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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 212 -- February 23, 1945, Friday PM

Golzheim, Germany

Road Junction



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 175-757
OpRep #            : 326
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 12,300 feet
Take-off Time      : 1426
Time Over Target   : 1534
Landing Time       : 1743
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 3:17

Place of Take-Off  : A-69 Laon/Athies, France
A/C Dispatched     : 39 Total -- 38 A-26's, 1 B-26 (PFF)
Modified British System Reference: F-187493
Secondary Target   : Selected in accordance with IX Bomb Div Cipher F-576-E (9-2-45)
Summary of Results : Excellent.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 50.83747,6.58241 (50° 50' 15" N, 6° 34' 57" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on The "Coordinates Translator", (NGZ) wF187493)
(See Latitude/Longitude Coordinates and Target Identifiers for more information.)

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Loading List 1

Loading List 1, Box I

Loading List 2

Loading List 2, Box II

Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 212 -- February 23, 1945, Friday PM
Golzheim, Germany -- Road Junction

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                   
  43-22492  2A-E  A-26C
  Lt Col Napier, J.G.
  Lt Moore, D.L.
  Lt McQuade, R.J.
  S/Sgt Carstens, R.W.
  2  668th                   
  43-22523  5H-N  A-26C
  Capt Stanley, C.S.
  F/O Blount, J.H.
  Sgt Edenburn, J.C.
  Capt Stewart, R.P.
  [Stewart (Infantry)]
  3  669th                   
  43-22344  2A-C  A-26B
  Lt Martin, E.C.
  Sgt Draft, L.B.
  4  669th                   
  43-22381  2A-Q  A-26B
  Capt Behlmer, R.L.
  S/Sgt McGaughy, W.S.
  5  669th                   
  43-22354  2A-S  A-26B
  Lt Farley, J.J.
  Sgt Hardesty, E.R.
  6  669th                   
  41-39252  2A-D  A-26B
  Lt Weinert, C.E.
  Sgt Dubi, R.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  671st                   
  43-22498  5C-R  A-26C
  Lt Lackovich, J.J.
  Lt Muir, R.C.
  S/Sgt Connery, T.
  2  671st                   
  41-39209  5C-M  A-26B
  Lt Spires, J.W.
  Sgt Davis, L.E.
  3  671st                   
  43-22356  5C-C  A-26B
  Lt VanNoorden, H.M.
  S/Sgt Steffey, R.I.
  4  671st                   
  41-39300  5C-K  A-26B
  Capt Sears, A.C.
  M/Sgt Wells, J.J.
  5  670th                   
  41-39224  F6-E  A-26B
  Lt Eastman, D.M.
  S/Sgt Johnson, R.J.
  6  671st                   
  41-39237  5C-D  A-26B
  Lt Hlivko, A.E.
  Sgt Graub, R.E.

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                   
  41-39250  5C-A  A-26B
  Lt Withington, D.L.
  S/Sgt Brown, R.J.
  3  670th                   
  43-22330  F6-P  A-26B
  Lt Gary, J.C.
  S/Sgt Cheuvront, R.W.
  Lt Castle, W.D.
  4  671st                   
  41-39249  5C-F  A-26B
  Lt Murray, T.J.
  S/Sgt DeBower, D.H.
  5  671st                   
  43-22326  5C-W  A-26B
  Lt Graeber, T.E.
  Sgt Fidler, E.W.
  6  671st                   
  41-39297  5C-T  A-26B
  Lt Wright, J.R.
  Sgt Goldberg, L.

Box I
  SPARE  668th               
  43-22495  5H-G  A-26C
  Lt Hayter, E.R.
  S/Sgt Basford, F.P.

Box II -- Flight I
  1  669th                   
  43-22496  2A-T  A-26C
  Capt Stebbins, B.D.
  Lt Calloway, A.S.
  Lt Conner, J.K.
  S/Sgt Brown, W.J.
  2  670th                   
  43-22469  F6-A  A-26C
  Lt Grunig, D.B.
  Lt Morris, B.C.
  S/Sgt Dias, M.E.
  3  669th                   
  41-39238  2A-M  A-26B
  Lt Willard, J.A.
  Lt Britt, J.W.
  Sgt Hinker, C.V.
  4  669th                   
  41-39314  2A-H  A-26B
  Maj Ferris, C.H.
  S/Sgt Rio, D.J.
  Capt Lincoln, L.E.
  [Lincoln (97th CBW)]
  5  669th                   
  41-39271  2A-R  A-26B
  Lt Tripp, W.F.
  S/Sgt Mani, J.
  6  668th                   
  41-39335  5H-W  A-26B
  Lt Renth, E.J.
  Sgt Brinkman, E.R.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  670th                   
  43-22501  F6-W  A-26C
  Lt Singletary, R.B.
  Lt Rosenquist, A.E.
  S/Sgt Wiggins, H.G.
  2  670th                   
  41-39223  F6-B  A-26B
  Lt Bower, R.S.
  Sgt Rhoney, C.B.
  3  670th                   
  41-39416  F6-O  A-26B
  Lt Errotabere, M.
  Sgt Lynch, P.R.
  4  670th                   
  43-22307  F6-N  A-26B
  Lt Barausky, P.P.
  S/Sgt Hall, M.
  5  670th                   
  41-39215  F6-R  A-26B
  Lt Chitty, W.D.
  Sgt Raccio, V.B.
  6  670th                   
  41-39315  F6-F  A-26B
  F/O Green, J.A.
  Sgt Kubjalko, A.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  668th                   
  43-22505  5H-Y  A-26C
  Lt Mish, C.C.
  Lt Shaft, R.E.
  S/Sgt Roberts, J.H.
  2  668th                   
  41-39361  5H-M  A-26B
  Lt Kenny, J.P.
  S/Sgt Metzler, L.V.
  3  670th                   
  41-39205  F6-M  A-26B
  Lt Carver, J.H.
  Sgt Stewart, A.B.
  4  668th                   
  41-39213  5H-A  A-26B
  Lt McCready, T.D.
  S/Sgt Lemonds, W.E.
  5  668th                   
  41-39305  5H-U  A-26B
  Lt Colquitt, J.K.
  S/Sgt Mohr, C.M.
  Capt Dieser, G.F.
  [Dieser (Infantry)]
  6  668th                   
  43-22378  5H-O  A-26B
  Lt Parkhurst, G.J.
  Sgt Fidler, W.H.

Box II
  SPARE  670th               
  43-22315  F6-L  A-26B
  Capt Borman, H.W.
  Sgt Perujo, R.J.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 212 -- February 23, 1945, Friday PM
Golzheim, Germany -- Road Junction

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

Settling back to the usual type of attack, two boxes of planes scored excellent results by PPF on the Golzheim communications center on the Cologne Plain. Hits were scored on the main highway, on roads and buildings in the town. Only five bursts of flak, inaccurate, was fired at the formation in the target area. Col Napier, Lts Moore and McQuade as B and N, and Capt Stebbins, Lts Calloway and Connor as B and N, led the two boxes.

"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Page 213

Mission #212 - 23 February - Golzheim Railroad Junction. Colonel Napier, Lts. Brewer and Maltby, BN team in Box I led flights headed up by Lts. Mish and Shaft, BN, - Lts. Buskirk and Hanna, BN, - Lts. Lackovich and Muir, BN, and Lts. Gary and Castle, BN. Lt. Stanley and F/O Blount flew deputy. A B-26 PFF Pathfinder led the formation, bombing at 13,500 feet with bombing rated as excellent. No flak or fighters were seen.

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

On the 23rd, the Golzheim communications center, near Duren, Germany was attacked by the use of PPF technique. Lt. Col. Napier with Lts. Moore and McQuade led the first box of the formation, while Capt. Stebbins together with Lts. Calloway and Conner led the second box.

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

Excellent results were achieved on 23 February when the Group attacked the Glozhein communications center in Germany, with eight of our crews taking part.

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

February 23rd, 1945

The 416th bombed at Golzheim on February 23rd, 1945. Excellent results were scored, the pathfinder aircraft dropping through scattered clouds. There were no losses, casualties or battle damages.

[February 23, 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 23, 1945
World War II Military Situation Maps Collection
Library of Congress

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