392nd Bomb Group

Target: NoBall-Siracourt, France #A7 - 12 February 1944 - Mission #36

Briefing for (26) aircrews was conducted between 0330-0400 hours and take-offs commenced at 0730 with the 577th leading. Lt Colburn was assigned lead Bombardier. A total of (312) 500# GP bombs were released on PFF due to poor target weather with results unobserved. There were no enemy fighters engaged but flak, though light, caused damage to (11) aircraft. No aircraft were lost nor casualties suffered. Mission aircraft recovered safely between 1230 and 1315 hours in very poor landing conditions.

After this mission, 24 ball turret gunners were questioned. Eight now wear the new type flak helmet. Of the remainder, 7 would have worn them but could not draw them. 10 gunners had no complaint to make of interference, 11 thought that it cramped their comfort and movement. The other three had evidently not tried the new helmet. In this connection, of course, the men's size conditioned his reaction. It also was noted that a fair proportion of the men feel that the turret itself gives them adequate flak protection.

Of the same 24 gunners, one wears a back-type parachute, one a seat-type and one a quick-attachable with pack installed. The remaining 21 wear the quick attach harness without the pack. Some gunners indicate a preference for the B-8 "blanket" type), if these could be made available. Here, too, the size of the man involved influenced his answers.

Several gunners believed that some change should be made in their oxygen installations, one suggestion was to have the hose enter the mask through the side of the mask.

One man suggests a cut out in the flak suit for the chin. Another believes the heat rheostat should be put in a more convenient position.


12 Feb 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 435
P Ford, J.H. 1st Lt.
CP Bunting, D.W. 2nd Lt.
N Duncan, R.H. 2nd Lt.
B Thompson, M.A. 2nd Lt.
E Lewis, G.F. T/Sgt.
R Kramer, A.W. T/Sgt.
AE Roberson, L.P. S/Sgt.
AR Saucedo, J.A. S/Sgt.
AG Overholt, H.R. S/Sgt.
G Harvison, W.P. S/Sgt.
12 Feb 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 492
P Hebron, W.T. 1st Lt.
CP McGowan, R.L. 2nd Lt.
N McDonald, L.F. 2nd Lt.
B Jackson, G.J. 1st Lt.
E Decker, C.D. T/Sgt.
R Martin, E.M. T/Sgt.
AE Halsne, M.O. S/Sgt.
AR Longchamps, A.L. S/Sgt.
AG Youst, K.E. S/Sgt.
G DeVoe, C.N. S/Sgt.
12 Feb 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 129
P Hestad, E.A. 1st Lt.
CP Madden, T.E. F/O
N Becker, J.L. 2nd Lt.
B Luetzow, W.H. 2nd Lt.
E Finley, G.E. S/Sgt.
R Folda, G. T/Sgt.
AE Slagle, C.I. S/Sgt.
AR Twitchell, F.O. S/Sgt.
AG Troup, D.L. S/Sgt.
G Wilson, L. S/Sgt.
12 Feb 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 560
P Mathias, W.E. 2nd Lt.
CP Jones, L.C. 2nd Lt.
N Mateyka, M.R. 2nd Lt.
B Kalionzes, H.A. 1st Lt.
E Chambless, S.L. S/Sgt.
R Slyhoff, K.G. S/Sgt.
AE Blackwell, R.B. Sgt.
AR Smock, J.M. Sgt.
AG Weverka, J.E. Sgt.
G Baum, W.J. Sgt.
12 Feb 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 102
P Cox, T.J. 2nd Lt.
CP Halsworth, R.J. 2nd Lt.
N Bicher, R.F. Jr. 2nd Lt.
B Haglund, G.L. 2nd Lt.
E Martin, M.C. S/Sgt.
R Mitchell, R.J. S/Sgt.
AE Meshon, M. Sgt.
AR Pryce, R.J. Sgt.
AG Sicard, N.L. S/Sgt.
G Helbing, R.N. Sgt.
12 Feb 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 976
P Jones, G.E. 2nd Lt.
CP Mann, J.J. 2nd Lt.
N Morris, J.C. 2nd Lt.
B Thomas, H.E. 2nd Lt.
E Bodoh, A.E. T/Sgt.
R McAdams, R.E. T/Sgt.
AE Lane, T. S/Sgt.
AR Rossi, V.H. S/Sgt.
AG Surber, W.C. S/Sgt.
G Marvin, H.E. S/Sgt.
12 Feb 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 989
P Tiefenthal, D.E. 1st Lt.
CP Clifford, R.R. 2nd Lt.
N Chichetto, A.F. 2nd Lt.
B Gordon, A.M. 2nd Lt.
E Wright, A. T/Sgt
R DiCroce, J.A. T/Sgt
AE Hull, W.W. S/Sgt.
AR Sopchak, J. S/Sgt.
AG Schulz, W.G. S/Sgt.
G Potasiewicz, J.F. S/Sgt.
12 Feb 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 658
P Peterson, L.G. 1st Lt.
CP Lidgard, W.V. 2nd Lt.
N Long, A.L. 2nd Lt.
B Argast, R.F. 2nd Lt.
E Lawrence, H.F. T/Sgt.
R Bellerive, R.O. T/Sgt.
AE Opsahl, R.C. S/Sgt.
AR Mitchell, J.W. S/Sgt.
AG Mandry, L.M. S/Sgt.
G Stevens, R.K. S/Sgt.
12 Feb 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 546
P Ambrose, D.N. 2nd Lt.
CP Dorrell, W. 2nd Lt.
N Lindberg, V.A. 2nd Lt.
B Tierney, J.F. 2nd Lt.
E Cummings, D.L. T/Sgt.
R Sawyer, G.H. T/Sgt.
AE Davis, J.A. S/Sgt.
AR Hall, E.A. S/Sgt.
AG Oasheim, G.W. S/Sgt.
G Dunham, H.D. S/Sgt.
12 Feb 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 489
P Gonseth, F. Jr. Capt.
CP Slipp, F.E. 2nd Lt.
N Beatson, R.J. 1st Lt.
N Delach, J.J. 1st Lt.
B Colburn, R.F. 1st Lt.
E Jennings, H.C. T/Sgt.
R Kirkpatrick, H.L. T/Sgt.
AE Driver, D.M. S/Sgt.
AR Feller, N.L. S/Sgt.
AG Whalen, J.S. S/Sgt.
G Warren, J.D. S/Sgt.
12 Feb 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 346
P Schlossberg, M.E. 2nd Lt.
CP Blake, B.G. 2nd Lt.
N Bender, J.M. 2nd Lt.
B Ranta, E.J. 2nd Lt.
E Cooke, A.R. S/Sgt.
R Beausoleil, L.J. T/Sgt.
AE Allen, J.E. S/Sgt.
AR Overton, D.J. S/Sgt.
AG Bailey, R.V. S/Sgt.
G Sexton, P.S. S/Sgt.
12 Feb 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 496
P White, R.K. 2nd Lt.
CP Cheairs, W.T. 2nd Lt.
N Bennett, F.M. 2nd Lt.
B McBrayer, J.N. 2nd Lt.
E Martin, L.J. S/Sgt.
R Wenzlaff, R.W. S/Sgt.
AE Jackson, C.H. S/Sgt.
AR Burns, L.J. S/Sgt.
AG Baldwin, C.L. S/Sgt.
G Harwick, M.G. S/Sgt.
12 Feb 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 505
P Johnston, J.V. 2nd Lt.
CP Kelleher, D.P. 2nd Lt.
N Leidl, B.E. 2nd Lt.
B Cihon, J.B. 2nd Lt.
E Rodowicz, N. T/Sgt.
R Hight, J. S/Sgt.
AE Haussmann, F.A. Sgt.
AR Kelley, T.M. S/Sgt.
AG Walla, M.A. S/Sgt.
G DeLaughter, W.G. Sgt.
12 Feb 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 478
P Lishka, A. 1st Lt.
CP Feld, B.H. 1st Lt.
N Moorehead, J.C. 1st Lt.
B Brockway, O.E. 2nd Lt.
E Carlson, C.E. T/Sgt.
R Wohlstrom, T.C. T/Sgt.
AE Halstead, H.C. S/Sgt.
AR Dohm, H.E. S/Sgt.
AG Drylie, J. S/Sgt.
G Reynolds, H.D. Sgt.
Turner, L.F. S/Sgt.
12 Feb 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 981
P Raschke, W.C. 2nd Lt.
CP Holm, H.J. 2nd Lt.
N Petrozzella, B.C. 2nd Lt.
B Brown, E.J. 2nd Lt.
E Wagonseller, R. T/Sgt.
R Krek, B.R. S/Sgt.
AE Davis, R.W. S/Sgt.
AR Gyure, F. Sgt.
AG Doub, H.G. Sgt.
G Rankin, J.H. Sgt.
12 Feb 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 518
P Cohen, S. 1st Lt.
CP Shoenhair, R.D. 2nd Lt.
N Mardirosian, A. 2nd Lt.
B Byers, W.F. 2nd Lt.
B Valker, G.E. 2nd Lt.
E Hayes, F.W. T/Sgt.
R Buckley, G.J. T/Sgt.
AE Carr, H.L. S/Sgt.
AR Dellinger, T.C. S/Sgt.
AG Thrower, W.E. Sgt.
G McGee, R.C. Cpl.
12 Feb 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C ?87
P Young, M.N. 1st Lt.
CP Goodwin, J.J. 2nd Lt.
N Dunphy, R.J. 2nd Lt.
B Cunningham, R.B. 2nd Lt.
E Triplett, W.F. T/Sgt.
R Garcia, P.J. T/Sgt.
AE Teater, R.S. S/Sgt.
AR Porter, C.C. S/Sgt.
AG Rickey, J.J. S/Sgt.
G Ross, J.D. S/Sgt.
12 Feb 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 945
P Sooy, B.L. 1st Lt.
CP Mardis, K.A. 2nd Lt.
N Jones, O.R. 2nd Lt.
B Schwartz, E.S. 2nd Lt.
E Tibi, C.F. S/Sgt.
R Terrell, P.J. S/Sgt.
AE Serafine, J.M. Sgt.
AR McBrayer, H.G. Sgt.
AG McArn, H.W. Sgt.
G Dorgan, W.J. Sgt.
12 Feb 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 100
(aborted,no mission credit)
P Schildknecht, H.E. 1st Lt.
CP Long, J.D. 2nd Lt.
N Hersh, A. 2nd Lt.
B Wasowicz, M.V. 2nd Lt.
E Sadler, R.S. T/Sgt.
R Begley, J.F. T/Sgt.
AE Reid, H.A. S/Sgt.
AR Reed, B.P. S/Sgt.
AG Reade, G.J. S/Sgt.
G Gegere, G.P. Sgt.
12 Feb 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 624
P Smith, R.E. 1st Lt.
CP Schilling, J.E. 2nd Lt.
N Metz, L. 2nd Lt.
B Hopple, H.G. 2nd Lt.
E Wooton, W.J. S/Sgt.
R Sokol, A.R. S/Sgt.
AE Milliken, E.W. S/Sgt.
AR Heaslet, W.W. S/Sgt.
AG Bertsch, P.J. S/Sgt.
G Norton, W.J. S/Sgt.
12 Feb 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 469
P Peyton, J.B. 1st Lt.
CP Rueffer, A.P. 2nd Lt.
N Richards, D.U. 2nd Lt.
B DeMontier, H.E. 2nd Lt.
E Smith, O.L. T/Sgt.
R Connor, D. Jr. T/Sgt.
AE Pyecroft, E.J. S/Sgt.
AR Wisley, R.L. S/Sgt.
AG LaVick, K.C. S/Sgt.
G Welch, R.E. S/Sgt
12 Feb 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 261
P Nugent, W.A. 2nd Lt.
CP Burciaga, L.R. 2nd Lt.
N Davis, W.X. 2nd Lt.
B Krause, W.N. 2nd Lt.
E O'Brien, J.J. T/Sgt.
R Castle, O.D. S/Sgt.
AE McGahey, G.L. S/Sgt.
AR Lander, W. S/Sgt.
AG Pawlyshyn, M.J. S/Sgt.
G Sowers, D.R. S/Sgt.
12 Feb 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 529
P Higgins, J.A. Jr. 1st Lt.
CP Wharton, P. 2nd Lt.
N Casey, H.W. 2nd Lt.
B Broyles, C. Jr. 2nd Lt.
E Boerschinger, M.F. T/Sgt.
R Cauble, W.R. T/Sgt.
AE Bookout, R.J. S/Sgt.
AR Sumlin, T.E. S/Sgt.
AG York, D.L. S/Sgt.
G Piper, C.A. S/Sgt.
12 Feb 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 990
P Spartage, G. 1st Lt.
CP Kern, R.B. 2nd Lt.
N Tauskey, W.A. 2nd Lt.
B Campbell, R.A. 2nd Lt.
E Burns, R.N. T/Sgt.
R Worthington, P.A. T/Sgt.
AE Warren, O.J. S/Sgt.
AR Riedlinger, A.J. S/Sgt.
AG Willig, N.K. Sgt.
G Ridgeway, J.W. S/Sgt.
12 Feb 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 117
P Sharpe, W.G. 2nd Lt.
CP Bandura, N.A. 2nd Lt.
N Kornman, H.C. 2nd Lt.
B Richardson, F.E. 2nd Lt.
E Huffman, R.R. T/Sgt.
R Wallace, F.C. T/Sgt.
AE Anderson, C.A. S/Sgt.
AR Cugini, M.W. S/Sgt.
AG Dickison, W.G. S/Sgt.
G Jones, D.C. S/Sgt.
12 Feb 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 473
P Shea, P.F. 2nd Lt.
CP Hay, S.N. 2nd Lt.
N Lowder, L.L. 2nd Lt.
B Heilman, J.A. 2nd Lt.
E Darling, L. T/Sgt.
R Mahoney, J.E. T/Sgt.
AE Hixon, R.D. T/Sgt.
AR Dudley, W.R. S/Sgt.
AG Luchak, A. S/Sgt.
G Adams, B. S/Sgt.
12 Feb 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 308
P Hammond, G.L. 1st Lt.
CP Hatter, W.H. 2nd Lt.
N Sullivan, J.J. 2nd Lt.
B Rodriguez, J.B. 2nd Lt.
E Pearson, W.M. T/Sgt.
R Sullivan, W. T/Sgt.
AE Hargrave, R.O. S/Sgt.
AR White, C.B. S/Sgt.
AG Goldberg, M.R. S/Sgt.
G Gaudreau, H.P. S/Sgt.