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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 82 -- June 21, 1944, Wednesday PM

Middel Straete, France




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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 94-386
OpRep #            : 82
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 11,700 feet
Take-off Time      : 1833
Time Over Target   : 2030
Landing Time       : 2128
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 2:55

Place of Take-Off  : AAF-170 Wethersfield RAF Station, England
A/C Dispatched     : 33 Total -- 26 A-20G's, 5 A-20J's, 2 B-26's (PFF)
Target Number      : Z 3181
Illustration       : A/149/1
Illustration Ref   : 028087
Secondary Target   : No Alternate Targets Authorized
Summary of Results : Unobserved. PFF Aircraft used.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 50.84333,2.29194 (50° 50' 36" N, 2° 17' 31" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on Key Publishing Ltd Aviation Forums, Thread: Noball Targets: Is a German list of V1 sites available?)
(See Latitude/Longitude Coordinates and Target Identifiers for more information.)

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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 # 82 -- June 21, 1944, Wednesday PM
Middel Straete, France -- NOBALL (XI/A/149)

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  670th                   
  43-9439  F6-J  A-20J
  Maj Meng, W.J.
  Lt Powell, V.H.
  S/Sgt Stobert, R.F.
  S/Sgt Glynn, F.P.
  2  669th                   
  43-21712  2A-H  A-20J
  Lt Col Aylesworth, T.R.
  Lt Lytle, W.M.
  S/Sgt Sabadosh, J.W.
  S/Sgt Floyd, C.F.
  4  670th                   
  43-9227  F6-F  A-20G
  Lt Nordstrom, A.W.
  S/Sgt Gossett, J.D.
  S/Sgt Miller, R.L.
  5  670th                   
  43-9455  F6-T  A-20J
  Lt Col Farmer, W.W.
  Maj Thomas, W.P.
  S/Sgt Wilson, J.E.
  S/Sgt Binney, I.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  668th                   
  43-9907  5H-O  A-20G
  Lt Ebenstein, G.
  S/Sgt Perkins, H.
  Sgt Newell, S.P.
  2  668th                   
  43-10210  5H-Q  A-20G
  Lt Miracle, R.V.
  S/Sgt Sieg, B.C.
  S/Sgt Burkhalter, J.C.
  3  668th                   
  43-9745  5H-I  A-20G
  Lt Lesher, R.D.
  S/Sgt Antanaitis, A.J.
  S/Sgt Hedrick, H.R.
  4  668th                   
  43-9894  5H-R  A-20G
  Lt Poindexter, R.D.
  S/Sgt Simpson, D.H.
  T/Sgt Robbins, L.G.
  5  668th                   
  43-10226  5H-E  A-20G
  Lt Meredith, R.G.
  S/Sgt Hill, A.A.
  S/Sgt MacDonald, R.W.
  6  668th                   
  43-21764  5H-X  A-20G
  Lt Hill, L.E.
  S/Sgt Burch, R.W.
  S/Sgt Yost, C.H.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  670th                   
  43-9224  F6-E  A-20G
  Lt Monroe, H.A.
  S/Sgt Kidd, W.L.
  S/Sgt Risko, S.
  2  670th                   
  43-9680  F6-R  A-20G
  Lt Hillerman, J.P.
  Sgt Martinez, L.
  Sgt Paules, E.F.
  3  670th                   
  43-9689  F6-I  A-20G
  Lt Atkinson, P.G.
  S/Sgt Swafford, J.O.
  S/Sgt Glynn, P.F.
  4  669th                   
  43-10147  2A-K  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                   
  43-9978  F6-S  A-20G
  Lt Rooney, R.J.
  S/Sgt McCleary, H.M.
  S/Sgt DiNapoli, S.F.

Box I
  SPARE  670th               
  43-9892  F6-L  A-20G
  Lt McBride, L.R.
  S/Sgt McKee, J.
  S/Sgt Eutsler, R.
  [Not Airborne]

Box II -- Flight I
  1  671st                   
  43-9645  5C-R  A-20J
  Capt Jackson, C.R.
  Lt Maltby, A.H.
  Sgt Burns, D.E.
  Sgt Daniel, W.J.
  2  668th                   
  43-21750  5H-S  A-20J
  Lt Shaefer, R.F.
  Lt Burg, J.J.
  S/Sgt Fejes, J.A.
  S/Sgt Judd, E.R.
  3  670th                   
  43-9209  F6-K  A-20G
  Lt Hall, R.B.
  Sgt Blackford, D.S.
  Sgt Burger, L.C.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  669th                   
  43-9717  2A-N  A-20G
  Lt Peck, W.A.
  S/Sgt Bergeron, A.E.
  S/Sgt Young, C.E.
  2  669th                   
  43-9929  2A-C  A-20G
  Lt Connor, J.S.
  S/Sgt Rodgers, H.C.
  S/Sgt VanDuyne, J.E.
  3  669th                   
  43-9181  2A-A  A-20G
  Lt Land, W.H.
  S/Sgt Alden, S.F.
  S/Sgt Ballinger, R.L.
  4  669th                   
  43-9900  2A-Q  A-20G
  Lt Behlmer, R.L.
  S/Sgt Rice, R.W.
  S/Sgt Ferguson, W.G.
  5  669th                   
  43-9743  2A-W  A-20G
  Lt Siggs, W.C.
  S/Sgt Nicks, R.W.
  S/Sgt Radlich, N.
  6  669th                   
  43-9943  2A-F  A-20G
  Lt Shainberg, N.V.
  S/Sgt Rogers, J.L., Jr.
  S/Sgt Fleischman, G.I.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  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.
  2  671st                   
  43-9925  5C-G  A-20G
  Lt Murray, T.J.
  S/Sgt DeBower, D.H.
  S/Sgt Jones, 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                   
  43-9363  5C-L  A-20G
  Lt Adams, J.D.
  S/Sgt Marion, H.A.
  S/Sgt Adams, V.P.
  5  671st                   
  43-9711  5C-M  A-20G
  Lt Morehouse, R.C.
  S/Sgt Zygiel, L.A.
  S/Sgt Burgess, A.J.
  6  671st                   
  43-9393  5C-K  A-20G
  Lt York, R.W.
  S/Sgt Wilds, H.J.
  S/Sgt Ashton, L.A.

Box II
  SPARE  671st               
  43-9937  5C-B  A-20G
  Lt Durante, A.R.
  S/Sgt Best, H.T.
  S/Sgt DeGiusti, I.R.
  [Not Airborne]

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 82 -- June 21, 1944, Wednesday PM
Middel Straete, France -- NOBALL (XI/A/149)

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

On the following day a new technique for our Group was employed. A B-26 Marauder led each of our two boxes in an attack on the Middel Straete Noball target. The Marauders, employing PFF, or Pathfinder, technique, pickup the target and bombed. Our two boxes, led by Maj. Meng and Capt. Jackson, dropped on the B-26's. The bomb run lasted seven minutes and the bombing was done through clouds as "thick as a table-top". Results were unobserved.

"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Page 100

Mission #82 - 21 June - Middel Straits. Major Meng and Lt. Powell, BN led Box I with Lt. Col. Aylesworth and Lt. Lytle, BN as deputy. Lt. Col. Farmer and Major Thomas, a visitor also flew behind Meng. Lts. DeMand and Hanlon, BN, led a flight. Cloud cover at the target area required Pathfinder Bombing, or PFF, following B-26s which use electronic equipment to zero in on the target, they drop their bombs, and our formations, release theirs. Bombing was in groups of 15 planes, another unusual manner experiment. Evidently everything went as planned as the target was photoed as being washed out. No flak or fighters were a problem. All returned safely.

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

Major Meng led the June 21st attack on the Middel Straete noball site in which we had ten crews participating. The results of this mission were unobserved. It was a pathfinder led attack and bombing was accomplished through the clouds.

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

Target: Middel Straite Results: Unobserved

It seems that the No-Ball targets are back for awhile, for this Group went out again on the evening of June 21st to hit these ski-sites. In the last week the Jerrys have put some of their pilotless planes into operation, and this can be determined as the cause for so much attention being put to the No-Balls for bombing by all Groups in this theater. Although the pilotless plane do not present a serious problem at the present time, if allowed to continue with their operation over England, they would eventually have to be taken as serious for if enough of these planes were to be launched they could do great damage in certain areas within their range. Reports have come through that these planes travel at the rate of some 300 miles per hour and carry a lethal load of 2 to 3 thousand pounds of TNT. This is equivalent to a one ton bomb hitting the ground and causes the same amount of damage.

The formation took off to assemble into boxes of 15 aircraft, something new with this group. In addition, two pathfinders were scheduled to lead the boxes respectively. These pathfinders were B-26's from the Ninth Air Force Pathfinder Group now operating over enemy territory with considerable success. The formation was to bomb through the overcast, which was forecast to be over the target area. Aside from the cloud cover, the target to be hit presented a small aiming point that minute precision had to be accomplished in order to hit the target. The mission met with success, all ships returning, and it was believed the target was knocked out.

[June 21, 1944], HQ Twelfth Army Group situation map

Map showing Western Allies and Axis troop position details in Western Europe
as of approximately 1200 hours, June 21, 1944
World War II Military Situation Maps Collection
Library of Congress

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