drop out of formation, losing altitude. This happened shortly after leaving the target area. No reports were ever received on him. With him were his two gunners, S/Sgt. Harold E. Boyer and S/Sgt. Joseph F. Kasper. All six crewmen are listed as "Missing in Action".


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

From May 23rd to May 30th, the squadron flew a total of ninety-eight sorties on missions to attack the Beaumont-LeRoger airdrome; the Abbeville-Drucat airdrome; the Monchy-Breton airdrome; the Beauvais- Tille airdrome; the Amiens marshalling yards; the Bruges-St Michiel Naval Radar Direction Finder Station in Belgium; the Vacqueriette Noball site; the Behen Noball site; the Achiet airdrome and the Denain-Prouby airdrome.

Lt Crispino was awarded the Purple Heart for the injuries sustained on the 19th, and Sgt Zaklikiewicz for wounds sustained on May 26th.

The Stars and Strips carried an article on May 24th, which concerned the group. In the story about veteran gunners of other campaigns of this war, S/Sgt Riley and S/Sgt Kidd of our unit, received credit due them for previous operational experience. (See Exhibit # 19 attached.)

Lt Maltby received his promotion to 1st Lt on May 22nd.

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