SNELL (VETERAN WWII, KIA), DALTON R - Poinsett County, Arkansas | DALTON R SNELL (VETERAN WWII, KIA) - Arkansas Gravestone Photos

Dalton R SNELL (VETERAN WWII, KIA)

Marked Tree Cemetery
Poinsett County,
Arkansas

Arkansas
TSGT US Army Air Forces
44 AAF Bomb Gp
World War II
November 25, 1922 - March 9, 1943

UMS 3/8/43 Rouen, France was the target area and specifically the marshaling Yards situated on the west bank of the River Seine, south of Roen. This important yard is one of the largest in Northern France and with all its facilities extends for three miles. This marshaling Yard is of great importance because it is a focal point for traffic to and from the northern Channel ports and the west of France. In addition, Rouen is an active inland port and success of this bombing would disrupt the flow of war materials. Nine B-24's of the 44th (5 of them 67's including Lt. Cameron's) left the base at 1203 hours, rendezvoused with the 329th Squadron (93rd) at 8,000 feet; then proceeded to Beachy Head, leaving there at 22,500 at 1331 hours and seeing Spitfire escort above and ahead, entered the French coast over St.Valery at 1353 hours. They proceeded toward Rouen, encountering a strong FW 190 formation of 30 to 40 planes at 1401, who attacked head on, generally level and cutting into the formation. The 67th lost both Capt. Price's and Lt. Blaine's ships on the very first pass as they were leading the formation and were taken by surprise, thinking the attacking planes were the P-47s expected to give the formation cover for the first time. The loss of both of these lead planes caused the remaining ships to abandon the primary target and to bomb Targets of Opportunity north of the Primary. Seven B-24s returned to the base at 1510 after fighting their way through the FW 190s and claiming the destruction of several of them. The gunners of the 68th Squadron had claims of six enemy aircraft destroyed themselves, but the 67th and 66th did not identify their statistics. ************************************************* NARRATIVE OF Grp. MISSION No. 18 - ROUEN 8 March 1943 1203 hours Ten (10)
Source:Airforce military database

Contributed on 5/23/09

Record #: 197237

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Submitted: 5/23/09 • Approved: 11/26/09 • Last Updated: 8/15/12 • R197237-G0-S3

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