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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 133 -- August 28, 1944, Monday PM

Doullens, France

Fuel Dump



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 196-517
OpRep #            : 149
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 11,300 - 12,000 feet
Take-off Time      : 1759
Time Over Target   : 1926 - 1927
Landing Time       : 2047
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 2:48

Place of Take-Off  : AAF-170 Wethersfield RAF Station, England
A/C Dispatched     : 38 Total -- 31 A-20G's, 7 A-20J's
Target Number      : 5002E/H/3
Illustration       : 5002E/90
Illustration Ref   : 041040
Secondary Target   : No Alternate Targets Authorized
Summary of Results : Bombing results by flight ranged from two Fair, one Good, three Excellent.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 50.16139,2.34266 (50° 9' 41" N, 2° 20' 34" 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 2

Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 133 -- August 28, 1944, Monday PM
Doullens, 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  669th                   
  43-9442  2A-D  A-20J
  Capt Huff, M.J.
  Lt Kupits, J.
  Sgt Clark, R.A.
  T/Sgt Kelly, W.J.
  2  669th                   
  43-21483  2A-L  A-20G
  Lt Allen, J.F., Jr.
  Sgt Getgen, L.R.
  Sgt Veazey, C.W.
  3  669th                   
  43-9743  2A-W  A-20G
  Lt Siggs, W.C.
  S/Sgt Nicks, R.W.
  S/Sgt Radlich, N.
  4  670th                   
  43-9217  F6-D  A-20G
  Lt Connor, J.S.
  S/Sgt VanDuyne, J.E.
  S/Sgt Rodgers, H.C.
  5  669th                   
  43-21767  2A-N  A-20G
  Lt Poundstone, L.E.
  Sgt Burland, A.J.
  S/Sgt Heath, K.
  6  669th                   
  43-9376  2A-O  A-20G
  Lt Elliott, D.W.
  Sgt McGuire, J.J.
  S/Sgt Mani, J.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  671st                   
  43-21711  5C-S  A-20J
  Capt Marzolf, L.A.
  Lt Beck, J.T.
  S/Sgt Wellin, H.E.
  S/Sgt Kutzer, L.G.
  2  671st                   
  43-9951  5C-P  A-20G
  Lt Miller, J.H.
  S/Sgt Schrom, R.G.
  S/Sgt Galender, J.
  3  671st                   
  43-9493  5C-V  A-20G
  Lt Henderson, F.W.
  S/Sgt Griswold, R.M.
  S/Sgt Coulombe, P.E.
  4  671st                   
  43-9714  5C-N  A-20G
  Capt Hixon, S.M.
  Sgt Hinson, A.H.
  S/Sgt Swank, O.E.
  5  671st                   
  43-9711  5C-M  A-20G
  Lt Murray, T.J.
  S/Sgt Jones, R.J.
  S/Sgt DeBower, D.H.
  6  671st                   
  43-9221  5C-F  A-20G
  Lt Estes, C.L.
  S/Sgt Orvold, C.R.
  S/Sgt DiMartino, A.E.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  671st                   
  43-9645  5C-R  A-20J
  Lt Cole, H.P.
  Lt Basnett, R.J.
  S/Sgt Fandre, B.G.
  S/Sgt Chvatal, F.R.
  2  671st                   
  43-9914  5C-X  A-20J
  Lt DeMand, F.W.
  Lt Burns, A.C.
  S/Sgt Troyer, R.J.
  S/Sgt Middleton, C.W.
  3  671st                   
  43-10165  5C-H  A-20G
  Lt Zubon, M.
  T/Sgt Tanner, J.R.L.
  S/Sgt Russell, W.C.
  4  671st                   
  43-9393  5C-K  A-20G
  Lt Pair, H.F.
  S/Sgt Marion, H.A.
  S/Sgt Adams, V.P.
  5  671st                   
  43-9363  5C-L  A-20G
  Lt Gary, J.C.
  Sgt Cheuvront, R.W.
  Sgt Schoen, A.E.
  6  671st                   
  43-9937  5C-B  A-20G
  Lt Withington, D.L.
  Sgt Huss, C.F.
  Sgt McElhattan, L.D.

Box I
  SPARE  668th               
  43-9701  5H-H  A-20G
  Lt Evans, H.M.
  Sgt Skeens, C.L.
  Sgt Merritt, O.N.

Box II -- Flight I
  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                   
  43-9202  2A-B  A-20G
  Lt MacManus, P.F.E.
  S/Sgt Rogers, J.L., Jr.
  S/Sgt Fleischman, G.I.
  3  669th                   
  43-21961  2A-P  A-20G
  Lt Boukamp, T.
  S/Sgt Colosimo, R.J.
  S/Sgt Wing, J.S.
  4  669th                   
  43-10190  2A-I  A-20G
  Lt Hall, E.P.
  Sgt Carstens, R.W.
  Sgt Sharp, R.P.
  5  668th                   
  43-9379  5H-G  A-20G
  Lt Hayter, E.R.
  S/Sgt Melchoir, F.E.
  S/Sgt Holloway, R.G.
  6  669th                   
  43-9692  2A-M  A-20G
  Lt Smith, J.F.
  S/Sgt Vafiadis, C.
  S/Sgt Hoffman, R.C.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  668th                   
  43-21717  5H-P  A-20J
  Capt McNulty, G.M.
  Lt Bursiel, F.H.
  S/Sgt Judd, E.R.
  S/Sgt Fejes, J.A.
  2  668th                   
  43-21760  5H-Z  A-20G
  Lt Kenny, J.P.
  Sgt Metzler, L.V.
  Pfc Sittarich, J.J.
  3  668th                   
  43-9195  5H-D  A-20G
  Lt Cannon, L.E.
  S/Sgt Robinson, J.W.
  S/Sgt Brzezinski, E.P.
  4  668th                   
  43-10176  5H-T  A-20G
  Lt Peede, L.G.
  S/Sgt Hibbs, C.L.
  S/Sgt Daugherty, L.M.
  5  668th                   
  43-21819  5H-K  A-20G
  Lt Stanley, C.S.
  Sgt Holterfield, C.C.
  Cpl Collier, C.B.
  6  668th                   
  43-9907  5H-O  A-20G
  Lt Wright, J.W.
  Sgt Profita, P.J.
  Sgt Bentzler, D.H.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  670th                   
  43-22063  F6-A  A-20J
  Lt Monroe, H.A.
  Lt Kirk, R.L.
  S/Sgt Kidd, W.L.
  T/Sgt Goggin, J.F.
  2  670th                   
  43-9224  F6-E  A-20G
  Lt Sewell, J.C.
  S/Sgt Majewski, S.J.
  S/Sgt Hummer, J.A.
  3  670th                   
  43-9207  F6-B  A-20G
  Lt McBride, L.R.
  S/Sgt McKee, J.
  Sgt Teran, A.
  4  670th                   
  43-9720  F6-F  A-20G
  Lt Hall, R.B.
  S/Sgt Blackford, D.S.
  S/Sgt Burger, L.C.
  5  670th                   
  43-10211  F6-O  A-20G
  Lt Sparling, J.R.
  Sgt Ricketson, J.J.
  Sgt Leahigh, L.L.
  6  670th                   
  43-9674  F6-R  A-20G
  F/O Turner, E.O.
  Sgt Sienkiewicz, J.
  Sgt Belcas, J.O.

Box II
  SPARE  670th               
  43-9905  F6-K  A-20G
  Maj Radetsky, H.A.
  Sgt Arnett, W.E.
  Sgt Candler, H.C.S.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 133 -- August 28, 1944, Monday PM
Doullens, France -- Fuel Dump

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

The final mission of the month, mission No. 133, was flown on the 28th. The target was the Doulens fuel dump. Capt. Huff and Capt. Morton led the two boxes which dropped a total of 208 x 500 pounds of bombs. The results ranged from good to excellent. Photo reconnaissance showed a concentration of craters across the target severely damaging the installations. All the railroad lines were cut in several places at the junction point just south of the target.

To complete the story of our operations, let me add that on the 23 missions flown by the Group, we flew 847 individual sorties and dropped 735 1/2 tons of bombs. The Month-End Summary ties up our operations into the larger picture of the War of Western Europe.

"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Page 135

Mission #133 - 28 August - Doulens Fuel Depot. Captain Huff and Lt. Kupits led Box I with Captain Morton and Lt. Moore, BN, leading Box II. Captain McNulty and Lt. Burseil, BN, - Captain Marzolf and Lt. Beck, BN and Lts. DeMand and Burns, BN led flights. Bombing was scored as three excellents, two goods, and one fair. No enemy fighters or flak bothered the formation.

30 August - On a training mission, Lt. John D. Smith, assigned to the 669th squadron was on a training mission with Lt. E. L. Miller. Lt. Smith was on Miller's right wing and in trying to cross under Lt. Miller's plane, hit, cutting off the tail of Miller's plane, at the turret. Miller jettisoned his hatch giving his gunner the bail out signal, both jumped with opened parachutes. Lt. Smith had joined the outfit only eight days earlier, and now is being buried at Cambridge Military Cemetery.

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

On the 28th, the last mission of the month was an All-669th show with Capt. Huff leading the first box; Capt Morton, the second. The target was the Doulens fuel dump. Photo reconnaissance showed a concentration of craters across the target severely damaging the installations.

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

Two more missions were flown on August 27th and 28th to round out the flying activities for the month. These attacks, in which 18 crews were from the 670th, were against the Rouen ferrying area and the Doullens fuel dumps.

[August 28, 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 28, 1944
World War II Military Situation Maps Collection
Library of Congress

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