• 18 July 1944
  • Mission #133
  • Target: Troarns

The target was enemy troop and equipment concentrations just off General Montgomery's left flank near Troarn, France. The secondary targets were any identified marshalling yard, railroad bridge, enemy column or convoy, or other concentration of troops or equipment. The crew briefing stressed that alternate targets must not be adjacent to a build up area, must be positively identified as one of above objectives, and a visual sighting must be made. Per the 2BD's Intelligence Annex No. 1, "Your effort will coincide with other large scale operations of similar nature by tactical air forces, dive bomber units and R.A.F. A successful attack should aid considerably a new drive by Allied ground forces."

At 0100 and 0230 hours, a maximum effort for 47 aircrews was briefed. Take-off was split with the first wave of 24 taking off at 0416 hours and the remaining departing forty minutes later. The 576th and 579th Sqdns (32 aircraft in all) did not bomb due to haze over the target. The remaining 15 ships from the two waves dropped a total of 603 General Purpose and fragmentation bombs (100 pounders) at 0658 hours and 0739 hours.

No fighters were seen but flak was such that 17 B-24s were damaged and two men were slightly wounded. All aircraft returned safely to Wendling with the last ship landing at 0948.

The mission route map shown at the briefing.
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CREW LOADING LIST - MISSION #133

18 Jul 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 511
P Larson, R.D. 2nd Lt.
CP Hawn, I. F/O
N Biles, W.R. 2nd Lt.
B Sullivan, P.A. 2nd Lt.
E Dearborn, H.W. Sgt.
R Peterson, J.V. Sgt.
RW Hetzer, R.L. Jr. Sgt.
LW Blevins, R.E. Pvt.
BT Cuthbert, J.K. Sgt.
TG - -
18 Jul 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 650
P Smith, K.A. 1st Lt.
CP McFarland, J.D. 2nd Lt.
N Levin, W. 1st Lt.
B Duffy, F.J. 1st Lt.
E Glover, B.E. Sgt.
R Isebrands, T.E. S/Sgt.
RW Rose, N.G. Sgt.
LW Cumming, R.B. Sgt.
BT Woerth, J.B. Jr. Sgt.
TG Young, R.E. Sgt.
18 Jul 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 031
P Demers, J.R. 1st Lt.
CP Sylvester, H. 2nd Lt.
N Neisloss, S.L. 2nd Lt.
B Adamson, J.C. 2nd Lt.
E Bell, E.M. T/Sgt.
R Galea, J.H.D. T/Sgt.
RW Baer, D.J. S/Sgt.
LW Allen, W.J. S/Sgt.
BT Adelson, D. S/Sgt.
TG Arnold, E.L. S/Sgt.
18 Jul 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 615
P Benson, A.L. 2nd Lt.
CP Singer, S. F/O
N Reichl, J.G. 2nd Lt.
B Guhin, M.E. 2nd Lt.
E Henning, W.C. S/Sgt.
R Wickens, R.S. S/Sgt.
RW Hackney, S.H. Sgt.
LW Bowen, W.H. Sgt.
BT Briganti, M.A. Sgt.
TG - -
18 Jul 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 387
P Hofmann, H.W. 1st Lt.
CP Gorton, C.E. 2nd Lt.
N Randall, J.A. 2nd Lt.
B Wise, D.C. 2nd Lt.
E Boney, R.E. T/Sgt.
R McNutt, W.H. Pvt.
RW Kamacho, J.A. S/Sgt.
LW Dopson, V.H. S/Sgt.
BT Sanders, O.B. S/Sgt.
TG Goo, R.F. S/Sgt.
18 Jul 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 194
P Richeson, W.H. 1st Lt.
CP Wiley, D.A. 2nd Lt.
N Frey, J.J. 2nd Lt.
B Claytor, D.D. 2nd Lt.
E Urban, J.J. T/Sgt.
R Danner, E.W. S/Sgt.
RW McNeill, C.E. S/Sgt.
LW Dosier, C.A. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Albert, W.W. S/Sgt.
18 Jul 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 409
P Paroly, B. 1st Lt.
CP McDonald, W.L. 2nd Lt.
N Tooman, H.K. 2nd Lt.
B Supp, J.W. 2nd Lt.
E Standley, G.A. T/Sgt.
R Conley, J.M. T/Sgt.
RW Montgomery, H. S/Sgt.
LW - -
BT Clarke, A.B. S/Sgt.
TG Tart, E.E. S/Sgt.
18 Jul 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 907
P Scharf, C.D. 2nd Lt.
CP Miller, H.W. Capt.
N Garland, S.M. 2nd Lt.
B Thomas, J.B. Jr. 2nd Lt.
E Michalski, R. S/Sgt.
R Bonanno, J.C. S/Sgt.
RW Oakes, E.L. Jr. Sgt.
LW Rigas, C. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Oatman, H.W. Sgt.
18 Jul 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 617
P Martin, R.C. Jr. 1st Lt.
CP Hilbert, H.S. 2nd Lt.
N Freeman, G.L. 2nd Lt.
B Wear, H.E. 2nd Lt.
E Blees, K.H. T/Sgt.
R Thiel, J.G. T/Sgt.
RW Minton, D.C. S/Sgt.
LW Cannon, M.H. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Roberts, M.E. S/Sgt.
18 Jul 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 222
P Acebedo, B.H. 1st Lt.
CP Coe, V.E. 1st Lt.
N Kramer, L.G. 1st Lt.
B Robinson, W.F. 1st Lt.
E Bullard, R.E. T/Sgt.
R Kauffman, T.H. T/Sgt.
RW Keller, C.T. S/Sgt.
LW Allred, E.L. S/Sgt.
BT Koch, C.H. Capt.
TG Abraham, R.A. S/Sgt.
18 Jul 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 070
P Bratton, K.D. 1st Lt.
CP Hurd, W.F. 1st Lt.
N Colbrook, W.L. 1st Lt.
B Wytak, S.M. 1st Lt.
E Simmons, W.W. T/Sgt.
R Lennert, B.J. T/Sgt.
RW Gereben, A. S/Sgt.
LW Friemuth, H.E. Sgt.
BT Hamilton, W.S. S/Sgt.
TG - -
18 Jul 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 323
P Brizendine, T.O. 2nd Lt.
CP Lach, R.F. 2nd Lt.
N Roy, D.G. 2nd Lt.
B - -
E Bodkins, F.C. T/Sgt.
R Rue, A.W. T/Sgt.
RW Ligon, A.C. S/Sgt.
LW Friedel, C.F. S/Sgt.
BT Scheide, H.W. S/Sgt.
TG Leech, R.M. S/Sgt.
18 Jul 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 164
P Buecheler, J.E. 2nd Lt.
CP Wardell, J.R. 2nd Lt.
N Luttrell, W.T. F/O
B Fiebig, P.E. 2nd Lt.
E Potts, B.F. S/Sgt.
R Cooper, J.P. S/Sgt.
RW Johnson, J.M. Sgt.
LW Richards, R.H. Sgt.
BT Longacre, H.N. Sgt.
TG - -
18 Jul 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 430
P Petty, R.A. 2nd Lt.
CP Crowe, W.Q. 2nd Lt.
N Page, C.R. 2nd Lt.
B Wickett, C.J. 2nd Lt.
E Miller, P.W. S/Sgt.
R Gaertner, R.E. S/Sgt.
RW Dondero, E.G. Sgt.
LW McGrew, C.C. T/Sgt.
BT McCormick, W.L. Sgt.
TG - -
18 Jul 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 649
P Holmes, H.T. Jr. F/O
CP Barber, J.B. 2nd Lt.
N Peterson, H.L. 2nd Lt.
B - -
E Fetsch, J.E. S/Sgt.
R O'Laughlin, F.J. S/Sgt.
RW Tungett, R.G. Sgt.
LW Batchelor, L.I. Sgt.
BT Loewy, S.B. Sgt.
TG Marinelli, N.R. Sgt.
18 Jul 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 151
P Anundson, P.F. 1st Lt.
CP Hadley, L.R. 2nd Lt.
N Fehrenbacher, D.E. 2nd Lt.
B Scott, W.J. 2nd Lt.
E Cooke, W.B. T/Sgt.
R Clendening, R.D. T/Sgt.
RW Berry, H.F. S/Sgt.
LW Schliesmayer, R.N. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Kleber, W.M. S/Sgt.
18 Jul 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 604
P Miller, W.L. 2nd Lt.
CP Cassity, J.J. 2nd Lt.
N Mohr, J. F/O
B Crane, J.B. 2nd Lt.
E Prach, F.T. S/Sgt.
R Hagopian, H.A. Sgt.
RW Hedges, N.E. Sgt.
LW Moles, W.F. Cpl.
BT Pace, J.W. Sgt.
TG Walters, L. Cpl.
18 Jul 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 642
CA Johnson, L.L. Lt. Col.
P Monroe, D.E. 1st Lt.
CP Neill, C.W. 2nd Lt.
N Schofield, D.J. 2nd Lt.
N Delach, J.J. 1st Lt.
B Benenson, M. 1st Lt.
E Holmes, E.T. T/Sgt.
R Lancy, N.J. T/Sgt.
RW Hall, G.E. S/Sgt.
LW Wambach, J. S/Sgt
BT - -
TG Lucas, L.M. S/Sgt.
18 Jul 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 040
P McGrath, T.F. 2nd Lt.
CP Faulkner, J.J. 2nd Lt.
N Smith, P.J. 2nd Lt.
B Brennan, A.F. 2nd Lt.
E McFadden, R.J. S/Sgt.
R Stewart, G.S. T/Sgt.
RW Vines, V.L. S/Sgt.
LW Walsh, H.R. S/Sgt.
BT Schroeder, R.C. S/Sgt.
TG Shoemaker, D.R. S/Sgt.
18 Jul 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 058
P Holben, W.P. Jr.1st Lt.
CPEllis, J.D. 2nd Lt.
N Cox, R.B. 2nd Lt.
B Potasiewicz, J.F. S/Sgt.
E Chapman, K.W. T/Sgt.
R O'Brien, W.W. T/Sgt.
RW DiCroce, J.A. T/Sgt.
LW Reausaw, F.M. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Wakelee, D.L. S/Sgt.
18 Jul 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 415
P Weaver, L.F. 2nd Lt.
CP Hamill, R.E. 2nd Lt.
N Brandi, J.G. 2nd Lt.
B Taylor, J.L. 2nd Lt.
E Kampfe, R.E. Sgt.
R Beckwith, R.B. Sgt.
RW Broffman, K.W. Sgt.
LW Holland, M.D. Sgt.
BT Williams, C.L. Sgt.
TG Meyer, T.H. Sgt.
18 Jul 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 012
P Pierce, W.R. F/O
CP Myers, J.W. Capt.
N Putziger, S. 2nd Lt.
B Dilly, V.S. Capt.
E Stand, A.J. S/Sgt.
R Rankin, R.P. S/Sgt.
RW Cooperman, G.F. Sgt.
LW Ferenc, F.J. S/Sgt.
BT Liske, J.R. 2nd Lt.
TG Carrabba, C. S/Sgt.
18 Jul 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 079
P Johnson, O.P. 1st Lt.
CP Tedford, L.W. 1st Lt.
N Bober, L. 2nd Lt.
B Gump, J.A. 2nd Lt.
E Whitson, M.D. T/Sgt.
R Perlberg, A.C. T/Sgt.
RW Barnard, C.F. S/Sgt.
LW Kaeble, R.R. S/Sgt.
BT Marchuk, J. S/Sgt.
TG - -
18 Jul 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 466
P Edwards, C.E. Capt.
CP Stephens, L.M. 1st Lt.
N Untiedt, L.F. Capt.
B Joaquin, W.F. Capt.
E Mellow, N.J. T/Sgt.
R Braddock, W.A. T/Sgt.
RW Medel, M.N. S/Sgt.
LW LeBleu, L.W. S/Sgt.
BT Hill, R.E. S/Sgt.
TG Phelps, G.A. S/Sgt.
Ortenberg, B. 1st Lt.
18 Jul 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 852
P Kohl, W.F. 1st Lt.
CP Shultz, G.R. 2nd Lt.
N Foote, B.F. Jr. 2nd Lt.
B Kerley, A.D. 2nd Lt.
E Higdon, R.E. T/Sgt.
R Scales, R.R. T/Sgt.
RW Agalsoff, D.N. S/Sgt.
LW Peters, J.M. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Ehring, E.O. S/Sgt.
18 Jul 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 187
P Miller, D.E. 2nd Lt.
CP Heller, P. 2nd Lt.
N Moos, J.C. 2nd Lt.
B Inamorato, J.T. 2nd Lt.
E Myers, L.P. S/Sgt.
R Luczak, H.J. S/Sgt.
RW Duerr, E.E. Sgt.
LW Agoglia, E.J. Sgt.
BT - -
TG Shea, H.A. Sgt.
18 Jul 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 478
P Otis, J.J. 1st Lt.
CP Jones, H.E. 2nd Lt.
N Wells, M.C. 2nd Lt.
B - -
E Berezovsky, A. T/Sgt.
R Doolittle, D.R. T/Sgt.
RW Gustavson, R.I. S/Sgt.
LW Ralston, G.J. Sgt.
BT Matracia, A.A. Sgt.
TG Lockhart, K.T. Sgt.
18 Jul 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 966
P Barton, P.F. 2nd Lt.
CP Riddleberger, W.I. III 2nd Lt.
N Wimer, F.P. 2nd Lt.
B Smith, C.E. F/O
E Soda, M.J. S/Sgt.
R Wright, G. S/Sgt.
RW Johnson, P.D. Sgt.
LW Serrette, R.L. Sgt.
BT - -
TG Boyce, E.L. Sgt.
18 Jul 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 446
P Shelley, J.H. 2nd Lt.
CP Scarpino, P. 2nd Lt.
N Maroun, N.P. 2nd Lt.
B - -
E Kane, F.M. S/Sgt.
R Smith, P.E. S/Sgt.
RW Hollenbeck, C.E. S/Sgt.
LW Bettis, R.W. Cpl.
BT Stewart, S.R. S/Sgt.
TG Childers, J.E. S/Sgt.
18 Jul 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 002
P Quinn, L.F. 1st Lt.
CP Ritter, W.R. 2nd Lt.
N Kostlan, A. 2nd Lt.
B Brown, H.C. S/Sgt.
E Wilson, H.W. S/Sgt.
R Morgan, L.E. Sgt.
RW McGinnis, M.C. Cpl.
LW Borchers, E.J. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG DeStefano, A.F. S/Sgt.
18 Jul 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 241
P Maris, J.R. 1st Lt.
CP Holmes, F. Jr. 2nd Lt.
N Silverman, H.I. 2nd Lt.
B Taylor, J.W. 2nd Lt.
E Fitzgerald, M.B. T/Sgt.
R Trinkle, C.E. T/Sgt.
RW Legendre, V.J. S/Sgt.
LW Young, H.M. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Miller, M. S/Sgt.
18 Jul 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 295
P Rudd, C.R. 2nd Lt.
CP Benson, R.J. 2nd Lt.
N Dawson, J.B. 2nd Lt.
B Spencer, W.A. 2nd Lt.
E Maynard, C.R. S/Sgt.
R Clapp, R.E.E. Jr. S/Sgt.
RW Dobson, O.F. Sgt.
LW Hoganson, H.G. Sgt.
BT - -
TG Place, R.K. Sgt.
18 Jul 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 477
P Henderson, P.B. 1st 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. T/Sgt.
RW Smith, G.R. S/Sgt.
LW Vantine, J.E. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Howell, J.L. S/Sgt.
18 Jul 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 295
P Smith, W.C. 1st Lt.
CP Wilson, E.R. 2nd Lt.
N McMahon, E.J. F/O
B Jackson, C.R. 2nd Lt.
E Seaton, K.L. T/Sgt.
R Kostrewski, G.T. T/Sgt.
RW McRight, W.O. S/Sgt.
LW Humphreys, E.E. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG VanVliet, P. S/Sgt.
18 Jul 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 548
P Hamblen, C.W. 1st Lt.
CP McCarter, H.L. 1st Lt.
N Hurst, F.B. Jr. 1st Lt.
B Joyce, G.P. 1st Lt.
E Sears, A.R. T/Sgt.
R Burnell, W.E. S/Sgt.
RW Harris, H.E. S/Sgt.
LW Butler, G.R. S/Sgt.
BT McLain, B.G. Pvt.
TG Lindsay, V.R. S/Sgt.
OBS Kielblock, A.L. Sgt.
NT Westbrook, J.W. Jr. 1st Lt.
18 Jul 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 308
P Menard, J.F. 1st Lt.
CP Holmes, J.G. 2nd Lt.
N Krause, T.J. 2nd Lt.
B Hartwick, E.J. 2nd Lt.
E Walsh, D.A. T/Sgt.
R Blackford, L.N. T/Sgt.
RW Holton, Q.F. S/Sgt.
LW Redman, G.A. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Tubbs, H.L. S/Sgt.
18 Jul 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 608
P Pardue, R.V. 1st Lt.
CP Jernigen, W.R. 2nd Lt.
N Fitzsimmons, R.E. 2nd Lt.
B Crowell, R.K. 2nd Lt.
E McCary, L.F. T/Sgt.
R Sibert, V.L. T/Sgt.
RW White, R.A. S/Sgt.
LW Lanning, E.G. T/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Reynolds, R.L. S/Sgt.
NG Semler, R.E. 2nd Lt.
18 Jul 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 238
P White, E.J. F/O
CP Whalen, J.M. F/O
N Long, W.S. 2nd Lt.
B Alexander, R.W. 2nd Lt.
E Hayden, R. S/Sgt.
R McAllaster, R.W. S/Sgt.
RW Sabolish, G. Sgt.
LW Egler, M.G. Sgt.
BT - -
TG Ziehm, R.W. Sgt.
18 Jul 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 990
P Tuchel, R.H. 2nd Lt.
CP Hay, G.R. 2nd Lt.
N Smith, F.D. 2nd Lt.
B - -
E Tvergyak, P.A. S/Sgt.
R Johnson, H.K. S/Sgt.
RW Warrick, H.E. Sgt.
NT Vincent, J.W. Sgt.
BT O'Rourke, R.L. Sgt.
TG Carter, D.J. Sgt.
18 Jul 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 097
P Wick, N.J. 2nd Lt.
CP Bonifant, J.T. 2nd Lt.
N Greene, D.A. F/O
B Buckles, R.R. F/O
E Knierim, R.A. S/Sgt.
R Taylor, P.W. S/Sgt.
RW Makovy, V. Sgt.
LW Sheppard, R.E. Sgt.
BT - -
TG Reimund, S.J. Sgt.
18 Jul 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 789
P McMillan, H.L. 1st Lt.
CP Guckert, D.J. 2nd Lt.
N Jennings, C.H. 2nd Lt.
B Gallagher, J.R. 2nd Lt.
E Hill, T.H. T/Sgt.
R Lindberg, W.G. T/Sgt.
RW Dodge, F.V. S/Sgt.
LW Hardy, R.W. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Wiersma, S.A. S/Sgt.
18 Jul 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 433
P Carey, R.J. 2nd Lt.
CP Ziegenhardt, D.E. 2nd Lt.
N Brownfelder, A.R. 2nd Lt.
B Glickman, B. Sgt.
E Wear, H.L. S/Sgt.
R Love, J.W. S/Sgt.
RW Manchester, F.R. Sgt.
LW Marshall, C.R. Sgt.
BT Kiger, J.E. Sgt.
TG - -
18 Jul 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 758
P Neundorf, C.A. 2nd Lt.
CP Washington, E.K. 2nd Lt.
N Abrams, E.J. 2nd Lt.
B Pipitone, S.R. F/O
E Moore, P.L. S/Sgt.
R Toniatti, L.A. S/Sgt.
RW Ostrove, H. Sgt.
LW Sullivan, J.K. Sgt.
BT - -
TG Xander, C.H. Sgt.
18 Jul 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 544
P Gann, D.L. 1st Lt.
CP Dick, W.C. 1st Lt.
N Spensley, R.E. 1st Lt.
B Cunniff, V.L. 1st Lt.
E Shrader, C. T/Sgt.
R Carroll, J.T. T/Sgt.
RW Anderson, A.R. S/Sgt.
LW Puchir, J. S/Sgt.
NT Goric, R.D. S/Sgt.
TG Sinclair, R.E. S/Sgt.
18 Jul 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 623
P Dawson, H.B. 2nd Lt.
CP Fastabend, J.B. F/O
N Cummings, F.L. 2nd Lt.
B Paul, R.M. 2nd Lt.
E Carter, W.R. S/Sgt.
R Wilkinson, E.J. S/Sgt.
RW Lee, S.A. Cpl.
LW Hanson, T.R. Sgt.
BT Ross, R.D. Cpl.
TG - -
18 Jul 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 593
P Clark, D.L. 2nd Lt.
CP Jones, G.B. 2nd Lt.
N Munter, L.M. F/O
B McGarry, T.J. 2nd Lt.
E Keba, J. S/Sgt.
R Howeth, G.W. Sgt.
RW Faust, K.E. Sgt.
LW Kopperud, C.M. Sgt.
BT Tharp, R.N. Cpl.
TG - -
18 Jul 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 448
P Thomas, J.F. 1st Lt.
CP Whitford, D. 2nd Lt.
N McFarlin, J.F. F/O
B Hyro, G.R. F/O
E Nicolson, A. T/Sgt.
R Haywood, H.F. T/Sgt.
RW Powers, R.J. S/Sgt.
LW McEvoy, P.S. S/Sgt.
BT O'Neill, W.P. S/Sgt.
TG Hairston, R.T. S/Sgt.