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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 282 -- April 25, 1945, Wednesday PM

Freilassing, Germany

Ordnance Depot

 

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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 269-872
OpRep #            : 25.0
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 10,000 - 13,000 feet
Take-off Time      : 1445
Time Over Target   : 1711 - 1716
Landing Time       : 2000
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 5:15
 

Place of Take-Off  : A-69 Laon/Athies, France
A/C Dispatched     : 44 Total -- 44 A-26's
Modified British System Reference: WZ-910300
Secondary Target   : No Alternate Targets Authorized
Summary of Results : Primary target results - 1 NAO, 1 Fair, 2 Superior, 1 Excellent. One flight attacked Flak Position WZ938254, another Flak Position WZ917301, both Undetermined results.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 47.84824,12.96768 (47° 50' 54" N, 12° 58' 4" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on The "Coordinates Translator", (NGZ) wZ910300)
(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



Loading List 3

Loading List 3, Box III, Special Flight




Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 282 -- April 25, 1945, Wednesday PM
Freilassing, 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  670th                   
  43-22528  F6-T  A-26C
  Maj Ferris, C.H.
  Lt Kirk, R.L.
  Lt McNutt, M.C.
  S/Sgt Rio, D.J.
  2  670th                   
  41-39232  F6-N  A-26B
  Lt Turman, A.R.
  S/Sgt Kubjalko, A.
 
 
  3  670th                   
  43-22315  F6-L  A-26B
  Lt Turner, E.O.
  S/Sgt Perujo, R.J.
  S/Sgt Ottaviano, J.O.
 
  4  669th                   
  41-39252  2A-D  A-26B
  Lt Popeney, H.
  S/Sgt Candler, H.C.S.
 
 
  5  670th                   
  43-22334  F6-G  A-26B
  Lt Stankowski, J.F.
  Sgt Kimball, A.H.
 
 
  6  670th                   
  41-39315  F6-F  A-26B
  Lt Balch, W.M.
  Sgt Brennan, J.D.
 
 

Box I -- Flight II
  1  668th                   
  43-22640  5H-N  A-26C
  Lt Annin, W.W.
  Lt Martin, R.L.
  S/Sgt Pauker, J.L.
 
  2  668th                   
  41-39325  5H-L  A-26B
  Lt Phillips, J.P.
  S/Sgt Merritt, O.N.
 
 
  3  668th                   
  41-39259  5H-H  A-26B
  Lt Tank, F.R.
  Sgt Harmon, F.B.
 
 
  4  668th                   
  43-22389  5H-X  A-26B
  Lt Cannon, L.E.
  S/Sgt Hindman, R.G.
 
 
  5  668th                   
  43-22321  5H-T  A-26B
  Lt Nathanson, A.S.
  S/Sgt Kaminski, C.J.
 
 
  6  668th                   
  41-39233  5H-F  A-26B
  Lt Evarts, A.V.
  Sgt Fagan, C.D.
 
 

Box I -- Flight III
  1  668th                   
  43-22508  5H-Z  A-26C
  Lt Laseter, W.H.
  Lt Schlefer, M.P.
  S/Sgt Cross, R.M.
 
  2  668th                   
  41-39188  5H-R  A-26B
  Lt McCready, T.D.
  S/Sgt Bentzler, D.H.
 
 
  3  668th                   
  41-39335  5H-W  A-26B
  Lt Wright, J.W.
  S/Sgt Profita, P.J.
  Capt Evans, L.S.
  [Evans, L.S. (199th Med. Disp.)]
 
  4  668th                   
  43-22484  5H-C  A-26C
  Lt Russell, R.A.
  Lt Freed, D.R.
  Sgt Spence, J.I.
  Sgt Mirabella, P.A.
  5  668th                   
  43-22385  5H-D  A-26B
  Lt Drum, E.B.
  Sgt Fidler, W.H.
 
 
  6  668th                   
  41-39274  5H-S  A-26B
  Lt Zeimet, L.R.
  Sgt Ray, R.K.
 
 

Box I
  SPARE  669th               
  41-39314  2A-H  A-26B
  Lt Martin, E.C.
  S/Sgt Draft, L.B.
 
 
  CAMERA  668th             
  43-22505  5H-Y  A-26C
  Lt Ames, W.H.
  S/Sgt Richards, D.B.
  W/O Scheuerman, C.B.
  Sgt Snider, S.J.
                             


Box II -- Flight I
  1  670th                   
  43-22501  F6-W  A-26C
  Lt Hall, R.B.
  F/O Goss, T.L.
  F/O Conley, F.J.
  S/Sgt Majewski, S.J.
  2  670th                   
  41-39212  F6-K  A-26B
  Maj Conant, H.F.
  S/Sgt Turpin, S.J.
 
 
  3  670th                   
  43-22320  F6-S  A-26B
  Lt Sheley, S.H.
  S/Sgt Basile, A.C.
 
 
  4  670th                   
  41-39416  F6-O  A-26B
  Lt Downing, W.E.
  S/Sgt Sgroi, A.P.
  [Pumped gas overboard]
 
 
  5  670th                   
  41-39205  F6-M  A-26B
  F/O Boerner, S.B.
  Sgt Eddy, K.A.
 
 
  6  670th                   
  41-39286  F6-D  A-26B
  Lt O'Brien, J.V.
  Sgt Wright, H.T.
 
 

Box II -- Flight II
  1  671st                   
  43-22497  5C-E  A-26C
  Capt Tutt, R.J.
  Lt Orr, L.A.
  S/Sgt Schwartzapel, D.
 
  2  668th                   
  41-39352  5H-J  A-26B
  Lt Spires, J.W.
  S/Sgt Messinger, R.W.
 
 
  3  671st                   
  41-39297  5C-T  A-26B
  Lt Gary, J.C.
  Sgt Schoen, A.E.
 
 
  4  671st                   
  43-22352  5C-J  A-26B
  Capt Sears, A.C.
  S/Sgt Rose, J.W.
 
 
  5  671st                   
  43-22313  5C-B  A-26B
  Lt Cocke, J.B.
  S/Sgt MacCartney, W.A.
  [Not Airborne Engine cut out]
 
 
  6  671st                   
  41-39239  5C-N  A-26B
  Lt Simpson, R.L.
  Sgt Stypenski, V.S.
 
 

Box II -- Flight III
  1  669th                   
  43-22609  2A-N  A-26C
  Lt Jordan, C.S.
  Lt Mulgrew, R.P.
  S/Sgt Jensen, K.F.
 
  2  669th                   
  43-22381  2A-Q  A-26B
  F/O Swap, F.W.
  Sgt Santandrea, M.
 
 
  3  669th                   
  41-39393  2A-M  A-26B
  Capt Shapard, J.M.
  S/Sgt Donnelly, W.W.
 
 
  4  669th                   
  41-39338  2A-O  A-26B
  Lt DuBose, M.W.
  S/Sgt Gilbert, C.
 
 
  5  669th                   
  41-39229  2A-B  A-26B
  Lt Depner, A.W.
  S/Sgt Reiter, G.E.
 
 
  6  669th                   
  43-22354  2A-S  A-26B
  Lt Smith, D.E.
  S/Sgt Reid, K.A.
 
 

Box II
  SPARE  669th               
  41-39362  2A-Y  A-26B
  Lt Poundstone, L.E.
  Sgt Sumner, W.R.
 
 
                                                           


Box III -- Flight SPECIAL
  1  671st                   
  43-22499  5C-G  A-26C
  Lt VanNoorden, H.M.
  F/O Brandt, C.W.
  S/Sgt Steffey, R.I.
 
  2  671st                   
  41-39249  5C-F  A-26B
  Lt Fero, D.A.
  S/Sgt Rojas, A.A.
 
 
  3  671st                   
  41-39250  5C-A  A-26B
  Lt Winn, A.J.P.
  S/Sgt Davis, W.G.
  S/Sgt Miller, H.K.
 
  4  669th                   
  43-22304  2A-T  A-26C
  Capt DuFault, W.F.
  F/O Cardinale, O.A.
  Lt Britt, J.W.
  S/Sgt Burland, A.J.
  5  669th                   
  43-22383  2A-V  A-26B
  Lt Housley, C.H.
  Sgt Block, P.J.
 
 
  6  669th                   
  41-39271  2A-R  A-26B
  Lt Harper, R.B.
  Sgt Black, R.M.
 
 



Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 282 -- April 25, 1945, Wednesday PM
Freilassing, Germany -- Ordnance Depot


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

On the 25th, 38 aircraft attacked the Freilassing ordnance depot. One flight of six planes attacked two flak positions near the target in elements of three about 2 1/2 minutes before the main attack. They dropped 132x100 lb fragmentation bombs with excellent results. The formation encountered no flak.

Buildings and installations in the depot area were severely damaged; roads and railroad tracks were cut. Many fires were also kindled. The two boxes were led by Major Ferris (Lts Kirk and McNutt, B&N), and Lt Hall (Lts Goss and F/O Conley, B&N). The two elements attacking the flak positions were led by Lt Van Noorden (F/O Brandt, B-N) and Capt Dufault (F/O Cardinale, B-N).


"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Pages 257 - 258

Mission #282 - 25 April - Freilassing Ordnance Depot. One flight of six planes attacked two flak positions near the target in elements of three, about two minutes before the main attack. They dropped 132 x 100 pound fragmentation bombs with excellent results. The formation encountered no flak. This was the last ditch stand with ordnance supplies for the National Redoubt area. Our bombs deterred that action with six flights hitting the depot and starting large fires, severely damaging roads and railroad tracks. This target was about 20 miles from Hitler's mountain retreat at Berchtesgarden. The two boxes were led by Major Ferris with Lts. Kirk and McNutt BNs. and Lt. Hall with Lt. Goss and F/O Conley, BN. The two elements attacking the flak positions were Lt. Van Noorden and F/O Brandt, BN and Captain Default with F/O Cardinale BN. Captain Tutt and Lt. Orr led the other flight.


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

Lt. Mulgrew achieved superior results in bombing the Freilassing Ordnance Depot. He flew as Bombardier-Navigator for Lt. Jordan in the lead position of the Third Flight of the Second Box. This mission was flown on the 25th of the month.


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

Mission No. 282 on 25 April 1945 was led by Major Ferris, Lt. Kirk and Lt. McNutt, with Lt. Hall, F/O Goss and F/O Conley leading the second box in an attack on the Freilassing Ordnance Depot. Both of our flights had superior bombing with the group scoring superior bombing for the mission.

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