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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 77 -- June 15, 1944, Thursday AM

Lessay, France

Railroad and Highway Bridges



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 84-374
OpRep #            : 76
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 11,300 - 12,200 feet
Take-off Time      : 0740
Time Over Target   : 0900
Landing Time       : 1029
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 2:49

Place of Take-Off  : AAF-170 Wethersfield RAF Station, England
A/C Dispatched     : 36 Total -- 27 A-20G's, 9 A-20J's
Target Number      : 4902W/Q/6
Illustration       : 4902W/138
Illustration Ref   : 031040, 034037
Secondary Target   : Coutances Railroad/Highway Junction (4902W/B/34)
Summary of Results : Bombing by flights of six; results by flight ranged from Fair to Excellent.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 49.21858,-1.53155 (49° 13' 7" N, 1° 31' 54" W)
(Latitude/Longitude based on Google Maps, Visual match to Target Illustration)
(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

Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 77 -- June 15, 1944, Thursday AM
Lessay, France -- Railroad and Highway Bridges

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.
  T/Sgt Robbins, L.G.
  S/Sgt Simpson, D.H.
  2  668th                   
  43-21719  5H-V  A-20J
  Capt Conant, H.F.
  Lt McBrien, R.T.
  S/Sgt Clark, C.J.
  Lt Lindsay, G.E.
  3  668th                   
  43-10194  5H-A  A-20G
  Lt Peede, L.G.
  S/Sgt Daugherty, L.M.
  S/Sgt Hibbs, C.L.
  4  668th                   
  43-9935  5H-F  A-20G
  Lt Meagher, J.F.
  Sgt Hantske, D.
  S/Sgt Damico, E.A.
  5  668th                   
  43-10226  5H-E  A-20G
  Lt Meredith, R.G.
  S/Sgt Hill, A.A.
  S/Sgt MacDonald, R.W.
  6  668th                   
  43-10176  5H-T  A-20G
  Lt Bartmus, G.F.
  S/Sgt Orr, J.R.
  S/Sgt Pfenning, G.H.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  669th                   
  43-9450  2A-S  A-20J
  Lt Morton, R.J.
  Lt Madenfort, J.
  S/Sgt Colosimo, R.J.
  S/Sgt Citty, F.M.
  2  669th                   
  43-9189  2A-P  A-20G
  Lt Connor, J.S.
  Sgt Rodgers, H.C.
  Sgt VanDuyne, J.E.
  3  669th                   
  43-21469  2A-J  A-20J
  Maj Radetsky, H.A.
  Lt Pape, M.A.
  S/Sgt Carney, H.O.
  S/Sgt Rosenstein, M.
  4  669th                   
  43-9390  2A-G  A-20G
  Lt Peck, W.A.
  S/Sgt Bergeron, A.E.
  S/Sgt Kelton, H.E.
  5  669th                   
  43-9743  2A-W  A-20G
  Lt Siggs, W.C.
  S/Sgt LaNave, O.D.
  S/Sgt Radlich, N.
  6  669th                   
  43-9717  2A-N  A-20G
  Lt Clark, H.B.
  Sgt Sabadosh, J.W.
  Sgt Floyd, C.F.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  669th                   
  43-10135  2A-T  A-20J
  Capt Huff, M.J.
  Lt Kupits, J.
  Sgt Vafiadis, C.
  Sgt Hoffman, R.C.
  2  669th                   
  43-10147  2A-K  A-20G
  Lt Tripp, W.F.
  Sgt Scott, J.O.
  S/Sgt Mallory, D.F.
  3  669th                   
  43-9961  2A-E  A-20G
  Lt Street, M.S.
  S/Sgt Prindle, C.A.
  S/Sgt Epps, E.T.
  4  669th                   
  43-9900  2A-Q  A-20G
  Lt Behlmer, R.L.
  T/Sgt Kelly, W.J.
  S/Sgt Ferguson, W.G.
  5  669th                   
  43-9929  2A-C  A-20G
  Lt Vleghels, A.J.
  Sgt Rice, R.W.
  Sgt Young, C.E.
  6  669th                   
  43-9202  2A-B  A-20G
  Lt Hayter, E.R.
  S/Sgt Melchoir, F.E.
  S/Sgt Holloway, R.G.

Box I
  SPARE  671st               
  43-9711  5C-M  A-20G
  Lt Merchant, W.A.
  S/Sgt Harp, C.J.
  S/Sgt Brown, K.P.
  [No Sortie]

Box II -- Flight I
  1  668th                   
  43-9640  5H-Z  A-20J
  Lt Osborne, A.E.
  Lt Forma, W.
  S/Sgt Coe, W.H.
  S/Sgt Kelly, E.E.
  2  670th                   
  43-9455  F6-T  A-20J
  Capt McNulty, G.M.
  Lt Bursiel, F.H.
  S/Sgt White, H.E.
  S/Sgt Addleman, R.F.
  3  668th                   
  43-10210  5H-Q  A-20G
  Lt Prentiss, R.B.
  S/Sgt McCreery, J.E.
  S/Sgt Sylva, H.J.
  4  668th                   
  43-9907  5H-O  A-20G
  Lt Ebenstein, G.
  S/Sgt Perkins, H.
  Sgt Newell, S.P.
  5  668th                   
  43-9745  5H-I  A-20G
  Lt Lesher, R.D.
  S/Sgt Hedrick, H.R.
  S/Sgt Antanaitis, A.J.
  6  668th                   
  43-9684  5H-K  A-20G
  Lt Kreh, E.B.
  Sgt Shelton, E.
  S/Sgt Schenck, D.R.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  670th                   
  43-21467  F6-W  A-20J
  Lt Rudisill, R.S.
  Lt Joost, R.H.
  S/Sgt Griffin, E.L.
  S/Sgt Maziasz, C.W.
  2  670th                   
  43-9892  F6-L  A-20G
  Lt Hall, R.B.
  Sgt Blackford, D.S.
  Sgt Burger, L.C.
  3  670th                   
  43-9689  F6-I  A-20G
  Lt Atkinson, P.G.
  S/Sgt Swafford, J.O.
  S/Sgt Glynn, F.P.
  4  670th                   
  43-9750  F6-M  A-20G
  Lt Ostrander, W.B.
  S/Sgt Wilson, J.E.
  S/Sgt Binney, I.
  5  670th                   
  43-9387  F6-H  A-20G
  Lt Sommers, D.T.
  Sgt Zaklikiewicz, S.R.
  Sgt Johnson, J.L.
  6  670th                   
  43-10211  F6-O  A-20G
  Lt Sewell, J.C.
  Sgt Martinez, L.
  Sgt Paules, E.F.

Box II -- Flight III
  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  671st                   
  43-9363  5C-L  A-20G
  Lt Adams, J.D.
  S/Sgt Clearman, P.L.
  S/Sgt Zeikus, A.J.
  3  671st                   
  43-9951  5C-P  A-20G
  Lt Henderson, F.W.
  Sgt Griswold, R.M.
  Sgt Coulombe, P.E.
  4  671st                   
  43-9714  5C-N  A-20G
  Lt Hixon, S.M.
  S/Sgt Troyer, R.J.
  S/Sgt Middleton, C.W.
  5  671st                   
  43-9393  5C-K  A-20G
  Lt Greenley, R.E.
  S/Sgt Worden, H.C.
  S/Sgt Rzepka, J.J.
  6  671st                   
  43-9221  5C-F  A-20G
  Lt Herman, A.E.
  Sgt Garrett, A.D.
  Sgt Young, J.O.

Box II
  SPARE  671st               
  43-9220  5C-E  A-20G
  Lt Murray, T.J.
  Sgt DeBower, D.H.
  Sgt Jones, R.J.
  [No Sortie]

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 77 -- June 15, 1944, Thursday AM
Lessay, France -- Railroad and Highway Bridges

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

On the 15th, we put them "in there" again. Maj. Price and Lt. Osborne led the two boxes in an attack on the bridges in Lessay. Bombing in flights of sixes, hits on a road bridge and a railroad bridge completely severed the railroad.

"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Page 97

Mission #77 - 15 June - AM - Lessay Bridge. Major Price and Lt. Hand, BN led Box I and Lts. Osborne and Forma, BN led Box II. Captain Conant and Lt. McBrien, BN flew deputy to Major Price. Flights were led by Lts. Morton and Madenfort, BN, - Captain Huff and Lt. Kupits, BN, Captain Rudisill and Joost, BN, and Lts. Marzolf and Basnett, BN. Bombing was by flights of six with good results over-all. Take off was in good weather, but on the way over the channel, they had to get down to about 500 feet over water. Fortunately, the clouds disappeared over the target area, allowing bombing at about 6000 feet. No flak was met, nor fighters. On the retun to base, Major Price kept the formation in position and buzzed the field with all 36 planes, an exciting display of precision, but not everybody is happy over events of that magnitude.

[June 15, 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 15, 1944
World War II Military Situation Maps Collection
Library of Congress

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