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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 273 -- April 16, 1945, Monday AM

Zerbst, Germany

Built Up Area

 

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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 255-853
OpRep #            : 16.0
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 13,000 - 13,500 feet
Take-off Time      : 0834
Time Over Target   : 1057 - 1058
Landing Time       : 1312
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 4:38
 

Place of Take-Off  : A-69 Laon/Athies, France
A/C Dispatched     : 38 Total -- 38 A-26's
Modified British System Reference: RD-990839
Secondary Target   : No Alternate Targets Authorized
Summary of Results : Four flights Undetermined, one Excellent, one No Attack - flight leaders did not attack because briefed TOT limit would have been exceeded before second run could be made after collision course with other flights prevented bombing on first run.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 51.97542,12.09031 (51° 58' 32" N, 12° 5' 25" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on The "Coordinates Translator", (NGZ) rD990839)
(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






Missing Air Crew Reports, Aircraft Accident Reports, and other incidents

         Date          Report

A/C
Serial #
Type
Mis-
sion
#
Bomb
Sq
Location Personnel (Status when available)
Apr 16, 1945
Monday
No_Report   43-22352
A-26B
273 671 Mooney, Sterling (Not Injured)
Buckley, Walter C. (WIA)


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( = Entries having actual Reports available for review.   = Entries having additional Images or Photos.)
To view an individual's Memorial page, click on the "Name" hyperlink.



Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 273 -- April 16, 1945, Monday AM
Zerbst, Germany -- Built Up Area

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                   
  43-22609  2A-N  A-26C
  Maj Shaefer, R.F.
  Lt Hand, A.R.
  Lt Conner, J.K.
  S/Sgt Malloy, J.F.
  2  669th                   
  43-22354  2A-S  A-26B
  Lt Hackley, R.H.
  S/Sgt Hawk, O.T.
 
 
  3  669th                   
  43-22383  2A-V  A-26B
  Lt Wills, P.W.
  S/Sgt McGaughy, W.S.
 
 
  4  669th                   
  41-39338  2A-O  A-26B
  Lt DuBose, M.W.
  Sgt Dalton, A.A.
 
 
  5  669th                   
  41-39263  2A-G  A-26B
  Lt Smith, D.E.
  S/Sgt Kirik, S.J.
 
 
  6  669th                   
  41-39314  2A-H  A-26B
  Lt Martin, E.C.
  Lt Britt, J.W.
  S/Sgt Draft, L.B.
 

Box I -- Flight II
  1  671st                   
  43-22490  5C-X  A-26C
  Lt Lackovich, J.J.
  Lt Muir, R.C.
  Cpl Barry, R.M.
 
  2  671st                   
  43-22352  5C-J  A-26B
  Lt Mooney, S.
  Sgt Buckley, W.C.
 
 
  3  671st                   
  41-39328  5C-D  A-26B
  Lt Cocke, J.B.
  S/Sgt MacCartney, W.A.
 
 
  4  671st                   
  41-39297  5C-T  A-26B
  Lt Fero, D.A.
  S/Sgt Rojas, A.A.
 
 
  5  671st                   
  41-39300  5C-K  A-26B
  Lt Wallman, M.
  Sgt Helt, A.
 
 
  6  671st                   
  41-39209  5C-M  A-26B
  Lt Wright, J.R.
  Sgt Ruskiewich, J.J.
 
 

Box I -- Flight III
  1  671st                   
  43-22498  5C-R  A-26C
  Capt Pair, H.F.
  Lt Corum, J.L.
  F/O Przywitowski, S.J.
  S/Sgt Swank, O.E.
  2  671st                   
  43-22313  5C-B  A-26B
  Lt Hlivko, A.E.
  Sgt Farmer, L.J.
 
 
  3  671st                   
  43-22356  5C-C  A-26B
  Lt Graeber, T.E.
  S/Sgt Miller, A.H.
 
 
  4  671st                   
  41-39249  5C-F  A-26B
  Capt Sears, A.C.
  M/Sgt Wells, J.J.
 
 
  5  671st                   
  41-39239  5C-N  A-26B
  Lt Simpson, R.L.
  Sgt Stypenski, V.S.
 
 
  6  671st                   
  41-39360  5C-L  A-26B
  Lt Price, D.L.
  S/Sgt Barber, F.E.
  S/Sgt Miller, H.K.
 

Box I
  SPARE  670th               
  41-39205  F6-M  A-26B
  Lt Stankowski, J.F.
  Sgt Vellinga, J.R.
 
 
                                                           


Box II -- Flight I
  1  669th                   
  43-22487  2A-J  A-26C
  Maj Sommers, H.L.
  Lt Kupits, J.
  Lt Vollmayer, K.A.
  S/Sgt Heath, K.
  Capt Murphy, G.D.
  2  669th                   
  41-39362  2A-Y  A-26B
  Lt Smith, B.A.
  Sgt Richards, D.A.
 
 
  3  669th                   
  43-22381  2A-Q  A-26B
  Capt Shapard, J.M.
  S/Sgt McGuire, J.J.
 
 
  4  670th                   
  41-39286  F6-D  A-26B
  Lt Allen, J.F., Jr.
  S/Sgt Getgen, L.R.
 
 
  5  669th                   
  41-39271  2A-R  A-26B
  Lt Dunn, F.G.
  Sgt Pikel, J.M.
 
 
  6  671st                   
  41-39265  5C-V  A-26B
  Lt Harper, R.B.
  Sgt Black, R.M.
 
 

Box II -- Flight II
  1  670th                   
  43-22501  F6-W  A-26C
  Lt Warren, J.R.
  Lt Forbes, T.M.
  S/Sgt Turpin, S.J.
 
  2  670th                   
  43-22330  F6-P  A-26B
  Lt Musgrove, W.
  S/Sgt Licker, M.
 
 
  3  670th                   
  43-22315  F6-L  A-26B
  Capt Gruetzemacher, R.O.
  S/Sgt Ricketson, J.J.
 
 
  4  670th                   
  41-39564  F6-V  A-26B
  Lt Chitty, W.D.
  S/Sgt Ottaviano, J.O.
  S/Sgt Cianciosi, A.A.
 
  5  670th                   
  43-22334  F6-G  A-26B
  Lt Balch, W.M.
  Cpl Wilson, B.R.
 
 
  6  670th                   
  41-39223  F6-B  A-26B
  F/O Boerner, S.B.
  Cpl Eddy, K.A.
 
 

Box II -- Flight III
  1  668th                   
  43-22640  5H-N  A-26C
  Lt Laseter, W.H.
  Lt Schlefer, M.P.
  S/Sgt Cross, R.M.
 
  2  668th                   
  43-22505  5H-Y  A-26C
  Lt Annin, W.W.
  Lt Martin, R.L.
  S/Sgt Rivard, C.J.
 
  3  668th                   
  41-39325  5H-L  A-26B
  Lt Hale, W.L.
  S/Sgt Bentzler, D.H.
 
 
  4  668th                   
  43-22385  5H-D  A-26B
  Lt Montrose, J.H.
  S/Sgt Fuehrer, W.F.
 
 
  5  668th                   
  41-39264  5H-I  A-26B
  Lt Blevins, J.W.
  S/Sgt Geyer, J.F.
 
 
  6  668th                   
  41-39274  5H-S  A-26B
  Lt Drum, E.B.
  Sgt Schwartzkopf, J.R.
 
 

Box II
  SPARE  668th               
  41-39305  5H-U  A-26B
  Lt Colquitt, J.K.
  S/Sgt Lemonds, W.E.
 
 
                                                           



Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 273 -- April 16, 1945, Monday AM
Zerbst, Germany -- Built Up Area


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

Two missions were flown on the 16th. In the morning, 31 out of 38 planes dropped 186x500 lb incendiary clusters on the built-up area of the town of Zerbst, seven miles ahead of the Second Armored Division and 83rd Infantry Division. One flight was unable to bomb because the briefed TOT time limit ran out before a second run could be made. A collision course with other flights prevented bombing on the first run.

Although smoke from a previous attack hung over the target, excellent results were scored on the marshalling yards and in the town itself. In the yards, 100-150 wagons were destroyed, eight sheds, three warehouses, and 25-30 other buildings were set afire. Smoke made it impossible to estimate the damage done to the town although flames were seen shooting up through the smoke. Major Shaefer (Lts Hand and Connor, B&N) and Major Sommers (Lts Kupits and Vollmayer, B&N), led the two boxes. There was weak but accurate flak on the bomb run and two aircraft suffered battle damage.


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

Mission #273 - 16 April - AM - Zerbst Marshalling Yard. Of the 38 planes on this mission, 31 dropped 500 pound incendiary bombs, seven miles in front of the advancing U.S. Second Armored Division and the 83rd Infantry Division. One flight was unable to bomb and he hoped to make a second run at the target. His TOT would have caused a collision course with another flight scheduled for that moment, so they did not drop. Although smoke from a previous attack hung over the target, excellent results were scored on the marshalling yards and in the town itself. In the Yards, 100 to 150 wagons were destroyed, eight sheds, three warehouses and 25 to 30 other buildings were set afire. Smoke made it impossible to estimate the damage done to the town, although flames were seen shooting up through the smoke. Major Shaefer with Lts. Hand and Conner, BNs, and Major Sommers with Lts. Kupits and Vollmayer, BNs led the boxes. Lt. Warren and Forbes, BN, Captain Pair and Lt. Corum BN and Lt. Lackovich and Lt. Muir led flights.


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

Two missions were flown on the following day. The built up area of Zerbst was the target for the morning mission. Major Shaefer, who assumed command of the squadron, as of the seventeenth of April, led the entire formation. He had Lt. Conner and Lt. Hand, of the 668th Bombardment Squadron (L), as his Navigator and Bombardier. Major Sommers, with Lts. Kupits and Vollmayer, led the Second Box of the formation. Excellent results were obtained.


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

Two missions were again flown on 16 April 1945. The morning mission, No. 273, target, the Zerbst Communication center against which excellent results were achieved. Our flight was led by Lt. Warren and Lt. Forbes. No. 274 was flown in the afternoon with 11 of our crews taking part. The target was Wittenburg Marshalling Yard, and the results were undetermined. Our crews were scheduled to lead both boxes, but Capt. Evans of the 668th squadron led the first box with our wingmen and Lt. Brewster with Lt. Dennis and F/O Conley led the second box. On this day Sgt. Elmer J. Willever, a gunner, was transferred to the 323rd Bomb Group. A memorial service in honor of our deceased President was conducted with nearly all of the 416th Group personnel and the 4th Service Group personnel present. Chaplains Penticoff and Doyle gave excellent talks during the service.




[April 16, 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 16, 1945
World War II Military Situation Maps Collection
Library of Congress


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