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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 155 -- October 12, 1944, Thursday AM

Langerwehe, Germany




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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 20-593
OpRep #            : 192
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 12,000 feet
Take-off Time      : 0828
Time Over Target   : 0934 - 0936
Landing Time       : 1209
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 3:41

Place of Take-Off  : A-55 Melun/Villaroche, France
A/C Dispatched     : 41 Total -- 34 A-20G's, 7 A-20J's
Illustration       : G.S.G.S. MAP. 4416 ST. R-1
Illustration Ref   : 029475
Secondary Target   : No Alternate Targets Authorized
Summary of Results : 3 Window ships included. Flight 6 results Good, Remaining flights did not attack.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 50.81757,6.35655 (50° 49' 3" N, 6° 21' 24" 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 155 documents (multipage PDF files)

Mission Folder       Reports Folder       OpRep # 192       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

Missing Air Crew Reports, Aircraft Accident Reports, and other incidents

         Date          Report

Serial #
Location Personnel (Status when available)
Oct 12, 1944
No_Report   43-10200
155 671 A-55 Melun/Villaroche, France Herman, Arthur E. (Not Injured)
Garrett, Alvin D. (LWS, RTD)
Cook, George Moss (Not Injured)

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Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 155 -- October 12, 1944, Thursday AM
Langerwehe, Germany -- Town

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 Brower, J.S.
  S/Sgt Lempka, H.A.
  2  671st                   
  43-9841  5C-O  A-20G
  Lt Ames, W.H.
  Sgt Fessler, H.S.
  Sgt Brown, R.J.
  3  671st                   
  43-9714  5C-N  A-20G
  Lt Henderson, F.W.
  S/Sgt Griswold, R.M.
  S/Sgt Coulombe, P.E.
  4  671st                   
  43-9363  5C-L  A-20G
  Lt Adams, J.D.
  S/Sgt Wellin, H.E.
  S/Sgt Kutzer, L.G.
  5  671st                   
  43-9937  5C-B  A-20G
  Lt VanNoorden, H.M.
  Sgt Thompson, G.
  Cpl Steffey, R.I.
  6  671st                   
  43-9956  5C-Z  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 Prindle, C.A.
  S/Sgt Kelton, H.E.
  2  669th                   
  43-9202  2A-B  A-20G
  Lt MacManus, P.F.E.
  S/Sgt Rosenstein, M.
  S/Sgt Fleischman, G.I.
  3  669th                   
  43-9181  2A-A  A-20G
  Lt Land, W.H.
  S/Sgt Basford, F.P.
  Sgt Fair, V.F.
  4  669th                   
  43-9743  2A-W  A-20G
  Lt Siggs, W.C.
  S/Sgt Nicks, R.W.
  Sgt Mani, J.
  5  669th                   
  43-9963  2A-L  A-20G
  Lt Kehoe, J.W.
  Cpl Arendt, E.A.
  Pvt Richardson, L.L.
  6  669th                   
  43-10190  2A-I  A-20G
  Lt Sorrels, D.W.
  Cpl Malara, V.A.
  Cpl Triber, H.I.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  669th                   
  43-21469  2A-J  A-20J
  Capt Morton, R.J.
  Lt Moore, D.L.
  S/Sgt Webb, C.L.
  S/Sgt Epps, E.T.
  2  669th                   
  43-10159  2A-G  A-20G
  Lt Connor, J.S.
  S/Sgt Rodgers, H.C.
  S/Sgt VanDuyne, J.E.
  3  669th                   
  43-9376  2A-O  A-20G
  Lt Tripp, W.F.
  S/Sgt Scott, J.O.
  S/Sgt Mallory, D.F.
  4  669th                   
  43-10197  2A-F  A-20G
  Lt Cornell, R.H.
  S/Sgt Carter, A.
  Pvt Reid, K.A.
  5  669th                   
  43-9692  2A-M  A-20G
  Lt Clark, H.B.
  S/Sgt Sabadosh, J.W.
  S/Sgt Floyd, C.F.
  6  669th                   
  43-9943  2A-Z  A-20G
  Lt Butler, G.S.
  Cpl McClain, H.B.
  Sgt McGaughy, W.S.

Box I
  SPARE  669th               
  43-9368  2A-K  A-20G
  Lt Hayter, E.R.
  S/Sgt Melchoir, F.E.
  S/Sgt Holloway, R.G.

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                   
  43-9219  5C-D  A-20G
  Lt Murray, T.J.
  S/Sgt DeBower, D.H.
  S/Sgt Jones, R.J.
  3  671st                   
  43-9719  5C-J  A-20G
  Lt Estes, C.L.
  S/Sgt Orvold, C.R.
  S/Sgt DiMartino, A.E.
  4  671st                   
  43-9393  5C-K  A-20G
  Lt Perkins, R.D.
  S/Sgt Sherry, V.N.
  S/Sgt Linneman, R.H.
  5  671st                   
  43-10200  5C-F  A-20G
  Lt Herman, A.E.
  S/Sgt Garrett, A.D.
  S/Sgt Cook, G.M.
  6  671st                   
  43-9493  5C-V  A-20G
  Lt Miller, J.H.
  S/Sgt Best, H.T.
  S/Sgt Galender, J.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  668th                   
  43-9444  5H-J  A-20J
  Capt Osborne, A.E.
  Lt Forma, W.
  Sgt Newell, S.P.
  S/Sgt Lagerman, K.G.
  2  668th                   
  43-10226  5H-E  A-20G
  Lt Evans, H.M.
  Sgt Skeens, C.L.
  Sgt Merritt, O.N.
  3  668th                   
  43-21809  5H-A  A-20G
  Lt Harris, F.W.
  S/Sgt Hantske, D.
  Sgt Roberts, J.H.
  4  668th                   
  43-9194  5H-C  A-20G
  Lt Lesher, R.D.
  Sgt Heitell, S.L.
  S/Sgt Naifeh, F.
  5  668th                   
  43-9894  5H-R  A-20G
  Lt Colquitt, J.K.
  S/Sgt Raines, D.E.
  S/Sgt Clark, C.J.
  6  668th                   
  43-10150  5H-N  A-20G
  Lt Wright, J.W.
  Sgt Profita, P.J.
  Sgt Simmonds, J.R.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  668th                   
  43-21717  5H-P  A-20J
  Lt Meagher, J.F.
  Lt Burg, J.J.
  S/Sgt Fetko, C.
  S/Sgt Brown, D.M.
  2  668th                   
  43-9195  5H-D  A-20G
  Lt Stanley, C.S.
  S/Sgt Chustz, R.F.
  Sgt Collier, C.B.
  3  668th                   
  43-10210  5H-Q  A-20G
  Lt McCready, T.D.
  Sgt Lemonds, W.E.
  Sgt Fuehrer, W.F.
  4  668th                   
  43-9907  5H-O  A-20G
  Lt Ebenstein, G.
  S/Sgt Daugherty, L.M.
  Sgt Damico, E.A.
  5  668th                   
  43-9362  5H-L  A-20G
  Lt Cannon, L.E.
  Sgt Robinson, J.W.
  Sgt Brzezinski, E.P.
  6  668th                   
  43-10176  5H-T  A-20G
  Lt Kenny, J.P.
  S/Sgt Metzler, L.V.
  Sgt Sittarich, J.J.

Box II
  SPARE  669th               
  43-10155  2A-V  A-20G
  Lt Remiszewski, A.
  Sgt Miguez, J.H.
  Sgt DiOrio, F.

  1  668th                   
  43-10125  5H-M  A-20J
  Lt Miracle, R.V.
  F/O McCartney, T.M.
  S/Sgt Burkhalter, J.C.
  S/Sgt Hornbeck, K.E.
  2  668th                   
  43-9701  5H-H  A-20G
  Lt Montrose, J.H.
  Sgt Gandy, R.S.
  Sgt Felkel, J.W.
  3  669th                   
  43-9929  2A-C  A-20G
  Lt Robertson, R.B.
  S/Sgt Cheney, M.W.
  Sgt Reiter, G.E.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 155 -- October 12, 1944, Thursday AM
Langerwehe, Germany -- Town

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

Weather postponed the next mission until the 12th. Flying into dense, accurate flak and smoke and haze, the planes made a run on the target, the edge of a railroad yard in the center of the town of Langerwehe. The attack was aimed at wiping out the town. Flak was so intense that only one bomb run was made and only two flights dropped. The pattern was centered just north of the M.P.I. and extended across the main highway and buildings in the town. Fifteen aircraft received battle damage. Major Willetts and Captain Cole were the box leaders.

"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Page 163

Mission #155 - 12 October - Langerwehe town. This was another town categorized as a key transportation center in the way of advancing Allied troops heading toward Aachen. Major Willetts and Lt. Royalty BN, Captain Cole and Lt. Basnett, BN, led the boxes. Lts. Meagher and Burg, BN, and Captain Osborne and Lt. Forma BN managed to hit the target, the only two flights able to bomb. Other flights flew over cloud cover and were unable to view the aiming point.

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

On the 12th, our formation suffered considerable battle damage from the moderate to intense accurate flak surrounding the town of Langerwehe, the target. Only two flights were able to bomb because of smoke and haze. As a result we were sent back after the same town on the next day. This time the same flak was thrown up, but the bombing was better. Although there was no photo coverage of Lt. Greene's flight, the crews said that Lt. Nichols, his Bombardier, laid them in the target for good to excellent results. Captain Huff did not drop because of the cloud cover.

Only nine missions were flown by the Group during the month. Of these bombs were dropped only five times.

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

Major Dunn led a mission on October 8th against Linnich, Germany. This mission [No. 154] was the last flown during the month for our squadron, as on October 13th we were put on a non-operational status while our crews completed training in the new "Invader" aircraft. The 670th was the first squadron to start and to complete this training. Bad weather badly hampered the efforts of the crews to become operational in the new planes in the desired time.

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

October 12th & 13th, 1944

Saturation bombing of the town of Langerwehe, 14 miles east of the besieged city of Aachen, was carried out by the 416th light bombers on the 12th and 13th of October. Poor weather prevented the Havocs from doing a complete job, but each day at least three flights were able to pick up the target and hit it with damaging results. This town stands in the way of the American forces tightening the ring around Aachen.

Major Willetts and Captain Cole led the two 671st flights on October 12th but clouds and haze obscured their targets. Captain Wheeler and Lt. Pair took over on the 13th and had better luck. The Wheeler/Arrington team connected with an excellent, their bombs destroying buildings and blocking roads. Lt. Pair, however, ran into a hazy sector and was unable to drop. Another excellent, and two goods were also scored by the three other flights which were able to bomb.

Intelligence reported 12 enemy anti-aircraft gun positions in the target area and battle damage was heavy. All crews returned.

[October 12, 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 12, 1944
World War II Military Situation Maps Collection
Library of Congress

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