9th AF Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 120 -- August 9, 1944, Wednesday PM

Chauny, France

Railroad Bridge



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 169-478
OpRep #            : 131a
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 11,300 - 12,000 feet
Take-off Time      : 1740
Time Over Target   : 1928 - 1950
Landing Time       : 2102
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 3:22

Place of Take-Off  : AAF-170 Wethersfield RAF Station, England
A/C Dispatched     : 36 Total -- 29 A-20G's, 7 A-20J's
Target Number      : 4903E/B/74
Illustration       : 4903E/36
Illustration Ref   : 060049
Secondary Target   : Daours. Casual Target: Don (4902E/B/11 and 5002E/B/33)
Summary of Results : Box 2 attacked Chauny RR Brigde - one flight scored Excellent, one Fair, one Poor. Box 1 - PNB. Two flights bombed Casual target( highway bridge south of town of Appilly), One flight bombed M/Y at Arras.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 49.61108,3.23074 (49° 36' 40" N, 3° 13' 51" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on Google Maps, Visual match to Strike Photo)
(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 # 120 -- August 9, 1944, Wednesday PM
Chauny, France -- Railroad Bridge

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.
  [Returned Early Engine Trouble]
  2  670th                   
  43-9689  F6-I  A-20G
  Lt Singletary, R.B.
  Sgt Wiggins, H.G.
  Sgt Cianciosi, A.A.
  3  670th                   
  43-22058  F6-C  A-20J
  Lt Monroe, H.A.
  Lt Kirk, R.L.
  S/Sgt Lee, R.E.
  S/Sgt Risko, S.
  4  670th                   
  43-9387  F6-H  A-20G
  Lt McGlohn, C.L.
  S/Sgt Moran, J.W.
  S/Sgt Driskill, P.B.
  5  670th                   
  43-9227  F6-F  A-20G
  Lt Sewell, J.C.
  S/Sgt Sampson, D.A.
  Sgt Hummer, J.A.
  6  670th                   
  43-9750  F6-M  A-20G
  Lt Atkinson, P.G.
  S/Sgt Gossett, J.D.
  Sgt Hinson, A.H.
  [Returned Early Engine Trouble]

Box I -- Flight II
  1  668th                   
  43-21717  5H-P  A-20J
  Lt Meagher, J.F.
  Lt Burg, J.J.
  T/Sgt Robbins, L.G.
  S/Sgt Chustz, R.F.
  2  668th                   
  43-10150  5H-N  A-20G
  Capt Prentiss, R.B.
  S/Sgt McCreery, J.E.
  Sgt Brzezinski, E.P.
  3  668th                   
  43-9195  5H-D  A-20G
  Lt Kreh, E.B.
  Sgt Fetko, C.
  S/Sgt Schenck, D.R.
  4  668th                   
  43-9362  5H-L  A-20G
  Lt Ebenstein, G.
  Sgt Roberts, J.H.
  S/Sgt Hornbeck, K.E.
  5  668th                   
  43-21480  5H-B  A-20G
  Lt Kenny, J.P.
  Sgt Spadoni, J.K.
  Sgt Noteriani, F.
  6  668th                   
  43-9894  5H-R  A-20G
  Lt Harris, F.W.
  Sgt Hantske, D.
  S/Sgt Damico, E.A.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  671st                   
  43-21711  5C-S  A-20J
  Lt Wheeler, R.V.
  Lt Arrington, H.T.
  S/Sgt Johnson, K.L.
  S/Sgt Czech, J.L.
  2  671st                   
  43-9219  5C-D  A-20G
  Lt Murray, T.J.
  S/Sgt Jones, R.J.
  S/Sgt DeBower, D.H.
  3  671st                   
  43-9719  5C-J  A-20G
  Lt Herman, A.E.
  S/Sgt Garrett, A.D.
  S/Sgt Young, J.O.
  4  671st                   
  43-9937  5C-B  A-20G
  Lt Durante, A.R.
  S/Sgt Best, H.T.
  S/Sgt DeGiusti, I.R.
  5  671st                   
  43-9951  5C-P  A-20G
  Lt Ames, W.H.
  Sgt Fessler, H.S.
  Sgt Brown, R.J.
  6  671st                   
  43-10165  5C-H  A-20G
  Lt Henderson, F.W.
  S/Sgt Griswold, R.M.
  S/Sgt Coulombe, P.E.

Box I
  SPARE  668th               
  43-10176  5H-T  A-20G
  Lt Svenson, R.R.
  S/Sgt Fild, P.G.
  S/Sgt Pfenning, G.H.

Box II -- Flight I
  1  670th                   
  43-9452  F6-Q  A-20J
  Capt Rudisill, R.S.
  Lt Joost, R.H.
  S/Sgt Riley, R.K.
  S/Sgt Bonamo, A.J.
  2  670th                   
  43-9380  F6-N  A-20G
  Lt Grunig, D.B.
  Sgt Dias, M.E.
  S/Sgt Kemper, L.B.
  3  670th                   
  43-9892  F6-L  A-20G
  Lt Leonard, T.J.
  S/Sgt Evans, O.D.
  T/Sgt Goggin, J.F.
  4  670th                   
  43-9674  F6-R  A-20G
  Lt Hillerman, J.P.
  Sgt Martinez, L.
  Sgt Paules, E.F.
  5  670th                   
  43-10211  F6-O  A-20G
  Lt Sparling, J.R.
  Sgt Shaw, C.L.
  Sgt Leahigh, L.L.
  6  670th                   
  43-9224  F6-E  A-20G
  Lt Barausky, P.P.
  Sgt Wilson, B.R.
  Sgt Hall, M.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  671st                   
  43-21724  5C-A  A-20J
  Capt Huff, M.J.
  Lt Kupits, J.
  Sgt Clark, R.A.
  Sgt Basford, F.P.
  2  669th                   
  43-10159  2A-G  A-20G
  Lt Connor, J.S.
  S/Sgt VanDuyne, J.E.
  S/Sgt Rodgers, H.C.
  3  669th                   
  43-9376  2A-O  A-20G
  Lt Greene, W.J.
  S/Sgt Cheney, M.W.
  Sgt Reiter, G.E.
  4  669th                   
  43-21961  2A-P  A-20G
  Lt Blomgren, J.E.
  Sgt Bookach, M.
  Sgt Fleming, L.R.
  5  669th                   
  43-9961  2A-E  A-20G
  Lt Smith, J.F.
  S/Sgt Vafiadis, C.
  S/Sgt Hoffman, R.C.
  6  669th                   
  43-21767  2A-N  A-20G
  Lt Tripp, W.F.
  S/Sgt Scott, J.O.
  S/Sgt Mallory, D.F.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  669th                   
  43-21469  2A-J  A-20J
  Capt Hulse, D.A.
  Lt Conte, R.
  Sgt Burland, A.J.
  Sgt Heath, K.
  2  669th                   
  43-9181  2A-A  A-20G
  Lt Land, W.H.
  S/Sgt Alden, S.F.
  S/Sgt Ballinger, R.L.
  3  669th                   
  43-9840  2A-V  A-20G
  Lt Elliott, D.W.
  Sgt McGuire, J.J.
  Sgt Mani, J.
  4  669th                   
  43-9900  2A-Q  A-20G
  Lt Behlmer, R.L.
  T/Sgt Kelly, W.J.
  S/Sgt Ferguson, W.G.
  5  669th                   
  43-9368  2A-K  A-20G
  Lt Allen, J.F., Jr.
  Sgt Getgen, L.R.
  Sgt Veazey, C.W.
  6  669th                   
  43-9202  2A-B  A-20G
  Lt Robertson, R.B.
  Pvt Perkins, H.W.
  S/Sgt Fleischman, G.I.

Box II
  SPARE  671st               
  43-9956  5C-Z  A-20G
  Lt Estes, C.L.
  S/Sgt Orvold, C.R.
  S/Sgt DiMartino, A.E.
  [Returned Early as Briefed]

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 120 -- August 9, 1944, Wednesday PM
Chauny, France -- Railroad Bridge

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

That afternoon Major Meng and Captain Rudisill took off leading two boxes of planes to attack the Chauny railroad bridge. Major Meng was forced to return early because of mechanical difficulties. Lt. Meagher, Lt. Burg, B-N, took over the lead of the first box. Due to mistaken identity, the first box hit a bridge at Appily, southwest of the target. The second box, however, destroyed half of the Chauny bridge making it unserviceable.

"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Pages 129 - 130

Mission #120 - 9 August - PM - Chauny Railroad Bridge. Captain Prentiss and Lt. McBrien, BN, Lts. Wheeler and Arrington, BN, Captain Hulse and Lt. Conte, BN, Lt. Meagher, and Lt. Burg, all led flights. The first box leader, not identified, evidently missed identifying the primary target and went on to the secondary target, a highway bridge at Apilly. The scoring was not scored. No flak or fighters came near the formation, all returned safely.

Second Lieutenant James R. Nichols joined the squadron as a bombardier-navigator, starting to fly with Lt. William Greene as a new team.

On 10 August, Major Meng moved up to Deputy Group Commander, with Major Lloyd F. Dunn assuming command of the 670th.

Captain Clark of the 669th left the squadron to become Assistant Group Operations Officer. He had been Squadron Operations Officer, which title passed on to Captain Sommers. Lt. Behlmer was named Assistant Operations Officer.

"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

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