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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 218 -- March 1, 1945, Thursday AM

Giessen, Germany

Ordnance and Supply Depot



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 185-770
OpRep #            : 332
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 13,000 feet
Take-off Time      : 0922
Time Over Target   : 1104
Landing Time       : 1221
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 2:59

Place of Take-Off  : A-69 Laon/Athies, France
A/C Dispatched     : 41 Total -- 39 A-26's, 2 B-26's (PFF)
Modified British System Reference: G-688214
Secondary Target   : Selected in accordance with IX Bomb Div Cipher F-576-E (9-2-45)
Summary of Results : No photos due to cloud cover. 3 A-26's dropped Window, remaining attacked Eller R.R. Bridge (Secondary).

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 50.58816,8.70936 (50° 35' 17" N, 8° 42' 34" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on The "Coordinates Translator", (NGZ) wG688214)
(See Latitude/Longitude Coordinates and Target Identifiers for more information.)

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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 # 218 -- March 1, 1945, Thursday AM
Giessen, Germany -- Ordnance and Supply Depot

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  671st                   
  43-22497  5C-E  A-26C
  Maj Dunn, L.F.
  Lt Brewer, W.E.
  Lt Basnett, R.J.
  Sgt Rose, J.W.
  2  668th                   
  43-22505  5H-Y  A-26C
  Capt Evans, H.M.
  Lt McCartney, T.M.
  Sgt Hood, A.R.
  3  671st                   
  41-39239  5C-N  A-26B
  Lt Withington, D.L.
  S/Sgt Huss, C.F.
  [Returned Early Nose Wheel Would Not Retract]
  4  671st                   
  41-39209  5C-M  A-26B
  Lt Murray, T.J.
  S/Sgt McElhattan, L.D.
  5  671st                   
  41-39297  5C-T  A-26B
  Lt Miller, J.H.
  S/Sgt Schrom, R.G.
  6  671st                   
  41-39300  5C-K  A-26B
  Lt Winn, A.J.P.
  Sgt Davis, W.G.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  669th                   
  43-22492  2A-E  A-26C
  Lt Cornell, R.H.
  Lt Enman, R.E.
  S/Sgt Carter, A.
  2  669th                   
  41-39229  2A-B  A-26B
  Lt Turner, D.O., Jr.
  S/Sgt McGuire, J.J.
  3  669th                   
  43-22354  2A-S  A-26B
  Lt Jordan, C.S.
  S/Sgt Jensen, K.F.
  4  669th                   
  43-22351  2A-F  A-26B
  Capt Behlmer, R.L.
  Capt DuFault, W.F.
  S/Sgt Burland, A.J.
  5  669th                   
  41-39244  2A-I  A-26B
  Lt VanRope, R.W.
  Sgt Klingman, W.H.
  6  670th                   
  43-22307  F6-N  A-26B
  F/O Swap, F.W.
  Sgt Santandrea, M.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  669th                   
  43-22487  2A-J  A-26C
  Lt Miller, E.L.
  Lt Conner, J.K.
  S/Sgt Pemberton, J.M.
  2  669th                   
  41-39271  2A-R  A-26B
  Lt Hayter, E.R.
  S/Sgt Basford, F.P.
  3  669th                   
  43-22381  2A-Q  A-26B
  Lt Willard, J.A.
  Sgt Hinker, C.V.
  4  669th                   
  41-39314  2A-H  A-26B
  Lt Allen, J.F., Jr.
  S/Sgt Veazey, C.W.
  [Returned Early All Flight Instruments out]
  5  668th                   
  43-22321  5H-T  A-26B
  Lt Smith, D.E.
  Sgt Kirik, S.J.
  6  669th                   
  41-39252  2A-D  A-26B
  Lt Renth, E.J.
  Sgt Brinkman, E.R.

Box I
  SPARE  671st               
  41-39250  5C-A  A-26B
  Capt Wheeler, R.V.
  S/Sgt Elliott, F.W.

Box I -- Flight WINDOW
  1  668th                   
  43-22481  5H-P  A-26C
  Lt Grunig, D.B.
  Lt Morris, B.C.
  S/Sgt Dias, M.E.
  S/Sgt Nowosielski, H.J.
  2  670th                   
  41-39286  F6-D  A-26B
  Lt Barausky, P.P.
  Sgt Hall, M.
  S/Sgt Teran, A.
  3  668th                   
  43-22385  5H-D  A-26B
  Lt Montrose, J.H.
  S/Sgt Gandy, R.S.
  S/Sgt Felkel, J.W.

Box II -- Flight I
  1  671st                   
  43-22499  5C-G  A-26C
  Lt Buskirk, J.A.
  Lt Hanna, R.C.
  Lt Muir, R.C.
  S/Sgt Corbitt, C.H.
  2  671st                   
  43-22498  5C-R  A-26C
  Lt Brown, C.J.
  Lt Kerns, J.E.
  S/Sgt Sunderland, H.E.
  3  671st                   
  43-22313  5C-B  A-26B
  Lt Remiszewski, A.
  S/Sgt DiOrio, F.
  [Returned Early Nose Wheel Would Not Retract]
  4  671st                   
  43-22419  5C-Z  A-26B
  Lt Ames, W.H.
  Sgt Brown, R.J.
  5  671st                   
  41-39332  5C-P  A-26B
  Lt Graeber, T.E.
  Sgt Miller, A.H.
  6  671st                   
  41-39237  5C-D  A-26B
  Lt Cocke, J.B.
  S/Sgt MacCartney, W.A.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  668th                   
  43-22508  5H-Z  A-26C
  Lt Mish, C.C.
  Lt Shaft, R.E.
  S/Sgt Roberts, J.H.
  2  668th                   
  43-22378  5H-O  A-26B
  Lt Parkhurst, G.J.
  Sgt Newman, F.
  3  668th                   
  41-39361  5H-M  A-26B
  Lt Colquitt, J.K.
  S/Sgt Mohr, C.M.
  4  668th                   
  41-39305  5H-U  A-26B
  Lt Harris, F.W.
  Lt Vars, C.J.
  Sgt Williford, C.W.
  5  668th                   
  41-39274  5H-S  A-26B
  Lt Tank, F.R.
  Sgt Harmon, F.B.
  6  668th                   
  43-22495  5H-G  A-26C
  Lt Drum, E.B.
  Sgt Griffith, J.J.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  670th                   
  43-22501  F6-W  A-26C
  Lt Brewster, F.S.
  Lt Dennis, L.W.
  Lt Rosenquist, A.E.
  S/Sgt Clark, W.O.
  2  670th                   
  41-39215  F6-R  A-26B
  Lt Bower, R.S.
  Sgt Puskas, N.A.
  3  670th                   
  43-22334  F6-G  A-26B
  Capt Borman, H.W.
  Sgt Perujo, R.J.
  4  670th                   
  41-39416  F6-O  A-26B
  Lt Errotabere, M.
  Sgt Bowie, E.A.
  5  670th                   
  41-39315  F6-F  A-26B
  Lt Wallace, J.F.
  Sgt Krantz, J.G.
  6  670th                   
  43-22330  F6-P  A-26B
  Lt Chitty, W.D.
  Sgt Riggs, P.H.

Box II
  SPARE  671st               
  43-22356  5C-C  A-26B
  Lt Herman, A.E.
  S/Sgt Davis, H.R.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 218 -- March 1, 1945, Thursday AM
Giessen, Germany -- Ordnance and Supply Depot

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

When mission no. 218, the first mission of March, took off in the early afternoon of the first, it was to begin the most active month of our operations and also some of the greatest advance of our Armies on the ground. That first March mission was to attack the Giessen ordnance depot on PPF. No fighters showed up to escort our formation. When the equipment in the PPF plane failed, it attacked the town of Brumm, just over the bombline. The two boxes of our planes, led by Major Dunn, Lts Brewer and Basnett, B-N, and Lt Buskirk, Lts Hanna and Muir, B&N, dropped on the PPF plane. There was no flak.

"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Page 220

Mission #218 - 1 March - Giessen Ordnance Depot. Major Dunn with Lts. Brewer and Basnett, BNs, plus Lts. Buskirk with Lts. Hanna and Muir, BNs, led boxes. Lts. Evans and McCartney, BN flew as deputy. Flights were led by Lts. Mish and Shaft, BN and Lts. Brown and Kerns, BN. B-26 PFF pathfinders had to lead the formation due to cloud cover, The PFF equipment failed to operate, and the fighter rendezvous did not connect, so the formation went for the secondary target, just over the bomb line, the town of Brenn and the Eller bridge. No flak or fighters engaged the formation.

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

The first mission for the month, in which aircraft of this squadron participated, was flown on March 1st. The Giessen Ordnance Depot was attacked. PPF Bombing technique was used.

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

The Giessen Ordnance Depot in Germany was the target of the 1 March mission which included eight of our crews. Because of PFF failure and the fact that they could not locate their fighter escort, the formation turned back and bombed the secondary target of Brenn with the use of their Gee equipment. No flak was experienced and there were no enemy aircraft encountered. The cloud cover was 10/10.

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

March 1st, 1945

Led by Pathfinders, the 416th was slated to hit the Giessen Ordnance Depot on March 1st, 1945. Upon entering the tactical area the PFF ship called the air-ground station, but could not contact it. The fighter escort did not rendezvous, so the PFF led the formation to the secondary target, the Eller rail bridge. The Group dropped on the Pathfinder's Gee, but results were undetermined due to the cloud covering. There were no losses, casualties or battle damages.

[March 1, 1945], HQ Twelfth Army Group situation map

Map showing Western Allies and Axis troop position details in Western Europe
as of approximately 1200 hours, March 1, 1945
World War II Military Situation Maps Collection
Library of Congress

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