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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 81 -- June 20, 1944, Tuesday PM

Le Grand Rossignol, France




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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 93-384
OpRep #            : 81a
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 11,000 - 12,000 feet
Take-off Time      : 1609
Time Over Target   : 1715
Landing Time       : 1820
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 2:11

Place of Take-Off  : AAF-170 Wethersfield RAF Station, England
A/C Dispatched     : 36 Total -- 30 A-20G's, 6 A-20J's
Target Number      : Z 3207
Illustration       : NEG. 38750
Illustration Ref   : 051019
Summary of Results : Bombing results by flight ranged from Poor to Excellent.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 50.27667,1.84278 (50° 16' 36" N, 1° 50' 34" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on V1 Sites, LE GRAND ROSSIGNOL)
(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 # 81 -- June 20, 1944, Tuesday PM
Le Grand Rossignol, France -- NOBALL (XI/A/175)

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 Fejes, J.A.
  S/Sgt Judd, E.R.
  2  668th                   
  43-9745  5H-I  A-20G
  Lt Poindexter, R.D.
  S/Sgt Simpson, D.H.
  T/Sgt Robbins, L.G.
  3  668th                   
  43-9194  5H-C  A-20G
  Lt Ritchie, S.B.
  S/Sgt Anderson, E.A.
  S/Sgt Smith, H.W.
  4  668th                   
  43-10176  5H-T  A-20G
  Lt Bartmus, G.F.
  S/Sgt Orr, J.R.
  S/Sgt Newell, S.P.
  5  668th                   
  43-10226  5H-E  A-20G
  Lt Meredith, R.G.
  S/Sgt Hill, A.A.
  S/Sgt MacDonald, R.W.
  6  668th                   
  43-9935  5H-F  A-20G
  Lt Downing, W.E.
  S/Sgt Dickenson, E.S.
  S/Sgt Hornbeck, K.E.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  669th                   
  43-10135  2A-T  A-20J
  Capt Huff, M.J.
  Lt Kupits, J.
  S/Sgt Bergeron, A.E.
  S/Sgt Mallory, D.F.
  2  669th                   
  43-9390  2A-G  A-20G
  Lt Shainberg, N.V.
  Sgt Rodgers, H.C.
  Sgt VanDuyne, J.E.
  3  669th                   
  43-9743  2A-W  A-20G
  Lt Siggs, W.C.
  S/Sgt Nicks, R.W.
  S/Sgt Radlich, N.
  4  669th                   
  43-9189  2A-P  A-20G
  Lt MacManus, P.F.E.
  S/Sgt Rogers, J.L., Jr.
  S/Sgt Fleischman, G.I.
  5  669th                   
  43-9840  2A-V  A-20G
  Lt Boukamp, T.
  S/Sgt Colosimo, R.J.
  S/Sgt Nielsen, A.L.
  6  669th                   
  43-10147  2A-K  A-20G
  Lt Tripp, W.F.
  Sgt Vafiadis, C.
  Sgt Hoffman, R.C.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  669th                   
  43-21469  2A-J  A-20J
  Lt Morton, R.J.
  Lt Madenfort, J.
  S/Sgt Webb, C.L.
  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  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.
  S/Sgt LaNave, O.D.
  S/Sgt Ferguson, W.G.
  5  669th                   
  43-9943  2A-F  A-20G
  Lt Smith, J.F.
  Sgt Rice, R.W.
  Sgt Young, C.E.
  6  669th                   
  43-9717  2A-N  A-20G
  Lt Clark, H.B.
  Sgt Sabadosh, J.W.
  Sgt Floyd, C.F.

Box I
  SPARE  670th               
  43-10211  F6-O  A-20G
  Lt Sewell, J.C.
  Cpl McKee, J.
  S/Sgt Eutsler, R.
  [Returned Early as Briefed No Sortie]

Box II -- Flight I
  1  668th                   
  43-21719  5H-V  A-20J
  Capt Conant, H.F.
  Lt McBrien, R.T.
  S/Sgt Fild, P.G.
  S/Sgt Pfenning, G.H.
  2  668th                   
  43-21764  5H-X  A-20G
  Lt Peede, L.G.
  S/Sgt Daugherty, L.M.
  S/Sgt Hibbs, C.L.
  3  668th                   
  43-9907  5H-O  A-20G
  Maj Napier, J.G.
  S/Sgt Sieg, B.C.
  S/Sgt Burkhalter, J.C.
  4  668th                   
  43-10194  5H-A  A-20G
  Capt Prentiss, R.B.
  S/Sgt McCreery, J.E.
  S/Sgt Sylva, H.J.
  5  668th                   
  43-9684  5H-K  A-20G
  Lt Kreh, E.B.
  S/Sgt Shelton, E.
  S/Sgt Schenck, D.R.
  6  668th                   
  43-9975  5H-W  A-20G
  Lt Cruze, R.K.
  S/Sgt Adair, F.L.
  S/Sgt Love, C.F.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  671st                   
  43-21724  5C-A  A-20J
  Lt DeMand, F.W.
  Lt Hanlon, R.J.
  S/Sgt Troyer, R.J.
  S/Sgt Middleton, C.W.
  2  671st                   
  43-9711  5C-M  A-20G
  Lt Murray, T.J.
  Sgt DeBower, D.H.
  Sgt Jones, R.J.
  3  671st                   
  43-9221  5C-F  A-20G
  Lt Merchant, W.A.
  S/Sgt Harp, C.J.
  S/Sgt Brown, K.P.
  4  671st                   
  43-9220  5C-E  A-20G
  Lt Perkins, R.D.
  S/Sgt Sherry, V.N.
  S/Sgt Linneman, R.H.
  5  671st                   
  43-9925  5C-G  A-20G
  Lt Estes, C.L.
  S/Sgt Orvold, C.R.
  Sgt DiMartino, A.E.
  6  671st                   
  43-9363  5C-L  A-20G
  Lt Miller, J.H.
  Sgt Schrom, R.G.
  Sgt Galender, J.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  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.
  2  670th                   
  43-10157  F6-P  A-20G
  Lt Shea, D.F.
  S/Sgt Lee, R.E.
  S/Sgt Falk, F.G.
  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                   
  43-9680  F6-R  A-20G
  Lt Hillerman, J.P.
  Sgt Martinez, L.
  Sgt Paules, E.F.
  6  670th                   
  43-9380  F6-N  A-20G
  Lt Sommers, D.T.
  Sgt Zaklikiewicz, S.R.
  Sgt Johnson, J.L.

Box II
  SPARE  671st               
  43-9937  5C-B  A-20G
  Lt Morehouse, R.C.
  Sgt Zygiel, L.A.
  Sgt Burgess, A.J.
  [Returned Early as Briefed No Sortie]

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 81 -- June 20, 1944, Tuesday PM
Le Grand Rossignol, France -- NOBALL (XI/A/175)

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

Going back in the late afternoon, Major Price and Captain Conant led two boxes against the Noball target at Le Grand Rossegnol. The main buildings were destroyed or severely damaged, and hits or near misses were scored on the concrete platform.

"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Pages 99 - 100

Mission #81 - 20 June - PM - LeGrand Rossegnol Noball site. - Major Price and Lt. Hand, BN led Box I. Captain Conant and Lt. McBrien, BN led Box II - Captain Huff and Lt. Kupits, BN, Lts. Morton and Madenfort. BN. Lts. DeMand and Hanlon. led flights. The 409th Bomb Group had targeted this aiming point in the morning, and we had to do the same in the afternoon. This target was about a mile away from the Ligescourt Noball we hit yesterday, which we knew was heavily defended, but to everyone's surprise, no flak came up. Bombing was rated from good to excellent. All planes returned safely.

The group was visited by inspection teams, known as POM (Preparation for Overseas Movement). These guys come along with more than the white glove treatment, not over-looking anything. Our readiness for another movement was approved, with the group earning an "excellent" for their equipment and records.

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

June 20th brought the POM inspection team to check on our readiness for movement across the channel where we could be of greater value in ground support. Nothing escaped the eyes of the inspection team and they were well pleased with what they saw. Upon the completion of their two day visit they gave us an excellent rating.

The Ligescourt and the Le Grande Rossignol noball sites were attacked on the 20th in two missions. We had a total of 18 crews flying on these two missions. Flight Officer Byrne joined the organization as a pilot on this date.

[June 20, 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 20, 1944
World War II Military Situation Maps Collection
Library of Congress

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