9th AF Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 63 -- May 30, 1944, Tuesday AM

Denain/Prouvy, France

Airdrome (S.790/5)



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 58-338
OpRep #            : 60
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 10,500 - 11,500 feet
Take-off Time      : 0930
Time Over Target   : 1121
Landing Time       : 1240
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 3:10

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 140
Illustration       : S 790/5
Illustration Ref   : 018029 - Box I, 012050 - Box II
Summary of Results : Box 1 - Excellent Box 2 - Fair

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 50.32625,3.45333 (50° 19' 35" N, 3° 27' 12" 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 # 63 -- May 30, 1944, Tuesday AM
Denain/Prouvy, France -- Airdrome (S.790/5)

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  670th                   
  43-9439  F6-J  A-20J
  Lt Sommers, H.L.
  Lt McQuade, R.J.
  S/Sgt LaNave, O.D.
  S/Sgt Mallory, D.F.
  3  671st                   
  43-9711  5C-M  A-20G
  Lt Adams, J.D.
  S/Sgt Clearman, P.L.
  S/Sgt Zeikus, A.J.
  4  671st                   
  43-9937  5C-B  A-20G
  Lt Platter, E.T.
  S/Sgt Johnson, K.L.
  S/Sgt Czech, J.L.
  5  671st                   
  43-9951  5C-P  A-20G
  Lt York, R.W.
  S/Sgt Wilds, H.J.
  Sgt Ashton, L.A.
  6  671st                   
  43-9221  5C-F  A-20G
  Lt Merchant, W.A.
  S/Sgt Harp, C.J.
  S/Sgt Brown, K.P.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  668th                   
  43-9701  5H-H  A-20G
  Lt Shaefer, R.F.
  S/Sgt Judd, E.R.
  S/Sgt Fejes, J.A.
  2  668th                   
  43-9963  5H-N  A-20G
  Lt Hill, L.E.
  S/Sgt Yost, C.H.
  S/Sgt Burch, R.W.
  3  668th                   
  43-9360  5H-S  A-20G
  Lt Cruze, R.K.
  S/Sgt Adair, F.L.
  S/Sgt Love, C.F.
  4  668th                   
  43-10226  5H-E  A-20G
  Lt Meredith, R.G.
  S/Sgt Hill, A.A.
  S/Sgt Sieg, B.C.
  5  668th                   
  43-9684  5H-K  A-20G
  Lt Kreh, E.B.
  Sgt Shelton, E.
  S/Sgt Schenck, D.R.
  6  668th                   
  43-10194  5H-A  A-20G
  Lt Mish, C.C.
  S/Sgt Clark, C.J.
  Sgt Chustz, R.F.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  669th                   
  43-9900  2A-Q  A-20G
  Lt MacManus, P.F.E.
  S/Sgt Rogers, J.L., Jr.
  S/Sgt Fleischman, G.I.
  2  669th                   
  43-9189  2A-P  A-20G
  Lt Shainberg, N.V.
  Sgt Sabadosh, J.W.
  Sgt Floyd, C.F.
  3  669th                   
  43-9961  2A-E  A-20G
  Lt Street, M.S.
  S/Sgt Prindle, C.A.
  S/Sgt Epps, E.T.
  4  669th                   
  43-9743  2A-W  A-20G
  Lt Peck, W.A.
  S/Sgt Bergeron, A.E.
  S/Sgt Kelton, H.E.
  5  669th                   
  43-9202  2A-B  A-20G
  Lt Smith, J.F.
  S/Sgt Vafiadis, C.
  Sgt Hoffman, R.C.
  6  669th                   
  43-9673  2A-I  A-20G
  Lt Dontas, P.
  S/Sgt Fields, W.E.
  S/Sgt Nielsen, A.L.

Box I
  SPARE  671st               
  43-9393  5C-K  A-20G
  Lt Smith, R.H.
  S/Sgt Stockham, A.A.
  Sgt Mahoney, R.J.

Box II -- Flight I
  1  669th                   
  43-10135  2A-T  A-20J
  Lt Marzolf, L.A.
  Lt Basnett, R.J.
  S/Sgt Wellin, H.E.
  S/Sgt Kutzer, L.G.
  2  668th                   
  43-10125  5H-M  A-20J
  Capt Conant, H.F.
  Lt McBrien, R.T.
  Pvt Herttua, J.R.
  Sgt Sylva, H.J.
  3  671st                   
  43-9220  5C-E  A-20G
  Lt Perkins, R.D.
  S/Sgt Sherry, V.N.
  S/Sgt Linneman, R.H.
  4  671st                   
  43-10214  5C-C  A-20G
  Lt Greenley, R.E.
  S/Sgt Worden, H.C.
  S/Sgt Rzepka, J.J.
  5  671st                   
  43-9363  5C-L  A-20G
  Lt Henderson, F.W.
  Sgt Griswold, R.M.
  Sgt Coulombe, P.E.
  6  671st                   
  43-10165  5C-H  A-20G
  Lt Zubon, M.
  T/Sgt Tanner, J.R.L.
  S/Sgt Russell, W.C.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  670th                   
  43-9455  F6-T  A-20J
  Capt Hulse, D.A.
  Lt Conte, R.
  S/Sgt Allred, F.D.
  Sgt Stephens, D.W.
  2  670th                   
  43-10157  F6-P  A-20G
  Lt Shea, D.F.
  S/Sgt Lee, R.E.
  S/Sgt Falk, F.G.
  3  670th                   
  43-9680  F6-R  A-20G
  Lt Hillerman, J.P.
  S/Sgt Gossett, J.D.
  S/Sgt Miller, R.L.
  4  668th                   
  43-9907  5H-O  A-20G
  Lt Ostrander, W.B.
  S/Sgt Wilson, J.E.
  S/Sgt Binney, I.
  5  668th                   
  43-9195  5H-D  A-20G
  Lt McGlohn, C.L.
  S/Sgt Moran, J.W.
  S/Sgt Driskill, P.B.
  6  668th                   
  43-10176  5H-T  A-20G
  Lt Sewell, J.C.
  Sgt Burns, D.E.
  Sgt Daniel, W.J.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  670th                   
  43-9380  F6-N  A-20G
  Lt Rudisill, R.S.
  S/Sgt Riley, R.K.
  S/Sgt Bonamo, A.J.
  2  670th                   
  43-9892  F6-L  A-20G
  Lt Leonard, T.J.
  S/Sgt Evans, O.D.
  S/Sgt Palmer, T.A.
  3  670th                   
  43-9978  F6-S  A-20G
  Lt Rooney, R.J.
  S/Sgt McCleary, H.M.
  S/Sgt DiNapoli, S.F.
  4  670th                   
  43-9224  F6-E  A-20G
  Lt Monroe, H.A.
  S/Sgt Kidd, W.L.
  S/Sgt Risko, S.
  5  670th                   
  43-9207  F6-B  A-20G
  Lt McBride, L.R.
  Cpl McKee, J.
  S/Sgt Eutsler, R.
  6  670th                   
  43-10211  F6-O  A-20G
  Lt Hall, R.B.
  Sgt Blackford, D.S.
  Sgt Burger, L.C.

Box II
  SPARE  671st               
  43-9219  5C-D  A-20G
  Lt Andrews, H.D.
  S/Sgt Cook, G.M.
  S/Sgt Werley, E.R.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 63 -- May 30, 1944, Tuesday AM
Denain/Prouvy, France -- Airdrome (S.790/5)

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

The 30th mission of the month, and the 63rd since we had begun operating, took off on the 30th. The target was the airdrome at Denian-Prouvy. The first box scored excellent results; the second, poor. A large hangar was damaged and a small one was destroyed. Two other buildings were destroyed, and three blast shelters were damaged. Major Willetts, with Lt Royalty, B-N, and Lt Marzolf, with Lt Basnett, B-N, led the boxes.

Other figures shown that our crews flew 1079 sorties during the month and dropped 786 tons of bombs.

"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Pages 82 - 85

Mission #63 - 30 May - Denain Prouvy Airdrome. Major Willetts and Lt. Royalty, BN and Captain Conant and Lt. McBrien, BN led boxes. Captain Hulse and Lt. Conte, BN, and Lts. Marzolf and Basnett, BN led flights. Lts. Sommers and McQuade flew deputy. Bombing results were rated excellent. P-47s provided cover for the group. No flak.

The month of May was a pretty hectic one for the group with 30 missions flown. Their successes were noted by higher ups, including a commendation for the IX bomber Command from the Air Commander-in-Chief of the Allied Expeditionary Force, T. LEIGH-MALLORY which read:

Now that full reports have come in relating to the recent concentrated effort against special targets in Northern France, it is apparent that of all Bomber Forces involved, those of Ninth Air Force proved to be by far the most efficacious in knocking out these difficult and well defended tagets.

2. I have also watched the results of the Ninth Air Force operations against coastal defense batteries, and here again have been impressed with the accuracy of the bombing.

The concentrated, determined, and highly skilled manner in which these Groups have operated augurs well for the future, and I shall be glad if you will convey my congratulations to all those air and ground crews which have been involved in these operations.

Major General L. H. Brereton, Commanding the IX Bomber Command endorsed Mallory's commendation thusly:

It is with genuine pride and satisfaction in your accomplishments that I forward this letter on to you and every member of your command. You have had keen competition in your relentless assaults against the enemy and the statement of the Air Commander-in-Chief that you have proved to be by far the most efficacious in knocking out these difficult and well defended targets' is in itself great praise.

I have full faith and confidence in your ability and determination to maintain your most commendable record in the approaching invasion of the Continent. I wish you every success.

Brigadier General Samuel E. Anderson, Commanding the IX Bomber Command sent the following to all Commanding Officers of the Combat Wings, IX Bomber Command, and Commanding Officers of All Stations, IX Bomber Command:

1. The above letter from the Commanding General Ninth Air Force, expressing his pride and satisfaction in the accomplishments of IX Bomber Command and his faith and confidence in IX Bomber Command's ability and determination to operate efficiently and effectively in the coming invasion of the continent and this endorsement will be:

a. read to all combat crew members at briefing.

b. posted on all Squadron bulletin boards on your station for a period of three days in order that all station personnel may be informed of the high regard the Air Commander-in-Chief, Allied Expeditionary Air Force, and the Commanding General, Ninth Air Force, have for IX Bomber Command and its accomplishments and of my great pride in IX Bomber Command.

2. I dictate the above steps to inform all personnel of this letter because I am fully aware that the present scale of operations and the excellent bombing results being obtained are possible only because each officer and enlisted man in IX Bomber Command is doing his assigned task in the most efficient and loyal way possible. Combat crews deliver the bombs, the work of the ground personnel makes it possible for them to do so. Any credit due IX Bomber Command belongs to the command as a whole -- not to any individuals.

3. General Brereton's expression of faith and confidence in IX Bomber Command is most gratifying. It is also a challenge to us all. I am fully confident that no unit or individual of IX Bomber Command will fail to do his utmost to make the approaching invasion of the Continent the greatest success in military history. Your utmost efforts will be necessary, but I am confident they will be sufficient for victory. You have been tested and found worthy of the great part you will take in the supreme effort to crush our enemies. I am proud of you and confident of your success.

These accolades go a long way for the morale of all personnel who are proud recipients of these words,

"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.

On the 30th, a new bombardier, 1st Lt Robert Joost, joined the organization. He came to us from a B-26 squadron and had already been on 26 combat missions. This brought our total of bombardiers up to T/O strength for the first time.

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