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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 280 -- April 21, 1945, Saturday AM

Attnang-Puchheim, Germany

Marshalling Yards



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 265-868
OpRep #            : 21.0
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 7,000 - 8,700 feet
Take-off Time      : 0928
Time Over Target   : 1148 - 1159
Landing Time       : 1445
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 5:17

Place of Take-Off  : A-69 Laon/Athies, France
A/C Dispatched     : 42 Total -- 42 A-26's
Modified British System Reference: B-456523
Secondary Target   : Traunstem Marshalling Yards (WZ-664308)
Summary of Results : Flights scored four Superior and three Excellent.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 48.01180,13.71884 (48° 0' 42" N, 13° 43' 8" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on The "Coordinates Translator", (NGZ) xV456523)
(See Latitude/Longitude Coordinates and Target Identifiers for more information.)

Loading List 1

Loading List 1, Box I
Note: Brig. Gen. Backus Also Flew On This Mission

Loading List 2

Loading List 2, Box II

Loading List 3

Loading List 3, Box III

The marshalling yard at
Attnang-Puchheim was also atacked on 21 Apr 1945
by B-17s of the 301st Bomb Group (Heavy) out of North Africa
and by Liberators of the 461st Bomb Group (Heavy) out of Italy.

(Mission Photo Courtesy Of Phil Stanley)

Before and After Photos Of Attnang-Pucheim Marshalling Yard
(Courtesy AFHRA)

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

         Date          Report

Serial #
Location Personnel (Status when available)
Apr 21, 1945
No_Report   41-39319
280 669 A-69 Laon/Athies, France Hackley, Robley H. (Not Injured)
Hawk, Olin T. (Not Injured)

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Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 280 -- April 21, 1945, Saturday AM
Attnang-Puchheim, 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  668th                   
  43-22640  5H-N  A-26C
  Capt Evans, H.M.
  Lt McCartney, T.M.
  Lt Myrold, H.E.
  S/Sgt Sterns, C.L.
  Brig Gen Backus, E.N.
  2  668th                   
  41-39188  5H-R  A-26B
  Lt Cannon, L.E.
  S/Sgt Fuehrer, W.F.
  3  671st                   
  43-22356  5C-C  A-26B
  Lt Blevins, J.W.
  S/Sgt Gentry, F.
  4  668th                   
  41-39259  5H-H  A-26B
  Lt Phillips, J.P.
  S/Sgt Miller, W.A.
  5  668th                   
  43-22385  5H-D  A-26B
  Lt Drum, E.B.
  Sgt Schwartzkopf, J.R.
  6  668th                   
  41-39305  5H-U  A-26B
  Lt Long, R.H.
  Sgt Youlios, D.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  670th                   
  43-22528  F6-T  A-26C
  Lt Popeney, H.
  Lt Fry, C.F.
  Lt Peppers, R.E.
  S/Sgt Arnett, W.E.
  2  670th                   
  43-22320  F6-S  A-26B
  Lt Sheley, S.H.
  S/Sgt Licker, M.
  3  670th                   
  43-22315  F6-L  A-26B
  Capt Gruetzemacher, R.O.
  S/Sgt Ricketson, J.J.
  4  670th                   
  41-39224  F6-E  A-26B
  Lt Turner, E.O.
  S/Sgt Sienkiewicz, J.
  S/Sgt Ottaviano, J.O.
  5  670th                   
  41-39205  F6-M  A-26B
  F/O Boerner, S.B.
  Sgt Eddy, K.A.
  6  670th                   
  41-39232  F6-N  A-26B
  Lt Turman, A.R.
  S/Sgt Basile, A.C.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  670th                   
  43-22501  F6-W  A-26C
  Lt Hall, R.B.
  F/O Goss, T.L.
  S/Sgt Jackson, W.S.
  Lt Pavey, M.
  2  670th                   
  41-39398  F6-Q  A-26B
  Maj Conant, H.F.
  Lt Page, L.J.
  S/Sgt Kidd, W.L.
  3  670th                   
  41-39286  F6-D  A-26B
  Lt Wallace, J.F.
  Sgt Plant, R.
  4  671st                   
  41-39328  5C-D  A-26B
  Lt Chitty, W.D.
  Sgt Raccio, V.B.
  Sgt Mirabella, P.A.
  5  670th                   
  43-22334  F6-G  A-26B
  Lt Stankowski, J.F.
  Sgt Vellinga, J.R.
  6  670th                   
  41-39315  F6-F  A-26B
  Lt O'Brien, J.V.
  Sgt Corey, F.E.
  S/Sgt Richards, D.B.

Box I
  SPARE  671st               
  41-39209  5C-M  A-26B
  Maj Roney, K.T.
  S/Sgt Rojas, A.A.

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                   
  43-22505  5H-Y  A-26C
  Lt Russell, R.A.
  Lt Freed, D.R.
  S/Sgt Merritt, O.N.
  3  669th                   
  41-39271  2A-R  A-26B
  Lt McCready, T.D.
  S/Sgt Lemonds, W.E.
  4  668th                   
  41-39352  5H-J  A-26B
  Lt Roberts, W.H.
  S/Sgt Hood, A.R.
  5  668th                   
  41-39274  5H-S  A-26B
  Lt Tank, F.R.
  S/Sgt Calabrese, C.L.
  6  668th                   
  41-39310  5H-A  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                   
  41-39393  2A-M  A-26B
  Capt Shapard, J.M.
  S/Sgt McGuire, J.J.
  3  669th                   
  41-39362  2A-Y  A-26B
  Lt Martin, E.C.
  Lt Britt, J.W.
  S/Sgt Draft, L.B.
  4  669th                   
  41-39252  2A-D  A-26B
  Lt Allen, J.F., Jr.
  S/Sgt Veazey, C.W.
  Sgt Heenan, D.K.
  5  669th                   
  41-39314  2A-H  A-26B
  Lt Smith, D.E.
  S/Sgt Reid, K.A.
  6  669th                   
  43-22383  2A-V  A-26B
  Lt Weinert, C.E.
  Sgt Francis, R.D.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  671st                   
  43-22499  5C-G  A-26C
  Lt VanNoorden, H.M.
  F/O Brandt, C.W.
  S/Sgt Thompson, G.
  2  671st                   
  41-39239  5C-N  A-26B
  Capt Sears, A.C.
  M/Sgt Wells, J.J.
  3  671st                   
  41-39265  5C-V  A-26B
  Lt Winn, A.J.P.
  S/Sgt Stephenson, G.G.
  4  671st                   
  41-39360  5C-L  A-26B
  Lt Gary, J.C.
  Sgt Schoen, A.E.
  5  671st                   
  41-39297  5C-T  A-26B
  Lt Spires, J.W.
  S/Sgt Davis, L.E.
  6  671st                   
  43-22313  5C-B  A-26B
  Lt Hlivko, A.E.
  Sgt Graub, R.E.
  Sgt Snider, S.J.

Box II
  SPARE  671st               
  41-39250  5C-A  A-26B
  Maj Nielsen, L.C.
  S/Sgt DiOrio, F.
  Capt Randles, L.P.

Box III -- Flight I
  1  669th                   
  43-22492  2A-E  A-26C
  Lt Turner, D.O., Jr.
  Lt McGivern, P.J.
  Lt Morley, B.J.
  S/Sgt McClain, H.B.
  2  669th                   
  41-39319  2A-A  A-26B
  Lt Hackley, R.H.
  S/Sgt Hawk, O.T.
  3  669th                   
  41-39263  2A-G  A-26B
  Lt Dunn, F.G.
  Sgt Pikel, J.M.
  4  669th                   
  41-39338  2A-O  A-26B
  Lt DuBose, M.W.
  S/Sgt Brinkman, E.R.
  5  670th                   
  41-39212  F6-K  A-26B
  Lt Depner, A.W.
  S/Sgt Reiter, G.E.
  6  670th                   
  41-39564  F6-V  A-26B
  F/O Swap, F.W.
  Sgt Santandrea, M.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 280 -- April 21, 1945, Saturday AM
Attnang-Puchheim, Germany -- Marshalling Yards

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

Again on the 21st, our Group, for the second time in a month, was the first Ninth Air Force bomber group to strike a new country, Austria. The target was the Attang-Puecheim marshalling yards, about 25 miles southeast of Linz, Austria, on the direct route to the National Redoubt area in western Austria. The trip, our longest to date, totaled 970 miles. Bad weather forced the formation down to 8,200 feet to bomb. High mountains in the area made this a dangerous altitude, but there were no accidents. The target was completely destroyed by the attack. The formation scored four superiors and three excellents. An estimated 300-350 freight cars were destroyed along with one roundhouse and 25 buildings. All tracks were severed as were several roads. The bomb patterns were exceptionally compact; four flights used impulse bombing.

Returning, some flights almost on the deck, the formation flew directly over an airfield at Erding. Crews reported that they could see Jerries scurrying for shelter as the formation approached, expecting to be bombed. When no bombs were dropped, they came out of hiding and fired weak, light flak at the last flight of the formation. Lt Hackley's plane suffered battle damage, but in return, his gunner, S/Sgt O.T. Hawk, fired at the Germans with his turret guns. He inflicted some light damage before his guns jammed.

There were many observations. On the airfield at Erding, as many as 50 planes were reported, including ME 109s, HE 111s, JU 88s, JU 52s, and ME 163s. None of the planes challenged our formation, however. Special convoys were sighted, including one large armored convoy--this convoy was reported immediately to fighter-ground control. Several trains were also reported.

Weather at the Base was getting steadily worse, so that 40 planes were diverted to A-64 for the night. Two others were diverted to Y-64.

The leaders of the three boxes were Capt Evans (Lts McCartney and Myrrold, B&N), Capt Stanley (F/O Blount, B-N) and Lt D.O. Turner (Lts McGivern and Morley, B&N).

"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Pages 256 - 257

Mission #280 - 21 April - Attang-Pucheim Marshalling Yard. We were the first 9th Air Force group to bomb in Austrian territory for the second time in a month. This target was on the main route to the National Redoubt (retreat?) area in western Austria. This was a 97O mile trip for our formation, pretty long for A-26s. Inclement weather forced the formation down to about 8200 feet and the bombing was again scored superior and excellents. Getting down to near 8000 feet was just about scraping the tops of the Austrian Alps, but no one bumped into one. From 300 to 350 railroad cars, along with a roundhouse and 25 buildings were demolished. All tracks were severed and roads cratered. Four flights used impulse bombing. No flak bothered the group. Weather caused returning flights down low and as the formation approached an airfield near Erding, our crews reported they saw Germans scurrying for cover, probably expecting to be bombed. When no bombs dropped, they ran to their anti-aircraft guns and started firing at the last flight, with no damage. As many as 50 planes were reported parked at this airfield, including ME 1O9s, JU 88s, JU 52s and ME 163s, none of which challenged our group, A large convoy was sighted and reported to fighter-ground control for them to go in and blow them off the roads. Weather at our base was closing in, so the 40 planes were diverted to A-64 for the night. Two were diverted to A-67. The leaders of the boxes were Captain Evans with Lts. McCartney and Mynold BNs, Captain Stanley with F/O Blount BN and Lt. D. O. Turner with Lts. McGivern and Morley, BNs. Flight leaders included Lt. Popeney with Lts. Fry and Pepper BNs, - Lt. Hall with F/O Goss and Lt. Pavey, and Lt. Van Noorden and F/O Brandt.

"668th Bombardment Squadron (L) History"
Transcription from USAF Archives

Our pilot-bombardier teams continued to hit the assigned targets, inflicting damage upon the enemy's remaining communications centers and storage dumps, which materially hastened the final victory. On 11 April, Major McNulty and Lt Powell scored a "superior" in an attack on Bernburg Marshalling Yard. The following day, Lt Paul E. Parker and Lt Robert E. Shaft led a flight against a rail bridge at Hof, also with "superior" results. On 20 April the bombing of the flight led by Lt William Laseter and Lt Mark P. Schlefer on Deggendorf Oil Storage Depot rated a "superior". On 21 April the team of Captain Evans and Lt McCartney continued its excellent combat record with a "superior" for the bombing of Attnung-Pucheim Marshalling Yard.

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

One of the longest operations ever flown by A-26 type aircraft was flown on the twenty-first of April. The Attnang-Pucheim Marshalling Yards, in Austria, were bombed. The total distance traveled by the aircraft on this mission was 970 miles. Cloud cover forced the formation down to 8,200 feet in order that visual bombing could be accomplished. High mountains in the target area increased the hazards encountered by the combat crews. Despite all the handicaps, superior results were achieved by the Bombardiers. On the return trip, the aircraft flew over a number of German airfields, still in enemy hands. One of them, located at Erding, sent up some meagre light flak when the last flight of the formation passed overhead. Lt. Hackley's airplane was damaged by this anti-aircraft fire, but he brought his aircraft back safely.

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

Mission No. 280, flown on 21 April 1945, had 12 of our crews. In an attack on the Attnang-Pucheim Marshalling Yard the crews received superior to excellent results. For the second time in a month the 416th was the first Bomb Group to bomb virgin country amongst 9th Air Force Bomb Groups, crossing the Austrian border for the first time. Our flights were led by Lt. Popeney/Lt Fry/Lt Peppers and Lt. Hall/F/O Goss and Lt. Pavey. Three gunners, S/Sgt. Donald E. Burns, Millard Hall and James A. Hummer, departed today for the Zone of the Interior after completion of their tour of missions.

[April 21, 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 21, 1945
World War II Military Situation Maps Collection
Library of Congress

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