9th AF Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 72 -- June 11, 1944, Sunday AM

Falaise C-2, France

Road Junction



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 75-362
OpRep #            : 72
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : No Attack
Take-off Time      : 0727
Time Over Target   : No Attack
Landing Time       : 1034
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 3:07

Place of Take-Off  : AAF-170 Wethersfield RAF Station, England
A/C Dispatched     : 39 Total -- 33 A-20G's, 6 A-20J's
Target Number      : 4801W/Q/3
Illustration       : 4801W/46
Illustration Ref   : C2
Summary of Results : Formation failed to bomb due to weather.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 48.89507,-0.19228 (48° 53' 42" N, 0° 11' 32" W)
(Latitude/Longitude based on Google Maps, Selected Town center - Falaise, France)
(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

Loading List 3

Loading List 3, Box III

Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 72 -- June 11, 1944, Sunday AM
Falaise C-2, France -- Road Junction

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  669th                   
  43-10135  2A-T  A-20J
  Capt Huff, M.J.
  Lt Kupits, J.
  Sgt Melchoir, F.E.
  S/Sgt Holloway, R.G.
  3  671st                   
  43-9937  5C-B  A-20G
  Lt Durante, A.R.
  S/Sgt Best, H.T.
  S/Sgt DeGiusti, I.R.
  4  671st                   
  43-9363  5C-L  A-20G
  Lt Adams, J.D.
  S/Sgt Zeikus, A.J.
  S/Sgt Clearman, P.L.
  5  671st                   
  43-9393  5C-K  A-20G
  Lt Greenley, R.E.
  S/Sgt Worden, H.C.
  S/Sgt Rzepka, J.J.
  6  671st                   
  43-9714  5C-N  A-20G
  Lt Henderson, F.W.
  Sgt Griswold, R.M.
  Sgt Coulombe, P.E.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  669th                   
  43-9390  2A-G  A-20G
  Lt MacManus, P.F.E.
  S/Sgt Rogers, J.L., Jr.
  S/Sgt Fleischman, G.I.
  2  669th                   
  43-9743  2A-W  A-20G
  Lt Dontas, P.
  S/Sgt Nielsen, A.L.
  Lt Lindsay, G.E.
  3  669th                   
  43-9929  2A-C  A-20G
  Lt Tripp, W.F.
  Sgt Scott, J.O.
  S/Sgt Mallory, D.F.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  669th                   
  43-9840  2A-V  A-20G
  Lt Boukamp, T.
  S/Sgt Colosimo, R.J.
  S/Sgt Radlich, N.
  2  669th                   
  43-9961  2A-E  A-20G
  Lt Smith, J.F.
  Sgt Vafiadis, C.
  Sgt Hoffman, R.C.
  3  669th                   
  43-9943  2A-F  A-20G
  Lt Hayter, E.R.
  Sgt Rice, R.W.
  Sgt Young, C.E.

Box I
  SPARE  670th               
  43-9217  F6-D  A-20G
  Lt Brown, N.G.
  Cpl McKee, J.
  Sgt Burns, D.E.
  [Returned Early As Briefed]

Box II -- 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  670th                   
  43-9455  F6-T  A-20J
  Maj Napier, J.G.
  Lt Smith, W.L.
  S/Sgt Moran, J.W.
  S/Sgt Driskill, P.B.
  3  671st                   
  43-10165  5C-H  A-20G
  Lt Zubon, M.
  T/Sgt Tanner, J.R.L.
  S/Sgt Russell, W.C.
  4  671st                   
  43-9221  5C-F  A-20G
  Lt Wheeler, R.V.
  S/Sgt Johnson, K.L.
  S/Sgt Czech, J.L.
  5  671st                   
  43-9711  5C-M  A-20G
  Lt Herman, A.E.
  Sgt Young, J.O.
  Sgt Garrett, A.D.
  6  671st                   
  43-9220  5C-E  A-20G
  Lt Murray, T.J.
  Sgt Jones, R.J.
  Sgt DeBower, D.H.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  668th                   
  43-10210  5H-Q  A-20G
  Capt Prentiss, R.B.
  S/Sgt McCreery, J.E.
  S/Sgt Sylva, H.J.
  2  668th                   
  43-9975  5H-W  A-20G
  Lt Downing, W.E.
  S/Sgt Dickenson, E.S.
  Sgt Hornbeck, K.E.
  3  668th                   
  43-10176  5H-T  A-20G
  Lt Peede, L.G.
  S/Sgt Daugherty, L.M.
  S/Sgt Hibbs, C.L.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  668th                   
  43-9745  5H-I  A-20G
  Lt Lesher, R.D.
  S/Sgt Hedrick, H.R.
  S/Sgt Antanaitis, A.J.
  2  668th                   
  43-9684  5H-K  A-20G
  Lt Kreh, E.B.
  Sgt Kelton, H.E.
  S/Sgt Schenck, D.R.
  3  668th                   
  43-9894  5H-R  A-20G
  Lt Hill, L.E.
  S/Sgt Burch, R.W.
  S/Sgt Yost, C.H.

Box II
  SPARE  671st               
  43-9219  5C-D  A-20G
  Lt Miller, J.H.
  Sgt Schrom, R.G.
  S/Sgt Galender, J.
  [Returned Early As Briefed]

Box III -- Flight I
  1  670th                   
  43-9452  F6-Q  A-20J
  Capt Hulse, D.A.
  Lt Conte, R.
  S/Sgt Allred, F.D.
  S/Sgt Stephens, D.W.
  2  670th                   
  43-21467  F6-W  A-20J
  Lt Rudisill, R.S.
  Lt Joost, R.H.
  S/Sgt Riley, R.K.
  S/Sgt Bonamo, A.J.
  3  670th                   
  43-9227  F6-F  A-20G
  Lt Nordstrom, A.W.
  S/Sgt Gossett, J.D.
  S/Sgt Miller, R.L.
  4  670th                   
  43-9750  F6-M  A-20G
  Lt Ostrander, W.B.
  S/Sgt Wilson, J.E.
  S/Sgt Binney, I.
  5  670th                   
  43-9380  F6-N  A-20G
  Lt Sommers, D.T.
  Sgt Zaklikiewicz, S.R.
  Sgt Johnson, J.L.
  6  670th                   
  43-9207  F6-B  A-20G
  Lt Atkinson, P.G.
  S/Sgt Swafford, J.O.
  S/Sgt Glynn, P.F.

Box III -- Flight II
  1  668th                   
  43-21750  5H-S  A-20J
  Lt Shaefer, R.F.
  Lt Burg, J.J.
  S/Sgt Fejes, J.A.
  S/Sgt Judd, E.R.
  2  668th                   
  43-9194  5H-C  A-20G
  Lt Ritchie, S.B.
  S/Sgt Anderson, E.A.
  Sgt Smith, H.W.
  3  668th                   
  43-10226  5H-E  A-20G
  Lt Meredith, R.G.
  S/Sgt Sieg, B.C.
  S/Sgt MacDonald, R.W.

Box III -- Flight III
  1  668th                   
  43-9907  5H-O  A-20G
  Lt Ebenstein, G.
  Sgt Newell, S.P.
  S/Sgt Perkins, H.
  2  668th                   
  43-9195  5H-D  A-20G
  Lt Svenson, R.R.
  Sgt Fild, P.G.
  S/Sgt Pfenning, G.H.
  3  668th                   
  43-10194  5H-A  A-20G
  Lt Mish, C.C.
  S/Sgt Clark, C.J.
  Sgt Chustz, R.F.

  SPARE  670th               
  43-9978  F6-S  A-20G
  Lt Rooney, R.J.
  S/Sgt McCleary, H.M.
  S/Sgt DiNapoli, S.F.
  [Returned Early As Briefed]

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 72 -- June 11, 1944, Sunday AM
Falaise C-2, France -- Road Junction

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

Two days of bad weather kept the planes on the ground until the 11th. Even then bad weather prevented the planes from attacking the target, a road junction at Falaise.

"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Page 95

Mission #72 - 11 June - Falaise Railroad Junction. The allied ground forces were making remarkably good headway following the invasion. Aircrews were beside themselves because they could not help as much as they possibly could. Major Willetts and Lt. Royalty BN led Box I. Captain Hulse and Lt. Conte, BN led a Box. Lts. Marzolf and Basnett, BN and Lts. Rudisill and Joost, BN participated. Clouds covered the target area, so no bombs were dropped. P-47s circled the formation, light flak came up but no damage was experienced.

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

We resumed our combat operations on June 11th. Although only six of our crews were used on the mission of this day, it proved a newsmaking one. Lt Atkinson's plane developed engine trouble over the channel. Before the channel was crossed the right engine was smoking, causing Lt Atkinson to pull further out of formation and drop behind. However, he followed the formation in to the target. A heavy overcast caused the leader to make one pass over the target and then take his group back to the coast without dropping the bombs. Lt Atkinson kept losing altitude on the way back, and finally dropping to 5,000 feet he decided to come home alone. The crew dropped their bombs, flak suits and ammunition in the channel to lighten the load, and Lt Atkinson was prepared to give the bail out signal. He had contacted the Air-Sea rescue, and about that time American P-38's and English Spitfires picked him up and escorted him to their base in Shoreham, England, where they landed safely. The engine trouble was caused by a loss of all the oil through a leak.

[June 11, 1944], HQ Twelfth Army Group situation map

Map showing Western Allies and Axis troop position details in Western Europe
as of approximately 1200 hours, June 11, 1944
World War II Military Situation Maps Collection
Library of Congress

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