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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 234 -- March 13, 1945, Tuesday PM

Husten, Germany

Marshalling Yards



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 203-790
OpRep #            : 344a
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 9,000 - 11,000 feet
Take-off Time      : 1555
Time Over Target   : 1746 - 1756
Landing Time       : 1922
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 3:27

Place of Take-Off  : A-69 Laon/Athies, France
A/C Dispatched     : 42 Total -- 40 A-26's, 2 B-26's (PFF)
Modified British System Reference: B-165154
Secondary Target   : Wissen or Hackenburg (G-003428 or G-063294)
Summary of Results : Unobserved due to heavy ground haze. 3 ships dropped Window.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 51.43718,7.97455 (51° 26' 14" N, 7° 58' 28" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on The "Coordinates Translator", (NGZ) rB165154)
(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 # 234 -- March 13, 1945, Tuesday PM
Husten, 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  671st                   
  43-22497  5C-E  A-26C
  Maj Dunn, L.F.
  Lt Brewer, W.E.
  Lt Corum, J.L.
  Sgt Rose, J.W.
  2  668th                   
  43-22505  5H-Y  A-26C
  Capt Andersen, C.J.
  Lt Babbage, W.
  S/Sgt Schafer, E.L.
  Danner, M.E.
  [Danner (II Armored Div)]
  3  671st                   
  43-22356  5C-C  A-26B
  Lt VanNoorden, H.M.
  S/Sgt Steffey, R.I.
  4  671st                   
  41-39237  5C-D  A-26B
  Lt Gary, J.C.
  Pvt Schoen, A.E.
  5  671st                   
  41-39332  5C-P  A-26B
  Lt Hlivko, A.E.
  Sgt Farmer, L.J.
  Pfc Stagman, R.R.
  [Returned Early Losing Fuel Stagman (Infantry)]
  6  671st                   
  41-39239  5C-N  A-26B
  Lt Fero, D.A.
  Sgt Helton, C.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  669th                   
  43-22492  2A-E  A-26C
  Lt Cornell, R.H.
  Lt Enman, R.E.
  S/Sgt Carter, A.
  2  669th                   
  43-22381  2A-Q  A-26B
  Capt DuFault, W.F.
  S/Sgt Vorce, K.E.
  3  669th                   
  41-39244  2A-I  A-26B
  F/O Swap, F.W.
  Sgt Meliniotis, N.
  4  669th                   
  41-39338  2A-O  A-26B
  Lt DuBose, M.W.
  S/Sgt Griffin, D.L.
  5  669th                   
  41-39314  2A-H  A-26B
  Lt Smith, D.E.
  S/Sgt Kirik, S.J.
  Capt Eastlake, D.E.
  [Eastlake (II Armored Div)]
  6  669th                   
  41-39271  2A-R  A-26B
  Lt Smith, B.A.
  Sgt Richards, D.A.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  669th                   
  43-22521  2A-N  A-26C
  Lt Miller, E.L.
  Lt Conner, J.K.
  S/Sgt Pemberton, J.M.
  2  669th                   
  41-39252  2A-D  A-26B
  Lt Anderson, C.M.
  S/Sgt Deatherage, J.H.
  3  669th                   
  43-22351  2A-F  A-26B
  Lt VanRope, R.W.
  S/Sgt Klingman, W.H.
  4  669th                   
  43-22304  2A-T  A-26C
  Lt Turner, E.O.
  Lt McGivern, P.J.
  S/Sgt Reyes, M.R.
  S/Sgt Elliott, F.W.
  5  669th                   
  41-39263  2A-G  A-26B
  Lt Depner, A.W.
  Sgt Fair, V.F.
  6  669th                   
  43-22354  2A-S  A-26B
  Lt Weinert, C.E.
  Sgt Dubi, R.

Box I
  SPARE  671st               
  41-39300  5C-K  A-26B
  Lt Spires, J.W.
  Sgt Messinger, R.W.
  Lt Morris, C.E.
  [Morris (Infantry)]

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                   
  43-22501  F6-W  A-26C
  Lt Hall, R.B.
  F/O Goss, T.L.
  Sgt Torres, I.
  3  671st                   
  43-22490  5C-X  A-26C
  Capt Sutton, L.J.
  Lt Reed, J.V.
  S/Sgt Gilliam, D.C.
  4  671st                   
  41-39249  5C-F  A-26B
  Lt Ames, W.H.
  S/Sgt Brown, R.J.
  Capt Lundberg, G.B.
  [Lundberg (Infantry)]
  5  671st                   
  41-39209  5C-M  A-26B
  Lt Murray, T.J.
  Sgt Maupin, W.W.
  6  671st                   
  41-39297  5C-T  A-26B
  Lt Wright, J.R.
  Sgt Simon, D.O.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  668th                   
  43-22508  5H-Z  A-26C
  Lt Mish, C.C.
  Lt Shaft, R.E.
  S/Sgt Roberts, J.H.
  Maj Lewis, E.R.
  [Lewis (II Armored Div)]
  2  668th                   
  41-39213  5H-A  A-26B
  Lt Montrose, J.H.
  S/Sgt Euga, P.G.
  3  670th                   
  41-39223  F6-B  A-26B
  Lt Hale, W.L.
  S/Sgt Geyer, J.F.
  4  668th                   
  41-39361  5H-M  A-26B
  Lt Harris, F.W.
  Sgt Spence, J.I.
  5  668th                   
  41-39259  5H-H  A-26B
  F/O Gunkel, H.G.
  Sgt Grzona, L.J.
  6  668th                   
  43-22321  5H-T  A-26B
  Lt Vars, C.J.
  Pvt Hawk, D.W.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  670th                   
  43-22469  F6-A  A-26C
  Lt Brewster, F.S.
  Lt Dennis, L.W.
  S/Sgt Clark, W.O.
  2  670th                   
  41-39215  F6-R  A-26B
  Lt Bower, R.S.
  S/Sgt Ricketson, J.J.
  3  670th                   
  41-39224  F6-E  A-26B
  Capt Borman, H.W.
  Pfc Finnell, D.O.
  4  670th                   
  41-39416  F6-O  A-26B
  Lt Singletary, R.B.
  S/Sgt Wiggins, H.G.
  5  670th                   
  43-22330  F6-P  A-26B
  Lt Chitty, W.D.
  Sgt Kamischke, R.J.
  6  670th                   
  43-22334  F6-G  A-26B
  Lt O'Brien, J.V.
  Sgt Wright, H.T.

Box II
  SPARE  671st               
  41-39250  5C-A  A-26B
  Lt Mooney, S.
  Sgt Schumacher, R.C.

Box II -- Flight WINDOW
  1  668th                   
  43-22481  5H-P  A-26C
  Capt Sommers, H.L.
  Lt Reeves, F.A.
  S/Sgt Burland, A.J.
  S/Sgt Heath, K.
  2  669th                   
  43-22383  2A-V  A-26B
  Lt Musgrove, W.
  S/Sgt Licker, M.
  S/Sgt Seighman, H.O.
  3  671st                   
  43-22352  5C-J  A-26B
  Lt Green, J.A.
  Sgt Kubjalko, A.
  Sgt Rorbakken, R.R.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 234 -- March 13, 1945, Tuesday PM
Husten, Germany -- Marshalling Yards

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

That afternoon, the Husten marshalling yards were attacked. The PPF plane was unable to keep with the formation so the box leaders attempted visual runs. Haze obscured the target, but after two runs, they dropped by boxes on a combination of Gee equipment and ETA. The results were estimated as fair. Moderate, accurate flak was experienced at the bomb line, but there was no battle damage. The two box leaders were Major Dunn, Lts Brewer and Corum, B&N, and Lt Brown, Lts Kerns and Muir, B&N.

"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Page 226

Mission #234 - 13 March - PM - Neihem/Huston Marshalling Yard. Major Dunn, Lts. Brewer and Corum, BNs and Lts. Brown with Kerns and Muir, BNs headed up the boxes. Captain Sutton with Lt. Reed BN, and Lts. Mish and Shaft, BN led flights. Lts. Anderson and Babbage BN flew deputy on Box I. The PFF plane was unable to keep up with the formation, so they went in to try to bomb visually. Two runs were made due to haze obscuring the aiming point. The boxes wound up dropping on GEE equipment with undetermined results. Moderate, heavy accurate flak hit the planes, with little damage, One gunner shot at an ME 109 which threatened the lead PFF plane. This was Lt. Mish's 65th mission, and he was glad to get it over with.

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

A jet fighter airfield, located at Rheine, was attacked on March 13th. PPF technique was used. Capt. Stebbins, with Lt. Calloway as his Bombardier-Navigator, let the entire formation, while Lt. Blomgren flew in the lead position in the third flight of the second box. Moderate, heavy, accurate flak was encountered. The aircraft piloted by Lt. Jordan was damaged. It was impossible for him to lower the landing gear. As a result of this, he was compelled to make a crash landing at AAF Station A-70. In the aircraft with Lt. Jordan were his gunner, S/Sgt. Jensen and an observer from the 11th Armored Division, S/Sgt. Bolton. The pilot did an excellent job, and no one was injured as a result of the crash landing.

On the afternoon mission, of the same day, it was possible to bomb visually for the first time during the month. Haze obscure [obscured] the target, but a bomb run was mde [made] by using visual bombing equipment in conjunction with Gee equipment. The Husten Marshalling Yards were bombed. Lt. Cornell led flight two of box one, with his B/N Lt. Enman, while Lt. Miller and his B/N, Lt. Conner, led the third flight of the same box. Capt. Sommers and Lt. Kupits flew in the lead position of the "window" flight.

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

Two missions were run on the 13th, the first being an attack on a Rhine Air Field and the second the Nehum/Huster Marshalling Yards. Both missions were leb by pathfinder aircraft and the results were unobserved. On the afternoon mission the formation left the pathfinder airplane at the bomb line. The radio was not functioning properly and the pathfinder plane believed the formation could bomb visually. However this could not be done and operations were abandoned. The tail gunner of the pathfinder plane fired at a ME 109 but no claims were made.

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

March 13th, 1945

The Rheine Airfield and the Neheim/Huston Marshalling Yard were the objectives for the 416th Bomb Group on March 13th, 1945. Keeping up there two-a-day offensive the Invaders struck at these two targets in the morning and afternoon without loss, although one plane crash-landed, when the wheels would not extend.

831 x 100 pound bombs were dropped by Pathfinders on the Rheine Airfield in the morning with unobserved results. A large sprawling installation, this airfield is reported being used for a home base by Jet attack aircraft. Most of the enemy air action against the Ramagen bridgehead was contributed to this field. The Group encountered flak at the turn off the target, six aircraft receiving battle damage.

Pathfinders were again employed in the afternoon when the 416th was dispatched to the Neheim/Huston Marshalling Yard, east of Dortmund. Results of the bombing were believed excellent, although there was no photo coverage due to the cloud cover. The lead PFF ship was attacked by a lone ME 109, but after the tail gunner fired a couple of bursts the Jerry fighter hauled ass. Weak flak was met in the bridgehead area, but all ships returned safely with minor battle damage.

[March 13, 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 13, 1945
World War II Military Situation Maps Collection
Library of Congress

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