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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 255 -- March 26, 1945, Monday PM

Gemunden, Germany

Marshalling Yards

 

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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 226-819
OpRep #            : 357
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 11,000 - 13,000 feet
Take-off Time      : 1455
Time Over Target   : 1647 - 1654
Landing Time       : 1840
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 3:45
 

Place of Take-Off  : A-69 Laon/Athies, France
A/C Dispatched     : 38 Total -- 38 A-26's
Modified British System Reference: N-405630
Secondary Target   : Werthhein (N-283304)
Summary of Results : Flight results - two Undetermined, two Excellent, two Superior.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 50.05035,9.70065 (50° 3' 1" N, 9° 42' 2" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on The "Coordinates Translator", (NGZ) wN405630)
(See Latitude/Longitude Coordinates and Target Identifiers for more information.)



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Loading List 1

Loading List 1, Box I



Loading List 2

Loading List 2, Box II


 


Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 255 -- March 26, 1945, Monday PM
Gemunden, 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  671st                   
  43-22497  5C-E  A-26C
  Lt Brown, C.J.
  Lt Kerns, J.E.
  Lt Brewer, W.E.
  S/Sgt Sunderland, H.E.
  2  668th                   
  43-22508  5H-Z  A-26C
  Capt Stanley, C.S.
  F/O Blount, J.H.
  Sgt Edenburn, J.C.
 
  3  671st                   
  43-22490  5C-X  A-26C
  Lt Fero, D.A.
  F/O Langsam, R.L.
  S/Sgt Rojas, A.A.
 
  4  671st                   
  41-39328  5C-D  A-26B
  Lt Ames, W.H.
  S/Sgt Barber, F.E.
 
 
  5  671st                   
  43-22352  5C-J  A-26B
  Lt Wallman, M.
  Sgt Helt, A.
 
 
  6  671st                   
  41-39360  5C-L  A-26B
  Capt Sears, A.C.
  M/Sgt Wells, J.J.
  Sgt Snider, S.J.
  [Snider, S.J. - ( 4th CCU)]
 

Box I -- Flight II
  1  669th                   
  43-22609  2A-N  A-26C
  Lt Col Napier, J.G.
  Lt Moore, D.L.
  F/O Cardinale, O.A.
  S/Sgt McClain, H.B.
  2  669th                   
  43-22351  2A-F  A-26B
  Lt Willard, J.A.
  S/Sgt Hinker, C.V.
 
 
  3  669th                   
  41-39244  2A-I  A-26B
  Lt VanRope, R.W.
  S/Sgt Klingman, W.H.
 
 
  4  669th                   
  41-39252  2A-D  A-26B
  Lt Allen, J.F., Jr.
  S/Sgt Veazey, C.W.
 
 
  5  669th                   
  41-39271  2A-R  A-26B
  Lt Dunn, F.G.
  Sgt Stein, L.C.
 
 
  6  669th                   
  41-39338  2A-O  A-26B
  Lt Harper, R.B.
  Sgt Black, R.M.
 
 

Box I -- Flight III
  1  669th                   
  43-22492  2A-E  A-26C
  Lt Blomgren, J.E.
  Lt Johnson, G.G.
  S/Sgt Fleming, L.R.
  Capt Chidley, H.W.
  [Capt H.W. Chidley (Weather)]
  2  669th                   
  43-22383  2A-V  A-26B
  Lt Martin, E.C.
  S/Sgt Draft, L.B.
 
 
  3  669th                   
  43-22496  2A-L  A-26C
  Lt Hackley, R.H.
  S/Sgt Hawk, O.T.
 
 
  4  669th                   
  41-39263  2A-G  A-26B
  Lt Hayter, E.R.
  S/Sgt Basford, F.P.
 
 
  5  669th                   
  41-39362  2A-Y  A-26B
  Lt Smith, B.A.
  Sgt Wilson, R.P.
 
 
  6  669th                   
  43-22381  2A-Q  A-26B
  Capt Shapard, J.M.
  S/Sgt Clark, R.A.
 
 

Box I
  SPARE  671st               
  41-39250  5C-A  A-26B
  Lt Spires, J.W.
  Sgt Messinger, R.W.
 
 
                                                           


Box II -- Flight I
  1  670th                   
  43-22528  F6-T  A-26C
  Lt Buskirk, J.A.
  Lt Hanna, R.C.
  S/Sgt Corbitt, C.H.
 
  2  670th                   
  43-22469  F6-A  A-26C
  Lt Errotabere, M.
  Lt Wilbur, M.F.
  Sgt Lynch, P.R.
 
  3  670th                   
  41-39205  F6-M  A-26B
  Lt VanNoorden, H.M.
  F/O Brandt, C.W.
  S/Sgt Steffey, R.I.
 
  4  670th                   
  41-39223  F6-B  A-26B
  Lt Remiszewski, A.
  S/Sgt McElhattan, L.D.
 
 
  5  671st                   
  43-22326  5C-W  A-26B
  Capt Moore, Z.R.
  S/Sgt Davis, H.R.
 
 
  6  671st                   
  43-22356  5C-C  A-26B
  Lt Milhorn, G.L.
  S/Sgt Connery, T.
 
 

Box II -- Flight II
  1  668th                   
  43-22505  5H-Y  A-26C
  Lt Jacobsen, O.F.
  F/O Harvest, R.W.
  S/Sgt Pettinicchi, A.
 
  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 Wilson, G.C.
 
 
  4  668th                   
  41-39259  5H-H  A-26B
  Lt Colquitt, J.K.
  S/Sgt Mohr, C.M.
 
 
  5  668th                   
  43-22385  5H-D  A-26B
  Lt Evarts, A.V.
  Sgt Fagan, C.D.
 
 
  6  668th                   
  41-39335  5H-W  A-26B
  Lt Drum, E.B.
  S/Sgt Calabrese, C.L.
 
 

Box II -- Flight III
  1  670th                   
  43-22501  F6-W  A-26C
  Lt Popeney, H.
  Lt Fry, C.F.
  S/Sgt Candler, H.C.S.
 
  2  670th                   
  41-39232  F6-K  A-26B
  Lt Turman, A.R.
  Sgt Harmon, C.D.
 
 
  3  670th                   
  41-39224  F6-E  A-26B
  Lt Musgrove, W.
  S/Sgt Hummer, J.A.
 
 
  4  670th                   
  41-39416  F6-O  A-26B
  Lt Singletary, R.B.
  S/Sgt Cianciosi, A.A.
  S/Sgt Ottaviano, J.O.
 
  5  670th                   
  43-22315  F6-L  A-26B
  Lt Henson, A.G.
  Cpl Homler, R.K.
 
 
  6  670th                   
  41-39315  F6-F  A-26B
  Lt Curtis, J.C.
  Sgt Mulzet, O.R.
  W/O Scheuerman, C.B.
  [Scheuerman, C.B. - (4th CCU)]
 

Box II
  SPARE  671st               
  41-39297  5C-T  A-26B
  Lt Winn, A.J.P.
  S/Sgt Stephenson, G.G.
 
 
                                                           



Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 255 -- March 26, 1945, Monday PM
Gemunden, Germany -- Marshalling Yards


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

The Gemunden marshalling yards were successfully attacked on the following day, the 26th. The target was a great distance from our base, but, because of the rapid advances made by General Patton's troops, it was just a few miles ahead of the bomb line in his sector. The yards were the junction point of four separate rail lines. Two superiors and three excellents were scored. The choke points, tracks, cars, and surrounding workshops were destroyed or severely damaged. Lt. Brown, Lts. Kerns and Brewer, B&N, and Lt. Buskirk, with Lt. Hanna, B-N, led the two boxes.


"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Pages 241 - 242

Mission #255 - 26 March - Gemunden Marshalling Yard. This target was quite a distance from our base, but because of the rapid advances made by General Patton's troops, it was just a few miles ahead of the bomb line in his sector. The yards were the junction point of four separate rail lines. Again, two superiors and three excellents were the ratings of the bombing teams. The choke points, tracks, cars, and surrounding work shops were destroyed or severely damaged. New Box leading teams headed up this mission, they being Lt. Claude Brown and Lt. Jim Kerns with Lt. Brewer, BNs and Lts. J. A. Buskirk and R.C. Hanna BN.- Lt. Fero and F/O Langsam led a flight.


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

The target for the morning mission of March 26th was the Gemunden Marshalling Yards. Although the target was only a short distance to the east of the bomb line, it meant that our aircraft had to fly a tremendous distance to reach it. Excellent results were obtained by the flights led by Lt. Col. Napier, with Lt. Moore and Flight Officer Cardinale, and Lt. Blomgren, with Lt. Johnson as his Bombardier-Navigator.


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

The following day, 26 March, the Gemunden Marshalling Yards in Germany were hit. This target was a great distance from the base, just a few miles ahead of General Patton's rapidly advancing troops. Excellent results were achieved. No enemy opposition was encountered.


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

The 416th put a new box-leading pair into operations on March 26th 1945 as Lt. Claude J. Brown and Lt. James E. Kerns took the formation and Lt. John A. Buskirk and Lt. Robert C. Hanna the second box…against the Gemunden Marshalling Yard on a line leading into Frankfurt. The 671st combinations scored superior ratings and took the formation in and out without loss or damage. This attack followed up the blows against three other M/Ys the previous afternoon. Other 9th Bomb Division Groups hit two other yards.

Smoke prevented Lt. Kerns from picking up the DMPI. Instead he picked a SMPI adjacent to a group of buildings and plastered the tracks and buildings with superior results. The two flights following him scored excellent results on other objects in the yard. Lt. Hanna, managing to see the DMPI through the smoke, dropped with superior results. The bombs hitting buildings, tracks and roads.




[March 26, 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 26, 1945
World War II Military Situation Maps Collection
Library of Congress


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