340th Bombardment Group History

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489th B.S.
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August 8, 1944 Mission to Avignon Railroad Bridge




Squadron War Diary
486th Early morning mission against S. France. Bombing was good and Sqdn again received 100% accuracy.
487th Not assigned to this mission.
488th Losses in action: officers and men.

(1) Avignon rail bridge, France.

  (a) Killed

     1st Lt. Burrhus, James C., Jr.
     2nd Lt. Yellon, Alvin H.

   (b) Wounded

     2nd Lt. Coe, Bennie H., Jr.
     2nd Lt. Koerner, Frederick C.

   (c) Missing

     S/Sgt. Wheeler, James F.
     Sgt. Reynolds, James D.

489th The target was the railroad bridge across the Rhone River near the city of Avignon. All bursts were on or near the north end of the bridge. No photos reveal the damage done. Three ships preceded the main formation with chaff and fragmentation bombs. The frags were dropped to the north of the bridge and in the city. Over the target a 488th plane was hit by flak and went down flaming. Five chutes were seen to open.



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Crew List 486th



On the crew list for the 488th Bomb Squadron below, the bombardier
in plane 8W is listed as 2nd Lt. J. Heller. This is Joseph Heller, the
author of the novel Catch-22.



Crew List 488th
Crew List 489th


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486th B.S.
487th B.S.
488th B.S.
489th B.S.
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