Mission No. 78
31 May 1944
Station: 166
Target: Bridge at Courcelles-Sur-Seine, France
To finish up its work for the month, the 391st was assigned another bridge, a six-span steel girder construction 840 feet long at Courcelles-Sur-Seine, France. Thirty-six B-26's were dispatched at 0945 hours and followed the course directed by Wing Field Order 79-339 to the objective. Bombing was done by flights of sixes, and the following results were evaluated by photo interpretation from the strike photos:
Box 1:
1st Six: Excellent. Bombs fell in good concentration scoring probable hits on the eastern end of the bridge
2nd Six: Excellent. The pattern burst across and beside the bridge, scoring probable hits.
3rd Six: No attack. (Bombsight malfunction in the lead ship)
Box 2:
1st Six: No attack. (Bombsight malfunction in the lead ship)
2nd Six: Poor. Bombs fell 400 yards east of the desired M.P.I., in and open field along the river.
3rd six : No attack. (Lead bombardier failed to identify target)
Nine of the planes sustained flak damage, but there were no losses 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
Samuel-Sullens
572
806-M
14
Hall
572
810-C
9
Holliday
572
812-D
9
Walker
572
819-H
13
Alexander
572
828-L
24
Reynolds
572
673-A
8
Box #1 - High Flight
Erickson
572
811-G
6
Smith
572
595-V
17
Blute
572
748-Q
6
Barker
572
809-O
16
Dewitt
572
810-W
26
Mccarty
572
008-L
7
Box #1 - Low Flight
Dickinson
572
834-B
8
Crim
572
978-Q
18
Jacobs
572
634-J
17
Whitson
572
799-T
15
Fry, B
572
820-S
22
Koehl
572
842-D
28

Box #2 - Lead Flight
Brandon
574
873-U
31
Evans
574
671-L
40
Lowe
574
615-A
41
Bush
574
832-H
36
Lowder
574
818-L
30
Carson
574
800-C
35
Box #2 - High Flight
Bird
574
931-F
34
Alexander
574
815-W
36
Metelsky
574
839-G
37
Newcomer
574
620-B
46
Newman
574
811-V
47
Watson
574
833-U
47
Box #2 - Low Flight
Kahley
574
927-N
32
Garwick
574
823-N
21
Stanfield
574
268-K
44
Salmon
574
801-G
19
Majka-Doolittle
574
853-F
39
Wolfe
574
739-O
31
Martin
575
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