9th AF Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 14 -- April 11, 1944, Tuesday AM

Bonnieres and Beauvoir, France

NOBALL (XI/A/85 and XI/A/79)



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 263
OpRep #            : 7
Nature of Mission  : Window
Mission Status     : Attacked
Take-off Time      : 0913
Time Over Target   : 1049
Landing Time       : 1248
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 3:35

Place of Take-Off  : AAF-170 Wethersfield RAF Station, England
A/C Dispatched     : 6 Total -- 4 A-20G's, 2 A-20J's
Target Number      : Z 3096 and Z 3031A
Illustration       : A/85/1 and A/79/1
Illustration Ref   : 027038, 019057
Summary of Results : Dropped Window in support of Boxes 1 (Bonnieres) and 2 (Beauvoir).

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 50.24028,2.28611 (50° 14' 25" N, 2° 17' 10" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on V1 Sites, BEAUVOIR - PH M1-83)
(See Latitude/Longitude Coordinates and Target Identifiers for more information.)

Mission Photo


Loading List

Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 14 -- April 11, 1944, Tuesday AM
Bonnieres and Beauvoir, France -- NOBALL (XI/A/85 and XI/A/79)

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.

  1  670th                   
  43-9455  F6-T  A-20J
  Lt MacManus, P.F.E.
  Lt McQuade, R.J.
  S/Sgt Webb, C.L.
  S/Sgt Rogers, J.L., Jr.
  2  671st                   
  43-9203  5C-A  A-20G
  Lt Shainberg, N.V.
  S/Sgt Ballinger, R.L.
  S/Sgt Hatch, H.F.
  [Lt. D.F. Shea substituted for Shainberg]
  3  671st                   
  43-9493  5C-V  A-20G
  Lt Siggs, W.C.
  S/Sgt Shields, J.J.
  S/Sgt Radlich, N.

  1  668th                   
  43-9444  5H-J  A-20J
  Lt Osborne, A.E.
  Lt Maltby, A.H.
  S/Sgt Kelly, E.E.
  S/Sgt Coe, W.H.
  2  670th                   
  43-9209  F6-K  A-20G
  Lt Meagher, J.F.
  S/Sgt Damico, E.A.
  S/Sgt Dickenson, E.S.
  3  670th                   
  43-9696  F6-G  A-20G
  Lt Lesher, R.D.
  S/Sgt Antanaitis, A.J.
  S/Sgt Hedrick, H.R.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 14 -- April 11, 1944, Tuesday AM
Bonnieres and Beauvoir, France -- NOBALL (XI/A/85 and XI/A/79)

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

In the afternoon 38 planes made an attack on a NOBALL target at Bonnieres and Beauvoir. Three planes dropped window between the two targets to protect the 37 planes that made the attack. The boxes led by Major Meng with, Lt. Powell, B/N, and Major Willetts with Lt. Peter C. Royalty, B/N, hit the targets squarely with 130 x 500 G.P. bombs. Bomber Command rated the results "good".

"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Pages 49 - 50

Mission #13 and 14 - 11 April - Bonniers and Beauvoir NoBall targets. Each of the two boxes were assigned different targets although both taking off in normal fashion and split up at the target area. Major Meng and Lt. Powell, BN went for one Noball and Major Willetts and Lt. Basnett went after the other. Both bombardiers hit their assigned aiming points, after which the two boxes re-assembled and flew back to base. Moderate flak met both boxes but with little damage. The major problem meeting the group was a heavy cloud bank prevented normal landing patterns. Descending through the clouds caused planes to scatter, fortunately, not into each other. They made it back to base in pairs, or trios and various times, but with no casualties.

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

Major Meng lead the mission of April 11th, which was an attack on two Noball targets - Bonnieres and Beauvoir. Nine of our crews participated in the attack and the results were rated as "Good". On this mission a shell burst 15-20 feet below the front of Lt McGlohn's airplane while near the target. The left tachometer, the left manifold pressure gauge and the airspeed indicator were shot out. Lt McGlohn was injured in the left knee by pieces of flak, and pieces of his instrument panel. There were about 30 holes in his aircraft. Lt McGlohn stayed in formation until a descent through the overcast was started over England. Due to the lack of instruments and the fact that he could not keep a good formation because of his injury, he left the formation and circled until he found a hole in the clouds. He descended safely. Due to the fact that his radio was out he could not contact his gunners to tell them of his plight. However he had their confidence and they remained with him. Lt McGlohn safely landed at Nuthemstead, England. He learned on landing that his right tire was blown. This necessitated using the left brake with his wounded left knee. However, he was able to keep the aircraft straight on the runway until the last moment when he swerved off the runway to the right. By skillful landing under extreme difficulty Lt McGlohn prevented a crash of his aircraft and also possible injury to his gunners. He was hospitalized for his injuries (See Exhibit # 13 attached), and the wounds sustained earned him the Purple Heart.

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