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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 274 -- April 16, 1945, Monday PM

Wittenburg, Germany

Marshalling Yards



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 256-854
OpRep #            : 16a
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 11,100 feet
Take-off Time      : 1717
Time Over Target   : 1938 - 1939
Landing Time       : 2249
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 5:32

Place of Take-Off  : A-69 Laon/Athies, France
A/C Dispatched     : 39 Total -- 39 A-26's
Modified British System Reference: RE-391743
Secondary Target   : No Alternate Targets Authorized
Summary of Results : Only 7 a/c bombed, remaining did not attack because clouds, haze and smoke obscured target.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 51.86714,12.66343 (51° 52' 2" N, 12° 39' 48" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on The "Coordinates Translator", (NGZ) rE391743)
(See Latitude/Longitude Coordinates and Target Identifiers for more information.)

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Route Map

Route Map

Loading List 1

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

Loading List 2

Loading List 2, Box II


Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 274 -- April 16, 1945, Monday PM
Wittenburg, 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  670th                   
  41-39398  F6-Q  A-26B
  Capt Evans, H.M.
  Lt McCartney, T.M.
  Lt Myrold, H.E.
  S/Sgt Merritt, O.N.
  2  670th                   
  41-39223  F6-B  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.
  S/Sgt Ottaviano, J.O.
  5  670th                   
  41-39212  F6-K  A-26B
  Lt Curtis, J.C.
  Sgt Mulzet, O.R.
  6  670th                   
  43-22315  F6-L  A-26B
  Lt Henson, A.G.
  Cpl Homler, R.K.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  668th                   
  43-22484  5H-C  A-26C
  Lt Parker, P.E.
  Lt Shaft, R.E.
  S/Sgt Edenburn, J.C.
  2  668th                   
  43-22505  5H-Y  A-26C
  Lt Prucha, L.J.
  Lt Reeves, F.A.
  S/Sgt Ferguson, L.C.
  3  668th                   
  41-39264  5H-I  A-26B
  Lt McCready, T.D.
  S/Sgt Lemonds, W.E.
  4  668th                   
  41-39335  5H-W  A-26B
  Lt Wright, J.W.
  S/Sgt Profita, P.J.
  5  668th                   
  41-39325  5H-L  A-26B
  Lt Evarts, A.V.
  Sgt Fagan, C.D.
  6  668th                   
  43-22385  5H-D  A-26B
  Lt Lackner, R.J.
  S/Sgt Skeens, C.L.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  668th                   
  43-22640  5H-N  A-26C
  Lt Laseter, W.H.
  Lt Schlefer, M.P.
  S/Sgt Calabrese, C.L.
  2  668th                   
  41-39274  5H-S  A-26B
  Lt Cannon, L.E.
  Sgt Spence, J.I.
  3  668th                   
  41-39259  5H-H  A-26B
  Lt Colquitt, J.K.
  S/Sgt Mohr, C.M.
  4  668th                   
  41-39305  5H-U  A-26B
  Lt Harris, F.W.
  S/Sgt Fuehrer, W.F.
  5  668th                   
  43-22378  5H-O  A-26B
  Lt Phillips, J.P.
  S/Sgt Miller, W.A.
  6  668th                   
  41-39352  5H-J  A-26B
  Lt Roberts, W.H.
  S/Sgt Windisch, R.P.

Box I
  SPARE  669th               
  41-39271  2A-R  A-26B
  Lt Smith, D.E.
  S/Sgt Kirik, S.J.
  CAMERA  669th             
  43-22492  2A-E  A-26C
  Lt Allen, J.F., Jr.
  S/Sgt Getgen, L.R.
  T/Sgt Childs, H.A.
  W/O Scheuerman, C.B.
  [Childs, Scheuerman (4th CCU)]

Box II -- Flight I
  1  670th                   
  43-22501  F6-W  A-26C
  Lt Brewster, F.S.
  Lt Dennis, L.W.
  F/O Conley, F.J.
  S/Sgt Clark, W.O.
  2  670th                   
  43-22528  F6-T  A-26C
  Lt Barausky, P.P.
  Lt Sheehan, W.L.
  Cpl Wilson, B.R.
  3  670th                   
  43-22320  F6-S  A-26B
  Lt Sheley, S.H.
  S/Sgt Paladino, D.V.
  4  670th                   
  41-39232  F6-N  A-26B
  Lt Downing, W.E.
  Sgt Sgroi, A.P.
  Sgt Mirabella, P.A.
  [Mirabella (4th CCU)]
  5  670th                   
  41-39205  F6-M  A-26B
  Lt Bishop, E.G.
  S/Sgt Perujo, R.J.
  6  670th                   
  41-39564  F6-V  A-26B
  Lt O'Brien, J.V.
  Sgt Corey, F.E.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  671st                   
  43-22490  5C-X  A-26C
  Capt Tutt, R.J.
  Lt Orr, L.A.
  S/Sgt Schwartzapel, D.
  2  671st                   
  41-39249  5C-F  A-26B
  Lt Graeber, T.E.
  S/Sgt Miller, A.H.
  3  671st                   
  41-39209  5C-M  A-26B
  Lt Spires, J.W.
  S/Sgt Messinger, R.W.
  4  671st                   
  41-39265  5C-V  A-26B
  Lt Winn, A.J.P.
  S/Sgt Davis, W.G.
  5  671st                   
  41-39297  5C-T  A-26B
  Capt Nielsen, L.C.
  S/Sgt Schmidt, K.W.
  6  671st                   
  41-39360  5C-L  A-26B
  Lt Price, D.L.
  S/Sgt Barber, F.E.
  S/Sgt Miller, H.K.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  669th                   
  43-22609  2A-N  A-26C
  Maj Sommers, H.L.
  Lt Kupits, J.
  S/Sgt Heath, K.
  Capt Murphy, G.D.
  2  669th                   
  43-22354  2A-S  A-26B
  Lt Hackley, R.H.
  S/Sgt Hawk, O.T.
  3  669th                   
  41-39252  2A-D  A-26B
  Lt Wills, P.W.
  S/Sgt McGaughy, W.S.
  4  669th                   
  41-39362  2A-Y  A-26B
  Lt DuBose, M.W.
  Lt Britt, J.W.
  Sgt Dalton, A.A.
  5  669th                   
  43-22381  2A-Q  A-26B
  Lt Weinert, C.E.
  Sgt Dubi, R.
  6  669th                   
  41-39263  2A-G  A-26B
  Lt Depner, A.W.
  S/Sgt Gillespie, R.H.
  Sgt Snider, S.J.
  [Snider (4th CCU)]

Box II
  SPARE  671st               
  41-39239  5C-N  A-26B
  Lt Simpson, R.L.
  Sgt Stypenski, V.S.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 274 -- April 16, 1945, Monday PM
Wittenburg, Germany -- Marshalling Yards

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

The target in the afternoon was the Wittenburg marshalling yards. Only one flight, led by Lt Parker, Lt Shaft, B-N, was able to make an attack because of dense smoke and clouds. This flight flew a slightly different course, which enabled the bombardier to see the target. Crew members reported excellent results. Moderate to intense, accurate flak was encountered at the target and on the turn off, but only two planes received battle damage. The two box leaders were Capt Evans (Lts McCartney and Myrrold, B&N) and Lt Brewster (Lt Dennis and F/O Conley, B&N).

"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Page 254

Mission #274 - 16 April - PM - Wittenberg Marshalling Yard. The flight to the target was uneventful except bad weather moved in making the aiming point invisible to all flights except one. This flight took a different bomb run from the scheduled Initial Point and got to drop his bombs with what was determined to be an excellent shot. Moderate intense, accurate flak came up at the target area and on the turn off, with two planes receiving battle damage. Captain Evans with Lt. McCartney BN led Box I with Lt. Brewster and Lt. Dennis and F/O Conley BNs on Box II. Captain Tutt and Lt. Orr BN led a flight.

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

On the afternoon of the sixteenth, the Wittenburg Marshalling Yards were attacked with undetermined results. Cloud cover made it impossible for all but one flight of the formation to attack. The results of the bombing done by this one flight were obscured. Major Sommers led one of the flights of the formation with Lt. Kupits as his B/N. Capt. Murphy, our squadron Flight Surgeon, flew along as Observer in Major Sommers' airplane.

"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.

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

April 16th, 1945

Striking close to the heart of Germany Berlin, the A-69 Invaders hit two marshalling yards southwest of the city on April 16th 1945. In the morning the Group attacked the yards in Zerbst, dropping incendiaries on the buildings, tracks and cars with successful results. Fires were started in the center of the yard and spread rapidly. Flak was encountered on the bomb run, but all ships returned for the morning sortie.

The formation which was to attack the Wittenburg Marshalling Yard in the afternoon ran into bad weather near the target area and only one flight was able to bomb. A thick haze and clouds obscured the target, results being undetermined. Two ships received battle damage, but all crews returned safely.

[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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