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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 279 -- April 20, 1945, Friday PM

Annaburg, Germany

Fuel Storage Depot



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 264-866
OpRep #            : 20a
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 9,000 feet
Take-off Time      : 1606
Time Over Target   : 1821
Landing Time       : 2113
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 5:07

Place of Take-Off  : A-69 Laon/Athies, France
A/C Dispatched     : 43 Total -- 43 A-26's
Modified British System Reference: RE-654597
Secondary Target   : No Alternate Targets Authorized
Summary of Results : Two Superior, four Excellent, and three NAO scores.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 51.72022,13.02942 (51° 43' 13" N, 13° 1' 46" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on The "Coordinates Translator", (NGZ) rE654597)
(See Latitude/Longitude Coordinates and Target Identifiers for more information.)

Route Map

Route Map

Loading List 1

Loading List 1, Box I
(Note:  Second Flight In This Box Is Mislabeled.  It Should Read: "Flight II", Not "Flight III")

Loading List 2

Loading List 2, Boxes II and III


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

         Date          Report

Serial #
Location Personnel (Status when available)
Apr 20, 1945
No_Report   41-39325
279 668 A-69 Laon/Athies, France Hale, Wilbur L. (Not Injured)
Geyer, John F. (Not Injured)

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Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 279 -- April 20, 1945, Friday PM
Annaburg, Germany -- Fuel Storage 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  671st                   
  43-22497  5C-E  A-26C
  Maj Dunn, L.F.
  Lt Brewer, W.E.
  Lt Hanna, R.C.
  S/Sgt Corbitt, C.H.
  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                   
  41-39360  5C-L  A-26B
  Lt Ames, W.H.
  Sgt Schoen, A.E.
  [A/C Went Out for left main starter shaft broken]
  5  671st                   
  43-22326  5C-W  A-26B
  Lt Wallman, M.
  Sgt Hardin, M.F.
  6  671st                   
  43-22356  5C-C  A-26B
  Lt Simpson, R.L.
  S/Sgt Miguez, J.H.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  669th                   
  43-22304  2A-T  A-26C
  Lt Jordan, C.S.
  Lt Mulgrew, R.P.
  Lt Morley, B.J.
  S/Sgt Jensen, K.F.
  2  669th                   
  41-39314  2A-H  A-26B
  Lt Martin, E.C.
  Lt Britt, J.W.
  S/Sgt Draft, L.B.
  3  669th                   
  43-22354  2A-S  A-26B
  Lt Hackley, R.H.
  S/Sgt Hawk, O.T.
  4  669th                   
  41-39252  2A-D  A-26B
  Lt Allen, J.F., Jr.
  S/Sgt Veazey, C.W.
  5  669th                   
  41-39319  2A-A  A-26B
  Lt Smith, D.E.
  S/Sgt Reiter, G.E.
  S/Sgt Kruger, C.J.
  6  669th                   
  41-39229  2A-B  A-26B
  Lt Depner, A.W.
  Sgt Sumner, W.R.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  669th                   
  43-22487  2A-J  A-26C
  Lt Turner, D.O., Jr.
  Lt McGivern, P.J.
  S/Sgt McClain, H.B.
  2  669th                   
  41-39393  2A-M  A-26B
  Lt Weinert, C.E.
  Sgt Dubi, R.
  3  670th                   
  41-39212  F6-K  A-26B
  Lt Harper, R.B.
  Sgt Black, R.M.
  4  669th                   
  41-39338  2A-O  A-26B
  Lt DuBose, M.W.
  S/Sgt Reid, K.A.
  5  669th                   
  43-22383  2A-V  A-26B
  Lt Housley, C.H.
  Sgt Block, P.J.
  6  669th                   
  41-39362  2A-Y  A-26B
  Lt Wills, P.W.
  S/Sgt McGaughy, W.S.

Box I
  SPARE  670th               
  41-39286  F6-D  A-26B
  Lt O'Brien, J.V.
  Sgt Wright, H.T.

Box II -- Flight I
  1  671st                   
  43-22498  5C-R  A-26C
  Lt Brown, C.J.
  Lt Kerns, J.E.
  S/Sgt Sunderland, H.E.
  2  671st                   
  41-39265  5C-V  A-26B
  Lt Graeber, T.E.
  S/Sgt Miller, A.H.
  3  671st                   
  41-39239  5C-N  A-26B
  Lt Hlivko, A.E.
  Sgt Farmer, L.J.
  4  671st                   
  43-22313  5C-B  A-26B
  Lt Remiszewski, A.
  S/Sgt DiOrio, F.
  5  671st                   
  41-39209  5C-M  A-26B
  Lt Platter, E.T.
  Capt Fontaine, R.A.
  6  671st                   
  41-39250  5C-A  A-26B
  Lt Price, D.L.
  S/Sgt McNellis, D.E.

Box II -- 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                   
  41-39325  5H-L  A-26B
  Lt Hale, W.L.
  S/Sgt Geyer, J.F.
  3  668th                   
  41-39274  5H-S  A-26B
  Lt Wright, J.W.
  S/Sgt Fuehrer, W.F.
  4  668th                   
  41-39188  5H-R  A-26B
  Lt McCready, T.D.
  S/Sgt Lemonds, W.E.
  5  668th                   
  41-39305  5H-U  A-26B
  Lt Long, R.H.
  S/Sgt McCarthy, C.J.
  6  668th                   
  41-39259  5H-H  A-26B
  Lt Tank, F.R.
  S/Sgt VanGalder, D.W.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  670th                   
  41-39398  F6-Q  A-26B
  Lt Barausky, P.P.
  Lt Sheehan, W.L.
  S/Sgt Langley, T.R.
  2  670th                   
  43-22334  F6-G  A-26B
  Lt Turman, A.R.
  S/Sgt Basile, A.C.
  3  670th                   
  41-39416  F6-O  A-26B
  Lt Ford, R.
  Sgt Thompson, C.J.
  4  670th                   
  41-39224  F6-E  A-26B
  Lt Turner, E.O.
  S/Sgt Perujo, R.J.
  5  670th                   
  41-39205  F6-M  A-26B
  Lt Henson, A.G.
  Sgt Corey, F.E.
  6  670th                   
  41-39315  F6-F  A-26B
  Lt Curtis, J.C.
  Cpl Finnell, D.O.

Box II
  SPARE  670th               
  41-39223  F6-B  A-26B
  Lt Balch, W.M.
  S/Sgt Lynch, P.R.

Box III -- Flight I
  1  668th                   
  43-22505  5H-Y  A-26C
  Lt Prucha, L.J.
  Lt Reeves, F.A.
  T/Sgt Wilson, G.C.
  2  668th                   
  43-22321  5H-T  A-26B
  Lt Carver, J.H.
  S/Sgt Bentzler, D.H.
  3  668th                   
  41-39352  5H-J  A-26B
  Lt Roberts, W.H.
  S/Sgt Hindman, R.G.
  4  668th                   
  41-39264  5H-I  A-26B
  Lt Russell, R.A.
  S/Sgt Metzler, L.V.
  5  668th                   
  43-22385  5H-D  A-26B
  Lt Parkhurst, G.J.
  Sgt Hawk, D.W.
  6  668th                   
  41-39310  5H-A  A-26B
  Lt Nathanson, A.S.
  Sgt Kaminski, C.J.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 279 -- April 20, 1945, Friday PM
Annaburg, Germany -- Fuel Storage Depot

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

In the afternoon of the 20th, the German Air Force fuel storage depot at Annaburg was attacked. Dropping 100 pound demolition bombs, the attack, which started many fires, was highly successful. Many roads were cut, 12 buildings destroyed, and 500 hits were scored in the fuel storage area. There was no flak.

Lt Hale landed his plane with a flat tire. The propeller was bent as the plane swerved of the runway over rough ground. There was no further injury to the plane or crew.

Three boxes made the attack. They were led by Major Dunn (Lts Brewer and Hanna, B&N) and Lt Brown (Lt Kerns,B-N), and Lt Prucha (Lt Reeves, B-N).

"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Page 256

Mission #279 - 20 April - PM - Annaburg Fuel Depot. Demolition bombs started many fires on this target (When aren't any bombs demolition?) scoring very successful results. About 500 hits were counted on the fuel storage area, and roads leading in /out of the target were severly damaged. Superior and excellents were scored by the flights. Three boxes made this mission with Box I led by Major Dunn with Lts. Brewer and Hanna BNs Lts. Brown with Lt. Kerns BN, and Lt. Prucha with Lt. Reeves, as BN. Another brand new pilot BN team Lt. Barausky and Lt. Sheehan led a flight, with success.

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

A Fuel Storage Depot at Annaburg was the target for the afternoon mission. Superior results were attained by the flights led by Lts. Jordan and Turner. Lt. Jordan led the Second Flight of the First Box and had Lts. Mulgrew and Morley flying with him. Lt. Turner led the Third Flight of the First Box and had Lt. McGivern as his Bombardier-Navigator.

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

Mission No. 278 flown on the morning of 20 April 1945 produced excellent to superior results against Deggendorf Oil Storage Depot. 1000 pound GP bombs were used on this mission. 12 of our aircraft participated, with Major Ferris/Lt. Kirk and Lt. McNutt leading the formation. Major Ferris's flight had superior bombing. Lt. Brewster/Lt. Dennis and F/O Conley led the second box and scored excellent results. The second mission for the day, No. 279, again produced excellent to superior results in an attack on Annaburg Storage Depot. 6 of our crews flew on this mission with Lt. Barausky and Lt. Sheehan leading a flight, for the first time on a mission, with excellent results. One of the original crew members who came overseas with this squadron, Capt. Frank J. Harrold, Jr., left today for the 70th Reinforcement Depot on the first step of his journey to the Zone of the Interior for a 30 day leave. Capt. Harrold was the last of the West Point Officers to leave the squadron for leaves at home.

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

Two fuel depots were smashed by the 416th on the morning and afternoon of April 20th 1945. Both missions were run without loss or battle damage and results of both missions were very successful.

The target in the morning was the Deggendorf Oil Storage Depot, located on the Danube River, 75 miles northeast of Munnich. The thousand pound bombs caused large fires, the flames and smoke rising to almost 9,000 feet. Bombs from the two 671st flights fell into the smoke of previous flights and ratings were not given. Two superiors and two excellents and an undetermined were scored by the other flights.

In an after supper attack the 416th hit a fuel depot for the German Air Force south of Berlin at Annaburg with highly successful results. Major Dunn, Lt. Brewer and Lt. Hanna led the formation and as usual bombed the target with superior results. The center of the burst hit on the DMPI and the target was blanketed. Lt. Brown and Lt. Kerns led the second box and due to the smoke and haze over the target area failed to hit on the DMPI. The bombs, however, cut roads in the area. The formation left the depot ablaze.

[April 20, 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 20, 1945
World War II Military Situation Maps Collection
Library of Congress

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