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October, 2017 Added Charles Church Photo and Document Collection page. Added 2017 Reunion Photos page and Post-War Obituary pages for Vern Edward Molver and LeRoy Richard "Roy" Shaw.
September, 2017 Added a summary description of the 2017 Reunion -- Rosslyn, Virginia page.
August, 2017 Primary Target Latitude/Longitude coordinates have been identified for all 285 Combat Missions flown by the 416th Bomb Group and are included on the individual Mission web pages in both Decimal Degrees and Degrees, Minutes, Seconds format with a hyperlink to a Google Map display centered at the Latitude/Longitude. See Combat Missions Latitude/Longitude Coordinates and Target Identifiers for more information.
May, 2017 Added "Under Fire, The 416th Bomb Group in World War II, 1943-1945" Video. Researched and expanded the available information for all Individual Memorial pages of the 127 Soldiers who died during their WWII Military Service with the 416th Bomb Group. See the 416th Bomb Group WWII Military Service Fatalities index. Added Aircraft Accident Report PDF files to MACR/AAR report pages AAR 43-4-15-6, AAR 44-7-4-9, AAR 44-9-4-8 (Burke), AAR 44-9-4-8 (Morton), AAR 44-10-1-3, AAR 44-10-18-21, AAR 44-10-18-19, AAR 45-7-11-521, AAR 45-8-25-535, AAR 45-8-30-523 (Miller) and AAR 45-8-30-523 (Smith).
April, 2017 Added 2017 Reunion Announcement page. This year's 416th Bomb Group Reunion will be held September 13-17, 2017 in Rosslyn, Virginia.
March, 2017 Added Mickie Weinert and the Southern Arizona Woman's Chorus Organization Normandy and D-Day commemoration ceremonies trip review PDF created by Chris Adams and link on the 2016 Reunion page.
February, 2017 Added MACR 5033 photo scanned and published on-line by Michael G. Moskow,
"The Missing Photos: Photographic Images in Missing Aircrew Reports" to Mission 58, MACR 5033, MACR 5032.
January, 2017 Added 2016 Reunion Newsletter. Added "Precious Letters" web page with an article on war-time letters between Dave and Jackie Andrews, written by Wayne G. Sayles.
December, 2016 Added hyperlinks for Monthly and Individual PDF Exhibits to 1943, 1944 and 1945 416th BG Monthly History pages. Added lists of past Reunions and some Newsletters to the 416th BG Group and Squadrons Reunions and Newsletters page; added 2014 and 2015 Newsletters. Added a new Pfc Anthony R. Conlon Memorial page; and updated the 2911th BS page.
November, 2016 Updated Roger M. Roy Photo and Document Collection page. Added video Interview with Wayne Downing describing "A-20s of the 2911th Bomb Squadron", with links from the Videos and 2911th Bombardment Squadron (L) Provisional History pages. Updated 2911th Bombardment Squadron (L) Provisional History page with new information from James Adams and Wayne Downing and to include information on the 2911th BS Combat Missions. Also added a new 2911th Bombardment Squadron (L) Provisional Photo and Document Collection page. Tom Rickels put together a wonderful collection of Photos and Memories he captured during the Reunion which has been added to the 2016 Reunion -- Gainesville, Missouri page, along with a link to the Ozark County Times Newspaper article on Doris and Wayne's George Bledsoe Award.
October, 2016 Added Sgt. Louis C. Mazza Memorial Page along with other corrections. Added a summary description of the 2016 Reunion -- Gainesville, Missouri page.
September, 2016 Added transcribed Overseas Transfer Orders. Added Individual Deceased Personnel File hyperlinks to Capt. Charles J. Andersen and 2Lt. Leo J. Roman Memorial Pages and AAR 4-20-45 / MACR 15911; Corrected spelling of Capt. Charles J. Andersen last name (sometimes miss-spelled as "Anderson").
August, 2016 Added new photos to 2Lt. Joseph Thomas Schouten Memorial Page and Mission 26.
June, 2016 Added transcribed list of Personnel to Activation Orders.
May, 2016 Added pages for Group and Squadron personnel who were listed as Missing/Prisoner Of War and/or who received Non-fatal Injuries during their WWII Military Service. Missing/POW pages are: 416th Bomb Group and 668th, 669th, 670th, 671st Squadrons. Non-fatal Injury pages are: 416th Bomb Group and 668th, 669th, 670th, 671st Squadrons. Updated numerous Missing Air Crew & A/C Accident Reports; added 416th Bomb Group WWII Military Service Fatalities index and Individual Memorial pages for each fatality; updated 416th BG HQ and 668th, 669th, 670th, and 671st Memoriam pages; and added new Contact the 416th BG Archive page.
April, 2016 Added Post-War Obituary and Photo and Document Collection pages for Meredith Joy Huff. Added Post-War Obituary page for Ralph Conte.
March, 2016 Added 2016 Reunion page and Memorial page for 416th Bombardment Group (L) Honorary Veteran Carmen T. (Carl) Sgamboti.
February, 2016 Expanded Missing Air Crew & A/C Accident Reports index and pages to include additional accidents, incidents and casualties. Updated some captions on Cachat photo collections: "People", "Plane Nose Art" and "Plane Stills and Crews"; Added link to 416th BG Archive Store to Table of Contents, 416th Bomb Group Archive and Index pages; Added links to PDF version of Transcription and Original pages for 416th BG Histories 1943, 1944 and 1945; Added PDF file of Purple Heart Awards.
December, 2015 Added photos and updated captions on Dave Andrews Photo and Document Collection page, added link to On-line article "70e anniversaire de la liberation de Domfront" (70th Anniversary Liberation of Domfront), August 14, 2014, by Lionel Letendre to both Dave Andrews Photo page and Mission 78 page. Added Video slideshow of past 416th BG Reunion photos in honor of Bob Kehres 100th Birthday. Added Paul Parker Photo and Document Collection page.
November, 2015 Added 416th Bomb Group Videos page, Post War Obituary and Photo and Document Collection pages for James D. Adams, Photo and Document Collection page for Jack Sittarich, and updated or added Video links to multiple pages. Added page with information on Konrad Soppa's book Luftangriffe auf Lage im Fruhjahr 1945 (Air Raids on Lage in the Spring of 1945) and PDF file with a number of Reunion photos by David Andrews and Tom Rickels captured during the 2015 416th Bomb Group Reunion.
October, 2015 Added 416th Bomb Group Memorial Exhibit 2015 Project & Financial Report and link to the 416th Bomb Group Memorial Exhibit page. Added 2015 Reunion -- Albuquerque, NM page; updated Summary Statistics, Group Reunions, Table of Contents and Combat Missions Loading Lists pages. Added Memorial and Photo and Document Collection pages for Roger M. Roy.
August, 2015 Updated 416th Bomb Group Memorial Exhibit page. Added Aircraft Accident Report PDF files to MACR/AAR report pages AAR 44-2-14-501, AAR 44-4-24-513 and AAR 44-5-19-525. Added PDF file "USAAF 9th Air Force Attack Against Worms, Germany" by Carl Sgamboti linked from the Mission 239 page. Updated pages: Table of Contents, Combat Missions, Loading List Transcriptions, and Missing Air Crew Reports and Aircraft Accident Reports.
July, 2015 Completed Combat Missions Loading List Transcriptions page and included these Loading List Transcriptions on individual Mission pages for ALL 285 Combat Missions.
April, 2015 Ross Stewart, RAF Wethersfield Historian and Curator, has written the Digital PDF ebook A Brief History of RAF Wethersfield.
February, 2015 Added New Combat Missions Loading List Transcriptions page and included these Loading List Transcriptions on individual Mission pages for Missions 1 thru 70.
January, 2015 Updated 416th Bomb Group Archive page and added new 416th Bomb Group Archive Photos page.
December, 2014 Added new 416th Veteran Photo and Document Collections page with a beginning set of collections. Additional Veteran's collections will continue to be added. Updated pages 669th Bomb Squadron Personnel, Wethersfield RAF Station, England and Links and Credits. Added summary for Robert K. Johnson's 21-Feb-1945 crash-landing and Memorial pages for PFC Byron K. Allen and PFC Charles W. Coleman.
November, 2014 Revised 670th Bombardment Squadron (L) History 5 February 1943 to 11 October 1945 based on AFHRA documents; Included 670th BS History extracts in all individual Mission pages.
September, 2014 Added Carl Weinert memorial page and updated William Earl "Billy" Brewer, Sr. memorial page, including links to video memorials produced by Wayne Sayles. Updated Aircraft Accident Reports AAR 44-10-10-2 (Holzscheiter) and AAR 44-10-10-2 (Kempernolte) with a first hand description video interview of Corporal Wesley E. (Bud) Hinck by Wayne Sayles.
August, 2014 Added links to "France-Crashes 39-45" to MACR/AAR pages: MACR 4095, MACR 4634, MACR 4971, MACR 5033, MACR 6046, MACR 9832, MACR 6047, MACR 7657, MACR 7794, AAR 45-12-4-526
Additionally added Escape and Evasion Report or Memorial/Excavation links to MACR/AAR pages: MACR 4972, MACR 5035, MACR 6049, MACR 6045, MACR 6192, MACR 7850, MACR 7872, MACR 7799, MACR 5032, AAR 45-11-10-523, AAR , MACR 13154.
Updated missions 10, 47, 83, 115, 116 and 245.
May, 2014 Added Francis W. DeMand memorial page; updated missions 78, 164, 209, 241; and updated Links and Credits page.
March, 2014 Added William Earl "Billy" Brewer, Sr. memorial page.
February, 2014 Updated several Missing Air Crew Reports (MACR) and Aircraft Accident Reports (AAR) pages with photos from the Captain Francis J. Cachat 416th Photo Collection. Added additional captions where possible to the Captain Francis J. Cachat's "People" 416th Photo Collection Group. Also minor updates to other Captain Francis J. Cachat's 416th Photo Collection Groups.
January, 2014 Added Francis Cachat Photo Group Operations recollections to the Photographic Services Group page. Added additional captions where possible to most of the Captain Francis J. Cachat's 416th Photo Collection Groups. Minor updates to Links and Credits page, added Bomb Run Photos to Missions 36 and 178.
December, 2013 Modified all web pages with a standardized header and updated content in many pages. Added Missing Air Crew Report 14863 and Obituary pages for Leland Carmon "Lee" Ferguson, James Potter "Jim" Phillips and John J. "Jack" Sittarich.
November, 2013 Completed 669th Bombardment Squadron (L) History transcription page and included 669th BS History mission description extracts in corresponding Mission pages. Added Website Search option to Website Table of Contents page.
October, 2013 Added image overlays onto current Google Earth display for Missions 2, 4, 10, 19, 26, 29, 46, 52, 78, 101, 176 and 194. Added captions to Cachat's 416th Photo Collection Plane Nose Art.
September, 2013 Added or Updated Loading Lists and some Route Maps for Missions 226 to 285. Added 11 new Aircraft Accident Reports. Added new link to Ryan Conroy's Lt. Blair H. Bradford - Mission 50 memorial blog to the 416th.com Links and Credits and Blair H. Bradford memorial pages. Added captions to Cachat's 416th Photo Collection Bomb Run Target Photos and Plane Crashes groups.
June, 2013 Added Missing Air Crew Reports (MACR) and Aircraft Accident Reports (AAR) pages and preliminary Abbreviations / Codes / Descriptions page.
May, 2013 Added new pages of over 900 photos from Francis J. Cachat collection: Photographic Services Group, 416th Photo Collection and 9th Bomb. Division Strikes. Added 416th BG Archive E-mail Newsletter sign-up link to Index, Website Table of Contents and 416th Bomb Group Archive pages.
April, 2013 Added or Updated Loading Lists and some Route Maps for Missions 203 to 225, 230 and 254. Added new link to the Douglas A-20 Havoc restoration project at the 1941 Historical Aircraft Group Museum on the Links and Credits page.
March, 2013 Added Loading Lists to Missions 166 to 202.
February, 2013 Added Loading Lists to Missions 31 to 165. Updated all Mission pages - Added new "Summary of Operations" section to every page, added 668th Bomb Squadron history extracts to "Group and Unit Histories" sections where available. Revised Website Table of Contents and added new Website Update Summary page.
January, 2013 Added Loading Lists to Missions 14 thru 30. Updated or added Loading Lists to Missions 1 thru 9 and 11-13. Updated all Squadron pages to include links between History, Memorial, Operations and Personnel; added "Activation" paragraphs and "Fuselage Code" to Squadron History pages and fixed invalid links in 669th and 671st history pages. Updated 2911th Bomb Squadron and Index pages. Updated all Squadron pages to include links between History, Operations and Personnel.
December, 2012 Updated 416th Bomb Group (L) Combat Missions page to include additional information from Operational Reports, along with listing the 20 un-numbered missions Recalled prior to reaching enemy territory. Updated 416th Bomb Group Archive page with address correction, new photo and to include information on Memory wall.
November, 2012 Moved website to new host, but URL remains http://www.416th.com/, November 5, 2012.
October, 2012 Added new 416th Bomb Group Informal Insignia and Motto page. Corrected hyperlinks on 9th AF USAAF page.
September, 2012 Added new 416th Bombardment Group (L) Activation Orders page, completed transcription of 668th Bombardment Squadron (L) History 15 February 1943 to 30 June 1945 page, minor updates to other pages.
July, 2012 Added Lester G. Alsleben memorial page.
December, 2011 Revised 669th Bombardment Squadron (L) History February 1943 to April 1945; minor updates to 669th Bomb Squadron (L) HISTORY, 416th Bombardment Group (L) Group History 1944 and 671st Bombardment Squadron (L) History February 1943 to June 1945, Missions 115 and 116 pages.
November, 2011 Added 416th Bomb Group Archive page. Added new 671st Bombardment Squadron (L) History February 1943 to June 1945 page, minor updates to 668th Bomb Squadron (L) HISTORY and 671st Bomb Squadron (L) HISTORY pages.
October, 2011 Added extracts from Ralph Conte's book Attack Bombers We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group to all 285 Mission pages. Created 416th Bomb Group Archive Facebook page on October 28, 2011. Added Loading Lists to most Mission pages for missions 200 thru 285.
September, 2011 Added initial 668th Bombardment Squadron (L) History transcription, updated 7 Mission pages. Added 416th Bombardment Group (L) - Group History USAF Archives transcription extracts to each Mission page.
June, 2011 Added 2011 Reunion -- Windsor Locks, CT page. Added memorial page for Lt. Thomas W. McManus and corrected the page for Sgt. John H. LaPointe. Added history pages Battle Participation Awards (Campaigns), Unit Citation for Extraordinary Heroism, Letters of Commendation and Example Orders (1943, 1944 and 1945). Updated Aircraft Marking (aka Squadron Logo) Description pages for 668th, 669th and 670th BS, added 671st Aircraft Marking page.
May, 2011 Added Laon and Cormeilles-en-Vexin AFHRA maps to Laon/Athies Aerodrome, France Station A-69 and Cormeilles-en-Vexin Aerodrome, France Station A-59 pages; added A-20 and A-26 Bombing Records images to Summary Statistics page. Updated The 416th Bombardment Group (Light) History main page; Added transcribed official monthly summaries (Group History 1943, 1944 and 1945), Conversion from A-20 to A-26 type aircraft and Summary Statistics pages.
April, 2011 Updated Wethersfield RAF Station, England page.
March, 2011 Updated Logistics page. Added Frederick L. Stemler Memoirs page.
February, 2011 Added page with information on Ralph Conte's book Attack Bombers We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group, updated all Mission pages. Updated Operations page.
January, 2011 Standardized hyperlink colors on all pages, changed background to blank for Aircraft Marking (aka Squadron Logo) Description pages for 668th, 669th and 670th BS; Added new memorial page for John Olson.
December, 2010 Added 416th Bomb Group (L) Combat Missions page listing all 285 missions as well as initial pages for each Mission.
November, 2010 Added Memorial page for Ssgt Joseph J. Rzepka.
September, 2010 Added 2010 Reunion -- Branson, Missouri page; Memorial pages for Richard A. Rawling and Francis Sanford "Sandy" Brewster; also Wethersfield Base Transfer page.
August, 2010 Added James E. Kerns Memorial page.
July, 2010 Memorial pages added for Frederick L. Stemler and Walter W. Farmer.
April, 2010 Added 2010 Reunion -- Branson, Missouri Information.
February, 2010 Added Memorial page for Rev. Robert S. Bower.
December, 2009 Added Memorial page for Frank Peppiatt.
November, 2009 Added Louis Moskowitz Obituary; Memorial page for James S. Abbott III ; and New England Air Museum 416th Bomb Group Memorial Exhibit .
October, 2009 Added Jack Sittarich video clip. Added Memorial page for Leonard McBride. Updated 669th Personnel page with 669th Personnel - Melun, France 1944 photo courtesy of Roy Burns.
September, 2009 Added 2009 Reunion -- Branson, Missouri page.
August, 2009 Created 670th Bomb Sq. Personnel and Robert E. Lee, Jr. pages.
July, 2009 Created 669th Bomb Sq. Personnel page; Willard H. Land Memorial page and Wethersfield RAF Station, England.
June, 2009 Added pages for 9th Air Force History and Logistics.
May, 2009 Pages added: William J. Meng, William J. Meng, Contents, Honor Flight, Group Honors, Feedback, Links, Personnel, Letter to an American by Antoine de Saint Exupery, Ninth Air Force Association 2009 Reunion and Reunions.
March, 2009 Created following pages - George M. Cook and Noel Eugene Clark, Jr. Memorials, 671st Bomb Sq. Personnel, Battle Honors, Operations, 2009 Reunion -- Branson, Missouri, 2009 Reunion Information .
February, 2009 Added Wesley D. Chitty Memorial page, information on 2009 Reunion Branson Towers information and 2010 Reunion -- Branson, Missouri.
December, 2008 Created 668th Bomb Sq. Personnel page and Claude J. Brown Memorial page.
November, 2008 Added Memoriam pages for each Bomb Squadron: 668th Bomb Sq. In Memoriam, 669th Bomb Sq. In Memoriam, 670th Bomb Sq. In Memoriam and 671st Bomb Sq. In Memoriam; Memorial page for Blair H. Bradford.
October, 2008 Added Operations pages 670th Bomb Sq. Operations and 671st Bomb Sq. Operations, Memorial page for Edward J. Renth.
August, 2008 Created Melun-Villaroche Aerodrome, France page.
June, 2008 Added page for 669th Bomb Sq. History.
May, 2008 Added Memorial pages for Bruce Baxter, Daniel Miller Brown, F.E. Cherry, Raymond K. Cruze, Reed L. Enstrom, James Patrick Kenny, Michael Edward Kleopfel, Richard V. Miracle, Scott B. Richie Jr., Glenn J. Bender, Tonnis Boukamp, Ashton E. Carter, Roland E. Enman, James J. Farley, Arthur A. McDonald, Jack O. Nielsen, Arthur A. Raines, Jr., John Cook, John L. Johnson, John H. LaPointe, Robert L. Miller, Robert J. Rooney, Alwin C. Burns, Jr., Hollis A. Foster, Joseph T. Schouten and Theodore R. Aylesworth; also pages A-20 Havoc, Laon/Athies Aerodrome, France and West Point 416th Bomb Group graduates.
April, 2008 Created 416th Bomb Group History, Orders and A-26 Invader and Memorial page for Paul E. Parker.
March, 2008 Created 2008 Reunion -- Topsail Island, NC and 9th Air Force History pages, Memorial pages for Raymond J. Jones and Richard Vincent Wheeler.
February, 2008 Added Lumir "Lou" Joseph Prucha Momorial page, and also 668th Bomb Sq. R&R and 2911th Bomb Squadron pages.
December, 2007 Created Memorial page for Robert R. Williamson, History pages 668th Bomb Sq. History and 668th Bomb Sq. History Transcript.
November, 2007 Added Memorial pages: James Kellam Colquitt, John F. Geyer, Ralph J. Lackner, Jr., Carl S. Stanley, Thomas R. Ford, Stanley Sheley, William Battersby and Emile C. "Dutch" Martin.
October, 2007 Created 668th Bomb Sq. Operations and Kenneth E. Hornbeck, Jr. Memorial pages.
September, 2007 Added pages 2007 Reunion -- Oshkosh, Wisconsin, 2006 Reunion -- Louisville, Kentucky and 669th Bomb Sq. Operations.
July, 2007 Created Memorial page for Leroy G. Barnard and Cormeilles-en-Vexin Aerodrome, France 670th Bomb Sq. History Transcription.
June, 2007 Memorial pages Robert E. Stockwell and Joseph J. Shields.
March, 2007 Created 670th Bomb Sq. History page.
January, 2007 Created Memorial page for William Edward Cramsie.
December, 2006 Created Logo pages 668th Bomb Sq. Aircraft Marking, 669th Bomb Sq. Aircraft Marking and 670th Bomb Sq. Aircraft Marking.
November, 2006 Created 671st Bomb Sq. History and 671st Bomb Sq. History Transcription.
October, 2006 Added New England Air Museum 416th Bomb Group Memorial Exhibit page.
October 5, 2006 Initiated 416th.com Website on October 5, 2006.