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416th Bombardment Group (L)

A-26 Training and

ETO Combat Evaluation

Personnel

 

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The following Personnel have been identified as being associated with State-side A-26 Training, the European Theatre of Operations (ETO) Combat Evaluation Project and/or subsequent A-26 Conversion Training of the 416th Bomb Group. Most of these were flight crew members.
There were certainly additional Personnel who were involved but not listed, in particular the many men who were part of the Mobile Training Units (MTU).
The list below are soldiers for which there is evidence of involvement.


The "Organization(s)" column below shows information on which organizations each soldier has been identified as a member of during the USA training, Combat Evaluations and subsequent assignment with the 416th Bomb Group.

"331 AAFBU" indicates a given soldier participated in original A-26 training in the USA with the 331st Army Air Force Base Unit Replacement Training Unit (Medium Bombardment), which was redesignated from the 335th Bomb Group 1-May-1944.

Personnel who participated in Combat Evaluation Missions were mostly from the 553rd Bomb Squadron of the 386th Bomb Group ("386th BG, 553rd BS"), although several men were actually associated to either other 386th BG Squadrons (552nd, 554th or 555th) and a few from the 322nd and 323rd Bomb Groups.

The Evaluation crewmembers who subsequently joined the 416th Bomb Group have their Squadrons identified, along with the first 416th Bomb Group Combat Mission they flew.

On 11 November 1944 the Project Squadron A-26's, some of the Project Squadron Transition Crews and the Mobile Training Units left Melun to begin the conversion training for the 409th Bomb Group, with other Groups to follow. However, some stayed with the 416th Bomb Group flying Combat Missions with the 416th BG starting with Missions # 159 and 160 (17 and 18 November, 1944). Some others likely did transfer to the 409th and possibly other groups, but later returned to the 416th BG and began flying on 416th Combat Missions 164 (Dec 2, 1944) and 196 or 197 (Feb 1 and 2, 1945).


This list has been compiled from multiple sources, but primarily from the Group and Squadron histories, mission files and Aircraft Accident Reports.

Personnel involved in A-26 State-side Training, ETO Combat Evaluations and/or 416th BG A-20 to A-26 Conversion Training

Rank Name Duty ASN Organization(s) ETO Evaluation
Missions
First 416th
BG Mission
Notes
CaptThomas L. AdamsPilotO-670482386th BG, 553rd BSSee AAR 45-8-30-522
1st LtWilliam P. AntonB/NO-796939386th BG, 553rd BS5, 6
BachnickB/N386th BG ?8?Listed as Bombardier/Navigator on A-26 ETO Combat Evaluation Mission 8
CaptPaul E. BarrB/N386th BG, 552nd BS2
1st LtFrancis S. BrewsterPilotO-667931331 AAFBU
386th BG, 553rd BS
416th BG, 670th BS
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8197
Feb 2, 1945
1st LtClaude J. BrownPilotO-671872331 AAFBU
386th BG, 553rd BS
416th BG, 671st BS
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8159
Nov 17, 1944
T/SgtRobert A. BrownGunner386th BG, 553rd BS1, 3, 4, 6, 8
S/SgtWalter J. BrownGunner386th BG, 553rd BS
416th BG, 669th BS
1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8159
Nov 17, 1944
MajHoward Burhanna, Jr.Pilot331 AAFBU
386th BG, 553rd BS
1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8386th BG Aircraft Accident Review Board Member
1st LtJ. E. Burk331 AAFBU
S/SgtRalph E. BursonArmorer Inspector35043994331 AAFBUSee AAR 45-7-18-11
1st LtJohn A. BuskirkPilotO-739723331 AAFBU
386th BG, 553rd BS
416th BG, 671st BS
1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8159
Nov 17, 1944
1st LtAdolphus S. CallowayB/NO-445717386th BG, 553rd BS
416th BG, 669th BS
2, 6, 7, 8159
Nov 17, 1944
See AAR 45-9-12-529
1st LtB. A. CarrellB/N386th BG, 553rd BS1, 4, 6
ColGove C. CelioOtherO-397683322nd BG, 452nd BS1Former 322nd BG, 452nd BS Commander
2nd LtJohn J. ChalmersPilotO-533025331 AAFBU
386th BG, 553rd BS
416th BG, 668th BS
1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8160
Nov 18, 1944
S/SgtWendell O. ClarkGunner20833480386th BG, 553rd BS
416th BG, 670th BS
1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8197
Feb 2, 1945
CaptJames K. Coleman331 AAFBU
386th BG, 553rd BS
S/SgtCharles Houston Corbitt, Jr.Gunner14061249386th BG, 553rd BS
416th BG, 671st BS
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8159
Nov 17, 1944
1st LtLewis W. DennisB/NO727321331 AAFBU
386th BG, 553rd BS
416th BG, 670th BS
1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8197
Feb 2, 1945
CaptBert S. DuggerEngineering Officer386th BG, 553rd BS7, 8
CaptH. P. DyeB/N386th BG, 553rd BS1, 3
PvtGeorge W. EvingerGunner20760009386th BG, 553rd BS3
MajCollins H. FerrisPilotO-411820386th BG, 553rd BS
416th BG, HQ
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7159
Nov 17, 1944
1st LtC. A. Fitch, Jr.Pilot386th BG, 553rd BS1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7
CplKim FortnerGunner15088677386th BG, 553rd BS
416th BG, 668th BS
1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8160
Nov 18, 1944
S/SgtW. H. GeorgeGunner386th BG, 553rd BS1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8
S/SgtDelbert C. GilliamGunner17009926386th BG, 553rd BS
416th BG, 671st BS
2, 6, 7, 8196
Feb 1, 1945
See AAR 45-9-12-529
SgtWilliam L. GrooverArmorer Inspector35350430331 AAFBUSee AAR 45-7-18-11
Lt ColHarry G. HankeyPilot386th BG, HQ1386th BG Deputy Group Commander and Group Air Executive Officer as of July 1944 and 386th BG Aircraft Accident Review Board President
1st LtRobert C. HannaB/NO-732466331 AAFBU
386th BG, 553rd BS
416th BG, 671st BS
1, 2, 3, 5, 7164
Dec 2, 1944
Lt ColFranklin W. HarrisPilotO-348673386th BG, 553rd BS2
1st LtWilliam Richard HeinkePilotO-670538331 AAFBU
386th BG, 553rd BS
416th BG, 670th BS
2, 5, 7, 8159
Nov 17, 1944
MajAlbert E. HillPilot386th BG, 553rd BS1
1st LtBen A. HodgesB/N386th BG, 553rd BS1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8
T/SgtJ. E. HurleyGunner386th BG, 553rd BS2, 3, 6, 7
S/SgtHarry J. JacobsGunner6953109386th BG, 553rd BSSee AAR 45-8-30-522
S/SgtKenneth Francis JensenGunner18064964386th BG, 553rd BS
416th BG, 669th BS
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7196
Feb 1, 1945
2nd LtClyde S. JordanPilotO-672122386th BG, 553rd BS
416th BG, 669th BS
1, 2, 4, 5, 7196
Feb 1, 1945
CaptFrank A. KappelerB/NO-419579323rd BG, 454th BS7
ColJohn R. KellyPilot331 AAFBU1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8Commanding Officer of A-26 ETO Combat Evaluation Project
CaptBud W. LambertPilot386th BG, 552nd BS1
1st LtR. J. MaglianoB/N386th BG, 553rd BS1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8
T/SgtFred McDanielsCrew Chief6988826386th BG, 553rd BSSee AAR 45-8-30-522
CaptLee R. MeyersPilot386th BG, 553rd BS8
1st LtM. T. MiddlebrooksPilot386th BG, 553rd BS1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8
S/SgtWalace MifflinGunner39184309331 AAFBUKilled in Training, see AAR 45-7-11-25
1st LtHarold J. MillsPilot386th BG, 553rd BS2
1st LtWilliam W. Mills, Jr.PilotO-793815331 AAFBU
386th BG, 553rd BS
1, 3, 4, 6, 8See AAR 44-6-27-63
T/SgtCharles E. NeppesGunner33153844331 AAFBU
386th BG, 553rd BS
1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8See AAR 44-6-27-63
1st LtH. R. Nevitt331 AAFBU
CaptLester PomerantzB/N386th BG, 554th BS8
SgtFrank L. PondolfinoArmorer Inspector32369845331 AAFBUSee AAR 45-7-18-11
1st LtAnthony PopoviciB/N386th BG, 552nd BS8
SgtMillard A. Presson, Jr.Gunner34507829386th BG, 553rd BS1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8
MajElwyn Farney QuinnPilot386th BG, HQ1, 2, 3
1st LtE. E. RaperB/N386th BG, 553rd BS2, 4, 5, 7, 8
2nd LtC. O. Reeves, Jr.B/N386th BG, 553rd BS1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8
D. ReyesGunner386th BG ?6
S/SgtManuel R. ReyesGunner18058457386th BG, 553rd BS
416th BG, 669th BS
2, 7, 8196
Feb 1, 1945
See AAR 45-9-12-529
CaptEdward R. RichardsonPilot386th BG, 553rd BS1, 2, 3, 6, 7
S/SgtDominic J. RioGunner13007285386th BG, 553rd BS
416th BG, 670th BS
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7159
Nov 17, 1944
2nd LtMark L. RobbPilotO-745182386th BG, 553rd BS1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8
SgtCecil L. RobertsArmorer Inspector331 AAFBUSeriously Injured, See AAR 45-7-18-11
1st LtW. H. RochollPilot386th BG, 553rd BS1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8
2nd LtPhillip L. RussellPilotO-683591331 AAFBUKilled in Training, see AAR 45-7-11-25
S/SgtH. M. SmileyGunner386th BG, 553rd BS1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
CaptW. E. SmithB/N386th BG, 553rd BS1
1st LtBarton D. StebbinsPilotO-730986331 AAFBU
386th BG, 553rd BS
416th BG, 669th BS
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8159
Nov 17, 1944
1st LtJ. H. Strand, Jr.Pilot386th BG, 553rd BS1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
S/SgtHerbert E. SunderlandGunner17029974386th BG, 553rd BS
416th BG, 671st BS
1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8159
Nov 17, 1944
1st LtLee J. Sutton, Jr.PilotO-421408386th BG, 553rd BS
416th BG, 671st BS
2, 5, 6, 7, 8196
Feb 1, 1945
See AAR 45-9-12-529
CaptGeorge TabachnickB/N386th BG, 555th BS7
GenHerbert B. ThatcherPilot323rd BG, 455th BS1
2nd LtDan O. Turner, Jr.PilotO-677330386th BG, 553rd BS
416th BG, 670th BS
2, 5, 6, 7, 8196
Feb 1, 1945
See AAR 45-9-12-529
P. ValosGunner386th BG ?8
S/SgtGeorge R. VanWertGunner386th BG, 553rd BS
416th BG, 670th BS
2, 5, 7, 8159
Nov 17, 1944
J. T. WalierB/N386th BG ?6
T/SgtH. P. WilliamsGunner386th BG, 553rd BS2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8
S/SgtMyron H. WilliamsGunner386th BG, 553rd BS1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8