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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 268 -- April 11, 1945, Wednesday AM

Bernburg, Germany

Marshalling Yards



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 248-845
OpRep #            : 11.0
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 11,000 - 12,500 feet
Take-off Time      : 0800
Time Over Target   : 1015 - 1024
Landing Time       : 1238
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 4:38

Place of Take-Off  : A-69 Laon/Athies, France
A/C Dispatched     : 47 Total -- 47 A-26's
Modified British System Reference: RD-770628
Secondary Target   : Eisleben (640330)
Summary of Results : Five flights scores Undetermined, one NAO, two Superior.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 51.79708,11.75429 (51° 47' 49" N, 11° 45' 15" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on The "Coordinates Translator", (NGZ) rD770628)
(See Latitude/Longitude Coordinates and Target Identifiers for more information.)

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Loading List 1

Loading List 1, Box I

Loading List 2

Loading List 2, Box II (Erroneously Labeled "Box I") and Box III

Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 268 -- April 11, 1945, Wednesday AM
Bernburg, 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
  Maj McNulty, G.M.
  Lt Powell, V.H.
  Lt Myrold, H.E.
  S/Sgt Ferguson, L.C.
  2  668th                   
  41-39188  5H-R  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 Profita, P.J.
  4  668th                   
  43-22385  5H-D  A-26B
  Lt Montrose, J.H.
  S/Sgt Felkel, J.W.
  5  668th                   
  41-39233  5H-F  A-26B
  Lt Parkhurst, G.J.
  S/Sgt Stewart, A.B.
  6  668th                   
  41-39352  5H-J  A-26B
  Lt Zeimet, L.R.
  Sgt Sereno, F.L.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  670th                   
  41-39398  F6-Q  A-26B
  Lt Warren, J.R.
  Lt Forbes, T.M.
  S/Sgt Stroup, C.C.
  2  670th                   
  41-39232  F6-N  A-26B
  Lt O'Brien, J.V.
  S/Sgt Hall, M.
  3  670th                   
  41-39205  F6-M  A-26B
  Lt Sheley, S.H.
  Cpl Wilson, B.R.
  4  670th                   
  41-39416  F6-O  A-26B
  Lt Singletary, R.B.
  S/Sgt Wiggins, H.G.
  S/Sgt Ottaviano, J.O.
  5  670th                   
  43-22330  F6-P  A-26B
  Lt Stankowski, J.F.
  S/Sgt Perujo, R.J.
  6  670th                   
  41-39315  F6-F  A-26B
  Lt Curtis, J.C.
  Sgt Mathews, J.M.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  670th                   
  43-22501  F6-W  A-26C
  Lt Grunig, D.B.
  Lt Morris, B.C.
  S/Sgt Friday, L.R.
  2  670th                   
  41-39223  F6-B  A-26B
  Lt Bower, R.S.
  S/Sgt Burns, D.E.
  3  670th                   
  41-39564  F6-V  A-26B
  Lt Chitty, W.D.
  Sgt Riggs, P.H.
  4  670th                   
  41-39224  F6-E  A-26B
  Lt Turner, E.O.
  Cpl Finnell, D.O.
  5  670th                   
  43-22315  F6-L  A-26B
  F/O Boerner, S.B.
  Cpl Eddy, K.A.
  6  668th                   
  43-22389  5H-X  A-26B
  Lt Wallace, J.F.
  Sgt Krantz, J.G.

Box II -- Flight I
  1  668th                   
  43-22484  5H-C  A-26C
  Capt Evans, H.M.
  Lt McCartney, T.M.
  S/Sgt Skeens, C.L.
  Col Stromme, J.L.
  [Stromme (ETOUSA Reclassification Specialist)]
  2  668th                   
  41-39259  5H-H  A-26B
  Lt Colquitt, J.K.
  S/Sgt Mohr, C.M.
  3  668th                   
  41-39325  5H-L  A-26B
  Lt Hale, W.L.
  S/Sgt Geyer, J.F.
  4  668th                   
  41-39305  5H-U  A-26B
  Lt Harris, F.W.
  S/Sgt Fuehrer, W.F.
  5  668th                   
  41-39310  5H-A  A-26B
  Lt Long, R.H.
  S/Sgt McCarthy, C.J.
  6  668th                   
  41-39264  5H-I  A-26B
  Lt Drum, E.B.
  Sgt Schwartzkopf, J.R.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  671st                   
  43-22497  5C-E  A-26C
  Capt Tutt, R.J.
  Lt Orr, L.A.
  S/Sgt Schwartzapel, D.
  2  671st                   
  43-22352  5C-J  A-26B
  Lt Mooney, S.
  Sgt Schumacher, R.C.
  3  671st                   
  41-39360  5C-L  A-26B
  Lt Withington, D.L.
  S/Sgt Eaton, A.B.
  4  671st                   
  41-39249  5C-F  A-26B
  Capt Sears, A.C.
  S/Sgt Rose, J.W.
  5  671st                   
  41-39239  5C-N  A-26B
  Lt Price, D.L.
  Sgt Reicher, J.F.
  6  671st                   
  43-22356  5C-C  A-26B
  Lt Wallman, M.
  Sgt Buckley, W.C.
  Sgt Mowell, R.F.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  671st                   
  43-22490  5C-X  A-26C
  Lt Lackovich, J.J.
  Lt Muir, R.C.
  F/O Przywitowski, S.J.
  S/Sgt Connery, T.
  2  671st                   
  41-39328  5C-D  A-26B
  Lt Cocke, J.B.
  S/Sgt Redding, R.D.
  3  671st                   
  41-39265  5C-V  A-26B
  Lt Winn, A.J.P.
  S/Sgt Davis, W.G.
  S/Sgt Miller, H.K.
  4  671st                   
  41-39250  5C-A  A-26B
  Lt Remiszewski, A.
  Cpl Schoen, A.E.
  5  671st                   
  41-39209  5C-M  A-26B
  Lt Wright, J.R.
  Sgt Ruskiewich, J.J.
  6  671st                   
  43-22313  5C-B  A-26B
  Lt Hlivko, A.E.
  Sgt Graub, R.E.

Box III -- Flight I
  1  669th                   
  43-22609  2A-N  A-26C
  Maj Sommers, H.L.
  Lt Kupits, J.
  S/Sgt Heath, K.
  2  669th                   
  41-39271  2A-R  A-26B
  Lt Harper, R.B.
  Sgt Black, R.M.
  3  669th                   
  43-22351  2A-F  A-26B
  Lt Willard, J.A.
  Lt Britt, J.W.
  S/Sgt Hinker, C.V.
  4  670th                   
  41-39212  F6-K  A-26B
  Lt DuBose, M.W.
  S/Sgt Griffin, D.L.
  5  669th                   
  41-39244  2A-I  A-26B
  Lt Haskell, R.W.
  Sgt Martin, G.A.
  [Mag problem]
  6  669th                   
  43-22354  2A-S  A-26B
  Lt Weinert, C.E.
  Sgt Francis, R.D.

Box III -- Flight II
  1  669th                   
  43-22304  2A-T  A-26C
  Lt Turner, D.O., Jr.
  Lt McGivern, P.J.
  Lt Morley, B.J.
  S/Sgt Reyes, M.R.
  2  669th                   
  41-39362  2A-Y  A-26B
  Lt Hackley, R.H.
  Sgt Hawk, O.T.
  3  669th                   
  41-39229  2A-B  A-26B
  Lt Housley, C.H.
  Sgt Block, P.J.
  4  669th                   
  43-22383  2A-V  A-26B
  Lt Allen, J.F., Jr.
  S/Sgt Getgen, L.R.
  5  669th                   
  41-39393  2A-M  A-26B
  Capt Shapard, J.M.
  S/Sgt McGuire, J.J.
  6  669th                   
  43-22381  2A-Q  A-26B
  Lt Depner, A.W.
  S/Sgt Gillespie, R.H.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 268 -- April 11, 1945, Wednesday AM
Bernburg, Germany -- Marshalling Yards

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

A full-scale effort in the morning of the 11th put 47 planes into the air to attack the Bernburg marshalling yard. A total of 282 x500 pound demolition bombs were dropped on the target with results ranging from good to excellent. Bombs blanketed the southern choke point of the yards, many goods wagons, and buildings adjacent to the yards. Other bombs covered railroad sidings and storage sheds. Many large fires were started, possibly burning oil or ammunition. No complete photo interpretation was possible because 1/2 of the yards were still obscured by smoke. The three boxes were led by Major McNulty, Capt Evans, and Lt Lackovich.

"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Page 251

Mission #268 - 11 April - AM - Bernburg Marshalling Yard. This was a maximum effort mission with 44 planes taking off. Bombs blanketed the southern choke point of the yards, catching wagons, and buildings, plus blowing up railroad tracks and storage sheds. The results were explained to have been devastating. Major McNulty with Lts. Powell and Myrrold BNs, Captain Evans with Lt. McCartney BN and Lt. Lackovich with Lt. Muir, led boxes. Other flight leaders were Captain Tutt and Lt. Orr BN, plus Lts. Warren, Forbes, Gruning, and Morris as flight leaders.

"668th Bombardment Squadron (L) History"
Transcription from USAF Archives

Our pilot-bombardier teams continued to hit the assigned targets, inflicting damage upon the enemy's remaining communications centers and storage dumps, which materially hastened the final victory. On 11 April, Major McNulty and Lt Powell scored a "superior" in an attack on Bernburg Marshalling Yard. The following day, Lt Paul E. Parker and Lt Robert E. Shaft led a flight against a rail bridge at Hof, also with "superior" results. On 20 April the bombing of the flight led by Lt William Laseter and Lt Mark P. Schlefer on Deggendorf Oil Storage Depot rated a "superior". On 21 April the team of Captain Evans and Lt McCartney continued its excellent combat record with a "superior" for the bombing of Attnung-Pucheim Marshalling Yard.

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

Excellent results were obtained in an attack on the Bernburg Marshalling Yards on the eleventh day of the month. The Third Flight of the Second Box was led by Lts. Turner and McGivern. Major Sommers and Lt. Kupits led the Second Flight of the Second Box. Perfect weather permitted visual bombing equipment to be used.

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

Flying two missions a day was continued on 11 April 1945, with maximum effort in the morning, in which 12 670th crews took part, against Bernburg Marshalling Yard, with excellent to superior results. Evasive action prevented photos of results on this mission. Lt. Warren, Lt. Forbes, and Lt. Grunig/Lt. Morris led our flights. Lt. Popeney and Lt. Fry led our flight on mission No. 269 in the afternoon against Zwickall Marshalling Yard with excellent to superior results for the group.

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

April 11, 1945

Two marshalling yards were hit by the A-69ers on April 11th 1945 with excellent and superior results. In the morning the Group dropped 500 pound GPs on the Bernburg marshalling yard with devastating results. In the afternoon the Zwickau yards were blasted on the 416ths second maximum effort job of the day. Captain Pair and "Shorty" Corum really did a job on the Zwickau M/Y. The center of bursts for their flight was just 100 feet for the DMPI, hits being made on goods wagons, tracks and buildings.

Both marshalling yards are located close by to Leipzig in the path of the Third Army. These yards would be used by the Nazis in building defenses in the area west of Leipzig. At the Bernburg yard crews reported direct hits among tracks and installations in the yards. Red flashes of flame punctuated the bombing attack. The yard at Zwickau was reported to be full of railway cars before the bombing. Just a few bursts of flak were seen, and all crews returned safely from both missions.

[April 11, 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 11, 1945
World War II Military Situation Maps Collection
Library of Congress

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