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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 64 -- June 2, 1944, Friday PM

Gorenflos, France




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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 61-343
OpRep #            : 63
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 10,500 - 11,500 feet
Take-off Time      : 1755
Time Over Target   : 1917
Landing Time       : 2039
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 2:44

Place of Take-Off  : AAF-170 Wethersfield RAF Station, England
A/C Dispatched     : 41 Total -- 36 A-20G's, 5 A-20J's
Target Number      : Z 3004B
Illustration       : A/37/1
Illustration Ref   : 011016
Summary of Results : Two boxes, 19 ships each box, with the last 3 ships in each flight and 3 ships preceding formation dispersing window. Box 1 - Good Box 2 - Fair

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 50.09444,2.05417 (50° 5' 40" N, 2° 3' 15" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on V1 Sites, GORENFLOS)
(See Latitude/Longitude Coordinates and Target Identifiers for more information.)

Scanned original Mission 64 documents (multipage PDF files)

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Loading List 1

Loading List 1, Box I

Loading List 2

Loading List 2, Box II

Loading List 3

Loading List 3, Box III

Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 64 -- June 2, 1944, Friday PM
Gorenflos, France -- NOBALL (XI/A/37)

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  669th                   
  43-10135  2A-T  A-20J
  Maj Campbell, M.W.
  Lt Palin, W.H.
  S/Sgt Thompson, J.B.
  S/Sgt Hatch, H.F.
  2  670th                   
  43-9439  F6-J  A-20J
  Capt Hulse, D.A.
  Lt Conte, R.
  S/Sgt Allred, F.D.
  Capt McClellan, A.
  3  669th                   
  43-9181  2A-A  A-20G
  Lt Land, W.H.
  S/Sgt Alden, S.F.
  S/Sgt Ballinger, R.L.
  4  669th                   
  43-9202  2A-B  A-20G
  Lt MacManus, P.F.E.
  S/Sgt Rogers, J.L., Jr.
  S/Sgt Fleischman, G.I.
  5  669th                   
  43-9189  2A-P  A-20G
  Lt Hayter, E.R.
  Sgt Melchoir, F.E.
  S/Sgt Holloway, R.G.
  6  669th                   
  43-10148  2A-H  A-20G
  Lt Clark, H.B.
  Sgt Sabadosh, J.W.
  Sgt Floyd, C.F.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  668th                   
  43-9684  5H-K  A-20G
  Lt Shaefer, R.F.
  S/Sgt Fejes, J.A.
  S/Sgt Judd, E.R.
  2  668th                   
  43-10226  5H-E  A-20G
  Lt Meredith, R.G.
  S/Sgt Hill, A.A.
  S/Sgt MacDonald, R.W.
  3  668th                   
  43-9894  5H-R  A-20G
  Lt Ritchie, S.B.
  S/Sgt Newkirk, A.W.
  S/Sgt Anderson, E.A.
  4  668th                   
  43-9701  5H-H  A-20G
  Lt Meagher, J.F.
  Sgt Hantske, D.
  S/Sgt Damico, E.A.
  5  668th                   
  43-9195  5H-D  A-20G
  Lt Downing, W.E.
  S/Sgt Dickenson, E.S.
  Sgt Hornbeck, K.E.
  6  668th                   
  43-10194  5H-A  A-20G
  Lt Svenson, R.R.
  S/Sgt Fild, P.G.
  S/Sgt Pfenning, G.H.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  668th                   
  43-10176  5H-T  A-20G
  Lt Bartmus, G.F.
  S/Sgt Orr, J.R.
  Pvt Herttua, J.R.
  2  668th                   
  43-9745  5H-I  A-20G
  Lt Miracle, R.V.
  S/Sgt Sieg, B.C.
  S/Sgt Burkhalter, J.C.
  3  668th                   
  43-9360  5H-S  A-20G
  Lt Cruze, R.K.
  S/Sgt Adair, F.L.
  S/Sgt Love, C.F.
  4  668th                   
  43-9362  5H-L  A-20G
  Lt Hill, L.E.
  S/Sgt Burch, R.W.
  S/Sgt Yost, C.H.
  5  668th                   
  43-9963  5H-N  A-20G
  Lt Kreh, E.B.
  Sgt Shelton, E.
  S/Sgt Schenck, D.R.
  6  668th                   
  43-10210  5H-Q  A-20G
  Lt Nikas, A.P.
  Sgt Smith, H.W.
  Sgt Scott, G.W.

Box I
  SPARE  669th               
  43-9840  2A-V  A-20G
  Lt Boukamp, T.
  S/Sgt Colosimo, R.J.
  S/Sgt Mallory, D.F.

Box II -- Flight I
  1  670th                   
  43-9452  F6-Q  A-20J
  Lt Sommers, H.L.
  Lt McQuade, R.J.
  S/Sgt Maciulewicz, P.P.
  S/Sgt Shatzer, H.E.
  2  671st                   
  43-21711  5C-S  A-20J
  Capt Dunn, L.F.
  Lt Arrington, H.T.
  S/Sgt Marion, H.A.
  S/Sgt Adams, V.P.
  3  669th                   
  43-9673  2A-I  A-20G
  Lt Dontas, P.
  S/Sgt Nielsen, A.L.
  S/Sgt Fields, W.E.
  4  669th                   
  43-9961  2A-E  A-20G
  Lt Street, M.S.
  S/Sgt Prindle, C.A.
  S/Sgt Epps, E.T.
  5  669th                   
  43-9743  2A-W  A-20G
  Lt Smith, J.F.
  Sgt Vafiadis, C.
  Sgt Hoffman, R.C.
  6  669th                   
  43-9943  2A-F  A-20G
  Lt Tripp, W.F.
  S/Sgt LaNave, O.D.
  S/Sgt Radlich, N.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  670th                   
  43-9224  F6-E  A-20G
  Lt Rudisill, R.S.
  Sgt Blackford, D.S.
  S/Sgt Bonamo, A.J.
  2  670th                   
  43-10211  F6-O  A-20G
  Lt McGlohn, C.L.
  S/Sgt Moran, J.W.
  S/Sgt Driskill, P.B.
  3  670th                   
  43-9680  F6-R  A-20G
  Lt Hillerman, J.P.
  Sgt Martinez, L.
  Sgt Paules, E.F.
  4  670th                   
  43-10157  F6-P  A-20G
  Lt Ostrander, W.B.
  S/Sgt Wilson, J.E.
  S/Sgt Binney, I.
  5  670th                   
  43-9689  F6-I  A-20G
  Lt Nordstrom, A.W.
  S/Sgt Gossett, J.D.
  S/Sgt Miller, R.L.
  6  670th                   
  43-9892  F6-L  A-20G
  Lt Brown, N.G.
  S/Sgt Kidd, W.L.
  S/Sgt Risko, S.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  671st                   
  43-9951  5C-P  A-20G
  Lt DeMand, F.W.
  Sgt Troyer, R.J.
  S/Sgt Middleton, C.W.
  2  671st                   
  43-9493  5C-V  A-20G
  Lt Smith, R.H.
  S/Sgt Stockham, A.A.
  Sgt Mahoney, R.J.
  3  671st                   
  43-9711  5C-M  A-20G
  Lt Perkins, R.D.
  S/Sgt Sherry, V.N.
  S/Sgt Linneman, R.H.
  4  671st                   
  43-9219  5C-D  A-20G
  Lt Adams, J.D.
  S/Sgt Clearman, P.L.
  Sgt Zeikus, A.J.
  5  671st                   
  43-9363  5C-L  A-20G
  Lt Herman, A.E.
  Sgt Young, J.O.
  Sgt Garrett, A.D.
  6  671st                   
  43-9393  5C-K  A-20G
  Lt Murray, T.J.
  Sgt Jones, R.J.
  Sgt DeBower, D.H.

Box II
  SPARE  669th               
  43-9717  2A-N  A-20G
  Lt Vleghels, A.J.
  Sgt Rice, R.W.
  Sgt Young, C.E.

Box III -- Flight I
  1  670th                   
  43-9455  F6-T  A-20J
  Capt Jackson, C.R.
  Lt Maltby, A.H.
  S/Sgt Lee, R.E.
  S/Sgt Falk, F.G.
  2  670th                   
  43-9978  F6-S  A-20G
  Lt Rooney, R.J.
  S/Sgt McCleary, H.M.
  S/Sgt DiNapoli, S.F.
  3  670th                   
  43-9217  F6-D  A-20G
  Lt Sewell, J.C.
  Sgt Zaklikiewicz, S.R.
  Sgt Johnson, J.L.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 64 -- June 2, 1944, Friday PM
Gorenflos, France -- NOBALL (XI/A/37)

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

Mission #64, the first mission in June, was flown on the 2nd. Major Campbell, with Lt. Palin, B-N, had been sharpening up their batting eyes in May. They led the first box of this 41-ship formation, with Lt. Sommers, with Lt. R.J. McQuade, B-N, leading the second box. When PRU planes circled the Noball target at Corenflos, they found that our bombs had suspended it temporarily. This was the second successive Noball target that the CampbellPalin combination had suspended.

"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Page 89

Mission #64 - 2 June - Gorenflos Noball. Major Campbell with Lt. Palin, BN led Box I, with Captain Hulse and Lt. Conte BN, flying deputy. Box II was led by Captain Dunn and Lt. Arrington, BN. Bombing results were good, with light inaccurate flak experienced. P-47s provided escorts. Lt. McBride of the 670th squadron showed the mettle of which these pilots were cast. He noticed the manifold pressure for his left engine dropped to zero. Continuing on single engine, he kept on the path to the target, but he had fallen behind the flight. Watching the formation way ahead of him dropping their bombs, he flew up to where he thought they dropped their bombs and let his load go after counting five. Pictures of the strikes showed his bombs hit the target squarely. Who needs a bombardier? Turning off the target, he tagged way behind the formation which was taking flak. He was not threatened. Fighters escorted him back over the channel, where he landed at the base, none the least for wear.

"668th Bombardment Squadron (L) History"
Transcription from USAF Archives

The first of June found the Squadron, as the rest of the world, anxiously looking forward to the day of Invasion. But we did not await in idleness the opening of the Second Front. Our aircraft continued to pound the military installations of the Atlantic Wall, and the vital rail centers of Western Europe. On the 3rd of June we were restricted, and all passes and leaves cancelled. When we discovered in addition that our mail was not reaching its destination; and when on the 5th of June our planes were striped with white paint, obviously for purposes of identification, we knew that the Day could not be far off.

The night of June 3rd, the officers held their second party in the Club. Proceedings were slightly dampened by a twilight mission which kept many of the flyers away from the gathering until quite late in the evening. In spite of this however, the party was highly successful, and enjoyed by all who attended.

On the mission of 3rd June, referred to above, Second Lieutenant Anton P. Nikas, 0 813 560, was reported Missing in Action, together with his gunners, Staff Sergeant Arlington W. Newkirk, 13157600, and Sergeant George W. Scott, 35548906. Lieutenant Nikas, a recently assigned pilot, had been awarded the Air Medal and was on his sixth combat mission. Sergeant Scott, also a newcomer, had flown 8 missions. Staff Sergeant "Scotty" Newkirk, who came over with the outfit from the States, was a veteran of 33 combat missions.

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

The Group flew three missions in June prior to D-Day. The first, on the 2nd of June, was one of those all-669th shows. The two boxes were led by Major Campbell and Lt. Sommers, with Lt. Palin and Lt. McQuade the Bombardier-Navigators. When PRU planes photofraphed [photographed] the target, a Noball at Gorenfloss, after our attack, they found that our bombs had suspended it temporarily. This was the second successive Noball target that the Campbell-Palin team had suspended.

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

On 2 June we had 10 sorties flown against the Gorenflos no-ball target. On this mission Lt McBride performed another run which exemplified the spirit of our pilots. Just before the bomb run, the manifold pressure dropped off on the left engine. Running on one engine, the plane dropped behind in formation, but Lt McBride continued to follow the group in to the target. He saw the formation drop its bombs, finally caught up to where he thought they had dropped, counted five, dropped his, and hit exactly on the target, as pictures later proved. Lt McBride later stated "I knew I was going to have to drop them somewhere, and there was no better place than where they were supposed to be dropped." He turned off the target, still far behind the formation. There was flak thrown up at the rest of the planes, but none at his in his lone position. Fighters dropped back, hovered over him and escorted him back to the English coast. Lt McBride then proceeded to make his way back to his home field.

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

The 416th crossed the Channel 10 times from May 26th through June 4th to paste the enemy Airdromes, Marshalling Yards and No-Balls in air operations which were intended to knock the blocks from under the Nazis transportation, communication, and defense set-up in occupied France.

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