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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 238 -- March 17, 1945, Saturday PM

Bad Homburg, Germany

Marshalling Yards



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 209-799
OpRep #            : 348a
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 12,000 feet
Take-off Time      : 1504
Time Over Target   : 1712
Landing Time       : 1842
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 3:38

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: M-632804
Secondary Target   : Weilburg or Montabaur (G-370090 or G-070040)
Summary of Results : Unobserved due to cloud cover. 21 a/c attacked Weilburg Secondary, 12 attacked Montabaur Secondary, 1 Bombed with 409th BG, 1 attacked Kamberg Casual, 3 Window, 1 Target selected by Parade.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 50.22000,8.62343 (50° 13' 12" N, 8° 37' 24" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on The "Coordinates Translator", (NGZ) wM632804)
(See Latitude/Longitude Coordinates and Target Identifiers for more information.)

Scanned original Mission 238 documents (multipage PDF files)

Mission Folder       Reports Folder       OpRep # 348a       Fuel Use

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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 # 238 -- March 17, 1945, Saturday PM
Bad Homburg, 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                   
  43-22490  5C-X  A-26C
  Maj Dunn, L.F.
  Lt Brewer, W.E.
  Lt Muir, R.C.
  Sgt Rose, J.W.
  2  668th                   
  43-22523  5H-N  A-26C
  Capt Stanley, C.S.
  F/O Blount, J.H.
  Sgt Edenburn, J.C.
  3  671st                   
  41-39237  5C-D  A-26B
  Lt Gary, J.C.
  M/Sgt Wells, J.J.
  4  671st                   
  43-22419  5C-Z  A-26B
  Lt Ames, W.H.
  S/Sgt Brown, R.J.
  5  671st                   
  41-39297  5C-T  A-26B
  Lt Wallman, M.
  Sgt Helt, A.
  6  671st                   
  43-22313  5C-B  A-26B
  Lt Hlivko, A.E.
  Sgt Farmer, L.J.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  669th                   
  43-22521  2A-N  A-26C
  Lt Col Napier, J.G.
  Lt Moore, D.L.
  Sgt Arendt, E.A.
  2  669th                   
  41-39393  2A-M  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                   
  43-22304  2A-T  A-26C
  Capt DuFault, W.F.
  F/O Cardinale, O.A.
  S/Sgt Vorce, K.E.
  5  669th                   
  43-22354  2A-S  A-26B
  Lt Weinert, C.E.
  Sgt Dubi, R.
  6  669th                   
  41-39362  2A-Y  A-26B
  Lt Smith, B.A.
  Sgt Richards, D.A.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  669th                   
  43-22487  2A-J  A-26C
  Capt Miller, E.L.
  Lt Conner, J.K.
  S/Sgt Floyd, C.F.
  2  669th                   
  43-22496  2A-L  A-26C
  Lt Depner, A.W.
  Sgt Gillespie, R.H.
  3  669th                   
  43-22381  2A-Q  A-26B
  Lt Allen, J.F., Jr.
  Lt Britt, J.W.
  S/Sgt Getgen, L.R.
  4  669th                   
  41-39338  2A-O  A-26B
  Lt DuBose, M.W.
  Lt Housley, C.H.
  S/Sgt Walters, J.H.
  5  669th                   
  41-39314  2A-H  A-26B
  Lt Smith, D.E.
  S/Sgt Kirik, S.J.
  S/Sgt Williford, C.W.
  6  668th                   
  41-39259  5H-H  A-26B
  Lt Haskell, R.W.
  Sgt Lea, E.W.
  [Not Airborne Taxied into pile of rocks. Bent Prop]

Box I
  SPARE  668th               
  41-39264  5H-I  A-26B
  Lt Mooney, S.
  Sgt Schumacher, R.C.

Box II -- Flight I
  1  671st                   
  43-22499  5C-G  A-26C
  Lt Brown, C.J.
  Lt Kerns, J.E.
  S/Sgt Sunderland, H.E.
  2  670th                   
  43-22469  F6-A  A-26C
  Lt Hall, R.B.
  F/O Goss, T.L.
  S/Sgt Jackson, W.S.
  3  671st                   
  43-22352  5C-J  A-26B
  Lt Withington, D.L.
  S/Sgt McElhattan, L.D.
  4  671st                   
  41-39239  5C-N  A-26B
  Capt Hixon, S.M.
  Sgt Schmidt, K.W.
  5  671st                   
  43-22356  5C-C  A-26B
  Lt Milhorn, G.L.
  S/Sgt Davis, H.R.
  6  671st                   
  41-39209  5C-M  A-26B
  Capt Moore, Z.R.
  Sgt Hardin, M.F.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  668th                   
  43-22481  5H-P  A-26C
  Capt Andersen, C.J.
  Lt Babbage, W.
  S/Sgt Schafer, E.L.
  Maj Lewis, E.R.
  [Lewis (II Armored Div)]
  2  668th                   
  43-22321  5H-T  A-26B
  Lt Roberts, W.H.
  S/Sgt Euga, P.G.
  3  668th                   
  43-22378  5H-O  A-26B
  Lt Annin, W.W.
  S/Sgt Roberts, J.H.
  4  668th                   
  41-39213  5H-A  A-26B
  Lt Hale, W.L.
  S/Sgt Geyer, J.F.
  5  668th                   
  41-39305  5H-U  A-26B
  Lt Evarts, A.V.
  Sgt Youlios, D.
  6  668th                   
  43-22495  5H-G  A-26C
  F/O Gunkel, H.G.
  Sgt Grzona, L.J.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  670th                   
  43-22507  F6-Q  A-26C
  Lt Brewster, F.S.
  Lt Dennis, L.W.
  S/Sgt Clark, W.O.
  2  670th                   
  41-39205  F6-M  A-26B
  Lt Ford, R.
  Sgt Murro, D.J.
  3  670th                   
  41-39223  F6-B  A-26B
  Lt Bower, R.S.
  Sgt Basile, A.C.
  4  670th                   
  41-39416  F6-O  A-26B
  Lt Downing, W.E.
  S/Sgt Friday, L.R.
  5  668th                   
  41-39233  5H-F  A-26B
  Capt Borman, H.W.
  Pfc Finnell, D.O.
  6  670th                   
  43-22330  F6-P  A-26B
  Lt O'Brien, J.V.
  Sgt Corey, F.E.
  Sgt Richards, D.B.

Box II
  SPARE  670th               
  43-22315  F6-L  A-26B
  Lt Miller, J.H.
  S/Sgt Eaton, A.B.

Box II -- Flight WINDOW
  1  668th                   
  43-22508  5H-Z  A-26C
  Capt Sommers, H.L.
  F/O Wrubelle, W.M.
  S/Sgt McClain, H.B.
  S/Sgt McGaughy, W.S.
  2  670th                   
  43-22334  F6-G  A-26B
  Lt Musgrove, W.
  S/Sgt Licker, M.
  S/Sgt Cianciosi, A.A.
  3  668th                   
  41-39361  5H-M  A-26B
  Lt Laseter, W.H.
  T/Sgt Wilson, G.C.
  S/Sgt Robinson, J.W.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 238 -- March 17, 1945, Saturday PM
Bad Homburg, Germany -- Marshalling Yards

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

The target in the afternoon was the Bard Homburg marshalling yards. Bad weather caused the formations to be late going into the target. The PPF planes were told to hold their bombs. The formation scattered in the clouds. The first flight used Gee to attack the briefing secondary target, Weilburg. The other two flights of the first box used Gee to attack Montabaur. Most of the second box attacked Weilburg on Gee equipment. Four aircraft, separated from the rest of the formation, dropped their bombs on German territory. There was no flak. Major Dunn, Lts Brewer and Muir, B&N, and Lt C.J. Brown, Lts Kerns, B&N, led the two boxes.

"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Pages 227 - 228

Mission #238 - 17 March - Bad Homburg Marshalling Yards. This was a real snafued mission from the start. The formation was late going into the target, due mainly because of bad weather. Ground control notified the PFF planes to hold their bombs. The formation had scattered in the clouds with flight leaders scrounging to seek targets to hit. The first flight used GEE equipment to attack the briefed secondary target, Weilburg. Two other flights of the first box, using GEE equipment attacked Montabeur. Most of the second box attacked Weilburg using GEE equipment. Four planes separated from the rest of the formation, dropping their bombs on German territory. Major Dunn with Lt. Brewer BN and Lt. Claude Brown with Lt. Kerns, BN led Boxes. Captain Pair and Lt. Corum BN, - Captain Sutton with Lt. Reed and Lts. Lackovich and Muir leading flights.

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

No mission was flown on the 16th of the month, but on the morning of the 17th, the Altenkirken Road Junction was the target for the attack. Almost complete cloud cover necessitated the use of blind bombing technique. Lt. Blomgren, with Lt. Johnson, flew in the deputy formation leader's position. The second flight of the second box was lead by Lts. Cornell and Enman.

The Bad Homburg Marshalling Yards were the targets for attack in the afternoon of the same day. Cloud cover caused the formation to scatter, with the result that Montabear was bombed instead of the primary target. Lt. Col. Napier led the second flight of box I, while Capt. Miller was in the lead position of the third flight of the same box.

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

Two attacks were made on 17th March, one on the Altenkirchen Communication Center and one on the Bad Homburg Marshalling yards. Both of these missions were led by pathfinder aircraft and results were unobserved. Twelve of our crews were on the first mission and eight on the second.

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

March 17th, 1945

Dense clouds covered up the battlefronts on March 17th and the 416th went back to their Pathfinder bombing, hammering the Altenkirchen Communication Center in the morning and the Bad Homburg Marshalling Yard in the afternoon. Both targets are located in the Ruhr. In each instance the formations dropped on the Pathfinders' Gee equipment. Bad weather snafued the afternoon mission however. The formation was late on the bomb run and the ground station signaled the PFF to hold its bombs. The group scattered so the first flight went to the briefed secondary and dropped with the PFF ship. The second and third flights of this box proceeded to another briefed secondary and dropped on Gee there. Meanwhile the second box seeing the Pathfinder fail to bomb proceeded to Wailburg. Two flights and two ships of the third flight dropped on Gee at that target, while the other four airplanes became entirely lost and dropped at four different targets. There were no losses, casualties or battle damage.

[March 17, 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 17, 1945
World War II Military Situation Maps Collection
Library of Congress

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