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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 230 -- March 11, 1945, Sunday PM

Wulfen, Germany

Ammunition Dump



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 199-786
OpRep #            : 342a
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 12,300 - 13,500 feet
Take-off Time      : 1411
Time Over Target   : 1631
Landing Time       : 1802
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 3:51

Place of Take-Off  : A-69 Laon/Athies, France
A/C Dispatched     : 40 Total -- 40 A-26's
Modified British System Reference: A-483459
Secondary Target   : Stadtlohn Communications Center (A-435773)
Summary of Results : Unobserved due to cloud cover. Three Window A-26's.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 51.70926,6.98920 (51° 42' 33" N, 6° 59' 21" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on The "Coordinates Translator", (NGZ) rA483459)
(See Latitude/Longitude Coordinates and Target Identifiers for more information.)

Route Map

Route Map

Loading List 1

Loading List 1, Box I
Note:  BG Backus Flew On This Mission

Loading List 2

Loading List 2, Box II
With Two Window Mission Aircraft (One Aircraft Aborted On Takeoff)

Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 230 -- March 11, 1945, Sunday 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  671st                   
  43-22490  5C-X  A-26C
  Maj Dunn, L.F.
  Lt Brewer, W.E.
  Lt Beck, J.T.
  Sgt Rose, J.W.
  Brig Gen Backus, E.N.
  2  671st                   
  43-22497  5C-E  A-26C
  Capt Andersen, C.J.
  Lt Babbage, W.
  S/Sgt Euga, P.G.
  3  671st                   
  43-22313  5C-B  A-26B
  Lt Remiszewski, A.
  S/Sgt DiOrio, F.
  4  671st                   
  41-39249  5C-F  A-26B
  Lt Ames, W.H.
  S/Sgt Fessler, H.S.
  5  671st                   
  41-39297  5C-T  A-26B
  Lt Wright, J.R.
  Sgt Gross, V.F.
  6  671st                   
  43-22419  5C-Z  A-26B
  Lt Wallman, M.
  Sgt Helt, A.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  669th                   
  43-22492  2A-E  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.
  S/Sgt Hinker, C.V.
  3  669th                   
  41-39338  2A-O  A-26B
  Lt DuBose, M.W.
  S/Sgt Griffin, D.L.
  4  669th                   
  43-22383  2A-V  A-26B
  Lt Turner, D.O., Jr.
  S/Sgt Reyes, M.R.
  5  669th                   
  43-22381  2A-Q  A-26B
  F/O Swap, F.W.
  Sgt Meliniotis, N.
  6  669th                   
  43-22354  2A-S  A-26B
  Lt Weinert, C.E.
  Sgt Francis, R.D.

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.
  Lt Castle, W.D.
  2  669th                   
  41-39252  2A-D  A-26B
  Lt Anderson, C.M.
  S/Sgt Deatherage, J.H.
  3  669th                   
  41-39244  2A-I  A-26B
  Lt VanRope, R.W.
  S/Sgt Klingman, W.H.
  4  669th                   
  41-39271  2A-R  A-26B
  Lt Jordan, C.S.
  S/Sgt Jensen, K.F.
  5  669th                   
  41-39229  2A-B  A-26B
  Lt Depner, A.W.
  Sgt Gillespie, R.H.
  6  669th                   
  41-39314  2A-H  A-26B
  Lt Smith, D.E.
  S/Sgt Floyd, C.F.

Box I
  SPARE  671st               
  41-39237  5C-D  A-26B
  Lt Fero, D.A.
  Sgt Skelton, T.W.

Box II -- Flight I
  1  671st                   
  43-22499  5C-G  A-26C
  Lt Brown, C.J.
  Lt Kerns, J.E.
  Lt Muir, R.C.
  S/Sgt Sunderland, H.E.
  2  670th                   
  43-22528  F6-T  A-26C
  Lt Brewster, F.S.
  Lt Dennis, L.W.
  S/Sgt Clark, W.O.
  3  670th                   
  41-39416  F6-O  A-26B
  Lt Mooney, S.
  Sgt Schumacher, R.C.
  4  671st                   
  41-39209  5C-M  A-26B
  Lt Murray, T.J.
  Pvt Elliott, E.R.
  5  671st                   
  41-39300  5C-K  A-26B
  Lt Cocke, J.B.
  Sgt Redding, R.D.
  6  671st                   
  41-39332  5C-P  A-26B
  Lt Hlivko, A.E.
  Sgt Graub, R.E.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  670th                   
  43-22507  F6-Q  A-26C
  Lt Heinke, W.R.
  Lt Rosenquist, A.E.
  S/Sgt VanWert, G.R.
  2  670th                   
  41-39286  F6-D  A-26B
  Lt Chitty, W.D.
  Sgt Riggs, P.H.
  3  670th                   
  43-22334  F6-G  A-26B
  Lt O'Brien, J.V.
  Sgt Corey, F.E.
  4  670th                   
  43-22315  F6-L  A-26B
  Lt Errotabere, M.
  Sgt Friday, L.R.
  5  670th                   
  41-39224  F6-E  A-26B
  Lt Wallace, J.F.
  Sgt Krantz, J.G.
  6  670th                   
  41-39223  F6-B  A-26B
  Lt Green, J.A.
  Sgt Rorbakken, R.R.

Box II -- Flight III
  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                   
  41-39361  5H-M  A-26B
  Lt Montrose, J.H.
  S/Sgt Felkel, J.W.
  4  668th                   
  43-22389  5H-X  A-26B
  Lt Harris, F.W.
  S/Sgt Gooch, H.I.
  5  668th                   
  41-39274  5H-S  A-26B
  Lt Drum, E.B.
  Sgt Graham, N.M.
  6  668th                   
  41-39264  5H-I  A-26B
  Lt Roberts, W.H.
  Sgt Hood, A.R.

Box II
  SPARE  671st               
  43-22352  5C-J  A-26B
  Lt Spires, J.W.
  Sgt Messinger, R.W.

Box II -- Flight WINDOW
  1  670th                   
  43-22469  F6-A  A-26C
  Maj Price, R.F.
  Lt Myrold, H.E.
  S/Sgt Fetko, C.
  S/Sgt Singleton, L.E.
  2  670th                   
  41-39215  F6-R  A-26B
  Lt Ford, R.
  Cpl Thompson, C.J.
  Cpl Murro, D.J.
  3  671st                   
  41-39250  5C-A  A-26B
  Lt Turman, A.R.
  S/Sgt Leahigh, L.L.
  S/Sgt Harmon, C.D.
  [Not Airborne Nose wheel tire blown out]

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 230 -- March 11, 1945, Sunday PM
Wulfen, Germany -- Ammunition Dump

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

The Wulfen ammunition filling plant that had been attacked on the 9th was attacked again in the afternoon of the 11th. PPF was used. As on the 9th, weak, inaccurate flak was encountered at the target. Major Dunn, Lts Brewer and Beck, B&N, and Lt Brown, Lts Kerns and Muir, B&N, were the two box leaders.

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

Mission #23O - 11 March - PM - Wulfen Ammunition Filling Plant which we attacked a few days before. Major Dunn with Lts. Brewer and Beck, BNs and Lts. Brown and Kerns/Muir, as BN team led boxes. Lts. Mish and Shaft took a flight in. Lts. Anderson and Babbage, BN flew window ships. Bombing through clouds with PFF pathfinders was used. After this four hour mission, all planes returned safely, with no flak encountered.

"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.

[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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