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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 198 -- February 3, 1945, Saturday PM

Berg-Gladbach, Germany

Storage Buildings



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 151-731
OpRep #            : 306
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 13,500 feet
Take-off Time      : 1335
Time Over Target   : 1531
Landing Time       : 1727
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 3:52

Place of Take-Off  : A-55 Melun/Villaroche, France
A/C Dispatched     : 23 Total -- 7 A-20's, 15 A-26's, 1 B-26 (PFF)
Modified British System Reference: F-565655
Secondary Target   : No Alternate Targets Authorized
Summary of Results : Results Unobserved - 10/10's cloud cover over target. Three A-20's dispensed Window.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 50.98715,7.11740 (50° 59' 14" N, 7° 7' 3" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on The "Coordinates Translator", (NGZ) wF565655)
(See Latitude/Longitude Coordinates and Target Identifiers for more information.)

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Mission Folder       Reports Folder       OpRep # 306       Fuel Use

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Loading List 1

Loading List 1, Box I with Three Additional Window Mission Aircraft

Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 198 -- February 3, 1945, Saturday PM
Berg-Gladbach, Germany -- Storage Buildings

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                   
  44-085  2A-T  A-20K
  Capt Stebbins, B.D.
  Lt Calloway, A.S.
  S/Sgt Brown, W.J.
  S/Sgt McGuire, J.J.
  2  669th                   
  44-178  2A-L  A-20K
  Capt Sommers, H.L.
  Lt Kupits, J.
  S/Sgt Burland, A.J.
  S/Sgt Heath, K.
  3  669th                   
  43-22383  2A-V  A-26B
  Lt Willard, J.A.
  Sgt Hinker, C.V.
  4  669th                   
  41-39238  2A-M  A-26B
  Lt DuBose, M.W.
  Sgt Griffin, D.L.
  5  669th                   
  41-39252  2A-D  A-26B
  Lt Johnson, R.K.
  Sgt Brandt, H.E.
  6  669th                   
  41-39271  2A-R  A-26B
  Lt Weinert, C.E.
  Sgt Francis, R.D.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  671st                   
  44-185  5C-G  A-20K
  Capt Greenley, R.E.
  Lt Basnett, R.J.
  S/Sgt Hinson, A.H.
  S/Sgt Davis, H.R.
  2  671st                   
  41-39250  5C-A  A-26B
  Capt Sutton, L.J.
  S/Sgt Gilliam, D.C.
  3  671st                   
  43-22356  5C-C  A-26B
  Lt VanNoorden, H.M.
  S/Sgt Thompson, G.
  4  670th                   
  41-39222  F6-S  A-26B
  Lt Herman, A.E.
  Sgt Miller, H.K.
  5  671st                   
  41-39332  5C-P  A-26B
  Lt Cocke, J.B.
  Sgt Redding, R.D.
  6  671st                   
  41-39300  5C-K  A-26B
  F/O Wilson, H.J.
  Sgt Ruskiewich, J.J.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  670th                   
  44-073  F6-J  A-20K
  Lt Rooney, R.J.
  Lt Kirk, R.L.
  T/Sgt Goggin, J.F.
  S/Sgt Teran, A.
  2  670th                   
  41-39321  F6-V  A-26B
  Lt Errotabere, M.
  Sgt Bowie, E.A.
  3  670th                   
  43-22334  F6-G  A-26B
  Lt Warren, J.R.
  S/Sgt Turpin, S.J.
  4  670th                   
  43-22307  F6-N  A-26B
  Lt Merritt, T.S.
  Lt Bower, R.S.
  Sgt Basile, A.C.
  5  670th                   
  43-22337  F6-O  A-26B
  Lt Turman, A.R.
  Sgt Raccio, V.B.
  6  670th                   
  41-39223  F6-B  A-26B
  Lt Popeney, H.
  S/Sgt Arnett, W.E.

Box I
  SPARE  670th               
  41-39205  F6-M  A-26B
  F/O Green, J.A.
  Sgt Rorbakken, R.R.

Box I -- Flight WINDOW
  1  670th                   
  44-173  F6-W  A-20K
  Maj Conant, H.F.
  Lt Maltby, A.H.
  S/Sgt Burger, L.C.
  S/Sgt Hall, M.
  2  670th                   
  43-9439  F6-V  A-20J
  Lt Sewell, J.C.
  S/Sgt Hummer, J.A.
  S/Sgt Dias, M.E.
  3  668th                   
  43-22026  5H-M  A-20J
  Lt Harris, F.W.
  S/Sgt Windisch, R.P.
  Sgt Hood, A.R.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 198 -- February 3, 1945, Saturday PM
Berg-Gladbach, Germany -- Storage Buildings

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

On the 3rd, the Group attacked a type of target once considered suitable for the load carried by "heavies," the storage and repair depots at Berg Gladbach. It was one of the most active deports used by the Germans, and was considered very well defended. The target was just a few miles east of Cologne. Weather was very bad so that it was necessary to bomb on a PPF plane. Results were unobserved. Moderate, accurate heavy flak was thrown up in the target area and four aircraft suffered battle damage. Only one box of planes took off; it was led by Capt Stebbins, Lt Calloway, B-N. One flight got separated from the formation in the bad weather, but went in to attack the same target with the 409th Bomb Group.

"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Page 205

Mission #198 - 3 February - Berg/Gladbach Storage and Repair Depot. Cloud cover required PFF Pathfinder leaders taking the formation in. Only one box made the mission, led by Captain Stebbins and Lt. Calloway BN. Captain Greenley and Lt. Basnett, BN led a flight. This target just east of Cologne was heavily protected with 24 flak guns, causing moderate, accurate bursts around the formation. Four planes suffered battle damage. One flight got separated from the formation due to bad weather. They formed behind the 409th Bomb Group and dropped their bombs when they did. So, it shouldn't be a loss! Four groups were assigned to attack this target but weather did not cooperate, covering the aiming point with clouds.

4 February - plans were released calling for the group to move to another base - A-69 at Laon, France. Everybody available was busy packing with the first echelon leaving A-55 on 5 February by truck convoy, arriving the next morning, the 6th, to make preparation for the remainder of the group. On 9 February, all ground personnel were loaded on the famed 40/8 box cars and started to Laon a 110 mile ride. A truck convoy left at 0130 of 10 February, arriving at Laon at 1000. Rain and cold weather made the trip uncomfortable. The air echelon arrived on the 10th, also. In the mean time, missions were being flown from A-55.

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

On the following day, Capt. Stebbins with his B/N Lt. Calloway, led the entire group formation in an attack on the Berg Gladbach Storage and Repair Depot. Capt. Sommers together with Lt. Kupits, his B/N, flew in the deputy leader's position. The results of the mission were unobserved. PPF bombing equipment was used. Cloud cover prevented observation of the bombing resutls.

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

February 3rd, 1945

The 416th went into a flak hot-bed on the afternoon of 3rd of February 1945, but cloud coverage provided the necessary camouflage for the Invaders and all the ships and crews returned safely with five aircraft battle damaged. The target was a spare parts, repair and storage depot at Berg/Gladbach, eight miles west of Cologne. The enemy is known to have 24 heavy guns located at the target and there is a possibility that many more have been added. Four Groups in all attacked this target, all employing Pathfinder technique. There was no photo coverage or visual observation.

[February 3, 1945], HQ Twelfth Army Group situation map

Map showing Western Allies and Axis troop position details in Western Europe
as of approximately 1200 hours, February 3, 1945
World War II Military Situation Maps Collection
Library of Congress

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