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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 144 -- September 14, 1944, Thursday PM

Point De Lanveoc (Brest), France

Defended Points



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 213-550
OpRep #            : 164
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : No Attack
Take-off Time      : 1256
Time Over Target   : 1510
Landing Time       : 1701
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 4:05

Place of Take-Off  : AAF-170 Wethersfield RAF Station, England
A/C Dispatched     : 38 Total -- 32 A-20G's, 6 A-20J's
Modified British System Reference: V-961886
Secondary Target   : No Alternate Targets Authorized
Summary of Results : No attack due to weather.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 48.29364,-4.46204 (48° 17' 37" N, 4° 27' 43" W)
(Latitude/Longitude based on The "Coordinates Translator", (LZ1) vV961886)
(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 # 144 -- September 14, 1944, Thursday PM
Point De Lanveoc (Brest), France -- Defended Points

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                   
  43-21717  5H-P  A-20J
  Capt Osborne, A.E.
  Lt Forma, W.
  S/Sgt Newell, S.P.
  Sgt Lagerman, K.G.
  2  668th                   
  43-9194  5H-C  A-20G
  Lt Lesher, R.D.
  S/Sgt Hedrick, H.R.
  Sgt Heitell, S.L.
  3  668th                   
  43-9195  5H-D  A-20G
  Lt Svenson, R.R.
  S/Sgt Fild, P.G.
  S/Sgt Pfenning, G.H.
  4  668th                   
  43-21480  5H-B  A-20G
  Lt Meredith, R.G.
  Sgt Fetko, C.
  S/Sgt MacDonald, R.W.
  5  668th                   
  43-21819  5H-K  A-20G
  Lt Stanley, C.S.
  Sgt Holterfield, C.C.
  Sgt Collier, C.B.
  6  669th                   
  43-9376  2A-O  A-20G
  Lt Wright, J.W.
  Sgt Profita, P.J.
  Sgt Simmonds, J.R.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  670th                   
  43-9439  F6-J  A-20J
  Lt Harrold, F.J.
  Lt Brewer, W.E.
  Sgt Burns, D.E.
  Sgt Daniel, W.J.
  2  670th                   
  43-9750  F6-M  A-20G
  Lt Barausky, P.P.
  S/Sgt Wilson, B.R.
  S/Sgt Hall, M.
  3  670th                   
  43-9674  F6-R  A-20G
  Lt Grunig, D.B.
  S/Sgt Dias, M.E.
  S/Sgt Nowosielski, H.J.
  4  670th                   
  43-9224  F6-E  A-20G
  Lt Hillerman, J.P.
  S/Sgt Martinez, L.
  S/Sgt Paules, E.F.
  5  670th                   
  43-10211  F6-O  A-20G
  Lt Sparling, J.R.
  Sgt Collier, J.L.
  Sgt Leahigh, L.L.
  6  670th                   
  43-9380  F6-N  A-20G
  Lt Turner, E.O.
  Sgt Sienkiewicz, J.
  Sgt Belcas, J.O.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  670th                   
  43-21467  F6-W  A-20J
  Lt Rudisill, R.S.
  Lt Joost, R.H.
  S/Sgt Riley, R.K.
  S/Sgt Bonamo, A.J.
  2  670th                   
  43-9217  F6-D  A-20G
  Lt Leonard, T.J.
  S/Sgt Palmer, T.A.
  S/Sgt Evans, O.D.
  3  670th                   
  43-9689  F6-I  A-20G
  Lt Singletary, R.B.
  S/Sgt Wiggins, H.G.
  S/Sgt Cianciosi, A.A.
  4  670th                   
  43-9207  F6-B  A-20G
  Lt Hall, R.B.
  Sgt Majewski, S.J.
  Sgt Teran, A.
  5  670th                   
  43-9892  F6-L  A-20G
  Lt Merritt, T.S.
  Cpl Basile, A.C.
  S/Sgt Gatti, R.J.
  6  670th                   
  43-21759  F6-G  A-20G
  Lt Musgrove, W.
  Sgt Seighman, H.O.
  Sgt Licker, M.

Box I
  SPARE  671st               
  43-9393  5C-K  A-20G
  Lt Gary, J.C.
  Sgt Schoen, A.E.
  Sgt Cheuvront, R.W.

Box II -- Flight I
  1  668th                   
  43-10125  5H-M  A-20J
  Capt McNulty, G.M.
  Lt Bursiel, F.H.
  S/Sgt Fejes, J.A.
  S/Sgt Judd, E.R.
  2  668th                   
  43-9894  5H-R  A-20G
  Lt Colquitt, J.K.
  S/Sgt Daugherty, L.M.
  Sgt Raines, D.E.
  3  668th                   
  43-10150  5H-N  A-20G
  Lt Cannon, L.E.
  Sgt Robinson, J.W.
  Sgt Brzezinski, E.P.
  4  668th                   
  43-21764  5H-X  A-20G
  Lt Downing, W.E.
  S/Sgt Dickenson, E.S.
  S/Sgt Hornbeck, K.E.
  5  668th                   
  43-10210  5H-Q  A-20G
  Lt Montrose, J.H.
  Sgt Gandy, R.S.
  Sgt Felkel, J.W.
  6  668th                   
  43-10226  5H-E  A-20G
  Lt Parker, P.E.
  Sgt Galloway, A.F.
  Sgt Kochan, S.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  669th                   
  43-10135  2A-T  A-20J
  Lt DeMun, E.E.
  Lt McQuade, R.J.
  S/Sgt Mani, J.
  Sgt McGuire, J.J.
  2  669th                   
  43-9181  2A-A  A-20G
  Lt Land, W.H.
  S/Sgt Abriola, D.R.
  Cpl Fair, V.F.
  3  669th                   
  43-9743  2A-W  A-20G
  Lt Boukamp, T.
  S/Sgt Colosimo, R.J.
  S/Sgt Wing, J.S.
  4  669th                   
  43-9692  2A-M  A-20G
  Lt Hall, E.P.
  Sgt Sharp, R.P.
  Sgt Carstens, R.W.
  5  669th                   
  43-21821  2A-Z  A-20G
  Lt Tripp, W.F.
  S/Sgt Scott, J.O.
  S/Sgt Mallory, D.F.
  6  669th                   
  43-9900  2A-Q  A-20G
  Lt Allen, J.F., Jr.
  Sgt Getgen, L.R.
  Sgt Veazey, C.W.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  671st                   
  43-21724  5C-A  A-20J
  Lt Cole, H.P.
  Lt Basnett, R.J.
  S/Sgt Fandre, B.G.
  S/Sgt Chvatal, F.R.
  2  671st                   
  43-9719  5C-J  A-20G
  Lt Andrews, H.D.
  S/Sgt Werley, E.R.
  Cpl Herr, R.E.
  3  671st                   
  43-9711  5C-M  A-20G
  Lt Estes, C.L.
  S/Sgt Orvold, C.R.
  S/Sgt DiMartino, A.E.
  4  671st                   
  43-9493  5C-V  A-20G
  Lt Smith, R.H.
  S/Sgt Mahoney, R.J.
  S/Sgt Davis, H.R.
  5  671st                   
  43-9951  5C-P  A-20G
  Lt Miller, J.H.
  S/Sgt Schrom, R.G.
  S/Sgt Galender, J.
  6  671st                   
  43-9937  5C-B  A-20G
  Lt Eastman, D.M.
  Cpl Johnson, R.J.
  Cpl Eaton, A.B.

Box II
  SPARE  669th               
  43-21961  2A-P  A-20G
  Lt Miller, E.L.
  Cpl Malloy, J.F.
  S/Sgt Pemberton, J.M.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 144 -- September 14, 1944, Thursday PM
Point De Lanveoc (Brest), France -- Defended Points

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

Just six days before the city fell into our hands, we attacked the defended position on the Point Lanveoc on the south edge of the harbor of Brest on the 14th. Bad weather hung over the target areas so that no bombs were dropped. On the return trip, one flight got too close to the Guernsey Island, and the guns which had been silent for so long opened up on our planes. Three ships suffered minor flak damage.

"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Page 145

Mission #144 - 14 September - Brest. Captain Osborne and Lt. Forma, BN leading Box I with Captain McNulty and Lt. Burseil, BN on Box II. Captain Cole and Lt. Basnett, BN led a flight. Thirty six aircraft made the "milk-run" to Brest, with no flak or fighters bothering the group. Reaching the target area, cloud cover prevented dropping bombs, so they returned to base. Crossing the channel toward England, planes were running low on petrol, having to get down below the overcast. Captain Cole got down to 300 feet altitude, Six planes had to set down on landing strips in Cherbourg to gas up. Lt. Gary landed on an air strip in the Cherbourg area. All got back to base safely. Lt. Downing lost oil pressure and had to land in Normandy, without problems.

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

Though we were preparing to leave for a new base, operational missions were to continue. One half of the Squadron was to remain behind to continue operations while our new base was being prepared by the advanced echelon. On September 14th, twelve crews took off as part of another attack against Brest defended position.

[September 14, 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 14, 1944
World War II Military Situation Maps Collection
Library of Congress

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