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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 272 -- April 15, 1945, Sunday PM

Ulm, Germany

Marshalling Yards

 

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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 254-852
OpRep #            : 15.0
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 12,500 - 13,000 feet
Take-off Time      : 1300
Time Over Target   : 1450
Landing Time       : 1656
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 3:56
 

Place of Take-Off  : A-69 Laon/Athies, France
A/C Dispatched     : 38 Total -- 38 A-26's
Modified British System Reference: X-655809
Secondary Target   : Laupheim Marshalling Yards or Haslach Marshalling Yards (X-5961 or W-2563)
Summary of Results : Unobserved - 10/10's clouds.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 48.40624,9.97429 (48° 24' 22" N, 9° 58' 27" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on The "Coordinates Translator", (NGZ) wX655809)
(See Latitude/Longitude Coordinates and Target Identifiers for more information.)




Route Map 1

Route Map 1



Route Map 2

Route Map 2


Loading List 1

Loading List 1, Box I
One Camera Aircraft Aslo Assigned To This Mission



  Loading List 2

Loading List 2,  Box II




Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 272 -- April 15, 1945, Sunday PM
Ulm, 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                   
  43-22640  5H-N  A-26C
  Capt Evans, H.M.
  Lt McCartney, T.M.
  S/Sgt Skeens, C.L.
  [Returned Early Lost hydraulic fluid]
 
  2  671st                   
  43-22498  5C-R  A-26C
  Lt Prucha, L.J.
  Lt Reeves, F.A.
  S/Sgt Ferguson, L.C.
 
  3  668th                   
  41-39259  5H-H  A-26B
  Lt Colquitt, J.K.
  S/Sgt Mohr, C.M.
 
 
  4  668th                   
  43-22389  5H-X  A-26B
  Lt Cannon, L.E.
  S/Sgt Metzler, L.V.
 
 
  5  668th                   
  41-39274  5H-S  A-26B
  Lt Roberts, W.H.
  S/Sgt Hood, A.R.
 
 
  6  668th                   
  41-39325  5H-L  A-26B
  Lt Zeimet, L.R.
  Sgt Sereno, F.L.
 
 

Box I -- Flight II
  1  670th                   
  41-39398  F6-Q  A-26B
  Lt Errotabere, M.
  Lt Wilbur, M.F.
  S/Sgt Lynch, P.R.
 
  2  670th                   
  43-22330  F6-P  A-26B
  Lt Musgrove, W.
  Cpl Wilson, B.R.
 
 
  3  670th                   
  41-39232  F6-N  A-26B
  Lt Sheley, S.H.
  S/Sgt Paladino, D.V.
 
 
  4  670th                   
  43-22315  F6-L  A-26B
  Lt Bishop, E.G.
  S/Sgt Stroup, C.C.
 
 
  5  670th                   
  43-22334  F6-G  A-26B
  Lt Stankowski, J.F.
  Sgt Kimball, A.H.
 
 
  6  670th                   
  41-39205  F6-M  A-26B
  Lt Henson, A.G.
  Cpl Homler, R.K.
 
 

Box I -- Flight III
  1  670th                   
  43-22501  F6-W  A-26C
  Lt Heinke, W.R.
  Lt Rosenquist, A.E.
  Sgt Thompson, C.J.
 
  2  669th                   
  43-22383  2A-V  A-26B
  Lt Bower, R.S.
  S/Sgt Cianciosi, A.A.
 
 
  3  670th                   
  41-39286  F6-D  A-26B
  Lt Wallace, J.F.
  Sgt Plant, R.
 
 
  4  670th                   
  41-39416  F6-O  A-26B
  Lt Singletary, R.B.
  S/Sgt Wiggins, H.G.
 
 
  5  670th                   
  41-39564  F6-V  A-26B
  Lt Chitty, W.D.
  Sgt Murro, D.J.
 
 
  6  670th                   
  41-39223  F6-B  A-26B
  Lt O'Brien, J.V.
  Sgt Wright, H.T.
  Sgt Mirabella, P.A.
 

Box I
  SPARE  668th               
  41-39335  5H-W  A-26B
  Lt Dunn, F.G.
  S/Sgt Donnelly, W.W.
  S/Sgt Kruger, C.J.
 
  CAMERA  671st             
  43-22490  5C-X  A-26C
  Lt Withington, D.L.
  S/Sgt Johnson, R.J.
  T/Sgt Childs, H.A.
  W/O Scheuerman, C.B.
                             


Box II -- Flight I
  1  668th                   
  43-22484  5H-C  A-26C
  Capt Stanley, C.S.
  F/O Blount, J.H.
  Lt Myrold, H.E.
  S/Sgt Collier, C.B.
  2  669th                   
  43-22492  2A-E  A-26C
  Lt Annin, W.W.
  Lt Martin, R.L.
  S/Sgt Pauker, J.L.
 
  3  668th                   
  41-39188  5H-R  A-26B
  Lt McCready, T.D.
  S/Sgt Profita, P.J.
 
 
  4  668th                   
  43-22378  5H-O  A-26B
  Lt Harris, F.W.
  S/Sgt Merritt, O.N.
 
 
  5  668th                   
  41-39233  5H-F  A-26B
  Lt Parkhurst, G.J.
  Sgt Kaminski, C.J.
 
 
  6  668th                   
  41-39264  5H-I  A-26B
  Lt Long, R.H.
  S/Sgt McCarthy, C.J.
 
 

Box II -- Flight II
  1  669th                   
  43-22609  2A-N  A-26C
  Maj Sommers, H.L.
  Lt Kupits, J.
  Sgt Heath, K.
 
  2  669th                   
  41-39263  2A-G  A-26B
  Capt Shapard, J.M.
  Sgt McGuire, J.J.
 
 
  3  669th                   
  43-22354  2A-S  A-26B
  Lt Weinert, C.E.
  Sgt Francis, R.D.
 
 
  4  669th                   
  43-22381  2A-Q  A-26B
  Lt DuBose, M.W.
  S/Sgt Veazey, C.W.
  Sgt Heenan, D.K.
 
  5  669th                   
  41-39314  2A-H  A-26B
  Lt Smith, D.E.
  Lt Britt, J.W.
  S/Sgt Kirik, S.J.
 
  6  669th                   
  41-39338  2A-O  A-26B
  Lt Depner, A.W.
  S/Sgt Gillespie, R.H.
 
 

Box II -- Flight III
  1  671st                   
  43-22497  5C-E  A-26C
  Capt Sutton, L.J.
  Lt Reed, J.V.
  S/Sgt Gilliam, D.C.
 
  2  671st                   
  43-22326  5C-W  A-26B
  Lt Spires, J.W.
  S/Sgt Davis, L.E.
 
 
  3  671st                   
  41-39297  5C-T  A-26B
  Lt Winn, A.J.P.
  S/Sgt Stephenson, G.G.
 
 
  4  671st                   
  43-22313  5C-B  A-26B
  Lt Remiszewski, A.
  S/Sgt DiOrio, F.
 
 
  5  671st                   
  41-39209  5C-M  A-26B
  Capt Moore, Z.R.
  S/Sgt Schmidt, K.W.
 
 
  6  671st                   
  41-39300  5C-K  A-26B
  Lt Simpson, R.L.
  Sgt Stypenski, V.S.
  Sgt Snider, S.J.
 

Box II
  SPARE  671st               
  41-39360  5C-L  A-26B
  Lt Wright, J.R.
  S/Sgt Simon, D.O.
 
 
                                                           



Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 272 -- April 15, 1945, Sunday PM
Ulm, Germany -- Marshalling Yards


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

With the bomb line moving ahead by leaps and bounds, and no targets available in the central part of our lines, our planes took off about noon of the 15th after a couple of days of rest to attack the Ulm marshalling yard, southeast of Stuttgart. An almost solid cloud cover necessitated the use of PPF equipment. Results were unobserved. Photo reconnaissance on the following day found 12 hits in the area just south of the main sorting sidings, causing minor damage to tracks and rolling stock. Through traffic was still possible, however. Weak, inaccurate flak was experienced coming out over the bomb line near Freiburg. The formation was to be led by Capt Evans, but when he was forced to abort, Capt Stanley (F/O Blount, and Lt Myrrold B&N) took over from the lead plane in the second box. Lt Heinke (Lt Rosenquist, B-N) took over the lead in the second box.


"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Page 253

Mission #272 - 15 April - Ulm Marshalling Yard. The battle lines are moving so fast and so far, very few nearby targets were available for us to attack. About noon, our planes took off to this target near Stuttgart. The object of this mission was to prevent troops from reaching the "Redoubt" area, the Germans had established for their men. An almost solid cloud cover necessitated the use of PFF equipment. Results were unobserved. Photo recon the next day showed 12 hits just south of the main sorting sidings, causing minor damage to tracks and rolling stock. Through traffic was still possible, however. Weak, inaccurate flak was experienced coming out over the bomb line near Freiburg. The formation was led by Captain Evans, but he had to abort so Captain Stanley with F/O Blount and Lt. Myrrold, BNs took the lead. Flights were led by Lt. Errotabere with Lt. Wilber BN. - Lt. Heinke and Lt. Rosenquist, BN led the second box.


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

The next operational mission, flown by aircraft of this squadron, was against the Ulm Marshalling Yards on the fifteenth. PFF technique had to be used on the bombing run. Major Sommers, together with Lt. Kupits, led the Second Flight of the Second Box of the formation. Results of the bombing were undetermined because of the cloud cover.


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

Twelve of the 670th crews flew on PFF mission No. 272. Lt. Errotabere/Lt Wilbur and Lt. Heinke/Lt Rosenquist led our flights with Lt. Heinke and Lt. Rosenquist leading the second box. Target was the Ulm Marshalling Yard; the results were undetermined due to cloud cover. The object of this mission was to block movement of supplies into the national "Redoubt" area.


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

The rail yards at Ulm, 65 miles west of Munich, was attacked by the 416th Invaders on April 15th 1945. Clouds obscured the target, which forced the formation to drop its incendiary bombs by pathfinder technique. Results were unobserved. Flak was not encountered, all crews returning in tact.




[April 15, 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 15, 1945
World War II Military Situation Maps Collection
Library of Congress


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