June 1944

June, '44

This would be the group's busiest month of the war, with 30 missions flown. The highlight was the 446th leading the 8th Air Force over the beaches on D-Day. Much of the month was spent supporting the ground forces by hitting bridges, airfields, and other installations not far from the coast. There was a celebration to mark the group's 100th mission on June 25th. On that day, a buzz bomb landed just 7 miles from the base, and an enemy plane dropped 4 bombs on the 707th dispersal area early on the 28th. Personel were now required to carry weapons at all times. During the month, crewmen were awarded 19 Distinguished Flying Crosses (DFC), 2 Silver Stars, 1 Bronze Star, 1 Soldier's Medal, 2 Air Medals, 2 clusters to the Air Medal, and one cluster to the DFC.

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Jun 2nd Noball target; Beavoir, France
Jun 3rd Berck-Sur-Mer, France
Jun 4th Sangatte, France
Jun 5th Calais, France
Jun 6th D-Day!!!! Pt. De La Percee, France
Jun 6th D-Day!!!! Coutances/St Lo, France
Jun 6th D-Day!!!! Caen, France
Jun 7th Alencon, France
Jun 8th Granville, France
Jun 10th Wimereux, France
Jun 11th Visconte-Sur-Rance, France
Jun 11th Beumont, France
Jun 12th Rennes/Ploermel, France
Jun 12th Conches, France
Jun 14th Orleans/Bricy, France
Jun 15th Tours, France
Jun 16th Noball targets; Renescure-Sautrecourt, France
June 17th Laval, France
Jun 18th Hamburg
Jun 18th Noball target; Watten
June 19th Noball targets; Haute-Cote/Bachimont, France
June 20th Politz
June 20th Noball target; Siracourt, France
June 21st Genshagen/Marienfelde
June 21st Noball target; Siracourt, France
Jun 22nd Buc A/F, Paris, France
Jun 24th Conches, France
Jun 24th Noball target; Haute-Cote, france
Jun 25th Noball targets; Boulogne/Calais/Tingry
Jun 28th Saarbrucken
Jun 29th Bernburg

Mission Details

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June 2: Noball target; Beauvoir, France
The target was bombed through heavy cloud cover. There was no flak.

June 3: Berck-Sur-Mer; France
Defense installations were bombed with unknown results. The second section did not form and flew with the 93rd and 467th. 2 planes flew back on instruments when a smoke bomb blacked out their cockpit canopy.

June 4: Sangatte, France
168 500-pounders were dropped through clouds with unobserved results

June 5: Calais, France
Enemy gun emplacements were bombed with good results. The second section reported direct hits on pillboxes. Photo

June 6: D-DAY - Pt. De La Percee, France
The 446th led the 8th Air Force in the bombing of beaches for the massive allied invasion with the 446th commander, Col. Brogger, taking the lead. The group dropped 100 and 500 pounders on defense installations at Vierville with unobserved results. Take off was in darkness, with the crew chiefs staying with the planes all night. Photo

June 6: D-DAY - Coutances/St Lo, France
Heavy overcast prevented bombing on these missions. Because there were ground troops about to land on the beaches, a strict timetable had to be followed and no second chances were allowed.

June 6: D-DAY - Caen, France
10 planes bombed, but missed the target by 2 1/2 miles.

June 7: Alencon, France
This mission was aborted. Shortly after take-off, one plane (42-51116) crashed, killing 8 of the 10 crewmen.

June 8: Granville, France
Bombs were dropped with unobserved results. One plane, "Daisy Mae Scraggs" (42-109830), went down in the English Channel with 5 crewmen killed and 5 more taken prisoner. Read her pilot's fascinating memoir in the Stories section. Photo

June 10: Wimereux, France
21 planes dropped 63 2,000 pounders on 5 pillboxes. On plane, "Brown Knowser" (42-7659), crashed near the field on return, killing one crewman. The other 9 parachuted to safety.

June 11: Visconte-Sur-Rance, France
21 planes bombed a bridge through cloud cover with unobserved results.

June 11: Beaumont airfield, France
An excellent pattern was laid on runways at the airfield. There was no opposition.

June 12: Rennes/Ploermel, France
After a 1:30 AM briefing, an early raid sent planes to a railroad bridge at Ploermel, and the Rennes airfield, where they were met by heavy flak. One plane (42-94859) was hit by flak and then set upon by 12 enemy fighters. 3 crewmen were killed in the ensuing crash, 2 were shot and killed as they parachuted, 1 was taken prisoner, and 4 evaded capture. Photo

June 12: Conches airfield, France
12 planes dropped 624 100 pounders on the airfield's dispersal area with good results.

June 14: Orleans/Bricy airfield, France
42 planes hit the airfield with good results. A large explosion and fire were reported.

June 15: Tours, France
35 planes attacked a railroad bridge in 3 waves with good results reported. Photo

June 16: Noball targets; Renescure-Sautrecourt, France
The group's 100th mission was to a pair of Noball sites. A total of 190 500 pounders were dropped with unobserved results.

June 17: Laval airfield
21 planes dropped on the airfield through cloud cover with unobserved results.

June 18: Hamburg
28 planes hit the harbor through clouds with good results observed, leaving considerable smoke and fire in their wake. Though flak was intense, there was no battle damage.

June 18: Noball target; Watten, France
A return trip to this site, with unknown results

June 19: Noball targets; Haute-Cote/Bachimont, France
The 2 sites were bombed through cloud cover with unobserved results.

June 20: Politz
A synthetic oil plant was bombed with excellent reults. Intense, accurate flak caused 3 planes ("Jiggs" 42-52733, 42-51213, and 42-94765) to land in Sweden, where the 30 crewmen were interned. Photo

June 20: Noball target; Siracourt, France
2 planes were sent to drop on this Noball site, but missed the target. Flak was intense and accurate.

June 21: Genshagen/Marienfelde
The dual attack was especially successful at Genshagen, where the marshalling yards recieved direct hits. One plane, "Connie" (41-29124), went down with only 1 crewman of the 10 surviving. This ended the 707th squadron's streak of 68 missions without the loss of a plane. One plane suffered severe engine damage and flew over Germany and Holland at tree-top level. It made it safely back. Photo

June 21: Noball target; Siracourt, France
4 planes again bombed this site with poor results.

June 22: Buc airfield, France
24 planes hit this airfield near Paris. Their bombing was so successful, a column of smoke could be seen as far away as the coast. Photo

June 24: Conches, France
The airfield was bombed with excellent results. 2 runways, hangars, and the dispersal area were all hit.

June 24: Noball target; Haute-Cote, France
This mission was aborted due to bad weather.

June 25: Bologne/Calais/Tingry, France
3 Noball power sites were hit with good results. On plane (42-95175) took multiple flak hits, killing one crewman and disabling most of the plane's controls and communication. The pilot managed to return the heavily damaged plane to base, where he made a belly landing. For his efforts, Capt Laning received the Distinguished Flying Cross.

June 28: Saarbrucken
This day started with the shoe on the other foot; the 446th's base was bombed by an enemy aircraft. 4 bombs were dropped but did not damage any equipment or cause injury. Meanwhile, the group bombed the marshalling yards at Saarbrucken with fair results. Flak was intense and accurate. Photo

June 29: Bernburg airfield
The busy month of June ended at Bernburg, with the airfield receiving direct hits. One plane (42-95306) received direct flak bursts. When the pilot warned the crew to prepare to bail out, 2 crewmen jumped immediately. The pilot was then able to save the plane and return to base. The 2 crewmen who bailed were taken prisoner. "Wistful Vista" (44-40104) was hit by 2 bursts of flak on the way to the target. The ball turret gunner was killed, but the plane made it back to base in spite of severe damage. Photos

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