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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 260 -- April 3, 1945, Tuesday PM

Hameln, Germany

Marshalling Yards

 

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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 236-831
OpRep #            : 3.0
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 16,500 feet
Take-off Time      : 1543
Time Over Target   : 1745
Landing Time       : 1957
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 4:14
 

Place of Take-Off  : A-69 Laon/Athies, France
A/C Dispatched     : 38 Total -- 38 A-26's
Modified British System Reference: C-129908
Secondary Target   : Bad Pyrmont (C-048780)
Summary of Results : Unobserved due to cloud cover.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 52.10395,9.38467 (52° 6' 14" N, 9° 23' 5" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on The "Coordinates Translator", (NGZ) rC129908)
(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
One Camera Aircraft Also Assigned To This Mission


 


Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 260 -- April 3, 1945, Tuesday PM
Hameln, 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  668th                   
  43-22508  5H-Z  A-26C
  Lt Col Willetts, D.L.
  Lt Powell, V.H.
  Lt Reeves, F.A.
  S/Sgt Bentzler, D.H.
  2  668th                   
  41-39233  5H-F  A-26B
  Lt Cannon, L.E.
  S/Sgt Metzler, L.V.
 
 
  3  668th                   
  43-22385  5H-D  A-26B
  Lt Wright, J.W.
  S/Sgt Lemonds, W.E.
 
 
  4  668th                   
  41-39305  5H-U  A-26B
  Lt Harris, F.W.
  S/Sgt Fuehrer, W.F.
 
 
  5  671st                   
  41-39249  5C-F  A-26B
  Lt Nathanson, A.S.
  S/Sgt Kaminski, C.J.
  [Not Airborne Oil pressure - engine heating up]
 
 
  6  671st                   
  41-39328  5C-D  A-26B
  Lt Evarts, A.V.
  Sgt Youlios, D.
  S/Sgt Jordan, D.W.
 

Box I -- Flight II
  1  670th                   
  43-22528  F6-T  A-26C
  Lt Grunig, D.B.
  Lt Morris, B.C.
  S/Sgt Friday, L.R.
 
  2  670th                   
  43-22469  F6-A  A-26C
  Lt Errotabere, M.
  Lt Wilbur, M.F.
  S/Sgt Hall, M.
 
  3  670th                   
  43-22315  F6-L  A-26B
  Lt Chitty, W.D.
  Sgt Riggs, P.H.
 
 
  4  670th                   
  41-39416  F6-O  A-26B
  Lt Singletary, R.B.
  S/Sgt Cianciosi, A.A.
  S/Sgt Elliott, F.W.
 
  5  670th                   
  41-39315  F6-F  A-26B
  Lt Curtis, J.C.
  Sgt Mulzet, O.R.
 
 
  6  670th                   
  43-22334  F6-G  A-26B
  F/O Boerner, S.B.
  Cpl Showers, M.W.
 
 

Box I -- Flight III
  1  670th                   
  43-22501  F6-W  A-26C
  Lt Heinke, W.R.
  Lt Rosenquist, A.E.
  S/Sgt Burns, D.E.
 
  2  670th                   
  41-39212  F6-K  A-26B
  Lt Bower, R.S.
  S/Sgt Gatti, R.J.
 
 
  3  670th                   
  41-39205  F6-M  A-26B
  Lt Bishop, E.G.
  S/Sgt Harris, M.C.
 
 
  4  670th                   
  41-39224  F6-E  A-26B
  Lt Turner, E.O.
  S/Sgt Sienkiewicz, J.
 
 
  5  670th                   
  43-22330  F6-P  A-26B
  Lt Sheley, S.H.
  S/Sgt Paladino, D.V.
 
 
  6  670th                   
  41-39286  F6-D  A-26B
  Lt Wallace, J.F.
  S/Sgt Hummer, J.A.
 
 

Box I
  SPARE  669th               
  43-22351  2A-F  A-26B
  Lt Dunn, F.G.
  Sgt Stein, L.C.
 
 
                                                           


Box II -- Flight I
  1  668th                   
  43-22640  5H-N  A-26C
  Capt Evans, H.M.
  Lt McCartney, T.M.
  Lt Myrold, H.E.
  Sgt Newman, F.
  Lt LaHaye, W.H.
  [LaHaye, W.H. (WEATHER)]
  2  668th                   
  41-39352  5H-J  A-26B
  Lt Roberts, W.H.
  S/Sgt Windisch, R.P.
 
 
  3  668th                   
  41-39274  5H-S  A-26B
  Lt Prucha, L.J.
  S/Sgt Cross, R.M.
 
 
  4  668th                   
  41-39259  5H-H  A-26B
  Lt Annin, W.W.
  S/Sgt Singleton, L.E.
 
 
  5  671st                   
  41-39300  5C-K  A-26B
  Lt Lackner, R.J.
  Sgt Fidler, W.H.
 
 
  6  668th                   
  43-22321  5H-T  A-26B
  Lt Phillips, J.P.
  S/Sgt Calabrese, C.L.
 
 

Box II -- Flight II
  1  669th                   
  43-22609  2A-N  A-26C
  Lt Col Napier, J.G.
  Lt Moore, D.L.
  S/Sgt McClain, H.B.
 
  2  669th                   
  41-39244  2A-I  A-26B
  Lt VanRope, R.W.
  S/Sgt Klingman, W.H.
 
 
  3  669th                   
  41-39314  2A-H  A-26B
  Lt Weinert, C.E.
  Sgt Dubi, R.
 
 
  4  669th                   
  41-39338  2A-O  A-26B
  Capt Sommers, H.L.
  S/Sgt Heath, K.
 
 
  5  669th                   
  41-39229  2A-B  A-26B
  Lt Housley, C.H.
  Sgt Block, P.J.
 
 
  6  669th                   
  41-39263  2A-G  A-26B
  Lt Harper, R.B.
  Sgt Black, R.M.
 
 

Box II -- Flight III
  1  671st                   
  43-22498  5C-R  A-26C
  Capt Tutt, R.J.
  Lt Orr, L.A.
  Sgt Schwartzapel, D.
 
  2  671st                   
  43-22352  5C-J  A-26B
  Lt Mooney, S.
  Sgt Buckley, W.C.
 
 
  3  671st                   
  41-39360  5C-L  A-26B
  Lt Withington, D.L.
  Sgt Gross, V.F.
 
 
  4  671st                   
  41-39297  5C-T  A-26B
  Capt Sears, A.C.
  Sgt Schmidt, K.W.
 
 
  5  671st                   
  43-22313  5C-B  A-26B
  Lt Wright, J.R.
  Sgt Ruskiewich, J.J.
 
 
  6  671st                   
  41-39209  5C-M  A-26B
  Capt Moore, Z.R.
  Sgt Fidler, E.W.
  T/Sgt Childs, H.A.
  [Childs, H. (4th CCU)]
 

Box II
  SPARE  669th               
  41-39362  2A-Y  A-26B
  Lt Smith, B.A.
  Sgt Wilson, R.P.
 
 
  CAMERA  669th             
  43-22492  2A-E  A-26C
  Lt Fero, D.A.
  S/Sgt Miller, H.K.
  W/O Scheuerman, C.B.
  Sgt Snider, S.J.
  [Scheuerman, C.B. (4th CCU)]
                             



Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 260 -- April 3, 1945, Tuesday PM
Hameln, Germany -- Marshalling Yards


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

Mission #260, the first mission in April, was flown on the third. It was an attack in which 76 tons of bombs were dropped on the marshalling yards at Hemeln, using PPF technique. The formation climbed to 16,000 feet trying to reach the I.P. due to the clouds. Climbing 500 feet higher, the bombs were released at 16,500 feet. A few crews reported that through a small break in the clouds they saw the bombs bursting in the yards and in the town. The formation encountered weak but accurate flak between the I.P. and the target. A few bursts also came up at the R.P. where Lt James P. Phillips' plane was hit. He feathered his engine and returned to base on single engine. He was able to get the engine operating over our base and landed on both engines although he was able to get very little power from his damaged engine. The formation split up after leaving the target in bad weather. Major Sommers headed back alone and traveled directly across the Ruhr pocket which our troops had created. At low altitude, his gunner, Staff Sergeant Kalen Heath, fired at a few flak guns as he sped by but he could make no claims. The box leaders were Lt Col Willetts, with Lts Powell and Reeves B&N, and Capt Evans, with Lts McCartney and Myrrold, B&N.


"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Page 247

Mission #260 - 3 April - Hemeln Marshalling Yard. This was an attack on which 76 tons of bombs were dropped, using PFF pathfinder leaders. The formation had to climb to 16,000 feet. (remember we didn't have oxygen masks, making us wonder why some of the guys didn't feel the affects. Now if I go to an 11,000 foot altitude on ski slopes, I can't catch my breath). A few crews reported that through a small break in the clouds they saw the bombs bursting in the yards and in the town. The formation encountered weak but accurate flak between the I.P. and the tar get A few bursts also came up at the rendezvous point where Lt. James R. Phillips' plane was hit. He feathered his engine and returned to base on single engine.

He was able to get the engine operating over our base and landed with both engines although he was able to get very little power from his damaged engine. The formation split up after leaving the target in bad weather. Major Sommers headed back alone and traveled directly across the Ruhr pocket, which our troops created. His Gunner, Staff Sergeant Kalen Heath, fired at a few flak guns as he sped by, but he could make no claims. The box leaders were Major McNulty with Lts. Powell and Reeves as BNs and Captain Evans with Lts. McCartney and Myrrold, BNs. Captain Tutt and Lt. Orr led a flight.

The Group just received a report that reconnaissance revealed that the Colbe Railroad Bridge, 20 miles north of Geissen was completely destroyed by the 416th's attack on the afternoon of 24 March 1945. Four flights hit the bridge with superior to good results.


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

Operational Mission # 260 was flown on the 3rd of April. An attack was made on the Hammeln Marshalling Yards by the use of PFF technique. It was necessary for the formation to go up to 16,000 feet at the Initial Point in order to take the bombing run. Cloud cover made it impossible for photographs to be taken, but visual observation through a break in the clouds disclosed that good results had been obtained. Lt. Col. Napier, with his B/N Lt. Moore, led the second box of the formation.


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

The month of April opened with weather too poor for combat operations on April 1 and 2. Capt. Henry W. Browman moved to the 97th Combat Wing (L) on temporary duty for a period of thirty days. S/Sgt. Henry Nowosielski Jr. after completing his tour of missions left the squadron on the 3rd of April for the 70th Reinforcement Depot and the first step of his journey home. The first mission of the month, in which 36 A-26 and 2 PFF aircraft participated was against Hameln Marshaling Yards. 12 aircraft of this squadron were on the mission. Due to cloud cover there was no photo coverage but crews believed that the results were good.


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

After a two-day sojourn the 416th went back on their long range operations and bombed by Pathfinder method the Hameln Marshalling Yards with undetermined results. Flak was not encountered and all crews returned safely.

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