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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 276 -- April 17, 1945, Tuesday PM

Tubingen, Germany

Ordnance Depot



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 258-856
OpRep #            : 17a
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 8,000 -9,500 feet
Take-off Time      : 1653
Time Over Target   : 1825
Landing Time       : 2016
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 3:23

Place of Take-Off  : A-69 Laon/Athies, France
A/C Dispatched     : 38 Total -- 38 A-26's
Modified British System Reference: W-991911
Secondary Target   : Marshalling Yards (W-8031, W-2565, X-4011, X-4112, X-5961)
Summary of Results : Two flights Undetermined, three Excellent, one No Attack - Malfunction of bomb release mechanism resulting in failure of flight leader to release bombs.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 48.51218,9.07946 (48° 30' 44" N, 9° 4' 46" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on The "Coordinates Translator", (NGZ) wW991911)
(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 Photo

Mission Photo
(Courtesy Of Phil Stanley)

Bomb Run Photo

Bomb Run Photo
(Lt. Robert S. Bower Combat Journal)

Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 276 -- April 17, 1945, Tuesday PM
Tubingen, 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  668th                   
  43-22640  5H-N  A-26C
  Capt Evans, H.M.
  Lt McCartney, T.M.
  Lt Myrold, H.E.
  S/Sgt Merritt, O.N.
  2  668th                   
  41-39259  5H-H  A-26B
  Lt Phillips, J.P.
  S/Sgt Pauker, J.L.
  3  668th                   
  41-39335  5H-W  A-26B
  Lt Drum, E.B.
  S/Sgt Stewart, A.B.
  4  668th                   
  41-39352  5H-J  A-26B
  Lt Roberts, W.H.
  S/Sgt Hood, A.R.
  5  668th                   
  43-22378  5H-O  A-26B
  Lt Blevins, J.W.
  S/Sgt Hicks, C.M.
  6  668th                   
  41-39325  5H-L  A-26B
  Lt Evarts, A.V.
  Sgt Youlios, D.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  670th                   
  43-22528  F6-T  A-26C
  Lt Popeney, H.
  Lt Fry, C.F.
  S/Sgt Arnett, W.E.
  2  670th                   
  41-39223  F6-B  A-26B
  Lt Bower, R.S.
  S/Sgt Kubjalko, A.
  3  670th                   
  41-39212  F6-K  A-26B
  Lt Chitty, W.D.
  S/Sgt Ricketson, J.J.
  4  670th                   
  41-39416  F6-O  A-26B
  Lt Singletary, R.B.
  S/Sgt Turpin, S.J.
  5  669th                   
  41-39393  2A-M  A-26B
  Lt Musgrove, W.
  S/Sgt Licker, M.
  6  670th                   
  41-39286  F6-D  A-26B
  Lt Henson, A.G.
  Sgt Thompson, C.J.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  670th                   
  43-22501  F6-W  A-26C
  Lt Heinke, W.R.
  Lt Rosenquist, A.E.
  S/Sgt Kidd, W.L.
  Lt Pavey, M.
  2  670th                   
  43-22469  F6-A  A-26C
  Lt Barausky, P.P.
  Lt Sheehan, W.L.
  S/Sgt Paladino, D.V.
  Lt Peppers, R.E.
  3  670th                   
  41-39205  F6-M  A-26B
  Lt Bishop, E.G.
  S/Sgt Perujo, R.J.
  4  670th                   
  41-39232  F6-N  A-26B
  Lt Downing, W.E.
  Sgt Sgroi, A.P.
  5  670th                   
  43-22315  F6-L  A-26B
  Lt Balch, W.M.
  S/Sgt Stroup, C.C.
  6  670th                   
  43-22334  F6-G  A-26B
  Lt O'Brien, J.V.
  Sgt Wright, H.T.

Box I
  SPARE  669th               
  41-39229  2A-B  A-26B
  Lt Allen, J.F., Jr.
  S/Sgt Getgen, L.R.
  CAMERA  671st             
  43-22490  5C-X  A-26C
  Capt Wheeler, R.V.
  Sgt Heenan, D.K.
  W/O Scheuerman, C.B.
  Sgt Snider, S.J.
  [Scheuerman, Snider (4th CCU)]

Box II -- Flight I
  1  668th                   
  43-22508  5H-Z  A-26C
  Capt Stanley, C.S.
  F/O Blount, J.H.
  S/Sgt Collier, C.B.
  2  668th                   
  43-22389  5H-X  A-26B
  Lt Cannon, L.E.
  S/Sgt Metzler, L.V.
  3  668th                   
  43-22385  5H-D  A-26B
  Lt Montrose, J.H.
  S/Sgt Lemonds, W.E.
  4  668th                   
  41-39264  5H-I  A-26B
  Lt Harris, F.W.
  S/Sgt Fuehrer, W.F.
  Sgt Mirabella, P.A.
  [Mirabella (4th CCU)]
  5  668th                   
  41-39233  5H-F  A-26B
  Lt Parkhurst, G.J.
  Sgt Hawk, D.W.
  6  669th                   
  41-39362  2A-Y  A-26B
  Lt Lackner, R.J.
  Sgt Musarra, A.J.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  669th                   
  43-22609  2A-N  A-26C
  Lt Jordan, C.S.
  Lt Mulgrew, R.P.
  S/Sgt Jensen, K.F.
  2  669th                   
  43-22354  2A-S  A-26B
  Lt Hackley, R.H.
  Sgt Hawk, O.T.
  3  669th                   
  43-22381  2A-Q  A-26B
  Lt Martin, E.C.
  S/Sgt Draft, L.B.
  4  669th                   
  41-39338  2A-O  A-26B
  Lt Sorrels, D.W.
  S/Sgt Malara, V.A.
  5  669th                   
  41-39314  2A-H  A-26B
  Lt Smith, D.E.
  S/Sgt Donnelly, W.W.
  6  669th                   
  41-39271  2A-R  A-26B
  Lt Harper, R.B.
  Sgt Black, R.M.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  671st                   
  43-22497  5C-E  A-26C
  Lt Lackovich, J.J.
  Lt Muir, R.C.
  Cpl Barry, R.M.
  2  671st                   
  43-22352  5C-J  A-26B
  Lt Spires, J.W.
  S/Sgt Davis, L.E.
  3  671st                   
  41-39360  5C-L  A-26B
  Lt Graeber, T.E.
  S/Sgt Miller, A.H.
  4  671st                   
  41-39265  5C-V  A-26B
  Lt Winn, A.J.P.
  S/Sgt Stephenson, G.G.
  5  671st                   
  41-39209  5C-M  A-26B
  Lt Hlivko, A.E.
  Sgt Farmer, L.J.
  6  671st                   
  43-22326  5C-W  A-26B
  Lt Simpson, R.L.
  Sgt Stypenski, V.S.
  [Not airborne]

Box II
  SPARE  671st               
  43-22356  5C-C  A-26B
  Capt Nielsen, L.C.
  S/Sgt Eaton, A.B.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 276 -- April 17, 1945, Tuesday PM
Tubingen, Germany -- Ordnance Depot

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

The target in the afternoon was the very important Tubingen ordnance depot. Five flights scored good to excellent results on the target with many hits on the ordnance buildings, and other buildings and roads in the target area. Because of a bomb release malfunction, the other flights did not bomb although it made four runs on the target. The first box was led by Capt Evans (Lts McCartney and Myrrold, B&N) and Capt Stanley, F/O Blount, B-N.

"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Pages 254 - 255

Mission #276 - 17 April - PM - Tubingen Ordnance Depot. This was a supply center for the Germans in the Bavarian Alps in southwestern Germany 18 miles south of Stuttgart. Five flights scored good to excellent pattern with many drops on ordnance buildings warehouses and tracks. It was determined that large amount of supplies were stored here. Visual reports came in as excellent hits. Bomb release malfunctions caused flights to make four separate runs at the target, but they were unable to get the machines to cooperate, so no bombs were dropped. The first box was led by Captain Evans with BNs Lts. McCartney and Myrrold. Box two leader was Captain Stanley with F/O Blount. Lts. Lackovich and Muir, BN, - Lt. Popeney and Lt. Fry BN, and Lts. Heinke and Rosenquist BN led flights. This was the first mission for 670th BNs, Lt. Pavey and Lt. Peppers. Lt. Lackovich flew his last mission this afternoon after flying as flight leader with Lt. Muir and also flew as deputy leader. He is on his way back to the states.

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

For the afternoon mission of the same day, the Tribingen Ordnance Depot was bombed. Lt. Jordan's B/N Lt. Mulgrew, scored excellent results in the bombing. This Pilot-Bombardier team led the Second Flight of the Second Box of the formation.

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

The fast pace of two missions a day was continued on 17 April 1945. 12 of our aircraft flew on the morning mission; target Magdeburg, which was maximum effort. Lt. Hall/F/O Goss and Lt. Errotabere/Lt. Wilbur led our flights with results reported as excellent to superior. 12 crews also participated in the second mission for the day, No. 276, target, Tubingen Ordnance Depot. Results were good to excellent. Our flights were led by Lt. Popeney/Lt. Fry and Lt. Heinke/Lt. Rosenquist, Lt. Pavey. This was the first mission for Lt. Pavey and Lt. Peppers, Navigators.

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

April 17th, 1945

The heavily defended city of Magdeburg, standing in the way of the Ninth Army's advance across the Elbe River, was pounded for nearly four hours on the morning of April 17th as the ten other bomb division groups dropped tons of explosives on the defended town. Major Dunn, Lt. Brewer and Lt. Kerns led the formation and bombs from their flight fell into the town with superior results. Lt. Buskirk and Lt. Hanna led the second box, but received an undetermined as the target ran off the edge of the film. Visual observation indicated that the bombs fell in the town with excellent results. There was no battle damage.

The 416th was the first Group to bomb the defended city after ground forces withdrew 1,500 yards. The order was to completely level the town. U.S. forces have met their heaviest organized resistance since the breakthrough at that point.

In the afternoon the Invaders hit a supply center for the Nazis's proposed final stronghold in the Bavarian hills of southwestern Germany. Large quantities of stores were believed damaged, warehouses destroyed and rail lines cut by the 416ths' bombing of Tubingen, 18 miles south of Stuttgart. Lt. Lackovich and Lt. Muir led the 671st flight. From visual reports they scored an excellent, but the target ran off the edge of the film and they were given an undetermined. Again flak was not encountered and all crews returned in tact.

[April 17, 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 17, 1945
World War II Military Situation Maps Collection
Library of Congress

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