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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 263 -- April 8, 1945, Sunday PM

Sondershausen, Germany

Road Junction and Built Up Area

 

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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 243-840
OpRep #            : 8a
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 4,900 - 8,000 feet
Take-off Time      : 1543
Time Over Target   : 1817
Landing Time       : 1957
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 4:14
 

Place of Take-Off  : A-69 Laon/Athies, France
A/C Dispatched     : 39 Total -- 39 A-26's
Modified British System Reference: RD-183126
Secondary Target   : Bad Frankenhausen (D-340120)
Summary of Results : Primary target flight scores - 1 Undetermined, 3 Excellent, one flight Attacked target with 386 BG, results Unknown, one flight attacked Nordhausen, results Exceptional.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 51.37139,10.87385 (51° 22' 17" N, 10° 52' 26" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on The "Coordinates Translator", (NGZ) rD183126)
(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 # 263 -- April 8, 1945, Sunday PM
Sondershausen, Germany -- Road Junction and Built Up Area

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.
  F/O Lehneis, A.J.
  S/Sgt Sunderland, H.E.
  2  671st                   
  43-22352  5C-J  A-26B
  Lt Mooney, S.
  Sgt Gurkin, C.W.
 
 
  3  671st                   
  43-22490  5C-X  A-26C
  Lt VanNoorden, H.M.
  F/O Brandt, C.W.
  S/Sgt Thompson, G.
  Lt Sampson, T.W.
  4  671st                   
  41-39249  5C-F  A-26B
  Lt Ames, W.H.
  S/Sgt Barber, F.E.
 
 
  5  671st                   
  41-39300  5C-K  A-26B
  Lt Wallman, M.
  Sgt Hardin, M.F.
 
 
  6  671st                   
  43-22326  5C-W  A-26B
  Lt Wright, J.R.
  Sgt Ruskiewich, J.J.
 
 

Box I -- Flight II
  1  669th                   
  43-22487  2A-J  A-26C
  Lt Turner, D.O., Jr.
  Lt McGivern, P.J.
  Lt Moore, D.L.
  S/Sgt Reyes, M.R.
  Col Aylesworth, T.R.
  2  669th                   
  43-22354  2A-S  A-26B
  Lt Weinert, C.E.
  Sgt Francis, R.D.
 
 
  3  669th                   
  41-39338  2A-O  A-26B
  Lt Smith, D.E.
  S/Sgt Kirik, S.J.
 
 
  4  669th                   
  41-39314  2A-H  A-26B
  Lt Martin, E.C.
  Lt Britt, J.W.
  S/Sgt Draft, L.B.
 
  5  669th                   
  41-39229  2A-B  A-26B
  Lt Wills, P.W.
  S/Sgt Bookach, M.
 
 
  6  669th                   
  41-39252  2A-D  A-26B
  Lt Housley, C.H.
  Sgt Block, P.J.
  S/Sgt Kruger, C.J.
 

Box I -- Flight III
  1  669th                   
  43-22492  2A-E  A-26C
  Maj Sommers, H.L.
  Lt Kupits, J.
  S/Sgt Heath, K.
 
  2  669th                   
  41-39244  2A-I  A-26B
  Lt VanRope, R.W.
  S/Sgt Klingman, W.H.
 
 
  3  669th                   
  41-39263  2A-G  A-26B
  Lt Hackley, R.H.
  S/Sgt Hawk, O.T.
 
 
  4  669th                   
  43-22383  2A-V  A-26B
  Lt Willard, J.A.
  S/Sgt Hinker, C.V.
 
 
  5  669th                   
  43-22381  2A-Q  A-26B
  Capt Shapard, J.M.
  S/Sgt McGuire, J.J.
  Sgt Heenan, D.K.
 
  6  669th                   
  41-39271  2A-R  A-26B
  Lt Harper, R.B.
  S/Sgt Basford, F.P.
 
 

Box I
  SPARE  668th               
  41-39310  5H-A  A-26B
  Lt Drum, E.B.
  Sgt Schwartzkopf, J.R.
 
 
                                                           


Box II -- Flight I
  1  671st                   
  43-22499  5C-G  A-26C
  Lt Buskirk, J.A.
  Lt Hanna, R.C.
  S/Sgt Corbitt, C.H.
 
  2  671st                   
  41-39328  5C-D  A-26B
  Lt Cocke, J.B.
  S/Sgt Redding, R.D.
 
 
  3  671st                   
  41-39239  5C-N  A-26B
  Lt Graeber, T.E.
  Sgt Miller, A.H.
 
 
  4  671st                   
  41-39250  5C-A  A-26B
  Lt Withington, D.L.
  S/Sgt Johnson, R.J.
 
 
  5  671st                   
  43-22313  5C-B  A-26B
  Lt Price, D.L.
  Sgt Reicher, J.F.
 
 
  6  671st                   
  41-39297  5C-T  A-26B
  Capt Moore, Z.R.
  Sgt Goldberg, L.
 
 

Box II -- Flight II
  1  670th                   
  43-22501  F6-W  A-26C
  Lt Hall, R.B.
  F/O Goss, T.L.
  S/Sgt Jackson, W.S.
 
  2  670th                   
  41-39398  F6-Q  A-26B
  Maj Conant, H.F.
  Lt Page, L.J.
  S/Sgt Hummer, J.A.
  Lt LaHaye, W.H.
  3  670th                   
  41-39223  F6-B  A-26B
  Lt Bower, R.S.
  Sgt Puskas, N.A.
 
 
  4  670th                   
  41-39212  F6-K  A-26B
  Lt Downing, W.E.
  Sgt Sgroi, A.P.
 
 
  5  670th                   
  41-39286  F6-D  A-26B
  Lt Wallace, J.F.
  Sgt Plant, R.
 
 
  6  670th                   
  41-39232  F6-N  A-26B
  Lt Turman, A.R.
  S/Sgt Leahigh, L.L.
 
 

Box II -- Flight III
  1  668th                   
  43-22508  5H-Z  A-26C
  Capt Wheeler, R.V.
  Lt Beck, J.T.
  S/Sgt Elliott, F.W.
  Lt Col Towles, C.S.
  2  668th                   
  41-39335  5H-W  A-26B
  Lt Tank, F.R.
  S/Sgt Felkel, J.W.
 
 
  3  668th                   
  41-39352  5H-J  A-26B
  Lt Montrose, J.H.
  S/Sgt Gandy, R.S.
 
 
  4  668th                   
  41-39325  5H-L  A-26B
  Lt Harris, F.W.
  S/Sgt Fuehrer, W.F.
 
 
  5  668th                   
  41-39264  5H-I  A-26B
  Lt Col Meng, W.J.
  S/Sgt Metzler, L.V.
 
 
  6  668th                   
  41-39274  5H-S  A-26B
  Lt Zeimet, L.R.
  Sgt Ray, R.K.
 
 

Box II
  SPARE  668th               
  41-39233  5H-F  A-26B
  Lt Long, R.H.
  Lt
  S/Sgt McCarthy, C.J.
 
  CAMERA  668th             
  43-22484  5H-C  A-26C
  Maj Roney, K.T.
  S/Sgt Langley, T.R.
  W/O Scheuerman, C.B.
  S/Sgt Snider, S.J.
                             



Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 263 -- April 8, 1945, Sunday PM
Sondershausen, Germany -- Road Junction and Built Up Area


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

In the afternoon of the eight, the Sonderhousen road junctions on the point of the Third Army's thrust toward Leipzig were attacked. Despite heavy smoke and haze, four flights scored excellent results. A fifth flight lost the formation and later tagged onto what was thought to be our formation. It bombed with the first flight of the formation on the secondary target, Bad Frankenhousen, with unobserved results. It was not until the formation turned of the target that they could see the tail markings of the 396th Bomb Group. Unable to pick up the primary target, one other flight chose the town of Nordhausen as a casual target. It was later learned that Nordhausen had contained a large "death" camp, where the Germans had perpetrated some of their greatest crimes against the civilized world. Because of the poor visibility, bombing altitudes ranging from 4,500 feet to 9,000 feet were reported. The box leaders were Lt Brown, Lts Kerns and F.O Lehneis, B&N, and Lt Buskirk, with Lt Hanna B&N.


"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Pages 248 - 249

Mission #263 - 8 April - Sondershausen Railroad Junction. This road junction was blocking the attacking Third US Army forces in their thrust toward Leipzig, so it had to be taken out. Despite heavy smoke and haze, four flights scored excellent results. A fifth flight lost the formation and later tagged on to what was thought to be our formation. It bombed with the first flight of the formation on the secondary target, Bad Frankenhousen. with unobserved results. It was not until the formation turned off the target that they could see the rail markings of the 396th Bomb Group. Unable to pick up the primary target, one other flight chose the town of Nordhausen as a casual target. It was later learned that Nordhausen had contained a large death camp, where the Germans had perpetrated some of the greatest crimes against the civilized world. Because of poor visibility, bombing altitudes ranging from 4500 to 9500 feet were reported. The box leaders were Lts. Brown and Kerns with F/O Lehneis BNs, with Lts. Buskirk and Lt. Hanna BN.

Lt. Kerns lead bombardier had a problem with his GEE equipment going into the target on the first run. The flight circled around Germany for about an hour until Lt. Kerns got the GEE stuff to start operating, so he went in and sighted the target with excellent results on the town.


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

On the afternoon of the same day, the built up area of the Town of Sondershausen was bombed. Bombing was to have been done by boxes, but Lt. Turner found it necessary to lead his flight in separately. In doing so, his flight was able to obtain excellent results. Lt. McGivern and Lt. Moore flew as Bombardier and Navigator for him. Major Sommer's flight became separated from the rest of the formation, and joined a formation of the 386th Bombardment Group (M). Lt. Turner led the Second Flight of the First Box, while Major Sommers led the Third Flight of the same Box. Lt. Kupits flew as Major Sommers' B/N.


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

Two missions were flown on 8 April 1945. The morning mission target Munchen Bernsdorf was led by Major Ferris, Lt. Royalty and Lt. McNutt with Lt. Brewster and Lt Dennis leading the second box. The results were unobserved due to smoke and flames caused by earlier bombing. This was the last mission for Lt Royalty as his tour was completed on this day. 12 aircraft of this squadron participated, which was maximum effort. 6 aircraft of this squadron took off in the afternoon mission against Sonderhausen and excellent results were determined.

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