Mission No. 132
5 Aug 1944
Station: 166
Target: RR Bridge at Le Mans, France
The Railroad Bridge at Le Mans, France, occupied the Group to the extent of two missions, one attack, and excellent results on August 5. Thirty-six B-26s were dispatched at 1043 hours to attack the target but were recalled from France when fighters could not accomplish a rendezvous and carry out escort duties. Crews returned to base and sweated out the next take off which came at 1821 hours for the same target. Bombing was accomplished by flights of six from an altitude of 6,700 to 8,700 feet. Thirty-four of the planes dropped sixty-four 2000-pound bombs on the target, two failing to get their bombs away for mechanical reasons. Four of the six flights scored excellent results with strikes on the bridge and on approaches to the span. Planes returned to base at 2200 hours without loss, casualties or battle damage.

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
634-J
17
Baxter
573
747-T
18
Snyder
573
823-N
23
Youse
573
102-X
23
Holliday
573
810-W
25
Box #1 - High Flight
Dooley
573
801-G
19
Daffern
573
841-A
28
Colsch
573
978-Q
22
Rutledge
573
820-S
21
Boyd
573
802-P
21
May
573
932-T
46
Box #1 - Low Flight
Boone
573
719-F
13
Bjork
573
828-L
24
Dillard
573
806-C
22
Sloss
573
831-H
19
Baehr
573
810-C
8
Hanlon
573
813-J
7
Alexander
572
797-P
16

Box #2 - Lead Flight
Ljunggren
575
847-H
41
Lakin
575
855-R
45
Kiedinger
575
615-A
41
Olfson
575
010-A
31
Kirschke
575
800-C
35
Schirmer
575
833-U
47
Box #2 - High Flight
Jannsen
575
671-L
40
Goodwin
575
818-L
37
Schreiber
575
576-V
38
Martin
575
807-J
36
Saunders
575
838-B
35
Hanish
575
866-X
31
Box #2 - Low Flight
Mitchell
575
844-D
38
Harlow
575
025-S
47
Ruble
575
853-F
39
Rutledge
575
268-K
44
Fleck
575
843-J
45
Jacobi
575
839-G
37
Mccarty
572
836-N
14
Box #2 - Spare Flight
Spare Lead
574
927-N
32
Spare Ship
572
799-T
15