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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 152 -- October 6, 1944, Friday AM

Duren, Germany

Marshalling Yards



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 14-585
OpRep #            : 186
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 11,700 - 12,000 feet
Take-off Time      : 1003
Time Over Target   : 1138
Landing Time       : 1300
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 2:57

Place of Take-Off  : A-55 Melun/Villaroche, France
A/C Dispatched     : 41 Total -- 32 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 : 3 Window ships included. Results by flight ranged from Gross to Excellent, one flight PNB.

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.)

Scanned original Mission 152 documents (multipage PDF files)

Mission Folder       Reports Folder       OpRep # 186       Fuel Use

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Loading List 1

Loading List 1, Box I

Loading List 2

Loading List 2, Box II

Loading List 3

Loading List 3, Box III

Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 152 -- October 6, 1944, Friday 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  668th                   
  43-9444  5H-J  A-20J
  Maj Price, R.F.
  Lt Hand, A.R.
  S/Sgt Damico, E.A.
  Sgt Fetko, C.
  2  668th                   
  43-10125  5H-M  A-20J
  Lt Andersen, C.J.
  Lt Babbage, W.
  S/Sgt Euga, P.G.
  S/Sgt Schafer, E.L.
  3  668th                   
  43-21760  5H-Z  A-20G
  Lt Kenny, J.P.
  S/Sgt Metzler, L.V.
  Sgt Sittarich, J.J.
  4  668th                   
  43-21819  5H-K  A-20G
  Lt Meredith, R.G.
  S/Sgt Hill, A.A.
  S/Sgt MacDonald, R.W.
  5  668th                   
  43-10210  5H-Q  A-20G
  Lt Saidla, J.B.
  Sgt Harris, J.M.
  Sgt Cavanagh, A.F.
  6  668th                   
  43-10150  5H-N  A-20G
  Lt Wright, J.W.
  Sgt Profita, P.J.
  Sgt Simmonds, J.R.

Box I -- Flight II
  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                   
  43-9674  F6-R  A-20G
  Lt McBride, L.R.
  S/Sgt McKee, J.
  S/Sgt Eutsler, R.
  3  670th                   
  43-9380  F6-N  A-20G
  Lt Johnson, E.L.
  S/Sgt Donahue, W.J.
  T/Sgt Goggin, J.F.
  4  670th                   
  43-9905  F6-K  A-20G
  Lt Hillerman, J.P.
  S/Sgt Paules, E.F.
  S/Sgt Martinez, L.
  5  670th                   
  43-9217  F6-D  A-20G
  Lt Sheley, S.H.
  Cpl Paladino, D.V.
  Sgt Tharp, F.M.
  6  670th                   
  43-9689  F6-I  A-20G
  Lt Popeney, H.
  Sgt Arnett, W.E.
  Sgt Candler, H.C.S.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  670th                   
  43-9439  F6-J  A-20J
  Lt Monroe, H.A.
  Lt Kirk, R.L.
  S/Sgt Kidd, W.L.
  S/Sgt Risko, S.
  2  670th                   
  43-21810  F6-P  A-20G
  Lt Brown, N.G.
  S/Sgt Swafford, J.O.
  Pvt Torres, I.
  3  670th                   
  43-9750  F6-M  A-20G
  Lt Ostrander, W.B.
  S/Sgt Wilson, J.E.
  S/Sgt Binney, I.
  4  670th                   
  43-9224  F6-E  A-20G
  Lt McGlohn, C.L.
  S/Sgt Moran, J.W.
  S/Sgt Driskill, P.B.
  5  670th                   
  43-10187  F6-H  A-20G
  Lt Barausky, P.P.
  S/Sgt Wilson, B.R.
  S/Sgt Hall, M.
  6  670th                   
  43-9892  F6-L  A-20G
  Lt Sparling, J.R.
  S/Sgt Leahigh, L.L.
  Sgt Harmon, C.D.

Box I
  SPARE  669th               
  43-9929  2A-C  A-20G
  Lt Cornell, R.H.
  S/Sgt Carter, A.
  Pvt Reid, K.A.

Box II -- Flight I
  1  668th                   
  43-21717  5H-P  A-20J
  Capt Osborne, A.E.
  Lt Forma, W.
  Sgt Newell, S.P.
  S/Sgt Lagerman, K.G.
  2  668th                   
  43-9195  5H-D  A-20G
  Lt Svenson, R.R.
  S/Sgt Fild, P.G.
  S/Sgt Pfenning, G.H.
  3  668th                   
  43-9362  5H-L  A-20G
  Lt Cannon, L.E.
  Sgt Robinson, J.W.
  Sgt Brzezinski, E.P.
  4  668th                   
  43-9194  5H-C  A-20G
  Lt Lesher, R.D.
  Sgt Felkel, J.W.
  Sgt Heitell, S.L.
  5  668th                   
  43-9894  5H-R  A-20G
  Lt Colquitt, J.K.
  S/Sgt Raines, D.E.
  S/Sgt Daugherty, L.M.
  6  668th                   
  43-21809  5H-A  A-20G
  Lt Parker, P.E.
  Sgt Galloway, A.F.
  Sgt Kochan, S.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  669th                   
  43-9442  2A-D  A-20J
  Capt Peck, W.A.
  Lt Madenfort, J.
  S/Sgt Prindle, C.A.
  S/Sgt Kelton, H.E.
  2  669th                   
  43-9963  2A-L  A-20G
  Lt Sorrels, D.W.
  Cpl Triber, H.I.
  Cpl Malara, V.A.
  3  669th                   
  43-10190  2A-I  A-20G
  Lt Tripp, W.F.
  S/Sgt Scott, J.O.
  S/Sgt Mallory, D.F.
  4  669th                   
  43-9743  2A-W  A-20G
  Lt Siggs, W.C.
  S/Sgt Nicks, R.W.
  S/Sgt Basford, F.P.
  5  669th                   
  43-9943  2A-Z  A-20G
  Lt Butler, G.S.
  Cpl McClain, H.B.
  Sgt McGaughy, W.S.
  6  669th                   
  43-9376  2A-O  A-20G
  Lt Robertson, R.B.
  S/Sgt Cheney, M.W.
  Sgt Reiter, G.E.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  671st                   
  43-9645  5C-R  A-20J
  Lt Adams, J.D.
  Lt Hanlon, R.J.
  S/Sgt Sherry, V.N.
  S/Sgt Zeikus, A.J.
  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                   
  43-9219  5C-D  A-20G
  Lt Andrews, H.D.
  S/Sgt Cook, G.M.
  S/Sgt Werley, E.R.
  4  671st                   
  43-9841  5C-O  A-20G
  Lt Merchant, W.A.
  S/Sgt Wellin, H.E.
  S/Sgt Kutzer, L.G.
  5  671st                   
  43-9951  5C-P  A-20G
  Lt Henderson, F.W.
  S/Sgt Brower, J.S.
  S/Sgt Best, H.T.
  6  671st                   
  43-9719  5C-J  A-20G
  Lt Estes, C.L.
  S/Sgt Orvold, C.R.
  S/Sgt DiMartino, A.E.

Box II
  SPARE  671st               
  43-9363  5C-L  A-20G
  Lt Winn, A.J.P.
  Cpl Davis, W.G.
  Sgt Stephenson, G.G.

Box III -- Flight I
  1  671st                   
  43-22065  5C-E  A-20J
  Lt Greenley, R.E.
  Lt Mitchell, R.H.
  S/Sgt Rzepka, J.J.
  S/Sgt Fandre, B.G.
  2  669th                   
  43-10159  2A-G  A-20G
  Lt Land, W.H.
  S/Sgt Abriola, D.R.
  Sgt Fair, V.F.
  3  669th                   
  43-10155  2A-V  A-20G
  Lt MacManus, P.F.E.
  S/Sgt Rogers, J.L., Jr.
  S/Sgt Fleischman, G.I.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 152 -- October 6, 1944, Friday AM
Duren, Germany -- Marshalling Yards

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

Weather kept the planes on the ground until the 6th when they returned to attack the Duren marshalling yards. This time with a little break in the weather they hit the target with good to excellent results and destroyed buildings, cars, and damaged tracks. Major Price and Captain Osborne led the two boxes. The crews received their first taste of flak for the month. It was moderate but fairly inaccurate although ten planes received battle damage.

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

Mission #152 - 6 October - Duren Marshalling Yard. Major Price and Lt. Hand, BN and Captain Osborne with Lt. Forma, BN led boxes. Lts. Adams, - Hanlon, BN, Lts. Pair and Corum,. BN, and Lts. Greeley and Mitchell, BN, Captain Peck and Lt. Madenfort, BN, led flights. This important target assisted Lt. General Hodges' troops gain possession of an extensive marshalling area for Germans, readying troops and ammo to reach front lines. Cutting off those supplies helped Hodges do their job. Flak met the group, causing extensive damage to some planes. Window strips helped the higher flying flights, but as the strips floated down they assumed the altitude of the following lower flying boys, our groups, so they suffered the hits from moderate flak. Bombing results rated from excellent to fair, with one flight not dropping due to the bombsight gyro tilting in the wrong direction.

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

On the 6th, however, Captain Peck, Lt. Madenfort, B-N, led their flight through moderate flak that protected the target to score good results on the Duren Marshalling yards. Heavy damage was inflicted.

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

Technical Sergeant Everts' A-20 Havoc #224, "Miss Laid", was first in the ETO to complete one-hundred missions. Never once during these one-hundred missions was the plane forced to return because of mechanical failure. The original engines that powered "Miss Laid" on the first mission on 3 March 1944 against an enemy held airdrome at Poix, France were still in use on the 100th mission, never having been changed.

The 100th mission was an attack on the Duren marshalling yards on 6 October 1944. Old "Miss Laid" was repainted and renamed "La France Libre" and dedicated to represent the unity and good will between our country and the new French nation. Captain Monroe, and Staff Sergeants Kidd and Risko, who had flown 224 on its first mission, and most of the one-hundred missions, took part in the ceremony. Technical Sergeant Royal S. Everts, crew chief, who had cared for the plane through its 100 missions and was primarily responsible for its remarkable record, also participated. The ceremony was attended by French and American dignitaries. MMe Monique Rolland, the beautiful French actress, christianed "La France Libre". Brigadier General Strahm, Ninth Air Force Chief of Staff, dedicated the planes's future missions to the French Nation and People. General Martial Valin, Commanding General of the French Air Force, and Charles Tillon, French Minister of Air, accepted the dedication for the French people and spoke over a world hook-up, speaking of the ceremony as a "symbol of the fraternity of our two nations." General Duncan, General Backus, and Colonel Aylesworth also participated in the ceremony.(See Exhibits attached.).

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

The weather man was finally swayed back to the Allies side on October 6th, and all the French-base Havocs and Marauders turned their efforts on the targets they had been trying to hit the two days previous. The 416th picked the town of Duren again, and this time the bombs were released with damaging results. This town which was reported to be a main point of debarkation for troops and supplies bolstering enemy defenses in the Aachen sector was under attack for more than an hour as the medium and light bombers laid down a 400-ton barrage in advance of the U.S.First Army. Duren is the immediate objective of Lt. General Hodges' American troops.

As usual, the 416th racked up a good bombing record with one excellent, two goods and a fair. One flight failed to bomb on the primary when a flak hit tumbled the gyro on the bomb run. However, the pattern fell on a factory and other buildings, probably destroying them. Lt. Adams and Lt. Hanlon led the third flight in the second box, but did not meet with much luck. The run was made on verbal corrections after the P.D.I. had failed. The plane was still in a bank when the bombs went away and landed in a field a good distance from the A.P.

Moderate heavy flak varying from accurate to inaccurate was encountered in the target area, and 10 ships received battle damage. The use of window was effective for the early flights over the target, but its efficiency was reduced by the fact that some of it was at the same altitude of the low flights. All the crews returned in tact.

[October 6, 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 6, 1944
World War II Military Situation Maps Collection
Library of Congress

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