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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 247 -- March 22, 1945, Thursday AM

Borken, Germany

Built Up Area and Flak Positions



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 218-808
OpRep #            : 353
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 10,000 - 12,000 feet
Take-off Time      : 0752
Time Over Target   : 0948 - 0952
Landing Time       : 1109
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 3:17

Place of Take-Off  : A-69 Laon/Athies, France
A/C Dispatched     : 44 Total -- 44 A-26's
Modified British System Reference: A-396612 and A-36856055
Secondary Target   : Neede (A-229938)
Summary of Results : 29 a/c attacked Borken built up area (Primary), 6 Ramsdorf (casual), 3 Flak Pos. at A-36856055, 6 Sudlohn (casual). Flight results ranged from Undetermined to Excellent.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 51.84591,6.86076 (51° 50' 45" N, 6° 51' 39" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on The "Coordinates Translator", (NGZ) rA396612)
(See Latitude/Longitude Coordinates and Target Identifiers for more information.)

Route Map

Route Map

Loading List 1

Loading List Box 1

Loading List 2

Loading List 2, Box II, III and Special Flight

Missing Air Crew Reports, Aircraft Accident Reports, and other incidents

         Date          Report

Serial #
Location Personnel (Status when available)
Mar 22, 1945
No_Report   41-39332
247 671 Station Y-55 Fero, Donald A. (Not Injured)
Rojas, Andrew A. (Not Injured)

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Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 247 -- March 22, 1945, Thursday AM
Borken, Germany -- Built Up Area and Flak Positions

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.
  F/O Lehneis, A.J.
  Sgt Rose, J.W.
  2  671st                   
  41-39332  5C-P  A-26B
  Lt Fero, D.A.
  S/Sgt Rojas, A.A.
  3  671st                   
  43-22356  5C-C  A-26B
  Lt VanNoorden, H.M.
  S/Sgt Thompson, G.
  4  671st                   
  43-22313  5C-B  A-26B
  Lt Ames, W.H.
  S/Sgt Fessler, H.S.
  5  671st                   
  43-22352  5C-J  A-26B
  Lt Milhorn, G.L.
  Sgt McNellis, D.E.
  6  671st                   
  41-39209  5C-M  A-26B
  Lt Graeber, T.E.
  Sgt Appleman, M.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  669th                   
  43-22304  2A-T  A-26C
  Lt Jordan, C.S.
  Lt Mulgrew, R.P.
  S/Sgt Jensen, K.F.
  2  669th                   
  41-39244  2A-I  A-26B
  Lt VanRope, R.W.
  S/Sgt Klingman, W.H.
  3  669th                   
  43-22381  2A-Q  A-26B
  F/O Swap, F.W.
  Sgt Santandrea, M.
  4  669th                   
  41-39252  2A-D  A-26B
  Lt Anderson, C.M.
  S/Sgt Deatherage, J.H.
  5  669th                   
  41-39271  2A-R  A-26B
  Lt Harper, R.B.
  Cpl Black, R.M.
  6  669th                   
  41-39229  2A-B  A-26B
  Lt Housley, C.H.
  Cpl Block, P.J.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  669th                   
  43-22492  2A-E  A-26C
  Capt DuFault, W.F.
  F/O Cardinale, O.A.
  S/Sgt Vorce, K.E.
  2  669th                   
  43-22351  2A-F  A-26B
  Lt Willard, J.A.
  S/Sgt Hinker, C.V.
  S/Sgt Elliott, F.W.
  3  669th                   
  41-39314  2A-H  A-26B
  Lt Martin, E.C.
  S/Sgt Draft, L.B.
  4  669th                   
  41-39338  2A-O  A-26B
  Lt DuBose, M.W.
  S/Sgt Walters, J.H.
  5  669th                   
  41-39362  2A-Y  A-26B
  Lt Smith, B.A.
  Sgt Richards, D.A.
  6  669th                   
  43-22383  2A-V  A-26B
  Lt Depner, A.W.
  Sgt Fair, V.F.

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                   
  43-22320  F6-S  A-26B
  Lt Edstrom, L.W.
  S/Sgt Brown, R.J.
  3  671st                   
  41-39360  5C-L  A-26B
  Lt Withington, D.L.
  S/Sgt Huss, C.F.
  4  671st                   
  41-39250  5C-A  A-26B
  Capt Hixon, S.M.
  Sgt Schmidt, K.W.
  5  671st                   
  41-39297  5C-T  A-26B
  Lt Winn, A.J.P.
  S/Sgt Stephenson, G.G.
  6  670th                   
  41-39223  F6-B  A-26B
  Lt Spires, J.W.
  Sgt Messinger, R.W.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  670th                   
  43-22528  F6-T  A-26C
  Capt Stanley, C.S.
  F/O Blount, J.H.
  Lt Schlefer, M.P.
  S/Sgt Collier, C.B.
  2  668th                   
  41-39259  5H-H  A-26B
  Lt Colquitt, J.K.
  S/Sgt Mohr, C.M.
  [A/C Out of Commission before take-off]
  3  668th                   
  43-22321  5H-T  A-26B
  Lt Zeimet, L.R.
  S/Sgt Brzezinski, E.P.
  4  668th                   
  41-39274  5H-S  A-26B
  Lt Roberts, W.H.
  S/Sgt Hood, A.R.
  5  668th                   
  43-22378  5H-O  A-26B
  Lt Nathanson, A.S.
  Sgt Kaminski, C.J.
  6  668th                   
  41-39325  5H-L  A-26B
  Lt Evarts, A.V.
  S/Sgt Robinson, J.W.
  S/Sgt Jordan, D.W.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  670th                   
  43-22469  F6-A  A-26C
  Lt Grunig, D.B.
  Lt Morris, B.C.
  S/Sgt Nowosielski, H.J.
  2  670th                   
  41-39416  F6-O  A-26B
  Lt Chitty, W.D.
  Sgt Riggs, P.H.
  3  670th                   
  43-22315  F6-L  A-26B
  Capt Gruetzemacher, R.O.
  S/Sgt Ricketson, J.J.
  4  670th                   
  41-39224  F6-E  A-26B
  Lt Turner, E.O.
  S/Sgt Belcas, J.O.
  5  670th                   
  43-22307  F6-N  A-26B
  Lt Balch, W.M.
  S/Sgt Paladino, D.V.
  6  670th                   
  41-39232  F6-K  A-26B
  Lt Henson, A.G.
  Sgt Neal, D.E.

Box III -- Flight I
  1  668th                   
  43-22505  5H-Y  A-26C
  Lt Jacobsen, O.F.
  F/O Harvest, R.W.
  Lt Martin, R.L.
  Sgt Pettinicchi, A.
  2  668th                   
  41-39264  5H-I  A-26B
  Lt Drum, E.B.
  S/Sgt Fuehrer, W.F.
  3  668th                   
  43-22385  5H-D  A-26B
  Lt Montrose, J.H.
  S/Sgt Gandy, R.S.
  4  668th                   
  43-22495  5H-G  A-26C
  Lt McCready, T.D.
  S/Sgt Lemonds, W.E.
  5  668th                   
  41-39233  5H-F  A-26B
  Lt Parkhurst, G.J.
  Sgt Newman, F.
  6  668th                   
  41-39335  5H-W  A-26B
  Lt Russell, R.A.
  Sgt Spence, J.I.

Box III -- Flight SPECIAL
  1  670th                   
  43-22501  F6-W  A-26C
  Lt Errotabere, M.
  Lt Wilbur, M.F.
  Sgt Lynch, P.R.
  2  670th                   
  41-39205  F6-M  A-26B
  Lt Bishop, E.G.
  Sgt Harris, M.C.
  3  670th                   
  43-22330  F6-P  A-26B
  Lt Musgrove, W.
  S/Sgt Licker, M.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 247 -- March 22, 1945, Thursday AM
Borken, Germany -- Built Up Area and Flak Positions

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

The sudden concentration on the area on the east bank of the Rhine above the Ruhr was an indication of a possible jump across the Rhine in that area. Two more missions on the 22nd hit the town of Borken in this area. In the morning, dropping 100-pound bombs, 34 aircraft scored excellent to superior results. Two flights misidentified the target and bombed the towns of Sudlohn and Stadtlohn with good results. Three planes scored excellent results with 260-pound fragmentation bombs on flak positions. Flak was moderate and accurate and six planes suffered battle damage. Lt Fero's plane was unable to make it back to the base because of battle damage and crash-landed near Station Y-55. Although the plane was washed out, neither he nor his gunner, Staff Sergeant A.A. Rojas, were injured. The box leaders were Major Dunn, Lt. Brewer and F/O A.J. Lehneis, B&N, and Lt. C.J. Brown, Lt. Kerns, B-N.

"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Pages 237 - 238

Mission #247 - 22 March - AM - Berken Communication Center. Major Dunn with Lt. Brewer and F/O Lehneis BNs led Box I. Lts. Brown and Kerns BN, led Box II. The concentration of troops and equipment on the east bankof the Rhine River signaled a major thrust by Germans. This mission was to invalidate those efforts, by bombing fragmentation bombs in the area. The first box and its flights did well, scoring superior results. Two flights of the second box mis-identified the target and bombed the town of Sudlohn and Stedlohn with good results. Lt. Fero's plane received flak hits on the left engine and the right engine started smoking. Sgt. Rojas was the gunner with Fero. Fero salvoed his bombs and flew toward friendly territory. His bomb bay doors would not close after the bombs dropped, so Rojas had to pump the doors shut by hand. As they approached the field at Station A-55, they found the wheels would not lock, so he went in on his belly, in what was classified as a brilliant crash landing with no injuries.

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

Two missions were flown again on the 22nd of the month. In the morning, the built up area of Borken was attacked. Lt. Mulgrew, flying with Lt. Jordan, bombed with unsatisfactory results. A malfunction in the release system was responsible. However, the results of Flight Officer Cardinale's bombing were believed to have been very good. A number of hits were seen in the town. Capt. Dufault was the pilot of the aircraft.

The second mission of the day was flown against the same target area. Smoke and haze obscured the target, which necessitated the use of "gee" equipment for bombing. Lt. Blomgren and Lt. Johnson led the second flight of the second box, while Lts. Turner and McGivern led the second flight of the third box.

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

The Borken Communications Center was bombed with superior results on the morning mission of 22nd March, with twelve of our crews taking part.

[March 22, 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 22, 1945
World War II Military Situation Maps Collection
Library of Congress

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