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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 229 -- March 11, 1945, Sunday AM

Lippe, Germany

Landing Grounds



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 198-785
OpRep #            : 342
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 12,400 - 13,000 feet
Take-off Time      : 0847
Time Over Target   : 1057
Landing Time       : 1243
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 3:56

Place of Take-Off  : A-69 Laon/Athies, France
A/C Dispatched     : 40 Total -- 40 A-26's
Target Number      : OPERATION NUMBER GU4445
Secondary Target   : Nastatten Marshalling Yards (M-08157715)
Summary of Results : Unobserved due to 10/10 cloud cover. 3 A-26's dropped Window.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 50.70499,8.07715 (50° 42' 18" N, 8° 4' 38" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on The "Coordinates Translator", (NGZ) wG240340)
(See Latitude/Longitude Coordinates and Target Identifiers for more information.)

Route Map

Route Map

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 # 229 -- March 11, 1945, Sunday AM
Lippe, Germany -- Landing Grounds

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                   
  43-22304  2A-T  A-26C
  Capt Stebbins, B.D.
  Lt Calloway, A.S.
  Lt McQuade, R.J.
  S/Sgt Brown, W.J.
  2  671st                   
  43-22490  5C-X  A-26C
  Lt Lackovich, J.J.
  Lt Muir, R.C.
  S/Sgt Connery, T.
  3  669th                   
  43-22354  2A-S  A-26B
  Capt DuFault, W.F.
  S/Sgt Vorce, K.E.
  4  669th                   
  41-39263  2A-G  A-26B
  Capt Behlmer, R.L.
  S/Sgt McGaughy, W.S.
  5  669th                   
  41-39271  2A-R  A-26B
  F/O Swap, F.W.
  Sgt Santandrea, M.
  6  669th                   
  41-39362  2A-Y  A-26B
  Lt Smith, B.A.
  Sgt Wilson, R.P.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  668th                   
  43-22505  5H-Y  A-26C
  Capt Stanley, C.S.
  F/O Blount, J.H.
  Sgt Edenburn, J.C.
  2  668th                   
  43-22495  5H-G  A-26C
  Lt Buchanan, R.C.
  Sgt Calabrese, C.L.
  3  668th                   
  41-39361  5H-M  A-26B
  Lt Kenny, J.P.
  S/Sgt Metzler, L.V.
  4  668th                   
  43-22385  5H-D  A-26B
  Lt McCready, T.D.
  S/Sgt Lemonds, W.E.
  5  668th                   
  41-39274  5H-S  A-26B
  Lt Nathanson, A.S.
  Sgt Hicks, C.M.
  6  668th                   
  41-39305  5H-U  A-26B
  Lt Evarts, A.V.
  S/Sgt Schafer, E.L.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  668th                   
  43-22523  5H-N  A-26C
  Capt Evans, H.M.
  Lt McCartney, T.M.
  S/Sgt Merritt, O.N.
  2  668th                   
  41-39335  5H-W  A-26B
  Lt Russell, R.A.
  S/Sgt Fuehrer, W.F.
  3  668th                   
  43-22389  5H-X  A-26B
  Lt Cannon, L.E.
  S/Sgt Robinson, J.W.
  4  668th                   
  41-39264  5H-I  A-26B
  Lt Parker, P.E.
  S/Sgt Kochan, S.
  5  668th                   
  41-39325  5H-L  A-26B
  Lt Laseter, W.H.
  Sgt Cross, R.M.
  6  668th                   
  43-22321  5H-T  A-26B
  Lt Vars, C.J.
  Sgt Griffith, J.J.

Box I
  SPARE  669th               
  43-22351  2A-F  A-26B
  Lt Willard, J.A.
  Sgt Hinker, C.V.

Box II -- Flight I
  1  670th                   
  43-22501  F6-W  A-26C
  Lt Rooney, R.J.
  Lt Kirk, R.L.
  Lt McNutt, M.C.
  Sgt Kamischke, R.J.
  2  669th                   
  43-22492  2A-E  A-26C
  Lt Cornell, R.H.
  Lt Enman, R.E.
  S/Sgt Carter, A.
  3  670th                   
  43-22330  F6-P  A-26B
  Lt Musgrove, W.
  S/Sgt Seighman, H.O.
  4  670th                   
  41-39416  F6-O  A-26B
  Lt Singletary, R.B.
  Lt Balch, W.M.
  S/Sgt Cianciosi, A.A.
  5  670th                   
  41-39205  F6-M  A-26B
  Lt Stankowski, J.F.
  Sgt Kimball, A.H.
  6  670th                   
  41-39223  F6-B  A-26B
  Lt Popeney, H.
  S/Sgt Arnett, W.E.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  670th                   
  43-22507  F6-Q  A-26C
  Lt Grunig, D.B.
  Lt Morris, B.C.
  S/Sgt Nowosielski, H.J.
  2  670th                   
  43-22315  F6-L  A-26B
  Lt Ford, R.
  Sgt Murro, D.J.
  3  670th                   
  41-39315  F6-F  A-26B
  Lt Green, J.A.
  Sgt Kubjalko, A.
  4  670th                   
  43-22320  F6-S  A-26B
  Lt Barausky, P.P.
  S/Sgt Hall, M.
  5  670th                   
  43-22307  F6-N  A-26B
  Lt Turman, A.R.
  S/Sgt Harmon, C.D.
  6  670th                   
  43-22334  F6-G  A-26B
  Capt Borman, H.W.
  Sgt Carney, T.D.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  671st                   
  43-22498  5C-R  A-26C
  Capt Pair, H.F.
  Lt Corum, J.L.
  S/Sgt Brown, R.J.
  2  671st                   
  41-39332  5C-P  A-26B
  Lt Miller, J.H.
  Sgt Miller, H.K.
  3  671st                   
  41-39297  5C-T  A-26B
  Lt Withington, D.L.
  S/Sgt Huss, C.F.
  4  671st                   
  41-39239  5C-N  A-26B
  Capt Hixon, S.M.
  Sgt Schmidt, K.W.
  5  671st                   
  43-22419  5C-Z  A-26B
  Lt Eastman, D.M.
  S/Sgt Johnson, R.J.
  [Returned Early]
  6  671st                   
  41-39249  5C-F  A-26B
  Lt VanNoorden, H.M.
  Sgt Creeden, E.J.

Box II
  SPARE  670th               
  41-39224  F6-E  A-26B
  Lt Turner, E.O.
  S/Sgt Sienkiewicz, J.

Box II -- Flight WINDOW
  1  670th                   
  43-22469  F6-A  A-26C
  Lt Hall, R.B.
  F/O Goss, T.L.
  Lt Powell, V.H.
  Sgt Sgroi, A.P.
  S/Sgt Gatti, R.J.
  2  670th                   
  41-39215  F6-R  A-26B
  Lt Sewell, J.C.
  S/Sgt Hummer, J.A.
  S/Sgt Basile, A.C.
  3  671st                   
  41-39250  5C-A  A-26B
  Lt Weinert, C.E.
  S/Sgt Dubi, R.
  Sgt Francis, R.D.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 229 -- March 11, 1945, Sunday AM
Lippe, Germany -- Landing Grounds

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

Again, on the morning of the 11th, a solid cloud cover over the Lippe airstrip made it necessary to attack with PPF equipment. There was no flak as 268x500 pound demolition bombs were dropped. Capt Stebbins, Lts Calloway and McQuade, B&N, and Capt Rooney, Lts Kerns and Muir, B&N, were box leaders.

"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Page 224

Mission #229 - 11 March - AM - Lippe Airfield. Captain Stebbins with Lts. Calloway and McQuade, BN team on Box I. Captain Stanley with F/O Blount, BN, Captain Evans and Lt. McCartney, BN, Lts. Lackovich and Muir, and Captain Pair with Lt. Corum, BN led flights. Demolition bombs were dropped through clouds with PFF leaders to blanket this field since it housed planes harrassing our troops at the Rhine River beachhead we had established. The import of the target was emphasized by the fact eleven bomb groups of the 9th Bomb Wing were sent to attack and wipe this field out. No flak or fighters.

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

Lippe airstrip was the next target attacked. The date of this operation was March 11th. PPF aircraft led the formation on the bomb run. Capt. Stebbins, with Lts. Calloway and McQuade, flew in the lead position of the first box.

During the afternoon of the 11th, the Wulfen Ammunition Filling Plant received a return visit by aircraft of this organization. PPF technique had to be employed.

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

On the 11th of March, S/Sgt Heidorn left for a 30 day furlough to the United States. This is significant in the history of the squadron since he was the first man of our organization to be rotated.

The Lippe airfield was attacked on the 11th with fourteen of our crews participating. The results were undetermined since this was a pathfinder mission bombing through heavy cloud cover.

[March 11, 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 11, 1945
World War II Military Situation Maps Collection
Library of Congress

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