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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 251 -- March 24, 1945, Saturday AM

Ihling Kamps Area, Germany

Flak Position



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 222-814
OpRep #            : 355
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 11,500 - 12,400 feet
Take-off Time      : 0635
Time Over Target   : 0809
Landing Time       : 0932
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 2:57

Place of Take-Off  : A-69 Laon/Athies, France
A/C Dispatched     : 43 Total -- 43 A-26's
Modified British System Reference: A-25846031
Secondary Target   : Stadtlohn Communications Center (A-438776)
Summary of Results : Results Unsatisfactory AMPI. 38 a/c attacked Primary, 2 Attacked target with 409 BG (flak positions at E-73139678), 3 Window.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 51.83658,6.66087 (51° 50' 12" N, 6° 39' 39" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on The "Coordinates Translator", (NGZ) rA258603, Refined per more precise Grid Coordinate rA25846031)
(See Latitude/Longitude Coordinates and Target Identifiers for more information.)

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Route Map

Route Map

Loading List 1

Loading List 1,  Box I
With Brig Gen Backus Flying In Flight 1, Aircraft No. 497

Loading List 2 

Loading List 2, Box II
With Three Additional Window Flight Aircraft and
Special Flight of Two Aircraft Flying With 409th Bomb Group

Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 251 -- March 24, 1945, Saturday AM
Ihling Kamps Area, Germany -- Flak Position

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                   
  43-22497  5C-E  A-26C
  Maj Dunn, L.F.
  Lt Brewer, W.E.
  F/O Lehneis, A.J.
  Sgt Rose, J.W.
  Brig Gen Backus, E.N.
  2  668th                   
  43-22505  5H-Y  A-26C
  Lt Jacobsen, O.F.
  F/O Harvest, R.W.
  S/Sgt Pettinicchi, A.
  3  671st                   
  43-22356  5C-C  A-26B
  Lt VanNoorden, H.M.
  S/Sgt Steffey, R.I.
  4  671st                   
  41-39328  5C-D  A-26B
  Lt Ames, W.H.
  S/Sgt Brown, R.J.
  S/Sgt Fessler, H.S.
  5  671st                   
  43-22326  5C-W  A-26B
  Lt Wallman, M.
  Sgt Helt, A.
  6  668th                   
  41-39335  5H-W  A-26B
  Lt Wright, J.R.
  Sgt Simon, D.O.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  670th                   
  43-22469  F6-A  A-26C
  Lt Blomgren, J.E.
  Lt Johnson, G.G.
  S/Sgt Fleming, L.R.
  2  669th                   
  41-39314  2A-H  A-26B
  Lt Martin, E.C.
  S/Sgt Draft, L.B.
  3  669th                   
  41-39244  2A-I  A-26B
  Lt VanRope, R.W.
  S/Sgt Klingman, W.H.
  4  669th                   
  43-22351  2A-F  A-26B
  Lt Willard, J.A.
  S/Sgt Hinker, C.V.
  5  669th                   
  41-39362  2A-Y  A-26B
  Lt Smith, B.A.
  Sgt Richards, D.A.
  6  669th                   
  41-39263  2A-G  A-26B
  Lt Hayter, E.R.
  S/Sgt Basford, F.P.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  669th                   
  43-22304  2A-T  A-26C
  Lt Turner, D.O., Jr.
  Lt McGivern, P.J.
  S/Sgt Reyes, M.R.
  2  669th                   
  41-39271  2A-R  A-26B
  Lt Dunn, F.G.
  Sgt Stein, L.C.
  3  669th                   
  43-22496  2A-L  A-26C
  Lt Housley, C.H.
  Cpl Block, P.J.
  4  669th                   
  41-39252  2A-D  A-26B
  Lt Allen, J.F., Jr.
  S/Sgt Veazey, C.W.
  5  669th                   
  41-39229  2A-B  A-26B
  Lt Haskell, R.W.
  Sgt Lea, E.W.
  6  669th                   
  41-39338  2A-O  A-26B
  Lt Hackley, R.H.
  S/Sgt Hawk, O.T.
  Sgt Williford, C.W.

Box I
  SPARE  671st               
  41-39297  5C-T  A-26B
  Lt Fero, D.A.
  S/Sgt Skelton, T.W.

Box II -- Flight I
  1  671st                   
  43-22490  5C-X  A-26C
  Lt Brown, C.J.
  Lt Kerns, J.E.
  S/Sgt Sunderland, H.E.
  2  670th                   
  43-22501  F6-W  A-26C
  Lt Popeney, H.
  Lt Fry, C.F.
  S/Sgt Arnett, W.E.
  3  671st                   
  43-22313  5C-B  A-26B
  Lt Remiszewski, A.
  S/Sgt Miguez, J.H.
  4  671st                   
  41-39239  5C-N  A-26B
  Capt Hixon, S.M.
  S/Sgt Hinson, A.H.
  5  671st                   
  43-22352  5C-J  A-26B
  Lt Milhorn, G.L.
  Sgt McNellis, D.E.
  6  668th                   
  41-39325  5H-L  A-26B
  Lt Winn, A.J.P.
  S/Sgt Davis, W.G.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  668th                   
  43-22508  5H-Z  A-26C
  Capt Stanley, C.S.
  F/O Blount, J.H.
  Sgt Edenburn, J.C.
  2  668th                   
  43-22378  5H-O  A-26B
  Lt Carver, J.H.
  S/Sgt Stewart, A.B.
  3  668th                   
  41-39274  5H-S  A-26B
  Lt Prucha, L.J.
  S/Sgt Lemonds, W.E.
  4  668th                   
  43-22385  5H-D  A-26B
  Lt Montrose, J.H.
  S/Sgt Brzezinski, E.P.
  5  668th                   
  43-22495  5H-G  A-26C
  Lt Nathanson, A.S.
  Sgt Hicks, C.M.
  6  668th                   
  41-39305  5H-U  A-26B
  Lt Zeimet, L.R.
  S/Sgt Roberts, J.H.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  670th                   
  43-22528  F6-T  A-26C
  Lt Hall, R.B.
  F/O Goss, T.L.
  S/Sgt Majewski, S.J.
  2  670th                   
  43-22330  F6-P  A-26B
  Lt Turman, A.R.
  S/Sgt Hummer, J.A.
  3  670th                   
  41-39205  F6-M  A-26B
  Lt Bishop, E.G.
  Sgt Harris, M.C.
  Sgt Richards, D.B.
  4  670th                   
  41-39416  F6-O  A-26B
  Lt Singletary, R.B.
  S/Sgt Wiggins, H.G.
  5  670th                   
  41-39224  F6-E  A-26B
  Lt Henson, A.G.
  Sgt Urbanicio, F.R.
  6  670th                   
  43-22315  F6-L  A-26B
  F/O Boerner, S.B.
  Sgt Showers, M.W.

Box II -- Flight WINDOW
  1  668th                   
  43-22481  5H-P  A-26C
  Capt Sommers, H.L.
  Lt Vollmayer, K.A.
  S/Sgt Reiter, G.E.
  S/Sgt Richardson, L.L.
  2  668th                   
  41-39259  5H-H  A-26B
  Capt Borman, H.W.
  Sgt Perujo, R.J.
  Pfc Finnell, D.O.
  3  668th                   
  41-39264  5H-I  A-26B
  Lt Wallace, J.F.
  Sgt Krantz, J.G.
  Sgt Plant, R.

Box II -- Flight SPECIAL
  1  670th                   
  43-22503  F6-N  A-26C
  Lt Jordan, C.S.
  Lt Mulgrew, R.P.
  S/Sgt Jensen, K.F.
  [Special Flight with 409th Bomb Group]
  2  671st                   
  43-22498  5C-R  A-26C
  Lt Hale, W.L.
  Sgt Calabrese, C.L.
  [Special Flight with 409th Bomb Group]

Box II
  SPARE  671st               
  41-39250  5C-A  A-26B
  Capt Sears, A.C.
  M/Sgt Wells, J.J.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 251 -- March 24, 1945, Saturday AM
Ihling Kamps Area, Germany -- Flak Position

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

On the 24th, in a dawn attack in cooperation with a long awaited push by our ground forces, two boxes of aircraft, led by Major Dunn, with Lt. Brewer and F/O A.J. Lehneis, B&N, and Lt. Brown, Lt. Kerns, B-N, made an attack on flak positions at Ihling Kamps, east of Bocholt, dropping 733x260-pound fragmentation bombs on the lead plane of the first box, which attacked visually. The lead bombardier misidentified the target and bombed on the edge of the town of Rhede, one mile east of the target. Hits were scored on the railroad, roads, and buildings. Two planes led by Lt. C. Jordan, Lt. Mulgrew, B-N, were assigned to attack another flak position with the 409th Bomb Group, scoring excellent results.

As our planes returned to the field, overhead, C-47 Dakotas and gliders were heading eastward to participate in the mass offensive, after rallying over Laon. Our crews reported even more C-47's and gliders in the target area as they made their attack. At that time, there was report of any landing of our troops on the east bank of the Rhine. Within two hours, the world heard the news that the Rhine had been crossed both in the north by our airborne troops and in the south by General Patton's Third Army.

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

Mission #251 - 24 March - AM - Ihling Kamps near Bocholt flak gun emplacements. Eleven groups were assigned different gun emplacements with frag bombs. Major Dunn, Lt. Brewer and F/O Lehneis BNs on Box I. Lts. Brown and Kerns, BN led Box II. Brigadier General Backus of 9th Bomb Wing rode as an observer with Major Dunn. Direct hits were made amid smoke and fire, with no flak coming up. The lead bombardier misidentified the target and bombed on the edge of town, Rhede, one mile east of the assigned target. He hit railroads, roads, and the buildings. On returning to base, we noticed numerous C-47s and gliders making their way to the Rhine River. Later news reports shouted that our troops had crossed the Rhine and that the Third Army led by General Patton had penetrated the area. Our bombing helped considerably. Two of our planes, led by Lt. Jordan and Lt. Mulgrewe BN were assigned to attack another flak position with the 409th Bomb Group. Our boys scored an excellent shot.

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

In a dawn attack on the 24th, which was coordinated with the "big push" of the ground forces, our aircraft attacked flak positions east of the Town of Bocholt. Lt. Jordan, with Lt. Mulgrew, were assigned to attack a flak position a short distance from the primary target. They achieved excellent results with their bombing. Lts. Blomgren and Johnson were in the leading aircraft of the second flight of the first box, while Lts. Turner and McGivern led the third flight of the same box. Capt. Sommers, with Lt. Vollmayer, led the "window" flight.

On the afternoon of the 24th, while the Allied Ground Forces were surging across the Rhine River, an attack was make [made] on the Colbe R.R. Bridge. Flight Officer Cardinale's bombing was rated gross. He did not pick out the aiming point until late in the bomb run, and was not synchronized at the release point. Capt. Dufault was the pilot of the aircraft. Other flights attained excellent results and left the bridge in an unserviceable condition.

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

A long awaited push by the ground forces started on 24 March and the group took off in a dawn attack to cooperate in the move. This attack was on flak positions at the Ihling Kamps area in Germany.

Excellent bombing results were achieved with the 260 lb fragmentation bombs. Flak resistance was intense but inaccurate. As our airplanes returned to the base the sky was filled with C-47's towing gliders, which were heading eastward to participate in the mass offensive. That afternoon our planes went out again to attack the Colbe Rail Bridge. Six of our crews took part with good to superior results.

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

March 24th, 1945

The 416th made it eight missions in two days as the Ninth Bomb Division continued to drop tons of explosives on the battered area north of the Ruhr. The climaxing blow was made in the morning as eleven groups dropped frags on flak positions near Bocholt, north of the Ruhr at a point just two miles east of the German-Holland border. Each group had a different gun sight. As a whole, results were undetermined, although some crews reported direct hits on the guns. No flak was encountered and all crews returned safely.

In the afternoon the 416th shifted the offensive east and south of the Ruhr Valley, smashing at the Colbe Railroad Bridge, 20 miles north of Giessen. After dispatching a maximum effort mission in the morning just four flights were sent out in the afternoon. An excellent, superior, and a good were scored against on unsatisfactory. Lt. Lackovich and Lt. Muir were credited with a good on their bombing.

Bombing of this bridge and two other nearby spans is part of a continuing program to keep the entire Ruhr Valley isolated from the rest of Germany. There were no losses, casualties or battle damage.

Lt. William H. Ames finished both of his gunners up on the morning mission. He let them both reach 50 and then took one up front and the other in the turret for Number 51. They are S/Sgt. Robert J.Brown and S/Sgt. Herman S. Fessler, who joined the 671st with Lt. Ames back in June 1944.

[March 24, 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 24, 1945
World War II Military Situation Maps Collection
Library of Congress

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