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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 253 -- March 25, 1945, Sunday AM

Altenkirchen, Germany

Road Junction



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 224-816
OpRep #            : 356
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 10,000 - 12,200 feet
Take-off Time      : 0839
Time Over Target   : 1015 - 1032
Landing Time       : 1208
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 3:29

Place of Take-Off  : A-69 Laon/Athies, France
A/C Dispatched     : 48 Total -- 48 A-26's
Modified British System Reference: F-934320
Secondary Target   : Siegen (G-200530)
Summary of Results : 46 a/c attacked Primary - scored ranged from Undertermined to Excellent, 2 a/c attacked Casual target in vicinity of G 120250.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 50.68745,7.64376 (50° 41' 15" N, 7° 38' 38" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on The "Coordinates Translator", (NGZ) wF934320)
(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, Box II

Loading List 3

Loading List 3, Box III

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

         Date          Report

Serial #
Location Personnel (Status when available)
Mar 25, 1945
No_Report   43-22503
253 670 Y-57 Barausky, Peter P. (Not Injured)
Sheehan, William L. Jr. (Not Injured)
Hall, Millard (WIA)
Mar 25, 1945
No_Report   43-22505
253 668 Jacobsen, Otto F. (Not Injured)
Harvest, Robert W. (WIA)
Gooch, Harold I. (Not Injured)

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Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 253 -- March 25, 1945, Sunday AM
Altenkirchen, Germany -- Road Junction

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                   
  43-22487  2A-J  A-26C
  Capt Miller, E.L.
  Lt Conner, J.K.
  Lt Johnson, G.G.
  S/Sgt Bookach, M.
  2  669th                   
  41-39263  2A-G  A-26B
  Lt Hayter, E.R.
  Sgt Dalton, A.A.
  3  669th                   
  41-39314  2A-H  A-26B
  Lt Martin, E.C.
  S/Sgt Draft, L.B.
  4  669th                   
  41-39252  2A-D  A-26B
  Lt Allen, J.F., Jr.
  S/Sgt Getgen, L.R.
  5  669th                   
  41-39229  2A-B  A-26B
  Lt Harper, R.B.
  Cpl Black, R.M.
  6  669th                   
  43-22383  2A-V  A-26B
  Lt Haskell, R.W.
  Sgt Martin, G.A.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  671st                   
  43-22498  5C-R  A-26C
  Lt Buskirk, J.A.
  Lt Hanna, R.C.
  S/Sgt Corbitt, C.H.
  2  671st                   
  41-39328  5C-D  A-26B
  Lt Spires, J.W.
  Sgt Davis, L.E.
  3  671st                   
  43-22490  5C-X  A-26C
  Lt VanNoorden, H.M.
  F/O Brandt, C.W.
  S/Sgt Thompson, G.
  4  671st                   
  43-22313  5C-B  A-26B
  Lt Remiszewski, A.
  S/Sgt Miguez, J.H.
  5  671st                   
  41-39250  5C-A  A-26B
  Lt Graeber, T.E.
  Sgt Helton, C.
  6  671st                   
  43-22326  5C-W  A-26B
  Lt Hlivko, A.E.
  Sgt Farmer, L.J.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  671st                   
  43-22497  5C-E  A-26C
  Capt Sutton, L.J.
  Lt Reed, J.V.
  S/Sgt Gilliam, D.C.
  2  669th                   
  43-22609  2A-N  A-26C
  Lt Fero, D.A.
  F/O Langsam, R.L.
  S/Sgt Skelton, T.W.
  3  671st                   
  41-39360  5C-L  A-26B
  Capt Sears, A.C.
  Sgt Rose, J.W.
  4  671st                   
  41-39297  5C-T  A-26B
  Capt Nielsen, L.C.
  Sgt Maupin, W.W.
  5  671st                   
  43-22356  5C-C  A-26B
  Lt Milhorn, G.L.
  S/Sgt Chest, D.
  S/Sgt Kruger, C.J.
  6  671st                   
  43-22352  5C-J  A-26B
  Lt Wright, J.R.
  Sgt Ruskiewich, J.J.

Box II -- Flight I
  1  669th                   
  43-22492  2A-E  A-26C
  Capt Stebbins, B.D.
  Lt Calloway, A.S.
  S/Sgt Brown, W.J.
  2  669th                   
  41-39244  2A-I  A-26B
  Lt VanRope, R.W.
  S/Sgt Klingman, W.H.
  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 Sorrels, D.W.
  S/Sgt Malara, V.A.
  5  669th                   
  41-39362  2A-Y  A-26B
  Lt Hackley, R.H.
  S/Sgt Hawk, O.T.
  6  669th                   
  41-39271  2A-R  A-26B
  Lt Dunn, F.G.
  Sgt Pikel, J.M.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  670th                   
  43-22528  F6-T  A-26C
  Lt Errotabere, M.
  Lt Wilbur, M.F.
  Sgt Bowie, E.A.
  2  670th                   
  43-22503  F6-N  A-26C
  Lt Barausky, P.P.
  Lt Sheehan, W.L.
  S/Sgt Hall, M.
  3  670th                   
  41-39315  F6-F  A-26B
  Lt Wallace, J.F.
  Sgt Plant, R.
  4  670th                   
  41-39205  F6-M  A-26B
  Lt Bishop, E.G.
  Sgt Harris, M.C.
  Sgt Richards, D.B.
  5  670th                   
  41-39416  F6-O  A-26B
  Lt Stankowski, J.F.
  Sgt Kimball, A.H.
  6  670th                   
  41-39232  F6-K  A-26B
  Lt Henson, A.G.
  Sgt Mathews, J.M.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  668th                   
  43-22481  5H-P  A-26C
  Capt Evans, H.M.
  Lt McCartney, T.M.
  S/Sgt Merritt, O.N.
  2  668th                   
  41-39335  5H-W  A-26B
  Lt Russell, R.A.
  Cpl Young, J.B.
  3  668th                   
  43-22495  5H-G  A-26C
  Lt Phillips, J.P.
  Sgt Miller, W.A.
  4  668th                   
  41-39259  5H-H  A-26B
  Lt Colquitt, J.K.
  S/Sgt Mohr, C.M.
  5  668th                   
  41-39325  5H-L  A-26B
  Lt Drum, E.B.
  S/Sgt Gandy, R.S.
  6  668th                   
  43-22378  5H-O  A-26B
  Lt Tank, F.R.
  Sgt Harmon, F.B.

Box III -- Flight I
  1  668th                   
  43-22505  5H-Y  A-26C
  Lt Jacobsen, O.F.
  F/O Harvest, R.W.
  S/Sgt Gooch, H.I.
  2  670th                   
  43-22315  F6-L  A-26B
  Lt Carver, J.H.
  S/Sgt Graham, N.M.
  3  668th                   
  43-22385  5H-D  A-26B
  Lt Evarts, A.V.
  S/Sgt Fuehrer, W.F.
  4  668th                   
  41-39274  5H-S  A-26B
  Lt Prucha, L.J.
  S/Sgt Metzler, L.V.
  5  668th                   
  41-39305  5H-U  A-26B
  Lt Long, R.H.
  Sgt McCarthy, C.J.
  6  668th                   
  41-39264  5H-I  A-26B
  Lt Nathanson, A.S.
  Sgt Kaminski, C.J.

Box III -- Flight II
  1  670th                   
  43-22501  F6-W  A-26C
  Lt Warren, J.R.
  Lt Forbes, T.M.
  Sgt Stroup, C.C.
  2  670th                   
  43-22330  F6-P  A-26B
  Lt Musgrove, W.
  Sgt Torres, I.
  3  670th                   
  41-39564  F6-V  A-26B
  Lt Turman, A.R.
  S/Sgt Paladino, D.V.
  4  670th                   
  41-39224  F6-E  A-26B
  Lt Turner, E.O.
  S/Sgt Belcas, J.O.
  5  670th                   
  41-39223  F6-B  A-26B
  F/O Boerner, S.B.
  Cpl Eddy, K.A.
  6  671st                   
  41-39239  5C-N  A-26B
  Lt O'Brien, J.V.
  Sgt Corey, F.E.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 253 -- March 25, 1945, Sunday AM
Altenkirchen, Germany -- Road Junction

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

For the fifth day running, on the 25th, two missions were flown. The morning mission was a full scale attack on the road junctions at Altenkirchen. Buildings in the northwestern and central part of the town were destroyed. Buildings were left burning in five separate places. Road traffic was blocked by debris and craters. Crossing the bomb line, some weak inaccurate flak was fired at the formation. As it approached the target on the bomb run, it experienced moderate accurate flak. Twenty-two planes suffered battle damage; seven of them were category "AC". Lt. Barausky's plane was hit in the right engine on the bomb run and it was knocked out. He feathered his prop, continued on to the target, and dropped his bombs. He got a heading back to Y-57 and prepared to crash land. His B-N, Lt Sheehan, came back in the cockpit to brace himself. The right strut had been shot up and the right tire shot out. He chose the dirt portion of the field for his landing. He feathered his left engine (his right was already feathered). Both the gunner and the bombardier jettisoned their hatches, so that they could get out of the plane quickly. The left engine was torn off as the plane sank into the grass. The gunner, Sergeant Hall, was slightly injured. Captain Miller, Lts. Connor and Johnson, B&N, and Captain Stebbins, Lt. Calloway, B-N, were the box leaders.

"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Pages 240 - 241

Mission #253 -25 March - AM - Altenkirchen Communication Center. Forty-eight planes were sent to demolish this road junction. Captain Miller with Lts. Conner and Johnson, BNs were leading Box I. Captain Stebbins and Lt. Calloway BN led Box II. Lts. Buskirk and Hanna BN,- Captain Sutton and Lt. Reed BN, and Lt. Fero with F/O Langsom BN headed up flights. The planes met varying degrees of flak on the bomb line into the target, causing 22 ships damaged. Bombing results were excellent for some flights. A few flights could not be assessed. Lt. Barausky took a direct hit on the right engine. A large part of the nacelle fell off. He feathered the prop but continued on the bomb run. He headed for field Y-57 after dropping his bombs, to make a crash landing. His BN Lt. Sheehan came back from the nose of the ship and sat on the shot gun position for safety during the crash landing. Going in, Barausky feathered his left engine, gliding in. The gunner and the BN jettisoned their hatches, preparatory to a quick get out on landing. The left engine tore loose from its mounting, but all got out of the plane after it sank into the mud off the runway. Gunner Sgt. Ball was slightly injured.

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

An attack, on the Road Junction at Altenkirken, was made on the morning of March 25th. The formation was led by Capt. Miller, with Lts. Conner and Johnson as Bombardier and Navigator. The second box was under the leadership of Capt. Stebbins and Lt. Calloway. Excellent bombing results were obtained.

Capt. Sommers and Lt. Kupits led the third flight of the second box on the afternoon mission of the same day. They attained excellent results when bombing the Fulda Marshalling Yards. These yards were a key supply point for German troops facing Lt. General Patton's bridgehead. Third Army troops were advancing very rapidly.

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

Lt Sewell, the first replacement pilot, received by the squadron after arriving overseas, and S/Sgt Teran, left for the zone of interior on 25 March after completing their tour of combat duty in this theater.

The Altenkirchen Communications center was attacked on 25th of March, and what remained of the town was destroyed. Over the target Lt Barausky's aircraft was badly hit in the right engine. A large part of the engine nacelle was knocked off, but he feathered the propeller and peeled off the bomb run with gas and oil leaking badly. He closed his bombay doors and headed towards the bomb line on single engine. A portion of his right nacelle was bent upwards, causing a great degree of drag, thus the normally good single engine performance of the aircraft was hampered. When he got in the vicinity of Trier, Germany, he had to crash land at the Trier airport. Just before he hit he feathered the remaining engine and made a no-engine landing. Although the aircraft was completely washed out, neither Lt Barausky, his bombardier-navigator, nor his gunner were injured.

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

General Andersonís forces shifted the attack to the central sector of the Western Front in a new aerial offensive with the main weight directed against marshalling yards on the main lines out of Frankfurt and communication centers east of the Ramagen bridgehead. For the fifth straight day the 416th Bomb Group chalked up two missions.

Forty-eight aircraft were dispatched in the morning against Altenkirchen east of Ramagen. The bombers met varying degrees of flak in and around the target and 22 of the ships received battle damage. One ship made a crash landing near Trier, but the crew reported safe. Results ranged from undetermined to excellent. Photos were not available on a number of flights because of evasive action off the target. Crews reported the bombs hitting in the town however.

Crystal-clear skies over the Fulda Marshalling Yard enabled the 416th bombardiers to score two superiors and four excellents as the bombers covered the yard with thousand pound eggs. Lt. Lackovich and Lt. Muir chalked up one of the two superiors. The bombs from their flight blanketed the railroad tracks with the center of the burst just 100 feet from the DMPI. Twenty goods wagons were damaged or destroyed and an overpass was hit.

All in all, the six flights just about wiped out the yard and its contents. There were no loses, casualties or battle damage.

[March 25, 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 25, 1945
World War II Military Situation Maps Collection
Library of Congress

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