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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 78 -- June 15, 1944, Thursday PM

Domfront, France

Ammunition Dump



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 85-375
OpRep #            : 76a
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 2,500 - 3,000 feet
Take-off Time      : 1634
Time Over Target   : 1819 - 1820
Landing Time       : 2001
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 3:27

Place of Take-Off  : AAF-170 Wethersfield RAF Station, England
A/C Dispatched     : 36 Total -- 30 A-20G's, 6 A-20J's
Target Number      : 4801W/24
Illustration       : 4801W/24
Illustration Ref   : 042034
Secondary Target   : Mezidon
Summary of Results : Bombing by flights of six; results by flight ranged from Fair to Excellent.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 48.58803,-0.66493 (48° 35' 17" N, 0° 39' 54" 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 78 documents (multipage PDF files)

Mission Folder       Reports Folder       OpRep # 76a       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).
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

Bomb run over the railroad marshalling yard at Domfront.
Note craters, one circled but others are also visible,
which were from prior bombings by 9th Air Force
P-47 Thunderbolt missions of June 2nd and 3rd, 1944.

(AFHRA photo, prior mission information from Lionel Letendre)

Bomb Run Photo

Bomb run over the railroad marshalling yard at Domfront.
Aircraft 5C-P to right is 671st Bomb Sq. A/C Serial# 43-9951 flown by Lt. J.H. Miller.

(NARA photo)

Bomb Run Google Overlay

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

Bomb Run Photo

Bomb run over the railroad marshalling yard at Domfront.
(Photo courtesy of F.J. Cachat via Ron Papajcik)

See also On-line article "70e anniversaire de la liberation de Domfront"
(70th Anniversary Liberation of Domfront), August 14, 2014, by Lionel Letendre.

(Article is in French. Includes a description of the liberation, civilian casualties memorial,
photos, documents, and analysis and testimonies of the June, 1944 bombing raids).

Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 78 -- June 15, 1944, Thursday PM
Domfront, France -- Ammunition Dump

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 Glynn, F.P.
  S/Sgt Stobert, R.F.
  2  670th                   
  43-9680  F6-R  A-20G
  Lt Hillerman, J.P.
  Sgt Burns, D.E.
  Sgt Daniel, W.J.
  3  670th                   
  43-9217  F6-D  A-20G
  Lt Leonard, T.J.
  S/Sgt Evans, O.D.
  S/Sgt Palmer, T.A.
  4  670th                   
  43-10211  F6-O  A-20G
  Lt Greene, W.J.
  S/Sgt Colbert, W.F.
  S/Sgt Ochaba, J.A.
  5  670th                   
  43-9387  F6-H  A-20G
  Lt McGlohn, C.L.
  S/Sgt Moran, J.W.
  S/Sgt Driskill, P.B.
  6  670th                   
  43-9380  F6-N  A-20G
  Lt Johnson, E.L.
  S/Sgt Donahue, W.J.
  S/Sgt Brayn, M.R.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  670th                   
  43-21467  F6-W  A-20J
  Capt Jackson, C.R.
  Lt Maltby, A.H.
  S/Sgt Bonamo, A.J.
  Pfc Allen, B.K.
  2  671st                   
  43-9937  5C-B  A-20G
  Lt Durante, A.R.
  S/Sgt Best, H.T.
  S/Sgt DeGiusti, I.R.
  3  671st                   
  43-9714  5C-N  A-20G
  Lt Henderson, F.W.
  Sgt Griswold, R.M.
  Sgt Coulombe, P.E.
  4  671st                   
  43-9925  5C-G  A-20G
  Lt Platter, E.T.
  S/Sgt Johnson, K.L.
  S/Sgt Czech, J.L.
  5  671st                   
  43-9363  5C-L  A-20G
  Lt Andrews, H.D.
  S/Sgt Cook, G.M.
  S/Sgt Werley, E.R.
  6  671st                   
  43-9221  5C-F  A-20G
  Lt Morehouse, R.C.
  Sgt Zygiel, L.A.
  Sgt Burgess, A.J.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  671st                   
  43-21711  5C-S  A-20J
  Capt Dunn, L.F.
  Lt Arrington, H.T.
  S/Sgt Marion, H.A.
  S/Sgt Mayhew, A.E.
  2  671st                   
  43-10165  5C-H  A-20G
  Lt Zubon, M.
  T/Sgt Tanner, J.R.L.
  S/Sgt Russell, W.C.
  3  671st                   
  43-9493  5C-V  A-20G
  Lt Smith, R.H.
  S/Sgt Stockham, A.A.
  Sgt Mahoney, R.J.
  4  671st                   
  43-9393  5C-K  A-20G
  Lt Greenley, R.E.
  S/Sgt Worden, H.C.
  S/Sgt Rzepka, J.J.
  5  671st                   
  43-10214  5C-C  A-20G
  Lt York, R.W.
  S/Sgt Adams, V.P.
  Sgt Ashton, L.A.
  6  671st                   
  43-9951  5C-P  A-20G
  Lt Miller, J.H.
  Sgt Schrom, R.G.
  Sgt Galender, J.

Box I
  SPARE  671st               
  43-9711  5C-M  A-20G
  Lt Cole, H.P.
  S/Sgt Chvatal, F.R.
  S/Sgt Fandre, B.G.
  [Returned Early as Briefed No Sortie]

Box II -- Flight I
  1  670th                   
  43-9452  F6-Q  A-20J
  Capt Hulse, D.A.
  Lt Conte, R.
  S/Sgt Stephens, D.W.
  Sgt Allred, F.D.
  2  670th                   
  43-9224  F6-E  A-20G
  Lt McBride, L.R.
  Cpl McKee, J.
  Sgt Eutsler, R.
  3  670th                   
  43-10157  F6-P  A-20G
  Lt Shea, D.F.
  S/Sgt Lee, R.E.
  S/Sgt Falk, F.G.
  4  670th                   
  43-9750  F6-M  A-20G
  Lt Ostrander, W.B.
  S/Sgt Wilson, J.E.
  S/Sgt Binney, I.
  5  670th                   
  43-9892  F6-L  A-20G
  Lt Brown, N.G.
  S/Sgt Kidd, W.L.
  S/Sgt Risko, S.
  6  670th                   
  43-9689  F6-I  A-20G
  Lt Rooney, R.J.
  S/Sgt McCleary, H.M.
  S/Sgt DiNapoli, S.F.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  669th                   
  43-9450  2A-S  A-20J
  Capt Huff, M.J.
  Lt Kupits, J.
  Sgt Rodgers, H.C.
  Sgt VanDuyne, J.E.
  2  669th                   
  43-9390  2A-G  A-20G
  Lt Shainberg, N.V.
  Sgt Scott, J.O.
  S/Sgt Mallory, D.F.
  3  669th                   
  43-9717  2A-N  A-20G
  Lt Hayter, E.R.
  S/Sgt Melchoir, F.E.
  S/Sgt Holloway, R.G.
  4  669th                   
  43-9743  2A-W  A-20G
  Lt Boukamp, T.
  S/Sgt Colosimo, R.J.
  Lt Hoppe, F.M.
  5  669th                   
  43-9189  2A-P  A-20G
  Lt Smith, J.F.
  Sgt Vafiadis, C.
  Sgt Hoffman, R.C.
  6  669th                   
  43-9961  2A-E  A-20G
  Lt Clark, H.B.
  Sgt Sabadosh, J.W.
  Sgt Floyd, C.F.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  668th                   
  43-21750  5H-S  A-20J
  Lt Shaefer, R.F.
  Lt Burg, J.J.
  S/Sgt Fejes, J.A.
  S/Sgt Judd, E.R.
  2  668th                   
  43-9684  5H-K  A-20G
  Lt Kreh, E.B.
  Sgt Shelton, E.
  S/Sgt Schenck, D.R.
  3  668th                   
  43-9894  5H-R  A-20G
  Lt Peede, L.G.
  S/Sgt Daugherty, L.M.
  S/Sgt Hibbs, C.L.
  4  668th                   
  43-9745  5H-I  A-20G
  Lt Lesher, R.D.
  S/Sgt Hedrick, H.R.
  S/Sgt Antanaitis, A.J.
  5  668th                   
  43-10194  5H-A  A-20G
  Lt Mish, C.C.
  S/Sgt Clark, C.J.
  Sgt Chustz, R.F.
  6  668th                   
  43-10210  5H-Q  A-20G
  Lt Svenson, R.R.
  Sgt Fild, P.G.
  S/Sgt Pfenning, G.H.

Box II
  SPARE  669th               
  43-9202  2A-B  A-20G
  Lt MacManus, P.F.E.
  S/Sgt Rogers, J.L., Jr.
  S/Sgt Fleischman, G.I.
  [Returned Early as Briefed No Sortie]

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 78 -- June 15, 1944, Thursday PM
Domfront, France -- Ammunition Dump

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

That afternoon the target was the Domfrost fuel dump and marshalling yard. Again the two boxes, led by Maj. Meng and Capt. Hulse, bombed in flights of sixes. With excellent results, they knocked out the choke point of the marshalling yard and hit the fuel dump, plus a highway in the target area.

"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Pages 97 - 98

Mission #78 - 15 June PM - Domfront Fuel Depot. Major Meng and Lt. Powell, BN led this mission with Captain Hulse and Lt. Conte BN on Box II. Other flishts were led by Lt. Shaefer and Lt. Burn, BN, Captain Dunn and Lt. Arrington, BN. Bombing had to be done by flights at 3000 feet altitude due to lowering clouds, but results were excellent. The fuel depot was aflame when the formation left. No flak or fighters bothered the group. Don't you think the fighter escort are happy that the Luftwaff do not make hits on our group? Perhaps our speed of up to 250 MPH may confuse them. But, we're happy with the outcome.

On this day, June 15, Lt. McGlohn received his Silver Star Medal for his heroic efforts on a previous mission. Well deserved!

16 June - Weather kept all scheduled crews on hold all day long, with almost start-ups, but cancellations due to closing in clouds and rain. C'e La vie.

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

The Domfront ammunition dump was attacked on June 15th, with excellent results. This mission was led by Major Meng - his fourth leading position in ten days. Also on June 15th Lt McGlohn was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action. (See exhibit #24 attached)

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

On the morning of June 15th this group went out to attack and bomb two bridges located at Lessay, on the west side of the Cherbourg Peninsula. Bombing was done by flights of six aircraft each. The weather going out and over the Channel was very bad and sometimes the formation had to fly as low as 500 feet above the water. However, on approaching the peninsula, the over cast broke and the formation was able to climb to about six thousand feet from which altitude we did our bombing. The results were classed as good although a couple of the flights missed the target, but only by a short distance. No flak was encountered over the entire route and all of the planes returned to base safely... and in the same bad weather the formation took off in.

In the afternoon the 416th went out again. This time the target was a fuel and ammunition dump some ways beyond the bomb line and not very far west of Paris. In the meantime the weather over the continent had closed in and bombing had to be done at about three thousand feet. However, the group had another flak-free mission although some flak was thrown up at the formation in the Caen area. This was wild and inaccurate and did no damage. The fuel dump was left in flames and all of the planes returned to the base in tact. The following crews took part on the missions flown this date:

Morning Mission: Lessay

Afternoon Mission Dom Front Results: Excellent

[June 15, 1944], HQ Twelfth Army Group situation map

Map showing Western Allies and Axis troop position details in Western Europe
as of approximately 1200 hours, June 15, 1944
World War II Military Situation Maps Collection
Library of Congress

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