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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 205 -- February 14, 1945, Wednesday PM

Rheinbach, Germany

Ammunition Dump



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 166-748
OpRep #            : 317a
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 11,700 - 12,500 feet
Take-off Time      : 1357
Time Over Target   : 1530
Landing Time       : 1653
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 2:56

Place of Take-Off  : A-69 Laon/Athies, France
A/C Dispatched     : 36 Total -- 36 A-26's
Modified British System Reference: F-425244
Secondary Target   : Selected in accordance with IX Bomb Div Cipher F-576-E (9-2-45)
Summary of Results : Box 1 - two flights Superior, one Undetermined; Box 2 - Unsatisfactory. One flight bombed casual target of Ludendorf.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 50.61634,6.92425 (50° 36' 59" N, 6° 55' 27" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on The "Coordinates Translator", (NGZ) wF425244)
(See Latitude/Longitude Coordinates and Target Identifiers for more information.)


Route Map

Loading List 1

Loading List 1, Box I

Loading List 2

Loading List 2, Box II

Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 205 -- February 14, 1945, Wednesday PM
Rheinbach, Germany -- Ammunition Dump

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                   
  43-22481  5H-P  A-26C
  Maj Price, R.F.
  Lt Forma, W.
  Lt Babbage, W.
  S/Sgt Fetko, C.
  2  669th                   
  43-22521  2A-N  A-26C
  Lt Stanley, C.S.
  F/O Blount, J.H.
  S/Sgt Collier, C.B.
  3  668th                   
  41-39188  5H-R  A-26B
  Lt Montrose, J.H.
  S/Sgt Gandy, R.S.
  4  668th                   
  41-39213  5H-A  A-26B
  Lt McCready, T.D.
  Sgt Hood, A.R.
  5  668th                   
  41-39305  5H-U  A-26B
  Lt Drum, E.B.
  Sgt Schwartzkopf, J.R.
  6  668th                   
  41-39264  5H-I  A-26B
  Lt Blevins, J.W.
  Sgt Gentry, F.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  670th                   
  43-22501  F6-W  A-26C
  Lt Singletary, R.B.
  Lt Rosenquist, A.E.
  Lt Brewer, W.E.
  S/Sgt Cianciosi, A.A.
  [Not Airborne Fire in cockpit]
  2  670th                   
  41-39224  F6-E  A-26B
  Lt Warren, J.R.
  S/Sgt Stroup, C.C.
  3  670th                   
  41-39205  F6-M  A-26B
  Lt Bishop, E.G.
  Sgt Harris, M.C.
  4  670th                   
  41-39223  F6-B  A-26B
  Lt Popeney, H.
  S/Sgt Candler, H.C.S.
  5  670th                   
  41-39321  F6-V  A-26B
  Lt Sheley, S.H.
  Sgt Tharp, F.M.
  6  670th                   
  43-22334  F6-G  A-26B
  Capt Borman, H.W.
  Pfc Finnell, D.O.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  670th                   
  43-22469  F6-A  A-26C
  Lt Brewster, F.S.
  Lt Dennis, L.W.
  Lt Maltby, A.H.
  S/Sgt Harmon, C.D.
  2  670th                   
  41-39416  F6-O  A-26B
  Lt Turner, E.O.
  S/Sgt Sienkiewicz, J.
  3  670th                   
  43-22307  F6-N  A-26B
  Lt Errotabere, M.
  Sgt Lynch, P.R.
  4  670th                   
  41-39315  F6-F  A-26B
  Lt Merritt, T.S.
  S/Sgt Gatti, R.J.
  5  670th                   
  41-39286  F6-D  A-26B
  Lt Cook, J.A.
  Sgt Langley, T.R.
  6  670th                   
  43-22315  F6-L  A-26B
  F/O Green, J.A.
  Sgt Rorbakken, R.R.

Box I
  SPARE  671st               
  41-39249  5C-F  A-26B
  Lt Willard, J.A.
  Sgt Hinker, C.V.

Box II -- Flight I
  1  668th                   
  43-22523  5H-N  A-26C
  Capt Evans, H.M.
  Lt McCartney, T.M.
  F/O Harvest, R.W.
  Sgt Edenburn, J.C.
  2  671st                   
  43-22490  5C-X  A-26C
  Lt Lackovich, J.J.
  Lt Muir, R.C.
  Pvt Barry, R.M.
  3  668th                   
  41-39233  5H-F  A-26B
  Lt Kenny, J.P.
  Sgt Sittarich, J.J.
  4  668th                   
  41-39274  5H-S  A-26B
  Lt Cannon, L.E.
  S/Sgt Brzezinski, E.P.
  5  668th                   
  43-22378  5H-O  A-26B
  Lt Russell, R.A.
  Sgt Kaminski, C.J.
  6  668th                   
  43-22321  5H-T  A-26B
  Lt Carver, J.H.
  Sgt Stewart, A.B.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  669th                   
  43-22492  2A-E  A-26C
  Lt Cornell, R.H.
  Lt Enman, R.E.
  S/Sgt McClain, H.B.
  2  669th                   
  41-39241  2A-F  A-26B
  Lt VanRope, R.W.
  Sgt Klingman, W.H.
  3  669th                   
  43-22383  2A-V  A-26B
  Lt Hayter, E.R.
  Sgt Dalton, A.A.
  4  669th                   
  43-22306  2A-X  A-26B
  Lt Tripp, W.F.
  Sgt Hawk, O.T.
  5  669th                   
  41-39252  2A-D  A-26B
  Lt Renth, E.J.
  S/Sgt Moskowitz, L.
  6  669th                   
  41-39271  2A-R  A-26B
  Lt Weinert, C.E.
  Sgt Brandt, H.E.

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                   
  43-22313  5C-B  A-26B
  Lt Jokinen, W.R.
  Sgt McNellis, D.E.
  3  671st                   
  41-39297  5C-T  A-26B
  Lt Hlivko, A.E.
  Sgt Graub, R.E.
  4  671st                   
  41-39239  5C-N  A-26B
  Capt Sutton, L.J.
  S/Sgt Gilliam, D.C.
  5  671st                   
  41-39300  5C-K  A-26B
  Lt Wallman, M.
  Sgt Appleman, M.
  6  671st                   
  43-22326  5C-W  A-26B
  Lt Spires, J.W.
  Sgt Davis, L.E.

Box II
  SPARE  669th               
  41-39229  2A-B  A-26B
  Lt Poundstone, L.E.
  Sgt Richardson, L.L.
  [Not Airborne Engine Trouble]

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 205 -- February 14, 1945, Wednesday PM
Rheinbach, Germany -- Ammunition Dump

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

That afternoon, an ammunition dump in the woods near Rheinbach was attacked with excellent to superior results. Bright flashes in the target area indicate that some ammunition was hit. When it was decided to bomb by boxes, one flight did not receive the message. Because of the haze, it attacked the town of Ludendorf as a casual target. Moderate accurate flak was fired at the formation on the target and on the turn-off, but all planes returned safely. Major Price, Lts Forma and Babbage as B and N, and Capt Evans, Lt McCartney and F/O Harvest as B and N, led the two boxes.

"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Page 208

Mission #205 - 14 February - PM - Rheinbach Ammunition Dump. Major Price, Lt. Forma and Lt. Babbage as BN team, with Captain Evans Lt. McCartney and F/O Harvest as BN in Box II. Flights were headed up by Lts. Buskirk and Hanna, BN plus Lts. Lackovich and Muir, BN. Bombing was through a thick cloud layer. A pathfinder plane was scheduled to lead the formation, but he could not contact his base station, the bombing was then done visually, with excellent results. The bright flashes, explosion and smoke spoke well of the aiming. One flight leader did not receive the message that they were to go in as box bombing. They went off and bombed the town of Ludendorf. Moderate flak came up, but no serious damage was experienced, although 20 planes of the group were hit. The planes landed at base after dusk.

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

On the morning of 14 February, heavy enemy ground fire was encountered over Machernich. Lieutenant John J. Chalmers and his crew were reported Missing in Action (see Item 4 above).

The afternoon of the same day, the new team of Major Price and Lt., Forma scored a "Superior" in an attack on Rheinbach Ammunitions Depot. Lt., Hand, Major Price's regular bombardier, was grounded due to a non-battle casualty (broken ankle).

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

No further missions were flown until the fourteenth of the month. During this period, the air echelon of the squadron moved from AAF Station A-55 to AAF Sta. A-69. The air echelon's part of the move was accomplished on the 12th of the month. Inclement weather prevented the aircraft from departing Sta. A-55 on February 11th as planned. Plans had been thoroughly and completely made. The entire movement proceeded with clocklike precision. Although the air echelon had only arrived on the twelfth of the month at the new station, the morning of the fourteenth saw aircraft of this squadron participating in an attack on the Mechernich Repair Depot. PPF technique was used. Reconnaissance photographs showed that excellent results had been obtained.

On the afternoon of the same day, the Rheinbach Ammunition Dump was bombed by aircraft of this squadron.

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

Two missions were flown of the 14th. In the morning the Mechernich Prime Mover Depot was bombed. Eight of our crews were on the mission. They ran into intense heavy accurate flak after they left the target which continued until they reached the bombline. One of the ships in the formation was hit and went down in flames. Photo reconnaisance later showed that rail lines, buildings and cars were severely damaged and burned out.

In the afternoon, eleven of our crews took part in the bombing of the Rheinbach ammunition dump. Excellent results were scored. Moderate heavy accurate flak was encountered at the target and on the turn off. Bright flashes observed by the crews indicated that their mission had been accomplished.

[February 14, 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 14, 1945
World War II Military Situation Maps Collection
Library of Congress

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