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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 112 -- August 4, 1944, Friday PM

Beauvais, France

Marshalling Yards



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 160-465
OpRep #            : 125
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 11,500 - 12,500 feet
Take-off Time      : 1849
Time Over Target   : 2031 - 2034
Landing Time       : 2208
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 3:19

Place of Take-Off  : AAF-170 Wethersfield RAF Station, England
A/C Dispatched     : 37 Total -- 31 A-20G's, 6 A-20J's
Target Number      : 4902E/C/32
Secondary Target   : Buchy Railroad Junction (4901E/C/17)
Summary of Results : Three flights scored Good, one Gross, one No coverage and one PNB.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 49.42638,2.08868 (49° 25' 35" N, 2° 5' 19" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on Google Maps, Selected RR near Town center - Beauvais, 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, Box II

Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 112 -- August 4, 1944, Friday PM
Beauvais, France -- Marshalling Yards

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                   
  43-21717  5H-P  A-20J
  Maj Price, R.F.
  Lt Hand, A.R.
  Sgt Lemonds, W.E.
  S/Sgt Naifeh, F.
  2  668th                   
  43-21480  5H-B  A-20G
  Capt Conant, H.F.
  Sgt Raines, D.E.
  Lt Lindsay, G.E.
  [Lt Lindsay (4th Combat Camera Unit)]
  3  668th                   
  43-10150  5H-N  A-20G
  Lt Harris, F.W.
  S/Sgt Damico, E.A.
  Sgt Robinson, J.W.
  4  668th                   
  43-9362  5H-L  A-20G
  Lt Peede, L.G.
  S/Sgt Hibbs, C.L.
  Sgt Roberts, J.H.
  5  668th                   
  43-9894  5H-R  A-20G
  Lt Kenny, J.P.
  Sgt Spadoni, J.K.
  Sgt Noteriani, F.
  6  668th                   
  43-9195  5H-D  A-20G
  Lt Welsh, A.J.
  Sgt Wright, R.E.
  Sgt Novak, S.G.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  671st                   
  43-9645  5C-R  A-20J
  Lt DeMand, F.W.
  Lt Hanlon, R.J.
  S/Sgt Troyer, R.J.
  S/Sgt Czech, J.L.
  2  671st                   
  43-10165  5C-H  A-20G
  Lt Zubon, M.
  T/Sgt Tanner, J.R.L.
  S/Sgt Russell, W.C.
  3  671st                   
  43-9220  5C-E  A-20G
  Lt Merchant, W.A.
  S/Sgt Harp, C.J.
  S/Sgt Brown, K.P.
  4  671st                   
  43-9937  5C-B  A-20G
  Lt Durante, A.R.
  S/Sgt Best, H.T.
  S/Sgt DeGiusti, I.R.
  [Returned Early No Sortie Radio & Interphone Out]
  5  671st                   
  43-9719  5C-J  A-20G
  Lt Estes, C.L.
  S/Sgt Orvold, C.R.
  S/Sgt DiMartino, A.E.
  6  671st                   
  43-9951  5C-P  A-20G
  Lt Herman, A.E.
  S/Sgt Garrett, A.D.
  S/Sgt Young, J.O.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  671st                   
  43-21711  5C-S  A-20J
  Lt Cole, H.P.
  Lt Basnett, R.J.
  S/Sgt Fandre, B.G.
  S/Sgt Chvatal, F.R.
  2  671st                   
  43-9219  5C-D  A-20G
  Lt Andrews, H.D.
  S/Sgt Cook, G.M.
  S/Sgt Werley, E.R.
  3  671st                   
  43-9714  5C-N  A-20G
  Lt Henderson, F.W.
  S/Sgt Griswold, R.M.
  S/Sgt Coulombe, P.E.
  4  671st                   
  43-9493  5C-V  A-20G
  Lt Smith, R.H.
  S/Sgt Mahoney, R.J.
  S/Sgt Brower, J.S.
  [Not Airborne Brakes Out]
  5  671st                   
  43-9711  5C-M  A-20G
  Lt Murray, T.J.
  S/Sgt DeBower, D.H.
  S/Sgt Jones, R.J.
  [Returned Early No Sortie Right Oil Pump Out]
  6  671st                   
  43-9925  5C-G  A-20G
  Lt Withington, D.L.
  Sgt McElhattan, L.D.
  Sgt Huss, C.F.

Box I
  SPARE  670th               
  43-9224  F6-E  A-20G
  Lt Grunig, D.B.
  S/Sgt Dias, M.E.
  S/Sgt Nowosielski, H.J.

Box II -- Flight I
  1  668th                   
  43-9640  5H-Z  A-20J
  Capt McNulty, G.M.
  Lt Bursiel, F.H.
  Sgt Mayhew, A.E.
  S/Sgt Judd, E.R.
  2  668th                   
  43-21819  5H-K  A-20G
  Lt Meredith, R.G.
  S/Sgt Hill, A.A.
  S/Sgt MacDonald, R.W.
  3  668th                   
  43-9379  5H-G  A-20G
  Lt Andersen, C.J.
  Sgt Euga, P.G.
  Sgt Shafer, E.L.
  4  668th                   
  43-9935  5H-F  A-20G
  Lt Lesher, R.D.
  S/Sgt Hedrick, H.R.
  Sgt Newell, S.P.
  5  668th                   
  43-10176  5H-T  A-20G
  Lt McCready, T.D.
  Sgt Gandy, R.S.
  Sgt Fuehrer, W.F.
  6  668th                   
  43-9907  5H-O  A-20G
  Lt Parker, P.E.
  Sgt Galloway, A.F.
  Sgt Kochan, S.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  669th                   
  43-21469  2A-J  A-20J
  Maj Napier, J.G.
  Lt Madenfort, J.
  S/Sgt Lowe, R.R.
  Pvt Perkins, H.W.
  2  669th                   
  43-21961  2A-P  A-20G
  Lt Dontas, P.
  S/Sgt Nielsen, A.L.
  S/Sgt Fields, W.E.
  3  669th                   
  43-10147  2A-K  A-20G
  Lt Vleghels, A.J.
  S/Sgt Rice, R.W.
  S/Sgt Young, C.E.
  4  669th                   
  43-9929  2A-C  A-20G
  Lt Boukamp, T.
  S/Sgt LaNave, O.D.
  S/Sgt Wing, J.S.
  5  669th                   
  43-9943  2A-F  A-20G
  Lt Tripp, W.F.
  Sgt Scott, J.O.
  Sgt Mallory, D.F.
  6  669th                   
  43-9900  2A-Q  A-20G
  Lt Hall, E.P.
  Sgt Sharp, R.P.
  Sgt Carstens, R.W.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  670th                   
  43-21467  F6-W  A-20J
  Capt Rudisill, R.S.
  Lt Joost, R.H.
  S/Sgt Riley, R.K.
  S/Sgt Bonamo, A.J.
  2  670th                   
  43-9200  F6-A  A-20G
  Lt Johnson, E.L.
  S/Sgt Donahue, W.J.
  S/Sgt Brayn, M.R.
  3  670th                   
  43-9674  F6-R  A-20G
  Lt Singletary, R.B.
  Sgt Cianciosi, A.A.
  Sgt Wiggins, H.G.
  4  670th                   
  43-9209  F6-K  A-20G
  Lt Atkinson, P.G.
  T/Sgt Goggin, J.F.
  S/Sgt Gossett, J.D.
  5  670th                   
  43-9217  F6-D  A-20G
  Lt Leonard, T.J.
  S/Sgt Evans, O.D.
  S/Sgt Palmer, T.A.
  6  670th                   
  43-9978  F6-S  A-20G
  Lt Brown, N.G.
  S/Sgt White, H.E.
  S/Sgt Addleman, R.F.

Box II
  SPARE  669th               
  43-9743  2A-W  A-20G
  Lt Robertson, R.B.
  Sgt Hay, J.E.
  Sgt Buskirk, J.A.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 112 -- August 4, 1944, Friday PM
Beauvais, France -- Marshalling Yards

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

On the 4th, our planes took off again to hit a marshalling yard in Beauvais ----at one time a dreaded flak area. Major Price, Lt Hand, B-N, and Captain McNulty, Lt Bursiel, B-N, led the two boxes. The results ranged from good to excellent. All thru lines and choke points between the up siding and down siding were severed by several direct hits.

"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Page 121

Mission #112 - 4 August - Beauvais Marshalling Yard. Major Price with Lt. Hand, BN led Box I with Captain McNulty and Lt. Burseil, BN leading Box II. Lts. DeMand and Hanlon, BN plus Lts. Cole and Basnett, BN led flights. Flak greeted the formation near the target, but all flights got their bombs away. Evasive action by the lead plane prevented damage to the planes, with all returning to base with little or no damage. Bombing results were rated good.

Regarding evasive action, it was the lead navigator to direct the pilot and the entire formation on what some may consider zig-zag turns, but very gently. The leader had to estimate the time between bursts from the gun nozzles and the time it would take for that shell to explode at their flying level. Usually, at 12,000 feet flying altitude, we figured it would take about 12 seconds for the flak to explode after it left the gun, so the lead man would have to time his directional flights one way or the other, changing compass directions, every 10 or twelve seconds, but at the same time not losing the route designed to take the formation to the target. Flying straight and level during a flak attack was risky, since gunners would anticipate your direction and shoot for it before you got there, so we had to change paths to evade the bursts. It didn't work all the time. but it was effective most of the time. Evasive action was never taken on the bomb run since the sighting of the target with the Norden Bombsight had to be true on a straight approach. This is where the bombers were at more risk since the AA gunners knew what they had to do to score hits on the planes. It worked well for them.

"669th Bombardment Squadron (L) History"
Transcription from USAF Archives

The next mission, on the 4th, was an attack on the Beauvais marshalling yard. All through lines and choke points were severed by several direct hits. Major Napier, Lt. Madenfort, B-N, led a flight.

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

August 3rd saw the departure of the Commanding Officer of our Group, when Colonel Harold L. Mace left to assume command of the 98th Combat Wing. Lt Colonel Theodore R. Aylesworth took over command of the Group.

A traveling group of interviewers visited the base on August 4th from IX Bomber Command to determine the views of enlisted men and officers as to post war attitudes and desires. Personnel from the various sections were interviewed and completed a War Department questionnaire on the subject.

Many men on the base this day witnessed the exploding of a B-17 in mid-air. Nine parachutes were observed leaving the ship, which crashed three miles from Wethersfield.

Seven 670th crews participated in a mission on this date, successfully attacking the Beauvais marshalling yards.

[August 4, 1944], HQ Twelfth Army Group situation map

Map showing Western Allies and Axis troop position details in Western Europe
as of approximately 1200 hours, August 4, 1944
World War II Military Situation Maps Collection
Library of Congress

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