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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 222 -- March 5, 1945, Monday AM

Marburg, Germany

Marshalling Yards



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 191-177
OpRep #            : 336
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 13,000 feet
Take-off Time      : 1031
Time Over Target   : 1242
Landing Time       : 1408
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 3:37

Place of Take-Off  : A-69 Laon/Athies, France
A/C Dispatched     : 41 Total -- 40 A-26's, 1 B-26 (PFF)
Modified British System Reference: G-731474
Secondary Target   : Eller Railroad Bridge or Dillenburg Marshalling Yards (L-575675 or G-395376)
Summary of Results : Unobserved due to 10/10 Cloud coverage. 3 a/c dropped Window.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 50.82146,8.77517 (50° 49' 17" N, 8° 46' 31" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on The "Coordinates Translator", (NGZ) wG731474)
(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 # 222 -- March 5, 1945, Monday AM
Marburg, Germany -- Marshalling Yards

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                   
  43-22523  5H-N  A-26C
  Capt Evans, H.M.
  Lt McCartney, T.M.
  S/Sgt Merritt, O.N.
  3  671st                   
  43-22313  5C-B  A-26B
  Lt Withington, D.L.
  S/Sgt Huss, C.F.
  4  671st                   
  41-39209  5C-M  A-26B
  Lt Murray, T.J.
  S/Sgt Fessler, H.S.
  5  671st                   
  41-39300  5C-K  A-26B
  Lt Jokinen, W.R.
  Sgt Creeden, E.J.
  6  670th                   
  41-39416  F6-O  A-26B
  Lt Hlivko, A.E.
  Sgt Farmer, L.J.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  669th                   
  43-22521  2A-N  A-26C
  Lt Col Napier, J.G.
  Lt Moore, D.L.
  S/Sgt Carstens, R.W.
  2  669th                   
  43-22351  2A-F  A-26B
  Lt Willard, J.A.
  Sgt Hinker, C.V.
  3  669th                   
  41-39244  2A-I  A-26B
  Lt Martin, E.C.
  Sgt Draft, L.B.
  4  669th                   
  41-39362  2A-Y  A-26B
  Lt Sorrels, D.W.
  S/Sgt Malara, V.A.
  5  669th                   
  43-22381  2A-Q  A-26B
  Lt Renth, E.J.
  Sgt Brinkman, E.R.
  6  669th                   
  43-22354  2A-S  A-26B
  Lt Depner, A.W.
  Sgt Gillespie, R.H.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  669th                   
  43-22492  2A-E  A-26C
  Lt Cornell, R.H.
  Lt Enman, R.E.
  Sgt Reid, K.A.
  2  669th                   
  41-39263  2A-G  A-26B
  Lt Hayter, E.R.
  S/Sgt Dalton, A.A.
  3  669th                   
  43-22344  2A-C  A-26B
  Lt Turner, D.O., Jr.
  S/Sgt Reyes, M.R.
  4  670th                   
  43-22315  F6-L  A-26B
  Lt Jordan, C.S.
  S/Sgt Jensen, K.F.
  5  670th                   
  43-22320  F6-S  A-26B
  F/O Swap, F.W.
  Sgt Santandrea, M.
  6  670th                   
  41-39224  F6-E  A-26B
  Lt Weinert, C.E.
  Sgt Dubi, R.

Box I
  SPARE  671st               
  41-39332  5C-P  A-26B
  Lt Miller, J.H.
  Sgt Maupin, W.W.

Box I -- Flight WINDOW
  1  668th                   
  43-22481  5H-P  A-26C
  Lt Hall, R.B.
  Lt Goss, T.L.
  S/Sgt Ottaviano, J.O.
  Sgt Richards, D.B.
  2  670th                   
  41-39223  F6-B  A-26B
  Lt Bower, R.S.
  Cpl Puskas, N.A.
  Sgt Rhoney, C.B.
  3  670th                   
  41-39315  F6-F  A-26B
  Lt Sewell, J.C.
  S/Sgt Teran, A.
  S/Sgt Hummer, J.A.

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.
  Sgt Sunderland, H.E.
  3  671st                   
  41-39239  5C-N  A-26B
  Lt Spires, J.W.
  Sgt Messinger, R.W.
  [Returned Early Landing Gear Would Not Retract]
  4  671st                   
  43-22419  5C-Z  A-26B
  Lt Ames, W.H.
  S/Sgt Brown, R.J.
  5  671st                   
  41-39297  5C-T  A-26B
  Lt Wright, J.R.
  Sgt Simon, D.O.
  6  671st                   
  43-22356  5C-C  A-26B
  Lt Milhorn, G.L.
  Sgt Chest, D.

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                   
  41-39274  5H-S  A-26B
  Lt Prucha, L.J.
  S/Sgt Ferguson, L.C.
  3  668th                   
  41-39305  5H-U  A-26B
  Lt Russell, R.A.
  Sgt Kaminski, C.J.
  4  668th                   
  41-39213  5H-A  A-26B
  Lt McCready, T.D.
  S/Sgt Metzler, L.V.
  5  668th                   
  43-22495  5H-G  A-26C
  Lt Roberts, W.H.
  Sgt Windisch, R.P.
  6  668th                   
  41-39361  5H-M  A-26B
  Lt Laseter, W.H.
  Sgt Cross, R.M.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  670th                   
  43-22507  F6-Q  A-26C
  Lt Grunig, D.B.
  Lt Morris, B.C.
  S/Sgt Dias, M.E.
  2  670th                   
  41-39205  F6-M  A-26B
  Lt Bishop, E.G.
  Sgt Harris, M.C.
  3  670th                   
  43-22330  F6-P  A-26B
  Lt Chitty, W.D.
  Sgt Riggs, P.H.
  4  670th                   
  41-39286  F6-D  A-26B
  Lt Barausky, P.P.
  S/Sgt Hall, M.
  5  670th                   
  43-22307  F6-N  A-26B
  Lt Ford, R.
  Cpl Murro, D.J.
  6  670th                   
  41-39215  F6-R  A-26B
  Lt Turman, A.R.
  S/Sgt Leahigh, L.L.

Box II
  SPARE  671st               
  41-39250  5C-A  A-26B
  Lt Edstrom, L.W.
  Sgt Pompa, P.A.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 222 -- March 5, 1945, Monday AM
Marburg, Germany -- Marshalling Yards

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

The fifth was the first two-mission day in March. In the morning, marshalling yards at Marburg were attacked by 37 aircraft, dropping over 55 tons of 500-pound demolition bombs on PPF. There was no flak, and no observations of the results. Major Dunn, Lts Brewer and Basnett, B&N, led the first box; Lt Buskirk, Lts Hanna and Muir, B&N, led the second.

"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Pages 221 - 222

Mission #222 - 5 March - AM - Marburg Marshalling Yard. Major Dunn with Lts. Brewer and Basnett, BNs with Lt. Buskirk and Lts. Hanna and Muir, BNs led the two boxes. Captain Evans and Lt. McCartney BN and Lts. Brown with Kerns, BN plus Lts. Mish and Shaft, BN led flights. Using PFF pathfinder technique, bomb loads of 55 tons, 500 pounders, were dropped. No flak or fighters were encountered.

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

Two missions today kept everyone at a hot pace. In the morning was Gp Mission # 222, with Evans & McCartney, Mish & Shaft, and five other crews from our squadron. Forty-one aircraft took to the air, loaded with 500 lb. GPs. All of this bombing was done to prevent enemy supplies reaching the German Troops for the defense of the Ruhr Valley.

The Marshalling Yards at Marburg, Germany was bombed thru the clouds, using PFF. The bombs were dropped with results "undetermined", and the formation returned safely after 3:30 of flight. Immediately, the planes were loaded and re-fueled for the next mission. As if by magic, the briefed crews were at the planes as the last one was done.

[The last mission entry in the 668th Bomb Sq. history was on March 14, 1945, thus there are no more entries from this Squadron History for subsequent Combat Mission pages.]

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

The Marburg Marshalling Yard was attacked on March 5th. Again PPF technique had to be used. Observation of the results was impossible because of the 10/10ths cloud cover.

The second mission to take-off on this day was led by Capt. Stebbins, with Lts. Calloway and McQuade flying as Bombardier and Navigator respectively. The Bingen Marshalling Yards were bombed by the use of PPF equipment. Results were unobserved, but photo reconnaissance five days later disclosed that considerable damage had been done to the yards.

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

The Marburg Marshalling Yard was the target in the morning of the following day. The take off was accomplished in extremely poor weather which continued to the target where they found 10/10 cloud cover. Bombing was done behind the pathfinder ship and results were undetermined. In the afternoon the Bergen Marshalling yards were hit with 12 670th crews taking part with undetermined results because of 10/10 cloud cover. This also was a pathfinder mission.

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

March 5th, 1945

The 416th went out twice on March 5th to hit at Marshalling Yards serving the Western Armies with its various needs. In the morning the Invaders struck through clouds by use of Pathfinders the Marburg Marshalling Yard, 16 miles north of Giessen. All 38 ships dropped 500 GPs on the target, although results were unobserved. The crews saw only a few puffs of flak.

In the afternoon the formation went to the Bingen Marshalling Yard, 35 miles southwest of Frankfurt. Again results were unobserved as the ships dropped through 10/10 clouds on the Pathfinder.

This time 40 Invaders dropped their 500 pounders on the highly prized M/Y.

Lt. Basnett Winds Up Tour in the E.T.O.

1st Lt. Robert J. (The Kid) Basnett became the first Bombardier/Navigator of the 671st Bomb Squadron to finish his tour when he chalked up Number 66 on the morning mission of March 5th 1945. Lt. Basnett had 64 missions to his credit previous to this mission, but needed to fly another one to reach the 65 mark.

Lt.Basnett annexed an admirable record with the Squadron. Coming across the pond with the Group, he got a slow start in England when the higher ups figured he was too young and needed a little more training. He was finally teamed up with Lt. Marzolf and the pair really chalked up missions. They scored their share of goods and excellents.

Then out of a clear blue sky Lt.Basnett was assigned to Captain Cole. Lt. Beck, who had been flying with Cole up to this time, switched over to Lt. Marzolf. Lt. Basnett had 30 missions at this time. No one (except the wheels) knew what it was all about, and the personnel involved were not too happy over the deal. However, the change worked to the advantage of both Lt. Beck and Lt. Basnett, together with their pilots became two of the hottest combinations in the Group.

Captain Cole had a head start on the Kid, and he finished up his tour on December 5th, leaving Lt.Basnett with 50 missions. Basnett was ready to go home then, but it just couldn't be that way. Captain Greenley and his bombardier, Lt.Mitchell hadn't been doing too well...so out went Lt. Mitchell and in came Lt. Basnett to the rescue. However, Greenley was ahead of Lt.Basnett when he joined him, and when Greenley had 65, Lt. Basnett had 59. Six to go.

At this time it was decided to use two bombardier/navigators in the lead ship, and so Lt. Basnett flew the remainder of his missions as navigator in the lead ship, when this Squadron had the lead.

The Kid is now waiting for his orders sending him back to the U.S.A.

[March 5, 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 5, 1945
World War II Military Situation Maps Collection
Library of Congress

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