Mission No. 84
6 Jun 1944
Station: 166
Target: Coastal Guns at Benerville, Saint-Pierre-du-Mont, and Maisy, France
Benerville: seventeen aircraft were dispatched but failed to attack due to weather, having encountered icing conditions in clouds. The lone ship which bombed was a Pathfinder aircraft on special equipment, and the results were unobserved.
St. Pierre du Mont: seventeen aircraft were dispatched, and ten dropped sixteen 2000-pound General Purpose bombs on the target. Pathfinder technique was employed from above the clouds, but since there was no photo coverage, the results were unknown.
Maisy: seventeen aircraft were dispatched, all dropping a total of thirty-one 2000-pound and two 1000-pound General Purpose bombs on the primary target area. Bombing was done by flights, with two having good results by striking within the target area, the third having poor results when the bombs fell about 1200 feet southwest of the desired Aiming Point, across a road and an open field.
Fifteen aircraft sustained flak battle damage, and one crew member was wounded. One enemy aircraft was destroyed by a pathfinder ship when it was attacked by 20 Focke-Wolfe 190's in the clear as the rest of the formation was making a second run on the target. There were no losses to the Group's formation.
S/Sgt. George E Cochran, 36441881, of Decatur, Illinois, flying as waist gunner on the first raid of D-Day, destroyed his second enemy fighter, an FW 190. His plane was a Pathfinder ship leading the formation, but it swung away from the other planes as the target area was reached because the weather conditions permitted visual bombing. While the Pathfinder was on its way, alone, to join another formation in the area, the Nazi attacked, and Cochran picked him off at a range of approximately 200 yards.
Authors note: Lt. McCarty's logbook shows he flew 42-95836 P2-N on this 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
Pathfinder
1PFS
579-G
35
Brandon
574
931-F
34
Garwick
574
800-C
35
Stanfield
574
838-B
35
Box #1 - High Flight
Hollis-Bird
574
873-U
32
Watkinson
574
818-L
29
Wolfe
574
841-S
29
Salmon
574
248-V
30
Carson
574
851-M
31
Lowe
574
720-K
30
Box #1 - Low Flight
Newcomer
574
927-N
32
Evans
574
865-D1
34
Metelsky
574
832-H
36
Majka
574
815-W
35
Watson
574
839-G
37
Callison
574
842-D
29
Newman
574
853-F
39

Box #2 - Lead Flight
Pathfinder
1PFS
872-?
11
Miller
572
673-A
8
Baehr
572
819-H
13
Hanlon
572
719-F
13
Box #2 - High Flight
Schleicher
572
947-U
15
Danforth
572
799-T
15
Barker
572
809-O
16
Schirmer
572
797-P
16
Kiedinger
572
836-N
14
Sullivan
572
806-M
14
Box #2 - Low Flight
Erickson
572
811-G
6
Koehl
572
748-Q
6
Walker
572
834-B
9
Dickinson
572
812-D
9
Holliday
572
810-C
8
Dewitt
572
813-J
7
Dearing
573
615-A
41

Box #3 - Lead Flight
Pathfinder
1PFS
583-?
18
Sellers
573
801-G
19
Baxter
573
634-J
17
Snyder
573
595-V
17
Box #3 - High Flight
Thorn
573
847-H
41
Youse
573
802-P
21
Colsch
573
828-L
24
Logan
573
822-O
24
Bollinger
573
806-C
22
Clark
573
830-M
23
Box #3 - Low Flight
Olfson
575
811-V
47
Ruble
575
808-C
44
Petrich
575
833-U
47
Kelley
575
268-K
44
Jacobi
575
932-T
46
Lakin
575
855-R
45
Schreiber
575
671-L
40