9th AF Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 265 -- April 9, 1945, Monday PM

Saalfeld, Germany

Marshalling Yards



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 245-842
OpRep #            : 9a
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 8,300 - 9,500 feet
Take-off Time      : 1438
Time Over Target   : 1650 - 1703
Landing Time       : 1902
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 4:24

Place of Take-Off  : A-69 Laon/Athies, France
A/C Dispatched     : 39 Total -- 39 A-26's
Modified British System Reference: WJ-573338
Secondary Target   : Possneck (J-721400)
Summary of Results : Bombing results by flight - 3 Excellent, 2 Superior, 1 NAO.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 50.64775,11.37873 (50° 38' 52" N, 11° 22' 43" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on The "Coordinates Translator", (NGZ) wJ573338)
(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

Bomb Run Photo

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


Box II -- Flight III (668th Bomb Squadron)
Positions 1, 2, 3 (right image): 5H-Y, 5H-F, 5H-W
Positions 4, 5, 6 (left image): 5H-T, 5H-X, 5H-S

Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 265 -- April 9, 1945, Monday PM
Saalfeld, 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  669th                   
  43-22487  2A-J  A-26C
  Capt Miller, E.L.
  Lt Conner, J.K.
  F/O Wrubelle, W.M.
  S/Sgt Malloy, J.F.
  Lt Col McAfee, J.B.
  2  669th                   
  41-39263  2A-G  A-26B
  Lt Weinert, C.E.
  S/Sgt Dubi, R.
  3  669th                   
  43-22354  2A-S  A-26B
  Lt Depner, A.W.
  Sgt Gillespie, R.H.
  4  669th                   
  41-39338  2A-O  A-26B
  Lt Sorrels, D.W.
  S/Sgt Triber, H.I.
  5  669th                   
  41-39362  2A-Y  A-26B
  Lt Smith, B.A.
  Sgt Richards, D.A.
  6  669th                   
  41-39271  2A-R  A-26B
  Lt Harper, R.B.
  Sgt Black, R.M.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  671st                   
  43-22490  5C-X  A-26C
  Lt Lackovich, J.J.
  Lt Muir, R.C.
  S/Sgt Connery, T.
  2  671st                   
  41-39209  5C-M  A-26B
  Lt Cocke, J.B.
  S/Sgt MacCartney, W.A.
  3  671st                   
  41-39265  5C-V  A-26B
  Lt Mooney, S.
  Sgt Buckley, W.C.
  4  671st                   
  43-22499  5C-G  A-26C
  Capt Sears, A.C.
  F/O Przywitowski, S.J.
  S/Sgt Rose, J.W.
  5  671st                   
  43-22326  5C-W  A-26B
  Lt Hlivko, A.E.
  Sgt Farmer, L.J.
  6  671st                   
  41-39239  5C-N  A-26B
  Lt Price, D.L.
  Sgt Reicher, J.F.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  671st                   
  43-22497  5C-E  A-26C
  Capt Tutt, R.J.
  Lt Orr, L.A.
  S/Sgt Wood, W.
  2  671st                   
  41-39250  5C-A  A-26B
  Lt Wright, J.R.
  S/Sgt Simon, D.O.
  3  670th                   
  41-39416  F6-O  A-26B
  Lt Winn, A.J.P.
  S/Sgt Davis, W.G.
  4  671st                   
  41-39360  5C-L  A-26B
  Lt Ames, W.H.
  T/Sgt Childs, H.A.
  Cpl Schoen, A.E.
  5  671st                   
  41-39300  5C-K  A-26B
  Lt Graeber, T.E.
  S/Sgt Miller, A.H.
  6  671st                   
  43-22356  5C-C  A-26B
  Lt Wallman, M.
  Sgt Hardin, M.F.
  S/Sgt Miller, H.K.

Box I
  SPARE  668th               
  41-39310  5H-A  A-26B
  Lt Blevins, J.W.
  S/Sgt Hindman, R.G.

Box II -- Flight I
  1  669th                   
  43-22304  2A-T  A-26C
  Lt Blomgren, J.E.
  Lt Johnson, G.G.
  S/Sgt Fleming, L.R.
  2  669th                   
  41-39314  2A-H  A-26B
  Lt Martin, E.C.
  Lt Britt, J.W.
  S/Sgt Draft, L.B.
  3  669th                   
  41-39244  2A-I  A-26B
  Lt Wills, P.W.
  S/Sgt Bookach, M.
  4  669th                   
  43-22383  2A-V  A-26B
  Lt Allen, J.F., Jr.
  S/Sgt Getgen, L.R.
  5  669th                   
  41-39229  2A-B  A-26B
  Lt Housley, C.H.
  Sgt Block, P.J.
  6  669th                   
  41-39393  2A-M  A-26B
  Lt Smith, D.E.
  S/Sgt Kirik, S.J.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  670th                   
  43-22501  F6-W  A-26C
  Lt Heinke, W.R.
  Lt Rosenquist, A.E.
  S/Sgt VanWert, G.R.
  Lt LaHaye, W.H.
  2  670th                   
  43-22330  F6-P  A-26B
  Lt Turman, A.R.
  S/Sgt Harmon, C.D.
  3  670th                   
  43-22334  F6-G  A-26B
  Lt Henson, A.G.
  S/Sgt Burns, D.E.
  4  670th                   
  41-39205  F6-M  A-26B
  Lt Downing, W.E.
  S/Sgt Hall, M.
  S/Sgt Ottaviano, J.O.
  5  670th                   
  41-39223  F6-B  A-26B
  Lt Sheley, S.H.
  Cpl Wilson, B.R.
  6  670th                   
  41-39286  F6-D  A-26B
  Lt Wallace, J.F.
  Sgt Krantz, J.G.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  668th                   
  43-22505  5H-Y  A-26C
  Lt Jacobsen, O.F.
  F/O Harvest, R.W.
  S/Sgt Pettinicchi, A.
  2  668th                   
  41-39233  5H-F  A-26B
  Lt McCready, T.D.
  S/Sgt Lemonds, W.E.
  3  668th                   
  41-39335  5H-W  A-26B
  Lt Wright, J.W.
  S/Sgt VanGalder, D.W.
  4  668th                   
  43-22321  5H-T  A-26B
  Lt Harris, F.W.
  Sgt Young, J.B.
  5  668th                   
  43-22389  5H-X  A-26B
  Lt Drum, E.B.
  Sgt Schwartzkopf, J.R.
  6  668th                   
  41-39274  5H-S  A-26B
  Lt Evarts, A.V.
  Sgt Fagan, C.D.

Box II
  SPARE  670th               
  41-39224  F6-E  A-26B
  Lt O'Brien, J.V.
  Sgt Corey, F.E.
  CAMERA  670th             
  43-22528  F6-T  A-26C
  Maj Roney, K.T.
  Sgt Heenan, D.K.
  W/O Scheuerman, C.B.
  Sgt Snider, S.J.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 265 -- April 9, 1945, Monday PM
Saalfeld, Germany -- Marshalling Yards

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

Two boxes took off in the afternoon on another longrange attack on the Saalfeld marshalling yards. The enormous yards were to be attacked by two other Groups of our wing. The yards were again covered with smoke by the time our attack began. Five of the six flights scored excellent to superior results, however, eliminating any possibility of the yards being used in the near future. The bombs blanketed wagons, trucks, and servicing facilities. The engine roundhouse was more than 1/3 destroyed and six engines probably destroyed. Craters were visible in the central section of the sidings where at least 48 engines were derailed and damaged. Besides, 65 goods wagons were destroyed, 35 factory buildings damaged or destroyed, at least 50 hits on the tracks, and 28 on the roads. The other flight, trying to synchronize into the drifting smoke, hit off the edge of the yards. The box leaders were Capt Miller (Lt Connor and F/O Wrubelle, B&N) and Lt Blomgren with Lt Johnson B-N. Lt D.L. Price returned early from the mission. When his gunners'turret would not operate, he called the box leader, but he was unsuccessful. He wobbled his wings and then hit an air pocket. The heavy jolt broke the bomb shackles. His gunner, Sgt J.F. Reicher, reported that the bombs were rolling around in the bomb bay. Although supposedly safe, the arming vane of one of the bombs had begun to revolve. He dropped three bombs in an open field near our base; two of them exploded. The fourth did not fall out. Sgt Reicher crawled in the bomb bay and kicked it out. It was this bomb that had the spinning arming vane. Lt Price then returned safely to base.

"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Pages 249 - 250

Mission #265 - 9 April - PM - Saalfield Marshalling Yard. Two boxes took off in the afternoon on another long range attack on this huge yard. Two other groups were assigned to go in before the 416th. When our boys got there, smoke and haze were present. Two superiors and three excellent ratings were scored by our boys, eliminating the possibility of the yards being used again. The bombs blanketed wagons, trucks, and servicing facilities. The engine roundhouse was 1/3 destroyed and six engines probably destroyed. At least 50 hits on the tracks and 28 on the roads were counted. The box leaders were Captain Miller with Lt. Conner and F/O Wrubelle BN, and Lt. Blomgren with Lt. Johnson BN. Leading flights were Lt. Lackovich and Lt. Muir BN, Captain Tutt and Lt. Orr BN, - Captain Sears and F/O Przwyitowski BN and Lt. Remiszewski and F/O Lehneis. Lt. D. L. Price of the 671 squadron returned early from the mission since his gunner's turret was jammed and unusable. Price tried to contact the box leader, telling him he had to leave, but was unable to raise him on the radio. Price wobbled his wings and then hit an air pocket which jolted his bombs out of their shackles. His gunner, Sgt. J. F. Reicher reported the bombs were rolling around on the closed bay door. The arming vane on one bomb started to turn, getting ready to arm the bomb. Price opened the bomb bay doors and three bombs rolled out on to an open field. The one bomb with the turning arming vane was still left in the plane. Sgt. Reisher crawled in to the open bomb bay and kicked out the arming bomb, undoubtedly saving himself his pilot and the plane from total destruction.

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

The Saalfeld Marshalling Yards were bombed on the afternoon mission of the same day. Visual bombing methods were employed, and excellent results were known to have resulted. Capt. Miller, with Lt. Conner and F/O Wrubelle, led the entire formation in making the attack. Lt. Blomgren, and his B/N Lt. Johnson, led the Second 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.

[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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