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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 45 -- May 12, 1944, Friday AM

Monchy Breton, France

Airfield (S.5680)



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 38-311
OpRep #            : 42
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 11,500 - 12,000 feet
Take-off Time      : 1027
Time Over Target   : 1158
Landing Time       : 1307
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 2:40

Place of Take-Off  : AAF-170 Wethersfield RAF Station, England
A/C Dispatched     : 38 Total -- 31 A-20G's, 7 A-20J's
Target Number      : Z 730
Illustration       : S 5680/3
Illustration Ref   : 033089
Summary of Results : Box 1 - Poor Box 2 - Poor

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 50.40055,2.44040 (50° 24' 2" N, 2° 26' 25" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on Google Maps, Selected Town center - Monchy Breton, France)
(See Latitude/Longitude Coordinates and Target Identifiers for more information.)

Scanned original Mission 45 documents (multipage PDF files)

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Loading List 1

Loading List 1, Box I

Loading List 2

Loading List 2, Box II

Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 45 -- May 12, 1944, Friday AM
Monchy Breton, France -- Airfield (S.5680)

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                   
  43-10125  5H-M  A-20J
  Maj Price, R.F.
  Lt Hand, A.R.
  S/Sgt Simpson, D.H.
  T/Sgt Robbins, L.G.
  2  668th                   
  43-9444  5H-J  A-20J
  Lt Osborne, A.E.
  Lt Forma, W.
  S/Sgt Coe, W.H.
  S/Sgt Kelly, E.E.
  3  668th                   
  43-9216  5H-E  A-20G
  Lt Ritchie, S.B.
  S/Sgt Anderson, E.A.
  S/Sgt Newkirk, A.W.
  4  668th                   
  43-9195  5H-D  A-20G
  Lt Meagher, J.F.
  S/Sgt Damico, E.A.
  S/Sgt Dickenson, E.S.
  5  668th                   
  43-9684  5H-K  A-20G
  Lt Kleopfel, M.E.
  S/Sgt Shaw, L.R.
  S/Sgt Bankston, R.
  6  668th                   
  43-9379  5H-G  A-20G
  Lt Peede, L.G.
  S/Sgt Hibbs, C.L.
  S/Sgt Daugherty, L.M.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  670th                   
  43-9455  F6-T  A-20J
  Capt Jackson, C.R.
  Lt Maltby, A.H.
  S/Sgt Allred, F.D.
  S/Sgt Stephens, D.W.
  2  670th                   
  43-9200  F6-A  A-20G
  Lt McBride, L.R.
  S/Sgt Eutsler, R.
  S/Sgt Risko, S.
  [Returned Early No Sortie]
  3  670th                   
  43-9696  F6-G  A-20G
  Lt Shea, D.F.
  S/Sgt Lee, R.E.
  Sgt Falk, F.G.
  4  670th                   
  43-9209  F6-K  A-20G
  Lt Ostrander, W.B.
  S/Sgt Wilson, J.E.
  S/Sgt Binney, I.
  5  670th                   
  43-9387  F6-H  A-20G
  Lt McGlohn, C.L.
  S/Sgt Moran, J.W.
  S/Sgt Driskill, P.B.
  6  670th                   
  43-9217  F6-D  A-20G
  Lt Col Ford, T.R.
  S/Sgt Evans, O.D.
  Sgt Palmer, T.A.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  670th                   
  43-9439  F6-J  A-20J
  Capt McNulty, G.M.
  Lt Bursiel, F.H.
  S/Sgt Addleman, R.F.
  S/Sgt White, H.E.
  2  670th                   
  43-9380  F6-N  A-20G
  Lt Johnson, E.L.
  S/Sgt Donahue, W.J.
  S/Sgt Brayn, M.R.
  3  668th                   
  43-9360  5H-S  A-20G
  Lt Gruetzemacher, R.O.
  S/Sgt Stobert, R.F.
  S/Sgt Glynn, F.P.
  4  670th                   
  43-9386  F6-W  A-20G
  Lt Harrold, F.J.
  S/Sgt Griffin, E.L.
  S/Sgt Maziasz, C.W.
  5  670th                   
  43-9689  F6-I  A-20G
  Lt Hillerman, J.P.
  Sgt Swafford, J.O.
  S/Sgt Glynn, P.F.
  6  668th                   
  43-9963  5H-N  A-20G
  Lt Nordstrom, A.W.
  S/Sgt Gossett, J.D.
  S/Sgt Miller, R.L.

Box I
  SPARE  668th               
  43-9182  5H-B  A-20G
  Lt Miracle, R.V.
  S/Sgt Sieg, B.C.
  S/Sgt Burkhalter, J.C.

Box II -- Flight I
  1  671st                   
  43-10129  5C-I  A-20J
  Capt Dunn, L.F.
  Lt Arrington, H.T.
  S/Sgt Foster, H.A.
  S/Sgt Rust, E.W.
  2  669th                   
  43-9450  2A-S  A-20J
  Lt Marzolf, L.A.
  Lt Basnett, R.J.
  S/Sgt Wellin, H.E.
  S/Sgt Kutzer, L.G.
  3  671st                   
  43-9951  5C-P  A-20G
  Lt Adams, J.D.
  S/Sgt Clearman, P.L.
  Sgt Zeikus, A.J.
  4  669th                   
  43-9214  2A-C  A-20G
  Lt Wheeler, R.V.
  S/Sgt Brower, J.S.
  S/Sgt Corrin, E.
  5  671st                   
  43-9937  5C-B  A-20G
  Lt Durante, A.R.
  S/Sgt Best, H.T.
  S/Sgt DeGiusti, I.R.
  6  671st                   
  43-10165  5C-H  A-20G
  Lt Zubon, M.
  T/Sgt Tanner, J.R.L.
  S/Sgt Russell, W.C.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  671st                   
  43-9225  5C-G  A-20G
  Lt Platter, E.T.
  S/Sgt Johnson, K.L.
  S/Sgt Czech, J.L.
  2  671st                   
  43-9219  5C-D  A-20G
  Lt Andrews, H.D.
  S/Sgt Cook, G.M.
  S/Sgt Werley, E.R.
  3  671st                   
  43-9220  5C-E  A-20G
  Lt Perkins, R.D.
  S/Sgt Sherry, V.N.
  S/Sgt Linneman, R.H.
  4  671st                   
  43-9393  5C-K  A-20G
  Lt Cole, H.P.
  S/Sgt Chvatal, F.R.
  S/Sgt Fandre, B.G.
  5  671st                   
  43-9221  5C-F  A-20G
  Lt Hixon, S.M.
  T/Sgt Larronde, F.H.
  S/Sgt Lempka, H.A.
  [Returned Early No Sortie]
  6  671st                   
  43-9493  5C-V  A-20G
  Lt Smith, R.H.
  Sgt Troyer, R.J.
  S/Sgt Adams, V.P.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  669th                   
  43-10135  2A-T  A-20J
  Lt Sommers, H.L.
  Lt McQuade, R.J.
  S/Sgt Nicks, R.W.
  S/Sgt Coffey, G.L.
  2  669th                   
  43-9717  2A-N  A-20G
  Lt MacManus, P.F.E.
  S/Sgt Thompson, J.B.
  S/Sgt Hatch, H.F.
  3  669th                   
  43-9900  2A-Q  A-20G
  Lt Renth, E.J.
  S/Sgt Rosenstein, M.
  S/Sgt Carney, H.O.
  4  669th                   
  43-9743  2A-W  A-20G
  Lt Peck, W.A.
  S/Sgt Bergeron, A.E.
  S/Sgt Kelton, H.E.
  5  669th                   
  43-9983  2A-J  A-20G
  Lt Connor, J.S.
  S/Sgt Colosimo, R.J.
  S/Sgt Wing, J.S.
  6  669th                   
  43-9189  2A-P  A-20G
  Lt Land, W.H.
  S/Sgt Alden, S.F.
  S/Sgt Ballinger, R.L.

Box II
  SPARE  669th               
  43-9840  2A-V  A-20G
  Lt Morton, R.J.
  S/Sgt LaNave, O.D.
  S/Sgt Citty, F.M.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 45 -- May 12, 1944, Friday AM
Monchy Breton, France -- Airfield (S.5680)

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

On the morning of the 12th, an attack was made on the airfield at Monchy Breton. The results were poor. Major Price, with Lt Hand, and Captain Dunn, with Lt Arrington, B-N, led the two boxes.

"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Page 74

Mission #45 - 12 May - AM - Monchy-Breton Airdrome. Major Price with Lt. Hand, BN, and Captain Dunn and Lt. Arrington, BN led boxes. Lts. Marzolf and Basnett led a flight. The report from the 668th squadron history states that "for some reason, the bombsight and apparatus malfunctioned, and no bombs were dropped. There was no flak, and P-41s provided escort. All ships returned in good shape."

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

Lt Gruetzemacher suffered minor flak wounds while over the Monchy Breton target, for which he was awarded the Purple Heart.

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

After a four day recess the 416th Bomb Group reached a new bombing high, crossing the English Channel 11 times from May 7th thru May 13th to smash enemy installations in France and Belgium. The Havocs were out in force twice on the 7, 8, 9, 11 and 12th of May, while just once on the 13th. No mission was flown on May 10th because of poor weather.

Marshalling Yards, Airdromes and "No-Balls" were hit in the weeks operations which culminated in a great loss to the 671st Bomb Squadron.

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