MISSION NO. 56

LUXEVILLE, FRANCE

31 MAY, 1944

May ended with a trip to a French military airfield that was used by the German Luftwaffe. The Group provided twelve aircraft to lead the 94th Combat Wing, third in the Division formation. Lt. Col. Henry B. Wilson flew as Air Commander with Lt. Malcolm E. Johnson as pilot.

The entire formation was bothered by dense contrails, and the Division leader abandoned the mission, followed by the second wing in the formation. This put the 457th in the lead position. The wings following the 94th Combat B Wing turned around so the 94th found itself alone a hundred miles inland over enemy territory. AP-5 1 fighter group was located overhead, but because of weather conditions became separated from the 94th Combat B Wing. The Wing let down to 18,000 feet and found CAVU conditions.

Bombing results were excellent, the bombs dropping directly on the target. No enemy aircraft were encountered and flak was light. Soon after the Wing rally, fighter escort appeared and brought the 94th Combat B Wing back to England.

During the month of May, the Group had flown eighteen missions, some being the toughest the 45 7th had encountered. Later, congratulatory messages were received from the Wing, the Division, and the Eighth Air Force, for the efforts expended during the month. No one knew the invasion date, however, everyone knew it could not be far distant, from the many signs provided by ground communications and aerial missions

CREW LOADING LIST

1944
Mission No 56   Target: 
LUXEVILLE, FRANCE

If you desire to see the original scanned loading lists, click on the respective blue squadron header below.
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  A/C # 731 A/C # 062 A/C # 620 A/C # 131
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John M. Bristow
John C. Sherwin
Regis J. Creehan
Gerard J. Hyink
John R. Barber
Francis F. Friedel
Jasper Stewart
Herve J. Paquin
Gilbert Slocum
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Malcolm E. Johnson
Henry B. Wilson
Donald E. Muston
Roy A. Hoegh, Jr
William G. Patry
Randall N. White
Milton B. Davison
Clarence A. Ray
Steve Vargo
Ethan A. Schaeffer
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Robert Driscoll
Bernard B. Weinberg
Edward P. Palika
John T. Clements
E. L. Angell
Russell R. Babel
Thaddeus F. Dubej
Walter W. Megin
James R. Norman
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Stuart B. James
Bailey G. Gaudinier
Charles C. Canon
Charles. S. Gelbers
Angelo J. Ruscito
Llyod G. Vanzant
Richard Mellott
Carl N. Davis
Dale L. Vance

  A/C # 088 A/C #001 A/C # 535 A/C # 056
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James E. Oschier
David C. Watts
George R. Walker
Kenneth E. Myers
Richard T. Trundy
Robert S. Wood

Edwin Dempsey
Waldron E. McGibbon
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George A. Beere
William J. Brandt
Lloyd T. Bellanger
Paul A. Birchen
Jasper L. Smith
Paul O'Neal
Paul Holder
John R. Graham
Edward W. Lynch
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Charles R. Blackwell
Theodore R. Baskette
Irving R. Meyers
Verne M. Boon
Thomas W. Howard
Leroy Thomas
Edward Nabozny
Billy L. Dalton
Francis W. McCall
Sylvester C. Kuraszkiewicz
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Wendell A. Price
Richard E. Long
Armen Topakian
Anthony Kulyczcki
Carroll C. Johnson
Lester L. Tyndall
George H. Davis
Edward J. McHale
Donald E. Betthauser

  A/C # 087 A/C # 079 A/C # 923 A/C #
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David K. Summerville
George  Metzger
Nicholas V. Seidita
Robert I. Braun
James J. Psaradelis
Dozier T. Prothro
Leo E. Flagg
Joseph E. Cook
Clayton T. Dayhoff
Barnett Feldman
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Roy W. Allen
Joseph F. Reilly
Joseph C. Brusse
Lawrence Anderson
Roy E. Plum
Albert P. Banks
Earnest L. Smith
Robert D. Grimes
William C. Goldsborough
Leonard S. Henson
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Charles C. Canfield
Clarence E. Ross
Donald H. Snyder
Charles L. Hilton
Charles J. Coffman
Alvin E. Merriam
Alvin E. Merriam
Hilton E. Bunch
Herbert P. Barte
Alvie M. Kirkendall
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  A/C # 101 A/C # A/C #  A/C #
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Kenneth W. Burkhart
Noble L. Webster
William A. Wescott
John G. Siroskey

Samuel B. Goff
Sidney N. Erickson
T. J. Shields
Carl Tulowitzki
Howard W. Barrier
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  A/C # 591 A/C # A/C # A/C #
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Edward A. Taylor
Walter F. Creigh
Harold W. Walbright
Edward J. Colleran
Elie R. Carrier
Frank W. Winchester
Herbert L. Webster
Lewis H. Shane
George S. Kamas

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  A/C # 615 A/C # A/C # A/C #
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John W. Norton
Glen S. Thornton
Zaven R. Astor
Frank T. Aylstock
Edward J. Brazinski
Hal H. Willett

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Leo L. Lange
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