Mission No. 128
1 Aug 1944
Station: 166
Target: RR Bridge at Bourth, France
An assignment to bomb the railroad bridge and embankment at Bourth, 25 miles east of Dreux, France, was the 391st Group's first for the month of August, the planes leaving base during the mid afternoon and returning at 1852 Hours. The target was a link for the German Ground Forces to Paris and the East.
Thirty-six planes were dispatched, and of these, five flights of six planes each, attacked the primary with varying results.
A late photo reconnaissance report on the same day revealed the following effects of the bombing through 7/10 cloud cover: "although this bridge remains undamaged, through traffic has been rendered impossible by a large crater on tracks East of the bridge. Approximately 30 craters are visible in the target area".
One flight bombardier failed to identify the primary on two runs and attacked a railroad junction in the vicinity. He reported excellent results accomplished with his flight's forty-eight 500-pound bombs.
There was no enemy opposition to the mission, and all the planes returned without damage or casualties.

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
Kelley
575
927-N
32
Goodwin
575
833-U
47
Kiedinger
575
615-A
41
Jannsen
575
843-J
45
Ekstrom
575
853-F
39
Martin
575
964-G
48
Box #1 - High Flight
Harkins
575
808-X
13
Adamson
575
844-D
38
Harlow
575
025-S
47
Wilkinson
575
806-M
14
Saunders
575
812-D
9
Lakin
575
837-N
39
Box #1 - Low Flight
Wolfe
574
678-M
40
Olfson
574
797-P
16
Schreiber
574
799-T
15
Rutledge
574
748-Q
6
Watson
574
807-J
36
Carson
574
800-C
35
Newman
574
838-B
35

Box #2 - Lead Flight
Sellers
573
801-G
19
Boylan
573
634-J
17
Baxter
573
747-T
18
Boone
573
802-P
21
Youse
573
102-X
23
Bollinger
573
830-M
25
Box #2 - High Flight
Shaffner
573
825-B
25
Daffern
573
831-H
19
Holliday
573
841-A
28
Snyder
573
815-R
16
Boyd
573
836-N
14
May
573
719-F
13
Box #2 - Low Flight
Armstrong
573
820-S
21
Bjork
573
828-L
24
Dillard
573
806-C
22
Colsch
573
815-U
37
Garwick
573
839-G
37
Spangler
573
978-Q
22
Salmon
574
313-Z
5
Box #2 - Spare Flight
Spare Lead
572
811-G
6
Spare Ship
575
576-V
38
Spare Ship
574
818-L
37