9th AF Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 73 -- June 12, 1944, Monday PM

Epernon, France

Railroad Embankment



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 78-365
OpRep #            : 73
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 11,500 - 12,500 feet
Take-off Time      : 1843
Time Over Target   : 2018
Landing Time       : 2204
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 3:21

Place of Take-Off  : AAF-170 Wethersfield RAF Station, England
A/C Dispatched     : 38 Total -- 32 A-20G's, 6 A-20J's
Target Number      : 4801E/B/14
Illustration       : 4801E/30/B
Illustration Ref   : 048024
Secondary Target   : Evreux (Z441) (4901E/C/24)
Summary of Results : Box 1 - Pattern extending north of briefed MPI. Box 2 - Pattern short of briefed MPI. Box 3 - Excellent.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 48.61076,1.68757 (48° 36' 39" N, 1° 41' 15" 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

Loading List 3

Loading List 3, Box III

Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 73 -- June 12, 1944, Monday PM
Epernon, France -- Railroad Embankment

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                   
  43-9455  F6-T  A-20J
  Maj Price, R.F.
  Lt Hand, A.R.
  Sgt Shelton, E.
  S/Sgt Schenck, D.R.
  2  670th                   
  43-9452  F6-Q  A-20J
  Capt McNulty, G.M.
  Lt Bursiel, F.H.
  S/Sgt White, H.E.
  S/Sgt Addleman, R.F.
  3  671st                   
  43-9220  5C-E  A-20G
  Lt Col Ford, T.R.
  S/Sgt DiNapoli, S.F.
  S/Sgt McCleary, H.M.
  4  668th                   
  43-9745  5H-I  A-20G
  Lt Poindexter, R.D.
  T/Sgt Robbins, L.G.
  S/Sgt Simpson, D.H.
  [Returned Early No Sortie]
  5  668th                   
  43-10226  5H-E  A-20G
  Lt Hill, L.E.
  S/Sgt Burch, R.W.
  S/Sgt Yost, C.H.
  6  668th                   
  43-10176  5H-T  A-20G
  Lt Bartmus, G.F.
  S/Sgt Orr, J.R.
  Sgt Smith, H.W.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  668th                   
  43-9894  5H-R  A-20G
  Capt Conant, H.F.
  S/Sgt McCreery, J.E.
  S/Sgt Sylva, H.J.
  2  668th                   
  43-9194  5H-C  A-20G
  Lt Downing, W.E.
  Sgt Hornbeck, K.E.
  Pfc Allen, B.K.
  [PFC Allen (4th Camera Unit)]
  3  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  670th                   
  43-9227  F6-F  A-20G
  Lt Harrold, F.J.
  S/Sgt Griffin, E.L.
  Sgt Maziasz, C.W.
  2  670th                   
  43-9680  F6-R  A-20G
  Lt Hillerman, J.P.
  Sgt Martinez, L.
  Sgt Paules, E.F.
  3  670th                   
  43-9750  F6-M  A-20G
  Lt Sewell, J.C.
  Sgt Zaklikiewicz, S.R.
  Sgt Johnson, J.L.

Box II -- Flight I
  1  668th                   
  43-9640  5H-Z  A-20J
  Lt Osborne, A.E.
  Lt Forma, W.
  S/Sgt Kelly, E.E.
  S/Sgt Coe, W.H.
  2  669th                   
  43-9450  2A-S  A-20J
  Lt Sommers, H.L.
  Lt McQuade, R.J.
  S/Sgt VanDuyne, J.E.
  S/Sgt Rodgers, H.C.
  3  668th                   
  43-9684  5H-K  A-20G
  Lt Peede, L.G.
  S/Sgt Daugherty, L.M.
  S/Sgt Hibbs, C.L.
  4  668th                   
  43-9907  5H-O  A-20G
  Lt Ebenstein, G.
  S/Sgt Perkins, H.
  Sgt Newell, S.P.
  5  668th                   
  43-9975  5H-W  A-20G
  Lt Cruze, R.K.
  S/Sgt Adair, F.L.
  S/Sgt Love, C.F.
  6  668th                   
  43-10210  5H-Q  A-20G
  Lt Miracle, R.V.
  S/Sgt Burkhalter, J.C.
  S/Sgt Sieg, B.C.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  669th                   
  43-9943  2A-F  A-20G
  Lt Peck, W.A.
  S/Sgt Bergeron, A.E.
  S/Sgt Kelton, H.E.
  2  669th                   
  43-9929  2A-C  A-20G
  Lt DeMun, E.E.
  S/Sgt Rosenstein, M.
  S/Sgt Carney, H.O.
  3  669th                   
  43-9743  2A-W  A-20G
  Lt Siggs, W.C.
  Sgt Melchoir, F.E.
  Sgt Holloway, R.G.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  669th                   
  43-9900  2A-Q  A-20G
  Lt Behlmer, R.L.
  S/Sgt Kelly, W.J.
  S/Sgt Ferguson, W.G.
  2  669th                   
  43-10147  2A-K  A-20G
  Lt Shainberg, N.V.
  S/Sgt Webb, C.L.
  S/Sgt Citty, F.M.
  3  669th                   
  43-9181  2A-A  A-20G
  Lt Land, W.H.
  S/Sgt Alden, S.F.
  S/Sgt Ballinger, R.L.

Box II
  SPARE  671st               
  43-9711  5C-M  A-20G
  Lt Andrews, H.D.
  S/Sgt Cook, G.M.
  S/Sgt Werley, E.R.
  [Returned Early No Sortie]

Box III -- Flight I
  1  671st                   
  43-9914  5C-X  A-20J
  Capt Dunn, L.F.
  Lt Arrington, H.T.
  S/Sgt Marion, H.A.
  S/Sgt Adams, V.P.
  2  669th                   
  43-10135  2A-T  A-20J
  Capt Huff, M.J.
  Lt Kupits, J.
  S/Sgt Prindle, C.A.
  S/Sgt Epps, E.T.
  3  671st                   
  43-9221  5C-F  A-20G
  Lt Merchant, W.A.
  S/Sgt Harp, C.J.
  S/Sgt Brown, K.P.
  4  671st                   
  43-9363  5C-L  A-20G
  Lt DeMand, F.W.
  S/Sgt Troyer, R.J.
  S/Sgt Middleton, C.W.
  5  671st                   
  43-9393  5C-K  A-20G
  Lt Morehouse, R.C.
  Sgt Zygiel, L.A.
  Sgt Burgess, A.J.
  6  671st                   
  43-9937  5C-B  A-20G
  Lt York, R.W.
  S/Sgt Wilds, H.J.
  Sgt Ashton, L.A.

Box III -- Flight II
  1  670th                   
  43-10211  F6-O  A-20G
  Lt Greene, W.J.
  S/Sgt Ochaba, J.A.
  S/Sgt Colbert, W.F.
  2  670th                   
  43-9209  F6-K  A-20G
  Lt McGlohn, C.L.
  S/Sgt Moran, J.W.
  S/Sgt Driskill, P.B.
  3  670th                   
  43-9892  F6-L  A-20G
  Lt Hall, R.B.
  Sgt Blackford, D.S.
  Sgt Burger, L.C.

Box III -- Flight III
  1  670th                   
  43-9224  F6-E  A-20G
  Lt Monroe, H.A.
  S/Sgt Kidd, W.L.
  S/Sgt Risko, S.
  2  670th                   
  43-9217  F6-D  A-20G
  Lt Leonard, T.J.
  S/Sgt Evans, O.D.
  S/Sgt Palmer, T.A.
  3  670th                   
  43-9380  F6-N  A-20G
  Lt Johnson, E.L.
  S/Sgt Donahue, W.J.
  S/Sgt Brayn, M.R.

  SPARE  671st               
  43-10165  5C-H  A-20G
  Lt Platter, E.T.
  S/Sgt Johnson, K.L.
  S/Sgt Czech, J.L.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 73 -- June 12, 1944, Monday PM
Epernon, France -- Railroad Embankment

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

It was not until D plus 6 that the weather cleared enough to permit bombing from 12,000 feet. Unfortunately the bombsights in the lead planes of the first two boxes were not synchronized for deflection. As a result, the bombs missed the target, a railroad embankment at Epernon. The third box led by Capt. Dunn, Lt. Arrington, B-N, dropped squarely on the target, damaging the embankment and probably cutting the tracks. The first two boxes were led by Maj. Price and Lt. Osborne.

"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Page 96

Mission #73 - 12 June - Epernon Railroad Embankment. Three boxes took off for this target, with the first box led by Major Price and Lt. Hand, BN, Lts. Osborne and Forma, BN, and Captain Dunn and Arrington, BN leading the other two boxes. The sleek P-51s provided escort and only light flak met the group. The first two boxes ran into some difficulty with their bombing results rated as "Gross." The third box with Arrington bombing, covered the target and earned an excellent rating. No damage to any planes.

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

Ten sorties were flown on the 12th during an attack on the Opernon [Epernon] railway embankment.

[June 12, 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 12, 1944
World War II Military Situation Maps Collection
Library of Congress

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