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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 184 -- January 13, 1945, Saturday PM

Steinebruck, Belgium

Road Bridge



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 126-706
OpRep #            : 285
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 13,000 feet
Take-off Time      : 1241
Time Over Target   : 1430
Landing Time       : 1545
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 3:04

Place of Take-Off  : A-55 Melun/Villaroche, France
A/C Dispatched     : 22 Total -- 4 A-20's, 17 A-26's, 1 B-26 (PFF)
Modified British System Reference: P-894832
Secondary Target   : No Alternate Targets Authorized
Summary of Results : Poor.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 50.23829,6.18566 (50° 14' 18" N, 6° 11' 8" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on The "Coordinates Translator", (NGZ) vP894832)
(See Latitude/Longitude Coordinates and Target Identifiers for more information. Note: This coordinate represents the Primary Target Location, the Location actually attacked may differ)

Scanned original Mission 184 documents (multipage PDF files)

Mission Folder       Reports Folder       OpRep # 285       Fuel Use

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Loading List 1

Loading List 1, Box I
(Note: Three Aircraft and Crews also Assigned Window Mission, But Did Not Fly
Due to Crash on Runway. Several Other Aircraft Also Could Not Take Off)

Loading List 2

Loading List 2, Box II
(Note: Several Aircraft and Crews Unable to Take Off
Due to Crash on Runway)

Target Topo Map

Primary Target area around MBS Coordinate (NGZ) vP894832
Extracted from GSGS-4416/AMS-M641 Sheet T1 - "Trier" 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,
Trier sheet)
(Note: This coordinate and map display represent the Primary Target Location, the Location actually attacked may differ)

(Annotated Full Map PDF)

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

         Date          Report

Serial #
Location Personnel (Status when available)
Jan 13, 1945
184 671 Station A-69 - Laon, France Sears, Aubrey C. (Not injured)
Wells, Jimmie J. (Not injured)
Jan 13, 1945

184 668 Station A-55 - Melun, France Roberts, William H. (Not injured)
Windisch, Raymond P. (Not injured)

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Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 184 -- January 13, 1945, Saturday PM
Steinebruck, Belgium -- Road 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  668th                   
  43-22063  5H-A  A-20J
  Maj Price, R.F.
  Lt Hand, A.R.
  S/Sgt Roberts, J.H.
  S/Sgt Edenburn, J.C.
  2  670th                   
  44-614  F6-A  A-20K
  Capt Monroe, H.A.
  Lt Kirk, R.L.
  S/Sgt Kidd, W.L.
  Cpl Perujo, R.J.
  3  668th                   
  41-39188  5H-R  A-26B
  Lt Russell, R.A.
  Cpl Spence, J.I.

Box I -- Flight WINDOW
  1  671st                   
  44-185  5C-G  A-20K
  Capt DeMun, E.E.
  Lt McQuade, R.J.
  S/Sgt Donnelly, W.W.
  Sgt Kruger, C.J.
  [No Take Off Due to Crash on Runway]
  2  671st                   
  43-22023  5C-X  A-20J
  Lt Fero, D.A.
  S/Sgt Skelton, T.W.
  S/Sgt Rojas, A.A.
  [No Take Off Due to Crash on Runway]
  3  670th                   
  43-21467  F6-W  A-20J
  Lt Henderson, F.W.
  S/Sgt DeBower, D.H.
  S/Sgt Galender, J.W.
  [No Take Off Due to Crash on Runway]

Box I -- Flight II
  1  671st                   
  44-106  5C-E  A-20K
  Lt Lackovich, J.J.
  Lt Muir, R.C.
  S/Sgt Orvold, C.R.
  S/Sgt Cheuvront, R.W.
  2  671st                   
  41-39210  5C-J  A-26B
  Capt Sears, A.C.
  M/Sgt Wells, J.J.
  3  671st                   
  41-39265  5C-V  A-26B
  Lt Winn, A.J.P.
  S/Sgt Stephenson, G.G.
  [No Take Off Due to Crash on Take Off]
  4  671st                   
  43-22326  5C-W  A-26B
  Lt Murray, T.J., Jr.
  S/Sgt Jones, R.J.
  5  671st                   
  41-39234  5C-P  A-26B
  Lt Milhorn, G.L.
  Sgt Chest, D.
  [No Take Off Due to Crash on Runway]
  6  671st                   
  41-39284  5C-C  A-26B
  Lt Edstrom, L.W.
  Cpl Pompa, P.A.
  [No Take Off Due to Crash on Runway]

Box I -- Flight III
  1  668th                   
  41-39269  5H-K  A-26B
  Lt Chalmers, J.J.
  Sgt Fortner, K.
  2  668th                   
  41-39259  5H-H  A-26B
  Lt Colquitt, J.K.
  S/Sgt Mohr, C.M.
  3  668th                   
  41-39233  5H-F  A-26B
  Lt Buchanan, R.C.
  Sgt Calabrese, C.L.
  4  668th                   
  41-39219  5H-E  A-26B
  Lt McCready, T.D.
  S/Sgt Lemonds, W.E.
  5  668th                   
  41-39204  5H-G  A-26B
  Lt Roberts, W.H.
  Sgt Windisch, R.P.
  [Belly Landed on Take Off]
  6  668th                   
  43-22378  5H-O  A-26B
  Lt Nathanson, A.S.
  Cpl Kaminski, C.J.
  [Returned Early Wheels Would Not Retract]

Box I
  SPARE  669th               
  41-39244  2A-I  A-26B
  Lt VanRope, R.W.
  Cpl Klingman, W.H.

Box II -- Flight I
  1  670th                   
  44-073  F6-J  A-20K
  Capt Atkinson, P.G., Jr.
  Lt Ackerson, D.G.
  Sgt Friday, L.R.
  Sgt Collier, J.L.
  [No Take Off Due to Crash on Runway]
  2  670th                   
  41-39235  F6-M  A-26B
  Lt Popeney, H.V.
  S/Sgt Candler, H.C.S.
  3  668th                   
  41-39319  5H-B  A-26B
  Lt Johnson, E.L.
  T/Sgt Goggin, J.F.
  [No Take Off Due to Crash on Runway]
  4  670th                   
  43-22334  F6-G  A-26B
  Lt Heinke, W.R.
  S/Sgt Ricketson, J.J.
  5  670th                   
  43-22337  F6-O  A-26B
  Lt Turman, A.R.
  Cpl Rorbakken, R.R.
  6  670th                   
  43-22296  F6-D  A-26B
  Lt Errotabere, M.
  Cpl Bowie, E.A.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  669th                   
  43-22024  2A-E  A-20J
  Lt Cornell, R.H., Jr.
  Lt Enman, R.E.
  S/Sgt Carter, A.E.
  Sgt Reid, K.A.
  2  669th                   
  41-39238  2A-M  A-26B
  Lt Hayter, E.R.
  Cpl Dalton, A.A.
  [No Take Off Due to Crash on Runway]
  3  669th                   
  41-39252  2A-D  A-26B
  Lt Sorrels, D.W.
  S/Sgt Malara, V.A.
  4  669th                   
  41-39271  2A-R  A-26B
  Lt DuBose, M.W.
  S/Sgt Griffin, D.L., Jr.
  [No Take Off Due to Crash on Runway]
  5  669th                   
  41-39229  2A-B  A-26B
  Lt Johnson, R.K.
  Cpl Brandt, H.E.
  6  669th                   
  41-39241  2A-F  A-26B
  Lt Willard, J.A.
  Cpl Hinker, C.V.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  671st                   
  41-39237  5C-D  A-26B
  Lt Hall, R.B.
  S/Sgt Burger, L.C.
  [No Take Off Due to Crash on Runway]
  2  670th                   
  41-39222  F6-S  A-26B
  Lt Barausky, P.P.
  Pvt Wilson, B.R.
  [No Take Off Due to Crash on Runway]
  3  670th                   
  43-22315  F6-L  A-26B
  Capt Gruetzemacher, R.O.
  S/Sgt Blackford, D.S.
  [No Take Off Due to Crash on Runway]
  4  671st                   
  41-39239  5C-N  A-26B
  Lt Sewell, J.C.
  S/Sgt Hummer, J.A.
  [No Take Off Due to Crash on Runway]
  5  670th                   
  41-39223  F6-B  A-26B
  Lt Brown, N.G.
  S/Sgt Burns, D.E.
  [No Take Off Due to Crash on Runway]
  6  670th                   
  41-39224  F6-E  A-26B
  Lt Turner, E.O.
  Sgt Belcas, J.O.
  [No Take Off Due to Crash on Runway]

Box II
  SPARE  669th               
  41-39333  2A-Q  A-26B
  Lt VanMeter, G.C., Jr.
  Sgt Kiker, C.M.
  [Returned Early Could Not Catch Formation Due to Crash on Runway]

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 184 -- January 13, 1945, Saturday PM
Steinebruck, Belgium -- Road Bridge

"416th Bombardment Group (L) - Group History 1945"
Transcribed from USAF Archives

The bad weather continued and after a day of rest, the crews took off on the 13th to attack a road bridge in the German town of Steinebruck. Only 19 planes made the attack, dropping on the PPF plane. The bombs missed the bridge but again severed a road. Weak, heavy flak was fired at the formation during the long bomb run taken by the PPF plane, and at the target, but only minor damage was inflicted. Major Price led the formation.

"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Page 193

Mission #184 - 13 January - Steinbruck Rail Bridge. Major Price, Lt. Hand, BN led Box I. Lts. Lackovich and Muir, BN led a flight. Lt. Roberts with gunner Sgt. Windisch crashed on take off, having just cleared the runway as the plane mushed and settled. This is the same crew that crash landed on take off earlier this month. Lt. Nathanson, with gunner Sgt. Kaminski had to abort since the nose wheel did not retract. This left 19 planes to carry on the mission behind a PFF Pathfinder B-26. Heavy flak tracked the formation on a long bomb run with minor damage to planes. Results could not be photographed. Captain Sears and M/Sgt. Wells suffered damage to their plane, found they could not lower their landing gear when attempting to land, so had to belly land in at another air base, A-69. Two other planes landed at A-69 since our field closed in due to weather. All other planes found different airfields to take them in.

"668th Bombardment Squadron (L) History"
Transcription from USAF Archives

On 13 January Second Lieutenant William H. Roberts again crash-landed for the same cause, and under almost identical circumstances. This time his aircraft did not catch fire, and neither he nor Sergeant Windisch were injured.

The reason for these crashes was largely undetermined, though frost on wings and frozen carburetors were believed to be important factors.

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

On the 13th, Sgt Orin R. Hawkins was transferred to a General Hospital and eventually sent back to the United States where he received a medical discharge from the army. Mention should be made at this point in the story of the 670th Bombardment Squadron, that Sgt Hawkins did an outstanding job with the squadron and was primarily responsible for compiling data used in the squadron history up until the time he left.

The Steinbruk road bridge in Germany was the target of the January 13th mission. Weak heavy flak was encountered and only minor battle damage was suffered. The road leading up to the bridge was badly damaged.

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

January 13th, 1945

A small force of the 416th Invaders struck by Pathfinders at the Steinbruck rail bridge, spanning the Our River, 15 miles south of St. Vith on German-Belgium border. A taxiing mishap prevented the full quota of ships from taking off. Only 21 besides the Pathfinder aircraft were airborne. The bombs fell north of the target, causing no apparent damage.

Capt. Sears, flying his third mission, could not lower one landing gear and after several attempts had to belly his plane in at A-69. The plane received major damage, but neither Captain Sears or his gunner, M/Sgt. Wells were injured. The 671st had only two other crews on this mission and they both landed at A-69 also, as the weather at this field had closed in. Weak inaccurate flak was encountered in the target area, but none of the ships were battle damaged.

[January 13, 1945], HQ Twelfth Army Group situation map

Map showing Western Allies and Axis troop position details in Western Europe
as of approximately 1200 hours, January 13, 1945
World War II Military Situation Maps Collection
Library of Congress

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