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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 219 -- March 2, 1945, Friday AM

Iserlohn, Germany




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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 186-771
OpRep #            : 333
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 13,000 - 13,500 feet
Take-off Time      : 1027
Time Over Target   : 1228
Landing Time       : 1412
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 3:45

Place of Take-Off  : A-69 Laon/Athies, France
A/C Dispatched     : 42 Total -- 40 A-26's, 2 B-26's (PFF)
Modified British System Reference: A-999087
Secondary Target   : Siegen Marshalling Yards and Railroad Workshops (G-200520)
Summary of Results : Unobserved due to cloud cover. Three Window A-26's.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 51.37718,7.73577 (51° 22' 38" N, 7° 44' 9" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on The "Coordinates Translator", (NGZ) rA999087)
(See Latitude/Longitude Coordinates and Target Identifiers for more information.)

Scanned original Mission 219 documents (multipage PDF files)

Mission Folder       Reports Folder       OpRep # 333       Fuel Use

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Loading List 1

Loading List 1, Box I

Loading List 2

Loading List 2, Box II with Three Additional Window Mission Aircraft


Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 219 -- March 2, 1945, Friday AM
Iserlohn, Germany -- Warehouses

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                   
  43-22523  5H-N  A-26C
  Capt Evans, H.M.
  Lt McCartney, T.M.
  F/O Blount, J.H.
  S/Sgt Skeens, C.L.
  2  668th                   
  43-22505  5H-Y  A-26C
  Maj Price, R.F.
  Lt Forma, W.
  S/Sgt Fetko, C.
  Lt Castle, W.D.
  3  668th                   
  41-39325  5H-L  A-26B
  Lt Hale, W.L.
  S/Sgt Bentzler, D.H.
  4  668th                   
  41-39264  5H-I  A-26B
  Lt Parker, P.E.
  Cpl Youlios, D.
  5  668th                   
  43-22495  5H-G  A-26C
  Lt Phillips, J.P.
  Sgt Miller, A.H.
  6  669th                   
  41-39244  2A-I  A-26B
  Lt Russell, R.A.
  Sgt Musarra, A.J.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  670th                   
  43-22503  F6-X  A-26C
  Lt Rooney, R.J.
  Lt Kirk, R.L.
  S/Sgt Caudell, S.R.
  2  670th                   
  43-22334  F6-G  A-26B
  Lt Sewell, J.C.
  S/Sgt Hummer, J.A.
  3  670th                   
  41-39205  F6-M  A-26B
  Lt Bishop, E.G.
  Sgt Hudnutt, L.W.
  4  670th                   
  43-22315  F6-L  A-26B
  Maj Ferris, C.H.
  S/Sgt Majewski, S.J.
  Lt Col McAfee, J.B.
  [McAfee (97th CBW)]
  5  670th                   
  41-39315  F6-F  A-26B
  Lt Turman, A.R.
  S/Sgt Harmon, C.D.
  6  670th                   
  43-22307  F6-N  A-26B
  Lt Ford, R.
  Cpl Thompson, C.J.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  670th                   
  43-22501  F6-W  A-26C
  Lt Singletary, R.B.
  Lt Rosenquist, A.E.
  S/Sgt Cianciosi, A.A.
  2  670th                   
  41-39224  F6-E  A-26B
  Lt Bower, R.S.
  Sgt Rhoney, C.B.
  3  670th                   
  41-39416  F6-O  A-26B
  Lt Errotabere, M.
  Sgt Bowie, E.A.
  4  670th                   
  41-39286  F6-D  A-26B
  Lt Barausky, P.P.
  Pvt Wilson, B.R.
  5  670th                   
  41-39215  F6-R  A-26B
  Lt Stankowski, J.F.
  Sgt Kimball, A.H.
  6  670th                   
  43-22330  F6-P  A-26B
  Lt Chitty, W.D.
  Sgt Raccio, V.B.

Box I
  SPARE  668th               
  43-22389  5H-X  A-26B
  Lt Cannon, L.E.
  S/Sgt Robinson, J.W.

Box II -- Flight I
  1  668th                   
  43-22481  5H-P  A-26C
  Capt Andersen, C.J.
  Lt Babbage, W.
  Lt Shaft, R.E.
  S/Sgt Schafer, E.L.
  2  671st                   
  43-22497  5C-E  A-26C
  Capt Pair, H.F.
  Lt Corum, J.L.
  S/Sgt Fessler, H.S.
  3  668th                   
  43-22378  5H-O  A-26B
  Lt Annin, W.W.
  Sgt Kaminski, C.J.
  4  668th                   
  41-39274  5H-S  A-26B
  Lt Prucha, L.J.
  T/Sgt Wilson, G.C.
  5  668th                   
  41-39335  5H-W  A-26B
  Lt Long, R.H.
  Sgt McCarthy, C.J.
  6  668th                   
  41-39305  5H-U  A-26B
  Lt Laseter, W.H.
  Sgt Hicks, C.M.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  669th                   
  43-22521  2A-N  A-26C
  Capt Stebbins, B.D.
  Lt Calloway, A.S.
  S/Sgt Brown, W.J.
  2  669th                   
  41-39252  2A-D  A-26B
  Lt Anderson, C.M.
  Sgt Deatherage, J.H.
  3  669th                   
  41-39263  2A-G  A-26B
  Lt Martin, E.C.
  Sgt Draft, L.B.
  4  669th                   
  41-39271  2A-R  A-26B
  Lt Allen, J.F., Jr.
  S/Sgt Veazey, C.W.
  5  669th                   
  43-22354  2A-S  A-26B
  Lt Hackley, R.H.
  Sgt Hawk, O.T.
  6  669th                   
  43-22351  2A-F  A-26B
  F/O Swap, F.W.
  Sgt Santandrea, M.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  671st                   
  43-22499  5C-G  A-26C
  Lt Brown, C.J.
  Lt Kerns, J.E.
  S/Sgt Sunderland, H.E.
  2  671st                   
  41-39209  5C-M  A-26B
  Lt Spires, J.W.
  Sgt Davis, L.E.
  3  671st                   
  41-39300  5C-K  A-26B
  Lt VanNoorden, H.M.
  S/Sgt Thompson, G.
  4  671st                   
  41-39249  5C-F  A-26B
  Capt Sears, A.C.
  M/Sgt Wells, J.J.
  5  671st                   
  41-39239  5C-N  A-26B
  Capt Hixon, S.M.
  Sgt Schmidt, K.W.
  [Returned Early]
  6  671st                   
  41-39297  5C-T  A-26B
  Lt Wright, J.R.
  Sgt Simon, D.O.

Box II
  SPARE  668th               
  43-22321  5H-T  A-26B
  Lt Carver, J.H.
  Sgt Graham, N.M.

Box II -- Flight WINDOW
  1  669th                   
  43-22487  2A-J  A-26C
  Lt Cornell, R.H.
  Lt Enman, R.E.
  S/Sgt Carter, A.
  Sgt Reid, K.A.
  2  668th                   
  43-22385  5H-D  A-26B
  Lt Remiszewski, A.
  S/Sgt Miguez, J.H.
  S/Sgt DiOrio, F.
  3  668th                   
  41-39213  5H-A  A-26B
  Lt Willard, J.A.
  Sgt Hinker, C.V.
  Sgt Sumner, W.R.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 219 -- March 2, 1945, Friday AM
Iserlohn, Germany -- Warehouses

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

Again on the 2nd, PPF was employed to attack warehouses at Iserlohn through 10/10 cloud cover. There was no flak. The two boxes were lead by Capt Evans, Lt McCartney and F/O Blount, B&N, and Captain Anderson, Lts Babbage and Shaft, B&N. The mission marked the finish of our first year of operations.

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

Mission #219 - 2 March - Iserlohn Transport Depot. This depot contained replacement parts for much field equipment plus their required motors, so frag bombs were loaded on our planes, to follow PFF planes again. Captain Evans with Lt. McCartney and F/O Blount as BNs led Box I. Major Price and Lt. Forma, BN flew as deputy to Box I. Captain Anderson with Lts. Babbage and Shaft, BNs, Lts. Brown and Kerns, BN and Captain Pair with Lt. Corum BN led flights. Bombs were dropped through clouds. This was a welcome second "milk-run" for the group.

"Operational History 668th Bomb Squadron (416th Bomb Group (L)) WWII"
Wayne Williams, et.al.

The mission flown today was very near identical to yesterday’s mission, with exception of target and date. We had twelve crews on the loading list, comprising the lead flights of each box. Price & Forma flew Deputy Lead with five of our crews behind them, while Andersen & Babbage with the other five crews were the lead flight of the second box. On this mission, heading the first box was the team of Evans & McCartney. They composed the thirteenth crew on the list. Take-off was in the late morning, and the planes were loaded with 500 lb. "Frags".

The motor transportation depot at Iserlohn, German was the target assigned to the bombers. Two words, namely – "milk-run" described the mission. The target was reached with no flak enroute, and the bombing was carried out by boxes on PFF lead from the altitudes of 13,00 and 13,500 feet. Due to cloud cover, no photo coverage was possible, and the results remained "undetermined". The formation returned to the base with no losses, damage, or casualties, after a journey of 3:30 duration. This ended Group Mission # 219.

Tomorrow should be a day of celebration, as it announces the end of one year of operations. A year that has been full of both sadness and joy.

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

On March 2nd, airplanes of the 669th participated in a PPF operation against the Iserlohn Warehouses.

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

On the following day the Iserlohn Motor transport depot was bombed with 500 pound fragmentation bombs using the new type "airburst" fuse which is operated on a radar principle. Twelve 670th crews participated in this attack.

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

The 416th Bomb Group completed its first year of Operations on March 2nd 1945, chalking up Mission No. 219. The target was the Motor Transport Depot at Iserlohn, 10 miles southeast of Dortmund. This depot is a main source for spare parts and motors. Pathfinder technique was used against the cloud-covered target, but it was reported that great damage was done. Flak was nil and all crews returned in tact.

It was on the night of March 2nd 1944 that the Group was alerted for its first mission. Ground crews worked furiously to make ready the ships for this new experience. The formation of A-20s took off at 0830, but got no farther than the English Channel when the fighters failed to rendezvous. The crews got their first sight of the coast of France, which they were to seen many times in the coming months.

[March 2, 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 2, 1945
World War II Military Situation Maps Collection
Library of Congress

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