Mission No. 163
10 Sep 1944
Station: 166
Target: Close Support at Custines & Pompey, France
A mission in direct support of the Ground Forces under the command of Lt. General Patton was flown on September 10 in one of the opening rounds of the battle for the German frontier. The targets were two highway bridges over the Moselle River, one at Pompey and the other at Custines, both approximately five mile north of the French city of Nancy. Eighteen planes were dispatched for each of the two targets, and at Pompey seventy-two 100-pound General Purpose bombs were dropped, two flights scoring good results with possible hits on the bridge. and with strikes on the approach and west end of the bridge. One flight scored "poor", but the pattern of bombs struck a section of a railroad junction in the target area. At Custines, seventy-two more 1000-pounds were dropped, two flights scored excellent with strikes on the bridge, and one flight scored "fair" with hits on the railway and probable hits on the highway in the target area. There were losses, damage, or casualties on the mission.

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
Ljunggren-pressnall
574
847-M
41
Penney
574
932-T
46
Webster
574
843-J
45
Martin-Palmer
574
954-G
42
Willis
574
295-O
46
Saunders
574
833-U
47
Box #1 - High Flight
O'hare-lanford
575
678-M
40
Wilkins
575
855-R
46
Goodwin
575
844-D
38
Breeseman-Kelley
575
853-F
39
Kloepfer
575
268-K
44
Martin
575
808-C
44
Box #1 - Low Flight
Lakin-vargaropules
575
576-V
38
Schreiber
575
743-W
40
Gatlin
575
183-C
35
Harlow-dickler
575
025-S
47
Kiedinger
575
873-U
37
Mickelson
575
010-A
30
Ryan
574
720-R
31

Box #2 - Lead Flight
Rutledge-schulte
573
822-O
24
Holliday
573
252-Z
22
Dunn
573
309-G
24
Daffern-fisher
573
595-V
17
Dobda
573
634-J
17
Edwards
573
102-X
23
Box #2 - High Flight
Dooley-gibson
573
810-W
25
May
573
830-M
28
Clapham
573
841-A
28
Doolittle-aubuchon
573
311-P
21
Putnam
573
165-H
19
Walter
573
799-T
15
Box #2 - Low Flight
Boylan-Smith
573
825-B
25
Baxter
573
747-T
18
Mosher
573
377-P
13
Bjork-elder
573
823-N
23
Dillard
573
806-C
22
Baker
573
947-U
15
Chism
574
815-R
16
Box #2 - Spare Flight
Spare Lead
572
811-G
6
Spare Ship
574
866-X
31
Spare Ship
574
839-G
37