9th AF Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 267 -- April 10, 1945, Tuesday PM

Stassfurt/Leopoldshall, Germany

Oil Storage Depot



Previous Mission # 266            Mission List            Next Mission # 268

Return to Table of Contents

Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 247-844
OpRep #            : 10a
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 11,600 - 11,800 feet
Take-off Time      : 1615
Time Over Target   : 1826
Landing Time       : 2034
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 4:19

Place of Take-Off  : A-69 Laon/Athies, France
A/C Dispatched     : 22 Total -- 22 A-26's
Modified British System Reference: RD-673673
Secondary Target   : Eisleben (640330)
Summary of Results : Flight scores one Unsatisfactory, three Excellent.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 51.84203,11.61723 (51° 50' 31" N, 11° 37' 2" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on The "Coordinates Translator", (NGZ) rD673673)
(See Latitude/Longitude Coordinates and Target Identifiers for more information.)

Scanned original Mission 267 documents (multipage PDF files)

Mission Folder       Reports Folder       OpRep # 10a       Fuel Use

If nothing happens on Click, check to see if the PDF file was automatically saved to your computer. Depending on Internet speed, the display or download may be slow.
These Public Domain, Declassified Mission documents were graciously provided to the 416th BG Archive by the dedicated staff of the Air Force Historical Research Agency (AFHRA).
An on-line index of records held by AFHRA up to 2001 is available at Air Force History Index.org.
Most of these PDF files are unaltered originals provided by the AFHRA, a few have been re-organized.
Pages may be out of sequence; files may contain scanned blank pages and/or pages scanned upside-down; some pages may be included in more than one file.
The "Mission Folder" usually contains the majority of documents for a Mission, including Field Orders, Status Reports, Pilot Interrogations, Photos (if available), etc.

Route Map

Route Map

Loading List 1

Loading List 1, Box I

Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 267 -- April 10, 1945, Tuesday PM
Stassfurt/Leopoldshall, Germany -- Oil 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
  Lt Brown, C.J.
  Lt Kerns, J.E.
  S/Sgt Rose, J.W.
  Lt Orr, L.A.
  2  670th                   
  43-22469  F6-A  A-26C
  Lt Remiszewski, A.
  F/O Lehneis, A.J.
  S/Sgt DiOrio, F.
  3  671st                   
  41-39265  5C-V  A-26B
  Lt Graeber, T.E.
  Sgt Appleman, M.
  4  671st                   
  41-39297  5C-T  A-26B
  Lt Ames, W.H.
  Cpl Schoen, A.E.
  S/Sgt Miller, H.K.
  5  671st                   
  41-39250  5C-A  A-26B
  Lt Price, D.L.
  Sgt Reicher, J.F.
  6  671st                   
  41-39209  5C-M  A-26B
  Capt Moore, Z.R.
  Sgt Helton, C.
  [Left mag. Out on left engine]

Box I -- Flight II
  1  669th                   
  43-22609  2A-N  A-26C
  Lt Jordan, C.S.
  Lt Mulgrew, R.P.
  Lt Moore, D.L.
  S/Sgt Reyes, M.R.
  Lt LaHaye, W.H.
  [LaHaye (Weather)]
  2  669th                   
  41-39314  2A-H  A-26B
  Lt Smith, D.E.
  S/Sgt Kirik, S.J.
  3  669th                   
  43-22354  2A-S  A-26B
  Lt Hackley, R.H.
  Sgt Hawk, O.T.
  4  669th                   
  41-39244  2A-I  A-26B
  Lt VanRope, R.W.
  S/Sgt Klingman, W.H.
  5  669th                   
  43-22383  2A-V  A-26B
  Lt Housley, C.H.
  Sgt Block, P.J.
  6  669th                   
  41-39263  2A-G  A-26B
  Capt Shapard, J.M.
  S/Sgt McGuire, J.J.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  669th                   
  43-22304  2A-T  A-26C
  Capt DuFault, W.F.
  F/O Cardinale, O.A.
  S/Sgt Richardson, K.E.
  2  669th                   
  43-22381  2A-Q  A-26B
  Lt Depner, A.W.
  S/Sgt Gillespie, R.H.
  3  669th                   
  41-39271  2A-R  A-26B
  Lt Martin, E.C.
  S/Sgt Draft, L.B.
  4  669th                   
  41-39362  2A-Y  A-26B
  Lt Allen, J.F., Jr.
  S/Sgt Veazey, C.W.
  5  670th                   
  41-39315  F6-F  A-26B
  Lt Wills, P.W.
  S/Sgt McGaughy, W.S.

Box I -- Flight IV
  1  668th                   
  43-22505  5H-Y  A-26C
  Lt Parker, P.E.
  Lt Shaft, R.E.
  S/Sgt Kochan, S.
  2  668th                   
  41-39264  5H-I  A-26B
  Lt Blevins, J.W.
  S/Sgt Gentry, F.
  3  668th                   
  41-39274  5H-S  A-26B
  Lt Colquitt, J.K.
  S/Sgt Singleton, L.E.
  4  668th                   
  41-39305  5H-U  A-26B
  Lt Harris, F.W.
  S/Sgt Fuehrer, W.F.
  5  668th                   
  41-39233  5H-F  A-26B
  Lt Evarts, A.V.
  Sgt Youlios, D.
  6  668th                   
  41-39310  5H-A  A-26B
  Lt Lackner, R.J.
  Sgt Fidler, W.H.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 267 -- April 10, 1945, Tuesday PM
Stassfurt/Leopoldshall, Germany -- Oil Storage Depot

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

While the first mission of the day was returning from its target in Czechoslovakia, 22 more planes took off to attack buildings which housed oil pumps for an underground storage at Stasssfurt/ Deopolds-Hall. Crews reported large sheets of flame and smoke that climbed 6-7,000 feet into the sky. Many of the buildings were destroyed or damaged. Forty-four tons of bombs were dropped on the target. Three airfields were observed to have planes dispersed on them, but there was no fighter reaction. Lt Brown, with Lts Kerns and Orr, B&N, led the formation.

"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Page 251

Mission #267 - 10 April - PM - Stassfurt/Deopolds-Shall Oil Storage Depot. Before the first mission got back from Sudeten, the second mission was taking off with 22 more planes to destroy this storage and loading facility including a mine entrance, a pipeline and underground tanks. We joined up the the 409th Bomb Group. Three out of four of our flights scored excellent results, leaving fires and explosions. Three buildings were left aflame with sheets of fires visible at 6 to 7000 feet in the air. Our crews saw three airfields in the area, but no planes rose to attack our formation. Maybe they were out of gas. Lt. Brown with Lts. Kerns and Orr were the BN team.

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

The second mission of the same day was flown against the Stassfurt-Leopoldshall Oil Pumps and Underground Storage Tanks. Large sheets of flame were seen immediately after the bombs hit. Smoke was seen to rise to an altitude of between six and seven thousand feet. Excellent bombing results were obtained by the flights led by Lt. Jordan and Capt. DuFault. Lts. Mulgrew and Moore flew with Lt. Jordan in the lead aircraft of the Second Flight of the First Box, while Flight Officer Cardinale flew with Capt. Dufault in the number one position of the Third Flight of the First Box.

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

Two missions were flown on the 10th of April but we participated with 12 crews on the morning mission only which was Eger (Railway Viaduct). Major Ferris, Lt. Kirk and Lt. McNutt leading the formation, this was the first mission for Lt. Kirk since the accident in which Capt. Rooney, Capt. Slaughter, and Sgt. Kamische were killed. Also it was the first mission in which Major Ferris and Lt. Kirk flew as a team. Results for the group were excellent to superior, but Major Ferris' flight achieving superior results. This was the first time for aircraft from this division to attack targets in Czechoslovakia. The first bombs released by Lt. Kirk scored direct hits on the bridge, cutting it. The afternoon mission against Stassfurt-Loepoldshall POL Depot was attacked by 416th and 409th Bomb Groups with the 416th having 22 aircraft in the first box and the 409th having 18 aircraft in the second box.

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

April 10th, 1945

The 416th chalked up two missions on April 10th 1945, dispatching four flights on each mission with just an hour interval between the two. Both took off in the afternoon and returned as darkness approached. For the first time Invaders hit a target in Czechoslavakia now called Sudeten Germany. The target was the Eger Railroad Viaduct...1344 feet long. When the 416th and two other outfits had dropped their thousand pounders on the span, it was knocked down and buildings and roads in the area were blown to bits. Three excellents and a superior were annexed by the 416th Group. Captain Pair and Lt. Corum snagging one of the excellents. His bombs fell in an excellent pattern on the bridge. The bombing of this viaduct was part of a plan to cut Germany in two from West to East by severing communications, as U.S. Armies drive toward a link-up with Russian Forces from the East.

On the second mission the 416th linked up with the 409th to bomb the Strassfurt-Shall Oil Storage Depot, 47 miles southeast of Erfurt. The attack was directed against storage and loading facilities, including the mine entrance, pipeĦlines and underground tanks. Returning crews reported the installation severely impaired with explosions and fires. Lt. Brown and Lt. Kerns led the formation and bombed with excellent results. Their bombs destroyed three large buildings and started large fires. This outfit made three out of four excellents, while the 409th scored a superior out of two flights.Flak was not encountered on either missions and everyone returned:

[April 10, 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 10, 1945
World War II Military Situation Maps Collection
Library of Congress

Previous Mission # 266            Mission List            Next Mission # 268

Return to Table of Contents