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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 157 -- October 14, 1944, Saturday AM

Mayen, Germany

Railroad Bridge



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 22-596
OpRep #            : 194
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : No Attack
Take-off Time      : 0919
Time Over Target   : 1041
Landing Time       : 1223
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 3:04

Place of Take-Off  : A-55 Melun/Villaroche, France
A/C Dispatched     : 38 Total -- 31 A-20G's, 7 A-20J's
Target Ref         : MAYEN R.R. BRIDGE
Illustration       : G.S.G.S. 4416 SHEET S-1
Illustration Ref   : 631930
Secondary Target   : Targets of Military Value
Summary of Results : No Attack - 10/10 Overcast.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 50.33555,7.21855 (50° 20' 8" N, 7° 13' 7" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on The "Coordinates Translator", (NGZ) wL631930)
(See Latitude/Longitude Coordinates and Target Identifiers for more information. Note: This coordinate represents the Primary Target Location, the Location actually attacked my differ)

Scanned original Mission 157 documents (multipage PDF files)

Mission Folder       Reports Folder       OpRep # 194       Fuel Use

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Loading List 1

Loading List 1, Box I

Loading List 2

Loading List 2, Box II

Target Topo Map

Primary Target area around MBS Coordinate (NGZ) wL631930
Extracted from GSGS-4416/AMS-M641 Sheet S1 - "Bonn" 1:100:000 Military Topographic Map
(Downloaded from Map Archive of Wojskowy Instytut Geograficzny 1919 - 1939,
GSGS 4416 / AMS M641, 651, 671 Germany, Poland, Middle Danube 1:100,000,
Bonn sheet)
(Note: This coordinate and map display represent the Primary Target Location, the Location actually attacked my differ)

(Annotated Full Map PDF)

Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 157 -- October 14, 1944, Saturday AM
Mayen, Germany -- Railroad Bridge

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  669th                   
  43-10135  2A-T  A-20J
  Capt Huff, M.J.
  Lt Kupits, J.
  Sgt Clark, R.A.
  S/Sgt Basford, F.P.
  2  669th                   
  43-10190  2A-I  A-20G
  Lt Street, M.S.
  S/Sgt Epps, E.T.
  S/Sgt Fleischman, G.I.
  3  669th                   
  43-9692  2A-M  A-20G
  Lt Tripp, W.F.
  S/Sgt Scott, J.O.
  S/Sgt Mallory, D.F.
  4  669th                   
  43-10159  2A-G  A-20G
  Lt Connor, J.S.
  S/Sgt Rodgers, H.C.
  S/Sgt VanDuyne, J.E.
  5  669th                   
  43-10197  2A-F  A-20G
  Lt Cornell, R.H.
  Sgt McGuire, J.J.
  Pvt Reid, K.A.
  6  669th                   
  43-10155  2A-V  A-20G
  Lt Sorrels, D.W.
  Cpl Triber, H.I.
  Cpl Malara, V.A.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  668th                   
  43-21719  5H-V  A-20J
  Capt Prentiss, R.B.
  Lt Bursiel, F.H.
  S/Sgt McCreery, J.E.
  S/Sgt Sylva, H.J.
  2  668th                   
  43-9362  5H-L  A-20G
  Lt Cannon, L.E.
  Sgt Robinson, J.W.
  Sgt Brzezinski, E.P.
  3  668th                   
  43-9194  5H-C  A-20G
  Lt Kenny, J.P.
  S/Sgt Metzler, L.V.
  S/Sgt Sittarich, J.J.
  4  668th                   
  43-10150  5H-N  A-20G
  Lt Mish, C.C.
  S/Sgt Clark, C.J.
  S/Sgt Chustz, R.F.
  5  668th                   
  43-9701  5H-H  A-20G
  Lt McCready, T.D.
  Sgt Lemonds, W.E.
  Sgt Fuehrer, W.F.
  6  668th                   
  43-9907  5H-O  A-20G
  Lt Harris, F.W.
  S/Sgt Hantske, D.
  Sgt Roberts, J.H.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  668th                   
  43-21717  5H-P  A-20J
  Capt Bartmus, G.F.
  Lt Hardy, J.F.
  S/Sgt Burch, R.W.
  S/Sgt Yost, C.H.
  2  670th                   
  43-9892  F6-L  A-20G
  Lt Stanley, C.S.
  S/Sgt Burkhalter, J.C.
  Sgt Collier, C.B.
  3  668th                   
  43-21480  5H-B  A-20G
  Lt Kreh, E.B.
  S/Sgt Kelton, H.E.
  S/Sgt Schenck, D.R.
  4  668th                   
  43-10226  5H-E  A-20G
  Lt Evans, H.M.
  Sgt Skeens, C.L.
  Sgt Merritt, O.N.
  5  668th                   
  43-10210  5H-Q  A-20G
  Lt Montrose, J.H.
  Sgt Gandy, R.S.
  Sgt Felkel, J.W.
  6  668th                   
  43-21809  5H-A  A-20G
  Lt Parker, P.E.
  Sgt Galloway, A.F.
  Sgt Kochan, S.

Box I
  SPARE  668th               
  43-10176  5H-T  A-20G
  Lt Wright, J.W.
  Sgt Profita, P.J.
  Sgt Simmonds, J.R.

Box II -- Flight I
  1  669th                   
  43-21469  2A-J  A-20J
  Capt Morton, R.J.
  Lt Moore, D.L.
  S/Sgt Webb, C.L.
  S/Sgt Nicks, R.W.
  2  669th                   
  43-9442  2A-D  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 Land, W.H.
  S/Sgt Abriola, D.R.
  Sgt Fair, V.F.
  4  669th                   
  43-9743  2A-W  A-20G
  Lt Siggs, W.C.
  Sgt Carstens, R.W.
  Sgt Sharp, R.P.
  5  669th                   
  43-9202  2A-B  A-20G
  Lt MacManus, P.F.E.
  Sgt Kruger, C.J.
  Sgt Donnelly, W.W.
  6  669th                   
  43-9929  2A-C  A-20G
  Lt DuBose, M.W.
  Sgt Griffin, D.L.
  Sgt Walters, J.H.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  671st                   
  43-22065  5C-E  A-20J
  Lt Greenley, R.E.
  Lt Mitchell, R.H.
  S/Sgt Worden, H.C.
  S/Sgt Rzepka, J.J.
  2  671st                   
  43-9714  5C-N  A-20G
  Capt Hixon, S.M.
  Sgt Connery, T.
  Sgt Barry, R.M.
  3  671st                   
  43-10214  5C-C  A-20G
  Lt Withington, D.L.
  Sgt Huss, C.F.
  Sgt McElhattan, L.D.
  4  671st                   
  43-9493  5C-V  A-20G
  Lt Smith, R.H.
  S/Sgt Mahoney, R.J.
  S/Sgt Davis, H.R.
  5  671st                   
  43-9711  5C-M  A-20G
  Lt Winn, A.J.P.
  Sgt Stephenson, G.G.
  Cpl Davis, W.G.
  6  671st                   
  43-9719  5C-J  A-20G
  Lt Estes, C.L.
  S/Sgt Orvold, C.R.
  S/Sgt Griswold, R.M.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  671st                   
  43-22023  5C-G  A-20J
  Lt Pair, H.F.
  Lt Corum, J.L.
  S/Sgt Marion, H.A.
  S/Sgt Adams, V.P.
  2  671st                   
  43-9219  5C-D  A-20G
  Lt Andrews, H.D.
  S/Sgt Cook, G.M.
  Sgt Gurkin, C.W.
  3  671st                   
  43-9841  5C-O  A-20G
  Lt Herman, A.E.
  Sgt Herr, R.E.
  S/Sgt Young, J.O.
  4  671st                   
  43-9393  5C-K  A-20G
  Lt Perkins, R.D.
  S/Sgt Swank, O.E.
  S/Sgt Linneman, R.H.
  5  670th                   
  43-9207  F6-B  A-20G
  Lt Remiszewski, A.
  Sgt Thompson, G.
  Sgt Miguez, J.H.
  6  670th                   
  43-9674  F6-R  A-20G
  Lt Gary, J.C.
  Sgt Schoen, A.E.
  Sgt Cheuvront, R.W.

Box II
  SPARE  670th               
  43-9380  F6-N  A-20G
  Lt Fero, D.A.
  Sgt Johnson, R.J.
  Sgt Skelton, T.W.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 157 -- October 14, 1944, Saturday AM
Mayen, Germany -- Railroad Bridge

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

On the 14th, Captain Huff and Captain Morton led two boxes in an attack on the railroad bridge at Mayen, just west of Koblenz. A solid bank of 10/10 clouds covered the target so that no attack could be made.

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

Mission #157 - 14 October - Mayen Railroad Bridge. This bridge permitted German troops to cross the river toward Aachen, and it had to be taken out. Weather prevented that from happening, again. Captain Prentiss and Lt. Burseil, BN, Captain Bartmus and Lt. Hardy, BN, Lts. Greeley and Mitchell, BN, and Lts. Pair and Corum, BN led flights. No enemy action, so all planes returned to base safely.

A training mission of six planes from the 671st squadron resulted in tragedy for some, since they inadvertently flew over Dunkirk on a training mission. This area was held by the Germans yet and they let the planes overhead know it. Six relatively new pilots and one new bombardier-navigator were being trained by Lt. Royalty, a seasoned BN. Lt. J. J. Lackovich would be flying with Lt. E. C. Francis as a new BN. Approaching Dunkirk, the gunners let go, hitting Lt. G. L. Milhorn, in No. 6 slot of the six plane flight. An engine caught fire and the pilot lost altitude fast. The two gunners, Sgt. D. Chest and Cpl. W. J. Doran bailed out. Before starting back to base, the formation checked the spot where the plane was seen, aflame, alongside a road. Other pilots of the flight thought that the pilot did not make it. A few days later Captain Shaefer and Captain Moore flew to an airfield close to where Milhorn's plane went down to gather information about the crash and find out where Milhorn's body might be. They met Lt. Milhorn there slightly injured with burn scars on his face and neck. Milhorn related that when he saw his engine on fire, he instructed the gunners to go, and he straightened the plane up. The fire in the bomb bay was getting worse, so he pulled the emergency hatch release but it didn't work. He knocked the hatch off and stood up, facing the tail of the ship, and the slip stream took him back, fortunately, clearing the vertical stabilizer tail piece. He was at about 4000 feet, parachuted down and met up with his two gunners, who landed about five miles from his landing spot. French people picked them up, took them to an RAF field, where they received exceptional treatment. Sgt. Chest and Lt. Milhorn returned to our base. Cpl. Doran had to be hospitalized due to flak injury to his leg.

If this was training, what would combat be like?

On October 15, newly arrived pilots were being trained for combat mission flights. The 670th Squadron had a flight of six up for formation flying, when bad weather closed in. Pilot, Lieutenant Samuel P. Leishman with gunners Sgts. Eugene Shempren and Joseph Siracusa lost their lives trying to get under the cloud bank. His plane was in a thirty degree dive and struck a large tree on top of a hill, wiping out the plane and crew.

One plane piloted by Lt. Sheley lost his position in the flight and became disoriented. He tried to find an airfield to land. He saw an open field and went in. His nose wheel twisted when it hit a bump in the field, badly damaging the plane. The crew escaped unhurt.

Captain Dunn, leading the training flight landed near Paris and another made it to Brussels. Others made it to England safely.

"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 14th, 1944

A heavy overcast at the Seigfried line battle sector prevented the whole 9th Bombardment Division from dropping their bombs on a series of railroad bridges, which the Germans had been using to bring in supplies and men to the city of Aschen. The 416th was assigned the bridge at Mayan, but there was not even a small break in the cloud cover. For a change, battle damage was nil.

[October 14, 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 14, 1944
World War II Military Situation Maps Collection
Library of Congress

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