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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 151 -- October 3, 1944, Tuesday AM

Duren, Germany

Marshalling Yards



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 10-579
OpRep #            : 183
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : No Attack
Take-off Time      : 0951
Time Over Target   : 1106
Landing Time       : 1236
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 2:45

Place of Take-Off  : A-55 Melun/Villaroche, France
A/C Dispatched     : 36 Total -- 27 A-20G's, 9 A-20J's
Illustration       : 6(D)(V) 5/6
Illustration Ref   : 058080, 06070830, 063085, 07550995, 079104, 08251090
Secondary Target   : No Alternate Targets Authorized
Summary of Results : No Attack - 10/10 cloud cover in two layers.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 50.82879,6.50447 (50° 49' 44" N, 6° 30' 16" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on Google Maps, Visual match to Strike Photo)
(See Latitude/Longitude Coordinates and Target Identifiers for more information.)

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Loading List 1

Loading List 1, Box I

Loading List 2

Loading List 2, Box II

Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 151 -- October 3, 1944, Tuesday AM
Duren, Germany -- Marshalling Yards

Included are Box, Flight and Position; Bomb Squadron; Aircraft Serial Number, Fuselage Code and Model; and Crew Members
transcribed from individual mission Loading List documents by Chris and Mary Adams and Carl Sgamboti.
Some information, such as Squadron, Serial Number, etc. has been expanded from other documents.

Box I -- Flight I
  1  671st                   
  43-22065  5C-E  A-20J
  Maj Willetts, D.L.
  Lt Royalty, P.G.
  S/Sgt Lempka, H.A.
  S/Sgt Brower, J.S.
  2  671st                   
  43-21711  5C-S  A-20J
  Lt Pair, H.F.
  Lt Corum, J.L.
  S/Sgt Marion, H.A.
  S/Sgt Adams, V.P.
  3  671st                   
  43-9841  5C-O  A-20G
  Lt Ames, W.H.
  Sgt Fessler, H.S.
  Sgt Brown, R.J.
  4  671st                   
  43-9393  5C-K  A-20G
  Lt Perkins, R.D.
  S/Sgt Sherry, V.N.
  S/Sgt Linneman, R.H.
  5  671st                   
  43-10214  5C-C  A-20G
  Lt VanNoorden, H.M.
  Sgt Thompson, G.
  Cpl Steffey, R.I.
  6  671st                   
  43-9363  5C-L  A-20G
  Lt Winn, A.J.P.
  Cpl Davis, W.G.
  Sgt Stephenson, G.G.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  669th                   
  43-9442  2A-D  A-20J
  Capt Peck, W.A.
  Lt Madenfort, J.
  S/Sgt Bergeron, A.E.
  S/Sgt Kelton, H.E.
  2  669th                   
  43-21469  2A-J  A-20J
  Lt Miller, E.L.
  Lt Conner, J.K.
  Sgt Malloy, J.F.
  S/Sgt Pemberton, J.M.
  3  669th                   
  43-9376  2A-O  A-20G
  Lt Hayter, E.R.
  Sgt Donnelly, W.W.
  S/Sgt Holloway, R.G.
  4  669th                   
  43-9743  2A-W  A-20G
  Lt Siggs, W.C.
  S/Sgt Nicks, R.W.
  T/Sgt Kelly, W.J.
  5  669th                   
  43-9181  2A-A  A-20G
  Lt Sorrels, D.W.
  Cpl Triber, H.I.
  Cpl Malara, V.A.
  6  669th                   
  43-9943  2A-Z  A-20G
  Lt Kehoe, J.W.
  Cpl Arendt, E.A.
  Pvt Richardson, L.L.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  669th                   
  43-10135  2A-T  A-20J
  Lt DeMun, E.E.
  Lt McQuade, R.J.
  S/Sgt Rosenstein, M.
  S/Sgt Carney, H.O.
  2  669th                   
  43-10190  2A-I  A-20G
  Lt Robertson, R.B.
  S/Sgt Cheney, M.W.
  Sgt Reiter, G.E.
  3  669th                   
  43-10155  2A-V  A-20G
  Lt Clark, H.B.
  S/Sgt Sabadosh, J.W.
  S/Sgt Floyd, C.F.
  [Not Airborne]
  4  669th                   
  43-9692  2A-M  A-20G
  Lt Smith, J.F.
  S/Sgt Vafiadis, C.
  S/Sgt Hoffman, R.C.
  5  669th                   
  43-9963  2A-L  A-20G
  Lt Butler, G.S.
  Cpl McClain, H.B.
  Sgt McGaughy, W.S.
  6  669th                   
  43-9202  2A-B  A-20G
  Lt Cornell, R.H.
  S/Sgt Carter, A.
  Pvt Reid, K.A.

Box I
  SPARE  670th               
  43-21810  F6-P  A-20G
  Lt Leishman, S.P.
  Cpl Shempren, E.H.
  Cpl Siracusa, J.F.

Box II -- Flight I
  1  671st                   
  43-9645  5C-R  A-20J
  Capt Cole, H.P.
  Lt Basnett, R.J.
  S/Sgt Fandre, B.G.
  S/Sgt Chvatal, F.R.
  2  671st                   
  43-9719  5C-J  A-20G
  Capt Hixon, S.M.
  S/Sgt Best, H.T.
  S/Sgt Werley, E.R.
  3  671st                   
  43-9937  5C-B  A-20G
  Lt Zubon, M.
  S/Sgt Russell, W.C.
  S/Sgt Zeikus, A.J.
  4  671st                   
  43-9493  5C-V  A-20G
  Lt Smith, R.H.
  S/Sgt Mahoney, R.J.
  S/Sgt Davis, H.R.
  5  671st                   
  43-9951  5C-P  A-20G
  Lt Murray, T.J.
  S/Sgt DeBower, D.H.
  S/Sgt Jones, R.J.
  6  671st                   
  43-9956  5C-Z  A-20G
  Lt Herman, A.E.
  S/Sgt Garrett, A.D.
  S/Sgt Young, J.O.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  668th                   
  43-21717  5H-P  A-20J
  Lt Meagher, J.F.
  Lt Burg, J.J.
  Sgt Roberts, J.H.
  S/Sgt Yost, C.H.
  2  668th                   
  43-10125  5H-M  A-20J
  Lt Miracle, R.V.
  F/O McCartney, T.M.
  S/Sgt Sieg, B.C.
  S/Sgt Burkhalter, J.C.
  3  668th                   
  43-9194  5H-C  A-20G
  Lt Lesher, R.D.
  Sgt Heitell, S.L.
  S/Sgt Damico, E.A.
  4  668th                   
  43-9907  5H-O  A-20G
  Lt Ebenstein, G.
  S/Sgt Adair, F.L.
  S/Sgt Love, C.F.
  5  668th                   
  43-10210  5H-Q  A-20G
  Lt Montrose, J.H.
  Sgt Gandy, R.S.
  Sgt Felkel, J.W.
  6  668th                   
  43-9195  5H-D  A-20G
  Lt Saidla, J.B.
  Sgt Harris, J.M.
  Sgt Cavanagh, A.F.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  670th                   
  43-21467  F6-W  A-20J
  Lt Shea, D.F.
  Lt Koch, O.R.
  S/Sgt Lee, R.E.
  S/Sgt Falk, F.G.
  2  670th                   
  43-9689  F6-I  A-20G
  Lt Singletary, R.B.
  S/Sgt Wiggins, H.G.
  S/Sgt Cianciosi, A.A.
  3  670th                   
  43-9217  F6-D  A-20G
  Lt Leonard, T.J.
  S/Sgt Evans, O.D.
  S/Sgt Palmer, T.A.
  4  670th                   
  43-9224  F6-E  A-20G
  Lt McGlohn, C.L.
  S/Sgt Moran, J.W.
  Cpl Urbanicio, F.R.
  5  670th                   
  43-9892  F6-L  A-20G
  Lt Sewell, J.C.
  S/Sgt Sampson, D.A.
  Sgt Hummer, J.A.
  6  670th                   
  43-9380  F6-N  A-20G
  Lt Sheley, S.H.
  Cpl Paladino, D.V.
  Sgt Tharp, F.M.

Box II
  SPARE  668th               
  43-9362  5H-L  A-20G
  Lt Harris, F.W.
  Sgt Hantske, D.
  Sgt Brzezinski, E.P.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 151 -- October 3, 1944, Tuesday AM
Duren, Germany -- Marshalling Yards

"416th Bombardment Group (L) - Group History 1944"
Transcribed from USAF Archives

The following day, the 3rd, our planes took off again, this time led by Major Willetts and Captain Cole. The target, the Duren marshalling yards, was covered by 10/10 clouds. Major Willetts, hoping to find some bombing weather, sent Lt Pair to break away from the formation and drop down to check the weather at a lower altitude. It was to no avail, though, because a second lower layer covered the target completely.

"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Pages 159 - 161

Mission #151 - 3 October - Duren Marshalling Yard. Major Willetts and Lt. Royalty BN led this formation with Captain Cole and Lt. Basnett BN on the second box. Lt. Pair and Lt. Corum BN, flew as deputy. Flight leaders included Lts. Meagher and Burg, BN, and Lt. Miracle and F/O McCartney, a new BN. It was a three hour flight with no interference from fighters or flak, but again, no bombs were dropped due to cloud cover. When is the sun going to shine again so we can help those foot sloggers in rain and mud, do their jobs better? Lt. Pair, who flew deputy to Major Willetts, left the formation and went down to 6000 feet to determine if the cloud cover would lighten up, but since it didn't he again joined the formation and they all returned to base, loaded with bombs once more.

On 3 October the Associated Press reported


All planes of the American Ninth Air Force largest tactical Air Force in the World, are operating now from bases on the Continent, it was disclosed today.

Marauder, medium bombers, some of the last to be shifted from England, are included in the Ninth Air Force, along with Havoc dive bombers, fighter bombers, Black Widow night fighters, and Mustang, Lightning and Thunderbolt fighters.

Flying their first operation from the continent fields exclusively, Marauders and Havocs joined fighter bombers yesterday in attacking German strong points ahead of the new push by the American First Army.

The tremendous job of moving was accomplished with a minimum loss of operational time. Most of the ground personnel and all heavy equipment crossed the channel in LSTS. Skeleton crews remained behind to help with the last missions from English bases.

Airstrips constructed early in the invasion now are far behind the front. Most bombers and fighters are operating from French airfields captured from the Germans, although facilities are limited by bombings which some of the present airmen administered.

Ninth Bomber Divison Headquarters issued a statement that in the September offensive, Marauders and Havocs had flown over 1300 sorties over Germany, bombing in close support of Allied Ground Forces. September 12th was the first time medium and light bombers flew against the heavily defended Siegfried Line defenses. It was the first time these bombers crossed the German border's aerial frontier and dropped bombs on German soil. Enemy damage to the enemy's tank traps resulted.

The Ninth Bombardment Divison attacked the heavily defended and difficult to capture, Brest, taking eight straight days of bombardment by B-26s and A-20s to permit Allied forces to take this strong point. The post surrendered the later part of the month of September. General Eisenhower had issued orders to "keep bombing until its garrison surrenders." We did our part!

Mission (none) 5 October - Duren Marshalling Yard. The formation took off and flew for about an hour, but were recalled due to the usual inclement weather. No bombing today.

"669th Bombardment Squadron (L) History"
Transcription from USAF Archives

The first two missions of the month, of the 2nd and 3rd, were futile. Cloud cover prevented any attack.

"670th Bombardment Squadron (L) History"
Transcription from USAF Archives

The next day a mission was sent to attack the Duren marshalling yards, but again bad weather prevented the dropping of the bomb load.

"671st Bomb Squadron (L) Unit History"
Gordon Russell and Jim Kerns

October 3rd, 1944

Weather conditions in the battle area didn't improve overnight, but the A-20s took off again in quest of an Aachen area target. This time it was the marshalling yard at Duren, 15 miles east of Aachen. Major Willetts and Captain Cole led the boxes up through a heavy overcast, which prevailed up to, and past the target. Lt.Pair, flying deputy to Major Willetts, left the formation and went down to 6,000 feet, but he did not break out of the overcast, so the planes had to return the second day in a row without dropping their bombs.

[October 3, 1944], HQ Twelfth Army Group situation map

Map showing Western Allies and Axis troop position details in Western Europe
as of approximately 1200 hours, October 3, 1944
World War II Military Situation Maps Collection
Library of Congress

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