510

2 August 1944

Object Number - UPL 44192 - 8th Air Force mission 510; August 2, 1944; Paris area. 447th Bomb Group strike photo

Mission Details

Description: BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 12 T

Description: MARSHALLING YARDS

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 35 T

Description: RAIL JUNCTION

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 20 T

Description: AIRFIELD

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 9 T

Description: SUPPLY TARGET

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 111.5 T

Description: BRIDGE

Notes: The 388th Bomb Group furnished two 12 aircraft Groups which flew lead and low of the 45th B Combat Wing, plus 3 aircraft to fly with the 452nd BG in the 45th A Combat Wing. 12 aircraft plus 1 PFF aircraft of the A Group and 13 aircraft of the B Group took-off by 1307 hours. The 3 aircraft flying with the 452nd took-off at 1310 hours. 2 aircraft from each of our Groups aborted. Formations were effected and the briefed route to the target was followed. Favorable weather conditions prevailed over the target and it was attacked visually. Bombs were away at 1705 hours from 22,900 feet. Strike photos show excellent results for the B Group with the MPI being covered by a tight pattern. The only flak encountered was at the target, which was very accurate and intense. No enemy fighters were seen. Six crew members were wounded by this flak. One aircraft was shot down with the others returning to base by 2008 hours. Lt. Balboni in aircraft 42-97171, was lost due to flak. The nose of his a/c was blown off and the bail-out alarm was given. Everyone got out except the co-pilot who crash-landed the plane southeast of Pontoise and it was 70% destroyed. The crew was being shot at during descent, and the pilot was severely wounded. He later died in a German Hospital near Paris. The engineer, T/Sgt. Furfaro, was also wounded and was in the same hospital. He was still in the hospital when the Germans fled and Sgt. Furfaro was taken to a French home until turned over to the American forces. The rest of the crew were POW's. When captured, the first stop for the enlisted men was Beauvais, France, then to Brussells, Belgium, Oberslau, Germany, Wetzlar, Germany, St. Wendell, Germany and finally to Stalag IV. They were marched out of Stalag IV on February 6, 1945 and marched through 92 villages until liberated on April 26th at Bitterfield, Germany by the 104th Infantry. (From 'The 388th At War' by Ed Huntzinger). ___________________________________________________________________________

The insignia of the 388th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 107.R T

NEUVY-SUR-LOIRE (Primary)

Description: BRIDGE

Notes: 93rd Bomb Group, 389th Bomb Group, 445th Bomb Group, 448th Bomb Group, 453rd Bomb Group,

  • Unit Hierarchy: Division
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Combat organisation

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 124 T

NOGENT-SUR-SEINE (Primary)

Description: BRIDGE

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 105.5 T

PACY-SUR-ARMANCON (Primary)

Description: AIRFIELD

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 30 T

PARIS/DUGNY (Primary)

Description: BRIDGE

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 93.6 T

PARIS/GENNEVILLIERS (Primary)

Description: SUPPLY TARGET

Notes: 94th Bomb Group, 385th Bomb Group, 388th Bomb Group, 447th Bomb Group, 452nd Bomb Group.

  • Unit Hierarchy: Division
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Combat organisation

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 124.7 T

Sens, France

Description: OIL DEPOT

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 78 T

ST DIZIER (Opportunistic)

Description: AIRFIELD

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 36 T

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People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 94th Bomb Group 331st Bomb Squadron 65th General Hospital
  • Service Numbers: 55619
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 446th Bomb Group 93rd Bomb Group
  • Service Numbers: O-434690
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Pilot / Operations Officer
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 412th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-375909
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 390th Bomb Group 570th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 15322063
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade)
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 412th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-2044718
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Pilot, Pilot, Mission

Aircraft

Revisions

Date9 Mar 2015 16:03:26
Sources

Information sent by Dick Read relating to Arthur M. Read and the 388th Bomb Group. (From 'The 388th At War' by Ed Huntzinger).

Date27 Sep 2014 18:43:07
ContributorAAM
Sources

Lee Cunningham, 8th Air Force missions research database / Stan Bishop's 'Losses of the US 8th and 9th Air Forces', the Combat Chronology of the US Army Air Forces and the work of Roger Freeman including the 'Mighty Eighth War Diary'.

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