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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 46 -- May 12, 1944, Friday PM

Beauvoir, France




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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 39-312
OpRep #            : 42a
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 11,300 - 12,200 feet
Take-off Time      : 1812
Time Over Target   : 1919 - 1923
Landing Time       : 2108
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 2:56

Place of Take-Off  : AAF-170 Wethersfield RAF Station, England
A/C Dispatched     : 39 Total -- 31 A-20G's, 8 A-20J's
Target Number      : Z 3031A
Illustration       : A/79/5
Illustration Ref   : 019057
Summary of Results : Two boxes, 18 ships each box, preceded by 3 ships carrying window only. Bombing results by flight ranged from Poor to Excellent.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 50.24028,2.28611 (50° 14' 25" N, 2° 17' 10" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on V1 Sites, BEAUVOIR - PH M1-83)
(See Latitude/Longitude Coordinates and Target Identifiers for more information.)

Scanned original Mission 46 documents (multipage PDF files)

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Loading List

Loading List 1, Box I

Loading List

Loading List 2, Box II

Stockwell Plane

671st Bomb Squadron A-20J A/C Serial# 43-10129 Fuselage Code 5C-I
Crew: 1st Lt. Robert E. Stockwell (Pilot), 2nd Lt. Albert Jedinak (B/N),
S/Sgts Hollis A. Foster and Egon W. Rust (Gunners)
A/C received direct hit from flak under bomb bay.

Bomb Run Photo

NOBALL (XI/A/79) near Beauvoir, France

Bomb Run Google Overlay

Bomb Run Photo overlaid on current Google Earth display
(Overlay by Wayne Sayles)

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

         Date          Report

Serial #
Location Personnel (Status when available)
May 12, 1944

46 671 Beauvoir, France Stockwell, Robert Edmond (MIA, KIA)
Jedinak, Albert NMI (MIA, POW, RMC, EUS)
Foster, Hollis Alfred (MIA, DED)
Rust, Egon W. (MIA, POW, RMC, EUS)
May 12, 1944
No_Report   43-9387
46 670 McGlohn, Charles L. (Not Injured)
Moran, John W. (WIA)
Driskill, Paul B. (WIA)

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Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 46 -- May 12, 1944, Friday PM
Beauvoir, France -- NOBALL (XI/A/79)

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 Willetts, D.L.
  Lt Royalty, P.G.
  T/Sgt Larronde, F.H.
  S/Sgt Lempka, H.A.
  2  671st                   
  43-10129  5C-I  A-20J
  Lt Stockwell, R.E.
  Lt Jedinak, A.
  S/Sgt Foster, H.A.
  S/Sgt Rust, E.W.
  [Shot down over target]
  3  671st                   
  43-9937  5C-B  A-20G
  Lt Adams, J.D.
  S/Sgt Clearman, P.L.
  S/Sgt Zeikus, A.J.
  4  671st                   
  43-9221  5C-F  A-20G
  Lt DeMand, F.W.
  Sgt Troyer, R.J.
  S/Sgt Middleton, C.W.
  5  671st                   
  43-10165  5C-H  A-20G
  Lt Zubon, M.
  T/Sgt Tanner, J.R.L.
  S/Sgt Russell, W.C.
  6  671st                   
  43-9951  5C-P  A-20G
  Lt Hixon, S.M.
  S/Sgt Johnson, K.L.
  S/Sgt Czech, J.L.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  669th                   
  43-10135  2A-T  A-20J
  Capt Huff, M.J.
  Lt Kupits, J.
  S/Sgt Thompson, J.B.
  S/Sgt Hatch, H.F.
  2  669th                   
  43-9983  2A-J  A-20G
  Lt Hewes, H.E., Jr.
  S/Sgt Kasper, J.F.
  S/Sgt Boyer, H.E.
  3  669th                   
  43-9181  2A-A  A-20G
  Lt Street, M.S.
  S/Sgt Prindle, C.A.
  S/Sgt Epps, E.T.
  4  669th                   
  43-9743  2A-W  A-20G
  Lt Connor, J.S.
  Sgt Rodgers, H.C.
  Sgt VanDuyne, J.E.
  5  669th                   
  43-9673  2A-I  A-20G
  Maj Roney, K.T.
  S/Sgt Stobert, R.F.
  S/Sgt Glynn, F.P.
  6  669th                   
  43-9189  2A-P  A-20G
  Lt Land, W.H.
  S/Sgt Alden, S.F.
  S/Sgt Ballinger, R.L.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  670th                   
  43-9439  F6-J  A-20J
  Lt Sommers, H.L.
  Lt McQuade, R.J.
  T/Sgt Kelly, W.J.
  S/Sgt Ferguson, W.G.
  2  671st                   
  43-9225  5C-G  A-20G
  Lt Renth, E.J.
  S/Sgt LaNave, O.D.
  S/Sgt Citty, F.M.
  3  671st                   
  43-9493  5C-V  A-20G
  Lt Dontas, P.
  S/Sgt Nielsen, A.L.
  S/Sgt Fields, W.E.
  4  669th                   
  43-9376  2A-O  A-20G
  Lt Peck, W.A.
  S/Sgt Bergeron, A.E.
  S/Sgt Kelton, H.E.
  5  669th                   
  43-9390  2A-G  A-20G
  Lt Boukamp, T.
  S/Sgt Colosimo, R.J.
  S/Sgt Wing, J.S.
  6  670th                   
  43-9689  F6-I  A-20G
  Lt Gullion, A.W.
  S/Sgt Coffey, G.L.
  S/Sgt Cope, G.F.

Box I
  SPARE  671st               
  43-9219  5C-D  A-20G
  Lt Andrews, H.D.
  S/Sgt Cook, G.M.
  S/Sgt Werley, E.R.
  [No Sortie]

Box I -- Flight SPECIAL
  1  671st                   
  43-9220  5C-E  A-20G
  Lt Rudisill, R.S.
  S/Sgt Riley, R.K.
  S/Sgt Bonamo, A.J.
  2  670th                   
  43-9696  F6-G  A-20G
  Lt Shea, D.F.
  S/Sgt Lee, R.E.
  Sgt Falk, F.G.
  3  669th                   
  43-9679  2A-R  A-20G
  Lt Harrold, F.J.
  S/Sgt Griffin, E.L.
  S/Sgt Maziasz, C.W.

Box II -- Flight I
  1  668th                   
  43-10125  5H-M  A-20J
  Capt Conant, H.F.
  Lt McBrien, R.T.
  S/Sgt Antanaitis, A.J.
  Cpl Rapacz, H.S.
  [Rapacz (4th CCU)]
  2  668th                   
  43-9444  5H-J  A-20J
  Capt Prentiss, R.B.
  Lt Lytle, W.M.
  S/Sgt Damico, E.A.
  S/Sgt Sylva, H.J.
  3  668th                   
  43-9963  5H-N  A-20G
  Lt Hill, L.E.
  S/Sgt Yost, C.H.
  S/Sgt Burch, R.W.
  4  668th                   
  43-9935  5H-F  A-20G
  Lt Bradford, B.H.
  S/Sgt MacDonald, R.W.
  S/Sgt Hill, A.A.
  5  668th                   
  43-9362  5H-L  A-20G
  Lt Poindexter, R.D.
  S/Sgt Simpson, D.H.
  T/Sgt Robbins, L.G.
  6  668th                   
  43-9684  5H-K  A-20G
  Lt Kreh, E.B.
  S/Sgt Schenck, D.R.
  S/Sgt Kelly, E.E.
  [No Sortie]

Box II -- Flight II
  1  669th                   
  43-9450  2A-S  A-20J
  Lt Osborne, A.E.
  Lt Forma, W.
  S/Sgt Hume, J.N.
  S/Sgt Brown, F.E.
  2  668th                   
  43-9216  5H-E  A-20G
  Lt Bartmus, G.F.
  S/Sgt Flacks, F.L.
  S/Sgt Sieg, B.C.
  3  668th                   
  43-9379  5H-G  A-20G
  Lt Downing, W.E.
  S/Sgt Dickenson, E.S.
  Sgt Hornbeck, K.E.
  4  668th                   
  43-9182  5H-B  A-20G
  Lt Ebenstein, G.
  S/Sgt Perkins, H.
  S/Sgt Coe, W.H.
  5  668th                   
  43-9195  5H-D  A-20G
  Lt Cruze, R.K.
  S/Sgt Love, C.F.
  S/Sgt Adair, F.L.
  6  668th                   
  43-9360  5H-S  A-20G
  Lt Ritchie, S.B.
  S/Sgt Newkirk, A.W.
  S/Sgt Anderson, E.A.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  670th                   
  43-9455  F6-T  A-20J
  Lt Marzolf, L.A.
  Lt Basnett, R.J.
  S/Sgt Wellin, H.E.
  S/Sgt Kutzer, L.G.
  2  670th                   
  43-9380  F6-N  A-20G
  Lt Hillerman, J.P.
  S/Sgt Allred, F.D.
  S/Sgt Stephens, D.W.
  3  670th                   
  43-9209  F6-K  A-20G
  Lt Atkinson, P.G.
  S/Sgt Swafford, J.O.
  S/Sgt Glynn, P.F.
  4  670th                   
  43-9386  F6-W  A-20G
  Lt Greene, W.J.
  S/Sgt Ochaba, J.A.
  S/Sgt Colbert, W.F.
  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 Leonard, T.J.
  S/Sgt Evans, O.D.
  S/Sgt Palmer, T.A.

Box II
  SPARE  670th               
  43-9978  F6-S  A-20G
  Lt Sewell, J.C.
  Pvt McKee, J.
  S/Sgt Eutsler, R.
  [No Sortie]

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 46 -- May 12, 1944, Friday PM
Beauvoir, France -- NOBALL (XI/A/79)

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

Shortly after those planes landed, 39 fresh crews took off to bomb a Noball at Beauvoir. The course was to lead them through what had already gained the name "Flak Alley." The flak was there as it was expected, in all its intensity and accurateness. One plane received a direct hit from flak while in the target area. It burst into flames and crashed a mile west of the target. Two chutes were seen to come out of the plane. Its crew was 1st Lt Robert E. Stockwell, pilot, 2d Lt Albert Jedinak, bombardier-navigator, S/Sgt Hollis A. Foster and S/Sgt Egon W. Rust, gunners. Lt Stockwell had been with the Group almost from the beginning of its existence. Bombing in flights of sixes, there were three "Excellents" and three "Poors". Major Willetts, with Lt Royalty, B-N, and Captain Conant, with Lt McBrien, B-N, led the two boxes. Twenty-Four planes suffered battle damage.

"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Pages 74 - 76

Mission #46 - 12 May - PM - Beauvoir Noball. The route to this target was through what was known as "flak-alley" and it lived up to its name. Many planes suffered severe damage. One plane, piloted by Lt. Robert Stockwell with Lt. Albert Jedinak, BN, leading a flight, received a direct hit in the open bomb bay, and another shot in the tail section. The bombbay exploded and photos of this flaming injured plane is on exhibit at the Dayton Air Museum and has been shown in many Air Force periodicals. From the severity of the flames, it was thought no one could possibly escape from it, but the bombardier, Jedinak, and one gunner, Sgt. Egan W. Rust did manage to parachute out to be taken prisoner and eventually returned to freedom. Rust was the tunnel gunner who hand held a machine gun out the open hatch at the bottom of the plane, so it would have been easy for him to slide out by pushing himself into the air, which he did. Jedinak said he had just released his bombs, following the lead bombardier's drop, when his plane lifted from the hit in the bombbay.

The plane side-slipped out of the formation and was in a flat spin, He tried to contact Stockwell, but got no response. Then the emergency gong rang twice, not the usual three times which meant everybody out! Jedinak was pinned to the bottom of his small compartment, facing toward the pilot's cockpit. Centrifugal force kept him pinned down.

Before the plane started spinning, he evidently unknowingly, released the emergency hatch handle at the bottom of the plane. He tried to lift himself up but seemed to have been pinned down. He tried to kick the escape door open by banging down on it, but it did not budge either. He laid back and felt a quietness as the plane flat spinned downward. Looking around he saw the dinghy ring on his parachute had caught between the side of the plane and the bulkhead. He finally worked it free and another kick at the hatch, dropped it out.

He tumbled down after it, wondering if the whirling props would cut him up as he flew by them under the plane. He did bump his head against the underside of the burning craft, but freed himself, with the chute not yet opened. In his descent, he was falling with his head lower than his feet , he yanked the pull cord and the chute blossomed open but the shround came up between his legs, the chute failing to open. A violent tug got the chute in proper position, and down he went the way chutes are supposed to operate. Looking around, he saw the plane off in the distance with the canopy still in place, not being able to see Stockwell. Ground fire was shooting at him.

Jedinak landed in a bomb crater, where he pulled off his flying suit, insignia, Mae West, and rolled up the chute, covering it all with clods of dirt. He kept his flying jacket. Making his way to a wooded thicket, he saw another chute coming down, and also saw flames of the plane burning in the distance. In short order three Germans approached him, ordered him out, and pointing a Luger and rifles at him, marched him toward the gun emplacements they had been monitoring, The Germans also cornered the gunner, Egan Rust, and the two of them were frisked, leaving only their uniforms and jackets.

Looking around, Jedinak saw a battery of anti-aircraft guns, mulling over in his mind that our A-2 Intelligence were right by saying this area was a hot bed of anti-aircraft fire. He was amazed at the number of guns in such a small confined area.

The two Americans were treated well, given food, but interrogated intensely, but neither gave more than their rank, name, and serial number although having been pressured to give them other information about their units, their targets, and other military information.

Stalags were visited, having been moved four times. Jedinak was liberated from Moosberg by Patton's Third Army on 27 April, 1945.

When he was repatriated, Jedinak visited Stockwell's widow, telling about their last mission and his experiences with Stockwell before the mission. A good friendship blossomed and they eventually married. Jedinak passed away in 1994.

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

The following day, May 12, two more of our personnel were awarded the Purple Heart for flak wounds. S/Sgt Moran and S/Sgt Driskill were hit during an attack on the Beauvoir Noball target. Bombing of this target was rated excellent.

"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.

On the late mission on May 12th, Lt. Robert E. Stockwell, flying deputy lead in a A-20J No. 129 received a direct hit through the open bomb bay doors and another burst in the tail section, causing the ship to crash over the No-Ball target. Lt. Albert Jedinak, bombardier-navigator, and S/Sgt. Hollis A. Foster and S/Sgt. Egon W. Rust were with him. Two parachutes were seen to have opened, so it is believed that two of the crew are still alive.

Lt. Stockwell had been with the 671st Squadron since last July. He rose to the position of flight leader and was one of the key men in the group. He was liked and admired by everyone and his loss is deeply felt. Lt. Jedinak, bombardier-navigator, who also acted as Squadron Gunnery Officer, had proven himself capable in his profession, and shall also be missed greatly. For Lt. Stockwell it was his 23rd Combat Sortie, while Lt. Jedinak completed his 15th.

S/Sgt. Foster who had finished a tour in the Southwest Pacific Theater before joining the 671st in August was rated as one of the best gunners in the Group and was someone the less-experienced crews could go to for advice and be sure it was the right kind. Sgt. Rust, although not joining the outfit until Laurel, had picked up knowledge fast and was considered apt at his lower gun position.

To the two that bailed out...GOOD LUCK! To the two that didn't ...HAPPY LANDING !

"671tst Bombardment Squadron (L) History"
Transcribed from USAF Archives

Our success was not achieved without casualties however. On May 12th while on a mission over the Amiens area, the ship flown by Lt. R. E. Stockwell received a direct hit by enemy flak and burst into flames. Lt. Stockwell, Lt. Albert Jedinak, S/Sgt. H. A. Foster, and S/Sgt. E. W. Rust were missing in action. An excellent photograph of the ship, which was taken by the Ninth Air Force Combat Photographer, was published in many of the leading U. S. papers and magazines.

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