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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 61 -- May 28, 1944, Sunday PM

Behen, France




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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 56-334
OpRep #            : 58b
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 11,950 feet
Take-off Time      : 1759
Time Over Target   : 1902
Landing Time       : 1950
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 1:51

Place of Take-Off  : AAF-170 Wethersfield RAF Station, England
A/C Dispatched     : 19 Total -- 16 A-20G's, 3 A-20J's
Target Number      : Z 3114
Summary of Results : Good

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 50.06111,1.75222 (50° 3' 40" N, 1° 45' 8" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on V1 Sites, BEHEN)
(See Latitude/Longitude Coordinates and Target Identifiers for more information.)

Loading List 1

Loading List, Box II

Box I flew Mission #60 while Box II flew Mission #61.

Missing Air Crew Reports, Aircraft Accident Reports, and other incidents

         Date          Report

Serial #
Location Personnel (Status when available)
May 28, 1944
No_Report   43-9360
61 668 Wethersfield/Sta 170 Bartmus, Galen F. (Not Injured)
Orr, John R. (Not Injured)
Flacks, Francis L. (WIA)

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Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 61 -- May 28, 1944, Sunday PM
Behen, France -- NOBALL (XI/A/59)

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 II -- Flight I
  1  669th                   
  43-10135  2A-T  A-20J
  Maj Campbell, M.W.
  Lt Palin, W.H.
  S/Sgt Nicks, R.W.
  S/Sgt Radlich, N.
  2  670th                   
  43-9455  F6-T  A-20J
  Lt Col Farmer, W.W.
  Lt Pape, M.A.
  Sgt Schrom, R.G.
  Sgt Galender, J.
  3  669th                   
  43-9673  2A-I  A-20G
  Lt Dontas, P.
  S/Sgt Nielsen, A.L.
  S/Sgt Fields, W.E.
  4  670th                   
  43-10211  F6-O  A-20G
  Lt MacManus, P.F.E.
  S/Sgt Rogers, J.L., Jr.
  S/Sgt Fleischman, G.I.
  5  669th                   
  43-9961  2A-E  A-20G
  Lt Street, M.S.
  S/Sgt Prindle, C.A.
  S/Sgt Epps, E.T.
  6  669th                   
  43-9840  2A-V  A-20G
  Lt Smith, J.F.
  Sgt Vafiadis, C.
  Sgt Hoffman, R.C.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  668th                   
  43-10125  5H-M  A-20J
  Capt Conant, H.F.
  Lt McBrien, R.T.
  S/Sgt Sylva, H.J.
  S/Sgt McCreery, J.E.
  2  668th                   
  43-9360  5H-S  A-20G
  Lt Bartmus, G.F.
  S/Sgt Orr, J.R.
  S/Sgt Flacks, F.L.
  3  668th                   
  43-10194  5H-A  A-20G
  Lt Kreh, E.B.
  Sgt Shelton, E.
  S/Sgt Schenck, D.R.
  4  668th                   
  43-9963  5H-N  A-20G
  Lt Meagher, J.F.
  S/Sgt Damico, E.A.
  Sgt Hantske, D.
  5  668th                   
  43-10210  5H-Q  A-20G
  Lt Mish, C.C.
  S/Sgt Clark, C.J.
  Sgt Chustz, R.F.
  6  668th                   
  43-10226  5H-E  A-20G
  Lt Nikas, A.P.
  Sgt Smith, H.W.
  Sgt Scott, G.W.
  [Returned Early No Sortie]

Box II -- Flight III
  1  668th                   
  43-9907  5H-O  A-20G
  Lt Ebenstein, G.
  S/Sgt Perkins, H.
  S/Sgt Newell, S.P.
  2  668th                   
  43-9194  5H-C  A-20G
  Lt Ritchie, S.B.
  S/Sgt Anderson, E.A.
  S/Sgt Newkirk, A.W.
  3  668th                   
  43-9684  5H-K  A-20G
  Lt Poindexter, R.D.
  T/Sgt Robbins, L.G.
  S/Sgt Simpson, D.H.
  4  668th                   
  43-9745  5H-I  A-20G
  Lt Miracle, R.V.
  S/Sgt Sieg, B.C.
  S/Sgt Burkhalter, J.C.
  5  669th                   
  43-10148  2A-H  A-20G
  Lt Downing, W.E.
  S/Sgt Dickenson, E.S.
  Sgt Hornbeck, K.E.
  6  671st                   
  43-10164  5C-I  A-20G
  Lt Svenson, R.R.
  Sgt Fild, P.G.
  S/Sgt Pfenning, G.H.

Box II
  SPARE  669th               
  43-9181  2A-A  A-20G
  Lt Renth, E.J.
  S/Sgt LaNave, O.D.
  S/Sgt Citty, F.M.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 61 -- May 28, 1944, Sunday PM
Behen, France -- NOBALL (XI/A/59)

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

Shaken, yes, but no less determined; before the end of the next day, our crews were off on three missions. An important naval R.D.F. Headquarters at Bruges/St Michal was the target in the morning. Bombing in boxes of 14's, against a small target, the results were only fair. Major Meng, Captain Jackson, and Captain Dunn led the boxes.

Simultaneous attacks were made in the afternoon on Noball targets at Vacqueriette and Behen. The box led by Major Willetts, with Lt Royalty, B-N, hit the first target with a good concentration of bombs in the target area. The other box led by Major Campbell, with Lt Palin, B-N, suspended the Behen target with well-placed hits.

"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Page 82

Mission #61 - 28 May - PM - Behen Noball. The second box of planes of the 416th, leading a box of planes from the 409th, with Major Campbell and Lt. Palin, BN leading our box did an excellent job of creaming this site.

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

Leading the 410th Bomb Gp (L) in on the Noball target at Behan, Major Campbell and Lt. Palin managed to suspend the installation with well-placed hits. This was on the 28th.

"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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