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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 264 -- April 9, 1945, Monday AM

Amberg-Kummersbruck, Germany

Ordnance Depot



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 244-841
OpRep #            : 9.0
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 8,200 - 9,500 feet
Take-off Time      : 0759
Time Over Target   : 1022 - 1028
Landing Time       : 1218
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 4:19

Place of Take-Off  : A-69 Laon/Athies, France
A/C Dispatched     : 44 Total -- 44 A-26's
Modified British System Reference: WP-005003
Secondary Target   : Fucheim (O-395296)
Summary of Results : Four flights Undetermined, one Unsatisfactory, one Superior, one NAO.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 49.42826,11.88506 (49° 25' 42" N, 11° 53' 6" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on The "Coordinates Translator", (NGZ) wP005003)
(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
One Camera Aircraft Also Assigned To This Mission

Loading List 2

Loading List 2, Boxes II and III

Bomb Run Photo

Bomb Run Photo
(Lt. Robert S. Bower Combat Journal)

Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 264 -- April 9, 1945, Monday AM
Amberg-Kummersbruck, Germany -- Ordnance Depot

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
  Maj McNulty, G.M.
  Lt Powell, V.H.
  Lt Myrold, H.E.
  S/Sgt Fuehrer, W.F.
  2  668th                   
  43-22505  5H-Y  A-26C
  Lt Laseter, W.H.
  Lt Schlefer, M.P.
  S/Sgt Gentry, F.
  3  668th                   
  41-39325  5H-L  A-26B
  Lt Hale, W.L.
  S/Sgt Geyer, J.F.
  4  668th                   
  43-22389  5H-X  A-26B
  Lt Cannon, L.E.
  S/Sgt Profita, P.J.
  5  668th                   
  41-39335  5H-W  A-26B
  Lt Tank, F.R.
  Sgt Harmon, F.B.
  6  668th                   
  41-39310  5H-A  A-26B
  Lt Lackner, R.J.
  S/Sgt Miller, W.A.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  670th                   
  43-22501  F6-W  A-26C
  Lt Grunig, D.B.
  Lt Morris, B.C.
  S/Sgt Friday, L.R.
  2  670th                   
  41-39564  F6-V  A-26B
  Lt Chitty, W.D.
  Sgt Riggs, P.H.
  3  670th                   
  43-22334  F6-G  A-26B
  Lt Stankowski, J.F.
  S/Sgt Hummer, J.A.
  4  670th                   
  43-22330  F6-P  A-26B
  Lt Musgrove, W.
  S/Sgt Seighman, H.O.
  5  670th                   
  41-39315  F6-F  A-26B
  Lt Curtis, J.C.
  Sgt Mulzet, O.R.
  6  670th                   
  41-39416  F6-O  A-26B
  F/O Boerner, S.B.
  Cpl Showers, M.W.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  670th                   
  41-39398  F6-Q  A-26B
  Lt Errotabere, M.
  Lt Wilbur, M.F.
  S/Sgt Bowie, E.A.
  2  670th                   
  41-39205  F6-M  A-26B
  Lt Bishop, E.G.
  S/Sgt Harris, M.C.
  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 Turner, E.O.
  S/Sgt Sienkiewicz, J.
  S/Sgt Ottaviano, J.O.
  5  670th                   
  41-39286  F6-D  A-26B
  Lt Sheley, S.H.
  S/Sgt Paladino, D.V.
  6  670th                   
  41-39232  F6-N  A-26B
  Lt O'Brien, J.V.
  Sgt Wright, H.T.

Box I
  SPARE  671st               
  41-39209  5C-M  A-26B
  Capt Moore, Z.R.
  Sgt Helton, C.
  S/Sgt Miller, H.K.
  CAMERA  669th             
  43-22304  2A-T  A-26C
  Lt Singletary, R.B.
  S/Sgt Cianciosi, A.A.
  W/O Scheuerman, C.B.
  S/Sgt Snider, S.J.
  [Scheuerman, Snider (4th CCU)]

Box II -- Flight I
  1  668th                   
  43-22484  5H-C  A-26C
  Capt Evans, H.M.
  Lt McCartney, T.M.
  S/Sgt Merritt, O.N.
  2  668th                   
  41-39305  5H-U  A-26B
  Lt McCready, T.D.
  S/Sgt Lemonds, W.E.
  3  668th                   
  43-22321  5H-T  A-26B
  Lt Montrose, J.H.
  S/Sgt Felkel, J.W.
  4  671st                   
  41-39250  5C-A  A-26B
  Lt Colquitt, J.K.
  S/Sgt Kochan, S.
  5  668th                   
  41-39274  5H-S  A-26B
  Lt Long, R.H.
  S/Sgt Metzler, L.V.
  6  668th                   
  41-39352  5H-J  A-26B
  Lt Zeimet, L.R.
  Sgt Sereno, F.L.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  669th                   
  43-22492  2A-E  A-26C
  Maj Sommers, H.L.
  Lt Kupits, J.
  S/Sgt Heath, K.
  2  669th                   
  41-39362  2A-Y  A-26B
  Lt Smith, D.E.
  S/Sgt Kirik, S.J.
  [Not Airborne Engine Cutting out]
  3  669th                   
  43-22354  2A-S  A-26B
  Lt Hackley, R.H.
  S/Sgt Hawk, O.T.
  4  669th                   
  41-39229  2A-B  A-26B
  Lt Allen, J.F., Jr.
  S/Sgt Veazey, C.W.
  5  669th                   
  43-22381  2A-Q  A-26B
  Capt Shapard, J.M.
  S/Sgt McGuire, J.J.
  6  669th                   
  41-39271  2A-R  A-26B
  Lt Wills, P.W.
  S/Sgt Bookach, M.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  671st                   
  43-22497  5C-E  A-26C
  Capt Pair, H.F.
  Lt Corum, J.L.
  S/Sgt Swank, O.E.
  2  671st                   
  43-22499  5C-G  A-26C
  Lt Remiszewski, A.
  F/O Lehneis, A.J.
  S/Sgt Miguez, J.H.
  3  671st                   
  41-39249  5C-F  A-26B
  Lt Winn, A.J.P.
  S/Sgt Davis, W.G.
  4  671st                   
  41-39360  5C-L  A-26B
  Lt Withington, D.L.
  S/Sgt Eaton, A.B.
  5  671st                   
  43-22356  5C-C  A-26B
  Lt Milhorn, G.L.
  S/Sgt McNellis, D.E.
  6  671st                   
  43-22313  5C-B  A-26B
  Lt Simpson, R.L.
  S/Sgt Stypenski, V.S.

Box III -- Flight I
  1  669th                   
  43-22487  2A-J  A-26C
  Capt DuFault, W.F.
  F/O Cardinale, O.A.
  Lt Moore, D.L.
  S/Sgt Vorce, K.E.
  Capt Borman, H.W.
  2  671st                   
  41-39239  5C-N  A-26B
  Lt Willard, J.A.
  Lt Britt, J.W.
  S/Sgt Hinker, C.V.
  3  669th                   
  41-39244  2A-I  A-26B
  Lt VanRope, R.W.
  S/Sgt Klingman, W.H.
  4  669th                   
  41-39314  2A-H  A-26B
  Lt Martin, E.C.
  S/Sgt Draft, L.B.
  5  669th                   
  41-39263  2A-G  A-26B
  Lt Smith, B.A.
  Sgt Wilson, R.P.
  6  668th                   
  41-39264  5H-I  A-26B
  Lt Housley, C.H.
  Sgt Block, P.J.

  SPARE  671st               
  41-39297  5C-T  A-26B
  Lt Hlivko, A.E.
  Sgt Graub, R.E.
  T/Sgt Childs, H.A.
  [Childs (4th CCU)]

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 264 -- April 9, 1945, Monday AM
Amberg-Kummersbruck, Germany -- Ordnance Depot

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

The 9th was another two mission day. In an early morning mission, 44 aircraft took off to attack an ordnance depot at Anberg-Kummersbruck, dropping 500 pound incendiary bombs. Bombing visually by flight under ideal weather conditions, the target was destroyed. Because of the importance of the depot, four Groups had been chosen to attack it. By the time our Group approached it, all of our aiming points were obscured by smoke. Picking new aiming points in the parts which appeared to be yet untouched, our bombardiers wrought further destruction and also cut railroad tracks alongside the target. For the first time in weeks, considerable traffic was noted in railroad yards. Several truck convoys were also reported. There was no flak. The three boxes were led by Major McNulty (Lts Powell and Myrrold, B&N), Capt Evans (Lt McCartney, B0N), and Capt Dufault (F/O Cardinale, B-N.)

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

Mission #264 - 9 April - AM - Anberg-Kummersbruck Ordnance Depot. This was to be another two mission day with the first one calling for three boxes with a total of 44 planes to hit this target with 500 pound incendiary bombs. Under ideal weather conditions, our bombardiers showed what they can do when they are able to see the aiming point, without clouds in their way. The importance of this target is significant when four different groups are assigned to destroy it. They must have had the greatest confidence in the 416th since they pegged us as the anchor men on the team, asking us to go in as the last bombing team. By the time our group got there, smoke and flames obscured the main aiming point, but there were new aiming points available which our boys cherished. They left more fire and destruction behind, and also cut railroad lines. The three boxes were led by Major McNulty with Lts. Powell and Myrrold BNs, Captain Evans and Lt. Cartney BN, and Captain Default with F/O Cardinale BN. Leading flights were Captain Pair and Lt. Corum BN plus Lt. Remiszewski and F/O Lehneis, BN.

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

An Ordnance Depot at Amberg-Kummersbruck was attacked on the ninth of the month. Despite inclement weather, it was possible for the formation to make a visual bombing run. Excellent results were obtained. Major Sommers, with Lt. Kupits, led Flight Two of Box Two, and Capt. DuFault, with Flight Officer Cardinale, led the Third Box of the formation.

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

Two missions were again flown on 9 April. The morning mission in which 13 aircraft of this squadron flew was to Amberg-Kammersbruck Ordnance Depot. Smoke from previous bombing covered target and prevented observation of results. The afternoon mission was an attack on Saalfield Marshalling Yard with 6 of this squadron's crews on the mission. Excellent to Superior results were obtained. On this day one of the Bombardier-Navigators that came with this group overseas Lt. Alfred H. Maltby, left for the 70th Reinforcement Depot and the beginning of his trip back to the States.

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

April 9th, 1945

Turning in expert bombing results on two targets, the 416th Bomb Group rained tons of Incendiaries and 1000 pound GPs on the Amberg-Kummersbruck Ordnance Depot and the Saalfeld Marshalling Yard in the morning and evening of April 9th, 1945.

In the morning the 416th was the fourth Group to drop the firebombs on the Ordnance Depot. Smoke covered the entire area, but the Invaders' bombs hit in the center of the target with excellent results. Parts of the huge depot, which were not already on fire, were promptly set ablaze by the wave of 416th A-26s.The depot is (or was) located 36 miles east of Nurnberg.

The target was bombed to destroy small arms that could be used to supply Nazi guerilla gangs expected to resist in southern Germany. Flak was not encountered and all crews returned in tact.

Two superiors and three excellents were scored out of a possible six in the afternoon when the A-69ers struck at the Saalfeld Marshalling Yard, 26 miles southeast of Erfurt in the late afternoon. The junction of main lines, the yard included 60 sidings. Buildings were set afire, rail lines were cut and railway cars were destroyed and damaged. Lt. Lackovich and Lt. Muir chalked up an excellent on this target with their bombs falling in the center of the yard and Capt. Tutt and Lt. Orr scored a superior, with the center of their bomb bursts just 250 feet from the desired main point of impact. Again flak was nil and all crews returned safely.

[April 9, 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 9, 1945
World War II Military Situation Maps Collection
Library of Congress

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