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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 261 -- April 4, 1945, Wednesday AM

Crailsheim, Germany




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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 237-833
OpRep #            : 4.0
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 13,000 - 13,500 feet
Take-off Time      : 0933
Time Over Target   : 1126
Landing Time       : 1327
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 3:54

Place of Take-Off  : A-69 Laon/Athies, France
A/C Dispatched     : 41 Total -- 39 A-26's, 2 B-26's (PFF)
Modified British System Reference: S-687619
Secondary Target   : Hall (S-460590)
Summary of Results : Unobserved due to cloud cover.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 49.13387,10.05113 (49° 8' 2" N, 10° 3' 4" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on The "Coordinates Translator", (NGZ) wS687619)
(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

Loading List 2

Loading List 2, Box II
One Camera Aircraft Also Assigned To This Mission

Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 261 -- April 4, 1945, Wednesday AM
Crailsheim, Germany -- Barracks

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 Moore, D.L.
  S/Sgt Pemberton, J.M.
  2  669th                   
  43-22354  2A-S  A-26B
  Lt Hackley, R.H.
  S/Sgt Basford, F.P.
  3  669th                   
  43-22381  2A-Q  A-26B
  F/O Swap, F.W.
  Sgt Meliniotis, N.
  4  669th                   
  41-39244  2A-I  A-26B
  Lt DuBose, M.W.
  S/Sgt Griffin, D.L.
  5  669th                   
  41-39362  2A-Y  A-26B
  Lt Wills, P.W.
  S/Sgt Bookach, M.
  6  669th                   
  41-39229  2A-B  A-26B
  Capt Shapard, J.M.
  S/Sgt McGuire, J.J.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  671st                   
  43-22499  5C-G  A-26C
  Lt Lackovich, J.J.
  Lt Muir, R.C.
  Cpl Barry, R.M.
  2  671st                   
  41-39265  5C-V  A-26B
  Lt Mooney, S.
  Sgt Schumacher, R.C.
  3  671st                   
  43-22498  5C-R  A-26C
  Lt VanNoorden, H.M.
  F/O Brandt, C.W.
  S/Sgt Swank, O.E.
  4  671st                   
  41-39360  5C-L  A-26B
  Lt Gary, J.C.
  Sgt Mowell, R.F.
  Cpl Schoen, A.E.
  5  671st                   
  41-39239  5C-N  A-26B
  Capt Nielsen, L.C.
  Lt Price, R.L.
  Sgt Maupin, W.W.
  6  671st                   
  41-39300  5C-K  A-26B
  Lt Simpson, R.L.
  Sgt Stypenski, V.S.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  671st                   
  43-22497  5C-E  A-26C
  Capt Tutt, R.J.
  Lt Orr, L.A.
  Sgt Wood, W.
  2  671st                   
  41-39209  5C-M  A-26B
  Lt Withington, D.L.
  S/Sgt Connery, T.
  3  671st                   
  41-39297  5C-T  A-26B
  Lt Winn, A.J.P.
  S/Sgt Stephenson, G.G.
  4  671st                   
  43-22313  5C-B  A-26B
  Lt Remiszewski, A.
  S/Sgt DiOrio, F.
  F/O Lehneis, A.J.
  5  671st                   
  41-39249  5C-F  A-26B
  Lt Cocke, J.B.
  S/Sgt MacCartney, W.A.
  6  671st                   
  43-22356  5C-C  A-26B
  Lt Milhorn, G.L.
  Sgt McNellis, D.E.

Box I
  SPARE  668th               
  41-39188  5H-R  A-26B
  Lt Long, R.H.
  S/Sgt McCarthy, C.J.

Box II -- Flight I
  1  669th                   
  43-22492  2A-E  A-26C
  Lt Blomgren, J.E.
  Lt Johnson, G.G.
  Lt Morley, B.J.
  S/Sgt Fleming, L.R.
  2  669th                   
  41-39314  2A-H  A-26B
  Lt Martin, E.C.
  Sgt Sumner, W.R.
  3  669th                   
  41-39252  2A-D  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                   
  41-39263  2A-G  A-26B
  Lt Haskell, R.W.
  Sgt Lea, E.W.
  6  670th                   
  41-39212  F6-K  A-26B
  Lt Smith, D.E.
  S/Sgt Kirik, S.J.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  670th                   
  43-22528  F6-T  A-26C
  Lt Heinke, W.R.
  Lt Rosenquist, A.E.
  S/Sgt Hall, M.
  2  670th                   
  43-22501  F6-W  A-26C
  Lt Barausky, P.P.
  Lt Sheehan, W.L.
  Cpl Wilson, B.R.
  3  670th                   
  41-39223  F6-B  A-26B
  Lt Bower, R.S.
  Sgt Rhoney, C.B.
  4  670th                   
  41-39224  F6-E  A-26B
  Lt Downing, W.E.
  Sgt Neal, D.E.
  5  670th                   
  41-39416  F6-O  A-26B
  Lt O'Brien, J.V.
  Sgt Corey, F.E.
  6  670th                   
  41-39315  F6-F  A-26B
  Lt Wallace, J.F.
  S/Sgt Hummer, J.A.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  668th                   
  43-22505  5H-Y  A-26C
  Lt Jacobsen, O.F.
  Lt Harvest, R.W.
  S/Sgt Geyer, J.F.
  2  668th                   
  41-39325  5H-L  A-26B
  Lt Phillips, J.P.
  S/Sgt Skeens, C.L.
  3  668th                   
  41-39335  5H-W  A-26B
  Lt Carver, J.H.
  S/Sgt Graham, N.M.
  4  670th                   
  43-22330  F6-P  A-26B
  Lt Montrose, J.H.
  S/Sgt Felkel, J.W.
  5  668th                   
  41-39259  5H-H  A-26B
  Lt Drum, E.B.
  Sgt Schwartzkopf, J.R.
  6  668th                   
  41-39352  5H-J  A-26B
  Lt Zeimet, L.R.
  Sgt Sereno, F.L.
  T/Sgt Childs, H.A.
  [Childs (4th CCU)]

Box II
  SPARE  668th               
  41-39274  5H-S  A-26B
  Lt Tank, F.R.
  Sgt Harmon, F.B.
  CAMERA  668th             
  43-22640  5H-N  A-26C
  Maj Roney, K.T.
  S/Sgt Ottaviano, J.O.
  W/O Scheuerman, C.B.
  Sgt Snider, S.J.
  [Scheuerman, Snider (4th CCU)]

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 261 -- April 4, 1945, Wednesday AM
Crailsheim, Germany -- Barracks

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

Again on the 4th, clouds in the target area necessitated the use of PPF equipment in attacking the Crailsheim barracks area. The formation of 39 aircraft dropped a total of 58 tons of incendiary bombs on the target. Although the results were not observed, photo reconnaissance later found the barracks almost entirely gutted. Capt Miller, Lts Connor and Moore, B&N, led the first box; Lt Blomgren, Lts Johnson and Morley, B&N, led the second box.

"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Pages 247 - 248

Mission #261 - 4 April - Crailsheim Barracks. The formation of 39 aircraft dropped a total of 59 tons of incendiary bombs on this target, unfortunately through clouds using PFF pathfinder leaders. Photo reconnaissance found the barracks almost entirely gutted. This barracks were used for marshalling troops and equipment to reinforce German positions in the path of the U.S. Seventh Army. Captain Miller with Lts. Conner and Moore BNs led the first box. Lt. Blomgren with Lts. Johnson and Morley BNs led Box II. Lts. Lackovich and Moore, BN, Lt. Van Noorden and F/O Brandt, BN, and Captain Tutt with Lt. Orr BN, led flights.

On April 6, Five Star General Hap Arnold, Supreme Commander of the Army Air Forces presented the Distinguished Service CROSS to Captain Leland C. Nielsen for his heroism on 23 January on a bomb-strafe mission at Blankenheim.

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

On the fourth of the month, the Crailsheim Barracks, in Germany, were attacked. Again cloud cover required that PFF aircraft be used to lead the formation on the bombing run. Lt. Miller, with Lts. Conner and Moore, and Lt. Blomgren, with Lts. Johnson and Morley, led the first and second boxes of the formation, respectively. The navigators reported that good results should have been obtained, because the indices on the "Gee" boxes crossed at the time the bombs were released. No observation of the results was possible.

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

Again on 4 April cloud cover prevented observation of results of the mission against Crailsheim Barracks. On this date notice was received of promotions to First Lieutenant of Second Lieutenants Bower, Ford and Turner.

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

April 4th, 1945

The 416th struck at the Crailsheim barracks area, 46 miles northeast of Stuttgart by Pathfinder technique on the morning of April 4th, with undetermined results. It was reported that Crailsheim barracks area and marshalling yards were active in moving troops and equipment to reinforce German positions in the path of the U.S. Seventh Army. The Invaders dropped 232 x 500 incendiary bombs on the target without loss, casualties, or battle damage.

[April 4, 1945], HQ Twelfth Army Group situation map

Map showing Western Allies and Axis troop position details in Western Europe
as of approximately 1200 hours, April 4, 1945
World War II Military Situation Maps Collection
Library of Congress

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