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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 203 -- February 13, 1945, Tuesday PM

Iserlohn, Germany

Motor Transport Center



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 746
OpRep #            : 316a
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 13,500 feet
Take-off Time      : 1221
Time Over Target   : 1344
Landing Time       : 1450
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 2:29

Place of Take-Off  : A-69 Laon/Athies, France
A/C Dispatched     : 18 Total -- 18 A-26's
Modified British System Reference: A-992085
Summary of Results : Bombed town of Wittlich, results Unobserved.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 51.37538,7.72572 (51° 22' 31" N, 7° 43' 33" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on The "Coordinates Translator", (NGZ) rA992085)
(See Latitude/Longitude Coordinates and Target Identifiers for more information.)

Loading List 1

Loading List 1, Box I

Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 203 -- February 13, 1945, Tuesday PM
Iserlohn, Germany -- Motor Transport 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  670th                   
  43-22501  F6-W  A-26C
  Maj Dunn, L.F.
  Lt Brewer, W.E.
  Lt Maltby, A.H.
  S/Sgt Teran, A.
  2  668th                   
  43-22508  5H-Z  A-26C
  Lt Brewster, F.S.
  Lt Dennis, L.W.
  Lt Rosenquist, A.E.
  S/Sgt Clark, W.O.
  3  670th                   
  41-39223  F6-B  A-26B
  Lt Errotabere, M.
  Sgt Bowie, E.A.
  4  670th                   
  41-39315  F6-F  A-26B
  Lt Merritt, T.S.
  Sgt Basile, A.C.
  5  670th                   
  41-39224  F6-E  A-26B
  F/O Green, J.A.
  Sgt Rorbakken, R.R.
  6  670th                   
  41-39321  F6-V  A-26B
  Lt Cook, J.A.
  Sgt Langley, T.R.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  668th                   
  43-22505  5H-Y  A-26C
  Capt Evans, H.M.
  Lt McCartney, T.M.
  Sgt Edenburn, J.C.
  2  668th                   
  41-39233  5H-F  A-26B
  Lt Kenny, J.P.
  S/Sgt Metzler, L.V.
  3  668th                   
  41-39188  5H-R  A-26B
  Lt Montrose, J.H.
  S/Sgt Felkel, J.W.
  4  668th                   
  41-39335  5H-W  A-26B
  Lt Parker, P.E.
  S/Sgt Heitell, S.L.
  5  668th                   
  41-39274  5H-S  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 I -- Flight III
  1  671st                   
  43-22497  5C-E  A-26C
  Lt Buskirk, J.A.
  Lt Hanna, R.C.
  S/Sgt Corbitt, C.H.
  2  671st                   
  43-22352  5C-J  A-26B
  Lt VanNoorden, H.M.
  S/Sgt Steffey, R.I.
  3  671st                   
  43-22326  5C-W  A-26B
  Lt Spires, J.W.
  Sgt Davis, L.E.
  [Not Airborne Prop governor out on left engine]
  4  671st                   
  41-39239  5C-N  A-26B
  Lt Edstrom, L.W.
  S/Sgt Pompa, P.A.
  5  671st                   
  41-39208  5C-L  A-26B
  F/O Wilson, H.J.
  S/Sgt Fessler, H.S.
  6  671st                   
  41-39300  5C-K  A-26B
  Lt Jokinen, W.R.
  S/Sgt McNellis, D.E.
  [Returned Early Could not keep up with formation]

Box I
  SPARE  670th               
  41-39205  F6-M  A-26B
  Lt Bishop, E.G.
  Sgt Harris, M.C.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 203 -- February 13, 1945, Tuesday PM
Iserlohn, Germany -- Motor Transport Center

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

The following mission, on the 13th, was carried out by PPF in an attack on the motor transport center at Iserlohn. Unable to find the fighter escort, the formation attacked a secondary target on PPF, the town of Wittlich. An almost solid cloud cover prevented any observation of the ensuing results. Major Dunn, with Lt Brewer, B-N, led the one box that made up the formation.

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

Mission #203 - 13 February - Iserlohn. With only one box scheduled to make this mission, Major Dunn and Lt. Brewer, BN led. Lts. Buskirk and Hanna, BN led a flight as did Lts. Evans and McCartney, BN. This was the first official mission from our new base A-69. The rendezvous with our fighter escort did not materialize so the formation did not get to bomb the primary target, cloud cover contributing to the problem. Bombs were dropped on a secondary target, Wittlich, using GEE equipment. No enemy fighters or flak hindered the operation. Results were unobserved.

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

The Air Echelon of 27 Officers and 46 Enlisted Men arrived at Station A-69 in the afternoon of 12th February.

The following day the first mission was run from the new base. It was an attack on the Iserlohn Motor transport center. Seven of our crews took part. No photo cover was available so the results were unobserved.

[February 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, February 13, 1945
World War II Military Situation Maps Collection
Library of Congress

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