• 25 May 1944
  • Missions #91 & #92
  • Targets: Belfort & Fecamp

This mission was a two-pronged composite raid with six ships assigned to bomb heavy gun emplacements just north of Fecamp and the remaining to hit the marshalling yards at Belfort.

The 577th Squadron was assigned Fecamp lead with Lieutenant Brennan as Bombardier. Between 0200-0230 hours, (34) aircrews were given briefings with six taking off for the Fecamp target at 0600 hours, bombing it with excellent results, and landing about 1000 hours.

The second wave, to Belfort, took off beginning at 0615 hours with 28 ships - the 576th and 579th Squadrons leading with 1/Lts George J. Jackson and John B. Rodriguez as Bombardiers. This wave hit Belfort with fair results. Each plane was loaded with 12 500-pound General Purpose bombs. The lead ship suffered Sperry A-5 autopilot difficulties on the bomb run which affected bombing synchronization.

On both missions, a total of 384 500-pound GP bombs were released. No fighters were encountered but seven aircraft on the Belfort raid suffered battle damage from flak. No casualties were suffered and the last wave of ships was back on the ground around 1715 hours.

On 28 May 1944, Gen Leon Johnson, commander of the 14th Combat Wing, sent this congratulatory teletype to the 392nd BG: "Records show the 392nd Bombardment Group (H) dispatched 114 aircraft during five missions from May 21 to May 25, with only two early returns. This, in itself, is an outstanding accomplishment and it is my desire to commend your unit: especially the ground crews responsible."

This photo, taken by the Brunn crew in #42-52615, shows bombs striking the marshalling yards at Belfort. Click on image to enlarge.

CASUALTIES NOT LISTED IN MACR

Major Schoolmaster, Clinton F. (P) 577th KILD*

Major Schoolmaster was one of the original cadre of Officers assigned to the 392nd as the Group went overseas to Wendling. He was the first Commanding Officer of the 577th Bomb Squadron and had just recently before this date been assigned up to the 14th Combat Wing Headquarters, as was the case of a few combat-seasoned senior Staff Officers of the Group as the air war progressed. On this date, Major Schoolmaster was performing a routine 14th CBW task of flying ‘formation’s monitor ship’ in a P-47 Thunderbolt fighter-type plane in checking over the Combat Wing’s (3) B-24 Groups "form up" over England to fly assigned missions this day.

The 392nd had been assigned two (2) separate targets with (2) separate B-24 waves: the first wave to bomb heavy gun emplacements at Fecamp and taking off at 0600 hours; the second wave to strike railroad marshalling yards at Belfort and getting the first bomber airborne at 0615 hours.

As concerned Major Schoolmaster’s loss, a War Department letter to Mrs. Schoolmaster dated one year and a day later (26 May 1945) could give no finite details surrounding the certainty of his fate as it stated "...the record concerning your husband shows that he was pilot and sole occupant of a P-47 airplane which was unreported after the take-off from Halesworth Airdrome, Suffolk County, England, at 9:07 a.m., 25 May 1 955. The only available information indicates that Major Schoolmaster was monitoring aircraft that day, and that after helping the aircraft form for an operational mission, he was then to return to his home station....in view of the fact that twelve months have now expired without the receipt of evidence to support continued presumption of survival, the War Department must terminate such absence by a presumptive finding of death. Accordingly, an official finding of death has been recorded under the provision of Public Law 490, 77th Congress, approved March 7, 1942, as amended. The finding does not establish an actual or probable date of death; however, as required by law, it includes a presumptive date of death for the termination of pay and allowances this date has been set as 26 May 1945, the day following the expiration of twelve months; absence ". Maj. Schoolmaster's name appears on the Tablets of the Missing at Cambridge American Cemetery. At the time of his death, he was assigned to Headquarters Squadron, 95th Bomber Wing. Awards were the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters. His home of mailing for the War Department letter to his wife was Wilmington, Delaware.

* Carried with his former Squadron in his honor.
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CREW LOADING LIST - MISSION #91

Target: Belfort

25 May 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 433
P Evans, A.W. 2nd Lt.
CP Fenton, J.S. 2nd Lt.
N Shoenberger, R.W. 2nd Lt.
B Conner, J.K. 2nd Lt.
E Patterson, R.C. S/Sgt.
R Glowienke, G.A. S/Sgt.
RW Jenkins, W.B. T/Sgt.
LW Naber, H.W. Sgt.
BT Powell, L.R. Sgt.
TG Altschaft, W.L. Sgt.
25 May 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 916
CA Gilbert, L.G. Lt. Col.
P Neff, C.L. 1st Lt.
CP Simpson, H.L. 1st Lt.
N McShane, W.F. 1st Lt.
N Smith, C.W. 1st Lt.
B Jackson, G.J. 1st Lt.
E Benham, C.E. T/Sgt.
R Diaz, C.A. T/Sgt.
RW Hale, J.L. S/Sgt.
LW Walter, C.D. S/Sgt.
BT Pennington, E.B. S/Sgt.
TG Ware, J.W. S/Sgt.
25 May 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 772
P Meighen, W.E. 1st Lt.
CP Mason, J.J. 2nd Lt.
N Plunkett, F.A. 2nd Lt.
B Wimberly, W.G. S/Sgt.
E Austin, L.D. T/Sgt.
R Epstein, B.B. T/Sgt.
RW Bode, J.E. S/Sgt.
LW MacDonell, K.A.. S/Sgt.
BT Kuhns, R.H. S/Sgt
TG Cuevas, D.E. S/Sgt.
25 May 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 031
P Demers, J.R. 2nd Lt.
CP Sylvester, H. 2nd Lt.
N Neisloss, S.L. 2nd Lt.
B Adamson, J.C. 2nd Lt.
E Bell, E.M. S/Sgt.
R Galea, J.H.D. S/Sgt.
RW Allen, W.J. Sgt.
LW Baer, D.J. Sgt.
BT Adelson, D. Sgt.
TG Arnold, E.L. Sgt.
25 May 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 222
P Hofmann, H.W. 2nd Lt.
CP Gorton, C.E. 2nd Lt.
N Randall, J.A. 2nd Lt.
B Wise, D.C. 2nd Lt.
E Boney, R.E. S/Sgt.
R McNutt, W.H. Sgt.
RW Dopson, V.H. Sgt.
LW Kamacho, J.A. Sgt.
BT Sanders, O.B. Sgt.
TG Goo, R.F. Sgt.
25 May 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 670
CA Lowell, C.L. Capt.
P Filkel, O.H. 1st Lt.
CP Hurd, J.S. 2nd Lt.
N Tyson, E.E. 2nd Lt.
B Robinson, W.F. 2nd Lt.
B Tudor, J.R. 2nd Lt.
E Blevins, R.E. T/Sgt.
R Smith, R.C. T/Sgt.
RW Kirkpatrick, H.K. S/Sgt.
LW Farmwalt, W.H. Pvt.
BT Jarrett, C.W. S/Sgt.
TG Hoover, A.L. S/Sgt.
25 May 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 131
P Wittel, E.F. 1st Lt.
CP Marsters, W.R. 2nd Lt.
N Karl, J.F. 1st Lt.
B Zuk, J.C. 1st Lt.
E Cannada, V.P. T/Sgt.
R Jeffcoat, C.M. T/Sgt.
RW Prost, B.J. S/Sgt.
LW Williams, R.F. S/Sgt.
BT Lancaster, P.M. S/Sgt.
TG Roti, D.A. S/Sgt.
25 May 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 096
P Monroe, D.E. 1st Lt.
CP Neill, C.W. 2nd Lt.
N Beezley, D.D. 2nd Lt.
NG Lucas, L.M. S/Sgt.
E Holmes, E.T. T/Sgt.
R Lancy, N.J. T/Sgt.
RW Hall, G.E. Sgt.
LW Dilley, P.E. S/Sgt.
BT Wambach, J. Sgt.
TG Desonne, M. S/Sgt.
25 May 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 151
P Anundson, P.F. 2nd Lt.
CP Hadley, L.R. 2nd Lt.
N Fehrenbacher, D.E. 2nd Lt.
B Scott, W.J. 2nd Lt.
E Cooke, W.B. S/Sgt.
R Clendening, R.D. S/Sgt.
RW Berry, H.F. Sgt.
LW Schliesmayer, R.N. Sgt.
BT Farrar, R.E. Sgt.
TG Kleber, W.M. Sgt.
25 May 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 012
P Scheltens, G.A. 1st Lt.
CP Vaughan, H.C. 2nd Lt.
N Coward, D.M. 2nd Lt.
NG McGinley, W.C. Sgt.
E Morr, R.J. T/Sgt.
R Borden, K.L. T/Sgt.
RW Mandelkow, E. S/Sgt.
LW Crotty, W.L. S/Sgt.
BT Thompson, I.F. S/Sgt.
TG Freeman, J.B. Sgt.
25 May 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 027
P Whittemore, W.T. 1st Lt.
CP Ackerman, J.M. 2nd Lt.
N Issenberg, M. 2nd Lt.
NG Lampe, M. S/Sgt.
E Peterson, C.L. S/Sgt.
R Ammon, R.H. S/Sgt.
RW Shaeffer, R. S/Sgt.
LW Altemus, C.V. Sgt.
BT Holder, O.E. Sgt.
TG Tremlett, R.S. S/Sgt.
25 May 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 287
P Larsen, N.R. 2nd Lt.
CP Stratton, C.R. 2nd Lt.
N O'Neill, T.J. 2nd Lt.
B Hiller, T.B. 2nd Lt.
E Robinson, W.F. S/Sgt.
R Fox, H.H. T/Sgt.
RW Whitt, C.G. Sgt.
LW Davis, E.T. Pvt.
BT Barker, D.G. Sgt.
TG Prazak, S.J. S/Sgt.
25 May 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 649 (no mission credit)
P Belitz, H.G. 1st Lt.
CP Cook, L.B. 2nd Lt.
N Schofield, D.J. 2nd Lt.
B Jones, A.V. 2nd Lt.
E Sekul, J.G. S/Sgt.
R Mulhern, R.T. S/Sgt.
RW Vineall, B.H. Sgt.
LW Smith, W.H. Sgt.
BT Peters, H.J. Sgt.
TG Walz, H.R. Sgt.
25 May 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 961
P Hunsaker, B.W. 1st Lt.
CP Lach, R.F. 2nd Lt.
N Roy, D.G. 2nd Lt.
B Hultengren, C.W. Sgt.
E Bodkins, F.C. T/Sgt.
R Rue, A.W. T/Sgt.
RW Ligon, A.C. Sgt.
LW Hawes, J.C. S/Sgt.
BT Friedel, C.F. Sgt.
TG Leech, R.M. Sgt.
25 May 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 896
P Stroble, W.A. 2nd Lt.
CP Slafka, C.M. 2nd Lt.
N Daniels, A.S. 2nd Lt.
B Haukom, C.B. S/Sgt.
E Vassey, E.E. T/Sgt.
R Bull, F.L. S/Sgt.
RW Spika, C.J. S/Sgt.
LW Vickery, P.C. S/Sgt.
BT Brent, L.H. S/Sgt.
TG Vetrano, A. S/Sgt.
25 May 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 338
P Zweig, L.E. 2nd Lt.
CP Burge, H.L. 2nd Lt.
N Quail, J.L. 2nd Lt.
B Bruce, J.C. 2nd Lt.
E Baxter, O. S/Sgt.
R Callahan, C.J. S/Sgt.
RW Strally, S.R. S/Sgt.
LW Jessen, M.M. Sgt.
BT Shinske, J.C. Sgt.
TG Smith, L.F. Sgt.
25 May 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 041
P Henderson, P.B. 2nd Lt.
CP Stull, R.B. 2nd Lt.
N Allen, H.W. 1st Lt.
B Williamson, R.D. 2nd Lt.
E Thompson, A.W. S/Sgt.
R Burns, P.J. S/Sgt.
RW Smith, G.R. Sgt.
LW Vantine, J.E. Sgt.
BT Ivey, E.H. Jr. Jr. Sgt.
TG Howell, J.L. Sgt.
25 May 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 966
P Roberts, A.M. 2nd Lt.
CP Houtz, G.B. 2nd Lt.
N Prentice, C.L. 2nd Lt.
B Hart, D.R. 2nd Lt.
E Rojas, Y. S/Sgt.
R Lippert, K.A. S/Sgt.
RW Blaise, E.W. Sgt.
LW Medel, M.N. Sgt.
BT Collins, R.R. S/Sgt.
TG Pryor, M.L. Sgt.
25 May 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 033
P Hamblen, C.W. 1st Lt.
CP McCarter, H.L. 2nd Lt.
N Hurst, F.B. Jr. 2nd Lt.
B Joyce, G.P. 2nd Lt.
E Sears, A.R. T/Sgt.
R Burnell, W.E. T/Sgt.
RW Harris, H.E. S/Sgt.
LW Butler, G.R. S/Sgt.
BT McLain, B.G. Pvt.
TG Lindsay, V.R. S/Sgt.
25 May 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 002
P Eisermann, G.O. 1st Lt.
CP Fothergill, C.E. 2nd Lt.
N Smith, J.W. 2nd Lt.
B Yacavone, J.P. 2nd Lt.
E Cook, E.J. S/Sgt.
R Davis, R.D. T/Sgt.
RW Hall, N.L. S/Sgt.
LW McGlinn, M.J. S/Sgt.
BT Jenkins, R.N. S/Sgt.
TG Coleman, E.B. S/Sgt.
25 May 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 337
P McCarthy, C.G. 1st Lt.
CP Long, J.D. 1st Lt.
N Keck, R.W. 1st Lt.
B Westbrook, J.W. Jr. 1st Lt.
E Edwards, C.E. T/Sgt.
R Biska, S.L. T/Sgt.
RW Osborne, J.H. S/Sgt.
LW Bluejacket, J.W. S/Sgt.
BT Svoboda, J.J. S/Sgt.
TG Wilk, H. S/Sgt.
25 May 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 261
P White, H.A. 2nd Lt.
CP Martin, J.W. 2nd Lt.
N Forde, W.I. 2nd Lt.
B Green, H.J. 2nd Lt.
E Barnes, G.M. S/Sgt.
R Reynolds, J.J. S/Sgt.
RW Braccioforte, J.F. Sgt.
LW Dunbar, R.J. Sgt.
BT Weitkemper, R.C. Sgt.
TG Wehunt, J.W. Sgt.
25 May 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 789
P Darnell, J.F. Jr. 1st Lt.
CP Slagle, E.E. 1st Lt.
N Stasney, A.J. 1st Lt.
B Lory, R.C. 1st Lt.
E Pearson, W.M. T/Sgt.
R Mandel, R.F. T/Sgt.
RW Rego, M.A. S/Sgt.
LW Sundo, J.R. S/Sgt.
BT Courtney, E.J. S/Sgt.
TG Ward, L.E. Sgt.
25 May 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 990
P Thomas, J.F. 2nd Lt.
CP Whitford, D. 2nd Lt.
N McFarlin, J.F. F/O
B Hyre, G.R. F/O
E Nicolson, A. S/Sgt.
R Haywood, H.F. S/Sgt.
RW Powers, R.J. Sgt.
LW McEvoy, P.S. Sgt.
BT Eller, M. Sgt.
TG O'Neill, W.P. Sgt.
25 May 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 137
P Schafer, W.A. 2nd Lt.
CP Winans, G.L. 2nd Lt.
N Martin, A.V. F/O
B Jaffe, A.J. 2nd Lt.
E Reid, H.R. S/Sgt.
R Ward, R.A. S/Sgt.
RW Bell, R.N. Sgt.
LW Razo, E.G. Sgt.
BT Miller, S. Sgt.
TG Pitts, J.B. Sgt.
25 May 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 615
CA Holloman, C.C. Capt.
P Brunn, W.S. 1st Lt.
CP Reinbold, H.L. F/O
N Griffith, R.C. 2nd Lt.
B Rodriguez, J.B. 1st Lt.
B Coyle, J.D. 2nd Lt.
E Harris, W.T. S/Sgt.
R Adams, R.V. T/Sgt.
RW Hassett, T.R. T/Sgt.
LW Hair, J.H. S/Sgt.
BT Goric, R.D. S/Sgt.
TG Fund, E.J. S/Sgt.
25 May 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 897
P Niederriter, R.A. 2nd Lt.
CP Spencer, F.R. 2nd Lt.
N Richert, G.W. F/O
B Correnty, R.D. 2nd Lt.
E Maertens, H.J. S/Sgt.
R Underwood, J.W. S/Sgt.
RW Greenwood, I.G. Sgt.
LW Flowers, W.C. Sgt.
BT Traina, S. Sgt.
TG Spurgeon, E.F. Sgt.
25 May 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 025
P Hunt, N.J. 1st Lt.
CP Roetzel, P.B. 2nd Lt.
N Shelton, O.W. 2nd Lt.
B Sullivan, F.J. 2nd Lt.
E McKinzie, W.L. T/Sgt.
R Wilkinson, H.C. T/Sgt.
RW Osment, M. S/Sgt.
LW Bennett, G.H. S/Sgt.
BT Jackson, L.A. S/Sgt.
TG Whitlock, G.E. Pvt.
NG Gichan, W.W. 2nd Lt.
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CREW LOADING LIST - MISSION #92

Target: Fecamp

25 May 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 027
P Johnston, H.F. 2nd Lt.
CP Merriam, H. 2nd Lt.
N Berman, M. 2nd Lt.
B Moos, A.J. 2nd Lt.
E Zonza, F.S. S/Sgt.
R Thompson, T.E. S/Sgt.
RW Mackin, L.B. S/Sgt.
LW Ferry, C.W. S/Sgt.
BT Planakis, B.J. S/Sgt.
TG Porter, J.M. S/Sgt.
Patenaude, E.J. S/Sgt.
25 May 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 136
P Stoltz, C.W. 2nd Lt.
CP Paine, A.E. 2nd Lt.
N Anderson, C.R. 2nd Lt.
B Dahl, C.R. S/Sgt.
E Vowels, L.J. S/Sgt.
R Coolidge, D.B. T/Sgt.
RW Cole, M.A. S/Sgt.
LW Blaida, J.M. S/Sgt.
BT Torres, E.J. S/Sgt.
TG Brown, G.R. S/Sgt.
25 May 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 495
P Slipp, F.E. 1st Lt.
CP Jensen, A.H. 1st Lt.
N Sackler, H.J. 2nd Lt.
B Brennan, A.F. 2nd Lt.
E McKinley, W.C. T/Sgt.
R Lorenzen, W.H. T/Sgt.
RW Kolczynski, W.J. S/Sgt.
LW White, F.A. S/Sgt.
BT Feller, N.L. S/Sgt.
TG Cordick, D.H. S/Sgt.
25 May 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 295
P Smith, W.C. 2nd Lt.
CP Wilson, E.R. 2nd Lt.
N McMahon, E.J. F/O
B Jackson, C.R. 2nd Lt.
E Seaton, K.L. S/Sgt.
R Kostrewski, G.T. S/Sgt.
RW McRight, W.O. Sgt.
LW LeBleu, L.W. S/Sgt.
BT Humphreys, E.E. Sgt.
TG VanVliet, P. Sgt.
25 May 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 241
P Cheek, C.W. 2nd Lt.
CP Szenegato, J. 2nd Lt.
N Beddingfield, L.L. 2nd Lt.
B Morse, A. 2nd Lt.
E Curry, E.D. S/Sgt.
R Schroeck, L.A. S/Sgt.
RW Miles, V.G. Sgt.
LW Layman, H.A. Sgt.
BT Corcoran, R.G. Sgt.
TG Miller, J.E. Sgt.
25 May 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 229
P Ruvolis, L. Jr. 2nd Lt.
CP Wunderlin, C.F. 2nd Lt.
N Mayer, R.S. Jr. F/O
B Young, E. 2nd Lt.
E Cowley, J.C. S/Sgt.
R Garvey, J.A. S/Sgt.
RW Beltz, G.E. Sgt.
LW Schenkenberger, J. Sgt.
BT White, R.A. Sgt.
TG Sheridan, T.V. Sgt.