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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 277 -- April 19, 1945, Thursday PM

Ulm, Germany

Marshalling Yards



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 262-864
OpRep #            : 19a
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 12,200 - 13,500 feet
Take-off Time      : 1456
Time Over Target   : 1638 - 1641
Landing Time       : 1832
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 3:36

Place of Take-Off  : A-69 Laon/Athies, France
A/C Dispatched     : 38 Total -- 38 A-26's
Modified British System Reference: X-680798
Secondary Target   : Donauworth Marshalling Yards (WT-2218)
Summary of Results : Four Superior, two Excellent.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 48.39567,10.00761 (48° 23' 44" N, 10° 0' 27" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on The "Coordinates Translator", (NGZ) wX680798)
(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

Loading List 2

Loading List 2, Box II

Bomb Run Photo

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

Bomb Run Photo

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

Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 277 -- April 19, 1945, Thursday 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  669th                   
  43-22487  2A-J  A-26C
  Capt Miller, E.L.
  Lt Conner, J.K.
  Lt Vollmayer, K.A.
  S/Sgt Pemberton, J.M.
  2  669th                   
  41-39271  2A-R  A-26B
  Lt Dunn, F.G.
  Lt Britt, J.W.
  Sgt Pikel, J.M.
  3  669th                   
  41-39393  2A-M  A-26B
  Capt Shapard, J.M.
  S/Sgt McGuire, J.J.
  4  669th                   
  41-39252  2A-D  A-26B
  Lt Allen, J.F., Jr.
  S/Sgt Veazey, C.W.
  5  669th                   
  41-39362  2A-Y  A-26B
  Lt Housley, C.H.
  Sgt Block, P.J.
  6  669th                   
  41-39314  2A-H  A-26B
  Lt Smith, D.E.
  S/Sgt Reiter, G.E.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  671st                   
  43-22498  5C-R  A-26C
  Lt VanNoorden, H.M.
  F/O Brandt, C.W.
  S/Sgt Steffey, R.I.
  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                   
  41-39209  5C-M  A-26B
  Lt Fero, D.A.
  S/Sgt Rojas, A.A.
  5  671st                   
  41-39265  5C-V  A-26B
  Lt Hlivko, A.E.
  Sgt Graub, R.E.
  6  668th                   
  43-22385  5H-D  A-26B
  Lt Wallman, M.
  Sgt Helt, A.
  S/Sgt Miller, H.K.

Box I -- 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                   
  41-39360  5C-L  A-26B
  Lt Spires, J.W.
  S/Sgt Messinger, R.W.
  3  671st                   
  41-39297  5C-T  A-26B
  Lt Winn, A.J.P.
  S/Sgt Davis, W.G.
  4  671st                   
  43-22313  5C-B  A-26B
  Lt Remiszewski, A.
  S/Sgt DiOrio, F.
  5  671st                   
  43-22356  5C-C  A-26B
  Lt Wright, J.R.
  Sgt Ruskiewich, J.J.
  6  670th                   
  43-22334  F6-G  A-26B
  Lt Simpson, R.L.
  Sgt Stypenski, V.S.

Box I
  SPARE  670th               
  41-39224  F6-E  A-26B
  F/O Boerner, S.B.
  Sgt Eddy, K.A.

Box II -- Flight I
  1  669th                   
  43-22609  2A-N  A-26C
  Maj Sommers, H.L.
  Lt Kupits, J.
  F/O Cardinale, O.A.
  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                   
  41-39229  2A-B  A-26B
  Lt Weinert, C.E.
  Sgt Dubi, R.
  4  669th                   
  41-39338  2A-O  A-26B
  Lt DuBose, M.W.
  S/Sgt Reid, K.A.
  5  668th                   
  41-39259  5H-H  A-26B
  Lt Depner, A.W.
  S/Sgt Brinkman, E.R.
  6  668th                   
  41-39233  5H-F  A-26B
  Lt Wills, P.W.
  S/Sgt McGaughy, W.S.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  670th                   
  41-39398  F6-Q  A-26B
  Lt Warren, J.R.
  Lt Forbes, T.M.
  S/Sgt Turpin, S.J.
  2  670th                   
  43-22528  F6-T  A-26C
  Maj Conant, H.F.
  Lt Page, L.J.
  S/Sgt Paladino, D.V.
  3  670th                   
  43-22315  F6-L  A-26B
  Capt Gruetzemacher, R.O.
  S/Sgt Ricketson, J.J.
  4  670th                   
  41-39223  F6-B  A-26B
  Lt Bower, R.S.
  Cpl Finnell, D.O.
  5  670th                   
  41-39416  F6-O  A-26B
  Lt Stankowski, J.F.
  Sgt Vellinga, J.R.
  6  670th                   
  41-39315  F6-F  A-26B
  Lt Curtis, J.C.
  Sgt Willever, E.J.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  668th                   
  43-22508  5H-Z  A-26C
  Lt Prucha, L.J.
  Lt Reeves, F.A.
  S/Sgt Ferguson, L.C.
  Maj Vars
  [Vars (Ground Force)]
  2  668th                   
  41-39325  5H-L  A-26B
  Lt Hale, W.L.
  S/Sgt Bentzler, D.H.
  3  668th                   
  41-39352  5H-J  A-26B
  Lt McCready, T.D.
  S/Sgt Lemonds, W.E.
  Maj Amend, J.W.
  [Amend, J.W. (ARTIL)]
  4  668th                   
  41-39335  5H-W  A-26B
  Lt Wright, J.W.
  S/Sgt Fuehrer, W.F.
  Capt Riefkohl, W.J.
  [Riefkohl, J.J. (ARTIL)]
  5  668th                   
  41-39264  5H-I  A-26B
  Lt Long, R.H.
  S/Sgt Kaminski, C.J.
  6  668th                   
  41-39305  5H-U  A-26B
  Lt Zeimet, L.R.
  Sgt Sereno, F.L.

Box II
  SPARE  670th               
  41-39286  F6-D  A-26B
  Lt O'Brien, J.V.
  Sgt Corey, F.E.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 277 -- April 19, 1945, Thursday PM
Ulm, Germany -- Marshalling Yards

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

After a morning mission was recalled before it could cross into enemy territory, 38 planes took off in the afternoon of the 19th to attack the Neu-Ulm marshalling yards, the second largest between Munich and Nuremburg. All 38 planes dropped their load of 4x100 lb bombs squarely on the target. Out of six flights, four superiors and two excellents were scored. Between 150-160 cars were destroyed, 40 bursts on the tracks cut them, several roads were cut, and 22 buildings were destroyed or damaged.

Enemy fighters were reported over the radio to be in the target area. One single engine fighter closed in on the formation while it was circling the R.P. Staff Sergeant Felix Di Orio fired two short bursts, but made no claims. The approaching plane broke away at about 800 yards and disappeared. Sgt DiOrio was the only man in the formation to spot the fighter and was unable to identify it as to type.

The box leaders were Capt Miller (Lts Connor and Vollmayer, B&N), and Major Sommers (Lts Kupits and F/O Cardinale, B&N).

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

Mission #277 - 19 April - Ulm Marshalling Yard. This is the afternoon mission, the first mission in the morning took off and just about reached enemy territory when it was recalled, so no credit was given to the boys. This marshalling yard is the second largest between Munich and Nuremburg. We've been there before and wreaked havoc on it on previous missions. All 38 planes got to drop their bombs, destroying 150 to 160 boxcars, 40 bursts on the tracks between them, 22 buildings demolished and several roads cut. One enemy fighter made a pass at the formation with gunner Sergeant DiOrio firing two short bursts at him, with no claims made on either side. DiOrio was the only gunner to have sighted the invader, who moved away when he got to within 800 yards of the formation. Of the six flights attacking, four scored superior and two rated excellent. With no hindering clouds, our bombardiers show their mettle. The two box leaders were Captain Miller with Lts. Conner and Vollmayer BNs, and Major Sommers with Lts. Kupits and F/O Cardinale, BNs. Flight leaders included Lt. Warren and Lt. Forbes BN, Captain Sutton and Lt. Reed BN, and Lt. Van Noorden and F/O Brandt BN.

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

No mission was flown on the 18th of the month, but on the 19th the Ulm Marshalling Yards were bombed with superior results. Capt. Miller, with Lts. Conner and Vollmayer, led the entire formation, while Major Sommers, with Lts. Kupits and Cardinale, led the Second Box of the formation. When the aircraft turned away from the target, it was observed that all the rail lines had been cut and the entire marshalling yard had been rendered useless.

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

On the 19th of April 1945, two missions were flown, the morning mission was against Deggendorf, but due to weather conditions, no attack was made. No credit for a sortie was given. Mission No. 277 was flown in the afternoon and produced excellent to superior results in an attack on the Ulm Marshalling Yard. Our flight was led by Lt. Warren and Lt. Forbes. Enemy fighters were reported in the area of the target and one single inline engine fighter closed in on the formation while it was circling the rally point. One gunner opened fire at approaching plane which broke away without returning fire. No further attacks were made on the formation.

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

April 19th, 1945

After being recalled before reaching enemy territory in the morning due to weather conditions at the target, the 416th went out again in the afternoon to bomb the Neu Ulm Marshalling Yard, midway between Stuttgart and Augsburg. Captain Sutton and Lt. Reed scored a superior on their bombing and Lt. Van Noorden and F/O Brandt chalked up an excellent on their first attempt at visual bombing. The other flights also annexed excellent and superior results, rendering the yard unserviceable. Tracks were cut in many places, overpasses were knocked in and numerous buildings and goods wagons were destroyed. Again flak was not encountered and all crews returned.

[April 19, 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 19, 1945
World War II Military Situation Maps Collection
Library of Congress

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