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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 226 -- March 9, 1945, Friday AM

Butzbach, Germany

Marshalling Yards



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 196-782
OpRep #            : 340
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 10,600 - 13,500 feet
Take-off Time      : 0906
Time Over Target   : 1059 - 1110
Landing Time       : 1224
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 3:18

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: G-663040
Secondary Target   : Westerburg (G-170180)
Summary of Results : Unobserved due to cloud cover. Three A-26's dropped Window, 19 attacked Butzback M/Y (Primary) and 19 attacked Westerburg.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 50.43195,8.67099 (50° 25' 55" N, 8° 40' 16" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on The "Coordinates Translator", (NGZ) wG663040)
(See Latitude/Longitude Coordinates and Target Identifiers for more information.)

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Loading List 1

Loading List 1, Box I
With Three Window Mission Aircraft

Loading List 2

Loading List 2, Box II

Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 226 -- March 9, 1945, Friday AM
Butzbach, 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 Beck, J.T.
  S/Sgt Rose, J.W.
  2  668th                   
  43-22523  5H-N  A-26C
  Capt Andersen, C.J.
  Lt Babbage, W.
  S/Sgt Schafer, E.L.
  3  671st                   
  43-22356  5C-C  A-26B
  Capt Sears, A.C.
  M/Sgt Wells, J.J.
  4  671st                   
  41-39249  5C-F  A-26B
  Lt Ames, W.H.
  S/Sgt Fessler, H.S.
  5  671st                   
  41-39250  5C-A  A-26B
  Lt Wallman, M.
  Sgt Hardin, M.F.
  6  671st                   
  41-39332  5C-P  A-26B
  Lt Graeber, T.E.
  Sgt Appleman, M.

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                   
  41-39244  2A-I  A-26B
  Lt VanRope, R.W.
  Sgt West, N.D.
  3  669th                   
  41-39252  2A-D  A-26B
  Lt Anderson, C.M.
  Sgt Gilbert, C.
  4  669th                   
  41-39362  2A-Y  A-26B
  Lt Jordan, C.S.
  S/Sgt Jensen, K.F.
  5  669th                   
  41-39314  2A-H  A-26B
  Lt Smith, D.E.
  Sgt Kirik, S.J.
  6  669th                   
  43-22351  2A-F  A-26B
  Lt Willard, J.A.
  Sgt Hinker, C.V.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  669th                   
  43-22487  2A-J  A-26C
  Lt Miller, E.L.
  Lt Conner, J.K.
  S/Sgt Malloy, J.F.
  2  669th                   
  41-39271  2A-R  A-26B
  Lt Hayter, E.R.
  Sgt Dalton, A.A.
  3  669th                   
  43-22381  2A-Q  A-26B
  Capt DuFault, W.F.
  S/Sgt Vorce, K.E.
  4  669th                   
  43-22344  2A-C  A-26B
  Lt Turner, D.O., Jr.
  S/Sgt Reyes, M.R.
  5  669th                   
  43-22354  2A-S  A-26B
  Lt Weinert, C.E.
  Sgt Dubi, R.
  6  669th                   
  41-39263  2A-G  A-26B
  Lt Depner, A.W.
  Sgt Gillespie, R.H.

Box I
  SPARE  671st               
  43-22313  5C-B  A-26B
  Lt Remiszewski, A.
  S/Sgt DiOrio, F.

Box I -- Flight WINDOW
  1  671st                   
  43-22499  5C-G  A-26C
  Maj Price, R.F.
  F/O Blount, J.H.
  S/Sgt Fetko, C.
  S/Sgt Robinson, J.W.
  2  670th                   
  43-22334  F6-G  A-26B
  Lt Sewell, J.C.
  Capt Reichert, D.J.
  S/Sgt Hummer, J.A.
  Sgt Langley, T.R.
  3  670th                   
  41-39315  F6-F  A-26B
  Lt Errotabere, M.
  Sgt Bowie, E.A.
  Sgt Lynch, P.R.

Box II -- Flight I
  1  671st                   
  43-22498  5C-R  A-26C
  Lt Brown, C.J.
  Lt Kerns, J.E.
  Lt Muir, R.C.
  S/Sgt Corbitt, C.H.
  2  669th                   
  43-22492  2A-E  A-26C
  Lt Cornell, R.H.
  Lt Enman, R.E.
  Sgt Reid, K.A.
  3  671st                   
  41-39297  5C-T  A-26B
  Lt Withington, D.L.
  S/Sgt Huss, C.F.
  4  671st                   
  41-39209  5C-M  A-26B
  Lt Murray, T.J.
  Sgt Fidler, W.H.
  5  671st                   
  41-39239  5C-N  A-26B
  Capt Hixon, S.M.
  S/Sgt Hinson, A.H.
  6  671st                   
  43-22419  5C-Z  A-26B
  Lt Eastman, D.M.
  S/Sgt Eaton, A.B.

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                   
  41-39325  5H-L  A-26B
  Lt Hale, W.L.
  S/Sgt Geyer, J.F.
  3  668th                   
  41-39213  5H-A  A-26B
  Lt McCready, T.D.
  S/Sgt Lagerman, K.G.
  4  668th                   
  41-39335  5H-W  A-26B
  Lt Montrose, J.H.
  S/Sgt Felkel, J.W.
  5  668th                   
  43-22378  5H-O  A-26B
  Lt Blevins, J.W.
  S/Sgt Brzezinski, E.P.
  6  668th                   
  41-39361  5H-M  A-26B
  Lt Lackner, R.J.
  S/Sgt Euga, P.G.

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                   
  41-39416  F6-O  A-26B
  Lt Green, J.A.
  Sgt Kubjalko, A.
  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.
  Pvt Wilson, B.R.
  5  670th                   
  41-39205  F6-M  A-26B
  Lt Turman, A.R.
  S/Sgt Leahigh, L.L.
  6  670th                   
  43-22320  F6-S  A-26B
  Lt O'Brien, J.V.
  Sgt Wright, H.T.

Box II
  SPARE  671st               
  41-39300  5C-K  A-26B
  Lt Jokinen, W.R.
  Sgt Creeden, E.J.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 226 -- March 9, 1945, Friday AM
Butzbach, Germany -- Marshalling Yards

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

Two missions were flown on the 9th. The Butzbach marshalling yards were to be attacked. The first box attacked on PPF. The equipment in the second PPF plane failed so the leader of the second box took over the lead and bombed the Werterburg communications center with good results. An ME 163 jet plane and an ME 210 fighter were reported, but neither made an attack. Again, there was no flak. Major Dunn, Lts Brewer and Beck, B&N, and Lt Brown, Lts Kerns and Muir, B&N, led the two boxes.

"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Page 223

Mission #226 - 9 March - AM - Butzbach Marshalling Yard. Major Dunn with Lts. Brewer and Beck, BNs, with Lts. Brown and Kerns - Muir, BNs led boxes. Lts. Mish and Shaft flew flight leads. Lt. Anderson and Lt. Babbage, BN flew deputy to the box leader. Major Price and F/O Blount flew a window plane. Bombing was through clouds with PFF resulting in good results. One of the boxes of our formation missed the signal of the PFF leader and it went on to bomb the communications center at Werterburg with good results. Of the eleven Bomb Groups of the 9th Air Force, six were attacked by enemy fighters today. Three groups actually engaged an estimated 30 ME-109s, along with other German fighters. Three groups felt the brunt of the fighter attacks, with three A-26s shot down. Our gunners claimed damage to some of the Germans. The 416th saw fighters in their bombing area, but they did not attack. The fighter escorts of our groups must have had a great time shooting at the ME 109s. At least they kept those yellow nosed guys away from us.

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

Again, on the morning of March 9th, it was necessary to have a PPF aircraft fly with each box of the group formation. The Bitzbach Marshalling Yards were attacked. Lt. Col. Napier, with Lt. Moore, led the second flight of the first box, while Lt. Miller and Lt. Conner led the third flight of that box. Lt. Cornell and his B/N, Lt. Enman flew with the second box of the formation in the deputy leader's position. Enemy aircraft were seen near the formation, but they did not attack.

For the afternoon mission of the same day, blind bombing equipment had to be used. The Wulfen Ammunition Filling Plant was bombed with excellent results. Enemy fighters were seen along the route, but they made no attempt to approach the formation.

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

The following morning, 9 March, eight of our crews took part on an attack on the Butzbach Marshalling Yards. The results were again unobserved due to no photo cover and cloud cover. That afternoon the Wulfren Ammunition Filling Plant was the target. Twelve of our crews participated with good results, hitting buildings and in the woods. There were violent explosions which indicated that ammunition storage areas were probably hit.

Second Lieutenant's Forbes, Fry and Wilbur, Bombardier-Navigators, joined the squadron on 9 March.

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

March 9th, 1945

Running their string of March missions to 10, the 416th Bomb Group chalked up two sorties on March 9th, 1945. Striking in the morning at the Butzbach Marshalling Yard and in the afternoon at the Ammo Filling Plant at Wolfen. The A-26s lent their support to the forces battling the Germans along the Rhine River. Due to a heavy cloud cover, blind bombing had to be employed in both instances.

Six of the 11 Groups dispatched by Bomb Division on the morning mission observed enemy fighters and three Groups experienced combat. In the Luftwaffe's biggest show against the medium and light bombers since the battle of the bulge, three A-26s were lost. Thirty FW 190s attacked the 386th A-26 formation in the Weisbaden area. The battle lasted ten minutes and when it was over three A-26s were gone. Several claims were made by A-26s pilots and gunners on the FW 190s. A B-26 outfit was also attacked, but no loses were reported. Two enemy fighters were sighted by the 416th formation, but no combat resulted.

The Butzbach Marshalling Yard had been reported crammed with military traffic moving up from central Germany for defense of the Ruhr. The first box bombed on PFF, but the Pathfinder aircraft leading the second box failed and the group box leader dropped on Gee at the secondary. There was no observation.

The Wulfen ammunition factory, which the Invaders hit in the afternoon, is one of the largest factories manufacturing artillery and anti-aircraft shells. The PFF leading the first box dropped on Gee, but the bombs did not fall on the target. The second box received a good rating on observations through the clouds. Roads and buildings were hit and violent explosions resulted. Five planes received flak damage, but all ships and crews returned.

[March 9, 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 9, 1945
World War II Military Situation Maps Collection
Library of Congress

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