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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 17 -- April 13, 1944, Thursday AM

Yvrench/Bois Carre and Petit Bois Tillencourt, France

NOBALL (XI/A/39 and XI/A/62)



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 265
OpRep #            : 2
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 11,500 - 12,000 feet
Take-off Time      : 0842
Time Over Target   : 1000
Landing Time       : 1131
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 2:49

Place of Take-Off  : AAF-170 Wethersfield RAF Station, England
A/C Dispatched     : 37 Total -- 31 A-20G's, 6 A-20J's
Target Number      : Z 3028 and Z 3140
Illustration       : A/39/6 and A/62/1
Illustration Ref   : 027039, 017015
Summary of Results : Fair to Good on both targets.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 50.18188,2.02290 (50° 10' 55" N, 2° 1' 22" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on Google Maps, Visual match to Strike Photo)
(See Latitude/Longitude Coordinates and Target Identifiers for more information.)

Scanned original Mission 17 documents (multipage PDF files)

Mission Folder       Reports Folder       OpRep # 2       Fuel Use       Additional Documents

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These Public Domain, Declassified Mission documents were graciously provided to the 416th BG Archive by the dedicated staff of the Air Force Historical Research Agency (AFHRA).
An on-line index of records held by AFHRA up to 2001 is available at Air Force History Index.org.
Most of these PDF files are unaltered originals provided by the AFHRA, a few have been re-organized.
Pages may be out of sequence; files may contain scanned blank pages and/or pages scanned upside-down; some pages may be included in more than one file.
The "Mission Folder" usually contains the majority of documents for a Mission, including Field Orders, Status Reports, Pilot Interrogations, Photos (if available), etc.


Loading List 1, Box I


Loading List 2, Box II

Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 17 -- April 13, 1944, Thursday AM
Yvrench/Bois Carre and Petit Bois Tillencourt, France -- NOBALL (XI/A/39 and XI/A/62)

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  671st                   
  43-9914  5C-X  A-20J
  Maj Willetts, D.L.
  Lt Royalty, P.G.
  S/Sgt Larronde, F.H.
  Lt Sutliff, G.F.
  [Sutliff (4th CCU)]
  2  671st                   
  43-9219  5C-D  A-20G
  Lt Andrews, H.D.
  S/Sgt Cook, G.M.
  S/Sgt Werley, E.R.
  3  671st                   
  43-9707  5C-H  A-20G
  Lt Smith, R.H.
  S/Sgt Foster, H.A.
  S/Sgt Rust, E.W.
  4  668th                   
  43-9640  5H-Z  A-20J
  Lt Platter, E.T.
  Lt Jedinak, A.
  S/Sgt Johnson, K.L.
  S/Sgt Czech, J.L.
  5  671st                   
  43-9937  5C-B  A-20G
  Lt Perkins, R.D.
  S/Sgt Sherry, V.N.
  S/Sgt Linneman, R.H.
  [A/C #937, C, (SPARE) substituted for #236]
  6  671st                   
  43-9393  5C-K  A-20G
  Lt Schouten, J.T.
  S/Sgt Stockham, A.A.
  S/Sgt Williamson, R.R.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  668th                   
  43-9444  5H-J  A-20J
  Maj Price, R.F.
  T/Sgt Robbins, L.G.
  S/Sgt Simpson, D.H.
  2  668th                   
  43-9963  5H-N  A-20G
  Lt Bartmus, G.F.
  S/Sgt Hibbs, C.L.
  S/Sgt Daugherty, L.M.
  3  668th                   
  43-9379  5H-G  A-20G
  Lt Shaefer, R.F.
  S/Sgt Judd, E.R.
  S/Sgt Fejes, J.A.
  4  668th                   
  43-9216  5H-E  A-20G
  Lt Siracusa, L.J.
  S/Sgt Hume, J.N.
  S/Sgt Brown, F.E.
  5  668th                   
  43-9182  5H-B  A-20G
  Lt Miracle, R.V.
  S/Sgt Sieg, B.C.
  S/Sgt Burkhalter, J.C.
  6  668th                   
  43-9684  5H-K  A-20G
  Lt Kreh, E.B.
  S/Sgt Love, C.F.
  S/Sgt Adair, F.L.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  669th                   
  43-9743  2A-R  A-20G
  Lt Marzolf, L.A.
  S/Sgt Wellin, H.E.
  S/Sgt Kutzer, L.G.
  2  669th                   
  43-9211  2A-C  A-20G
  Lt Zubon, M.
  S/Sgt Tanner, J.R.L.
  S/Sgt Russell, W.C.
  3  670th                   
  43-9217  F6-D  A-20G
  Lt Durante, A.R.
  S/Sgt Best, H.T.
  S/Sgt DeGiusti, I.R.
  4  668th                   
  43-9745  5H-I  A-20G
  Lt Ebenstein, G.
  Pvt Newell, S.P.
  S/Sgt Perkins, H.
  5  668th                   
  43-9195  5H-D  A-20G
  Lt Bradford, B.H.
  S/Sgt MacDonald, R.W.
  S/Sgt Hill, A.A.
  6  668th                   
  43-9194  5H-C  A-20G
  Lt Ritchie, S.B.
  S/Sgt Newkirk, A.W.
  S/Sgt Anderson, E.A.

Box I
  SPARE  670th               
  43-9207  F6-B  A-20G
  Lt Downing, W.E.
  S/Sgt Shaw, L.R.
  S/Sgt Bankston, R.
  [A/C #207 substituted for #937 (SPARE)]

Box II -- Flight I
  1  670th                   
  43-9439  F6-J  A-20J
  Maj Meng, W.J.
  Lt Powell, V.H.
  S/Sgt Stobert, R.F.
  S/Sgt Mayhew, A.E.
  [Mayhew (4th CCU)]
  2  670th                   
  43-9224  F6-E  A-20G
  Lt Leonard, T.J.
  S/Sgt Evans, O.D.
  S/Sgt Palmer, T.A.
  3  670th                   
  43-9750  F6-M  A-20G
  Lt Crispino, J.C.
  S/Sgt Walsh, T.I.
  S/Sgt Conopask, R.E.
  4  670th                   
  43-9455  F6-T  A-20J
  Capt Hulse, D.A.
  Lt Bursiel, F.H.
  S/Sgt Wilson, J.E.
  S/Sgt Binney, I.
  5  670th                   
  43-9380  F6-N  A-20G
  Lt Brown, N.G.
  S/Sgt Moran, J.W.
  S/Sgt Driskill, P.B.
  6  670th                   
  43-9892  F6-L  A-20G
  Capt Moore, Z.R.
  S/Sgt Kidd, W.L.
  S/Sgt Risko, S.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  669th                   
  43-9450  2A-S  A-20J
  Capt Clark, R.A.
  Lt Palin, W.H.
  S/Sgt Norton, C.Q.
  S/Sgt Citty, F.M.
  2  669th                   
  43-9941  2A-U  A-20G
  Lt Boukamp, T.
  S/Sgt Colosimo, R.J.
  S/Sgt Wing, J.S.
  3  669th                   
  43-9900  2A-Q  A-20G
  Lt Behlmer, R.L.
  S/Sgt Kelly, W.J.
  S/Sgt Ferguson, W.G.
  4  669th                   
  43-9717  2A-N  A-20G
  Capt Huff, M.J.
  S/Sgt Thompson, J.B.
  S/Sgt Hatch, H.F.
  5  669th                   
  43-9181  2A-A  A-20G
  Lt Land, W.H.
  S/Sgt Alden, S.F.
  Sgt Molver, V.E.
  6  669th                   
  43-9673  2A-I  A-20G
  Lt Connor, J.S.
  S/Sgt Nielsen, A.L.
  S/Sgt Fields, W.E.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  670th                   
  43-9200  F6-A  A-20G
  Lt McNulty, G.M.
  S/Sgt White, H.E.
  S/Sgt Addleman, R.F.
  2  670th                   
  43-9689  F6-I  A-20G
  Lt Rooney, R.J.
  S/Sgt DiNapoli, S.F.
  S/Sgt McCleary, H.M.
  3  670th                   
  43-9227  F6-F  A-20G
  Lt Harrold, F.J.
  S/Sgt Griffin, E.L.
  Sgt Stephens, D.W.
  4  669th                   
  43-9376  2A-O  A-20G
  Lt Peck, W.A.
  S/Sgt Bergeron, A.E.
  S/Sgt Kelton, H.E.
  5  669th                   
  43-9189  2A-P  A-20G
  Lt DeMun, E.E.
  S/Sgt Rosenstein, M.
  S/Sgt Carney, H.O.
  6  670th                   
  43-9978  F6-S  A-20G
  Lt McDonald, A.A.
  S/Sgt Shields, J.J.
  S/Sgt Epps, E.T.
  [A/C #978 substituted for #390]

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 17 -- April 13, 1944, Thursday AM
Yvrench/Bois Carre and Petit Bois Tillencourt, France -- NOBALL (XI/A/39 and XI/A/62)

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

On the following day two more NOBALL targets in the Pas de Calais area were attacked simultaneously. Although the results were unobserved, at the time, reconnaissance showed a fair to good result. The 37 aircraft flying in two boxes were led by Major Willetts, with Lt. Royalty, B/N, and Major Meng, with Lt. Powell, B/N. Again nine of our Aircraft supported three Marauder Groups in LeHavre attacks, dropping window.

"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Pages 50 - 51

Mission #17 and, 18 - 13 April - Yvrench Bois Carre and Petite Bois Tillencourt Noball sites. Major Willetts and Lt. Royalty, BN and Major Meng and Lt. Powell, BN led boxes. Here again, the two boxes split up near the target sites and individually bombed separate targets with good results. Lts. Platter and Jedinak participated. Window dropping planes were led by Lts. Osborne, Meagher and Lesher. Moderate flak caused some damage to ships, but all returned to base safely. Bombing results were rated excellent and good.

Usual lousy weather kept all planes grounded. On 16 April, the anticipation of preparation for movements came to reality with an order came down, requiring a practice move to take place. Eager and quick packing and boxing up of documents took place and on the lTth at 0900 every squadron was ready to go. Trucks, loaded with gear, and personnel all packed with personal gear, lined up and the early echolon left the base. The second echelon left at 1000, all in an orderly manner, prepared for possible enemy action on the way. Things went pretty smoothly, included a "pit" stop after two hours, and all of a sudden the commanders realized no one made arrangements for chow. One of the most demoralizing situations for GIs is to not fortify their energy with good food. The usual K rations were issued, but not appreciated as much as a chow line feed.

Both echelons returned to base at 1430 and 1530 for the second group. In all, it showed that preparations for quick moves and actual movements. could be made when the time comes.

April Showers

April showers kept planes grounded , but not to cause too much leisure to our group, orders came down to the squadrons as reported by Lowell Geffinger, Adjutant of the 670th Squadron. He reported:

A group mobility exercise was held on April 17 to practice for possible future moves. The Field Order was received on April 16th and there followed a great deal of activity preparing for the move the following morning. All equipment was packed and loaded on trucks. Personnel were equipped and armed, and everything was ready to move by 0900 on the 17th. The advance echelon commanded by Captain Sheridan departed at 1000. The second echelon commanded by Lt. Geffinger departed at 1100. Both echelons followed a prepared route, and ready to act against any enemy attack., The advanced echelon returned to base at 1430 and the rear at 1540. Much was learned from this practice move which would be of help in any future move that might come about., A few minor delays along the route were encountered, possibly caused by insufficient briefing before the trip and also possibly inexperience.

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

On the 13th, twelve crews participated when the Yvrench Bois Carre and the Petite Bois Tillencourt Noball sites were attacked. Following these missions there was a period with no combat activity due to bad weather conditions.

"671st Bomb Squadron (L) Unit History"
Gordon Russell and Jim Kerns

Today's target was another double "No-Ball", each box in the formation taking a different target. Major Willetts with Lt. Royalty as bombardier-navigator led the show. It was another successful mission, and the 416th Bomb Group was beginning to get "hot". Moderate flak was reported, but no fighters encountered.

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