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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 108 -- July 30, 1944, Sunday AM

Caumont B, France

Strong Point



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 151-456
OpRep #            : 121
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 12,500 - 13,000 feet
Take-off Time      : 0743
Time Over Target   : 0929
Landing Time       : 1109
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 3:26

Place of Take-Off  : AAF-170 Wethersfield RAF Station, England
A/C Dispatched     : 34 Total -- 29 A-20G's, 4 A-20J's, 1 B-26 (PFF)
Modified British System Reference: T-714535
Secondary Target   : No Alternate Targets Authorized
Summary of Results : Unobserved due to cloud cover.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 49.03917,-0.79041 (49° 2' 21" N, 0° 47' 25" W)
(Latitude/Longitude based on The "Coordinates Translator", (LZ1) vT714535)
(See Latitude/Longitude Coordinates and Target Identifiers for more information. Note: This coordinate represents the Primary Target Location, the Location actually attacked may differ)

Scanned original Mission 108 documents (multipage PDF files)

Mission Folder       Reports Folder       OpRep # 121       Fuel Use

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Loading List 1

Loading List 1, Box I

Loading List 2

Loading List 2, Box II

Target Topo Map

Primary Target area around MBS Coordinate (LZ1) vT714535
Extracted from GSGS-4249/AMS-M661 Sheet 6F - "St-Lo-Vire" 1:100:000 Military Topographic Map
(Downloaded from Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection - Army Map Service Topographic Map Series,
France 1:100,000 Series M661 (GSGS 4249), U.S. Army Map Service, 1943-,
St-Lo-Vire sheet)
(Note: This coordinate and map display represent the Primary Target Location, the Location actually attacked may differ)

(Annotated Full Map PDF)

Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 108 -- July 30, 1944, Sunday AM
Caumont B, France -- Strong Point

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                   
  43-21717  5H-P  A-20J
  Maj Price, R.F.
  Lt Hand, A.R.
  Sgt Lemonds, W.E.
  S/Sgt Naifeh, F.
  2  670th                   
  43-9452  F6-Q  A-20J
  Capt Jackson, C.R.
  Lt Maltby, A.H.
  S/Sgt Swafford, J.O., Jr.
  S/Sgt Glynn, P.F.
  3  668th                   
  43-21819  5H-K  A-20G
  Lt Kreh, E.B.
  S/Sgt Shelton, E.L.
  S/Sgt Spadoni, J.K.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  669th                   
  43-9202  2A-B  A-20G
  Lt MacManus, P.F.E., Jr.
  S/Sgt Fleischman, G.I.
  S/Sgt Rogers, J.L., Jr.
  2  669th                   
  43-9900  2A-Q  A-20G
  Lt Dontas, P.
  S/Sgt Fields, W.E.
  S/Sgt Nielsen, A.L.
  3  669th                   
  43-9929  2A-C  A-20G
  Lt Street, M.S.
  S/Sgt Prindle, C.A.
  S/Sgt Epps, E.T.
  4  669th                   
  43-9961  2A-E  A-20G
  Lt Siggs, W.C.
  S/Sgt Nicks, R.W.
  S/Sgt Radlich, N.
  5  669th                   
  43-10147  2A-K  A-20G
  Lt Clark, H.B.
  S/Sgt Sabadosh, J.W.
  S/Sgt Floyd, C.F.
  6  669th                   
  43-9943  2A-F  A-20G
  Lt Tripp, W.F., Jr.
  S/Sgt Scott, J.O.
  S/Sgt Mallory, D.F.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  670th                   
  43-9674  F6-R  A-20G
  Lt Harrold, F.J., Jr.
  S/Sgt Griffin, E.L.
  S/Sgt Maziasz, C.W.
  2  670th                   
  43-9387  F6-H  A-20G
  Lt McGlohn, C.L.
  S/Sgt Moran, J.W.
  S/Sgt Driskill, P.B.
  3  670th                   
  43-9209  F6-K  A-20G
  Lt Hall, R.B.
  Sgt Blackford, D.S.
  Sgt Burger, L.C.
  [Not Airborne Air Speed Indicator Out]
  4  670th                   
  43-10211  F6-O  A-20G
  Lt Hillerman, J.P.
  S/Sgt Paules, E.F.
  S/Sgt Martinez, L.
  5  670th                   
  43-9227  F6-F  A-20G
  F/O Byrne, R.T., Jr.
  Sgt Cummings, W.D.
  Sgt Nowosielski, H.J., Jr.
  6  670th                   
  43-9200  F6-A  A-20G
  Lt Barausky, P.P.
  Sgt Wilson, B.R.
  Sgt Hall, M.

Box I
  SPARE  669th               
  43-9717  2A-N  A-20G
  Lt Vleghels, A.J.
  S/Sgt Rice, R.W.
  S/Sgt Young, C.E.

Box II -- Flight I
  1  668th                   
  43-9640  5H-Z  A-20J
  Lt Osborne, A.E., Jr.
  Lt Forma, W.
  S/Sgt Kelly, E.E.
  S/Sgt Lagerman, K.G.
  2  669th                   
  43-10135  2A-T  A-20J
  Capt Huff, M.J.
  Lt Kupits, J.
  Sgt Clark, R.A.
  Sgt Basford, F.P.
  3  668th                   
  43-21764  5H-X  A-20G
  Lt Meredith, R.G., Jr.
  S/Sgt MacDonald, R.W.
  S/Sgt Hill, A.A.
  4  668th                   
  43-9907  5H-O  A-20G
  Lt Ebenstein, G.N.
  Sgt Roberts, J.H.
  S/Sgt Raines, D.E.
  5  668th                   
  43-9894  5H-R  A-20G
  Lt Andersen, C.J., Jr.
  Sgt Euga, P.G.
  Sgt Schafer, E.L.
  6  668th                   
  43-10176  5H-T  A-20G
  Lt Welsh, A.J.
  Sgt Wright, R.E.
  Sgt Novak, S.G.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  671st                   
  43-9493  5C-V  A-20G
  Lt Greenley, R.E.
  S/Sgt Worden, H.C.
  S/Sgt Rzepka, J.J.
  2  671st                   
  43-9219  5C-D  A-20G
  Lt Andrews, H.D., Jr.
  S/Sgt Cook, G.M.
  S/Sgt Werley, E.R.
  3  671st                   
  43-9925  5C-G  A-20G
  Lt Estes, C.L.
  S/Sgt Orvold, C.R.
  S/Sgt DiMartino, A.E.
  4  671st                   
  43-9220  5C-E  A-20G
  Lt Perkins, R.D.
  S/Sgt Sherry, V.N.
  S/Sgt Linneman, R.H.
  5  671st                   
  43-9363  5C-L  A-20G
  Lt Morehouse, R.C.
  S/Sgt Burgess, A.J.
  S/Sgt Zygiel, L.A.
  6  671st                   
  43-9951  5C-P  A-20G
  Lt Miller, J.H.
  S/Sgt Galender, J.W.
  S/Sgt Schrom, R.G.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  671st                   
  43-10214  5C-C  A-20G
  Lt Wheeler, R.V.
  S/Sgt Brower, J.S.
  S/Sgt Czech, J.L.
  2  671st                   
  43-9719  5C-J  A-20G
  Lt Ames, W.H.
  Sgt Fessler, H.S.
  Sgt Brown, R.J.
  3  671st                   
  43-10165  5C-H  A-20G
  Lt Zubon, M.
  T/Sgt Tanner, J.R.L.
  S/Sgt Russell, W.C.
  4  671st                   
  43-9937  5C-B  A-20G
  Lt Durante, A.R.
  S/Sgt Best, H.T.
  S/Sgt DeGiusti, I.R.
  5  671st                   
  43-9221  5C-F  A-20G
  Lt Murray, T.J., Jr.
  S/Sgt DeBower, D.H.
  S/Sgt Jones, R.J.
  6  671st                   
  43-9956  5C-Z  A-20G
  Lt Lackovich, J.J.
  Sgt Connery, T.F.
  Sgt Barry, R.M.

Box II
  SPARE  670th               
  43-9892  F6-L  A-20G
  Lt Sparling, J.R., Jr.
  Sgt Leahigh, L.L.
  Sgt Shaw, C.L.
  [Returned Early as Briefed No Sortie]

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 108 -- July 30, 1944, Sunday AM
Caumont B, France -- Strong Point

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

Caumont still stood in the way of the American advance. On the 30th, our planes took off to attack a strong point at Caumont. A 10/10 cloud cover necessitated the use of PFF. For the first time, our planes dropped 500-pound fragmentation clusters. The results of the bombing could not be observed, but the advances in that area by the ground troops led us to believe that our work had been successful. The boxes were led by Major Price and Lt Osborne.

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

Mission #108 - 30 July - Caumont Area. Major Price and Lt. Hand, BN took Box I with Lts. Osborne and Forma leading Box II. Captain Huff and Lt. Kupits BN flew deputy to Box II leader. The field order came through at midnight, requesting flights to assist allied forces moving in a pivotal area. The request was for fragmentation bombs. Armament personnel went to work at 0200 and a briefing was called for 0500 and take off at 0730. As the missions neared the target, clouds moved in requiring bomb drops through the clouds. Higher offices advised the group that their bombs fell in the right area, permitting British troops to advance further inland. Caumont was not far from the original beachhead. Other IX bomber Command groups also hit this area, enabling Allied troops to move safely on a wide front.

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

The flying for the month of July came to a close on the 30th and 31st with a total of 25 sorties for this squadron in three separate missions, against the Caumont strong point in the Nazi defenses and the Liseux marshalling yards on the 30th, and the Mantes Gassicourt bridge on the 31st.

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

July 30th , 1944

Target: Caumont Area Results: Unobserved

When the field order came in just after midnight on July 30th with the orders to load fragmentation bombs on the ships for an early morning mission, combat crews and ground crews knew that the 416th was going out to hit troop concentrations somewhere along the Normandy battle line. Armament went to work at 2A.M. loading the frags and briefing was set at 5A.M. The ships took to the air just past 07:30 and proceeded to the target area. A big cloud moved over the target and the ships were forced to drop their bombs through the coverage, but later reports showed that the target area was hit. Other groups of Marauders and Havocs hit along the same line, and this was responsible for the English Army to move up on a wide front.

[July 30, 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 30, 1944
World War II Military Situation Maps Collection
Library of Congress

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