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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 240 -- March 18, 1945, Sunday PM

Kreuztal, Germany

Marshalling Yards



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 211-802
OpRep #            : 349a
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 11,600 - 11,800 feet
Take-off Time      : 1430
Time Over Target   : 1601 - 1708
Landing Time       : 1825
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 3:55

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: G-183617
Secondary Target   : Suitable Alternate Authorized
Summary of Results : 3 ships dropped Window, Bombing results Unobserved due to 10/10s clouds.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 50.95430,7.99777 (50° 57' 15" N, 7° 59' 52" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on The "Coordinates Translator", (NGZ) wG183617)
(See Latitude/Longitude Coordinates and Target Identifiers for more information.)

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Loading List 1

Loading List 1,  Box I
With Three Additional Window Mission Aircraft

Loading List 2

Loading List 2, Box II

Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 240 -- March 18, 1945, Sunday PM
Kreuztal, 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                   
  43-22304  2A-T  A-26C
  Lt Col Napier, J.G.
  Lt Moore, D.L.
  Lt Mulgrew, R.P.
  Sgt Arendt, E.A.
  2  670th                   
  43-22501  F6-W  A-26C
  Lt Grunig, D.B.
  Lt Morris, B.C.
  S/Sgt Friday, L.R.
  3  669th                   
  41-39252  2A-D  A-26B
  Lt Anderson, C.M.
  Sgt Gilbert, C.
  4  669th                   
  43-22496  2A-L  A-26C
  Capt Sommers, H.L.
  S/Sgt McGaughy, W.S.
  5  669th                   
  41-39362  2A-Y  A-26B
  Lt Smith, B.A.
  Sgt Wilson, R.P.
  6  669th                   
  41-39263  2A-G  A-26B
  Lt Haskell, R.W.
  Sgt Lea, E.W.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  671st                   
  43-22490  5C-X  A-26C
  Lt Brown, C.J.
  Lt Kerns, J.E.
  S/Sgt Sunderland, H.E.
  2  671st                   
  43-22497  5C-E  A-26C
  Capt Tutt, R.J.
  Lt Orr, L.A.
  Sgt Schwartzapel, D.
  3  671st                   
  43-22419  5C-Z  A-26B
  Lt Withington, D.L.
  S/Sgt McElhattan, L.D.
  4  671st                   
  43-22326  5C-W  A-26B
  Capt Nielsen, L.C.
  Pvt Elliott, E.R.
  5  671st                   
  41-39239  5C-N  A-26B
  Capt Hixon, S.M.
  S/Sgt Hinson, A.H.
  6  671st                   
  43-22313  5C-B  A-26B
  Lt Hlivko, A.E.
  Sgt Graub, R.E.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  671st                   
  43-22499  5C-G  A-26C
  Lt Buskirk, J.A.
  Lt Hanna, R.C.
  S/Sgt Fessler, H.S.
  2  671st                   
  43-22356  5C-C  A-26B
  Lt Milhorn, G.L.
  S/Sgt Davis, H.R.
  3  671st                   
  41-39250  5C-A  A-26B
  Lt Mooney, S.
  Sgt Buckley, W.C.
  4  671st                   
  41-39332  5C-P  A-26B
  Lt Gary, J.C.
  Sgt Stypenski, V.S.
  5  669th                   
  41-39314  2A-H  A-26B
  Capt Moore, Z.R.
  S/Sgt Johnson, R.J.
  S/Sgt Kruger, C.J.
  6  668th                   
  41-39325  5H-L  A-26B
  Lt Wright, J.R.
  Sgt Simon, D.O.

Box I
  SPARE  669th               
  43-22351  2A-F  A-26B
  Lt Willard, J.A.
  Lt Britt, J.W.
  S/Sgt Hinker, C.V.

Box I -- Flight WINDOW
  1  668th                   
  43-22508  5H-Z  A-26C
  Capt Sutton, L.J.
  Lt Reed, J.V.
  Sgt Goldberg, L.
  Sgt Miller, A.H.
  2  671st                   
  41-39297  5C-T  A-26B
  Lt Montrose, J.H.
  S/Sgt Gandy, R.S.
  S/Sgt Roberts, J.H.
  3  671st                   
  41-39249  5C-F  A-26B
  Lt Wright, J.W.
  S/Sgt VanGalder, D.W.
  S/Sgt Robinson, J.W.

Box II -- Flight I
  1  669th                   
  43-22487  2A-J  A-26C
  Capt Miller, E.L.
  Lt Conner, J.K.
  F/O Wrubelle, W.M.
  S/Sgt Floyd, C.F.
  2  670th                   
  43-22503  F6-X  A-26C
  Lt Jacobsen, O.F.
  F/O Harvest, R.W.
  Lt Martin, R.L.
  Sgt Pettinicchi, A.
  3  669th                   
  41-39244  2A-I  A-26B
  Lt VanRope, R.W.
  Sgt West, N.D.
  4  670th                   
  43-22507  F6-Q  A-26C
  Capt DuFault, W.F.
  F/O Cardinale, O.A.
  S/Sgt Vorce, K.E.
  5  669th                   
  41-39271  2A-R  A-26B
  Lt Smith, D.E.
  S/Sgt Kirik, S.J.
  6  669th                   
  41-39393  2A-M  A-26B
  F/O Swap, F.W.
  Sgt Santandrea, M.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  670th                   
  43-22469  F6-A  A-26C
  Lt Hall, R.B.
  F/O Goss, T.L.
  S/Sgt Jackson, W.S.
  2  670th                   
  41-39315  F6-F  A-26B
  Lt Bower, R.S.
  Sgt Riggs, P.H.
  3  670th                   
  43-22330  F6-P  A-26B
  Lt Musgrove, W.
  S/Sgt Seighman, H.O.
  4  670th                   
  41-39416  F6-O  A-26B
  Lt Warren, J.R.
  S/Sgt Turpin, S.J.
  5  670th                   
  43-22334  F6-G  A-26B
  F/O Boerner, S.B.
  S/Sgt Basile, A.C.
  6  668th                   
  41-39274  5H-S  A-26B
  Lt Chitty, W.D.
  S/Sgt Leahigh, L.L.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  668th                   
  43-22523  5H-N  A-26C
  Capt Stanley, C.S.
  F/O Blount, J.H.
  S/Sgt Collier, C.B.
  Col Aylesworth, T.R.
  2  668th                   
  43-22389  5H-X  A-26B
  Lt Cannon, L.E.
  S/Sgt Brzezinski, E.P.
  3  668th                   
  41-39305  5H-U  A-26B
  Lt Roberts, W.H.
  S/Sgt Hood, A.R.
  4  668th                   
  43-22495  5H-G  A-26C
  Lt McCready, T.D.
  S/Sgt Lemonds, W.E.
  5  668th                   
  43-22385  5H-D  A-26B
  Lt Drum, E.B.
  Sgt Schwartzkopf, J.R.
  6  668th                   
  41-39264  5H-I  A-26B
  Lt Zeimet, L.R.
  Sgt Sereno, F.L.

Box II
  SPARE  669th               
  41-39338  2A-O  A-26B
  Lt DuBose, M.W.
  S/Sgt Griffin, D.L.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 240 -- March 18, 1945, Sunday PM
Kreuztal, Germany -- Marshalling Yards

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

Appalled yes, but none the less determined, two boxes led by PPF planes took off that afternoon to attack the Krentzel marshalling yards. The second box attacked the target on PPF without incident. The PPF plane of the first box pulled away on the bomb run without attacking. Gee equipment and Channel "B" in the lead plane of the first box was not operating, so he told the leader of the second flight to take over, Lt C.J. Brown. Lt Brown's Gee equipment was jammed too. He called "Bullseye" and asked to be vectored to the target. After flying headings for an hour, Lt Brown's Gee equipment began to work and he went in to bomb the target on Gee. This box encountered weak, inaccurate flak at the bomb line out. Cloud cover, ranging from 9 to 10/10, extended over enemy territory. The boxes were led by Lt Col Napier, Lts Miller and Mulgrew, B&N, and Captain Miller, Lts Connor and Wrubbelle, B&N.

"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Pages 232 - 233

Mission #240 - 18 March - PM - Kreutztel Marshalling Yard. Lt. Col. Napier with Lts. Miller and Hulgrew BNs and Captain Miller with Lts. Conners and Wrubbelle, BN led the two boxes. The 671st squadron furnished four flight leader teams for this mission, including: Captain Tutt and Lt. Orr, BN, - Captain Sutton and Lt. Reed, BN, - Lts. Buskirk and Hanna, BN, - Lts. Brown and Kerns, BN. The lead PFF plane did not drop, calling for the second flight BN team to take over. The Gee equipment of the second team, Lts. Brown-Kerns Gee equipment did not function so they failed to drop. Brown called "Bullseye" for a vector to the target and after flying for about an hour got back to the target and bombed on GEE which started to work again. Weak inaccurate flak met them on the bombline. The second box dropped on PFF with no problem, but results were not determined.

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

Misfortune reached out to the 669th once more on the 18th of the month. In making an attack on the Worms Communications Center, the aircraft piloted by Lt. Cornell was hit by heavy anti-aircraft artillery fire. The aircraft was seen to be descending, under control, with the right engine afire. The right wing was seen to break off, and the aircraft was believed to have crashed near Johennesburg. Beside Lt. Cornell, Lt. Enman and S/Sgt. Carter were reported missing in action. Capt. Stebbins and Lt. Calloway led the second flight of the second box in the attack. Excellent results were obtained despite the intensive enemy defenses. Lt. Col. Napier, with Lts. Moore and Mulgrew, led the formation on the afternoon mission of the same day. Capt. Miller flew in the lead position of box II. He had Lt. Conner and Flight Officer Wrubelle flying with him to bomb and navigate. The target was the Kreutzel Marshalling Yard. Blind bombing technique had to be employed because of the cloud cover.

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

In the afternoon of 18 March the Kreutztal Marshalling Yards were attacked. The formation went in without fighter cover but met no enemy opposition except weak inaccurate flak.

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

March 18th, 1945

The 416th Bomb Group encountered another "Bloody Sunday" on March 18th with the loss of four ships and crews over the target area...the Worms Communication Center. The A-26s were dispatched in the morning with a Pathfinder lead, but the skies were clear over the target and bombing was done visually as the flak gunners threw up everything but the kitchen sink. The Group made their second run of the day in the afternoon against the Kreutzal Marshalling Yard, bombing this time by Pathfinder with the protection of a cloud cover.

The 671st Bomb Squadron suffered on the morning mission when Lt. William R. Jokinen and his gunner, S/Sgt.Edward J. Creeden, were shot down over the target. No chutes were seen and the ship was followed to the ground where it exploded. This was Lt. Jokinen's 17th mission and Creeden's 10th . The pair joined the Squadron on October 1st, 1944. Captain Cornell, Lt. Vars and Lt. Kinney and their crews were also lost.

Attacking in anticipation of a possible enemy withdrawal from the "Saarbrucken squeeze" of the U.S. Third and Seventh Armies, the 416th and five other Ninth Bomb Division Groups hit at Worms on the west bank of the Rhine River. Despite the treacherous flak, the 416th turned in a good job of bombing. Box I received a good with bombs dropping in the center of the town. Bombs of the first flight in the second box hit in the marshalling yard and on an overpass. Due to evasive action no photos were available on the second flight, but visual observation reports state excellent results.

The bomb pattern for the final flight could not be picked up on the strike photos. Besides the four ships shot down, 23 planes were battle damaged.

In the afternoon the 416th shifted its attack to the Cologne sector where the clouds were thick and heavy and the flak nil. The Invaders, led by Pathfinder, dropped on the Kreustal Marshalling Yard located at a junction of two main lines leading north from the Giessen-Cologne rail line. Traffic at this rail center had increased greatly in recent weeks. Results were unobserved.

[March 18, 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 18, 1945
World War II Military Situation Maps Collection
Library of Congress

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