MISSION NO. 231

POINY DE GRAVE, FRANCE, GERMANY

15 APRIL, 1945

The Group returned to the Royan area. The formation consisted of six six-ship elements. Targets were not assigned until the formation reached the target area.

The Group left the Assembly area on time, on course, and assembled in Wing formation between Paris and the first Control Point. The Group was in proper position in the B Force formation behind the Wing leader.

Course to the orbiting point was flown as briefed. Arriving at the orbiting point, the Group executed nine 360 degree turns for one hour and eight minutes, until the Wing leader directed that all sections attack Pointe de Grave visually. The Group then divided into elements; elements took interval and Came across the IP on course.

The only difficulty encountered was from prop wash Caused by the 35lst's high squadron. All the elements, except Element No.6, dropped bombs on the first run. Number 6, unable to drop bombs on the first run because of interference caused by prop wash, executed a 360 degree turn in order to make a second run, and released bombs successfully. Observed results for all elements were excellent.

Light enemy antiaircraft opposition was encountered. They must have expected a return. The following message from General Jacob L. Devers, Commanding General of the Sixth Army Group, was received through the 1st Air Division:

"FOR THE STAGGERING BLOW WHICH THEY GAVE TO THE GERMAN GARRISON AT ROYAN, I SEND MY HEARTY THANKS TO THE BRAVE MEN OF THE EIGHTH AIR FORCE. THE RELENTLESS HAMMERING GIVEN TO IT FROM THE AIR CONTRIBUTED SUBSTANTIALLY TO ITS SEIZURE BY GROUND ELEMENTS. IT WAS ANOTHER JOB WELL DONE. MY WARM CONGRATULATIONS."

CREW LOADING LIST

April 15th, 1945

Mission No 231   Target: Pointe De Grave, France

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  748th Squadron 749th Squadron 750th Squadron 751th Squadron
  A/C #  785 A/C #  157 A/C #  855 A/C #  749
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Sgt
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Ernest H. Huffington
Richard T. Caulfield
Anthony A. O'Brien
Mike P. Lopez
Wright K. Hyatt
Ernest F. Petrilli
Emile G. Buyak
Francis E. McKee
John R. Murphy
 
Capt
Col
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Lt
Capt
Sgt
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Roger I. Fisher
Leon Stann
Marsh Hovey
Robert Mattox
Francis F. Jasinski
Clinton E. Wells
George R. Schuller
Clarence A. Barnes
Vincent J. Fallon
William S. Winter
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Lt
Lt
Lt
Sgt
Sgt
Sgt
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Sgt
Sgt
Richard S. Sopocy
William J. McManus
Elmo J. Mitchell
Melvin Miller
Floyd T. Hennebry
Francis J. Staff
wayne G. Dobson
James R. Blakeley
Dale W. Reynolds
 
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Sgt
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Sgt
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Carrol R. Wissmiller
James D. Blackmore
Edward N. Demotts
Robert F. Nicholson
henry Frederich
Wallace T. Powell
Harmon A. Smith
Carl A. Johnson
David Barclay

  A/C #  826 A/C #  540 A/C #  863 A/C #  240
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Benny J. Bigley
Thomas E. Brines
Rudolph G. Warner III
James W. Ford
Delbert S. Schwab
Ray  M. Bechtel
Floyd N. Henderson Jr.
Robert E. Hall
Leo B. Lawler

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Robert H. Reed
Edward M. Monasterio
Arthur D. Robilio
Charles K. Major
Robett F. Otterpahl
Joseph M. Hamilton
Kenneth J. Kuchler
Joseph P. Brook
Peter P. Angott

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James R. Holden
Vaden S. Pitts
Orion C. Brower
Leo J. Kleinpeter
Leo I. McCombs
Paul A. Esvanko
Lila B. Bradley
Bertram G. Johnson
Jackson R. Campbell
 
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Sgt
Sgt
Sgt
Sgt
Sgt
Sgt
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Edward A. Pipkin, Jr
James J. Small, Jr
Arthur F. Diehl, Jr
Ronald D. Reynolds
Charles E. Lee
Leonard Ruben
Everett R, Oakes
Eugene M. Wosniak
Claude C. Maloney, Jr 

  A/C #  154 A/C #  904 A/C #  827 A/C #  885
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Harley C. Waldrick
John H. Ridson Jr.
Ralph H. Hall
Melvin P. Rich
Billy O. Smith
Frank R. Kirchner
Lafeyette J. Sharp
John A. Corbett Jr.
Bernard W. Kleen
Nubar A. Astor
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Norman L. Stevens
Donald R. Sweetman
Everett Stainaker
Frank J. Mauro
Harold E. Graham
Wallace H. Davis
Danny R. Taylor
William Greenberg
Dewey L. Smith Jr.
 
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Hugh E. Arnold
Pierre P. Arpin
Hubert M. Ange
Freeman C. Clouse
John W. Anderson
Robert C. Rustin
L. A. Badger
Andy Kuzemchak
Joseph W. Brooks
 
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Stephen L. Dewald
George C. Ash
Byron E. Francisco
Richard E. Hansen
Frank J. Spurchise
Wayne R. Bell
Frank Nowakowski
Paul H. Suer
Anthony S. Lanza
  

  A/C #  509 A/C #  574 A/C #  535 A/C #  587
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Gerard A. Sharrock
Edmund W. Taylor
John S. Pearson
Henry J. Nohava
Sterling J. Haldeman
James C. Hanley
James L. Madison
William J. O'Hara
Harold H. Young

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David L. Omelich
Edwin I. Persons
Donald D. Beck
Johnnie Sarter, Jr
John M. Tabak
Robert M. Foster
Robert L. Foley
Carl F. Hanneken
Benjamin F. Ivey

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William B. Stansbury
David E. Parker
Vincent J. Lococo
Joseph A. Skiers
John B. Costello
Lawrence M. Gast
Warren l. Heimke
Lester H. Malon
Lowell Newton
 
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Fred M. Rohrig
Charles B. Whiddon
Gene B. Brown
Oral I. Conyers
William B. Wilson
Herman J. Gabryel
John F. Fox
Walter L. Reddy, Jr
Young W. Rainer
 

  A/C #  190 A/C #  080 A/C #  528 A/C #  487
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Marion K. Burk
Cecil C. Harris
James D. Tauscher
Clifford N. Cunningham
Herbert K. Clark, Sr
Joe E. Floerke
Frederick A. McDuffie
Harold E. Buhrow
Earl R. Kenyon, Jr

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Thomas J. Heter
Dale E. Harrison
Orin C. Cedergren
William L. Cooney
Robert J. Vilas
Donald M. Satra
Robert K. Butler
Henry R. Koziol
Joseph Carroll

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Robert H. Hey
William S. Owens
Morris Rosen
Ray F. Hawkins
Robert T. Payne
George C. Gately
Robert W. Packingham
Andrew V. Clark
Edward A. Smith
Julius Kornblatt 
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Frank P. Hill
Steadman S. Stahl, Jr
Lawrence W. Brennan
Francis J. Conlon
Bernard E. Lengerich, Jr
Donald R. Thunberg
William H. Hurst
Hervert V. Frazier
Robert E. Hoekstra
 

  A/C #  092 A/C #  534 A/C #  028 A/C #  unknown
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Alvin A. Kollaja
Gordon K. Beard
John D. Alexander
Charles H. Norton
Max L. Rice
Herbert L. Thiede
Robert Orlanski
Marvin Overfelt
James J. Pedine

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Raymond H. Wolf
William F. Reynolds
Robert W. Hentges
Charles W. Carberry
Edward W. Kane
Milton E. Drissler
Robert J. Townley
Donald E. Polen
Dennis G. Schaffner

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Joseph B. Maguire
Robert D. McMorrow
Jackson Taylor
Glyn E. Aleshire
Houston H. LaCombe
Oliver J. Swischer
Rudolph W. Schroer
Horace K. Richardson
Richard J. Kaminski
Lawrence D. Rogers 
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Robert Cantarella
Joseph M. Sergeson
Morton H. Saul
Lawrence B. Coryell
George B. Lane
Charles J. Kunigus
John a Cantrell
Richard K. Tobin
Harold G. Young
 

  A/C #  897 A/C # 087 A/C #  211 A/C #  605
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Sgt
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Gordon P. Robertson
Hillard W. Gantner
Donald E. McCleod Jr.
Agustus L. Moore
Curtis H. White
Robert T. Harrison
Bernard R. Mack
Thomas W. McDonald Jr.
Earl R. Bolier
Ralph Frankman
Lt
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Albert Martin
Norman F. Zoltowski
William D. Bowles
Edward B. Tooker
Richard P. Barnes
Martin Jacobs
Paul L. Cardwell
Hubert S. Johnson
Harold Stege
George W. Jackson
Lt
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Lt
Lt
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Sgt
Sgt
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James R. Howell
Eugene F. Howard
Robert D. Beltz
John S. King
Thomas D. McCormick
Lee R. Groman
Donald S. Moore
Frank C. Tucker
Hiram E. Morrow

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Ejner N. Gunderson
Glenn R. Harry
John F. Owin
Walter A. Divan
Thomas O. Lowry
Jack Kynion
Ruben L. Larson
Albert L. Mikels
Theodroe C. Yates
 

  A/C #  394 A/C #  388 A/C #  167 A/C #  902
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Lester G. Radcliff
Andrew G. Anderson
Carl G. Swanberg
Werner L. Bernau
Lawrence M. Charlesworth
Virgil W. Sterner
Peter P. Kopas
William F. Rykert
Theodore R. Rose

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Charles J. Herrmann
Ralph E. Eberhart
Walter R. Robinson, Jr
John B. Hood, Jr
Elmer L. Jensen
Forrest H. Morgan
Paul D. McLain
Harold R. White, Jr
Frank V. Wainwright

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Sgt
James L. Hall
Robert L. Fortner
Gordon W. Dykes
Robert R. Battray
Alan Morton
John R. Middlebrooks
Anthony Colin
Harry A. Sempf
Robert L. Fischer
 
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James J. Jenkins
August F. Spies
Arthur W. Stark
Joseph Kirwan
Jack M. Koester
James Q. Woodard
John B. aslyH
Harry B. Holp
Frederick J. Moynihan
Jack E. Arnold 

  A/C #  072 A/C # A/C #  195 A/C #  706
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William A. Barrett
Robert A. Bloomer
Robert D. Mueller
Wallace A. Proux
Walter W. Hunt
Joseph P. Reidy
Robert R. Slocomb
Eston L. Selby
Franklin V. Smith
 
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Fred M. Stevenson
Jack E. Sanders
Frederick Schuler
Harry M. Hughes
Stanley E. Smith
Jerome C. Dressler
Larry B. McMahon
Clyde Tiedemann
Alfred F.Hoots
Robert P. Kimmell 
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Robert W. Gronberg
Robert D. Shaw
Herman D. Welmer
Robert M. McMakin
Albert K. Richards
Ashmun J. Ripley
Norman W. Castle
Mathew F. Patulski
James L. McGill
 


  A/C #  961 A/C # A/C #  649 A/C #
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Murray V. Jett
Stephen Polivchak
Arnold L. Rosenblatt
Walter H. Kleinfelter
James L. Bass Jr.
Daniel W. Nose
John V. Lawton
Benni W. Johnson
Walter C. Nowak
 
Lt
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Capt
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Max K. Rahn
Jack G. McMillen
Edwin H. Simon
Edward F. Ambrose
John L. Davis
George W. King
John J. Tuzi
Charles F. Greenlund
Christopher Zissler
Frank H. Keyser 
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