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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 140 -- September 10, 1944, Sunday AM

Nancy-Foret De Haye, France




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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 207-540
OpRep #            : 160
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 11,200 - 11,800 feet
Take-off Time      : 0757
Time Over Target   : 0954 - 1002
Landing Time       : 1146
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 3:49

Place of Take-Off  : AAF-170 Wethersfield RAF Station, England
A/C Dispatched     : 37 Total -- 30 A-20G's, 7 A-20J's
Modified British System Reference: U-821165 and U-750090
Secondary Target   : No Alternate Targets Authorized
Summary of Results : Results by flight ranged from Poor to Excellent.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 48.73738,6.13307 (48° 44' 15" N, 6° 7' 59" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on The "Coordinates Translator", (NGZ) vU821165)
(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 # 140 -- September 10, 1944, Sunday AM
Nancy-Foret De Haye, France -- Fortifications

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                   
  43-9444  5H-J  A-20J
  Maj Price, R.F.
  Lt Hand, A.R.
  Sgt Roberts, J.H.
  S/Sgt Burch, R.W.
  2  668th                   
  43-21819  5H-K  A-20G
  Lt Peede, L.G.
  S/Sgt Brown, D.M.
  S/Sgt Daugherty, L.M.
  3  668th                   
  43-21764  5H-X  A-20G
  Lt Parker, P.E.
  Sgt Kochan, S.
  Sgt Galloway, A.F.
  4  668th                   
  43-10176  5H-T  A-20G
  Lt Ebenstein, G.
  S/Sgt Love, C.F.
  S/Sgt Adair, F.L.
  5  668th                   
  43-21480  5H-B  A-20G
  Lt Hale, W.L.
  Sgt Geyer, J.F.
  Sgt Bentzler, D.H.
  6  668th                   
  43-9907  5H-O  A-20G
  Lt Wright, J.W.
  Sgt Profita, P.J.
  Sgt Simmonds, J.R.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  671st                   
  43-21711  5C-S  A-20J
  Lt Greenley, R.E.
  Lt Mitchell, R.H.
  S/Sgt Worden, H.C.
  S/Sgt Rzepka, J.J.
  2  671st                   
  43-9219  5C-D  A-20G
  Lt Andrews, H.D.
  S/Sgt Swank, O.E.
  S/Sgt Werley, E.R.
  3  671st                   
  43-10165  5C-H  A-20G
  Lt Zubon, M.
  T/Sgt Tanner, J.R.L.
  S/Sgt Russell, W.C.
  4  671st                   
  43-10214  5C-C  A-20G
  Lt Morehouse, R.C.
  S/Sgt Zygiel, L.A.
  S/Sgt Burgess, A.J.
  5  671st                   
  43-9711  5C-M  A-20G
  Lt VanNoorden, H.M.
  Cpl Steffey, R.I.
  Sgt Thompson, G.
  6  671st                   
  43-9951  5C-P  A-20G
  Lt Fero, D.A.
  Cpl Skelton, T.W.
  Cpl Rojas, A.A.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  669th                   
  43-10135  2A-T  A-20J
  Lt Peck, W.A.
  Lt Madenfort, J.
  S/Sgt Bergeron, A.E.
  S/Sgt Kelton, H.E.
  2  669th                   
  43-21767  2A-N  A-20G
  Lt Renth, E.J.
  S/Sgt LaNave, O.D.
  Cpl Moskowitz, L.
  3  669th                   
  43-9376  2A-O  A-20G
  Lt Tripp, W.F.
  S/Sgt Scott, J.O.
  S/Sgt Mallory, D.F.
  4  669th                   
  43-21961  2A-P  A-20G
  Lt Boukamp, T.
  S/Sgt Colosimo, R.J.
  S/Sgt Wing, J.S.
  5  669th                   
  43-10155  2A-V  A-20G
  Lt Allen, J.F., Jr.
  Sgt Getgen, L.R.
  Sgt Veazey, C.W.
  6  669th                   
  43-9692  2A-M  A-20G
  Lt Land, W.H.
  S/Sgt Abriola, D.R.
  Cpl Fair, V.F.

Box I
  SPARE  671st               
  43-9937  5C-B  A-20G
  Lt Remiszewski, A.
  Sgt Miguez, J.H.
  S/Sgt DiOrio, F.
  [Returned Early as Briefed No Sortie]

Box II -- Flight I
  1  668th                   
  43-21717  5H-P  A-20J
  Capt Osborne, A.E.
  Lt Forma, W.
  Sgt Metzler, L.V.
  Sgt Sittarich, J.J.
  2  668th                   
  43-10226  5H-E  A-20G
  Lt Downing, W.E.
  S/Sgt Dickenson, E.S.
  S/Sgt Hornbeck, K.E.
  3  668th                   
  43-9195  5H-D  A-20G
  Lt Svenson, R.R.
  S/Sgt Fild, P.G.
  S/Sgt Pfenning, G.H.
  4  668th                   
  43-9194  5H-C  A-20G
  Lt Lesher, R.D.
  S/Sgt Hedrick, H.R.
  Sgt Heitell, S.L.
  5  668th                   
  43-10150  5H-N  A-20G
  Lt Saidla, J.B.
  Sgt Cavanagh, A.F.
  Sgt Harris, J.M.
  6  668th                   
  43-21760  5H-Z  A-20G
  Lt Evans, H.M.
  Sgt Skeens, C.L.
  Sgt Merritt, O.N.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  670th                   
  43-22063  F6-A  A-20J
  Lt Monroe, H.A.
  Lt Kirk, R.L.
  S/Sgt Kidd, W.L.
  S/Sgt Risko, S.
  [Returned Early Faulty Gas Cap No Sortie]
  2  670th                   
  43-21467  F6-W  A-20J
  Lt Shea, D.F.
  Lt Koch, O.R.
  S/Sgt Lee, R.E.
  S/Sgt Falk, F.G.
  3  670th                   
  43-9892  F6-L  A-20G
  Capt Gruetzemacher, R.O.
  Sgt Majewski, S.J.
  Sgt Teran, A.
  4  670th                   
  43-9224  F6-E  A-20G
  Lt McGlohn, C.L.
  S/Sgt Moran, J.W.
  S/Sgt Driskill, P.B.
  5  670th                   
  43-9674  F6-R  A-20G
  Lt Warren, J.R.
  Sgt Stroup, C.C.
  Sgt Turpin, S.J.
  6  670th                   
  43-9217  F6-D  A-20G
  F/O Turner, E.O.
  Sgt Sienkiewicz, J.
  Sgt Belcas, J.O.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  670th                   
  43-9452  F6-Q  A-20J
  Lt Harrold, F.J.
  Lt Brewer, W.E.
  S/Sgt Griffin, E.L.
  Capt Sheridan, M.B.
  2  669th                   
  43-9900  2A-Q  A-20G
  Lt Johnson, E.L.
  S/Sgt Donahue, W.J.
  S/Sgt Binney, I.
  3  670th                   
  43-9689  F6-I  A-20G
  Lt Brown, N.G.
  Sgt Hummer, J.A.
  S/Sgt Addleman, R.F.
  4  670th                   
  43-9720  F6-F  A-20G
  Lt Hall, R.B.
  S/Sgt Blackford, D.S.
  S/Sgt Burger, L.C.
  5  670th                   
  43-21810  F6-P  A-20G
  Lt Murphy, T.A.
  Sgt Ricketson, J.J.
  Sgt O'Connell, L.W.
  6  670th                   
  43-9207  F6-B  A-20G
  Lt Popeney, H.
  Sgt Arnett, W.E.
  Sgt Candler, H.C.S.

Box II
  SPARE  669th               
  43-9929  2A-C  A-20G
  Lt Clark, H.B.
  S/Sgt Sabadosh, J.W.
  S/Sgt Floyd, C.F.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 140 -- September 10, 1944, Sunday AM
Nancy-Foret De Haye, France -- Fortifications

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

Then followed three more days of bad weather, so that the next mission was not flown until the 10th. On that day, in answer to a request by the ground forces, a strongpoint in Nancy in the path of General Patton's advance was to be attacked. Two aiming points were chosen, one a star-shaped fort in a small clearing, the other, only coordinates on a map--actually a concealed spot in the woods. The results were excellent, apparently destroying both targets. The thorough training and aggressiveness of our crews was brought out on the mission. While the planes were still circling the Base, a gas cap came off the lead plane of one flight, causing it to abort. The rest of the planes in that flight reformed on the number 4 plane which became the flight leader. They flew on to the I.P. and when the flights broke off for the run, they fell in behind Captain Osborne's flight. When he released his bombs, they dropped with him. Lt Forma, Captain Osborne's bombardier-navigator, with five extra planes tagging on to his bombing, scored an excellent for all of them. Major Price and Captain Osborne served as box leaders on this particular, and highly successful mission.

"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Pages 143 - 144

Mission #140 - 10 September - Foret de Haye, near Nancy. General Patton was forging his way east toward Germany. Bomber Command ordered the 416th along with the 410th, a sister group, to pin point and demolish a strong point and ammunition depot. Five Medium bombers, B-26s, were assigned to area bomb around the targets we had. The A-20s were reported to have done more damage with their attacks than did the B-26 planes. Major Price and Lt. Hand, BN, and Captain Osborne and Lt. Forma, BN led boxes. Lt. Greenley and Lt. Mitchell, BN led a flight. Of the six flights dropping bombs, four of them scored excellents, which is one of the reasons the 416th is called upon regularly to hit finite targets. Not that we're proud or something!?! No opposition was met, No damage to aircraft was experienced.

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

A vital German strongpoint at Nancy was attacked on the 10th. Capt. Peck, leading a flight, helped knock it out by scoring an "excellent".

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

Eleven of our crews participated in an attack on the Nancy area on September 9th [10th].

[September 10, 1944], HQ Twelfth Army Group situation map

Map showing Western Allies and Axis troop position details in Western Europe
as of approximately 1200 hours, September 10, 1944
World War II Military Situation Maps Collection
Library of Congress

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