Mission No. 114
12 Jul 1944
Station: 166
Target: RR Bridge at Cinq Mars, France
Thirty-seven of the Group's planes were dispatched to bomb the railway bridge at Cinq Mars, France, on the evening of July 12. Twenty-four planes of the formations dropped forty-eight 2000-pound bombs on the primary target, and twelve dropped twenty-three 2000-pound bombs on the target of opportunity when the bombardier failed to identify the primary target in time for the bomb run. Two flights had excellent results on the Cinq Mars Bridge, and the other four flights had results classified as "good". One plane failed to bomb for mechanical reasons, but all returned safely without casualties or damage.
Photo recon after the mission revealed that the east bridge was damaged midstream. Approximately 30 feet of the bridge was destroyed. West Bridge was slightly damaged at east end. Damage was done to the rails at both ends of East Bridge by hits and near misses. Approach to the West Bridge cut off by one hit. First span of West bridge approach severely damaged, but still standing, with half the span blasted away. Severe damage to second span from east approach. Slight damage at several points. Many craters seen in area. Bridge does not appear serviceable.

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
Samuel
575
803-K
7
Martin
575
964-G
48
Mitchell
575
025-S
47
Ljunggren
575
844-D
38
Cude
575
806-C
22
Rutledge
575
615-A
41
Box #1 - High Flight
Kelley
575
671-L
40
Ekstrom
575
808-C
44
Schreiber
575
843-J
46
Wilkinson
575
855-R
45
Tavener
575
853-F
39
Lakin
575
837-N
46
Box #1 - Low Flight
Schleicher
572
811-G
8
Jacobs
572
719-F
13
Barker
572
834-B
9
Danforth
572
813-J
7
Blute
572
806-M
14
Crim
572
812-D
9
Colsch
573
978-Q
22

Box #2 - Lead Flight
Hollis
574
927-N
32
Morris
574
248-V
30
Callison
574
846-P
39
Bush
574
815-W
36
Carson
574
800-C
35
Dietschler
574
839-G
37
Box #2 - High Flight
Bird
574
873-U
37
Garwick
574
841-S
29
Stanfield
574
678-M
40
Alexander
574
838-B
35
Lowder
574
830-R
25
Threadgill
574
866-X
31
Box #2 - Low Flight
Majka
574
597-P
32
Newman
574
010-A
31
Lowe
574
797-P
15
Horridge
574
810-C
8
Cassiday
574
841-A
28
Baxter
574
799-T
15
Youse
573
102-X
23
Box #2 - Spare Flight
Spare Lead
572
673-A
8
Spare Ship
573
820-S
21
Spare Ship
573
822-O
24