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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 223 -- March 5, 1945, Monday PM

Bingen, Germany

Marshalling Yards



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 192-778
OpRep #            : 336a
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 12,500 feet
Take-off Time      : 1601
Time Over Target   : 1737
Landing Time       : 1910
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 3:09

Place of Take-Off  : A-69 Laon/Athies, France
A/C Dispatched     : 43 Total -- 41 A-26's, 2 B-26's (PFF)
Modified British System Reference: M-106523
Secondary Target   : Eller Railroad Bridge (L-575675)
Summary of Results : Unobserved due to 10/10 Cloud coverage. 3 a/c dropped Window.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 49.97046,7.88508 (49° 58' 14" N, 7° 53' 6" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on The "Coordinates Translator", (NGZ) wM106523)
(See Latitude/Longitude Coordinates and Target Identifiers for more information.)

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Loading List 1

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

Loading List 2

Loading List 2, Box II

Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 223 -- March 5, 1945, Monday PM
Bingen, 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  669th                   
  43-22521  2A-N  A-26C
  Lt Stebbins, B.D.
  Lt Calloway, A.S.
  Lt McQuade, R.J.
  S/Sgt Brown, W.J.
  2  669th                   
  43-22487  2A-J  A-26C
  Lt Miller, E.L.
  Lt Conner, J.K.
  S/Sgt Malloy, J.F.
  3  669th                   
  43-22381  2A-Q  A-26B
  Capt DuFault, W.F.
  S/Sgt Vorce, K.E.
  4  669th                   
  41-39244  2A-I  A-26B
  Capt Behlmer, R.L.
  Lt Smith, B.A.
  S/Sgt Burland, A.J.
  5  669th                   
  43-22351  2A-F  A-26B
  Lt Smith, D.E.
  Sgt Kirik, S.J.
  6  669th                   
  41-39362  2A-Y  A-26B
  Lt Anderson, C.M.
  Sgt Deatherage, J.H.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  670th                   
  43-22501  F6-W  A-26C
  Lt Heinke, W.R.
  Lt Rosenquist, A.E.
  S/Sgt Kidd, W.L.
  2  670th                   
  41-39286  F6-D  A-26B
  Lt Bower, R.S.
  Sgt Paladino, D.V.
  3  670th                   
  43-22320  F6-S  A-26B
  Lt Green, J.A.
  Sgt Rorbakken, R.R.
  4  670th                   
  43-22315  F6-L  A-26B
  Maj Ferris, C.H.
  S/Sgt Rio, D.J.
  5  670th                   
  41-39205  F6-M  A-26B
  Lt Stankowski, J.F.
  Sgt Vellinga, J.R.
  6  670th                   
  43-22330  F6-P  A-26B
  Lt Wallace, J.F.
  Sgt Krantz, J.G.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  670th                   
  43-22528  F6-T  A-26C
  Lt Brewster, F.S.
  Lt Dennis, L.W.
  Sgt Torres, I.
  2  670th                   
  41-39416  F6-O  A-26B
  Lt Sewell, J.C.
  Sgt Tharp, F.M.
  3  670th                   
  43-22307  F6-N  A-26B
  Lt Errotabere, M.
  Sgt Lynch, P.R.
  4  670th                   
  41-39215  F6-R  A-26B
  Lt Popeney, H.
  S/Sgt Candler, H.C.S.
  5  669th                   
  41-39263  2A-G  A-26B
  Capt Borman, H.W.
  Sgt Perujo, R.J.
  6  669th                   
  43-22344  2A-C  A-26B
  Lt O'Brien, J.V.
  Sgt Corey, F.E.

Box I
  SPARE  671st               
  41-39209  5C-M  A-26B
  Capt Moore, Z.R.
  S/Sgt Davis, H.R.

Box I -- Flight WINDOW
  1  669th                   
  43-22492  2A-E  A-26C
  Lt Blomgren, J.E.
  Lt Johnson, G.G.
  S/Sgt Bookach, M.
  S/Sgt Fleming, L.R.
  2  670th                   
  41-39223  F6-B  A-26B
  Lt Herman, A.E.
  S/Sgt Hinson, A.H.
  Sgt Stypenski, V.S.
  3  670th                   
  41-39315  F6-F  A-26B
  Lt VanNoorden, H.M.
  S/Sgt Steffey, R.I.
  Sgt Miller, H.K.

Box II -- Flight I
  1  668th                   
  43-22505  5H-Y  A-26C
  Capt Andersen, C.J.
  Lt Babbage, W.
  F/O Harvest, R.W.
  S/Sgt Euga, P.G.
  2  671st                   
  43-22490  5C-X  A-26C
  Lt Lackovich, J.J.
  Lt Muir, R.C.
  Pvt Barry, R.M.
  3  668th                   
  43-22378  5H-O  A-26B
  Lt Annin, W.W.
  S/Sgt Rivard, C.J.
  4  668th                   
  41-39264  5H-I  A-26B
  Lt Parker, P.E.
  S/Sgt Kochan, S.
  5  668th                   
  41-39335  5H-W  A-26B
  Lt Lackner, R.J.
  Sgt Musarra, A.J.
  6  668th                   
  43-22495  5H-G  A-26C
  Lt Phillips, J.P.
  S/Sgt Fetko, C.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  668th                   
  43-22523  5H-N  A-26C
  Capt Stanley, C.S.
  F/O Blount, J.H.
  Sgt Edenburn, J.C.
  2  668th                   
  41-39274  5H-S  A-26B
  Lt Carver, J.H.
  S/Sgt Robinson, J.W.
  3  668th                   
  43-22389  5H-X  A-26B
  Lt Cannon, L.E.
  S/Sgt Brzezinski, E.P.
  4  668th                   
  41-39305  5H-U  A-26B
  Lt Harris, F.W.
  S/Sgt Schafer, E.L.
  5  668th                   
  43-22385  5H-D  A-26B
  F/O Gunkel, H.G.
  Sgt Grzona, L.J.
  6  668th                   
  41-39361  5H-M  A-26B
  Lt Long, R.H.
  Sgt McCarthy, C.J.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  671st                   
  43-22497  5C-E  A-26C
  Capt Tutt, R.J.
  Lt Beck, J.T.
  Sgt Wood, W.
  2  671st                   
  43-22313  5C-B  A-26B
  Lt Remiszewski, A.
  S/Sgt DiOrio, F.
  3  671st                   
  41-39297  5C-T  A-26B
  Lt Winn, A.J.P.
  Sgt Davis, W.G.
  4  671st                   
  41-39237  5C-D  A-26B
  Capt Sutton, L.J.
  S/Sgt Gilliam, D.C.
  5  671st                   
  41-39300  5C-K  A-26B
  Lt Fero, D.A.
  S/Sgt Skelton, T.W.
  6  671st                   
  43-22419  5C-Z  A-26B
  Lt Eastman, D.M.
  S/Sgt Johnson, R.J.

Box II
  SPARE  668th               
  41-39325  5H-L  A-26B
  Lt Hale, W.L.
  S/Sgt Geyer, J.F.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 223 -- March 5, 1945, Monday PM
Bingen, Germany -- Marshalling Yards

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

That afternoon, the Bingen yards were attacked behind two PPF planes. There was weak, inaccurate flak at the target. Capt Stebbins, Lts Calloway and McQuade, B&N, and Captain Anderson, Lt Babbage and F/O Harvest, B&N, were the box leaders. Reconnaissance over the target five days later found very heavy damage to the yards.

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

Mission #223 - 5 March - PM - Bingen Marshalling Yard. Captain Stebbins with Lts. Calloway and McQuade, BNs with Captain Anderson and Lts. Conner and Johnson, BNs led boxes. Captain Tutt and Lt. Beck BN and Lts Lackovich and Muir, BN led flights. PFF planes led the boxes at 12,500 feet. No flak or fighters. The formation landed well after sunset. Photo recon later showed extensive damage was done by the hits. Lt. Bob Basnett, BN of the 671st squadron completed his mission tour with 66 to his credit. He did an outstanding job as flight and box leader, flying with different pilots during his tour. He was one of the original bombardier-navigators to come overseas with the group and the first BN of the 671st to complete the magic 65.

"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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