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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 107 -- July 28, 1944, Friday PM

La Gouesniere, France

Ammunition Dump



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 147-452
OpRep #            : 119
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 12,500 - 12,700 feet
Take-off Time      : 1356
Time Over Target   : 1613
Landing Time       : 1757
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 4:01

Place of Take-Off  : AAF-170 Wethersfield RAF Station, England
A/C Dispatched     : 37 Total -- 30 A-20G's, 5 A-20J's, 2 B-26's (PFF)
Tactical Target Dossier: 4802W/G/4
Illustration       : 4802W/27
Illustration Ref   : 049029, 052023
Secondary Target   : No Alternate Targets Authorized
Summary of Results : Box 1 - Excellent. Box 2 - Unobserved.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 48.60665,-1.89526 (48° 36' 24" N, 1° 53' 43" W)
(Latitude/Longitude based on Google Maps, Selected Town center - La Gouesniere, France)
(See Latitude/Longitude Coordinates and Target Identifiers for more information. Note: This coordinate represents the Primary Target Location, the Location actually attacked my differ)

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Mission Folder       Reports Folder       OpRep # 119       Fuel Use

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Loading List 1

Loading List 1, Box I

Loading List 2

Loading List 2, Box II

Loading List 3

Loading List 3, Window Mission

Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 107 -- July 28, 1944, Friday PM
La Gouesniere, 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  668th                   
  43-9444  5H-J  A-20J
  Capt McNulty, G.M.
  Lt Bursiel, F.H.
  S/Sgt Fejes, J.A., Jr.
  S/Sgt Judd, E.R., Jr.
  2  671st                   
  43-21724  5C-A  A-20J
  Lt DeMand, F.W.
  Lt Hanlon, R.J.
  S/Sgt Troyer, R.J.
  S/Sgt Middleton, C.W.
  3  668th                   
  43-9701  5H-H  A-20G
  Col Mace, H.L.
  S/Sgt Shelton, E.L.
  Sgt Fuehrer, W.F.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  669th                   
  43-9376  2A-O  A-20G
  Lt DeMun, E.E.
  S/Sgt Rosenstein, M.
  S/Sgt Carney, H.O.
  2  669th                   
  43-9961  2A-E  A-20G
  Lt Blomgren, J.E.
  Sgt Bookach, M.
  Sgt Fleming, L.R.
  3  669th                   
  43-9717  2A-N  A-20G
  Lt Vleghels, A.J.
  S/Sgt Rice, R.W.
  S/Sgt Young, C.E.
  4  669th                   
  43-9900  2A-Q  A-20G
  Lt Behlmer, R.L.
  S/Sgt Kelly, W.J.
  S/Sgt Ferguson, W.G.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  669th                   
  43-9202  2A-B  A-20G
  Lt MacManus, P.F.E., Jr.
  S/Sgt Rogers, J.L., Jr.
  S/Sgt Fleischman, G.I.
  2  669th                   
  43-9743  2A-W  A-20G
  Lt Hayter, E.R.
  S/Sgt Melchoir, F.E.
  S/Sgt Holloway, R.G.
  3  671st                   
  43-9219  5C-D  A-20G
  Lt Smith, J.F., Jr.
  S/Sgt Vafiadis, C.
  S/Sgt Hoffman, R.C.
  4  669th                   
  43-9181  2A-A  A-20G
  Lt Land, W.H.
  S/Sgt Alden, S.F.
  S/Sgt Ballinger, R.L.

Box I -- Flight IV
  1  669th                   
  43-9390  2A-G  A-20G
  Lt Boukamp, T.
  S/Sgt Colosimo, R.J.
  S/Sgt Wing, J.S.
  2  669th                   
  43-10147  2A-K  A-20G
  Lt Hall, E.P.
  Sgt Sharp, R.P., Jr.
  Sgt Carstens, R.W.
  3  671st                   
  43-9220  5C-E  A-20G
  Lt Allen, J.F., Jr.
  Sgt Getgen, L.R.
  Sgt Veazey, C.W.
  4  669th                   
  43-9943  2A-F  A-20G
  Lt Elliott, D.W.
  Sgt Mani, J.
  Sgt McGuire, J.J.

Box I
  SPARE  671st               
  43-9937  5C-B  A-20G
  Lt Withington, D.L., III
  Sgt Huss, C.F.
  Sgt McElhattan, L.D.

Box II -- Flight I
  1  670th                   
  43-9452  F6-Q  A-20J
  Capt Hulse, D.A., Jr.
  Lt Conte, R.F., Sr.
  S/Sgt Allred, F.D.
  S/Sgt Addleman, R.F.
  2  669th                   
  43-21712  2A-H  A-20J
  Maj Napier, J.G.
  Lt Madenfort, J.
  S/Sgt Lowe, R.R.
  Pvt Perkins, H.W.
  3  670th                   
  43-9892  F6-L  A-20G
  Lt Gruetzemacher, R.O.
  S/Sgt Blackford, D.S.
  S/Sgt Burger, L.C.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  668th                   
  43-21480  5H-B  A-20G
  Capt Conant, H.F.
  S/Sgt Love, C.F.
  S/Sgt Adair, F.L.
  2  668th                   
  43-9195  5H-D  A-20G
  Lt Harris, F.W.
  S/Sgt Hantske, D.
  S/Sgt Damico, E.A.
  3  668th                   
  43-9907  5H-O  A-20G
  Lt Montrose, J.H.
  Sgt Gandy, R.S.
  Sgt Felkel, J.W.
  4  668th                   
  43-9894  5H-R  A-20G
  Lt Andersen, C.J., Jr.
  Sgt Euga, P.G.
  Sgt Schafer, E.L.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  670th                   
  43-9750  F6-M  A-20G
  Lt Ostrander, W.B.
  S/Sgt White, H.E.
  S/Sgt Binney, I.
  2  670th                   
  43-9978  F6-S  A-20G
  Lt Singletary, R.B.
  Sgt Wiggins, H.G.
  Sgt Cianciosi, A.A.
  3  670th                   
  43-9380  F6-N  A-20G
  Lt Grunig, D.B.
  Sgt Dias, M.E.
  Sgt Nowosielski, H.J., Jr.
  4  670th                   
  43-9200  F6-A  A-20G
  Lt Greene, W.J.
  S/Sgt Ochaba, J.A.
  S/Sgt Colbert, W.F.

Box II -- Flight IV
  1  671st                   
  43-10214  5C-C  A-20G
  Lt Greenley, R.E.
  S/Sgt Worden, H.C.
  S/Sgt Rzepka, J.J.
  2  671st                   
  43-9956  5C-Z  A-20G
  Lt Herman, A.E.
  S/Sgt Garrett, A.D.
  S/Sgt Young, J.O.
  3  671st                   
  43-9363  5C-L  A-20G
  Lt Miller, J.H.
  S/Sgt Galender, J.W.
  S/Sgt Schrom, R.G.
  4  671st                   
  43-9951  5C-P  A-20G
  Lt Smith, R.H.
  S/Sgt Mahoney, R.J.
  S/Sgt Brower, J.S.

Box II
  SPARE  670th               
  43-9217  F6-D  A-20G
  Lt Leonard, T.J.
  S/Sgt Evans, O.D.
  S/Sgt Palmer, T.A.
  [Returned Early No Sortie Short in Wiring]

Box II -- Flight WINDOW
  1  669th                   
  43-21469  2A-J  A-20J
  Capt Sommers, H.L.
  Lt McQuade, R.J.
  Sgt Dugan, J.D., Jr.
  Sgt Curtis, L.B.
  2  668th                   
  43-10150  5H-N  A-20G
  Lt Kenny, J.P.
  Sgt Spadoni, J.K.
  S/Sgt Hornbeck, K.E., Jr.
  3  668th                   
  43-21764  5H-X  A-20G
  Lt Welsh, A.J.
  Sgt Wright, R.E.
  Sgt Novak, S.G.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 107 -- July 28, 1944, Friday PM
La Gouesniere, France -- Ammunition Dump

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

The La Gouishiere Fuel Dump was bombed by PFF methods on the 28th. Through an occasional break in the clouds, crew members were able to observe excellent results. Captain McNulty and Captain Hulse led the two boxes.

"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Page 114

Mission #107 - 28 July - La Gouesniere Fuel Depot. Captain McNulty and Lt. Burseil, BN led Box I. Captain Hulse and Lt. Conte, BN led Box II, Bombing was through clouds with PFF B-26s leading the group. Colonel Mace flew this mission. No flak came up, all returned to base safely.

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

The squadron received two additional bombardiers and a pilot on July 28th when 2nd Lts Kirk, Koch and McManus joined the organization. This date marked the 6 month anniversary of our arrival in the European Theatre, and entitled the members of the organization to add to their decorations their first six months overseas stripe. The squadron also received notice that they were eligible to now wear a Battle Star on the ETO campaign ribbon, for participation in the allied air offensive in Europe. (See exhibit # 28 attached). Six sorties were flown on this day against the La Goueshiere fuel dumps.

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

Pathfinders were used on the mission on July 28th when the 416th bombed through thick clouds on a fuel dump at LaGoueshiere. Results were unobserved. All crews returned safely.

[July 28, 1944], HQ Twelfth Army Group situation map

Map showing Western Allies and Axis troop position details in Western Europe
as of approximately 1200 hours, July 28, 1944
World War II Military Situation Maps Collection
Library of Congress

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