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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 92 -- July 6, 1944, Thursday PM

between Verneuil and La Loupe, France

Points on Railroad



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 113-411
OpRep #            : 97a
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 12,000 feet
Take-off Time      : 1719
Time Over Target   : 1910 - 1915
Landing Time       : 2101
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 3:42

Place of Take-Off  : AAF-170 Wethersfield RAF Station, England
A/C Dispatched     : 36 Total -- 30 A-20G's, 6 A-20J's
Illustration       : 1 - 4800/13C, 2 - 4800/14A, 3 - 4800/15A, 4 - 8/G/4, 5 - 8/G/4, 6 - 8/G/2
Illustration Ref   : 058027, 035035, 042056, 051107, 050119, 974243
Summary of Results : Bombing results by flight ranged from Gross to Excellent.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 48.61541,0.90135 (48° 36' 55" N, 0° 54' 5" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on Google Maps, Approximate 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

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

         Date          Report

Serial #
Location Personnel (Status when available)
Jul 6, 1944
No_Report   43-21711
92 671 Marzolf, Laverne A. (Not Injured)
Basnett, Robert J. (WIA)
Wellin, Horace E. (Not Injured)
Kutzer, Louis G. (Not Injured)

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( = Entries having actual Reports available for review.   = Entries having additional Images or Photos.)
To view an individual's Memorial page, click on the "Name" hyperlink.

Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 92 -- July 6, 1944, Thursday PM
between Verneuil and La Loupe, France -- Points on Railroad

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 Hibbs, C.L.
  S/Sgt Daugherty, L.M.
  2  668th                   
  43-9362  5H-L  A-20G
  Lt Ebenstein, G.
  Sgt Newell, S.P.
  Sgt Hantske, D.
  3  668th                   
  43-21764  5H-X  A-20G
  Lt Hill, L.E.
  S/Sgt Burch, R.W.
  S/Sgt Yost, C.H.
  4  668th                   
  43-9975  5H-W  A-20G
  Lt Cruze, R.K.
  S/Sgt Love, C.F.
  S/Sgt Adair, F.L.
  5  668th                   
  43-9195  5H-D  A-20G
  Lt Svenson, R.R.
  S/Sgt Fild, P.G.
  S/Sgt Pfenning, G.H.
  6  668th                   
  43-10176  5H-T  A-20G
  Lt Welsh, A.J.
  Sgt Wright, R.E.
  Sgt Novak, S.G.

Box I -- Flight II
  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                   
  43-9680  F6-R  A-20G
  Lt Murray, T.J.
  S/Sgt Jones, R.J.
  S/Sgt DeBower, D.H.
  3  671st                   
  43-9937  5C-B  A-20G
  Lt Durante, A.R.
  S/Sgt Best, H.T.
  S/Sgt DeGiusti, I.R.
  4  670th                   
  43-9750  F6-M  A-20G
  Lt Wheeler, R.V.
  S/Sgt Brower, J.S.
  S/Sgt Russell, W.C.
  5  670th                   
  43-9224  F6-E  A-20G
  Lt Withington, D.L.
  Sgt Huss, C.F.
  S/Sgt McElhattan, L.D.
  6  670th                   
  43-9892  F6-L  A-20G
  Lt Andrews, H.D.
  S/Sgt Cook, G.M.
  S/Sgt Werley, E.R.

Box I -- 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                   
  43-10211  F6-O  A-20G
  Lt McBride, L.R.
  Sgt Leahigh, L.L.
  S/Sgt Eutsler, R.
  3  670th                   
  43-9209  F6-K  A-20G
  Lt Gruetzemacher, R.O.
  S/Sgt Gossett, J.D.
  Sgt Cummings, W.D.
  4  670th                   
  43-9978  F6-S  A-20G
  Lt Greene, W.J.
  S/Sgt Ochaba, J.A.
  S/Sgt Colbert, W.F.
  5  671st                   
  43-10214  5C-C  A-20G
  Lt Singletary, R.B.
  Sgt Wiggins, H.G.
  Sgt Cianciosi, A.A.
  6  671st                   
  43-9956  5C-Z  A-20G
  Lt Sommers, D.T.
  Sgt Zaklikiewicz, S.R.
  Sgt Johnson, J.L.

Box I
  SPARE  670th               
  43-9200  F6-A  A-20G
  Lt Morehouse, R.C.
  S/Sgt Zygiel, L.A.
  S/Sgt Burgess, A.J.
  [No Sortie]

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  668th                   
  43-21819  5H-K  A-20G
  Lt Mish, C.C.
  S/Sgt Clark, C.J.
  S/Sgt Chustz, R.F.
  3  668th                   
  43-9745  5H-I  A-20G
  Lt Lesher, R.D.
  S/Sgt Shelton, E.
  S/Sgt Schenck, D.R.
  4  668th                   
  43-9379  5H-G  A-20G
  Lt Downing, W.E.
  S/Sgt Dickenson, E.S.
  S/Sgt Hornbeck, K.E.
  5  668th                   
  43-9935  5H-F  A-20G
  Lt Colquitt, J.K.
  Sgt Giesy, S.H.
  Sgt Cherry, F.E.
  6  668th                   
  43-10226  5H-E  A-20G
  Lt Clausen, T.
  Sgt Fetko, C.
  Sgt Brown, D.M.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  669th                   
  43-21712  2A-H  A-20J
  Lt Sommers, H.L.
  Lt McQuade, R.J.
  S/Sgt Melchoir, F.E.
  S/Sgt Holloway, R.G.
  2  669th                   
  43-9717  2A-N  A-20G
  Lt Siggs, W.C.
  S/Sgt Nicks, R.W.
  S/Sgt Radlich, N.
  3  669th                   
  43-9961  2A-E  A-20G
  Lt Street, M.S.
  S/Sgt Prindle, C.A.
  S/Sgt Epps, E.T.
  4  669th                   
  43-9929  2A-C  A-20G
  Lt Behlmer, R.L.
  S/Sgt Ferguson, W.G.
  T/Sgt Kelly, W.J.
  5  669th                   
  43-10147  2A-K  A-20G
  Lt Blomgren, J.E.
  Sgt Bookach, M.
  Sgt Fleming, L.R.
  6  669th                   
  43-9390  2A-G  A-20G
  Lt Robertson, R.B.
  Sgt Hay, J.E.
  Sgt Buskirk, J.A.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  671st                   
  43-21724  5C-A  A-20J
  Lt Cole, H.P.
  Lt Beck, J.T.
  S/Sgt Fandre, B.G.
  S/Sgt Chvatal, F.R.
  2  671st                   
  43-9714  5C-N  A-20G
  Lt Henderson, F.W.
  S/Sgt Griswold, R.M.
  S/Sgt Coulombe, P.E.
  3  671st                   
  43-9219  5C-D  A-20G
  Lt Herman, A.E.
  Sgt Fessler, H.S.
  S/Sgt Young, J.O.
  4  671st                   
  43-9221  5C-F  A-20G
  Lt Smith, R.H.
  S/Sgt Mahoney, R.J.
  T/Sgt Tanner, J.R.L.
  5  671st                   
  43-9363  5C-L  A-20G
  Lt Estes, C.L.
  S/Sgt Orvold, C.R.
  Sgt DiMartino, A.E.
  6  671st                   
  43-9951  5C-P  A-20G
  Lt Miller, J.H.
  S/Sgt Schrom, R.G.
  S/Sgt Galender, J.

Box II
  SPARE  669th               
  43-9673  2A-I  A-20G
  Lt Clark, H.B.
  S/Sgt Sabadosh, J.W.
  S/Sgt Floyd, C.F.
  [No Sortie]

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 92 -- July 6, 1944, Thursday PM
between Verneuil and La Loupe, France -- Points on Railroad

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

For the third day running, on the 6th, our planes went out again. They flew both a morning and an afternoon mission. In the morning the target was the railway embankment at Epernon. Thirty-six planes made the attack and caused considerable damage to the tracks. Lt Marzolf, with Lt Basnett, B-N, and Major Willetts, Lt Royalty, B-N, led the two boxes. Bombing was by flights of six. In the afternoon, points on the railroad from Verneuil to La Loupe were attacked with good to excellent results. They breached the railroad at several points and damaged embankments. Major Price and Lt Osborne led the boxes, although the bombing was flights of sixes.

"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Page 107

Mission #92 - 6 July - PM - Verneuil-Laloupe Railroad. Box I was led by Major Price and Lt. Hand, BN with the second box led by Lts. Osborne and Forma, BN. Lts. Cole and Beck, BN and Lts. Marzolf and Basnett, BN led flights. Here again, we were back to six ship flights and three flights to a box. Also, again, each flight had separate targets to attack, such as bridges, railroad, and highway crossings. Lt. Forma didn't pick up his target, so went on to drop a bridge into the water. In spite of his excellent drop, he was awarded a "poor" since he didn't get to his assigned target.

Four pilots of the 668th completed their 40th mission, they being Lts. Downing, Hill, Peede, and Lesher.

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

Thirteen of our crews were back in the air the next day, July 6th, on two separate missions. The morning mission was an attack on the Opernon Railway embankment, while in the afternoon the planes went after the La Laoupe Railway line with excellent results.

Major Meng, Capts Hulse, Jackson and Rudisill, and Lts Conte, Harrold and Ostrander were the first pilots of our organization to receive the Silver Oak Leaf Clusters to the Air Medal for completing 30 missions, per GO 115, IX Bomber Command, dated the 29th of June 1944, which were received on July 6th.

[July 6, 1944], HQ Twelfth Army Group situation map

Map showing Western Allies and Axis troop position details in Western Europe
as of approximately 1200 hours, July 6, 1944
World War II Military Situation Maps Collection
Library of Congress

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