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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 146 -- September 27, 1944, Wednesday AM

Foret De Parroy, France

Troop Concentration



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 2-570
OpRep #            : 127
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : No Attack
Take-off Time      : 0842
Time Over Target   : 1019 - 1020
Landing Time       : 1132
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 2:50

Place of Take-Off  : A-55 Melun/Villaroche, France
A/C Dispatched     : 38 Total -- 32 A-20G's, 6 A-20J's
Illustration       : G.S.G.S. 4249 SHEET 15-G
Illustration Ref   : 145042, 171020
Secondary Target   : No Alternate Targets Authorized
Summary of Results : No attack due to weather.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 48.63097,6.57726 (48° 37' 51" N, 6° 34' 38" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on Google Maps, Visual match to map GSGS 4249 Sheet 15-G, Coord: 145042)
(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 # 146 -- September 27, 1944, Wednesday AM
Foret De Parroy, France -- Troop Concentration

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                   
  43-22063  F6-A  A-20J
  Maj Dunn, L.F.
  Lt Powell, V.H.
  S/Sgt Stobert, R.F.
  S/Sgt Glynn, F.P.
  2  670th                   
  43-9750  F6-M  A-20G
  Lt Ostrander, W.B.
  S/Sgt Wilson, J.E.
  S/Sgt Binney, I.
  3  670th                   
  43-9207  F6-B  A-20G
  Lt McBride, L.R.
  S/Sgt McKee, J.
  S/Sgt Eutsler, R.
  4  670th                   
  43-9905  F6-K  A-20G
  Lt Hillerman, J.P.
  S/Sgt Paules, E.F.
  S/Sgt Martinez, L.
  5  670th                   
  43-9380  F6-N  A-20G
  Lt Sewell, J.C.
  S/Sgt Hummer, J.A.
  S/Sgt Sampson, D.A.
  6  670th                   
  43-9217  F6-D  A-20G
  Lt Merritt, T.S.
  Sgt Basile, A.C.
  S/Sgt Gatti, R.J.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  669th                   
  43-9442  2A-D  A-20J
  Lt Greene, W.J.
  Lt Nichols, J.R.
  S/Sgt Ochaba, J.A.
  S/Sgt Colbert, W.F.
  2  669th                   
  43-10190  2A-I  A-20G
  Lt Smith, J.F.
  S/Sgt Vafiadis, C.
  S/Sgt Hoffman, R.C.
  3  669th                   
  43-10155  2A-V  A-20G
  Lt Siggs, W.C.
  S/Sgt Nicks, R.W.
  S/Sgt Radlich, N.
  4  669th                   
  43-9943  2A-Z  A-20G
  Lt Allen, J.F., Jr.
  Sgt Getgen, L.R.
  Sgt Veazey, C.W.
  [Returned Early Icing on Pitot Tube causing Air Speed Indicator to go out]
  5  669th                   
  43-9900  2A-Q  A-20G
  Lt Hayter, E.R.
  Sgt Donnelly, W.W.
  S/Sgt Holloway, R.G.
  6  669th                   
  43-9376  2A-O  A-20G
  Lt DuBose, M.W.
  Sgt Griffin, D.L.
  Sgt Walters, J.H.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  671st                   
  43-21724  5C-A  A-20J
  Lt DeMand, F.W.
  Lt Burns, A.C.
  S/Sgt Troyer, R.J.
  S/Sgt Middleton, C.W.
  2  671st                   
  43-9925  5C-G  A-20G
  Lt Withington, D.L.
  Sgt Huss, C.F.
  Sgt McElhattan, L.D.
  3  671st                   
  43-9719  5C-J  A-20G
  Lt Herman, A.E.
  S/Sgt Garrett, A.D.
  S/Sgt Young, J.O.
  4  671st                   
  43-9363  5C-L  A-20G
  Lt York, R.W.
  S/Sgt Ashton, L.A.
  S/Sgt Wilds, H.J.
  5  671st                   
  43-10214  5C-C  A-20G
  Lt VanNoorden, H.M.
  Sgt Thompson, G.
  Cpl Steffey, R.I.
  6  671st                   
  43-9937  5C-B  A-20G
  Lt Gary, J.C.
  Sgt Cheuvront, R.W.
  Sgt Schoen, A.E.

Box I
  SPARE  671st               
  43-9393  5C-K  A-20G
  Lt Fero, D.A.
  Cpl Skelton, T.W.
  Cpl Rojas, A.A.
  [Returned Early Same Reason as Allen]

Box II -- Flight I
  1  670th                   
  43-21467  F6-W  A-20J
  Capt Rudisill, R.S.
  Lt Joost, R.H.
  S/Sgt Riley, R.K.
  S/Sgt Bonamo, A.J.
  2  670th                   
  43-9689  F6-I  A-20G
  Lt Singletary, R.B.
  S/Sgt Cianciosi, A.A.
  S/Sgt Wiggins, H.G.
  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 McGlohn, C.L.
  S/Sgt Moran, J.W.
  Cpl Shempren, E.H.
  [Returned Early Same Reason as Allen]
  5  670th                   
  43-9720  F6-F  A-20G
  Lt Warren, J.R.
  Sgt Stroup, C.C.
  Sgt Turpin, S.J.
  6  670th                   
  43-9892  F6-L  A-20G
  Lt Turner, E.O.
  S/Sgt Sienkiewicz, J.
  Sgt Belcas, J.O.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  668th                   
  43-21719  5H-V  A-20J
  Lt Bartmus, G.F.
  Lt Hardy, J.F.
  S/Sgt Orr, J.R.
  S/Sgt Flacks, F.L.
  2  668th                   
  43-9195  5H-D  A-20G
  Lt Meredith, R.G.
  S/Sgt MacDonald, R.W.
  S/Sgt Hill, A.A.
  3  668th                   
  43-21760  5H-Z  A-20G
  Lt Mish, C.C.
  S/Sgt Clark, C.J.
  S/Sgt Chustz, R.F.
  4  668th                   
  43-21819  5H-K  A-20G
  Lt Downing, W.E.
  S/Sgt Schenck, D.R.
  S/Sgt Hornbeck, K.E.
  5  668th                   
  43-21764  5H-X  A-20G
  Lt Montrose, J.H.
  S/Sgt Gandy, R.S.
  S/Sgt Felkel, J.W.
  6  668th                   
  43-10150  5H-N  A-20G
  Lt Wright, J.W.
  S/Sgt Profita, P.J.
  S/Sgt Simmonds, J.R.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  668th                   
  43-9444  5H-J  A-20J
  Lt Meagher, J.F.
  Lt Burg, J.J.
  S/Sgt Naifeh, F.
  S/Sgt Heitell, S.L.
  2  668th                   
  43-10176  5H-T  A-20G
  Lt Kenny, J.P.
  S/Sgt Metzler, L.V.
  Sgt Sittarich, J.J.
  3  668th                   
  43-21480  5H-B  A-20G
  Lt Svenson, R.R.
  S/Sgt Fild, P.G.
  S/Sgt Pfenning, G.H.
  4  668th                   
  43-9907  5H-O  A-20G
  Lt Ebenstein, G.
  S/Sgt Love, C.F.
  S/Sgt Adair, F.L.
  5  668th                   
  43-10226  5H-E  A-20G
  Lt Hale, W.L.
  Sgt Geyer, J.F.
  Sgt Bentzler, D.H.
  6  668th                   
  43-9362  5H-L  A-20G
  Lt Parker, P.E.
  Sgt Galloway, A.F.
  Sgt Kochan, S.

Box II
  SPARE  669th               
  43-21961  2A-P  A-20G
  Lt Renth, E.J.
  S/Sgt LaNave, O.D.
  Sgt Moskowitz, L.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 146 -- September 27, 1944, Wednesday AM
Foret De Parroy, France -- Troop Concentration

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

The next mission, flown on the 27th, took off from the new Base, A-55 in France. The target in the Foret de Parroy was covered by 10/10 clouds so that there was no attack.

"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Pages 151 - 154

Mission #146 - 27 September - Foret de Parroy Fuel Depot. Major Dunn, the new 670th squadron commander led this first mission. Flight leaders included Lts. Meagher and Burg, BN, Lts. Bartmus and Hardy, BN, Lts. DeMand and Burns, BN. As the formation approached the target area, clouds moved in and no bomb runs were attempted. All returned to base, until the next time!

Speaking about flying from an airfield in France, we must report that our new airfield previously occupied by the Lufftwafte for a long time, meant that some of the German aviators had to make friends with the French populace, whether in friendly circumstances or in enforced companionship. In any event, it was not very long after our planes began flying missions from that base A-55 in Melun, we had to return from missions in dusk or many times in darkness. As our formation approached the field for landing, crews could see lights from windows in houses, covered by shades, and the shades would be raised and lowered, undoubtedly as some form of a signal to Germans who the people may have thought were returning to Melun. The signals were definitely not intended to be guiding lights for our returning flights from the front. So, we figured the collaborateurs were still trying to maintain their friendship with the former occupants of the airbase. To our knowledge, those providing the signals were not apprehended.

When the planes returned from their first trip toward the front, the group had the remainder of the day off, giving crew chiefs time to really examine their planes and do whatever maintenance was required. For the first night after the first mission, passes into town were available to those who could be spared from details and to whomever were entitled to them. Visiting local cafes, restaurants, and the French madamoiselles, was a treat for many boys. The town was a short ride from the base. Very quaint to visit, with many restful areas to enjoy. The citizens were friendly and receptive to Yanks. Bars were packed with GIs who started to learn what "voule vou" meant.

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

The first mission from the new base in France was flown on the 27th. Bad weather prevented any bombing, however.

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

Our first mission from France took off on the 27th, led by our Squadron Commander, Major Dunn, in which we had eleven crews participating. Due to very unfavorable weather no bombs were dropped.

"671tst Bombardment Squadron (L) History"
Transcribed from USAF Archives

Speed was necessary to keep pace with the other units and the demands of headquarters. Shortly after the planes arrived a mission in support of the Third Army was set up. Once again cloudy weather which seems quite common this time of the year in France was the cause of another scrub. The first mission from Melun Airfield or A-55 was an attack on the Foret De Parroy near Metz on 27 September 1944. Six crews from the 671st Bomb Squadron (L) were in this formation. Major Willetts led the Group formation, including thirteen 671st Bomb Squadron (L) crews against the same target the next day.

[September 27, 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 27, 1944
World War II Military Situation Maps Collection
Library of Congress

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