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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 232 -- March 12, 1945, Monday PM

Mummelbach, Germany

Marshalling Yards



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 201-788
OpRep #            : 343a
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 12,000 - 12,500 feet
Take-off Time      : 1416
Time Over Target   : 1551
Landing Time       : 1731
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 3:15

Place of Take-Off  : A-69 Laon/Athies, France
A/C Dispatched     : 42 Total -- 41 A-26's, 1 B-26 (PFF)
Modified British System Reference: F-944416
Secondary Target   : Simmern
Summary of Results : Unobserved due to cloud cover. Three Window A-26's.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 50.77380,7.65777 (50° 46' 26" N, 7° 39' 28" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on The "Coordinates Translator", (NGZ) wF944416)
(See Latitude/Longitude Coordinates and Target Identifiers for more information.)

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Route Map


Loading List 1, Box I

Loading List 2

Loading List 2, Box II
With Three Additional Window Mission Aircraft

Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 232 -- March 12, 1945, Monday PM
Mummelbach, 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  669th                   
  43-22521  2A-N  A-26C
  Lt Col Napier, J.G.
  Lt Moore, D.L.
  Lt Calloway, A.S.
  S/Sgt Sharp, R.P.
  2  668th                   
  43-22505  5H-Y  A-26C
  Lt Mish, C.C.
  Lt Shaft, R.E.
  Capt Mowry, J.H.
  S/Sgt Roberts, J.H.
  3  669th                   
  43-22351  2A-F  A-26B
  Lt Willard, J.A.
  S/Sgt Hinker, C.V.
  4  669th                   
  41-39263  2A-G  A-26B
  Capt Behlmer, R.L.
  S/Sgt McGaughy, W.S.
  5  669th                   
  43-22383  2A-V  A-26B
  F/O Swap, F.W.
  Sgt Santandrea, M.
  6  669th                   
  43-22354  2A-S  A-26B
  Lt Weinert, C.E.
  Sgt Dubi, R.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  671st                   
  43-22490  5C-X  A-26C
  Lt Lackovich, J.J.
  Lt Muir, R.C.
  S/Sgt Connery, T.
  2  671st                   
  41-39250  5C-A  A-26B
  Lt Edstrom, L.W.
  Sgt Pompa, P.A.
  Capt Lundberg, G.B.
  [Lundberg (Infantry)]
  3  671st                   
  43-22356  5C-C  A-26B
  Lt VanNoorden, H.M.
  S/Sgt Steffey, R.I.
  4  671st                   
  43-22352  5C-J  A-26B
  Capt Sutton, L.J.
  S/Sgt Swank, O.E.
  5  671st                   
  41-39239  5C-N  A-26B
  Capt Nielsen, L.C.
  Sgt Helton, C.
  6  671st                   
  43-22419  5C-Z  A-26B
  Lt Hlivko, A.E.
  Sgt Farmer, L.J.
  S/Sgt Ottaviano, J.O.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  671st                   
  43-22499  5C-G  A-26C
  Lt Brown, C.J.
  Lt Kerns, J.E.
  S/Sgt Sunderland, H.E.
  2  671st                   
  41-39332  5C-P  A-26B
  Lt Spires, J.W.
  Sgt Davis, L.E.
  Lt Morris, C.E.
  [Morris (Infantry)]
  3  671st                   
  41-39237  5C-D  A-26B
  Lt Fero, D.A.
  S/Sgt Skelton, T.W.
  4  671st                   
  41-39209  5C-M  A-26B
  Lt Murray, T.J.
  S/Sgt Huss, C.F.
  5  671st                   
  41-39300  5C-K  A-26B
  Lt Cocke, J.B.
  S/Sgt MacCartney, W.A.
  6  671st                   
  41-39297  5C-T  A-26B
  Lt Wright, J.R.
  Sgt Ruskiewich, J.J.

Box I
  SPARE  669th               
  43-22381  2A-Q  A-26B
  Capt DuFault, W.F.
  S/Sgt Vorce, K.E.

Box II -- Flight I
  1  669th                   
  43-22492  2A-E  A-26C
  Lt Miller, E.L.
  Lt Conner, J.K.
  Lt Johnson, G.G.
  S/Sgt Malloy, J.F.
  2  670th                   
  43-22501  F6-W  A-26C
  Lt Heinke, W.R.
  Lt Rosenquist, A.E.
  S/Sgt Kidd, W.L.
  3  669th                   
  41-39338  2A-O  A-26B
  Lt DuBose, M.W.
  S/Sgt Walters, J.H.
  4  669th                   
  41-39252  2A-D  A-26B
  Lt Jordan, C.S.
  S/Sgt Jensen, K.F.
  5  669th                   
  41-39314  2A-H  A-26B
  Lt Smith, D.E.
  S/Sgt Mani, J.
  Capt Eastlake, D.E.
  [Eastlake (II Armored Div)]
  6  669th                   
  43-22344  2A-C  A-26B
  Lt Anderson, C.M.
  S/Sgt Deatherage, J.H.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  670th                   
  43-22469  F6-A  A-26C
  Lt Grunig, D.B.
  Lt Morris, B.C.
  S/Sgt Nowosielski, H.J.
  2  670th                   
  41-39223  F6-B  A-26B
  Lt Bower, R.S.
  Sgt Sgroi, A.P.
  Lt Cappel, S.C.
  [Cappel (Infantry)]
  3  670th                   
  41-39315  F6-F  A-26B
  Capt Borman, H.W.
  S/Sgt Perujo, R.J.
  4  670th                   
  41-39286  F6-D  A-26B
  Lt Barausky, P.P.
  Pvt Wilson, B.R.
  5  670th                   
  41-39224  F6-E  A-26B
  Lt O'Brien, J.V.
  Sgt Corey, F.E.
  6  670th                   
  41-39205  F6-M  A-26B
  Lt Chitty, W.D.
  S/Sgt Basile, A.C.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  668th                   
  43-22481  5H-P  A-26C
  Capt Andersen, C.J.
  Lt Babbage, W.
  S/Sgt Schafer, E.L.
  2  668th                   
  41-39305  5H-U  A-26B
  Lt Harris, F.W.
  S/Sgt Lemonds, W.E.
  3  668th                   
  41-39325  5H-L  A-26B
  Lt Hale, W.L.
  S/Sgt Bentzler, D.H.
  4  668th                   
  43-22385  5H-D  A-26B
  Lt Montrose, J.H.
  S/Sgt Felkel, J.W.
  5  668th                   
  41-39259  5H-H  A-26B
  Lt Long, R.H.
  Sgt McCarthy, C.J.
  6  668th                   
  43-22495  5H-G  A-26C
  F/O Gunkel, H.G.
  S/Sgt Ferguson, L.C.

Box II
  SPARE  669th               
  41-39271  2A-R  A-26B
  Lt VanRope, R.W.
  S/Sgt Klingman, W.H.

Box II -- Flight WINDOW
  1  668th                   
  43-22508  5H-Z  A-26C
  Capt Pair, H.F.
  Lt Corum, J.L.
  S/Sgt Fessler, H.S.
  Pvt Barry, R.M.
  2  671st                   
  43-22313  5C-B  A-26B
  Lt Vars, C.J.
  S/Sgt Griffith, J.J.
  Pvt Hawk, D.W.
  3  670th                   
  43-22334  F6-G  A-26B
  Lt Drum, E.B.
  S/Sgt Heitell, S.L.
  S/Sgt Kochan, S.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 232 -- March 12, 1945, Monday PM
Mummelbach, Germany -- Marshalling Yards

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

German equipment and supplies were being rushed to the area of our Ramagen bridgehead through the Mummelbach yards. As a result, on the afternoon of the 12th, one Group attacked the yards on PPF. Although weak, inaccurate flak was experienced at the bomb line in, there was no battle damage. Lt Col Napier, Lts Moore and Calloway, B&N, led the first box; Capt Miller, Lts Connor and Johnson, B&N, the second.

"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Pages 224 - 225

Mission #232 - 12 March - PM - Posen Marshalling Yard (Mummebech)? Lt. Col. Napier with Lts. Moore and Calloway, BN team in Box I. Box II had Captain Miller and Lts. Conner and Johnson as BNs. Flight leaders were Lts. Andersen and Babbage BN, Captain Pair and Lt. Corum BN and Lts. Lackovich and Muir. PFF bombing was required due to cloud cover. Little, inaccurate flak was seen. German equipment and supplies were being rushed to this marshalling yard in the area of the Ramagen bridgehead the allies held, so it had to be attacked.

During the month of March, Ground Forces personnel were guests of our group, for the purpose of providing information on what missions were all about, how they formulated, and carried out. They became observers on some missions. Not one of the officers or men flying with our crews volunteered to remain with us for this type duty. Much the same feeling of our air crews visiting the front lines, saying the air was better than the ground battle fields. It was an interesting experience for them to relate to their compatriots about what the other side of the war was like.

"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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