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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 95 -- July 8, 1944, Saturday PM

Rennes, France

Fuel Dump



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 117-416
OpRep #            : 99a
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 10,000 - 11,500 feet
Take-off Time      : 1831
Time Over Target   : 2032 - 2045
Landing Time       : 2225
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 3:54

Place of Take-Off  : AAF-170 Wethersfield RAF Station, England
A/C Dispatched     : 39 Total -- 32 A-20G's, 7 A-20J's
Target Number      : 4802W/H/4
Illustration       : 4802W/55
Illustration Ref   : 136047, 133043 - 3 Flights Each
Secondary Target   : Railroad north of Combourg. Targets of Opportunity - Railroad Bridges, Trestles and Junctions (4802W/B/12)
Summary of Results : Two flights did not attack, remainig four flights scored Fair to Excellent. Secondary Targets of Opportunity attacked were R/R bridge at X9695, R/R trestles at X9888 and X9794 and R/R & highway junction at T2817. Two ships dropped Window.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 48.11024,-1.67369 (48° 6' 37" N, 1° 40' 25" W)
(Latitude/Longitude based on Google Maps, Selected Town center - Rennes, France)
(See Latitude/Longitude Coordinates and Target Identifiers for more information.)

Scanned original Mission 95 documents (multipage PDF files)

Mission Folder       Reports Folder       OpRep # 99a       Fuel Use

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Loading List 1

Loading List 1, Box I

Loading List 2

Loading List 2, Boxes II and III
(Box III, Window Mission)

Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 95 -- July 8, 1944, Saturday PM
Rennes, France -- Fuel Dump

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                   
  43-9439  F6-J  A-20J
  Maj Meng, W.J.
  Lt Powell, V.H.
  S/Sgt Stobert, R.F.
  S/Sgt Glynn, F.P.
  2  670th                   
  43-9680  F6-R  A-20G
  Lt Hillerman, J.P.
  Sgt Martinez, L.
  Sgt Paules, E.F.
  3  668th                   
  43-9701  5H-H  A-20G
  Lt Harrold, F.J.
  S/Sgt Griffin, E.L.
  S/Sgt Maziasz, C.W.
  4  670th                   
  43-9224  F6-E  A-20G
  Lt Monroe, H.A.
  Sgt Hall, M.
  S/Sgt Risko, S.
  5  670th                   
  43-21759  F6-G  A-20G
  Lt Nordstrom, A.W.
  S/Sgt Gossett, J.D.
  S/Sgt Miller, R.L.
  6  670th                   
  43-9387  F6-H  A-20G
  Lt Hall, R.B.
  Sgt Blackford, D.S.
  Sgt Burger, L.C.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  669th                   
  43-9442  2A-D  A-20J
  Lt Sommers, H.L.
  Lt McQuade, R.J.
  S/Sgt Nicks, R.W.
  S/Sgt Radlich, N.
  2  669th                   
  43-9189  2A-P  A-20G
  Lt Smith, J.F.
  S/Sgt Vafiadis, C.
  S/Sgt Hoffman, R.C.
  3  669th                   
  43-9376  2A-O  A-20G
  Lt Tripp, W.F.
  S/Sgt Scott, J.O.
  S/Sgt Young, C.E.
  4  669th                   
  43-9929  2A-C  A-20G
  Lt Boukamp, T.
  S/Sgt Colosimo, R.J.
  S/Sgt Wing, J.S.
  5  669th                   
  43-9390  2A-G  A-20G
  Lt Elliott, D.W.
  Sgt McGuire, J.J.
  Sgt Mani, J.
  6  669th                   
  43-9673  2A-I  A-20G
  Lt Blomgren, J.E.
  Sgt Bookach, M.
  Sgt Fleming, L.R.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  669th                   
  43-10135  2A-T  A-20J
  Lt DeMun, E.E.
  Lt Smith, W.L.
  S/Sgt Rosenstein, M.
  S/Sgt Carney, H.O.
  2  669th                   
  43-9717  2A-N  A-20G
  Lt Clark, H.B.
  S/Sgt Sabadosh, J.W.
  S/Sgt Floyd, C.F.
  3  669th                   
  43-9743  2A-W  A-20G
  Lt Hayter, E.R.
  S/Sgt Melchoir, F.E.
  S/Sgt Holloway, R.G.
  4  669th                   
  43-9943  2A-F  A-20G
  Lt Renth, E.J.
  S/Sgt Webb, C.L.
  Pvt Moskowitz, L.
  5  669th                   
  43-9900  2A-Q  A-20G
  Lt Robertson, R.B.
  Sgt Hay, J.E.
  Sgt Buskirk, J.A.
  6  669th                   
  43-10147  2A-K  A-20G
  Lt Poundstone, L.E.
  Sgt Burland, A.J.
  Sgt Heath, K.

Box I
  SPARE  671st               
  43-9219  5C-D  A-20G
  Lt Murray, T.J.
  S/Sgt Jones, R.J.
  S/Sgt DeBower, D.H.
  [Returned Early as Briefed No Sortie]

Box II -- Flight I
  1  670th                   
  43-9452  F6-Q  A-20J
  Capt Jackson, C.R.
  Lt Maltby, A.H.
  Sgt Burns, D.E.
  Sgt Daniel, W.J.
  2  670th                   
  43-10211  F6-O  A-20G
  Lt Greene, W.J.
  S/Sgt Ochaba, J.A.
  S/Sgt Colbert, W.F.
  3  670th                   
  43-9380  F6-N  A-20G
  Lt McBride, L.R.
  S/Sgt McKee, J.
  S/Sgt Wilson, B.R.
  4  670th                   
  43-9978  F6-S  A-20G
  Lt Rooney, R.J.
  S/Sgt McCleary, H.M.
  S/Sgt DiNapoli, S.F.
  5  670th                   
  43-9200  F6-A  A-20G
  Lt Brown, N.G.
  S/Sgt White, H.E.
  S/Sgt Addleman, R.F.
  6  670th                   
  43-9750  F6-M  A-20G
  Lt Leonard, T.J.
  S/Sgt Evans, O.D.
  S/Sgt Palmer, T.A.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  668th                   
  43-9640  5H-Z  A-20J
  Lt Osborne, A.E.
  Lt Forma, W.
  S/Sgt MacDonald, R.W.
  S/Sgt Burch, R.W.
  2  668th                   
  43-10210  5H-Q  A-20G
  Lt Harris, F.W.
  Sgt Robinson, J.W.
  Sgt Newell, S.P.
  3  668th                   
  43-10226  5H-E  A-20G
  Lt Peede, L.G.
  S/Sgt Hibbs, C.L.
  S/Sgt Daugherty, L.M.
  4  668th                   
  43-9975  5H-W  A-20G
  Lt Cruze, R.K.
  S/Sgt Love, C.F.
  S/Sgt Adair, F.L.
  5  668th                   
  43-21819  5H-K  A-20G
  Lt Andersen, C.J.
  Sgt Euga, P.G.
  Sgt Schafer, E.L.
  6  668th                   
  43-10176  5H-T  A-20G
  Lt Kenny, J.P.
  Sgt Spadoni, J.K.
  Sgt Noteriani, F.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  668th                   
  43-10125  5H-M  A-20J
  Lt DeMand, F.W.
  Lt Hanlon, R.J.
  S/Sgt Troyer, R.J.
  S/Sgt Middleton, C.W.
  2  671st                   
  43-9714  5C-N  A-20G
  Lt Henderson, F.W.
  S/Sgt Griswold, R.M.
  S/Sgt Coulombe, P.E.
  3  671st                   
  43-9363  5C-L  A-20G
  Lt York, R.W.
  S/Sgt Wilds, H.J.
  S/Sgt Ashton, L.A.
  4  671st                   
  43-9220  5C-E  A-20G
  Lt Durante, A.R.
  S/Sgt Best, H.T.
  S/Sgt DeGiusti, I.R.
  5  671st                   
  43-9711  5C-M  A-20G
  Lt Estes, C.L.
  S/Sgt Orvold, C.R.
  Sgt DiMartino, A.E.
  6  671st                   
  43-9221  5C-F  A-20G
  Lt Herman, A.E.
  S/Sgt Mahoney, R.J.
  S/Sgt Young, J.O.

Box II
  SPARE  668th               
  43-21764  5H-X  A-20G
  Lt Lesher, R.D.
  S/Sgt Hedrick, H.R.
  S/Sgt Antanaitis, A.J.
  [Returned Early as Briefed No Sortie]

Box III -- Flight WINDOW
  1  668th                   
  43-21717  5H-P  A-20J
  Capt Prentiss, R.B.
  Lt McBrien, R.T.
  S/Sgt McCreery, J.E.
  S/Sgt Sylva, H.J.
  2  670th                   
  43-9209  F6-K  A-20G
  Lt McGlohn, C.L.
  S/Sgt Moran, J.W.
  S/Sgt Driskill, P.B.
  3  670th                   
  43-9689  F6-I  A-20G
  Lt Atkinson, P.G.
  S/Sgt Swafford, J.O.
  S/Sgt Glynn, P.F.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 95 -- July 8, 1944, Saturday PM
Rennes, France -- Fuel Dump

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

Going out for the fifth consecutive day, 39 aircraft took off to destroy strong points in Caen as ground support targets. The results were excellent, and soon it was announced over the radio that General Montgomery's troops had moved in to take that same area. The boxes were led by Lt Osborne and Major Price, and bombing was by flights of sixes. That afternoon, the scene of our activities shifted to Rennes to hit a fuel dump. The target was again obscured by clouds so that a target of opportunity was chosen---it was a road and railroad intersection north of Combourg. The results ranged from good to excellent, cutting the road, railway, and highway overpass. Captain Jackson and Major Meng led the two boxes, although bombing was by flights of sixes.

"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Page 108

Mission #95 - 8 July - PM - Combourg and Avranches Railheads. TWo boxes had different targets to hit. The first box went for Combourg and the second box hit Avranches. Lt. DeMand and Hanlon led a flight. Box leaders names were not available. Bombing results were rated excellent, with no damage to planes from fighters or flak.

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

Two missions were again flown on July 8th, seven of our combat crews participating in a morning mission against the German held city of Caen; and in the afternoon fourteen crews were part of the group attacking the Rennes fuel railhead. Both attacks were rated excellent.

"671st Bomb Squadron (L) Unit History"
Gordon Russell and Jim Kerns

July 7th July 16th , 1944

During the period from the Seventh of July through the 16th of July, the Group ran only six missions. The main reason for the slackening up has been the bad weather. The missions which were run were led by B-26 Pathfinders and the "bomb through cloud" technique was put into use. Many times during this period the crews went out to the ships, but were called back when the mission was delayed and then usually scrubbed. However, every now and then the group was able to sneak in a mission before it could be called off. That alone accounts for the six sorties in the last ten days... rather six missions.

No planes were downed by enemy action during this time and no crews were injured by flak. Quite a bit of flak was met on a few missions and some of the planes were shot up, although none serious.

Odds and Ends

On July 8th , 1944 Lt. Pair went on his third mission, the first in nearly three months. Lt. Ames and Lt. Withington are now regularly seen on the loading lists. These two pilots joined the Squadron a short time ago and have been doing pretty well for the length of time, with the Group S.O.P.s that each has had to contend with. Lt. Lackovich, a recent addition, is sweating out his first mission and is scheduled to go on the morning mission of July 18th ... after having completed a refresher transition course as put forth by Group Operations.

Just recently all of the older pilots -those who have been with the Squadron prior to coming overseas -have completed, or are preparing to do so their seven day operational leave. The regular 48-hour passes are still in affect. London has not been a very favorable spot to vacation lately as the Jerries have been putting up quite a few flying bombs. The boys complain about lack of sleep, although it is believed that there is a more underlying train of thought behind this lack of sleep excuse.

[July 8, 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 8, 1944
World War II Military Situation Maps Collection
Library of Congress

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