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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 281 -- April 24, 1945, Tuesday PM

Landau, Germany




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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 268-871
OpRep #            : 24.0
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : No Attack
Take-off Time      : 1331
Time Over Target   : 1552 - 1559
Landing Time       : 1811
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 4:40

Place of Take-Off  : A-69 Laon/Athies, France
A/C Dispatched     : 38 Total -- 38 A-26's
Modified British System Reference: WU-642257
Secondary Target   : No Alternate Targets Authorized
Summary of Results : No attack due to Shoran Equipment Failure.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 48.72362,12.69433 (48° 43' 25" N, 12° 41' 40" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on The "Coordinates Translator", (NGZ) wU642257)
(See Latitude/Longitude Coordinates and Target Identifiers for more information.)

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 # 281 -- April 24, 1945, Tuesday PM
Landau, Germany -- Airfield

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                   
  43-22609  2A-N  A-26C
  Maj Shaefer, R.F.
  Lt Hand, A.R.
  Lt Conner, J.K.
  S/Sgt Burland, A.J.
  2  669th                   
  41-39362  2A-Y  A-26B
  F/O Swap, F.W.
  Sgt Santandrea, M.
  3  669th                   
  41-39393  2A-M  A-26B
  Capt Shapard, J.M.
  S/Sgt McGuire, J.J.
  4  669th                   
  43-22304  2A-T  A-26C
  Lt Anderson, C.M.
  Lt Dant, N.B.
  S/Sgt Deatherage, J.H.
  5  669th                   
  43-22383  2A-V  A-26B
  Lt Housley, C.H.
  Lt Britt, J.W.
  Sgt Block, P.J.
  6  669th                   
  41-39271  2A-R  A-26B
  Lt Harper, R.B.
  Sgt Black, R.M.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  671st                   
  43-22498  5C-R  A-26C
  Capt Pair, H.F.
  Lt Corum, J.L.
  S/Sgt Swank, O.E.
  2  671st                   
  43-22352  5C-J  A-26B
  Lt Mooney, S.
  Sgt Schumacher, R.C.
  3  671st                   
  43-22356  5C-C  A-26B
  Lt Graeber, T.E.
  S/Sgt Miller, A.H.
  4  670th                   
  41-39223  F6-B  A-26B
  Lt Fero, D.A.
  S/Sgt Skelton, T.W.
  Lt Sampson, T.W.
  5  670th                   
  41-39286  F6-D  A-26B
  Lt Hlivko, A.E.
  Sgt Farmer, L.J.
  6  670th                   
  41-39205  F6-M  A-26B
  Lt Price, D.L.
  S/Sgt Barber, F.E.

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                   
  41-39297  5C-T  A-26B
  Lt Winn, A.J.P.
  S/Sgt Stephenson, G.G.
  3  670th                   
  41-39564  F6-V  A-26B
  Lt Cocke, J.B.
  S/Sgt Redding, R.D.
  Capt Randles, L.P.
  4  671st                   
  43-22313  5C-B  A-26B
  Lt Remiszewski, A.
  S/Sgt Miguez, J.H.
  Sgt Mirabella, P.A.
  5  671st                   
  41-39239  5C-N  A-26B
  Lt Wallman, M.
  Sgt Hardin, M.F.
  6  671st                   
  41-39250  5C-A  A-26B
  Lt Simpson, R.L.
  S/Sgt Pompa, P.A.

Box I
  SPARE  668th               
  43-22385  5H-D  A-26B
  Lt Curtis, J.C.
  Sgt Mulzet, O.R.
  CAMERA  668th             
  43-22484  5H-C  A-26C
  Lt Ames, W.H.
  S/Sgt Richards, D.B.
  W/O Scheuerman, C.B.
  Sgt Snider, S.J.
  [Returned Early One engine out]

Box II -- Flight I
  1  669th                   
  43-22487  2A-J  A-26C
  Lt Blomgren, J.E.
  Lt Johnson, G.G.
  S/Sgt Fleming, L.R.
  2  669th                   
  41-39338  2A-O  A-26B
  Lt Martin, E.C.
  S/Sgt Draft, L.B.
  3  670th                   
  43-22334  F6-G  A-26B
  Lt Dunn, F.G.
  Sgt Stein, L.C.
  4  669th                   
  41-39252  2A-D  A-26B
  Lt Allen, J.F., Jr.
  S/Sgt Veazey, C.W.
  5  669th                   
  41-39229  2A-B  A-26B
  Lt Depner, A.W.
  S/Sgt Reiter, G.E.
  6  670th                   
  41-39315  F6-F  A-26B
  Lt Poundstone, L.E.
  Sgt Sumner, W.R.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  670th                   
  43-22528  F6-T  A-26C
  Lt Errotabere, M.
  Lt Wilbur, M.F.
  S/Sgt Lynch, P.R.
  2  670th                   
  43-22315  F6-L  A-26B
  Lt Ford, R.
  Sgt Murro, D.J.
  3  668th                   
  41-39233  5H-F  A-26B
  Lt Musgrove, W.
  S/Sgt Seighman, H.O.
  4  670th                   
  43-22320  F6-S  A-26B
  Lt Heinke, W.R.
  S/Sgt Kidd, W.L.
  5  670th                   
  41-39224  F6-E  A-26B
  Maj Conant, H.F.
  S/Sgt Sgroi, A.P.
  6  670th                   
  41-39232  F6-N  A-26B
  Lt Henson, A.G.
  Sgt Homler, R.K.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  668th                   
  43-22505  5H-Y  A-26C
  Lt Jacobsen, O.F.
  F/O Harvest, R.W.
  S/Sgt Gooch, H.I.
  2  668th                   
  41-39352  5H-J  A-26B
  Lt Roberts, W.H.
  S/Sgt Bentzler, D.H.
  3  668th                   
  43-22321  5H-T  A-26B
  Lt Carver, J.H.
  S/Sgt Stewart, A.B.
  Maj Blackhurst, L.R.
  [Blackhurst, L.R. (1st AF)]
  4  668th                   
  43-22389  5H-X  A-26B
  Lt Phillips, J.P.
  S/Sgt Fuehrer, W.F.
  5  668th                   
  41-39259  5H-H  A-26B
  Lt Nathanson, A.S.
  S/Sgt Hicks, C.M.
  6  668th                   
  41-39188  5H-R  A-26B
  Lt Parkhurst, G.J.
  Sgt Newman, F.

Box II
  SPARE  668th               
  41-39274  5H-S  A-26B
  Lt Long, R.H.
  S/Sgt McCarthy, C.J.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 281 -- April 24, 1945, Tuesday PM
Landau, Germany -- Airfield

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

Bad weather began to roll in which kept the planes on the ground until the 24th, when the target was a jet fighter field at Landau, near Straubing. Our two boxes were led by two Shoran-equipped aircraft. An equipment failure prevented the Shoran planes from making an attack even after two runs. Our own Gee equipment was inoperative so that the attack was abandoned. A 9/10 cloud cover prevented any visual bombing. This was the first time Shoran, a new method of blind bombing, was employed by the Group. Shoran equipment installed in A-26 Invaders was to replace the older Pathfinder equipment installed in B-26 Marauders.

Major Shaefer (Lts Hand and Connor, B&N) and Lt Blomgren (Lt Johnson, B-N), led the two boxes.

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

Mission #281 - 24 April - Landau Airdrome. A new blind bombing technique was introduced here today to replace or improve on the PFF equipment used by B-26s in the past. Grinches got into the equipment and after two bomb runs, the formation returned with their bombs. The 9/10th cloud cover called for something other than visual bombing. Since the Sharon didn't function, the usual PFF was tried and that didn't work either. Our own GEE equipment was inoperative, so it too was abandoned. Major Shaefer with Lts. Hand and Conner, BN led Box I with Lt. Blomgren and Lt. Johnson on Box II. Flight leaders included Lt. Errotabere and Lt. Wilbur, BN, Captain Pair and Corum BN, Captain Sutton and Lt. Reed, BN and Lts. Fero and Sampson.

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

An attempt was made to use "Shoran" equipment for the first time on the 24th of the month. However, jamming by German radio prevented the equipment from being used. The attack had to be abandoned, and the aircraft returned to the base with their full bomb loads. An airfield for German jet fighters, located at Landau was to have been attacked. Major Shaefer, with Lts. Hand and Conner, led the entire formation. The Second Box was led by Lts. Blomgren and Johnson.

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

PFF equipment failure and weather conditions prevented bombing on mission No. 281 to the Landau Airfield on the 24th of April 1945. 7 of our crews were on this mission and this flight was led by Lt. Errotabere and Lt. Wilbur.

[April 24, 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 24, 1945
World War II Military Situation Maps Collection
Library of Congress

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