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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 66 -- June 4, 1944, Sunday PM

St. Pierre Du Mont, France

Coastal Battery



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 63-346
OpRep #            : 65
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 11,000 - 12,000 feet
Take-off Time      : 1344
Time Over Target   : 1515
Landing Time       : 1646
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 3:02

Place of Take-Off  : AAF-170 Wethersfield RAF Station, England
A/C Dispatched     : 43 Total -- 37 A-20G's, 6 A-20J's
Target Number      : 4901W/J/1
Illustration       : 4901W/30 (SECOND EDITION)
Illustration Ref   : 087065
Summary of Results : Box 1 - Bombs fell in two patterns, one pattern in fields approximately 1 mile southeast and the other 1300 yards east of target area. Box 2 - Majority of bombs dropped on premature release by deputy leader and falling 1 mile south of target area, the others falling within 150 feet of desired MPI. Box 3 - Excellent

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 49.39637,-0.98893 (49° 23' 47" N, 0° 59' 20" W)
(Latitude/Longitude based on Google Maps, Visual match to Strike Photo)
(See Latitude/Longitude Coordinates and Target Identifiers for more information.)

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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

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

         Date          Report

Serial #
Location Personnel (Status when available)
Jun 4, 1944
No_Report   43-10125
66 668 Rome Station, England Conant, Hiram Francis (Not Injured)
McBrien, Richard T. (WIA)
Kelly, Earnest E. (Not Injured)
Coe, William H. (Not Injured)

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Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 66 -- June 4, 1944, Sunday PM
St. Pierre Du Mont, France -- Coastal Battery

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  670th                   
  43-9439  F6-J  A-20J
  Maj Meng, W.J.
  Lt Powell, V.H.
  S/Sgt Stobert, R.F.
  S/Sgt Glynn, F.P.
  2  670th                   
  43-9452  F6-Q  A-20J
  Capt Hulse, D.A.
  Lt Conte, R.
  S/Sgt Allred, F.D.
  S/Sgt Stephens, D.W.
  3  670th                   
  43-9224  F6-E  A-20G
  Lt Gruetzemacher, R.O.
  S/Sgt Lee, R.E.
  S/Sgt Falk, F.G.
  4  670th                   
  43-9750  F6-M  A-20G
  Lt Ostrander, W.B.
  S/Sgt Wilson, J.E.
  S/Sgt Binney, I.
  5  671st                   
  43-9363  5C-L  A-20G
  Lt McGlohn, C.L.
  S/Sgt Moran, J.W.
  S/Sgt Driskill, P.B.
  6  668th                   
  43-9745  5H-I  A-20G
  Lt Nordstrom, A.W.
  S/Sgt Gossett, J.D.
  S/Sgt Miller, R.L.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  668th                   
  43-10210  5H-Q  A-20G
  Lt Shaefer, R.F.
  S/Sgt Judd, E.R.
  S/Sgt Fejes, J.A.
  2  668th                   
  43-9894  5H-R  A-20G
  Lt Cruze, R.K.
  S/Sgt Love, C.F.
  S/Sgt Adair, F.L.
  3  668th                   
  43-9684  5H-K  A-20G
  Lt Kreh, E.B.
  S/Sgt Schenck, D.R.
  Sgt Shelton, E.
  4  668th                   
  43-9194  5H-C  A-20G
  Lt Ritchie, S.B.
  S/Sgt MacDonald, R.W.
  S/Sgt Anderson, E.A.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  668th                   
  43-10176  5H-T  A-20G
  Lt Bartmus, G.F.
  S/Sgt Orr, J.R.
  Sgt Newell, S.P.
  2  668th                   
  43-9195  5H-D  A-20G
  Lt Svenson, R.R.
  Sgt Fild, P.G.
  S/Sgt Pfenning, G.H.
  3  669th                   
  43-9943  2A-F  A-20G
  Lt Downing, W.E.
  S/Sgt Dickenson, E.S.
  Sgt Hornbeck, K.E.
  4  668th                   
  43-9963  5H-N  A-20G
  Lt Hill, L.E.
  S/Sgt Yost, C.H.
  S/Sgt Burch, R.W.

Box II -- Flight I
  1  670th                   
  43-9455  F6-T  A-20J
  Capt Jackson, C.R.
  Lt Maltby, A.H.
  S/Sgt Riley, R.K.
  S/Sgt Bonamo, A.J.
  2  668th                   
  43-10125  5H-M  A-20J
  Capt Conant, H.F.
  Lt McBrien, R.T.
  S/Sgt Kelly, E.E.
  S/Sgt Coe, W.H.
  3  668th                   
  43-10226  5H-E  A-20G
  Lt Hillerman, J.P.
  Sgt Paules, E.F.
  Sgt Martinez, L.
  4  670th                   
  43-9207  F6-B  A-20G
  Lt Harrold, F.J.
  S/Sgt Griffin, E.L.
  Sgt Maziasz, C.W.
  5  670th                   
  43-9217  F6-D  A-20G
  Lt Leonard, T.J.
  S/Sgt Evans, O.D.
  S/Sgt Palmer, T.A.
  6  670th                   
  43-9380  F6-N  A-20G
  Lt Sommers, D.T.
  Sgt Zaklikiewicz, S.R.
  Sgt Johnson, J.L.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  669th                   
  43-10147  2A-K  A-20G
  Lt Morton, R.J.
  S/Sgt LaNave, O.D.
  S/Sgt Citty, F.M.
  2  669th                   
  43-9181  2A-A  A-20G
  Lt Land, W.H.
  S/Sgt Alden, S.F.
  S/Sgt Ballinger, R.L.
  3  668th                   
  43-9701  5H-H  A-20G
  Maj Radetsky, H.A.
  S/Sgt Chvatal, F.R.
  S/Sgt Fandre, B.G.
  4  669th                   
  43-9390  2A-G  A-20G
  Lt Shainberg, N.V.
  S/Sgt Rogers, J.L., Jr.
  S/Sgt Fleischman, G.I.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  669th                   
  43-9717  2A-N  A-20G
  Lt Peck, W.A.
  S/Sgt Bergeron, A.E.
  S/Sgt Kelton, H.E.
  2  669th                   
  43-10148  2A-H  A-20G
  Lt Church, C.
  S/Sgt Maciulewicz, P.P.
  S/Sgt Shatzer, H.E.
  3  669th                   
  43-9840  2A-V  A-20G
  Lt Clark, H.B.
  Sgt Sabadosh, J.W.
  Sgt Floyd, C.F.
  4  670th                   
  43-9978  F6-S  A-20G
  Lt Brown, N.G.
  S/Sgt Swafford, J.O.
  S/Sgt Glynn, P.F.

Box III -- Flight I
  1  671st                   
  43-21711  5C-S  A-20J
  Lt Marzolf, L.A.
  Lt Basnett, R.J.
  S/Sgt Wellin, H.E.
  S/Sgt Kutzer, L.G.
  2  669th                   
  43-9442  2A-D  A-20J
  Capt Huff, M.J.
  Lt Kupits, J.
  S/Sgt Thompson, J.B.
  S/Sgt Hatch, H.F.
  3  671st                   
  43-9711  5C-M  A-20G
  Lt Wipperman, R.A.
  S/Sgt Ahrens, H.S.
  Sgt Mazza, L.C.
  4  671st                   
  43-9393  5C-K  A-20G
  Lt Greenley, R.E.
  S/Sgt Worden, H.C.
  S/Sgt Rzepka, J.J.
  5  671st                   
  43-9221  5C-F  A-20G
  Lt Herman, A.E.
  Sgt Young, J.O.
  Sgt Garrett, A.D.
  6  671st                   
  43-9714  5C-N  A-20G
  Lt Murray, T.J.
  Sgt Jones, R.J.
  Sgt DeBower, D.H.

Box III -- Flight II
  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 Morehouse, R.C.
  Sgt Zygiel, L.A.
  Sgt Burgess, A.J.
  3  671st                   
  43-9937  5C-B  A-20G
  Lt Miller, J.H.
  Sgt Schrom, R.G.
  Sgt Galender, J.
  4  671st                   
  43-9925  5C-G  A-20G
  Lt Perkins, R.D.
  S/Sgt Sherry, V.N.
  S/Sgt Linneman, R.H.

Box III -- Flight III
  1  669th                   
  43-9961  2A-E  A-20G
  Lt Street, M.S.
  S/Sgt Prindle, C.A.
  S/Sgt Epps, E.T.
  2  669th                   
  43-9202  2A-B  A-20G
  Lt Tripp, W.F.
  Sgt Scott, J.O.
  S/Sgt Mallory, D.F.
  3  669th                   
  43-9743  2A-W  A-20G
  Lt Hayter, E.R.
  Sgt Melchoir, F.E.
  S/Sgt Holloway, R.G.
  4  669th                   
  43-9673  2A-I  A-20G
  Lt Dontas, P.
  S/Sgt Nielsen, A.L.
  S/Sgt Fields, W.E.

  SPARE  669th               
  43-9189  2A-P  A-20G
  Lt Connor, J.S.
  Sgt Rodgers, H.C.
  Sgt VanDuyne, J.E.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 66 -- June 4, 1944, Sunday PM
St. Pierre Du Mont, France -- Coastal Battery

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

On the 4th, forty-three aircraft took off to bomb a coastal defense battery at St. Pierre du Mont, on the invasion coast. Near misses were scored on a command post and on four gun positions. Dropping our greatest tonnage of bombs, 50 1/2 tons, the three boxes were led by Maj. Meng, Capt. Jackson, and Lt. Marzolf.

"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Pages 90 - 91

Mission #66 - 4 June - St. Pierre du Mont Coastal Guns. Major Meng and Lt. Powell, BN led Box I and Captain Conant and Lt. McBrien, BN. led Box II Captain Hulse and Lt. Conte, BN, plus Lts. Marzolf and Basnett, BN led flights. While flak was considered light, it managed to hit a few of our planes. Major Radetsky had one engine shot out. When he climbed out of his cockpit, he noticed three flak holes very near to where he was sitting. Near misses, are sometimes okay. Captain Conant had dropped their bombs and then they took a flak shot. His radio and VHF equipment caught fire, giving his gunners a hard time putting out the blaze, but they managed to do so. One engine was out, and his hydraulic lines were damaged severely. In addition, one wing bomb did not release, leaving it hanging from its shackle. Lt. McBrien, in the nose of the ship called to say he was bleeding, but the wound was found to be minor. Conant had a problem lowering his wheels, but managed a safe landing.

June 5 was a stand down day due to weather, but the planes were all being painted in three alternate black and white stripes on the wings and the fuselage. All personnel were called back to base, and no passes were available. Something big was coming, but nothing specific.

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

The pre-Invasion missions took quite a heavy toll in battle damage and casualties. On 4th June, the A-20J piloted by Captain Hiram F. Conant, Squadron Operations Officer, was hit by enemy ground fire while on a mission against the Coastal Battery of St. Pierre Dumont. The bombardier-navigator, Lieutenant Richard T. McBrien, was wounded in the legs by flak fragments. In spite of this, Captain Conant successfully attacked the target and brought the severely damaged craft back to England, where he landed at Rome Station. The gunners, Staff Sergeants Earnest E. Kelly and William H. Coe, extinguished two fires in the VHF equipment, thus saving the ship from crashing in flames.

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

Restriction of all personnel to the base was put into effect on June 4th. Gunners, bombardiers and pilots on leave were called back. Men began trooping to the rifle ranges to sharpen their shooting eyes. For, though nothing was definite, everyone had a good idea as to what was coming. On this day Major Meng led a formation, in which we had twelve crews, to attack a gun position at St Pierre du Mont.

"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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