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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 216 -- February 26, 1945, Monday PM

Sindorf, Germany

Road Junctions



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 181-766
OpRep #            : 329
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 11,500 - 12,500 feet
Take-off Time      : 1224
Time Over Target   : 1445
Landing Time       : 1658
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 4:34

Place of Take-Off  : A-69 Laon/Athies, France
A/C Dispatched     : 42 Total -- 41 A-26's, 1 B-26 (PFF)
Modified British System Reference: F-253572
Secondary Target   : Selected in accordance with IX Bomb Div Cipher F-576-E (9-2-45)
Summary of Results : Unobserved due to cloud cover. 3 a/c dropped Window, 37 attacked Munstereifel (Secondary), 1 Attacked target with another Group (410).

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 50.90938,6.67456 (50° 54' 34" N, 6° 40' 28" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on The "Coordinates Translator", (NGZ) wF253572)
(See Latitude/Longitude Coordinates and Target Identifiers for more information.)

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Route Map

Loading List 1

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

Loading List 2

Loading List 2, Box II

Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 216 -- February 26, 1945, Monday PM
Sindorf, Germany -- Road Junctions

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                   
  43-22521  2A-N  A-26C
  Lt Col Napier, J.G.
  Lt Moore, D.L.
  Lt McQuade, R.J.
  S/Sgt Carstens, R.W.
  2  668th                   
  43-22508  5H-Z  A-26C
  Lt Mish, C.C.
  Lt Shaft, R.E.
  S/Sgt Roberts, J.H.
  3  668th                   
  41-39325  5H-L  A-26B
  Lt Jordan, C.S.
  S/Sgt Jensen, K.F.
  4  669th                   
  41-39314  2A-H  A-26B
  Lt Allen, J.F., Jr.
  S/Sgt Getgen, L.R.
  5  669th                   
  41-39271  2A-R  A-26B
  Lt Depner, A.W.
  Sgt Gillespie, R.H.
  6  669th                   
  41-39252  2A-D  A-26B
  Lt Renth, E.J.
  Sgt Brinkman, E.R.

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                   
  43-22356  5C-C  A-26B
  Lt Spires, J.W.
  Sgt Messinger, R.W.
  3  671st                   
  41-39300  5C-K  A-26B
  Lt VanNoorden, H.M.
  S/Sgt Steffey, R.I.
  4  671st                   
  41-39209  5C-M  A-26B
  Lt Murray, T.J.
  S/Sgt Swank, O.E.
  5  671st                   
  41-39239  5C-N  A-26B
  Capt Hixon, S.M.
  S/Sgt Hinson, A.H.
  6  671st                   
  41-39332  5C-P  A-26B
  Lt Hlivko, A.E.
  Sgt Farmer, L.J.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  671st                   
  43-22490  5C-X  A-26C
  Lt Lackovich, J.J.
  Lt Muir, R.C.
  Pvt Barry, R.M.
  2  671st                   
  41-39250  5C-A  A-26B
  Lt Remiszewski, A.
  S/Sgt Miguez, J.H.
  3  670th                   
  41-39224  F6-E  A-26B
  Lt Withington, D.L.
  S/Sgt McElhattan, L.D.
  4  670th                   
  43-22307  F6-N  A-26B
  Lt Herman, A.E.
  S/Sgt Schrom, R.G.
  5  670th                   
  43-22330  F6-P  A-26B
  Capt Nielsen, L.C.
  Pvt Elliott, E.R.
  6  670th                   
  41-39315  F6-F  A-26B
  Lt Edstrom, L.W.
  Sgt Pompa, P.A.

Box I
  SPARE  670th               
  41-39416  F6-O  A-26B
  Lt Errotabere, M.
  Sgt Lynch, P.R.

Box I -- Flight WINDOW
  1  668th                   
  43-22481  5H-P  A-26C
  Lt Miller, E.L.
  Lt Conner, J.K.
  S/Sgt Pemberton, J.M.
  S/Sgt Malloy, J.F.
  2  668th                   
  43-22495  5H-G  A-26C
  Lt Cannon, L.E.
  S/Sgt Robinson, J.W.
  S/Sgt Brzezinski, E.P.
  3  668th                   
  41-39274  5H-S  A-26B
  Lt Tripp, W.F.
  S/Sgt Floyd, C.F.
  S/Sgt Mani, J.

Box II -- Flight I
  1  669th                   
  43-22492  2A-E  A-26C
  Capt Stebbins, B.D.
  Lt Calloway, A.S.
  Lt Johnson, G.G.
  S/Sgt Brown, W.J.
  2  670th                   
  43-22503  F6-X  A-26C
  Lt Brewster, F.S.
  Lt Dennis, L.W.
  Sgt Torres, I.
  3  669th                   
  41-39229  2A-B  A-26B
  Lt Turner, D.O., Jr.
  S/Sgt Reyes, M.R.
  4  669th                   
  43-22354  2A-S  A-26B
  Capt Behlmer, R.L.
  S/Sgt Donnelly, W.W.
  5  669th                   
  43-22344  2A-C  A-26B
  F/O Swap, F.W.
  Sgt Meliniotis, N.
  6  670th                   
  43-22320  F6-S  A-26B
  Lt Willard, J.A.
  Sgt Hinker, C.V.

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  668th                   
  43-22505  5H-Y  A-26C
  Lt Grunig, D.B.
  Lt Morris, B.C.
  Sgt Nowosielski, H.J.
  3  670th                   
  43-22315  F6-L  A-26B
  Lt Bower, R.S.
  Sgt Rhoney, C.B.
  4  670th                   
  41-39286  F6-D  A-26B
  Lt Barausky, P.P.
  Pvt Wilson, B.R.
  5  670th                   
  43-22334  F6-G  A-26B
  Capt Borman, H.W.
  Pfc Finnell, D.O.
  6  670th                   
  41-39215  F6-R  A-26B
  Lt Chitty, W.D.
  Sgt Raccio, V.B.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  668th                   
  43-22523  5H-N  A-26C
  Capt Evans, H.M.
  Lt McCartney, T.M.
  Sgt Windisch, R.P.
  2  668th                   
  43-22385  5H-D  A-26B
  Lt Montrose, J.H.
  S/Sgt Felkel, J.W.
  3  668th                   
  41-39213  5H-A  A-26B
  Lt McCready, T.D.
  S/Sgt Lemonds, W.E.
  4  668th                   
  41-39305  5H-U  A-26B
  Lt Colquitt, J.K.
  S/Sgt Jordan, D.W.
  5  668th                   
  43-22321  5H-T  A-26B
  Lt Russell, R.A.
  Sgt Spence, J.I.
  6  668th                   
  41-39361  5H-M  A-26B
  Lt Phillips, J.P.
  Sgt Grzona, L.J.

Box II
  SPARE  669th               
  41-39244  2A-I  A-26B
  Lt VanRope, R.W.
  Sgt Klingman, W.H.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 216 -- February 26, 1945, Monday PM
Sindorf, Germany -- Road Junctions

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

The following day, the 26th, flying our ninth mission in six days, thirty-eight aircraft took off to attack road junctions in Sindorf. The PPF plane was unable to release its bombs. The box leader contacted "Roselee," as his Gee equipment was not operating. "Roselee" vectored the planes of the first box in on the town of Munstereifel and gave them the signal when to attack. Entirely by coincidence, the second box also chose the town of Munstereifel as a secondary and attacked on Gee. One aircraft was forced to drop from formation by engine trouble. It joined the 410th Bomb Group and dropped on its target, a communications center at Wickrath. There was no flak. The two boxes were led by Col Napier, Lts Moore and McQuade as B and N, and Capt Stebbins, Lts Calloway and Johnson as B and N.

"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Page 215

Mission #216 - 26 February - Sindorf Communication Center. Colonel Napier with Lts. Moore and McQuade BNs with Captain Stebbins and Lts. Calloway and Johnson, BNs led boxes. This is the fourth straight day that we were called upon to bomb ahead of IX and I Armies. Captain Evans and Lt. McCartney, BN, Lts. Mish and Shaft, BN, Captain Tutt with Lt. Beck, BN and Lts. Buskirk and Hanna, BN led flights. The PFF plane could not drop his bombs. Col. Napier contacted "Roselee" because their GEE devices were not working. Roselee directed them to hit Munstereifel. When they arrived over that target, they found that the second box had selected that same target on its own. Results were not determined due to cloud cover. One plane had to drop out of its spot in the formation due to engine trouble. He joined up with the 410th group hitting Wickrath Communication Center. No flak was encountered.

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

The PPF aircraft failed to bomb in an attack on Munstereifel, Germany, on the 26th February. Cloud cover made a visual bomb-run impossible. The Gee equipment of the lead aircraft was inoperative. Despite all these handicaps, the formation went on to bomb the target on a vector from the fighter control station, "Roselee". Lt. Col. Napier with Lts. Moore and McQuade, led the first box of the formation while Capt. Stebbins and Lts. Calloway and G.G. Johnson led the second box.

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

The Sindorf Communications center was bombed on 26th February and Unna Ordnance Depot on the 28th to conclude the month's operations.

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

February 26th, 1945

Sweeping ahead of advancing U.S.First and Ninth Armies the 416th Group kept up their offensive against the enemy in the narrowing gap between the Western Front and the Rhine, on February 26th, 1945. A 10/10-cloud cover protected the formation from the flak fire, which the Germans could throw up if they could pick out the formation. As it was flak was not seen.

The Pathfinder failed to drop on the primary, which was the Sindorf Communication Center. However, both boxes bombed the secondary target, which was Munstereifel, a highly important town being used to advantage by the Germans. The first box bombed on Gee and the second on information from the air-ground station. Results were unobserved.

[February 26, 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 26, 1945
World War II Military Situation Maps Collection
Library of Congress

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