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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 102 -- July 19, 1944, Wednesday PM

Bruz, France

Fuel Dump



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 133-437
OpRep #            : 110
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 11,000 - 12,000 feet
Take-off Time      : 1739
Time Over Target   : 1951
Landing Time       : 2151
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 4:12

Place of Take-Off  : AAF-170 Wethersfield RAF Station, England
A/C Dispatched     : 39 Total -- 32 A-20G's, 7 A-20J's
Target Number      : 4802W/H/1 and 2
Illustration       : 4802W/50 2ND EDITION
Illustration Ref   : 070033, 045030 - 3 Flights Each
Secondary Target   : Casual Targets along Rail Road from 48 Deg. 13 Min. North 01 Deg. 38 Min. West to 48 Deg. 33 Min. North 01 Deg. 45 Min. West
Summary of Results : Bombing results by flight ranged from Poor to Excellent. One flight P.N.B - bombed Target of Opportunity

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 48.02544,-1.74753 (48° 1' 32" N, 1° 44' 51" W)
(Latitude/Longitude based on Google Maps, Selected Town center - Bruz, France)
(See Latitude/Longitude Coordinates and Target Identifiers for more information.)

Loading List 1

Loading List 1, Box I

Loading List 2

Loading List 2, Boxes II and III
(Note:  Box III flew a Window Mission)

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

         Date          Report

Serial #
Location Personnel (Status when available)
Jul 19, 1944
102 670 Strip A-14 Byrne, Robert T. Jr.
Cochran, Ralph L. (KIA)
Cummings, William D.

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To view an individual's Memorial page, click on the "Name" hyperlink.

Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 102 -- July 19, 1944, Wednesday PM
Bruz, France -- Fuel Dump

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 Glynn, F.P.
  S/Sgt Stobert, R.F.
  2  670th                   
  43-21759  F6-G  A-20G
  Lt Nordstrom, A.W.
  S/Sgt McKee, J.
  S/Sgt Miller, R.L.
  3  670th                   
  43-10211  F6-O  A-20G
  Lt Grunig, D.B.
  Sgt Nowosielski, H.J.
  Sgt Dias, M.E.
  4  670th                   
  43-9200  F6-A  A-20G
  Lt Shea, D.F.
  S/Sgt Lee, R.E.
  S/Sgt Falk, F.G.
  5  670th                   
  43-9689  F6-I  A-20G
  F/O Byrne, R.T.
  Sgt Cummings, W.D.
  Sgt Cochran, R.L.
  6  670th                   
  43-9209  F6-K  A-20G
  Lt Sommers, D.T.
  Sgt Zaklikiewicz, S.R.
  S/Sgt Johnson, J.L.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  671st                   
  43-21711  5C-S  A-20J
  Lt Marzolf, L.A.
  Lt Beck, J.T.
  S/Sgt Wellin, H.E.
  S/Sgt Kutzer, L.G.
  2  671st                   
  43-9925  5C-G  A-20G
  Lt Estes, C.L.
  S/Sgt Orvold, C.R.
  S/Sgt DiMartino, A.E.
  3  671st                   
  43-9219  5C-D  A-20G
  Lt Pair, H.F.
  S/Sgt Marion, H.A.
  S/Sgt Adams, V.P.
  4  671st                   
  43-9714  5C-N  A-20G
  Capt Hixon, S.M.
  S/Sgt Johnson, K.L.
  S/Sgt Czech, J.L.
  5  671st                   
  43-9363  5C-L  A-20G
  Lt Lackovich, J.J.
  Sgt Connery, T.
  Sgt Barry, R.M.
  6  671st                   
  43-10165  5C-H  A-20G
  Lt Murray, T.J.
  S/Sgt DeBower, D.H.
  S/Sgt Jones, R.J.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  669th                   
  43-9442  2A-D  A-20J
  Capt Prentiss, R.B.
  Lt McBrien, R.T.
  S/Sgt Shelton, E.
  S/Sgt Sylva, H.J.
  2  668th                   
  43-21764  5H-X  A-20G
  Lt Hill, L.E.
  S/Sgt Burch, R.W.
  S/Sgt Yost, C.H.
  3  668th                   
  43-9907  5H-O  A-20G
  Lt Lesher, R.D.
  S/Sgt Hedrick, H.R.
  S/Sgt Antanaitis, A.J.
  4  668th                   
  43-9362  5H-L  A-20G
  Lt Peede, L.G.
  S/Sgt Kelly, E.E.
  S/Sgt Hibbs, C.L.
  5  668th                   
  43-9195  5H-D  A-20G
  Lt Svenson, R.R.
  S/Sgt Fild, P.G.
  S/Sgt Pfenning, G.H.
  6  668th                   
  43-9894  5H-R  A-20G
  Lt Welsh, A.J.
  Sgt Wright, R.E.
  Sgt Novak, S.G.

Box I
  SPARE  671st               
  43-9221  5C-F  A-20G
  Lt Herman, A.E.
  S/Sgt Garrett, A.D.
  S/Sgt Young, J.O.
  [No Sortie]

Box II -- Flight I
  1  670th                   
  43-22058  F6-C  A-20J
  Lt Rudisill, R.S.
  Lt Joost, R.H.
  S/Sgt Riley, R.K.
  S/Sgt Bonamo, A.J.
  2  670th                   
  43-9750  F6-M  A-20G
  Lt Hillerman, J.P.
  Sgt Martinez, L.
  Sgt Paules, E.F.
  3  670th                   
  43-9892  F6-L  A-20G
  Lt Gruetzemacher, R.O.
  S/Sgt Evans, O.D.
  S/Sgt Palmer, T.A.
  4  670th                   
  43-9224  F6-E  A-20G
  Lt Monroe, H.A.
  S/Sgt Wilson, J.E.
  S/Sgt Risko, S.
  5  670th                   
  43-9978  F6-S  A-20G
  Lt Barausky, P.P.
  Sgt Wilson, B.R.
  Sgt Hall, M.
  6  670th                   
  43-9380  F6-N  A-20G
  Lt Sparling, J.R.
  Sgt Shaw, C.L.
  Sgt Leahigh, L.L.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  669th                   
  43-21469  2A-J  A-20J
  Lt Morton, R.J.
  Lt Moore, D.L.
  S/Sgt Webb, C.L.
  S/Sgt Citty, F.M.
  2  669th                   
  43-9717  2A-N  A-20G
  Lt Vleghels, A.J.
  S/Sgt Rice, R.W.
  S/Sgt Young, C.E.
  3  669th                   
  43-9900  2A-Q  A-20G
  Lt Tripp, W.F.
  S/Sgt Scott, J.O.
  Sgt Carstens, R.W.
  4  669th                   
  43-9961  2A-E  A-20G
  Lt Street, M.S.
  S/Sgt Prindle, C.A.
  S/Sgt Epps, E.T.
  5  669th                   
  43-9743  2A-W  A-20G
  Lt Robertson, R.B.
  Sgt Hay, J.E.
  Sgt Buskirk, J.A.
  6  669th                   
  43-9202  2A-B  A-20G
  Lt Elliott, D.W.
  Sgt Mani, J.
  Sgt McGuire, J.J.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  669th                   
  43-10135  2A-T  A-20J
  Maj Napier, J.G.
  Lt Madenfort, J.
  S/Sgt Vafiadis, C.
  S/Sgt Hoffman, R.C.
  2  669th                   
  43-10147  2A-K  A-20G
  Lt Land, W.H.
  S/Sgt Alden, S.F.
  S/Sgt Ballinger, R.L.
  3  669th                   
  43-9673  2A-I  A-20G
  Lt Dontas, P.
  S/Sgt Nielsen, A.L.
  S/Sgt Fields, W.E.
  4  669th                   
  43-9376  2A-O  A-20G
  Lt Boukamp, T.
  S/Sgt Colosimo, R.J.
  S/Sgt Wing, J.S.
  5  669th                   
  43-9943  2A-F  A-20G
  Lt Blomgren, J.E.
  Sgt Bookach, M.
  Sgt Fleming, L.R.
  6  669th                   
  43-9390  2A-G  A-20G
  Lt Allen, J.F., Jr.
  Sgt Getgen, L.R.
  Sgt Veazey, C.W.

Box II
  SPARE  668th               
  43-9379  5H-G  A-20G
  Lt Colquitt, J.K.
  Sgt Spadoni, J.K.
  Sgt Noteriani, F.
  [No Sortie]

Box III -- Flight WINDOW
  1  671st                   
  43-21724  5C-A  A-20J
  Lt Cole, H.P.
  Lt Basnett, R.J.
  S/Sgt Fandre, B.G.
  S/Sgt Chvatal, F.R.
  2  668th                   
  43-10210  5H-Q  A-20G
  Lt Miracle, R.V.
  S/Sgt Sieg, B.C.
  S/Sgt Burkhalter, J.C.
  3  671st                   
  43-9220  5C-E  A-20G
  Lt MacManus, P.F.E.
  S/Sgt Rogers, J.L., Jr.
  S/Sgt Fleischman, G.I.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 102 -- July 19, 1944, Wednesday PM
Bruz, France -- Fuel Dump

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

On the following day, the 19th, 39 aircraft were dispatched to attack the Bruz Fuel Dump south of Rennes. Good to excellent results were achieved with hits on the fuel dump, roads, and buildings. Major Meng and Captain Rudisill led the mission that encountered considerable flak. Fourteen aircraft received battle damage from flak. Flight Officer R.T. Byrne was forced down on the beach-head. One of his gunners, Sergeant Ralph L. Cochran was killed by flak. He was buried in the Monarch Cemetery at Blosville, France.

"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Pages 112 - 113

Mission #102 - 19 July - Bruz Fuel Depot. Lts. Marzolf and Beck, BN, and Lts. Cole and Basnett, BN led flights from the 671st squadron. Prior to take-off, Captain Prentiss of the 668th was preflighting his plane when his radio set and Gee bombing equipment caught fire. The crew scrambled around and climbed into another plane and took off with the mission. Clouds and shadows covered the target so no bombs were dropped by some flights. Some did get their bombs away. After bombs away, F/O Byrne's plane was severely damaged by flak. His turret gunner, Sgt. Cummings saw his partner in the tunnel position, Sgt. Cochran, motionless. Cummings left his post and found Cochran could not be helped. He notified F/O Byrne who left the formation and landed on a fighter strip in Normandy. Sgt. Cochran was buried in Blosville, France.

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

Tragedy struck again on July 19th when 12 of our crews participated in an attack on the Bruz fuel dumps. Just after the bomb load was dropped, F/O Byrne's ship was severely hit by flak. His gunner, Sgt Cummings, noticed that his crew mate, Sgt Cochran, was motionless in the tunnel of the plane and tried to contact the pilot and inform him, but did not succeed. Clambering down form the turret, he tried to assist Sgt Cochran by cutting off the flak suit and clothes, but the gunner was beyond all assistance. Pilot Byrne finally got through on the interphone and learned the situation. He left the formation to land at a fighter strip in Normandy. The next morning Sgt Cochran was buried at Blosville, France, and after four days spent in a French chateau while the ship was being repaired, F/O Byrne and Sgt Cummings returned to their home base. During their stay in France the two men were taken near the front lines and witnessed German prisoners and a large amount of destroyed Nazi equipment.

[July 19, 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 19, 1944
World War II Military Situation Maps Collection
Library of Congress

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