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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 231 -- March 12, 1945, Monday AM

Lorch, Germany

Railroad Track



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 200-787
OpRep #            : 343
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 13,000 - 13,500 feet
Take-off Time      : 0934
Time Over Target   : 1104
Landing Time       : 1210
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 2:36

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-056600
Secondary Target   : Hachenburg (G-065290)
Summary of Results : 3 ships dropped Window, Bombing results Unobserved due to 10/10s clouds.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 50.03980,7.81544 (50° 2' 23" N, 7° 48' 56" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on The "Coordinates Translator", (NGZ) wM056600)
(See Latitude/Longitude Coordinates and Target Identifiers for more information.)

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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 # 231 -- March 12, 1945, Monday AM
Lorch, Germany -- Railroad Track

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                   
  43-22481  5H-P  A-26C
  Capt Evans, H.M.
  Lt McCartney, T.M.
  Lt Babbage, W.
  S/Sgt Skeens, C.L.
  2  671st                   
  43-22497  5C-E  A-26C
  Capt Tutt, R.J.
  Lt Beck, J.T.
  Lt Germana, A.G.
  Sgt Schwartzapel, D.
  3  668th                   
  41-39361  5H-M  A-26B
  Lt Kenny, J.P.
  Sgt Sittarich, J.J.
  4  668th                   
  43-22495  5H-G  A-26C
  Lt Buchanan, R.C.
  S/Sgt Hindman, R.G.
  5  668th                   
  41-39264  5H-I  A-26B
  Lt Phillips, J.P.
  Sgt Miller, W.A.
  6  668th                   
  43-22321  5H-T  A-26B
  Lt Tank, F.R.
  T/Sgt Wilson, G.C.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  670th                   
  43-22507  F6-Q  A-26C
  Lt Brewster, F.S.
  Lt Dennis, L.W.
  S/Sgt Gatti, R.J.
  2  670th                   
  43-22330  F6-P  A-26B
  Lt Musgrove, W.
  S/Sgt Licker, M.
  3  670th                   
  41-39224  F6-E  A-26B
  Lt Turner, E.O.
  S/Sgt Belcas, J.O.
  4  670th                   
  41-39315  F6-F  A-26B
  Lt Errotabere, M.
  S/Sgt Urbanicio, F.R.
  5  670th                   
  41-39205  F6-M  A-26B
  Lt Stankowski, J.F.
  Sgt Vellinga, J.R.
  6  670th                   
  41-39215  F6-R  A-26B
  Lt Wallace, J.F.
  Sgt Plant, R.

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.
  Capt Poindexter, R.D.
  [Poindexter (Wing)]
  2  670th                   
  43-22315  F6-L  A-26B
  Lt Ford, R.
  Sgt Thompson, C.J.
  3  670th                   
  41-39286  F6-D  A-26B
  Lt Bower, R.S.
  Sgt Neal, D.E.
  4  670th                   
  41-39223  F6-B  A-26B
  Lt Popeney, H.
  S/Sgt Candler, H.C.S.
  5  670th                   
  43-22320  F6-S  A-26B
  Lt Turman, A.R.
  S/Sgt Leahigh, L.L.
  6  670th                   
  41-39416  F6-O  A-26B
  Lt Green, J.A.
  Sgt Ottaviano, J.O.
  Sgt Kobalko, G.

Box I
  SPARE  668th               
  41-39305  5H-U  A-26B
  Lt Parkhurst, G.J.
  Sgt Newman, F.

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                   
  43-22487  2A-J  A-26C
  Lt Blomgren, J.E.
  Lt Johnson, G.G.
  S/Sgt Bookach, M.
  3  668th                   
  41-39259  5H-H  A-26B
  Lt McCready, T.D.
  Sgt Stewart, A.B.
  4  668th                   
  43-22389  5H-X  A-26B
  Lt Cannon, L.E.
  S/Sgt Brzezinski, E.P.
  5  668th                   
  43-22378  5H-O  A-26B
  Lt Annin, W.W.
  Sgt Rivard, C.J.
  6  668th                   
  41-39335  5H-W  A-26B
  Lt Zeimet, L.R.
  Cpl Sereno, F.L.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  669th                   
  43-22304  2A-T  A-26C
  Lt Cornell, R.H.
  Lt Enman, R.E.
  Capt Lytle, W.M.
  S/Sgt Reid, K.A.
  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.
  Sgt Klingman, W.H.
  4  669th                   
  41-39271  2A-R  A-26B
  Lt DuBose, M.W.
  S/Sgt Walters, J.H.
  5  669th                   
  41-39229  2A-B  A-26B
  Lt Depner, A.W.
  Sgt Fair, V.F.
  6  669th                   
  41-39362  2A-Y  A-26B
  Lt Smith, B.A.
  Sgt Richards, D.A.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  671st                   
  43-22498  5C-R  A-26C
  Capt Pair, H.F.
  Lt Corum, J.L.
  Lt Reed, J.V.
  S/Sgt Brown, R.J.
  2  671st                   
  41-39300  5C-K  A-26B
  Lt Mooney, S.
  Sgt Buckley, W.C.
  3  671st                   
  41-39239  5C-N  A-26B
  Lt Henderson, F.W.
  Sgt Maupin, W.W.
  4  671st                   
  41-39249  5C-F  A-26B
  Lt Gary, J.C.
  Pvt Schoen, A.E.
  5  671st                   
  41-39237  5C-D  A-26B
  Lt Graeber, T.E.
  Sgt Miller, A.H.
  6  671st                   
  41-39297  5C-T  A-26B
  Capt Moore, Z.R.
  Sgt Fidler, W.H.

Box II
  SPARE  668th               
  43-22385  5H-D  A-26B
  Lt Nathanson, A.S.
  Sgt Kaminski, C.J.

Box II -- Flight WINDOW
  1  668th                   
  43-22508  5H-Z  A-26C
  Maj Price, R.F.
  Lt Roman, L.J.
  S/Sgt Fetko, C.
  S/Sgt Fuehrer, W.F.
  2  670th                   
  43-22334  F6-G  A-26B
  Lt Miller, J.H.
  S/Sgt Johnson, R.J.
  Sgt Goldberg, L.
  3  671st                   
  43-22313  5C-B  A-26B
  Lt Milhorn, G.L.
  Sgt Chest, D.
  S/Sgt Davis, H.R.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 231 -- March 12, 1945, Monday AM
Lorch, Germany -- Railroad Track

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

On the morning of the 12th, 304x500 demolition bombs were dropped. The mission was carried out on PPF, on the Lorch marshalling yards. There were no observations. The box leaders were Capt Evans, Lts McCartney and Babbage, B&N, and Capt Stanley, F/O Blount and Lt Shaft, B&N.

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

Mission #231 - 12 March - AM - Lorch Marshalling Yard. Captain Evans, with Lts. McCanney and Babbage, BNs with Captain Stanley and F/O Blount and Lt. Shaft, BNs took the boxes in. Major Price flew a window ship over the target. Captain Tutt with Lts. Beck and Germana, BNs, - Captain Pair and Lts. Corum and Reed, BNs led flights. PFF aids did the bombing through clouds with no results observed. No flak or fighters.

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

PPF aircraft led the formation on the bombing run in an attack on the Lorch Marshalling Yard. This mission was accomplished on the 12th of March.

The Marshalling Yards at Mummelbach were hit during the afternoon of the same day. The destruction of German equipment and supplies, moving up to the front through these yards, was the objective of the mission. Lt. Col. Napier, together with Lts. Moore and Calloway led the entire formation. Lt. Miller with Lts. Conner and Johnson led the second box of the formation. PPF equipment had to be used for the bomb run.

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

Also on the 12th, Lt Merritt was transferred to a general hospital as a result of his accident.

The Lorch Marshalling Yards were bombed with unobserved results on 12 March. Twelve of our crews participated. In the afternoon a second mission took off to bomb the Posen Marshalling Yards with eight of our crews taking part. This too, was a pathfinder mission and the results were unobserved.

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

March 12th, 1945

The 416th ran their 14th and 15th mission in March 12th, 1945, striking at two marshalling yards with the aid of Pathfinder aircraft. Flak was not encountered on either morning or afternoon mission and all crews returned in tact.

The target in the morning was the Lorch marshalling yard, on the line to the Remagen bridgehead. The Opsen M/Y was the aiming point in the afternoon. This yard is located on the Giesssen-Cologne line.

Lt.John T.Beck scored his final sortie on the morning engagement, flying with Capt.Tutt. Like Lt.Basnett, Beck has had his share of pilots. Starting with Captain Cole, after being transferred from a B-26 outfit where he had chalked up 21 missions, Lt. Beck wasted no time in proving that he was a "hot" bombĦbardier-navigator. Then came the startling switch involving Marzolf, Cole, Basnett and himself. Lt.Beck and Captain Marzolf seemed to be meant for each other and the pair chalked up well over their share of goods, excellents and superiors. Captain Marzolf finished his tour on the day before Christmas, leaving Lt.Beck with an even 50 missions. Then with the arrival of Captain Tutt as a flight leader Beck was assigned to him and flew all but a few of his remainĦing missions with him.

Thus the 671st loses its second versatile and highly rated Bombardier-Navigator....1st Lt. John T. Beck.

[March 12, 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 12, 1945
World War II Military Situation Maps Collection
Library of Congress

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