Mission No. 102
21 Jun 1944
Station: 166
Target: V-1 Base at Erny/St. Julien
Target: Pilotless plane launching site at Erny/St. Julien, France.
Thirty-two planes took off at 1935 hours on the mission and dropped eight 500-pound and three hundred-six 250-pound General Purpose bombs, bombing by boxes from 11,500 feet and using Pathfinder technique.
There were no losses, casualties, or battle-damage, although the formation gained the distinction of drawing fire from apparently an enemy-operated B-26. The strange aircraft paralleled the Group's course from the enemy coast in, staying out of range and below. It crossed below the formation on the bomb run, firing five second bursts, then followed the Group as far as the enemy coast out, at which point it peeled off into the clouds. The intruder had battle markings and a white tail assembly.
B-26's apparently operated by the enemy had previously been reported by this Group and others in the IX Bomber Command, but this was the first time the "captive" had acted in a hostile fashion.
There were no photo coverage or visual observations on the mission due to 10/10ths cloud cover, and hence the results are unknown.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR THIS MISSION FROM THE GROUP MISSION RECORDS IS AVAILABLE IN THE "CREW LOADLING LIST" SECTION OF THIS WEBSITE here


Box #1 - Lead Flight
Pathfinder
1PFS
916-M
??
Miller
572
673-A
8
Baehr
572
812-D
9
Barker
572
799-T
15
Box #1 - High Flight
Roeper
572
811-G
6
Holliday
572
810-C
8
Koehl
572
947-U
15
Danforth
572
813-J
7
Blute
572
671-L
40
Smith
572
615-A
41
Box #1 - Low Flight
Whitson
572
834-B
9
Jacobs
572
819-H
6
Crim
572
855-R
45
Jobe
572
808-X
13
Fry
572
932-T
46
Alexander
572
797-P
16
Reynolds
572
836-N
14

Box #2 - Lead Flight
Pathfinder
1PFS
283-C
??
Sellers
573
801-G
19
Boylan
573
810-W
25
Sloss
573
831-H
19
Box #2 - High Flight
Shaffner
573
825-B
25
Cassiday
573
841-A
28
Clark
573
842-D
28
Colsch
573
978-Q
22
Baxter
573
851-M
31
Bollinger
573
822-O
24
Box #2 - Low Flight
Logan
573
931-F
34
Youse
573
102-X
23
Dearing
573
802-P
21
Snyder
573
823-N
23
Hartman
573
248-V
30
Dillard
573
806-C
22
Bjork
573
834-F
17
Box #2 - Spare Flight
Spare Lead
575
847-H
41
Spare Ship
573
820-S
21