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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 202 -- February 10, 1945, Saturday PM

east of Munstereifel, Germany

Military Installations



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 162-741
OpRep #            : 313
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 11,900 - 12,500 feet
Take-off Time      : 1446
Time Over Target   : 1621
Landing Time       : 1815
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 3:29

Place of Take-Off  : A-55 Melun/Villaroche, France
A/C Dispatched     : 39 Total -- 38 A-26's, 1 B-26 (PFF)
Modified British System Reference: F-362176
Secondary Target   : No Alternate Targets Authorized
Summary of Results : Crews reported Excellent results. No photos.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 50.55454,6.83634 (50° 33' 16" N, 6° 50' 11" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on The "Coordinates Translator", (NGZ) wF362176)
(See Latitude/Longitude Coordinates and Target Identifiers for more information.)

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Mission Folder       Reports Folder       OpRep # 313       Fuel Use

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Route Map

Loading List 1

Loading List 1,  Box I

Loading List 2

Loading List 2,  Box II

Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 202 -- February 10, 1945, Saturday PM
east of Munstereifel, Germany -- Military Installations

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                   
  43-22505  5H-Y  A-26C
  Maj Price, R.F.
  Lt Forma, W.
  F/O Harvest, R.W.
  S/Sgt Fetko, C.
  2  668th                   
  43-22508  5H-Z  A-26C
  Lt Chalmers, J.J.
  Lt Eckard, L.A.
  Sgt Hicks, C.M.
  3  668th                   
  41-39335  5H-W  A-26B
  Lt Wright, J.W.
  S/Sgt Profita, P.J.
  4  668th                   
  43-22321  5H-T  A-26B
  Lt Kreh, E.B.
  S/Sgt Lagerman, K.G.
  5  668th                   
  41-39305  5H-U  A-26B
  Lt McCready, T.D.
  S/Sgt Lemonds, W.E.
  6  668th                   
  43-22389  5H-X  A-26B
  Lt Laseter, W.H.
  S/Sgt Cross, R.M.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  671st                   
  43-22499  5C-G  A-26C
  Lt Buskirk, J.A.
  Lt Hanna, R.C.
  S/Sgt Corbitt, C.H.
  2  671st                   
  43-22352  5C-J  A-26B
  Lt Edstrom, L.W.
  Sgt Pompa, P.A.
  3  671st                   
  43-22356  5C-C  A-26B
  Lt VanNoorden, H.M.
  S/Sgt Thompson, G.
  4  671st                   
  43-22326  5C-W  A-26B
  Lt Murray, T.J.
  S/Sgt DeBower, D.H.
  5  671st                   
  43-22313  5C-B  A-26B
  Capt Wheeler, R.V.
  Sgt Ruskiewich, J.J.
  6  671st                   
  41-39300  5C-K  A-26B
  Lt Cocke, J.B.
  S/Sgt MacCartney, W.A.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  671st                   
  43-22498  5C-R  A-26C
  Lt Lackovich, J.J.
  Lt Muir, R.C.
  Pvt Barry, R.M.
  2  671st                   
  41-39249  5C-F  A-26B
  Lt Milhorn, G.L.
  Sgt Chest, D.
  3  671st                   
  41-39208  5C-L  A-26B
  Lt Gary, J.C.
  S/Sgt Cheuvront, R.W.
  4  670th                   
  43-22334  F6-G  A-26B
  Lt Remiszewski, A.
  S/Sgt Miguez, J.H.
  5  671st                   
  41-39239  5C-N  A-26B
  Lt Wright, J.R.
  S/Sgt Barber, F.E.
  6  671st                   
  41-39250  5C-A  A-26B
  Capt Nielsen, L.C.
  Pvt Elliott, E.R.

Box I
  SPARE  668th               
  41-39233  5H-F  A-26B
  Lt Russell, R.A.
  S/Sgt Fuehrer, W.F.

Box II -- Flight I
  1  669th                   
  43-22521  2A-N  A-26C
  Capt Hulse, D.A.
  Lt Conte, R.
  Lt Kupits, J.
  S/Sgt Donnelly, W.W.
  2  669th                   
  43-22381  2A-Q  A-26B
  Lt Jordan, C.S.
  S/Sgt Jensen, K.F.
  3  669th                   
  41-39229  2A-B  A-26B
  Lt Turner, D.O., Jr.
  S/Sgt Reyes, M.R.
  4  669th                   
  41-39241  2A-F  A-26B
  Lt Smith, J.F.
  S/Sgt Reiter, G.E.
  5  669th                   
  43-22292  2A-H  A-26B
  Lt Weinert, C.E.
  Sgt Francis, R.D.
  6  669th                   
  43-22306  2A-X  A-26B
  Lt Martin, E.C.
  Sgt Draft, L.B.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  669th                   
  43-22492  2A-E  A-26C
  Lt Cornell, R.H.
  Lt Enman, R.E.
  S/Sgt Reid, K.A.
  2  669th                   
  43-22300  2A-P  A-26B
  Lt Tripp, W.F.
  S/Sgt Floyd, C.F.
  3  669th                   
  43-22383  2A-V  A-26B
  Lt Willard, J.A.
  Lt Britt, J.W.
  Sgt Hinker, C.V.
  4  669th                   
  41-39252  2A-D  A-26B
  Lt Sorrels, D.W.
  S/Sgt Triber, H.I.
  5  668th                   
  41-39274  5H-S  A-26B
  Lt VanRope, R.W.
  Sgt Klingman, W.H.
  6  668th                   
  43-22378  5H-O  A-26B
  Lt Anderson, C.M.
  Sgt Gilbert, C.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  670th                   
  43-22501  F6-W  A-26C
  Lt Rooney, R.J.
  Lt Kirk, R.L.
  Lt Brewer, W.E.
  S/Sgt Caudell, S.R.
  2  670th                   
  41-39205  F6-M  A-26B
  Lt Cook, J.A.
  S/Sgt Jackson, W.S.
  3  670th                   
  41-39321  F6-V  A-26B
  Lt Sheley, S.H.
  Sgt Paladino, D.V.
  4  670th                   
  43-22330  F6-P  A-26B
  Lt Warren, J.R.
  S/Sgt Turpin, S.J.
  5  670th                   
  41-39286  F6-D  A-26B
  Lt Bower, R.S.
  S/Sgt Hummer, J.A.
  6  670th                   
  41-39315  F6-F  A-26B
  Lt Turman, A.R.
  S/Sgt Leahigh, L.L.

Box II
  SPARE  670th               
  41-39223  F6-B  A-26B
  Lt Chitty, W.D.
  S/Sgt Belcas, J.O.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 202 -- February 10, 1945, Saturday PM
east of Munstereifel, Germany -- Military Installations

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

The following day, the 10th, military installations east of Munstereifel were attacked through clouds on PPF. A break in the clouds allowed the crews to see the results, which were excellent. Major Price, Lt Forma and F/O Harvest as B and N, and Capt Hulse, with Lts Conte and Kupits as B and N, were the box leaders.

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

Mission #202 - 10 February - Munstereifel. Major Price and Lt. Forma with F/O Harvest as combination bombardier-navigator were on Box I. Captain Hulse with Lt. Conte and Lt. Kupits as the BN team were leading Box II. Lts. Buskirk and Hanna, BN and Lts. Lachovich/Muir BN led flights. Excellent results were obtained by the use of PFF technique. This target was the one flown by our group on Christmas morning when two crews were lost over the target. Since most of the squadron personnel were on the road to the new base at Laon, the flyers were operating on a skeleton basis, including ground personnel. But, the job got done.

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

Military installations east of Munstereifel, Germany were attacked on the 10th of February. Capt. Hulse with Lt. Conte and Lt. Kupits, led the second box of the formation. Excellent results were obtained by the use of PPF technique.

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

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.

The Munstereitel Motor Depot was attacked with 65 tons of general purpose bombs. Light inaccurate flak was met leaving the target area. Although there was no photo cover, the crews reported excellent results. Seven of our crews took part in the attack.

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

February 10th, 1945

The Munstereifel repair depot was the target for the 416th on the afterˇnoon of February 10th, 1945. Cloudy skies made the use of Pathfinders necessary, and the crews were satisfied with all the cloud cover they could have. Both boxes bombed on PFF and although there was no photo coverage crews caught sight of the bombs hitting in the wooded target area where workshops and other buildings for repair of motor transports were located.

This was the same target the 416th had on Christmas morning when two crews were lost over the target. Flak was seen, but only one ship received battle damage. Thirty-nine aircraft, including the one PFF ship, dropped 518 x 250 GPs on the target.

[February 10, 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 10, 1945
World War II Military Situation Maps Collection
Library of Congress

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