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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 250 -- March 23, 1945, Friday PM

Dinslaken, Germany

Built Up Area



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 221-813
OpRep #            : 354a
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 11,400 - 12,500 feet
Take-off Time      : 1603
Time Over Target   : 1719 - 1733
Landing Time       : 1851
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 2:48

Place of Take-Off  : A-69 Laon/Athies, France
A/C Dispatched     : 46 Total -- 46 A-26's
Modified British System Reference: A-305300
Secondary Target   : Raesfeld (A-370540)
Summary of Results : Unobserved due to smoke and haze in target area.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 51.56450,6.73475 (51° 33' 52" N, 6° 44' 5" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on The "Coordinates Translator", (NGZ) rA305300)
(See Latitude/Longitude Coordinates and Target Identifiers for more information.)

Route Map

Route Map

Loading List 1

Loading List 1,  Box I

Loading List 2

Loading List 2, Boxes II and III

Mission Photo

(Mission photo courtesy of Phil Stanley)

Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 250 -- March 23, 1945, Friday PM
Dinslaken, Germany -- Built Up Area

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  670th                   
  43-22528  F6-T  A-26C
  Maj Ferris, C.H.
  Lt Royalty, P.G.
  Lt McNutt, M.C.
  S/Sgt Rio, D.J.
  Capt Fontaine, R.A.
  2  670th                   
  41-39416  F6-O  A-26B
  Lt Stankowski, J.F.
  Sgt Vellinga, J.R.
  [Wheel would not retract. Landed early. Took off again too late to catch formation]
  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                   
  41-39315  F6-F  A-26B
  Lt O'Brien, J.V.
  Sgt Wright, H.T.
  [Not Airborne Left Engine Cutting Out]
  6  669th                   
  41-39229  2A-B  A-26B
  Lt Balch, W.M.
  Cpl Brennan, J.D.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  668th                   
  43-22508  5H-Z  A-26C
  Capt Evans, H.M.
  Lt McCartney, T.M.
  S/Sgt Skeens, C.L.
  Lt Col Radetsky, H.A.
  2  668th                   
  41-39259  5H-H  A-26B
  Lt Colquitt, J.K.
  S/Sgt Mohr, C.M.
  3  668th                   
  41-39325  5H-L  A-26B
  Lt Hale, W.L.
  S/Sgt Geyer, J.F.
  4  668th                   
  41-39305  5H-U  A-26B
  Lt Laseter, W.H.
  S/Sgt Kochan, S.
  5  668th                   
  41-39264  5H-I  A-26B
  Lt Phillips, J.P.
  Sgt Miller, W.A.
  6  668th                   
  43-22378  5H-O  A-26B
  Lt Tank, F.R.
  Sgt Harmon, F.B.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  668th                   
  43-22505  5H-Y  A-26C
  Lt Jacobsen, O.F.
  F/O Harvest, R.W.
  S/Sgt Gooch, H.I.
  2  668th                   
  41-39274  5H-S  A-26B
  Lt Prucha, L.J.
  T/Sgt Wilson, G.C.
  3  668th                   
  43-22495  5H-G  A-26C
  Lt Drum, E.B.
  S/Sgt Brzezinski, E.P.
  4  668th                   
  41-39335  5H-W  A-26B
  Lt Wright, J.W.
  S/Sgt Profita, P.J.
  5  668th                   
  43-22385  5H-D  A-26B
  Lt Blevins, J.W.
  Sgt Gentry, F.
  6  668th                   
  43-22321  5H-T  A-26B
  Lt Long, R.H.
  Sgt McCarthy, C.J.

Box II -- Flight I
  1  670th                   
  43-22501  F6-W  A-26C
  Lt Brewster, F.S.
  Lt Dennis, L.W.
  F/O Conley, F.J.
  S/Sgt Clark, W.O.
  2  670th                   
  43-22469  F6-A  A-26C
  Lt Warren, J.R.
  Lt Forbes, T.M.
  S/Sgt Turpin, S.J.
  3  670th                   
  41-39564  F6-V  A-26B
  Lt Chitty, W.D.
  Sgt Raccio, V.B.
  [Fire in Cockpit. Hydraulic trouble. Landed at Y-55]
  4  670th                   
  41-39205  F6-M  A-26B
  Lt Bishop, E.G.
  Sgt Harris, M.C.
  5  670th                   
  41-39232  F6-K  A-26B
  F/O Boerner, S.B.
  Cpl Eddy, K.A.
  6  670th                   
  43-22330  F6-P  A-26B
  Lt Wallace, J.F.
  Sgt Plant, R.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  671st                   
  43-22490  5C-X  A-26C
  Lt Buskirk, J.A.
  Lt Hanna, R.C.
  S/Sgt Corbitt, C.H.
  Capt Chidley, H.W.
  2  671st                   
  41-39239  5C-N  A-26B
  Lt Spires, J.W.
  Sgt Messinger, R.W.
  Sgt Snider, S.J.
  [Snider (4th CCU)]
  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 Remiszewski, A.
  M/Sgt Wells, J.J.
  5  671st                   
  43-22352  5C-J  A-26B
  Lt Graeber, T.E.
  Sgt Miller, A.H.
  6  671st                   
  41-39209  5C-M  A-26B
  Capt Moore, Z.R.
  S/Sgt Davis, H.R.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  669th                   
  43-22609  2A-N  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                   
  43-22496  2A-L  A-26C
  Lt Depner, A.W.
  Sgt Gillespie, R.H.
  4  669th                   
  41-39252  2A-D  A-26B
  Lt Allen, J.F., Jr.
  S/Sgt Getgen, L.R.
  5  669th                   
  41-39271  2A-R  A-26B
  Lt Dunn, F.G.
  Sgt Pikel, J.M.
  6  669th                   
  41-39263  2A-G  A-26B
  Lt Haskell, R.W.
  Sgt Martin, G.A.
  W/O Scheuerman, C.B.
  [Scheuerman (4th CCU)]

Box III -- Flight I
  1  671st                   
  43-22497  5C-E  A-26C
  Capt Tutt, R.J.
  Lt Orr, L.A.
  Sgt Wood, W.
  2  671st                   
  41-39297  5C-T  A-26B
  Lt Winn, A.J.P.
  S/Sgt Stephenson, G.G.
  3  671st                   
  43-22326  5C-W  A-26B
  Lt Withington, D.L.
  S/Sgt Huss, C.F.
  4  671st                   
  41-39360  5C-L  A-26B
  Lt Gary, J.C.
  Cpl Schoen, A.E.
  5  671st                   
  41-39250  5C-A  A-26B
  Capt Wheeler, R.V.
  Sgt Williford, C.W.
  Sgt Graub, R.E.
  6  671st                   
  41-39328  5C-D  A-26B
  Lt Edstrom, L.W.
  Sgt Pompa, P.A.

Box III -- Flight III
  1  669th                   
  43-22487  2A-J  A-26C
  Capt DuFault, W.F.
  F/O Cardinale, O.A.
  S/Sgt Vorce, K.E.
  2  669th                   
  41-39362  2A-Y  A-26B
  Lt Anderson, C.M.
  Sgt Gilbert, C.
  3  669th                   
  43-22351  2A-F  A-26B
  Lt Willard, J.A.
  S/Sgt Hinker, C.V.
  4  669th                   
  41-39338  2A-O  A-26B
  Lt DuBose, M.W.
  S/Sgt Walters, J.H.
  5  669th                   
  41-39314  2A-H  A-26B
  Lt Harper, R.B.
  Lt Britt, J.W.
  Cpl Black, R.M.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 250 -- March 23, 1945, Friday PM
Dinslaken, Germany -- Built Up Area

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

Our 250th mission, the 33rd of the month and our 50th in 43 days, took off in the afternoon of the 23rd. This time the town of Dinslaken was attacked. Smoke from our morning's bombing still hung over the target. Three boxes of eight flights dropped 64 tons of a new type of incendiary bomb which was supposed to be inextinguishable. The fires swept through the town. Counter-battery fire was very effective because weak, inaccurate flak was encountered. The three boxes were led by Major Ferris, Lts. Royalty and McNutt, B&N, Lt. Brewster, with Lt. Dennis and F/O F.J. Conley, B&N, and Capt. Tutt, with Lt. L.A. Orr, B-N.

"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Pages 239 - 240

Mission #250 - 23 March - PM - Dinslaken Factory Area. Major Ferris, Lts. Royalty and McNutt, BNs led Box I. Lt. Brewster with Lt. Dennis and F/O Conley, BNs were on Box II. Captain Tutt and Lt. Orr BN leading Box III. Heavy smoke from the morning mission did not deter the bombs dropped in the PM from adding to the conflagrations, our boys dropping incendiaries. Most of the town was also on fire. Three boxes of eight planes each dropped 64 tons of a new type incendiary bomb, which was supposed to be inextinguishable. Weak inaccurate flak came up. Lts. Buskirk and Hanna BN led a flight with success.

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

To keep up with the terrific pace established by the ground forces, this squadron was called upon to fly two missions on the next day. The Dinslaken Factory Area was attacked with excellent results. Box I was led by Capt. Miller, with Lts. Conner and Johnson. Their bombing was considered good. The second box, which was led by Lt. Col. Napier, Lt. Moore and Flight Officer Wrubelle achieved superior results.

Mission # 250, flown on the afternoon of this day, was against the Town of Dinslaken. The third flight of box II was led by Lt. Jordan and Lt. Mulgrew. Capt. Dufault, with Flight Officer Cardinale, flew in the lead position of the second flight of the third box. Excellent results were obtained. Counter battery fire by our atrillery, against enemy flak positions, kept the amount of anti-aircraft artillery fire to a minimum.

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

Two missions were run on the 23rd against the Dinslaken Factory. In the morning superior results were achieved with 1000 pound bombs and again in the afternoon another superior was scored using 500 pound incendiary bombs. A total of 17 of our crews took part in these two missions.

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

For the third successive day the Ninth Bomb Division, including the 416th Group, delivered morning and afternoon blows at enemy defenses between Munster and the Rhine. Crews observed smoke and fire raging throughout the whole sector as the aerial onslaught went on. The A-69 Invaders hammered at the Dinslaken factory in the morning and went back to hit at roads and buildings in the town in the afternoon. Both missions were maximum effort, crews dropping thousand pound GPs in the morning and 500 pound incendiaries in the afternoon.

Excellent, superior and undetermined results were made against the factory. Lt. Lackovich and Lt. Muir were unable to get pictures due to evasive action, but visual reports state bombs hit on buildings. The new bombardiernavigator-pilot team of Captain Sutton and Lt. Reed annexed a superior on their first visual bombing mission as bursts blanketed large factory buildings. Five ships received battle damage and one crashed landed, but the crew reported safe. The factory was a large steel-rolling mill, which the Germans are reported using as an observation post to detect Allied positions and movements across the Rhine.

The incendiary bombing in the afternoon was recorded as excellent to superior although due to no photos available, undetermined results were given on paper. There was smoke and haze over the target and violent evasive action was taken, making the correct taking of pictures impossible. There were no losses, casualties or battle damage.

[March 23, 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 23, 1945
World War II Military Situation Maps Collection
Library of Congress

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