57th BOMB WING
340th BOMB GROUP (M)
Simultaneous Missions on
486th, 487th , 488th
,and 489th Squadrons of the 340th Bomb Group on
487th BS Mission sheet credit: 487th BS Pilot 1st Lt. David Konigsberg
Capt. Charles M. Cook - Pilot of 7B Ship holed and hydraulics out.
He still put bombs on target and
returned safely to base. Received
486th BS Mission sheets credit: Herman Voss
In the afternoon bridges at
The mission was rough - three ships did not return and most were holed. Two went down over the target and one over the sea. Our ship, piloted by Lt. Hoschar was struck in the right wing, flew apart and set the ship into a flat spin. No one was seen chuting out but chutes may have been overlooked because of the excited state of the crews due to the intense, and accurate flak. Some are inclined to believe several men may have gotten out safely and this writer is one who believes.
On the return trip, pilots J. D. Smith and Morrison spotted a 488th ship going down and when the crew landed in the water they each dropped spare dingies and radioed fixes for air-sea rescue.
The squadron was not happy and groups of men could be seen about the area in discussion, quiet and soberly talking about the mission. The Squadron's turn for stand-down will serve tomorrow and so to help forget about the mission. Quite a few boys drained their sorrow with some beer and whiskey - in fact singing could be heard during the small hours.
Losses in Action:
1st Lt. J.P. Hoschar
2nd Lt C.E. Arnold
1st Lt. V.J. Ottavio
T/Sgt A.D. Alldredge
Sgt. W.D. Koseski
Cpl. C.T. Henry
A big day for the
487th Squadron and the 340th Group in particular. The Group celebrated
its 500th combat mission with our own squadron leading the Group formation of seventy-two
planes in a flight to prepare the way for the great Allied landing in
The second formation in which twelve of our planes participated took off at hours to bomb the beach at Antheor. The flight reached the target area at and released their bomb load from 7300'. The first box pattern started short of beach in central portion of target and extended across railroad tracks well inland to the top of a large hill. Beach believed to be well covered. 2nd box pattern due to cloud coverage in target area was not observed, but some crew members believed pattern hit probably 1500' south of target area along beach while others thought pattern may have hit approximately 3000' north of target area along the beach. No ack-ack or other enemy opposition was encountered bringing all our ships and crews safely home.
Second mission of the day took off
at hours in
which twelve of our planes participated. The flight was over the designated
area, a road bridge at
OBSERVATIONS: At Y-7875 8D was seen
to crash at 1700 hrs. 3 chutes at Y7075. 5 chutes seen coming from plane, 1 failed to open properly.
Left engine was on fire and right engine was out. On bomber 8U on
In the afternoon we sent out eighteen
more planes to blast at a road bridge in the
The second mission cost us one plane and one crew. After dropping the bombs and starting for home, it fell out of the formation, but it remained under control. This was the last that was ever seen of it.
Losses in action over Southern France on August 15th:
Thomas, Baxter, 1st Lt.
Swanson, Fred C., 2nd Lt.
England, George H., 2nd Lt.
Buchanan, John J., T/Sgt.
Williamson, William F., S/Sgt.
Craver, Luther S.