44th Bomb Group Mission Number 192

Date City Country Target
7/24/1944 St. Lo France Support American Troops

Unofficial Mission Summary 

Capt. Aldridge led the Group on a mission to St Lo, France in a ground supporting role. In advance of a big push by the American Ground Forces in the Normandy area of France, the Air Forces were to bomb the enemy troop concentrations. But the weather was bad for this type of operations, so the big push was postponed for a more favorable weather set up. Bombs were not dropped due to this 10/10th cloud cover. However, sortie credit was given to the 37 planes participating (14 of them 67th's) as enemy flak was encountered. The proximity of our own forces made it too dangerous for unseen type bombing practices. No PFF ships were utilized in this type of attack. An afternoon beer party was given in honor of M/Sgts. Illick and Horvath who are returning to the Z.O.I. Sgts. Illick and Horvath are two of the original members of the 67th Squadron. Sgt. Illick has served in the capacity of Line Chief; Sgt. Horvath as Squadron Supply Sergeant. The party started at 1630 hours and continued until the wee hours. There was plenty of beer and plenty to eat, and everyone who attended had a wonderful time. All are sorry to see them leave, but on the other hand, glad to see them get the opportunity to return to the good old USA. Lt. Shepherd assigned and joined; assigned as Assistant Squadron S-2. Capt. Barber, Base Medical Officer, inspected Site #3, comments good.
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