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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 244 -- March 20, 1945, Tuesday AM

Geisecke, Germany

Marshalling Yards



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 215-805
OpRep #            : 351
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 10,500 - 11,200 feet
Take-off Time      : 1008
Time Over Target   : 1234 - 1235
Landing Time       : 1357
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 3:49

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: A-930182
Secondary Target   : Westerburg or Holzhen Railroad (G-170190 or M-220770)
Summary of Results : 3 a/c dropped Window, 36 attacked Westerburg (Alternate) - Results Box 1 - Superior, Box 2 - Unsatisfactory.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 51.46254,7.63646 (51° 27' 45" N, 7° 38' 11" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on The "Coordinates Translator", (NGZ) rA930182)
(See Latitude/Longitude Coordinates and Target Identifiers for more information.)

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Loading List 1

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

Loading List 2

Loading List 2, Box II

Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 244 -- March 20, 1945, Tuesday AM
Geisecke, 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  668th                   
  43-22508  5H-Z  A-26C
  Maj Shaefer, R.F.
  Lt Hand, A.R.
  Lt Roman, L.J.
  S/Sgt Merritt, O.N.
  2  671st                   
  43-22499  5C-G  A-26C
  Lt Buskirk, J.A.
  Lt Hanna, R.C.
  S/Sgt Corbitt, C.H.
  3  668th                   
  43-22385  5H-D  A-26B
  Lt Montrose, J.H.
  S/Sgt Gandy, R.S.
  4  668th                   
  43-22389  5H-X  A-26B
  Lt Cannon, L.E.
  S/Sgt Brzezinski, E.P.
  5  668th                   
  43-22321  5H-T  A-26B
  Lt Parkhurst, G.J.
  Sgt Newman, F.
  6  668th                   
  43-22495  5H-G  A-26C
  Lt Long, R.H.
  Sgt McCarthy, C.J.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  670th                   
  43-22507  F6-Q  A-26C
  Lt Brewster, F.S.
  Lt Dennis, L.W.
  S/Sgt Clark, W.O.
  2  670th                   
  43-22469  F6-A  A-26C
  Lt Popeney, H.
  Lt Fry, C.F.
  S/Sgt Candler, H.C.S.
  3  670th                   
  43-22307  F6-N  A-26B
  Lt Wallace, J.F.
  Sgt Krantz, J.G.
  4  671st                   
  43-22356  5C-C  A-26B
  Lt Musgrove, W.
  S/Sgt Seighman, H.O.
  5  671st                   
  41-39297  5C-T  A-26B
  Lt O'Brien, J.V.
  Sgt Corey, F.E.
  6  670th                   
  41-39205  F6-M  A-26B
  Lt Stankowski, J.F.
  Sgt Kimball, A.H.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  670th                   
  43-22501  F6-W  A-26C
  Lt Grunig, D.B.
  Lt Morris, B.C.
  S/Sgt Nowosielski, H.J.
  2  668th                   
  41-39233  5H-F  A-26B
  Lt Ford, R.
  Sgt Thompson, C.J.
  3  670th                   
  43-22315  F6-L  A-26B
  Capt Gruetzemacher, R.O.
  S/Sgt Ricketson, J.J.
  S/Sgt Elliott, F.W.
  4  670th                   
  41-39224  F6-E  A-26B
  Lt Turner, E.O.
  S/Sgt Sienkiewicz, J.
  5  670th                   
  41-39416  F6-O  A-26B
  Capt Borman, H.W.
  Sgt Carney, T.D.
  6  671st                   
  43-22352  5C-J  A-26B
  F/O Boerner, S.B.
  Sgt Torres, I.

Box I
  SPARE  669th               
  41-39338  2A-O  A-26B
  Lt Drum, E.B.
  Sgt Schwartzkopf, J.R.

Box I -- Flight WINDOW
  1  671st                   
  43-22498  5C-R  A-26C
  Lt Errotabere, M.
  Lt Wilbur, M.F.
  Sgt Lynch, P.R.
  Sgt Bowie, E.A.
  2  671st                   
  41-39332  5C-P  A-26B
  Lt Miller, J.H.
  Sgt Maupin, W.W.
  Sgt Gurkin, C.W.
  3  671st                   
  41-39239  5C-N  A-26B
  Lt Henderson, F.W.
  Sgt McNellis, D.E.
  Sgt Goldberg, L.

Box II -- Flight I
  1  668th                   
  43-22523  5H-N  A-26C
  Capt Evans, H.M.
  Lt McCartney, T.M.
  Lt Freed, D.R.
  S/Sgt Skeens, C.L.
  2  669th                   
  43-22492  2A-E  A-26C
  Lt Blomgren, J.E.
  F/O Wrubelle, W.M.
  Lt Johnson, G.G.
  S/Sgt Fleming, L.R.
  3  668th                   
  41-39325  5H-L  A-26B
  Lt Hale, W.L.
  S/Sgt Fuehrer, W.F.
  4  668th                   
  41-39274  5H-S  A-26B
  Lt McCready, T.D.
  Cpl Hawk, D.W.
  5  668th                   
  41-39264  5H-I  A-26B
  Lt Evarts, A.V.
  Sgt Fagan, C.D.
  6  668th                   
  41-39335  5H-W  A-26B
  F/O Gunkel, H.G.
  S/Sgt Calabrese, C.L.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  669th                   
  43-22487  2A-J  A-26C
  Capt Miller, E.L.
  Lt Conner, J.K.
  S/Sgt Floyd, C.F.
  2  669th                   
  41-39314  2A-H  A-26B
  Lt Martin, E.C.
  Lt Britt, J.W.
  Sgt Draft, L.B.
  3  669th                   
  43-22381  2A-Q  A-26B
  F/O Swap, F.W.
  Sgt Meliniotis, N.
  4  669th                   
  41-39362  2A-Y  A-26B
  Capt Sommers, H.L.
  S/Sgt Donnelly, W.W.
  5  669th                   
  41-39271  2A-R  A-26B
  Lt Harper, R.B.
  Cpl Black, R.M.
  6  669th                   
  41-39252  2A-D  A-26B
  Lt Smith, D.E.
  S/Sgt Kirik, S.J.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  671st                   
  43-22490  5C-X  A-26C
  Lt Lackovich, J.J.
  Lt Muir, R.C.
  S/Sgt Connery, T.
  2  671st                   
  43-22497  5C-E  A-26C
  Capt Tutt, R.J.
  Lt Orr, L.A.
  Sgt Schwartzapel, D.
  3  671st                   
  41-39250  5C-A  A-26B
  Lt Edstrom, L.W.
  Sgt Pompa, P.A.
  4  671st                   
  43-22419  5C-Z  A-26B
  Lt Spires, J.W.
  Sgt Messinger, R.W.
  5  671st                   
  43-22326  5C-W  A-26B
  Lt Graeber, T.E.
  Sgt Appleman, M.
  6  671st                   
  41-39209  5C-M  A-26B
  Capt Moore, Z.R.
  S/Sgt Johnson, R.J.

Box II
  SPARE  669th               
  43-22383  2A-V  A-26B
  Lt Zeimet, L.R.
  Sgt Ray, R.K.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 244 -- March 20, 1945, Tuesday AM
Geisecke, Germany -- Marshalling Yards

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

Slowing down somewhat to catch our breath on the 20th, only one mission was flown. The target was the Geisecke marshalling yards. The PPF plane, which was leading the formation, developed engine trouble at the I.P. and had to leave the formation. A large cloud hung over the target and after three runs without success, the leader of the first box led the formation to the briefed secondary target, the town of Westerberg...a total of 76 tons of bombs were dropped on the already badly hit town. The first box wiped out the center of the town. Noticing activity in the yards nearby, the bombardier in the second box changed his aiming point at the last minute. It threw of his accuracy and his bombs landed in the woods, but some cut minor roads. The two boxes were led by Major Shaefer and Lts Hand and Roman, B&N, and Capt Evans, Lts McCartney and Freed, B&N. Although the formation passed over several heavily defended Ruhr towns, only on the third run over the primary target was weak, inaccurate flak encountered.

"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Pages 233 - 234

Mission #244 - 20 March - Geisecke Marshalling Yard. PFF Pathfinder B-26s led our group. The PFF plane developed engine trouble before the bomb run. Major Shaefer and Lts. Hand and Roman, BNs leading box I took three bomb runs over the target, eventually dropping on the secondary target, Westerberg with success. The second box led by Captain Evans and Lts. McCartney and Freed, BNs had difficulty and changed their aiming point to another part of the town, but his bombs scattered in the woods. However, 76 tons of bombs blanketed the town of Westerberg. Weak, inaccurate flak was experienced. Captain Tutt, Lt. Orr, BN and Lts. Buskirk and Hanna, BN, plus Lts. Lackovich and Muir led flights. Two pilots of the 671st who joined the squadron in May 1944 flew their 65th missions today as window dropping planes.

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

On the 20th, the formation bombed the Geisecke Marshalling Yard. The bombing run was made by the use of PPF technique, because the cloud cover made a visual run impossible. Lt. Blomgren and his B/N Lt. G.G. Johnson, flew as deputy leaders of the second box. Capt. Miller and Lt. Conner led the second flight of the second box.

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

A formation took off on 20 March to attack the Geisecke Marshalling Yards. However this target was covered with clouds and could not be found so the secondary target was attacked. This was the town of Westerberg, which was wiped out by the 76 tons of 1000 pound bombs dropped. The bombing was rated as excellent.

Captain Paul G. Atkinson returned to the organization on 20 March after being hospitalized since his crack up in Germany on the 23rd of January.

Captain Chester C. Slaughter, Captain R.J. Koch and Pfc Louie Massoni arrived on the 20th of March from the 29th Infantry Division for the purpose of observing activities of the bombardment group.

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

March 20th, 1945

Two veteran 671st pilots finished their E.T.O. tour on March 20th, flying window when the A-69 Invaders struck at the Geiaecke Marshalling Yard, on the main line between Dusseldorf and Kassel. The two pilots were Lt. James

H. Miller and Lt. Floyd W. Henderson who joined the 671st Bomb Squadron the first week of May, 1944. The two pilots celebrated their 65th mission by giving out with some super buzz jobs of both the runway and squadron area. It was some of the best buzzing seen in these here parts for some time. The two pilots, who have been on many of the roughest missions the Group has flown, are now awaiting their orders to return to the States.

The mission was dispatched as Pathfinder, but trouble was encountered on the bomb run. The PFF ship had engine trouble on the run and had to leave the formation. The first box bombed on the briefed secondary, Westerberg, and received a superior rating. The second box received an unsatisfactory as the bombardier was not synchronized and the bombs fell quite a distance from the town.

There were no losses or casualties and the crew returned in tact.

[March 20, 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 20, 1945
World War II Military Situation Maps Collection
Library of Congress

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