9th AF Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 98 -- July 14, 1944, Friday PM

Bourth, France

Railroad Embankment



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 127-428
OpRep #            : 105
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 12,000 - 12,400 feet
Take-off Time      : 1259
Time Over Target   : 1500 - 1501
Landing Time       : 1638
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 3:39

Place of Take-Off  : AAF-170 Wethersfield RAF Station, England
A/C Dispatched     : 32 Total -- 26 A-20G's, 4 A-20J's, 2 B-26's (PFF)
Target Number      : 4800/B/2
Illustration       : 4800/9/A
Illustration Ref   : 047028, 056023 - 1 Box Each
Secondary Target   : No Alternate Targets Authorized
Summary of Results : Unobserved.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 48.76851,0.79621 (48° 46' 7" N, 0° 47' 46" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on Google Maps, Visual match to Strike Photo)
(See Latitude/Longitude Coordinates and Target Identifiers for more information.)

mission 98 route

Mission #98, Route

Loading List 1

Loading List 1, Box I

Loading List 2

Loading List 2, Box II

Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 98 -- July 14, 1944, Friday PM
Bourth, 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  671st                   
  43-9914  5C-X  A-20J
  Maj Dunn, L.F.
  Lt Arrington, H.T.
  S/Sgt Marion, H.A.
  S/Sgt Adams, V.P.
  2  669th                   
  43-21712  2A-H  A-20J
  Maj Napier, J.G.
  Lt Madenfort, J.
  Sgt Clark, R.A.
  Sgt Basford, F.P.
  3  668th                   
  43-9701  5H-H  A-20G
  Lt Col Farmer, W.W.
  Sgt Elliott, F.W.
  Pvt Moskowitz, L.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  669th                   
  43-9943  2A-F  A-20G
  Lt DeMun, E.E.
  S/Sgt Rosenstein, M.
  S/Sgt Carney, H.O.
  2  669th                   
  43-9202  2A-B  A-20G
  Lt Boukamp, T.
  S/Sgt Colosimo, R.J.
  S/Sgt Wing, J.S.
  3  669th                   
  43-9743  2A-W  A-20G
  Lt Smith, J.F.
  S/Sgt Vafiadis, C.
  S/Sgt Hoffman, R.C.
  4  669th                   
  43-9900  2A-Q  A-20G
  Lt Behlmer, R.L.
  T/Sgt Kelly, W.J.
  S/Sgt Ferguson, W.G.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  671st                   
  43-9363  5C-L  A-20G
  Lt Adams, J.D.
  S/Sgt Clearman, P.L.
  S/Sgt Zeikus, A.J.
  2  671st                   
  43-9937  5C-B  A-20G
  Lt Durante, A.R.
  S/Sgt Best, H.T.
  S/Sgt DeGiusti, I.R.
  3  671st                   
  43-9951  5C-P  A-20G
  Lt Estes, C.L.
  S/Sgt Orvold, C.R.
  S/Sgt DiMartino, A.E.
  4  671st                   
  43-9220  5C-E  A-20G
  Lt Henderson, F.W.
  S/Sgt DeBower, D.H.
  S/Sgt Coulombe, P.E.

Box I -- Flight IV
  1  671st                   
  43-10214  5C-C  A-20G
  Lt Greenley, R.E.
  S/Sgt Worden, H.C.
  S/Sgt Rzepka, J.J.
  2  671st                   
  43-9221  5C-F  A-20G
  Lt Herman, A.E.
  S/Sgt Garrett, A.D.
  S/Sgt Young, J.O.
  3  671st                   
  43-9219  5C-D  A-20G
  Lt York, R.W.
  S/Sgt Ashton, L.A.
  S/Sgt Wilds, H.J.
  4  671st                   
  43-9956  5C-Z  A-20G
  Lt Withington, D.L.
  Sgt Huss, C.F.
  Sgt McElhattan, L.D.

Box I
  SPARE  668th               
  43-10210  5H-Q  A-20G
  Lt Miracle, R.V.
  S/Sgt Burkhalter, J.C.
  S/Sgt Sieg, B.C.
  [Not Airborne]

Box II -- Flight I
  1  668th                   
  43-9640  5H-Z  A-20J
  Lt Osborne, A.E.
  Lt Forma, W.
  Sgt Robinson, J.W.
  Sgt Newell, S.P.
  2  670th                   
  43-22058  F6-C  A-20J
  Capt Jackson, C.R.
  Lt Maltby, A.H.
  Sgt Burns, D.E.
  Sgt Daniel, W.J.
  3  668th                   
  43-10226  5H-E  A-20G
  Lt Meredith, R.G.
  Sgt Euga, P.G.
  S/Sgt MacDonald, R.W.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  668th                   
  43-9907  5H-O  A-20G
  Capt Prentiss, R.B.
  S/Sgt McCreery, J.E.
  S/Sgt Sylva, H.J.
  2  668th                   
  43-21764  5H-X  A-20G
  Lt Kenny, J.P.
  Sgt Spadoni, J.K.
  Sgt Noteriani, F.
  3  668th                   
  43-9935  5H-F  A-20G
  Lt Colquitt, J.K.
  Sgt Giesy, S.H.
  Sgt Cherry, F.E.
  4  668th                   
  43-9362  5H-L  A-20G
  Lt Lesher, R.D.
  S/Sgt Hedrick, H.R.
  S/Sgt Antanaitis, A.J.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  668th                   
  43-21819  5H-K  A-20G
  Lt Bartmus, G.F.
  S/Sgt Hantske, D.
  S/Sgt Flacks, F.L.
  2  668th                   
  43-10176  5H-T  A-20G
  Lt Mish, C.C.
  S/Sgt Clark, C.J.
  S/Sgt Chustz, R.F.
  3  668th                   
  43-9195  5H-D  A-20G
  Lt Svenson, R.R.
  S/Sgt Fild, P.G.
  S/Sgt Pfenning, G.H.
  4  668th                   
  43-9975  5H-W  A-20G
  Lt Welsh, A.J.
  Sgt Wright, R.E.
  Sgt Novak, S.G.

Box II -- Flight IV
  1  670th                   
  43-10211  F6-O  A-20G
  Lt Greene, W.J.
  S/Sgt Ochaba, J.A.
  S/Sgt Colbert, W.F.
  2  670th                   
  43-9207  F6-B  A-20G
  Lt Harrold, F.J.
  S/Sgt Griffin, E.L.
  S/Sgt Maziasz, C.W.
  3  670th                   
  43-9200  F6-A  A-20G
  Lt Brown, N.G.
  S/Sgt White, H.E.
  S/Sgt Addleman, R.F.
  4  670th                   
  43-9689  F6-I  A-20G
  Lt Atkinson, P.G.
  S/Sgt Swafford, J.O.
  S/Sgt Glynn, P.F.

Box II
  SPARE  670th               
  43-9209  F6-K  A-20G
  Lt Sewell, J.C.
  S/Sgt Wilson, B.R.
  S/Sgt Shaw, C.L.
  [Not Airborne]

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 98 -- July 14, 1944, Friday PM
Bourth, France -- Railroad Embankment

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

The next mission was flown on the 14th. Using PFF, 32 planes attacked a railroad embankment at Bourth. The bridge was cut by at least four hits. A telegram of congratulations was received from General Anderson. Major Dunn, Lt Arrington, B-N, and Lt Osborne, Lt Forma B-N, let the boxes.

"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Page 109

Mission #98 - 14 July -- Bourth Railroad Embankment. Late this afternoon this formatin of two Boxes with four flights in each box and four planes in each flight took off. The box leader is not mentioned in the history of the 668th, 670th, or 671st squadrons, so we must assume the leaders were from the 669th squadron. No detailed information about the 669th squadron is available. and whatever has been recorded was difficult to read from the official documents available at Boling AFB and Maxwell AFB. The transciptions cannot be reproduced, and for that reason many of the 669th squadron activities are missing from this dissertation. On this 98th mission, Lts. Osborne and Forma, BN led Box II with Captain Jackson and Maltby BN as deputy. Major Dunn and Arrington BN also listed as being on the trip. B-26 PFF Pathfinders led the group over the target to bomb through the clouds. No results were recorded. No flak or fighters were seen.

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

Thirty aircraft were dispatched on July 14th against the Bourth Railway embankment, in which the 670th had five crews.

"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 14, 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 14, 1944
World War II Military Situation Maps Collection
Library of Congress

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