9th AF Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 53 -- May 24, 1944, Wednesday AM

Beaumont Le Roger, France

Airdrome (S.5410)



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 49-327
OpRep #            : 54
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 11,000 - 11,500 feet
Take-off Time      : 0936
Time Over Target   : 1121
Landing Time       : 1250
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 3:14

Place of Take-Off  : AAF-170 Wethersfield RAF Station, England
A/C Dispatched     : 38 Total -- 33 A-20G's, 5 A-20J's
Target Number      : Z 460
Illustration       : S 5410/4
Illustration Ref   : 029040
Summary of Results : Both boxes scored Poor.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 49.08978,0.76365 (49° 5' 23" N, 0° 45' 49" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on Google Maps, Visual match to Strike Photo)
(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 # 53 -- May 24, 1944, Wednesday AM
Beaumont Le Roger, France -- Airdrome (S.5410)

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.
  T/Sgt Larronde, F.H.
  S/Sgt Lempka, H.A.
  2  671st                   
  43-9645  5C-R  A-20J
  Lt Marzolf, L.A.
  Lt Basnett, R.J.
  S/Sgt Wellin, H.E.
  S/Sgt Kutzer, L.G.
  3  671st                   
  43-9220  5C-E  A-20G
  Lt Perkins, R.D.
  S/Sgt Sherry, V.N.
  S/Sgt Linneman, R.H.
  4  669th                   
  43-9214  2A-C  A-20G
  Lt Wheeler, R.V.
  S/Sgt Corrin, E.
  S/Sgt Brower, J.S.
  5  671st                   
  43-9219  5C-D  A-20G
  Lt Andrews, H.D.
  S/Sgt Cook, G.M.
  S/Sgt Werley, E.R.
  6  671st                   
  43-9363  5C-L  A-20G
  Lt Henderson, F.W.
  Sgt Griswold, R.M.
  Sgt Coulombe, P.E.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  671st                   
  43-9714  5C-N  A-20G
  Lt Platter, E.T.
  S/Sgt Johnson, K.L.
  S/Sgt Czech, J.L.
  2  671st                   
  43-9221  5C-F  A-20G
  Lt Merchant, W.A.
  S/Sgt Harp, C.J.
  S/Sgt Brown, K.P.
  3  671st                   
  43-9493  5C-V  A-20G
  Lt Smith, R.H.
  S/Sgt Stockham, A.A.
  Sgt Mahoney, R.J.
  4  671st                   
  43-9393  5C-K  A-20G
  Lt Greenley, R.E.
  S/Sgt Worden, H.C.
  S/Sgt Rzepka, J.J.
  5  671st                   
  43-9951  5C-P  A-20G
  Lt Col Aylesworth, T.R.
  S/Sgt Kelly, E.E.
  S/Sgt Coe, W.H.
  6  671st                   
  43-10164  5C-I  A-20G
  Lt York, R.W.
  S/Sgt Wilds, H.J.
  Sgt Ashton, L.A.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  670th                   
  43-9452  F6-Q  A-20J
  Capt Hulse, D.A.
  Lt Conte, R.
  S/Sgt Allred, F.D.
  S/Sgt Stephens, D.W.
  2  670th                   
  43-9207  F6-B  A-20G
  Lt McBride, L.R.
  Cpl McKee, J.
  S/Sgt Eutsler, R.
  3  670th                   
  43-9892  F6-L  A-20G
  Lt Gruetzemacher, R.O.
  Sgt Blackford, D.S.
  S/Sgt Glynn, F.P.
  4  670th                   
  43-9978  F6-S  A-20G
  Lt Rooney, R.J.
  S/Sgt DiNapoli, S.F.
  S/Sgt McCleary, H.M.
  5  670th                   
  43-9689  F6-I  A-20G
  Lt Sommers, D.T.
  Sgt Zaklikiewicz, S.R.
  S/Sgt Palmer, T.A.
  6  670th                   
  43-9750  F6-M  A-20G
  Lt Hall, R.B.
  S/Sgt Glynn, P.F.
  Sgt Burger, L.C.

Box I
  SPARE  670th               
  43-9224  F6-E  A-20G
  Lt Sewell, J.C.
  S/Sgt Evans, O.D.
  S/Sgt Johnson, J.L.

Box II -- Flight I
  1  669th                   
  43-9442  2A-D  A-20J
  Capt Conant, H.F.
  Lt McBrien, R.T.
  S/Sgt McCreery, J.E.
  Sgt Scott, G.W.
  2  670th                   
  43-9455  F6-T  A-20J
  Capt McNulty, G.M.
  Lt Bursiel, F.H.
  S/Sgt White, H.E.
  S/Sgt Addleman, R.F.
  3  668th                   
  43-9963  5H-N  A-20G
  Lt Peede, L.G.
  S/Sgt Hill, A.A.
  S/Sgt Hibbs, C.L.
  4  668th                   
  43-9195  5H-D  A-20G
  Lt Meagher, J.F.
  Sgt Hantske, D.
  S/Sgt Damico, E.A.
  5  668th                   
  43-9194  5H-C  A-20G
  Lt Lesher, R.D.
  S/Sgt Hedrick, H.R.
  S/Sgt Antanaitis, A.J.
  6  668th                   
  43-10176  5H-T  A-20G
  Lt Mish, C.C.
  Sgt Clark, C.J.
  Sgt Chustz, R.F.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  668th                   
  43-10203  5H-R  A-20G
  Lt Siracusa, L.J.
  S/Sgt Brown, F.E.
  S/Sgt Hume, J.N.
  2  668th                   
  43-9684  5H-K  A-20G
  Lt Kreh, E.B.
  Sgt Shelton, E.
  S/Sgt Schenck, D.R.
  3  668th                   
  43-10226  5H-E  A-20G
  Lt Meredith, R.G.
  S/Sgt Sylva, H.J.
  Sgt Smith, H.W.
  4  668th                   
  43-10210  5H-Q  A-20G
  Lt Shaefer, R.F.
  S/Sgt Fejes, J.A.
  S/Sgt Judd, E.R.
  5  668th                   
  43-10194  5H-A  A-20G
  Lt Poindexter, R.D.
  T/Sgt Robbins, L.G.
  S/Sgt Simpson, D.H.
  6  668th                   
  43-9907  5H-O  A-20G
  Lt Ebenstein, G.
  S/Sgt Perkins, H.
  Sgt Newell, S.P.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  669th                   
  43-9673  2A-I  A-20G
  Lt Morton, R.J.
  S/Sgt Nicks, R.W.
  S/Sgt Radlich, N.
  2  669th                   
  43-9376  2A-O  A-20G
  Lt DeMun, E.E.
  S/Sgt Rosenstein, M.
  S/Sgt Carney, H.O.
  3  669th                   
  43-9983  2A-J  A-20G
  Lt Shainberg, N.V.
  S/Sgt Bergeron, A.E.
  S/Sgt Cope, G.F.
  4  669th                   
  43-9840  2A-V  A-20G
  Lt MacManus, P.F.E.
  S/Sgt Rogers, J.L., Jr.
  S/Sgt Fleischman, G.I.
  5  669th                   
  43-9717  2A-N  A-20G
  Lt Vleghels, A.J.
  Sgt Rice, R.W.
  Sgt Young, C.E.
  6  669th                   
  43-9743  2A-W  A-20G
  Lt Smith, J.F.
  Sgt Vafiadis, C.
  Sgt Hoffman, R.C.

Box II
  SPARE  669th               
  43-9900  2A-Q  A-20G
  Lt Behlmer, R.L.
  T/Sgt Kelly, W.J.
  S/Sgt Ferguson, W.G.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 53 -- May 24, 1944, Wednesday AM
Beaumont Le Roger, France -- Airdrome (S.5410)

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

Two missions were sent out on the 24th to attack the airfields at Beaumont le Roger and Abbeville-Drucat. The first formation led by Major Willetts and Captain Conant had poor results. The second formation, however, caused much destruction to the hangers and blast shelters of what used to be the home of the "Abbeville Kids", the crack Me 109 fighter outfit. The boxes were led by Major Price, Captain Clark, and Lt Osborne.

"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Page 79

Mission #53 - 24 May - AM - Beaumont le Roger Airfield near Paris. - (a long distance from base) - led by Major Willetts and Lt. Royalty, BN with Captain Conant and Lt. McBrien, BN in the second box. Bombing results were not reported to be very good. The first box dropped 600 feet short and the second box dropped 2000 feet short. Lt. Marzolf and Lt. Basnett, BN, Captain Hulse with Lt. Conte, BN, led flights. Captain McNulty and Lt. Burseil flew as deputy to take over in the event the leader was not able to continue. Coming off the target, the formation had to descend through a heavy cloud layer at speeds reported to be 300 feet per minute descent, which assimilates fighter tactics or dive bombers. Scary! The experience while exhilarating, came out successfully, with no problems.

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

From May 23rd to May 30th, the squadron flew a total of ninety-eight sorties on missions to attack the Beaumont-LeRoger airdrome; the Abbeville-Drucat airdrome; the Monchy-Breton airdrome; the Beauvais- Tille airdrome; the Amiens marshalling yards; the Bruges-St Michiel Naval Radar Direction Finder Station in Belgium; the Vacqueriette Noball site; the Behen Noball site; the Achiet airdrome and the Denain-Prouby airdrome.

Lt Crispino was awarded the Purple Heart for the injuries sustained on the 19th, and Sgt Zaklikiewicz for wounds sustained on May 26th.

The Stars and Strips carried an article on May 24th, which concerned the group. In the story about veteran gunners of other campaigns of this war, S/Sgt Riley and S/Sgt Kidd of our unit, received credit due them for previous operational experience. (See Exhibit # 19 attached.)

Lt Maltby received his promotion to 1st Lt on May 22nd.

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