Mission No. 108
5 Jul 1944
Station: 166
Target: Fuel & Ammo Dump at Senonches, France
A fuel and ammunition dump in the Senonches Forest, France, was the objective of the group on the morning of July 5, the first mission of the month because of poor weather during the first four days. Thirty-six planes were dispatched with eleven of them dropping one hundred sixty-three 250-pound General Purpose bombs on the Foret De Dreux, mistaking it for the primary. Two other flights of fifteen planes dropped two hundred fifty-three of the same size bombs on the railway siding at Auberville, when clouds obscured the primary target. Excellent results were reported from these concentrations. Two planes were lost over enemy territory after sustaining flak damage near Dreux, their missing crews totalling twelve men. Twenty-three of the other planes in the formation were flak battle-damaged.
Missing Crews and Planes
Plane 42-107811, O8-V type, B-26C-45-Mo, Nicknamed "Lady Godiva", 575th Squadron
Pilot1st Lt. Michael R. Petrich, 0-684039, from Long Beach, Calif.P.O.W.
Co-Pilot2nd Lt. Robert B. Sullivan, 0-669809from Industry, IllinoisM.I.A.
BombardierT/Sgt.Edwin G. Insley, 33064534, from Baltimore, MdK.I.A.
Engineer-GunnerT/Sgt.Ernest Martel, 31150127, from Saco, Me.K.I.A.
Radio-GunnerS/Sgt.Bryan B. Ambrose 34240010 from Miami, Fla.K.I.A.
Armorer-GunnerS/Sgt.Robert R. Read, 32058677, from Poselle, N.J.M.I.A.
Plane 42-107834, T6-F type, B-26C-45-Mo, 573rd Squadron
Pilot1st Lt. Louis E Hartman, 0-684328, from Andalusia, Pa.K.I.A.
Co-Pilot2nd Lt. Kenneth L Arneson, 0-690884, from Faidale, N.D.Ret'd to orgn 24 Sept. 44
Bombardier1st Lt Donald E Collins, 0-669007from Biloxi, Miss.P.O.W.
Engineer-GunnerS/Sgt.Adolphe L Pavinski, 6995380, from Gryea, Pa.K.I.A.
Radio-GunnerT/Sgt.Donald R Shearer, 151180030, from Charlston, W.Va.M.I.A.
Armorer-GunnerPvt. Edward N. Grove 13200930 from Philadelphia, Pa.K.I.A.

All aircraft associated with an Accident or Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) for this mission are shown in red. Click on taxi code for details.

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
Thorn
573
822-O
24
Boylan
573
102-X
23
Bjork
573
830-R
24
Shaffner
573
825-B
25
Sloss
573
831-H
19
Bollinger
573
595-V
18
Box #1 - High Flight
Logan
573
978-Q
22
Cassiday
573
841-A
28
Dearing
573
802-P
21
Armstrong
573
820-P
21
Dillard
573
806-C
22
Hartman
573
17
Box #1 - Low Flight
Sellers
573
801-G
19
Clark
573
842-D
28
Baxter
573
634-J
17
Snyder
573
252-Z
18
Reynolds
573
799-T
15
Mccarty
573
836-N
14
Holliday
573
947-U
15

Box #2 - Lead Flight
Stalnaker
575
821-O
38
Petrich
575
47
Tucker
575
844-D
38
Kelley
575
678-M
40
Harlow
575
846-P
39
Kiedinger
575
615-A
41
Box #2 - High Flight
Wolfe-Olfson
575
847-H
41
Fleck
575
843-J
45
Wilkinson
575
855-R
45
Schirmer
575
833-U
47
Jacobi
575
932-T
46
Rutledge
575
268-K
44
Box #2 - Low Flight
Jannsen
572
671-L
40
Ruble
572
853-F
39
Martin
572
808-C
44
Roeper
572
806-M
14
Baehr
572
810-C
8
Hanlon
572
812-D
9
Koehl
572
819-H
6
Box #2 - Spare Flight
Spare Lead
572
811-G
6
Spare Ship
572
797-P
16
Spare Ship
572
813-J
7