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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 65 -- June 3, 1944, Saturday PM

Chartres, France

Airdrome (S.898/8)



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 62-344
OpRep #            : 64
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 11,450 - 12,000 feet
Take-off Time      : 1959
Time Over Target   : 2132
Landing Time       : 2347
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 3:48

Place of Take-Off  : AAF-170 Wethersfield RAF Station, England
A/C Dispatched     : 40 Total -- 35 A-20G's, 5 A-20J's
Target Number      : Z 248
Illustration       : S 898/8
Illustration Ref   : 043018, 054046 - 1 Box Each
Summary of Results : Two boxes, 19 ships box 1 and 18 ships box 2, with the last 3 ships in each flight of box 1 and 3 ships preceding formation dispensing window. Box 1 - Fair Box 2 - Good

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 48.45841,1.52188 (48° 27' 30" N, 1° 31' 19" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on Google Maps, Visual match to Target Illustration)
(See Latitude/Longitude Coordinates and Target Identifiers for more information.)

Scanned original Mission 65 documents (multipage PDF files)

Mission Folder       Reports Folder       OpRep # 64       Fuel Use

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Mission 65 route

Mission # 65 - Route

Loading List 1

Loading List 1, Box I

Loading List 2

Loading List 2, Box II

Loading List 3

Loading List 3, Box III

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

         Date          Report

Serial #
Location Personnel (Status when available)
Jun 3, 1944
No_Report   43-9444
65 668 Price, Robert F. (WIA)
Hand, Arvid R. (Not Injured)
Adair, Fred L. (Not Injured)
Love, Carl F. (Not Injured)
Jun 3, 1944
65 668 Bourg Archard, France Nikas, Anton Peter (MIA, POW, RMC, RTD)
Newkirk, Arlington Westley (MIA, POW, RMC, RTD)
Scott, George W. (MIA, POW, RMC, RTD)
Jun 3, 1944
No_Report   43-9219
65 671 Andrews, Harold D. Jr. (Not Injured)
Werley, Ernest R. (Not Injured)
Cook, George Moss (WIA)

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( = Entries having actual Reports available for review.   = Entries having additional Images or Photos.)
To view an individual's Memorial page, click on the "Name" hyperlink.

Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 65 -- June 3, 1944, Saturday PM
Chartres, France -- Airdrome (S.898/8)

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  668th                   
  43-9444  5H-J  A-20J
  Maj Price, R.F.
  Lt Hand, A.R.
  S/Sgt Adair, F.L.
  S/Sgt Love, C.F.
  2  670th                   
  43-9439  F6-J  A-20J
  Capt Hulse, D.A.
  Lt Conte, R.
  S/Sgt Allred, F.D.
  S/Sgt Stephens, D.W.
  3  668th                   
  43-10176  5H-T  A-20G
  Lt Miracle, R.V.
  S/Sgt Burkhalter, J.C.
  S/Sgt Sieg, B.C.
  4  668th                   
  43-9907  5H-O  A-20G
  Lt Ebenstein, G.
  S/Sgt Perkins, H.
  Sgt Newell, S.P.
  5  668th                   
  43-9360  5H-S  A-20G
  Lt Nikas, A.P.
  Sgt Scott, G.W.
  S/Sgt Newkirk, A.W.
  6  668th                   
  43-10194  5H-A  A-20G
  Lt Downing, W.E.
  S/Sgt Dickenson, E.S.
  Sgt Hornbeck, K.E.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  671st                   
  43-9393  5C-K  A-20G
  Lt Cole, H.P.
  S/Sgt Fandre, B.G.
  S/Sgt Chvatal, F.R.
  2  671st                   
  43-9220  5C-E  A-20G
  Lt Wipperman, R.A.
  S/Sgt Ahrens, H.S.
  Sgt Mazza, L.C.
  3  671st                   
  43-10164  5C-I  A-20G
  Lt Zubon, M.
  Sgt Griswold, R.M.
  Sgt Coulombe, P.E.
  4  671st                   
  43-9925  5C-G  A-20G
  Lt Platter, E.T.
  S/Sgt Johnson, K.L.
  S/Sgt Czech, J.L.
  5  671st                   
  43-9711  5C-M  A-20G
  Lt Morehouse, R.C.
  Sgt Zygiel, L.A.
  Sgt Burgess, A.J.
  6  671st                   
  43-9493  5C-V  A-20G
  Lt Smith, R.H.
  S/Sgt Stockham, A.A.
  Sgt Mahoney, R.J.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  671st                   
  43-9951  5C-P  A-20G
  Lt DeMand, F.W.
  S/Sgt Middleton, C.W.
  Sgt Troyer, R.J.
  2  671st                   
  43-9221  5C-F  A-20G
  Lt Merchant, W.A.
  S/Sgt Harp, C.J.
  S/Sgt Brown, K.P.
  3  671st                   
  43-9219  5C-D  A-20G
  Lt Andrews, H.D.
  S/Sgt Werley, E.R.
  S/Sgt Cook, G.M.
  4  671st                   
  43-9363  5C-L  A-20G
  Lt Adams, J.D.
  S/Sgt Clearman, P.L.
  Sgt Zeikus, A.J.
  5  669th                   
  43-9214  2A-C  A-20G
  Lt Murray, T.J.
  Sgt Jones, R.J.
  Sgt DeBower, D.H.
  6  671st                   
  43-9937  5C-B  A-20G
  Lt Herman, A.E.
  Sgt Young, J.O.
  Sgt Garrett, A.D.

Box I
  SPARE  668th               
  43-9963  5H-N  A-20G
  Lt Hill, L.E.
  S/Sgt Burch, R.W.
  S/Sgt Yost, C.H.

Box II -- Flight I
  1  668th                   
  43-10125  5H-M  A-20J
  Capt Conant, H.F.
  Lt McBrien, R.T.
  S/Sgt Orr, J.R.
  Pvt Herttua, J.R.
  2  670th                   
  43-9455  F6-T  A-20J
  Maj Napier, J.G.
  Lt Smith, W.L.
  S/Sgt Bergeron, A.E.
  S/Sgt Kelton, H.E.
  3  668th                   
  43-9745  5H-I  A-20G
  Lt Lesher, R.D.
  S/Sgt Hedrick, H.R.
  S/Sgt Antanaitis, A.J.
  4  668th                   
  43-9362  5H-L  A-20G
  Lt Meagher, J.F.
  S/Sgt Damico, E.A.
  Sgt Hantske, D.
  5  668th                   
  43-9684  5H-K  A-20G
  Lt Kreh, E.B.
  Sgt Shelton, E.
  S/Sgt Schenck, D.R.
  6  668th                   
  43-9195  5H-D  A-20G
  Lt Svenson, R.R.
  Sgt Fild, P.G.
  Sgt Pfenning, G.H.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  670th                   
  43-9227  F6-F  A-20G
  Lt Rudisill, R.S.
  S/Sgt Bonamo, A.J.
  S/Sgt Riley, R.K.
  [Not Airborne]
  2  670th                   
  43-9217  F6-D  A-20G
  Lt Shea, D.F.
  S/Sgt Lee, R.E.
  S/Sgt Falk, F.G.
  3  670th                   
  43-9689  F6-I  A-20G
  Lt Atkinson, P.G.
  Sgt Swafford, J.O.
  S/Sgt Glynn, P.F.
  4  670th                   
  43-9207  F6-B  A-20G
  Lt Harrold, F.J.
  S/Sgt Griffin, E.L.
  S/Sgt Maziasz, C.W.
  5  670th                   
  43-9680  F6-R  A-20G
  Lt Hillerman, J.P.
  Sgt Paules, E.F.
  Sgt Martinez, L.
  6  670th                   
  43-9750  F6-M  A-20G
  Capt Moore, Z.R.
  S/Sgt Ochaba, J.A.
  S/Sgt Burns, D.E.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  669th                   
  43-10147  2A-K  A-20G
  Lt Morton, R.J.
  S/Sgt Nielsen, A.L.
  S/Sgt Fields, W.E.
  2  669th                   
  43-9743  2A-W  A-20G
  Lt Siggs, W.C.
  S/Sgt Colosimo, R.J.
  S/Sgt Radlich, N.
  3  669th                   
  43-9717  2A-N  A-20G
  Lt Tripp, W.F.
  Sgt Sabadosh, J.W.
  S/Sgt Mallory, D.F.
  4  669th                   
  43-9943  2A-F  A-20G
  Lt Renth, E.J.
  S/Sgt LaNave, O.D.
  S/Sgt Citty, F.M.
  5  669th                   
  43-9189  2A-P  A-20G
  Lt Hayter, E.R.
  Sgt Melchoir, F.E.
  S/Sgt Holloway, R.G.
  6  669th                   
  43-9900  2A-Q  A-20G
  Lt Church, C.
  S/Sgt Maciulewicz, P.P.
  S/Sgt Shatzer, H.E.

Box II
  SPARE  668th               
  43-10226  5H-E  A-20G
  Lt Meredith, R.G.
  S/Sgt Hill, A.A.
  S/Sgt MacDonald, R.W.

Box III -- Flight I
  1  671st                   
  43-21711  5C-S  A-20J
  Lt Osborne, A.E.
  Lt Forma, W.
  S/Sgt Kelly, E.E.
  S/Sgt Coe, W.H.
  2  669th                   
  43-9181  2A-A  A-20G
  Lt Clark, H.B.
  Sgt Floyd, C.F.
  Sgt Scott, J.O.
  3  669th                   
  43-9390  2A-G  A-20G
  Lt Street, M.S.
  S/Sgt Prindle, C.A.
  S/Sgt Epps, E.T.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 65 -- June 3, 1944, Saturday PM
Chartres, France -- Airdrome (S.898/8)

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

A day later, on the night of the Officer's party, a late mission took off to attack the Chartres Airdrome. When the last plane landed a few minutes before midnight, no one was certain of the results. The sun had already dropped below the horizon when the formation attacked. Photo reconnaissance later showed that the bombs had made craters on the landing area; five main hangars had been destroyed by fire; three hangars were demolished; two hangars received direct hits; and twenty-two hangars in the dispersal area were almost destroyed. We had led two other A-20 Groups over the target. The results were indeed gratifying to the two lead Bombardier-Navigators, Lt. Hand and Lt. McBrien, who flew with Maj. Price and Capt. Conant. One aircraft, piloted by Lt. A.P. Mikas, was hit in the target area. He lost altitude and was last seen to crash or crash land on the bank of the Seine River near Bourg-Achard. His two gunners were Sgt. G.W. Scott and S/Sgt. A.W. Newkirk. No chutes were seen to come from the plane.

"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Pages 89 - 90

Mission #65 - 3 June - Chartres Airdrome, France. This mission took off in the afternoon on one of the deepest penetrations this group undertook over enemy territory. Major Price and Lt. Hand, BN led the first Box with Captain Conant and Lt. McBrien, BN leading second box. Major Napier and Lt. W. L. Smith flew deputy. Captain Hulse and Lt. Conte, BN led a flight. As soon as the formation entered the French coast, heavy flak came up, hitting Lt. Gus Ebenstein severely, causing him to turn back to base. This requires the spare who flies along, to take up the space left vacant by Ebenstein. Lt. Meredith filled this void. Lt. A. P. Nikas received flak hits at the coast, also, but he continued on with the group. At the target, Lt. Nikas took more shots, causing his plane to go down with gunners, S/Sgt A. W. Newkirk and Sgt. G. W. Scott. They all managed to bail out since they were listed as POWs and returned. Bombing results were good.

Lt. Nikas was a new pilot to the 668th squadron, a native of Chicago. He had a reputation as an experienced football player both at high school and college. He had flown six prior missions. Sgt. Scott had flown eight sorties.

S/Sgt. Arlington Newkirk a 20 year old, was one of those talented artists, whose favorite character was Bugs Bunny, which was painted on his flight jacket and also on the plane he flew. His drawings were also on display at the Aero Club. He had earned a Purple Heart from previous missions, and the Air Medal, having 33 missions to his credit.

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

On June 3rd, six sorties were flown against the Chartres airdrome with fair results.

"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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