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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 156 -- October 13, 1944, Friday AM

Langerwehe, Germany




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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 21-595
OpRep #            : 193
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 12,000 feet
Take-off Time      : 0938
Time Over Target   : 1055
Landing Time       : 1221
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 2:43

Place of Take-Off  : A-55 Melun/Villaroche, France
A/C Dispatched     : 39 Total -- 31 A-20G's, 8 A-20J's
Illustration       : STRIKE ATTACK PHOTO U.S. 416/702. DATED 12 OCTOBER 1944. NEGATIVE NO. 5008
Illustration Ref   : 029026, 034023, 037021
Secondary Target   : No Alternate Targets Authorized
Summary of Results : Two flights Excellent, one Good, one Unknown, tow No Attack. 3 Window ships included.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 50.81773,6.35968 (50° 49' 4" N, 6° 21' 35" 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 2

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 13, 1944
No_Report   43-21717
156 668 Osborne, Arthur E. Jr. (Not Injured)
Forma, Warren NMI (Not Injured)
Newell, S. P. (WIA)
Lagerman, K. G. (Not Injured)

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Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 156 -- October 13, 1944, Friday 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 Price, R.F.
  Lt Hand, A.R.
  S/Sgt Fetko, C.
  S/Sgt Brown, D.M.
  2  668th                   
  43-21719  5H-V  A-20J
  Capt Shaefer, R.F.
  Lt Pape, M.A.
  Capt Fontaine, R.A.
  Sgt Elliott, F.W.
  3  668th                   
  43-10176  5H-T  A-20G
  Lt Kreh, E.B.
  S/Sgt Shelton, E.
  S/Sgt Schenck, D.R.
  [Not Airborne Brakes Out]
  4  668th                   
  43-9195  5H-D  A-20G
  Lt Stanley, C.S.
  S/Sgt Daugherty, L.M.
  Sgt Collier, C.B.
  5  668th                   
  43-9907  5H-O  A-20G
  Lt Hale, W.L.
  Sgt Bentzler, D.H.
  Sgt Geyer, J.F.
  6  668th                   
  43-21809  5H-A  A-20G
  Lt Parker, P.E.
  Sgt Galloway, A.F.
  Sgt Kochan, S.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  671st                   
  43-22023  5C-G  A-20J
  Capt Wheeler, R.V.
  Lt Arrington, H.T.
  S/Sgt Swank, O.E.
  Sgt Gurkin, C.W.
  2  671st                   
  43-9841  5C-O  A-20G
  Lt Ames, W.H.
  Sgt Fessler, H.S.
  Sgt Brown, R.J.
  3  671st                   
  43-9719  5C-J  A-20G
  Lt Withington, D.L.
  Sgt Huss, C.F.
  Sgt McElhattan, L.D.
  4  671st                   
  43-9714  5C-N  A-20G
  Lt Merchant, W.A.
  S/Sgt Fandre, B.G.
  S/Sgt Chvatal, F.R.
  5  671st                   
  43-9748  5C-A  A-20G
  Lt VanNoorden, H.M.
  Sgt Thompson, G.
  Sgt Steffey, R.I.
  6  671st                   
  43-9956  5C-Z  A-20G
  Lt Winn, A.J.P.
  Sgt Stephenson, G.G.
  Cpl Davis, W.G.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  671st                   
  43-9645  5C-R  A-20J
  Lt Pair, H.F.
  Lt Corum, J.L.
  S/Sgt Marion, H.A.
  S/Sgt Adams, V.P.
  2  671st                   
  43-9711  5C-M  A-20G
  Lt Zubon, M.
  S/Sgt Worden, H.C.
  S/Sgt Rzepka, J.J.
  3  671st                   
  43-9219  5C-D  A-20G
  Lt Andrews, H.D.
  S/Sgt Cook, G.M.
  S/Sgt Linneman, R.H.
  4  671st                   
  43-9363  5C-L  A-20G
  Lt Smith, R.H.
  S/Sgt Mahoney, R.J.
  S/Sgt Davis, H.R.
  5  671st                   
  43-9393  5C-K  A-20G
  Lt Gary, J.C.
  Sgt Schoen, A.E.
  Sgt Cheuvront, R.W.
  6  671st                   
  43-9937  5C-B  A-20G
  Lt Fero, D.A.
  Sgt Rojas, A.A.
  Sgt Skelton, T.W.

Box I
  SPARE  671st               
  43-9493  5C-V  A-20G
  Lt Adams, J.D.
  S/Sgt Sherry, V.N.
  S/Sgt Kutzer, L.G.

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                   
  43-9894  5H-R  A-20G
  Lt Colquitt, J.K.
  S/Sgt Damico, E.A.
  S/Sgt Raines, D.E.
  3  668th                   
  43-21764  5H-X  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                   
  43-10210  5H-Q  A-20G
  Lt Wright, J.W.
  Sgt Profita, P.J.
  Sgt Simmonds, J.R.
  6  668th                   
  43-9362  5H-L  A-20G
  Lt Cannon, L.E.
  Sgt Robinson, J.W.
  Sgt Brzezinski, E.P.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  669th                   
  43-10135  2A-T  A-20J
  Lt Greene, W.J.
  Lt Nichols, J.R.
  S/Sgt Ochaba, J.A.
  S/Sgt Colbert, W.F.
  2  669th                   
  43-10197  2A-F  A-20G
  Lt Siggs, W.C.
  S/Sgt Nicks, R.W.
  S/Sgt Fleischman, G.I.
  3  669th                   
  43-9181  2A-A  A-20G
  Lt Land, W.H.
  S/Sgt Prindle, C.A.
  S/Sgt Kelton, H.E.
  4  669th                   
  43-9943  2A-Z  A-20G
  Lt MacManus, P.F.E.
  Sgt Mani, J.
  S/Sgt McGuire, J.J.
  5  669th                   
  43-9929  2A-C  A-20G
  Lt Street, M.S.
  Sgt Sharp, R.P.
  Sgt Carstens, R.W.
  6  669th                   
  43-9963  2A-L  A-20G
  Lt Kehoe, J.W.
  Cpl Arendt, E.A.
  Pvt Richardson, L.L.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  669th                   
  43-9442  2A-D  A-20J
  Capt Huff, M.J.
  Lt Kupits, J.
  S/Sgt Basford, F.P.
  S/Sgt Clark, R.A.
  2  669th                   
  43-10159  2A-G  A-20G
  Lt Connor, J.S.
  S/Sgt Rodgers, H.C.
  S/Sgt VanDuyne, J.E.
  3  669th                   
  43-10155  2A-V  A-20G
  Lt Blomgren, J.E.
  Sgt Kruger, C.J.
  S/Sgt Fleming, L.R.
  4  669th                   
  43-10190  2A-I  A-20G
  Lt Allen, J.F., Jr.
  Sgt Getgen, L.R.
  Sgt Veazey, C.W.
  5  669th                   
  43-9376  2A-O  A-20G
  Lt Renth, E.J.
  Cpl Brinkman, E.R.
  Sgt Moskowitz, L.
  [Returned Early Pilot Sick]
  6  669th                   
  43-9692  2A-M  A-20G
  Lt DuBose, M.W.
  Sgt Griffin, D.L.
  Sgt Walters, J.H.

Box II
  SPARE  668th               
  43-9701  5H-H  A-20G
  Lt McCready, T.D.
  Sgt Lemonds, W.E.
  Sgt Fuehrer, W.F.

Box III -- Flight I
  1  669th                   
  43-21469  2A-J  A-20J
  Lt DeMun, E.E.
  Lt McQuade, R.J.
  S/Sgt Webb, C.L.
  S/Sgt Epps, E.T.
  2  669th                   
  43-9368  2A-K  A-20G
  Lt Butler, G.S.
  Cpl McClain, H.B.
  Sgt McGaughy, W.S.
  3  668th                   
  43-10150  5H-N  A-20G
  Lt Mish, C.C.
  S/Sgt Clark, C.J.
  S/Sgt Chustz, R.F.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 156 -- October 13, 1944, Friday AM
Langerwehe, Germany -- Town

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

Going back again on the following day, the 13th, the town of Langerwehe was again attacked. Three of the five flights that bombed scored "excellents." Two scored "goods." Again moderate to intense accurate flak raked the formation at the target. Major Price led the first box; Captain Osborne, the second.

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

Mission #156 - 13 October - Langerwehe town again. Since cloud cover prevented bombing of all flights yesterday, this was another try and weather cooperated. Major Price and Lt. Hand, BN with Captain Osborne and Lt. Forma, BN leading boxes. Captain Wheeler and Lt. Arrington, BN, plus Lts. Pair and Corum, BN, and Lts Greene and Nichols BN, Captain Huff and Lt. Kupits, BN led flights. Bombing was successful with excellents being scored. The enemy had 12 gun emplacements around this area but all planes returned without damage.

"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.

Heavy Flak met on Training Flight

A training flight on the afternoon of October 13th...Friday the 13th in fact, met sudden disaster when the seven ship formation flew too close to enemy held Dunkirk and the Nazi ack-ack gunners poured a stream of flak at the planes, knocking one down and causing battle damage to the others. Lt. Milhorn who was flying A-20G 956 received a burst in one of the engines and crashed at Lille. The gunners were seen to have bailed out, but no one saw the pilot's hatch open. The plane was completely demolished.

The flight was scheduled for a two-fold purpose. Lt. Royalty was checkˇing out Lt. Francis, the new bombardier assigned to Lt. Lackovich, on evasive action and Gee. Lt. Lackovich was giving six new crews training in combat forˇmation flying, which they would need before going on an operational mission. It was decided to head up into the Pas de Calais area to look over the bomb damage, and the question was raised as to restricted flying areas, but Dunkirk was not brought into the conversation. The crews believed this town to be in Allied hands, and proceeded straight to the coast, about two miles to the right of Dunkirk. As the planes were making a sharp right turn, and then Lt. Royalty called for two lefts and the ships were out of range. They were at 8,000 feet altitude at the time.

Lt.Milhorn, flying No. 6 position was having trouble, and Lt. Lackovich contacted him a few minutes from Dunkirk. However, he said he could make it back to the base alright. About five minutes later Lt. Jokinen saw Lt. Milhorn's ship with engines on fire and going down. The formation made a 180— turn and spotted the plane burning along side a road. His gunners, Cpl. Doran and Cpl. Chest bailed out and their chutes were seen to have opened. Lt. Mooney, who was flying A-20G 363, had his hydraulics shot out and had to hit the air bottle upon landing.

Lt. Milhorn Back From the Dead (Just like in the Movies)

Lt. Milhorn had the extreme pleasure of reading his obituary in the Diary which reported him to have gone down with his ship near Dunkirk. Crews of the other six ships saw his two gunners bail out, but they swore the pilot did not get out. Captain Shaeffer and Captain Moore flew up to an airfield near to where the crash took place and lo and behold there was Lt. Milhorn...still alive and looking none the worse for his experience. Sgt. Chest, Lt. Milhorn's engineer gunner was uninjured and returned with the pilot. Cpl. Doran, however, was hit by flak in the leg and remained at the hospital near Lille.

Lt. Milhorn, who just recently joined the Squadron, and was not yet on operational status, received burns on the side of his face and the back of his neck, but they were treated and he will soon be as good as new. Asked just what did happen, Lt. Milhorn related, "The flak popped all around my ship and lodged in several spots. I knew I was hit pretty bad, but thought there was a chance to make it back. Then I discovered there was a fire in the bomb bay and knew we had to get out and fast. I told my gunners to jump when we were at 6,000 feet. I kept the ship straight and level for them. Then I pulled the emergency hatch release, but the handle went all the way back and the hatch did not come off. The fire was getting worse in the bomb-bay, so I opened the hatch and stood up facing the tail. The slipstream caught me and I cleared the ship alright. I was about 4,000 feet then." He continued, "My gunners and I landed about five miles from each other, but we wound up at the same field. Frenchman picked us up and took us to an R.A.F. field, where we got excellent treatment."

Asked what he thought of the situation Lt. Milhorn said, " If that's an example of a training flight, I'm for combat everytime."

(Friday, the 13th does not come up again for a few months, so things should be alright for a while, anyway!)

[October 13, 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 13, 1944
World War II Military Situation Maps Collection
Library of Congress

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