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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 119 -- August 9, 1944, Wednesday AM

Bois Du Pierre, France

Radar Installation

 

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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 168-477
OpRep #            : 131
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 11,500 - 12,000 feet
Take-off Time      : 1021
Time Over Target   : 1212
Landing Time       : 1415
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 3:54
 

Place of Take-Off  : AAF-170 Wethersfield RAF Station, England
A/C Dispatched     : 36 Total -- 29 A-20G's, 7 A-20J's
Illustration       : 1/50,000 MAP. SHEET 7G.4
Illustration Ref   : Z-30059809, Z-30059791 - 3 Flights Each
Secondary Target   : No Alternate Targets Authorized
Summary of Results : Three flights scored Excellent, remaining Good, Fair and Gross.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 48.55938,0.03395 (48° 33' 34" N, 0° 2' 2" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on The "Coordinates Translator", (LZ1) vZ300980)
(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 # 119 -- August 9, 1944, Wednesday AM
Bois Du Pierre, France -- Radar Installation

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                   
  43-9714  5C-N  A-20G
  Lt Merchant, W.A.
  S/Sgt Harp, C.J.
  S/Sgt Brown, K.P.
 
  3  671st                   
  43-9719  5C-J  A-20G
  Lt Ames, W.H.
  Sgt Fessler, H.S.
  Sgt Brown, R.J.
 
  4  671st                   
  43-9937  5C-B  A-20G
  Lt Durante, A.R.
  S/Sgt Best, H.T.
  S/Sgt DeGiusti, I.R.
 
  5  671st                   
  43-10214  5C-C  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 Gary, J.C.
  Sgt Schoen, A.E.
  Sgt Cheuvront, R.W.
 

Box I -- Flight II
  1  669th                   
  43-21469  2A-J  A-20J
  Capt Hulse, D.A.
  Lt Conte, R.
  Sgt Burland, A.J.
  Sgt Heath, K.
  2  669th                   
  43-9961  2A-E  A-20G
  Lt Renth, E.J.
  S/Sgt LaNave, O.D.
  Pvt Moskowitz, L.
 
  3  669th                   
  43-9202  2A-B  A-20G
  Lt MacManus, P.F.E.
  S/Sgt Rogers, J.L., Jr.
  S/Sgt Fleischman, G.I.
 
  4  669th                   
  43-21961  2A-P  A-20G
  Lt Boukamp, T.
  S/Sgt Melchoir, F.E.
  S/Sgt Wing, J.S.
 
  5  669th                   
  43-9900  2A-Q  A-20G
  Lt Tripp, W.F.
  S/Sgt Scott, J.O.
  S/Sgt Mallory, D.F.
 
  6  669th                   
  43-9376  2A-O  A-20G
  Lt Hall, E.P.
  Sgt Sharp, R.P.
  Sgt Carstens, R.W.
 

Box I -- Flight III
  1  670th                   
  43-9452  F6-Q  A-20J
  Capt Jackson, C.R.
  Lt Maltby, A.H.
  Sgt Burns, D.E.
  Sgt Daniel, W.J.
  2  670th                   
  43-9387  F6-H  A-20G
  Lt Singletary, R.B.
  Sgt Cianciosi, A.A.
  Sgt Wiggins, H.G.
 
  3  670th                   
  43-10211  F6-O  A-20G
  Lt Nordstrom, A.W.
  S/Sgt Gossett, J.D.
  S/Sgt Miller, R.L.
 
  4  670th                   
  43-22058  F6-C  A-20J
  Lt Monroe, H.A.
  Lt Kirk, R.L.
  S/Sgt Swafford, J.O.
  S/Sgt Glynn, P.F.
  5  670th                   
  43-9892  F6-L  A-20G
  Lt Leonard, T.J.
  S/Sgt Evans, O.D.
  Sgt Hinson, A.H.
 
  6  670th                   
  43-9380  F6-N  A-20G
  Lt Grunig, D.B.
  Sgt Nowosielski, H.J.
  Sgt Dias, M.E.
 

Box I
  SPARE  669th               
  43-9929  2A-C  A-20G
  Lt Siggs, W.C.
  S/Sgt Nicks, R.W.
  S/Sgt Radlich, N.
  [Returned Early as Briefed No Sortie]
 
                                                           


Box II -- Flight I
  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                   
  43-9956  5C-Z  A-20G
  Lt Lackovich, J.J.
  Sgt Barry, R.M.
  Sgt Connery, T.
 
  3  671st                   
  43-9393  5C-K  A-20G
  Lt York, R.W.
  S/Sgt Ashton, L.A.
  S/Sgt Wilds, H.J.
 
  4  671st                   
  43-9493  5C-V  A-20G
  Lt Smith, R.H.
  S/Sgt Mahoney, R.J.
  S/Sgt Brower, J.S.
 
  5  671st                   
  43-10165  5C-H  A-20G
  Lt Zubon, M.
  T/Sgt Tanner, J.R.L.
  S/Sgt Russell, W.C.
 
  6  671st                   
  43-9363  5C-L  A-20G
  Lt Withington, D.L.
  Sgt Huss, C.F.
  Sgt McElhattan, L.D.
 

Box II -- Flight II
  1  668th                   
  43-9444  5H-J  A-20J
  Capt McNulty, G.M.
  Lt Bursiel, F.H.
  S/Sgt Fejes, J.A.
  S/Sgt Judd, E.R.
  2  668th                   
  43-21764  5H-X  A-20G
  Lt Hill, L.E.
  S/Sgt Love, C.F.
  S/Sgt Adair, F.L.
 
  3  668th                   
  43-9894  5H-R  A-20G
  Lt Montrose, J.H.
  Sgt Gandy, R.S.
  Sgt Felkel, J.W.
 
  4  668th                   
  43-9379  5H-G  A-20G
  Lt Downing, W.E.
  S/Sgt Dickenson, E.S.
  S/Sgt Hornbeck, K.E.
 
  5  668th                   
  43-21480  5H-B  A-20G
  Lt Cannon, L.E.
  Sgt Robinson, J.W.
  Sgt Brzezinski, E.P.
 
  6  668th                   
  43-9362  5H-L  A-20G
  Lt Svenson, R.R.
  Sgt Spadoni, J.K.
  Sgt Noteriani, F.
 

Box II -- Flight III
  1  668th                   
  43-21717  5H-P  A-20J
  Lt Meagher, J.F.
  Lt Burg, J.J.
  T/Sgt Robbins, L.G.
  S/Sgt Sylva, H.J.
  2  668th                   
  43-21819  5H-K  A-20G
  Lt Clausen, T.
  Sgt Fetko, C.
  Sgt Brown, D.M.
 
  3  668th                   
  43-9701  5H-H  A-20G
  Lt McCready, T.D.
  Sgt Fuehrer, W.F.
  Sgt Galloway, A.F.
 
  4  668th                   
  43-10150  5H-N  A-20G
  Lt Mish, C.C.
  Sgt Lemonds, W.E.
  S/Sgt Naifeh, F.
 
  5  668th                   
  43-10176  5H-T  A-20G
  Lt Colquitt, J.K.
  Sgt Geyer, J.F.
  S/Sgt Raines, D.E.
 
  6  670th                   
  43-9227  F6-F  A-20G
  Lt Parker, P.E.
  S/Sgt Shelton, E.
  Sgt Kochan, S.
 

Box II
  SPARE  670th               
  43-9224  F6-E  A-20G
  Lt Sewell, J.C.
  S/Sgt Sampson, D.A.
  Sgt Hummer, J.A.
  [Returned Early as Briefed No Sortie]
 
                                                           



Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 119 -- August 9, 1944, Wednesday AM
Bois Du Pierre, France -- Radar Installation


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

As a result our target on the morning of the 9th was the same radar installation. The results ranged from fair to excellent with some bombs believed to have fallen directly on the desired MPI. Major Willetts, Lt. Royalty, B-N, and Captain Marzolf, Lt. Beck, B-N, led the boxes. Lt. Hiram Clark was forced to land at Ridgewell when one engine, hit by flak, failed on the return trip.


"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Page 129

Mission #119 - 9 August - AM - Bois De Pierre Chateau Radar. Evidently the previous day's bombing was not sufficient to exterminate this installation. Major Willetts, and Lt. Royalty, BN. Lts. Marzolf and Beck, BN, Captain McNulty and Burseil, BN, and Lts. Meagher and Burg, BN, and Captain Hulse and Lt. Conte, BN led flights. Bombing results were scored excellent again, with about 50 craters all around the building. One string of bombs stretched from in front of the chateau and continued on right past it, for excellent results. Some flak was experienced.

New pilots were added to the 670th, being Lt. Harry Popeney and F/O Elizabeth O. Turner on 9 August.


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

As a result, our target on the morning of the 9th was the same radar installation. Capt. Hulse, Lt. Conte, B-N, led a flight with good results. Some bombs were believed to have fallen directly on the desired MPI. Lt. Hiram Clark was forced to land at Ridgewell when one engine, hit by flak, failed on the return trip.

Leading the second and third flights of the second box that afternoon, Capt. Huff and Capt. Hulse helped blast the Chauny railroad bridge, making it unserviceable.


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

The Bois de Pierre Chateau Radar installations were again attacked on two separate missions on August 9th. A total of fifteen crews from this squadron took part in the day's attacks. Lt Harry Popeney and F/O Elizabeth O. Turner joined the organization this date bringing the squadron total to 31 pilots. The Stars and Stripes of this date carried an article about the experiences on a mission of one of our crews, Lt Brown and S/Sgts White and Addleman.




[August 9, 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 9, 1944
World War II Military Situation Maps Collection
Library of Congress



See the Journal of Field Archaeology article
Second World War bomb craters and the archaeology of Allied air attacks
in the forests of the Normandie-Maine National Park, NW France

by David Capps Tunwell, David G. Passmore & Stephan Harrison



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