Mission No. 47
7 May 1944
Station: 166
Target: Marshaling Yard at Mezieres/Charleville
Another rail marshalling yard, this one at Mezieres/Charleville in France, was the target for attack on the morning of 7Th May. There was much air activity during the morning with the 8th Air force attacking targets in Germany, the 97th Wing attacking other targets in France, and the 98th Wing attacking in Belgium. Field Order 42-300, 99th Combat Bomb Wing, governed the attack by the Groups under its control, including the 391st. Thirty-nine of the Group's B-26's took of at 0830 hours on a course to Hastings, England, to the enemy-held coast of Tocqueville, from where they proceeded to St. Just to the Initial Point for the bomb run at 49 degrees 31 minutes North, 04 degrees 46 minutes East, to the target.
Weather was poor all along the route with 8/10 cloud cover obscuring landmarks. At the target, the same conditions held, and only twenty aircraft identified the objective clearly enough to permit bombing of this enemy held French Land.
Seventy-eight 1000-pound bombs were released at 1035 hours, with the following results interpreted from strike attack photos.
Box 1:
1st Flight, no attack;
2nd Flight, excellent results with the concentration falling on the Aiming Point, with direct hits on several repair buildings;
3rd Flight, no attack.
Box 2:
1st Flight, no photo coverage;
2nd Flight, poor results, with concentration falling about 1000 yards south east of the Aiming Point at the small cloud break near the target;
3rd Flight, no attack.
Medium inaccurate flak was experienced at Londinieres and Grandvilliers on the way to the target, but there was no sign of enemy activity on the return route, and all aircraft landed at Base at 1230 hours without 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
Williams
572
803-K
7
Walker
572
972-S
5
Hanlon
572
812-D
9
Erickson
572
815-R
4
Holliday
572
831-H
19
Mccarty
572
820-S
22
Box #1 - High Flight
Schleicher
572
811-G
6
Smith
572
890-K
17
Blute
572
012-F
4
Dickinson
572
978-Q
18
Reynolds
572
822-O
23
Koehl
572
823-N
21
Box #1 - Low Flight
Jobe-Samuel
572
947-U
2
Crim
572
825-B
15
Whitson
572
802-P
18
Danforth
572
813-J
7
Dewitt
572
828-L
24
Baker
572
809-O
3
Box #1 - Spare Flight
Spare Lead
573
804-A
13
Loaded Spare
575
846-P
39
Loaded Spare
573
830-M
22

Box #2 - Lead Flight
Loesch-Bush
574
847-H
40
Horridge
574
843-J
36
Metelsky
574
853-F
39
Majka
574
865-D1
34
Callison
574
851-M
31
Wolfe
574
851-M
31
Box #2 - High Flight
Kahley
574
931-F
34
Carson
574
852-A
35
Dauteuil
574
716-O
38
Shofner
574
972-M
41
Newman
574
805-V
49
Evans
574
808-C
37
Box #2 - Low Flight
Bird
574
835-T
31
Garwick
574
832-H
27
Stanfield
574
829-C
14
Alexander
574
827-G
41
Watkinson
574
833-U
49
Watson
574
844-D
38
Box #2 - Spare Flight
Hollis
574
848-N
38