CHAPTER 7

1 JULY 194410 31 JULY 1944

Weather was a factor the first three days of July, effectively keeping the Eighth Air Force on the ground

MISSION NO. 80

SAUMUR, FRANCE

4 JULY, 1944

The railroad bridge at Saumur on the main line between Paris and Bordeaux, enables German reinforcements to move from the south to the battle front. It has been bombed several times but has always been rebuilt. Two wings of the 94th Combat Wing were assigned to the target.

The 457th provided twenty-four aircraft for the lead and low boxes of the B Wing. Major Smith was Air Commander of the lead box with Captain Beicher as pilot, and Captain Godfrey led the low box with Lt. Brackley as pilot.

Assembly was accomplished without difficulty; however, the Wing was forced to execute several double drifts because the AWing was late in arriving in proper position in the formation. Route to the target was again over the Normandy beachhead. There was a complete undercast and no sighting of the target was made. The mission was abandoned and the aircraft returned to the Base.

Neither antiaircraft fire nor fighter opposition was encountered.

CREW LOADING LIST

July 4th, 1944
Mission No 80   Target: Samur, France

If you desire to see the original scanned loading lists, click on the respective blue squadron header below.
(If a very small image appears, click on the small image to enlarge.)

  748th Squadron 749th Squadron 750th Squadron 751th Squadron
  A/C # 906 A/C # 060 A/C # 571 A/C # 383
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Mark R. Belcher
William F. Smith
Clement H. Marsden
Robert E. Jackson
Irwin Rosen
Woodrow W. Hammons
William H. Barrett
William C. Bolger
Byron E. Smull
Clarence R. Jennings
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Edward Kozel
Alvie J. Phares
Selig Ratchick
Carl F. Atlimus
Thomas D. Dalrymple
Jacob L. Alpert
Robert E. Nichols
Dwight F. Swanson
James T. Pratt
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Winfred L. Pugh
Arthur M. Richards
Julius H. Drummond
Clifford E. Page
Edward M. Szumierz
James E. Woodgate
Joseph R. Wheatley
Howard W. Martin
John T. Poshefko
 
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John W. Fay
Dean P. Fisk
Bert Graham
Charles S. Gelbers
William A. Spoerner
Joseph S. Mast
John B. Mulhall
William L. Stringer
Edward M. Bessett


  A/C # 955 A/C # 574 A/C # 468 A/C # 532
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Lloyd. E. Icenogle
George A. Sipp
Louis M. Castelucci
Lloyd E. Larson
Leonard C. Comstock
Herbert W. Shaurette
Owen L. McConough
Irving Feldman
Francis E. Cornue
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Dale J. Jeffers
Allen d. Sheakley
Leo B. Bunker
Marshall H. Hoyt
Edward l. Nolan
Murrell N. Tobian
Antonio Papaianni
Allen A. Sharpe
Nomer D. Reich

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Clarence E. Ross
Donald H. Snyder
Thomas H. Norton
Alvin E. Merriam
Robert Jensen
Julius Smith
Herbert P. Barte
Alvie M. Kirkendall
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James J. Parks
Joseph S. Norman
Albert M. Durrett
Thomas E. Batley
James F. Lynch
John H. Wiktorowic
James H.l VanAckeren
Harry S. Young
Robert E. Walters

  A/C # 087 A/C # 079 A/C #889 A/C # 131
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Edward A. Taylor
Walter F. Creigh
Glen S. Thornton
Harold W. Walbright
Edward J. Colleran
Elie R. Carrier
Herbert L. Webster
Lewis H. Shane
Robert S. Wood
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Marsden W. Mattatall
Lentz M. Lackey
Ralph C. Jordan
Alexander E. McDermott
Joseph Waszkierscz
Francis Redington
John R. Billington
Douglas Ellison
Ben H. Collinsworth

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Franklin H. Morrell
James W. Franklin
Charles C. Smith
Robert S. Todd
Harold V. Barris
Robert C. Kogler
Lloyd L. Fortna
Charles L. Bradford
Donald R. McCurdy
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Jack B. Owens
Charles E. Berta
Armen Topakian
Francis A. Minturn
Phillip M. Murillo
Theodore C. Roland
Earl A. Markwalder
Hallie C. Bennett
John D. Ward 

  A/C # 118 A/C # 085 A/C # 073 A/C # 505
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James E. Sherrod
Gordon C. Esch
Rolland L. Boyle
Arthur M. Lustig
Wayne C. Rapp
James M. Perrin
Leo J. Gawroniak
Joe L. Steele
Lyle D. Johnson

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Alfred H. Thoman
William E. Thompson
William Morrow
Vernon F. Hornig
Charles A. Keller
George A. Parsons, Jr
Kenneth L Demme
William W. Myers
Wilfred L. Bennett
--------- Arciero
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James P. LaPaze
Gordon E. Gallagher
Theodore H. Bortel
Roy E. Gleason
William J. Moore
Paul W. Johnson
Martin A. Bucholz
Harold E. Ssturman
Melvin D. Thompson
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Albert L. Sikkenga
John B. Folsom
Oliver P. Kolstoe
John G. Mackie
William C. Young
James H. Lee
James W. Walton
Joseph A. Toth
 Alfred C. Noday

  A/C # 591 A/C # 164 A/C # 063 A/C # 123
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Cornelius R. Woolf
Kinney Hellums
Herbert N. Webb
Albert L. Thompson
Joseph M. Colechia
Gerard J. Hyink
John L. Batts
Samuel I. Craft, Jr
Ernest R. Campen
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Raymond A. Fulton
Robert W. Kelly
John C. Fonda
Charles W. Craig
Richard H. Gardner
Frank H. Cuetara
Francis Larntz
Robert E. Wills
Calvin R. Taylor
John W. Mahinske
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Robert L. Kaufman
Robert C. Burkholder
Bernard M. Plaut
D. J. Letizia
Sanford J. Cadwell
Edwin M. Sinclair
Sanford J. Cadwell
Rudolph J. Buczak
Warren G. Antoine
 M. J. Smuynski
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Benjamin J. Deloach
Gerald W. Esser
Emil F. Galliessch
Vernon H. Hawbaker
Harry B. Bartholomew
Raymond C. Batliner
Warren G. Hummer
Luster B. Mills
James C. Parrish
 

  A/C # 088 A/C # A/C # 551 A/C # 556
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John W. Norton
Douglas L. Grantham
Morris Arnovitz
Robert Douglas
Willie N. Suggs
Buford R. Milner
August E. Kudala
Arthur T. Ashton
Sephus C. Tucker
John D. Wood
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Scott L. Williams
Albert B. Andreason
Delos E. Bown
Glenn M. Rogers
Joseph Deluccia
Anthony Collura
Kenneth L. Gordier
Marshall E. Young
Paul H. Beisswanger
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William L. Brackley
Walter J. McGregor
Arthurn N. Hoffman
Joseph F. Sydejko
Miles L. McQueen
Glan A. Jackson
Harvey C. Cottrell
Daniel D. Elieff
Thomas W. Gougarty
Jerome E. Godfrey

  A/C # A/C # A/C # 075 A/C # 451
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Clayton E. Bejot
Augustus J. Harris
Andrew V. Solari
Fernando P. Biancalana
Paul G. Parker
Norman A. Depelteau
Adolph Sroczyk
Vinell L. Bush
Delos N. Riegle
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Hercules Phyllides
Robert C. Cook
Frederick J. Stokinger
Elman A. Salo
Michael S. Rubacha
Lester T. Weaver
James L. Warren
Frank N. Smith
Leroy E. Heibert 

  A/C # A/C # A/C # A/C # 064
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John E. Grimes
James E. Carels
James F. Barnes
John B. Tonkin
Don C. Brewer
Donald W. Blackwell
Frederisk Wosik
Marshall I. Sipe
Robert H. Hughes

  A/C # A/C # A/C # A/C # 827
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Donald E. Zigler
Donald E. Brandvold
Walter H. Stortz
Oreste Procopio
Edgardo Buletti
Ernest C. George
Raymond L. Rule
Robert S. Theiss
Willis L. Storrer


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