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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 201 -- February 9, 1945, Friday PM

Kempen, Germany

Communications Center



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 161-739
OpRep #            : 312
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 12,500 feet
Take-off Time      : 1250
Time Over Target   : 1503
Landing Time       : 1657
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 4:07

Place of Take-Off  : A-55 Melun/Villaroche, France
A/C Dispatched     : 42 Total -- 41 A-26's, 1 B-26 (PFF)
Target Number      : A-0808 - Operation VERITABLE Target V-16
Secondary Target   : Suitable Alternate 15 miles or more from the bombline in Enemy held territory
Summary of Results : Results Unobserved - 8 to 10/10's clouds in target area. 3 ships dropped Window, 1 attacked Kempen Comm. Center, 25 dropped in Vicinity of Scherfede, Germany and 1 B-26 Target Viersen M/Y.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 51.36371,6.42302 (51° 21' 49" N, 6° 25' 23" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on The "Coordinates Translator", (NGZ) rA085080)
(See Latitude/Longitude Coordinates and Target Identifiers for more information.)

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Loading List 1

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

Loading List 2

Loading List 2,  Box II

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

         Date          Report

Serial #
Location Personnel (Status when available)
Feb 9, 1945
No_Report   43-22337
201 670 A-54 or B-75 Borman, Henry W. (Not Injured)
Perujo, Raphael J. (Not Injured)
Feb 9, 1945
201 668 6 miles SW of Sittard, Holland Cannon, Lovick E. (Not Injured)
Robinson, J. W. (Not Injured)

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Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 201 -- February 9, 1945, Friday PM
Kempen, Germany -- Communications Center

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                   
  43-22512  2A-T  A-26C
  Capt Stebbins, B.D.
  Lt Calloway, A.S.
  Lt Moore, D.L.
  S/Sgt Brown, W.J.
  [Did not drop]
  2  671st                   
  43-22498  5C-R  A-26C
  Capt Greenley, R.E.
  Lt Basnett, R.J.
  S/Sgt Miguez, J.H.
  [Bombed Kempten]
  3  669th                   
  43-22344  2A-C  A-26B
  Lt Turner, D.O., Jr.
  F/O Swap, F.W.
  S/Sgt Reyes, M.R.
  [Did not drop]
  4  669th                   
  43-22292  2A-H  A-26B
  Lt DuBose, M.W.
  Lt Depner, A.W.
  S/Sgt Walters, J.H.
  [Did not drop]
  5  669th                   
  43-22300  2A-P  A-26B
  Lt Farley, J.J.
  Sgt Hardesty, E.R.
  [Did not drop]
  6  669th                   
  41-39241  2A-F  A-26B
  Lt Johnson, R.K.
  Sgt Brandt, H.E.
  [Did not drop]

Box I -- Flight II
  1  670th                   
  43-22507  F6-Q  A-26C
  Capt Shea, D.F.
  Lt Koch, O.R.
  Lt Maltby, A.H.
  Sgt Urbanicio, F.R.
  [Landed A-62 Scherfede]
  2  670th                   
  43-22330  F6-P  A-26B
  Lt Turner, E.O.
  S/Sgt Belcas, J.O.
  [Did not drop]
  3  670th                   
  43-22307  F6-N  A-26B
  Lt Musgrove, W.
  S/Sgt Seighman, H.O.
  [Returned Early Lost Formation due to icing in overcast]
  4  670th                   
  43-22315  F6-L  A-26B
  Lt Grunig, D.B.
  S/Sgt Dias, M.E.
  [Landed A-64 Lakerfede [?]]
  5  670th                   
  41-39286  F6-D  A-26B
  F/O Green, J.A.
  Sgt Paladino, D.V.
  [Did not drop]
  6  670th                   
  41-39315  F6-F  A-26B
  Lt Chitty, W.D.
  S/Sgt Jackson, W.S.
  [Did not drop]

Box I -- Flight III
  1  670th                   
  43-22503  F6-X  A-26C
  Lt Brewster, F.S.
  Lt Dennis, L.W.
  Lt McNutt, M.C.
  S/Sgt Clark, W.O.
  [Bombed Scherfede]
  2  670th                   
  41-39215  F6-R  A-26B
  Lt Errotabere, M.
  Sgt Lynch, P.R.
  [Bombed Scherfede]
  3  670th                   
  41-39223  F6-B  A-26B
  Lt Popeney, H.
  S/Sgt Candler, H.C.S.
  [Bombed Scherfede]
  4  670th                   
  41-39321  F6-V  A-26B
  Lt Heinke, W.R.
  S/Sgt VanWert, G.R.
  [Bombed Scherfede]
  5  670th                   
  43-22337  F6-O  A-26B
  Capt Borman, H.W.
  Cpl Perujo, R.J.
  [Bombed Scherfede Landed B-75 Shortage of fuel. Nose Wheel tire blew out. Ran off end of runway & bogged down in _______ [?]]
  6  670th                   
  41-39205  F6-M  A-26B
  Lt Bishop, E.G.
  Sgt Hudnutt, L.W.
  [Bombed Scherfede]

Box I
  SPARE  671st               
  41-39208  5C-L  A-26B
  Lt Graeber, T.E.
  Sgt Miller, A.H.
  [Did not drop]

Box I -- Flight WINDOW
  1  671st                   
  43-22490  5C-X  A-26C
  Lt Cornell, R.H.
  Lt Enman, R.E.
  S/Sgt Carter, A.
  S/Sgt Reid, K.A.
  2  669th                   
  43-22354  2A-S  A-26B
  Lt Jordan, C.S.
  S/Sgt Jensen, K.F.
  Cpl Brinkman, E.R.
  3  669th                   
  41-39244  2A-I  A-26B
  Lt Hayter, E.R.
  S/Sgt Basford, F.P.
  Cpl Dalton, A.A.

Box II -- Flight I
  1  668th                   
  43-22505  5H-Y  A-26C
  Capt Evans, H.M.
  Lt McCartney, T.M.
  Lt Babbage, W.
  S/Sgt Skeens, C.L.
  2  669th                   
  43-22492  2A-E  A-26C
  Lt Miller, E.L.
  Lt Conner, J.K.
  S/Sgt Malloy, J.F.
  3  668th                   
  41-39335  5H-W  A-26B
  Lt Kenny, J.P.
  Sgt Sittarich, J.J.
  4  668th                   
  41-39274  5H-S  A-26B
  Lt Parker, P.E.
  S/Sgt Kochan, S.
  5  668th                   
  43-22321  5H-T  A-26B
  Lt Carver, J.H.
  Sgt Graham, N.M.
  6  668th                   
  43-22389  5H-X  A-26B
  Lt Buchanan, R.C.
  Sgt Hindman, R.G.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  668th                   
  43-22523  5H-N  A-26C
  Lt Stanley, C.S.
  F/O Blount, J.H.
  S/Sgt Collier, C.B.
  2  668th                   
  43-22508  5H-Z  A-26C
  Lt Chalmers, J.J.
  Lt Eckard, L.A.
  Sgt Hicks, C.M.
  3  668th                   
  41-39213  5H-A  A-26B
  Lt Montrose, J.H.
  S/Sgt Felkel, J.W.
  [Landed A-89 Scherfede]
  4  668th                   
  41-39331  5H-C  A-26B
  Lt Cannon, L.E.
  S/Sgt Robinson, J.W.
  [Scherfede. Crash landed at k-638618 near Littard, Holland. Crew are at Y-44]
  5  668th                   
  43-22290  5H-L  A-26B
  Lt Hale, W.L.
  S/Sgt Bentzler, D.H.
  6  669th                   
  43-22306  2A-X  A-26B
  Lt Nathanson, A.S.
  Sgt Calabrese, C.L.
  [Returned Early]

Box II -- Flight III
  1  671st                   
  43-22499  5C-G  A-26C
  Lt Buskirk, J.A.
  Lt Hanna, R.C.
  S/Sgt Corbitt, C.H.
  2  671st                   
  41-39239  5C-N  A-26B
  Lt Mooney, S.
  Sgt Schumacher, R.C.
  3  671st                   
  43-22352  5C-J  A-26B
  Capt Sutton, L.J.
  S/Sgt Gilliam, D.C.
  4  671st                   
  43-22326  5C-W  A-26B
  Lt Herman, A.E.
  Sgt Schmidt, K.W.
  [Dropped with B-26's]
  5  671st                   
  41-39332  5C-P  A-26B
  Lt Wallman, M.
  Sgt Hardin, M.F.
  [Scherfede Landed at A-64]
  6  671st                   
  43-22356  5C-C  A-26B
  Lt Hlivko, A.E.
  S/Sgt Schrom, R.G.

Box II
  SPARE  671st               
  41-39250  5C-A  A-26B
  Lt Spires, J.W.
  Sgt Messinger, R.W.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 201 -- February 9, 1945, Friday PM
Kempen, Germany -- Communications Center

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

On the following day, the 9th, while the 668th and 670th Bomb Squadrons were packing their equipment preparatory to moving, two boxes of aircraft took off to attack the Kempen communications center. The PPF plane did not drop and in the bad weather, the formation split up. Only one aircraft attacked the primary target with Gee equipment. Three aircraft attacked the town of Lichpenare on Gee equipment. Nineteen aircraft dropped on ETA, in the vicinity of Scherfede. The formation encountered moderate accurate flak from Cologne and intense accurate flak from Dusseldorf and Dortmund. Six aircraft received category "A" damage. One plane, with Capt H.M. Borman as pilot and Sgt R.J. Perujo as gunner, was forced down by battle damage, which caused loss of gas at A-54. The nose wheel broke landing when the plane hit some buckled steel planking on the runway. The plane piloted by L.E. Cannon, with S/Sgt J.W. Robinson as gunner, also crash-landed. They were forced down in a field just inside the bomb line. None of the crews were injured. Capt Stebbins, Lt Calloway, B-N, and Capt Evans, Lt McCartney, B-N, were the box leaders.

"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Pages 206 - 207

Mission #201 - 9 February - Kempen, Germany. Captain Stebbins with Lt. Calloway BN and Captain Evans with Lt. McCartney, BN led boxes. Captain Greenley and Lt. Basnett, BN, Lts. Chalmers and Eckard as a new BN team, led flights. For some unknown reason the formation separated, - got lost - so the primary target was not bombed. The PFF equipment failed to function, and the GEE techniques didn't work. The first box leader made a second run at the target, but did not drop because of a foul up malfunction of the bomb rack releases, so eight planes did not drop. The second box went on to a secondary target, dropping their bombs on Lingen, using GEE equipment. Three planes dropped their load on Lichenare, 19 planes dropped on Scherfede. Two planes had to make emergency landings, Lt. Cannon with S/S Robinson in Holland and Lt. Montrose with S/S Felkel at A-89 airfield. Lt. Cannon's plane was totally destroyed, while Montrose made a safe landing, returning to our base the next day, with his plane. None of the crews of either plane were injured. Captain Borman with gunner Sgt. R. J. Perujo had taken a shot in the gas tank, depleting his fuel, requiring him to land emergency at A-54 in Belgium.

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

On the ninth of the month, this squadron led the entire group in an attack on the Kempen Communications Center. The formation was led by Capt. Stebbins and Lt. Calloway.

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

The following day the Kempen communications center was attacked. Heavy accurate flak was met at the Cologne area and also at Dusseldorf and Dortmund. Captain Borman had a gas tank shot up and because of the loss of fuel had to land at Station A-54 in Belgium.

Also on the 9th, the rail convoy of the squadron left for the new base. Major Morris was in charge of 10 officers and 145 enlisted men. They loaded into the French "40 and 8" box cars and left Melun in the evening. After a very uncomfortable twenty-two hours they arrived at the new base.

The truck convoy with Captain Geffinger in charge, left at 0100 hours, 10 February. Seven Officers and fifty four Enlisted men drove through the night and arrived at A-69 about 0900 hours. Practically all men in the squadron had been without sleep for about thirty-six hours, but there was a big job ahead so they went to work. By evening we were settled enough to accommodate everyone, either in tents or in what few buildings we found on the new base.

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

February 9th, 1945

Advancing British and Canadian ground forces at the northern end of the Seigfried line drew support from the 416th Bomb Group on February 9th, 1945. The Invaders struck at the heavily defended village of Kempen, 20 miles northwest of Dusseldorf. It is a built up area including road and rail communiícations in the path of the British Second Army.

The PFF special equipment and Gee set failed in the first box. The box leader made a second run, but did not drop this time due to a rack malfunction. Eight aircraft failed to bomb on this account. Three planes, having lost the formation at the bomb line, dropped on Gee at Lichpenau, quite a distance from the Primary. One plane bombed with Box II. Lt. Herman upon losing the 416th formation tagged on with a B-26 outfit and bombed with them. One ship dropped by GEE on the primary. Due to weather condition the second box became separated from Box I and dropped near Lingen by using ETA.

Captain Greenley and Lt. Basnett were the only crew to bomb the primary. Captain Greenley will remember this mission for years and years to come...not just because he was the only one to drop on the primary, but because it was his 65th mission and the finale of his tour in the E.T.O. There was one more reason why he will not forget this one. Captain Greenley had to go badly when Lt. Basnett called over the interphone, "Keep her straight and level...this is the bomb run!" Wearing a badly wet flight suit Captain Greenley said upon landing: I just had to let it go. I guess I'm not the first one to do this on the bomb run". One of the bombs hung up in the bomb bay and Captain Greenley dropped the 1000 pounder at the bombing range.

Captain Greenley is one of the few remaining pilots who came across wit the 671st Bomb Squadron. He became flight leader in the early part of July and was made Captain a short time before chalking up his final mission. He flew his last six missions with Lt. Basnett, as his bombardier.

[February 9, 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 9, 1945
World War II Military Situation Maps Collection
Library of Congress

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