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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 227 -- March 9, 1945, Friday PM

Wulfen, Germany

Ammunition Dump



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 196-782
OpRep #            : 340a
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 12,000 - 13,000 feet
Take-off Time      : 1429
Time Over Target   : 1631
Landing Time       : 1809
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 3:40

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: A-483450
Secondary Target   : Stadtlohn Communications Center (A-435773)
Summary of Results : Reports from crews indicate good results. 2 A-26's dropped Window, 36 attacked Primary, 2 attacked Casual A-452601.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 51.70117,6.98933 (51° 42' 4" N, 6° 59' 22" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on The "Coordinates Translator", (NGZ) rA483450)
(See Latitude/Longitude Coordinates and Target Identifiers for more information.)

Scanned original Mission 227 documents (multipage PDF files)

Mission Folder       Reports Folder       OpRep # 340a       Fuel Use

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Route Map

Route Map

Loading List 1

Loading List 1, Box I
With Three Additional Window Mission Aircraft

Loading List 2

Loading List 2, Box II

Bomb Run Photo

Bomb Run Photo
(Lt. Robert S. Bower Combat Journal)

Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 227 -- March 9, 1945, Friday PM
Wulfen, Germany -- Ammunition Dump

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.
  Lt Babbage, W.
  S/Sgt Profita, P.J.
  Brig Gen Backus, E.N.
  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 Metzler, L.V.
  4  668th                   
  41-39264  5H-I  A-26B
  Lt Parker, P.E.
  S/Sgt Kochan, S.
  5  668th                   
  43-22495  5H-G  A-26C
  Lt Tank, F.R.
  Sgt Harmon, F.B.
  6  668th                   
  41-39213  5H-A  A-26B
  Lt Long, R.H.
  T/Sgt Wilson, G.C.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  670th                   
  43-22501  F6-W  A-26C
  Lt Heinke, W.R.
  Lt Rosenquist, A.E.
  S/Sgt VanWert, G.R.
  2  670th                   
  43-22320  F6-S  A-26B
  Lt Bower, R.S.
  S/Sgt Burns, D.E.
  3  670th                   
  41-39223  F6-B  A-26B
  Lt Popeney, H.
  S/Sgt Candler, H.C.S.
  4  670th                   
  41-39215  F6-R  A-26B
  Lt Brewster, F.S.
  Cpl Mathews, J.M.
  5  670th                   
  43-22330  F6-P  A-26B
  Capt Borman, H.W.
  Sgt Perujo, R.J.
  6  671st                   
  43-22313  5C-B  A-26B
  Lt Wallace, J.F.
  Sgt Krantz, J.G.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  670th                   
  43-22528  F6-T  A-26C
  Maj Ferris, C.H.
  Lt Royalty, P.G.
  Lt Koch, O.R.
  S/Sgt Rio, D.J.
  2  670th                   
  41-39205  F6-M  A-26B
  Lt Bishop, E.G.
  Sgt Harris, M.C.
  3  670th                   
  41-39224  F6-E  A-26B
  Lt Turner, E.O.
  S/Sgt Belcas, J.O.
  4  670th                   
  41-39416  F6-O  A-26B
  Lt Singletary, R.B.
  S/Sgt Cianciosi, A.A.
  5  670th                   
  41-39286  F6-D  A-26B
  Lt Stankowski, J.F.
  Sgt Vellinga, J.R.
  6  670th                   
  43-22315  F6-L  A-26B
  Lt Ford, R.
  Cpl Thompson, C.J.

Box I
  SPARE  668th               
  41-39305  5H-U  A-26B
  Lt Harris, F.W.
  S/Sgt Fuehrer, W.F.

Box I -- Flight WINDOW
  1  671st                   
  43-22499  5C-G  A-26C
  Lt Jacobsen, O.F.
  F/O Harvest, R.W.
  Sgt Pettinicchi, A.
  S/Sgt Gooch, H.I.
  2  670th                   
  43-22334  F6-G  A-26B
  Lt Fero, D.A.
  S/Sgt Rojas, A.A.
  Sgt Gross, V.F.
  3  670th                   
  41-39315  F6-F  A-26B
  Lt Cocke, J.B.
  S/Sgt MacCartney, W.A.
  Sgt Stypenski, V.S.

Box II -- Flight I
  1  668th                   
  43-22505  5H-Y  A-26C
  Capt Stanley, C.S.
  F/O Blount, J.H.
  Lt Shaft, R.E.
  S/Sgt Collier, C.B.
  2  669th                   
  43-22492  2A-E  A-26C
  Lt Blomgren, J.E.
  Lt Johnson, G.G.
  S/Sgt Fleming, L.R.
  3  668th                   
  41-39335  5H-W  A-26B
  Lt Russell, R.A.
  Sgt Stewart, A.B.
  4  668th                   
  43-22389  5H-X  A-26B
  Lt Cannon, L.E.
  Sgt Hood, A.R.
  5  668th                   
  41-39274  5H-S  A-26B
  Lt Parkhurst, G.J.
  S/Sgt Jordan, D.W.
  6  668th                   
  41-39325  5H-L  A-26B
  Lt Phillips, J.P.
  Sgt VanGalder, D.W.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  669th                   
  43-22304  2A-T  A-26C
  Capt Stebbins, B.D.
  Lt Calloway, A.S.
  S/Sgt Brown, W.J.
  2  669th                   
  41-39229  2A-B  A-26B
  Lt Willard, J.A.
  Sgt Hinker, C.V.
  3  669th                   
  43-22381  2A-Q  A-26B
  Capt DuFault, W.F.
  S/Sgt Vorce, K.E.
  4  669th                   
  41-39338  2A-O  A-26B
  Lt Sorrels, D.W.
  S/Sgt Malara, V.A.
  5  669th                   
  43-22344  2A-C  A-26B
  Lt Weinert, C.E.
  Sgt Dubi, R.
  6  669th                   
  41-39271  2A-R  A-26B
  Lt Smith, B.A.
  Sgt Wilson, R.P.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  671st                   
  43-22497  5C-E  A-26C
  Capt Pair, H.F.
  Lt Corum, J.L.
  S/Sgt Brown, R.J.
  2  671st                   
  41-39239  5C-N  A-26B
  Lt Miller, J.H.
  Sgt Gurkin, C.W.
  3  671st                   
  41-39250  5C-A  A-26B
  Lt VanNoorden, H.M.
  S/Sgt Thompson, G.
  4  671st                   
  41-39300  5C-K  A-26B
  Lt Gary, J.C.
  S/Sgt Cheuvront, R.W.
  5  671st                   
  41-39332  5C-P  A-26B
  Capt Moore, Z.R.
  Pvt Schoen, A.E.
  6  671st                   
  41-39297  5C-T  A-26B
  Lt Wright, J.R.
  Sgt Simon, D.O.

Box II
  SPARE  668th               
  41-39361  5H-M  A-26B
  Lt Kenny, J.P.
  Sgt Sittarich, J.J.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 227 -- March 9, 1945, Friday PM
Wulfen, Germany -- Ammunition Dump

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

The second mission of the day was another PPF attack on the Wulfen ammunition filling plant. There were clouds over the target, but these were some observations of the results: many fires were seen in the target area; many buildings burst into flames as though set afire by gasoline. Three patterns circled the aiming point. Weak, inaccurate flak at the target caused minor battle damage. Although FW 190s were reported along the route, they never came in close enough to be identified. Capt Evans, Lts McCartney and Babbage, B&N, and Capt Stanley, F/O Blount and Lt Shaft, B&N, led the two boxes. General Backus flew as an observer with Captain Evans.

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

Mission #227 - 9 March - PM - Wulfen Ammunition Factory. Captain Evans with Lts. McCartney and Babbage, BN team plus Captain Stanley with F/O Blount and Lt. Shaft, BNs headed up the boxes. General Backus, Commander of the 97th Bomb Wing flew as an observer with Captain Evans. Captain Pair and Lt. Corum, BN and Lts. Lackovich and Muir, BN led flights. Lts. Jacobsen and Harvest BN, flew a window ship. With 10/10 cloud cover, PFF B-26s led the formation in to the target. The first box results were not known. The second box bombs were seen through a break in the clouds, and results were rated good, seeing many fires and bursts of flames coming up. Again, FW 190s were seen, but did not attack. Five of our planes received flak damage.

"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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