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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 270 -- April 12, 1945, Thursday AM

Kempten, Germany

Ordnance Depot



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 250-847
OpRep #            : 12.0
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Take-off Time      : 0812
Time Over Target   : 1023 - 1026
Landing Time       : 1248
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 4:36

Place of Take-Off  : A-69 Laon/Athies, France
A/C Dispatched     : 41 Total -- 41 A-26's
Modified British System Reference: WK-945076
Secondary Target   : Suitable Alternate at least 10 miles from Swiss Border
Summary of Results : No attack - Heavy clouds and rain over primary and secondary targets.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 50.33727,13.28741 (50° 20' 14" N, 13° 17' 15" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on The "Coordinates Translator", (NGZ) wK945076)
(See Latitude/Longitude Coordinates and Target Identifiers for more information.)

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Mission Instructions 1

Mission Instructions 1

Mission Instructions 2

Mission Instructions 2

Loading List 1

Loading List 1, Box I

Loading List 2

Loading List 2, Boxes II and III

Mission Results

Mission 270 Results

Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 270 -- April 12, 1945, Thursday AM
Kempten, 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  670th                   
  43-22528  F6-T  A-26C
  Maj Ferris, C.H.
  Lt Kirk, R.L.
  Lt McNutt, M.C.
  S/Sgt Rio, D.J.
  [Impulse Bombing Flight]
  2  670th                   
  41-39223  F6-B  A-26B
  Lt Bower, R.S.
  S/Sgt Turpin, S.J.
  3  670th                   
  41-39564  F6-V  A-26B
  Lt Chitty, W.D.
  Cpl Wilson, B.R.
  4  670th                   
  43-22330  F6-P  A-26B
  Lt Singletary, R.B.
  S/Sgt Cianciosi, A.A.
  S/Sgt Ottaviano, J.O.
  5  670th                   
  41-39416  F6-O  A-26B
  Lt Stankowski, J.F.
  S/Sgt Torres, I.
  6  670th                   
  41-39315  F6-F  A-26B
  Lt Curtis, J.C.
  Sgt Mulzet, O.R.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  668th                   
  43-22640  5H-N  A-26C
  Lt Parker, P.E.
  Lt Shaft, R.E.
  S/Sgt Kochan, S.
  [Impulse Bombing Flight]
  2  668th                   
  41-39188  5H-R  A-26B
  Lt McCready, T.D.
  S/Sgt Profita, P.J.
  3  668th                   
  41-39259  5H-H  A-26B
  Lt Colquitt, J.K.
  S/Sgt Mohr, C.M.
  4  668th                   
  41-39335  5H-W  A-26B
  Lt Russell, R.A.
  Sgt Spence, J.I.
  5  668th                   
  43-22385  5H-D  A-26B
  Lt Drum, E.B.
  S/Sgt Rivard, C.J.
  [Returned Early Faulty engine cooling]
  6  668th                   
  41-39274  5H-S  A-26B
  Lt Zeimet, L.R.
  Sgt Ray, R.K.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  668th                   
  43-22484  5H-C  A-26C
  Lt Laseter, W.H.
  Lt Schlefer, M.P.
  Sgt Cross, R.M.
  2  668th                   
  43-22389  5H-X  A-26B
  Lt Cannon, L.E.
  S/Sgt Edenburn, J.C.
  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 Gooch, H.I.
  5  668th                   
  41-39233  5H-F  A-26B
  Lt Parkhurst, G.J.
  Sgt Newman, F.
  S/Sgt Jordan, D.W.
  6  668th                   
  41-39310  5H-A  A-26B
  Lt Long, R.H.
  S/Sgt Hicks, C.M.

Box II -- Flight I
  1  670th                   
  41-39398  F6-Q  A-26B
  Lt Brewster, F.S.
  Lt Dennis, L.W.
  F/O Conley, F.J.
  S/Sgt Gatti, R.J.
  2  670th                   
  41-39232  F6-N  A-26B
  Lt Sheley, S.H.
  S/Sgt Paladino, D.V.
  3  669th                   
  43-22354  2A-S  A-26B
  Lt Wallace, J.F.
  Sgt Plant, R.
  4  669th                   
  41-39244  2A-I  A-26B
  Lt Bishop, E.G.
  S/Sgt Hudnutt, L.W.
  5  670th                   
  41-39224  F6-E  A-26B
  F/O Boerner, S.B.
  S/Sgt Caudell, S.R.
  6  670th                   
  43-22315  F6-L  A-26B
  Lt O'Brien, J.V.
  Sgt Corey, F.E.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  671st                   
  43-22497  5C-E  A-26C
  Capt Tutt, R.J.
  Lt Orr, L.A.
  S/Sgt Wood, W.
  2  671st                   
  41-39297  5C-T  A-26B
  Lt Spires, J.W.
  S/Sgt Messinger, R.W.
  3  671st                   
  41-39328  5C-D  A-26B
  Lt Winn, A.J.P.
  S/Sgt Davis, W.G.
  4  671st                   
  41-39249  5C-F  A-26B
  Lt Ames, W.H.
  S/Sgt Barber, F.E.
  5  671st                   
  41-39265  5C-V  A-26B
  Lt Wright, J.R.
  S/Sgt Simon, D.O.
  6  671st                   
  41-39209  5C-M  A-26B
  Capt Moore, Z.R.
  S/Sgt Schmidt, K.W.
  Col Stromme, J.L.
  [Stromme (ETOUSA Reclassification Specialist)]

Box II -- Flight III
  1  669th                   
  43-22609  2A-N  A-26C
  Maj Sommers, H.L.
  Lt Kupits, J.
  Lt Dant, N.B.
  S/Sgt Heath, K.
  [Impulse Bombing Flight]
  2  669th                   
  41-39229  2A-B  A-26B
  Lt Housley, C.H.
  Sgt Block, P.J.
  3  669th                   
  41-39252  2A-D  A-26B
  Lt Wills, P.W.
  S/Sgt McGaughy, W.S.
  4  669th                   
  43-22351  2A-F  A-26B
  Lt DuBose, M.W.
  S/Sgt Walters, J.H.
  5  669th                   
  43-22381  2A-Q  A-26B
  Lt Depner, A.W.
  S/Sgt Gillespie, R.H.
  6  669th                   
  41-39263  2A-G  A-26B
  Lt Smith, B.A.
  Sgt Wilson, R.P.

Box III -- Flight I
  1  671st                   
  43-22498  5C-R  A-26C
  Capt Pair, H.F.
  Lt Corum, J.L.
  S/Sgt Swank, O.E.
  [Impulse Bombing Flight]
  2  671st                   
  43-22356  5C-C  A-26B
  Lt Milhorn, G.L.
  S/Sgt Chest, D.
  3  671st                   
  43-22352  5C-J  A-26B
  Lt Mooney, S.
  Sgt Schumacher, R.C.
  4  671st                   
  43-22313  5C-B  A-26B
  Capt Sears, A.C.
  S/Sgt Rose, J.W.
  5  671st                   
  41-39239  5C-N  A-26B
  Lt Wallman, M.
  Sgt Helt, A.
  6  671st                   
  41-39300  5C-K  A-26B
  Lt Simpson, R.L.
  Sgt Stypenski, V.S.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 270 -- April 12, 1945, Thursday AM
Kempten, Germany -- Ordnance Depot

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

Going into territory never before attacked by our Group, 42 planes took off in the morning of the 12th to attack the Kempten ordnance depot near the Swiss border. Previous to this time, tactical targets in that area had been attacked almost solely by the First TAF. Weather over the base was cloudy. It became worse over enemy territory. The formation flew through almost an hour of rain. The target was to be attacked visually only because of the proximity of a POW camp. The cloud base was at about 5500 feet, making an attack impossible. To drop any lower would have forced the formation to fly over mountain ranges, which rose up that high. The planes returned with their 500-pound incendiary bombs.

One bomb inside Major Ferris' plane broke open inside the bomb bay. He opened his doors over the practice bombing range and got rid of the dangerous load.

Enroute to the target, six bursts of inaccurate flak were seen crossing the bomb line.

Through small breaks in the clouds, crews were able to see German airfields. Several of them appeared to be in excellent condition, but deserted. The box leaders were Major Ferris, Lt Brewster, and Capt Pair.

"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Page 252

Mission #270 - 12 April - AM - Kempton Ordnance Depot. This target was located near the Swiss border, an area never before attacked by our Group, but we sent 42 planes out, all of which returned with their bombs because they ran into rain and bad weather. The formation flew into the rain for one hour before the recall. The target was to be attacked visually because of it being close to a POW Camp. The cloud cover was up to 5500 feet, making visual contact out of the question. To drop any lower, the planes would have been scraping the top of very high mountains. One bomb in Major Ferris' plane came loose and dropped on the bomb bay door. Major Ferris dropped it on the bombing range before landing at our base. Through some breaks in the clouds crews reported seeing German Airfields, deserted, but in apparent excellent condition. Major Ferris with Lts. Kirk and McNutt BNs, and Lts. Brewster and Dennis BN, Captain Pair and Corum BN, led the boxes. Captain Tutt and Lt. Orr BN led flights. Captain Moore had Colonel J. L. Stromme with him as an observer.

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

The Kempton Ordnance Depot, near the frontier of Switzerland, was the target of the Twelfth of April. Lts. Kupits and Dant served as Navigator and Bombardier for Major Sommers. They led the Third Flight of the Second Box of the formation.

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

The 12th April 45 found Major Ferris, Lt. Kirk and Lt. McNutt leading the formation on mission no. 270, with Lt. Brewster and Lt. Dennis leading the second box. Rain and clouds prevented bombing the target, the Kempton Ordnance Depot, and the aircraft returned with bombs. One bomb broke loose in the bombay of Major Ferris' aircraft. He lined aircraft up on a bombing range, opened bombay doors and released clusters in area, preventing any mishap from the loose bomb.

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

April 12th, 1945

Congratulations by Ninth Bomb Division Chief, General Anderson, were bestowed upon the 416 Bomb Group for the job they did on the bombing of the Hof Railroad Bridge on the afternoon of April 12th 1945. General Anderson stated that reports indicated that this very important bridge was definitely rendered unserviceable by the attack. The Group dispatched four flights to this target and on superior and three excellents were scored. The bridge is located just a few miles from the Czechoslovakian border.

The 671st Squadron can claim more than its share of credit for Lt. Brown and Lt. Kerns led the formation to the target and dropped their bombs with excellent results. Continue on the next page.

The group encountered rough weather on route to the target, but Brown and Kerns led the ships through the clouds, rain and haze. Bombing was done from 5000 to 5500 feet.

The Group was dispatched in the morning to the Kempton Ordnance Depot, but the formations ran into rainstorms and were recalled. This was the case with seven other groups that were dispatched in the morning also.

[April 12, 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 12, 1945
World War II Military Situation Maps Collection
Library of Congress

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