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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 8 -- March 23, 1944, Thursday AM

Montdidier, France




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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 246
OpRep #            : No OpRep
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : No Attack
Bombing Altitude   : 12,000 feet
Take-off Time      : 1102
Time Over Target   : No Attack
Landing Time       : 1353
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 2:51

Place of Take-Off  : AAF-170 Wethersfield RAF Station, England
A/C Dispatched     : 36 Total -- 36 A-20's
Target Number      : Z 474
Illustration       : S 5425/4
Illustration Ref   : 042080, 019045
Summary of Results : No Attack - Navigational error. Missed change of course on first leg - flew on to outskirts of Paris - then took a heading home.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 49.64861,2.57083 (49° 38' 55" N, 2° 34' 15" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on Google Maps, Selected Town center - Montdidier, France)
(See Latitude/Longitude Coordinates and Target Identifiers for more information.)

Loading List

Loading List 1, Box I

Loading List

Loading List 2, Box II

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

         Date          Report

Serial #
Location Personnel (Status when available)
Mar 23, 1944
No_Report   43-9673
8 669 Wethersfield/Sta 170 Perkins, Ronald D. (WIA)
Sherry, Vincent N. (Not Injured)
Linneman, Robert H. (Not Injured)

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Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 8 -- March 23, 1944, Thursday AM
Montdidier, France -- Airdrome

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  671st                   
  43-9914  5C-X  A-20J
  Maj Towles, C.S.
  Lt Smith, W.L.
  Lt Pape, M.A.
  S/Sgt Orr, J.R.
  Sgt Malone, E.C.
  2  671st                   
  43-9707  5C-H  A-20G
  Lt Johnson, E.L.
  S/Sgt Donahue, W.J.
  Sgt Brayn, M.R.
  [A/C #707 and Crew scratched]
  3  671st                   
  43-9711  5C-M  A-20G
  Lt Nordstrom, A.W.
  S/Sgt Gossett, J.D.
  Sgt Miller, R.L.
  4  670th                   
  43-9455  F6-T  A-20J
  Maj Radetsky, H.A.
  Lt Lytle, W.M.
  S/Sgt Stobert, R.F.
  Sgt Glynn, F.P.
  5  670th                   
  43-9696  F6-G  A-20G
  Lt Brown, N.G.
  Sgt DiNapoli, S.F.
  S/Sgt McCleary, H.M.
  6  670th                   
  43-9689  F6-I  A-20G
  Lt Atkinson, P.G.
  Cpl Swafford, J.O.
  Sgt Glynn, P.F.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  670th                   
  43-9200  F6-A  A-20G
  Capt Hulse, D.A.
  S/Sgt Conopask, R.E.
  S/Sgt Walsh, T.I.
  2  670th                   
  43-9207  F6-B  A-20G
  Lt Harrold, F.J.
  S/Sgt Griffin, E.L.
  Sgt Maziasz, C.W.
  3  670th                   
  43-9227  F6-F  A-20G
  Lt Gruetzemacher, R.O.
  S/Sgt Lee, R.E.
  Sgt Falk, F.G.
  4  670th                   
  43-9217  F6-D  A-20G
  Lt McNulty, G.M.
  S/Sgt Frey, J.A.
  Sgt Moran, J.W.
  5  670th                   
  43-9680  F6-R  A-20G
  Lt Hillerman, J.P.
  S/Sgt Friedlob, E.M.
  S/Sgt Eutsler, R.
  6  670th                   
  43-9387  F6-H  A-20G
  Lt Rudisill, R.S.
  Sgt Colbert, W.F.
  S/Sgt Bonamo, A.J.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  668th                   
  43-9444  5H-J  A-20J
  Capt Conant, H.F.
  Lt Maltby, A.H.
  S/Sgt Antanaitis, A.J.
  S/Sgt Hedrick, H.R.
  2  668th                   
  43-9684  5H-K  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 Cruze, R.K.
  S/Sgt Love, C.F.
  S/Sgt Adair, F.L.
  4  668th                   
  43-9195  5H-D  A-20G
  Lt Osborne, A.E.
  S/Sgt Kelly, E.E.
  S/Sgt Coe, W.H.
  5  668th                   
  43-9745  5H-I  A-20G
  Capt Prentiss, R.B.
  S/Sgt Sieg, B.C.
  S/Sgt Burkhalter, J.C.
  [A/C #225, G-1 substituted for #202, B]
  6  668th                   
  43-9360  5H-S  A-20G
  Lt Ebenstein, G.
  Sgt Newell, S.P.
  S/Sgt Perkins, H.

Box II -- Flight I
  1  670th                   
  43-9439  F6-J  A-20J
  Maj Willetts, D.L.
  Lt Jedinak, A.
  T/Sgt Larronde, F.H.
  S/Sgt Lempka, H.A.
  2  670th                   
  43-9224  F6-E  A-20G
  Lt Hixon, S.M.
  Sgt Chvatal, F.R.
  S/Sgt Fandre, B.G.
  3  668th                   
  43-9194  5H-C  A-20G
  Lt Wheeler, R.V.
  S/Sgt Brower, J.S.
  Sgt Corrin, E.
  4  669th                   
  43-9450  2A-S  A-20J
  Lt Platter, E.T.
  Lt Arrington, H.T.
  S/Sgt Johnson, K.L.
  S/Sgt Czech, J.L.
  5  669th                   
  43-9717  2A-N  A-20G
  Lt DeMand, F.W.
  S/Sgt Troyer, R.J.
  S/Sgt Middleton, C.W.
  6  669th                   
  43-9673  2A-I  A-20G
  Lt Perkins, R.D.
  S/Sgt Sherry, V.N.
  Sgt Linneman, R.H.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  671st                   
  43-9203  5C-A  A-20G
  Capt Dunn, L.F.
  S/Sgt Cook, G.M.
  Sgt Werley, E.R.
  2  671st                   
  43-9218  5C-C  A-20G
  Lt Durante, A.R.
  S/Sgt Best, H.T.
  S/Sgt DeGiusti, I.R.
  3  671st                   
  43-9219  5C-D  A-20G
  Lt Zubon, M.
  T/Sgt Tanner, J.R.L.
  S/Sgt Russell, W.C.
  4  671st                   
  43-9699  5C-I  A-20G
  Lt Marzolf, L.A.
  S/Sgt Wellin, H.E.
  Sgt Kutzer, L.G.
  5  671st                   
  43-9221  5C-F  A-20G
  Lt Cowgill, G.W.
  S/Sgt Foster, H.A.
  Sgt Rust, E.W.
  6  668th                   
  43-9701  5H-H  A-20G
  Lt Col Aylesworth, T.R.
  Capt McClellan, A.
  Sgt Ochaba, J.A.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  669th                   
  43-9390  2A-G  A-20G
  Capt Clark, R.A.
  Lt McQuade, R.J.
  T/Sgt Kelly, W.J.
  S/Sgt Ferguson, W.G.
  2  669th                   
  43-9370  2A-D  A-20G
  Lt DeMun, E.E.
  S/Sgt Rosenstein, M.
  S/Sgt Carney, H.O.
  3  671st                   
  43-9220  5C-E  A-20G
  Lt Raines, A.A.
  S/Sgt Nielsen, J.O.
  S/Sgt Bender, G.J.
  4  669th                   
  43-9211  2A-C  A-20G
  Lt MacManus, P.F.E.
  Sgt Nicks, R.W.
  S/Sgt Radlich, N.
  5  671st                   
  43-9225  5C-G  A-20G
  Lt Siggs, W.C.
  S/Sgt Prindle, C.A.
  Sgt Huber, A.J.
  6  669th                   
  43-9181  2A-A  A-20G
  Lt Shainberg, N.V.
  S/Sgt Thompson, J.B.
  S/Sgt Hatch, H.F.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 8 -- March 23, 1944, Thursday AM
Montdidier, France -- Airdrome

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

On the 23rd, the first complete 36-ship formation was flown. Riding "piggy back" in the nose of a new A-20-J flown by Major Towles, the Group Navigator and Bombardier, Lt. Max A. Pepe and Lt. William L. Smith, led a formation in what was to be an attack on an Airfield at Montdidier. Major Radetsky, who had previous combat experience in England and North Africa, was Deputy Leader. The formation missed the target and flew to the outskirts of Paris. Excellent evasive action got them through the flak with a minimum of damage to the planes.

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

On the 23rd of March the target was the Mondidier airdrome. We had four crews on this mission.

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