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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 269 -- April 11, 1945, Wednesday PM

Zwickau, Germany

Marshalling Yards



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 249-846
OpRep #            : 11a
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 9,000 feet
Take-off Time      : 1510
Time Over Target   : 1730
Landing Time       : 2000
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 4:50

Place of Take-Off  : A-69 Laon/Athies, France
A/C Dispatched     : 37 Total -- 37 A-26's
Modified British System Reference: WK-330451
Secondary Target   : Neustadt (J-3345)
Summary of Results : One flight Undetermined, one Unsatisfactory, two Excellent, two Superior.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 50.71146,12.45763 (50° 42' 41" N, 12° 27' 27" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on The "Coordinates Translator", (NGZ) wK330451)
(See Latitude/Longitude Coordinates and Target Identifiers for more information.)

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Route Map

Route Map

Loading List 1

Loading List 1, Box I

Loading List 2

Loading List 2, Box II

Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 269 -- April 11, 1945, Wednesday PM
Zwickau, 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  669th                   
  43-22487  2A-J  A-26C
  Capt Miller, E.L.
  Lt Conner, J.K.
  Lt Vollmayer, K.A.
  S/Sgt Pemberton, J.M.
  2  669th                   
  41-39314  2A-H  A-26B
  Lt Martin, E.C.
  Lt Britt, J.W.
  S/Sgt Draft, L.B.
  3  669th                   
  41-39393  2A-M  A-26B
  Capt Shapard, J.M.
  S/Sgt McGuire, J.J.
  4  669th                   
  41-39244  2A-I  A-26B
  Lt VanRope, R.W.
  S/Sgt Klingman, W.H.
  5  669th                   
  43-22381  2A-Q  A-26B
  Lt Haskell, R.W.
  Sgt Martin, G.A.
  6  669th                   
  41-39229  2A-B  A-26B
  Lt Smith, D.E.
  S/Sgt Kirik, S.J.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  671st                   
  43-22497  5C-E  A-26C
  Capt Pair, H.F.
  Lt Corum, J.L.
  S/Sgt Swank, O.E.
  2  671st                   
  41-39249  5C-F  A-26B
  Lt Spires, J.W.
  S/Sgt Davis, L.E.
  3  671st                   
  43-22356  5C-C  A-26B
  Lt Milhorn, G.L.
  Cpl Doran, M.J.
  4  671st                   
  41-39360  5C-L  A-26B
  Lt Withington, D.L.
  S/Sgt Connery, T.
  5  671st                   
  41-39265  5C-V  A-26B
  Lt Graeber, T.E.
  S/Sgt Miller, A.H.
  S/Sgt Miller, H.K.
  6  671st                   
  41-39239  5C-N  A-26B
  Lt Simpson, R.L.
  Sgt Stypenski, V.S.
  F/O Smetanka, P.L.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  671st                   
  43-22490  5C-X  A-26C
  Lt Lackovich, J.J.
  Lt Muir, R.C.
  Cpl Barry, R.M.
  2  671st                   
  41-39328  5C-D  A-26B
  Lt Cocke, J.B.
  S/Sgt Redding, R.D.
  Sgt Mowell, R.F.
  3  671st                   
  43-22352  5C-J  A-26B
  Lt Mooney, S.
  Sgt Buckley, W.C.
  4  671st                   
  41-39250  5C-A  A-26B
  Lt Fero, D.A.
  S/Sgt Skelton, T.W.
  5  671st                   
  41-39209  5C-M  A-26B
  Lt Price, D.L.
  Sgt Helton, C.
  6  671st                   
  43-22313  5C-B  A-26B
  Lt Hlivko, A.E.
  Sgt Farmer, L.J.

Box I
  SPARE  670th               
  41-39212  F6-K  A-26B
  Maj Conant, H.F.
  Cpl Wilson, B.R.
  Col Stromme, J.L.
  [Stromme (ETOUSA Reclassification Specialist)]

Box II -- Flight I
  1  669th                   
  43-22492  2A-E  A-26C
  Capt Blomgren, J.E.
  Lt Johnson, G.G.
  S/Sgt Fleming, L.R.
  2  669th                   
  43-22383  2A-V  A-26B
  Lt Wills, P.W.
  S/Sgt McGaughy, W.S.
  3  669th                   
  43-22354  2A-S  A-26B
  Lt Hackley, R.H.
  S/Sgt Hawk, O.T.
  4  668th                   
  41-39264  5H-I  A-26B
  Lt Blevins, J.W.
  S/Sgt Hindman, R.G.
  5  668th                   
  41-39335  5H-W  A-26B
  Lt Weinert, C.E.
  Sgt Dubi, R.
  6  670th                   
  41-39315  F6-F  A-26B
  Lt Smith, B.A.
  Sgt Richards, D.A.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  670th                   
  43-22469  F6-A  A-26C
  Lt Popeney, H.
  Lt Fry, C.F.
  S/Sgt Burns, D.E.
  2  670th                   
  43-22330  F6-P  A-26B
  Capt Wheeler, R.V.
  S/Sgt Hall, M.
  3  670th                   
  41-39223  F6-B  A-26B
  Lt Bishop, E.G.
  S/Sgt Harris, M.C.
  S/Sgt Ottaviano, J.O.
  4  670th                   
  41-39224  F6-E  A-26B
  Lt Downing, W.E.
  Sgt Thompson, C.J.
  5  670th                   
  41-39232  F6-N  A-26B
  Lt Turman, A.R.
  S/Sgt Harmon, C.D.
  6  670th                   
  41-39564  F6-V  A-26B
  Lt Henson, A.G.
  Cpl Homler, R.K.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  668th                   
  43-22484  5H-C  A-26C
  Lt Laseter, W.H.
  Lt Schlefer, M.P.
  S/Sgt Calabrese, C.L.
  2  668th                   
  41-39259  5H-H  A-26B
  Lt Phillips, J.P.
  S/Sgt Miller, W.A.
  3  668th                   
  41-39310  5H-A  A-26B
  Lt Lackner, R.J.
  Sgt Musarra, A.J.
  4  668th                   
  41-39305  5H-U  A-26B
  Lt Cannon, L.E.
  S/Sgt Metzler, L.V.
  5  668th                   
  41-39352  5H-J  A-26B
  Lt Tank, F.R.
  S/Sgt Pauker, J.L.
  6  668th                   
  43-22385  5H-D  A-26B
  Lt Evarts, A.V.
  Sgt Fagan, C.D.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 269 -- April 11, 1945, Wednesday PM
Zwickau, Germany -- Marshalling Yards

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

That afternoon, our planes made a deep penetration into Germany to attack the Zwickau marshalling yards. The yards were completely destroyed by the 37 attacking planes. Between 80 and 100 freight cars were destroyed or damaged, 40 to 50 direct hits cut the tracks, and three buildings were destroyed or severely damaged. Capt Miller, with Lts Connor and Vollmayer, 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
Pages 251 - 252

Mission #269 - 11 April - PM - Zwickau Marshalling Yards. This was another deep penetration into Germany with 37 planes. The yards were full of freight cars, estimated to be up to 100 destroyed and damaged. There were 40 to 50 direct hits on the railroad tracks and three buildings. Captain Miller with Lts. Conner and Vollmayer, BNs plus Lt. Blomgren with Lt. Johnson, BN led boxes. Lt. Lackovich and Muir BN, Captain Pair and Corum BN, - Lt. Withington and Lt. Ashley, BN plus Lt. Popeney and Lt. Fry - Lt. Simpson and F/O Smetanka BN led flights. Bombing was rated as excellent.

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

The second mission of the day also attained excellent results. The Zwickau Marshalling Yards were bombed by the formation. Both of the boxes were led by Pilot-Bombardier teams of this squadron. Lt. Miller, with Lts. Conner and Vollmayer as his Navigator and Bombardier, led the entire formation. The Second Box was led by Lt. Blomgren with Lt. Johnson as his B/N.

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

Flying two missions a day was continued on 11 April 1945, with maximum effort in the morning, in which 12 670th crews took part, against Bernburg Marshalling Yard, with excellent to superior results. Evasive action prevented photos of results on this mission. Lt. Warren, Lt. Forbes, and Lt. Grunig/Lt. Morris led our flights. Lt. Popeney and Lt. Fry led our flight on mission No. 269 in the afternoon against Zwickall Marshalling Yard with excellent to superior results for the group.

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

April 11, 1945

Two marshalling yards were hit by the A-69ers on April 11th 1945 with excellent and superior results. In the morning the Group dropped 500 pound GPs on the Bernburg marshalling yard with devastating results. In the afternoon the Zwickau yards were blasted on the 416ths second maximum effort job of the day. Captain Pair and "Shorty" Corum really did a job on the Zwickau M/Y. The center of bursts for their flight was just 100 feet for the DMPI, hits being made on goods wagons, tracks and buildings.

Both marshalling yards are located close by to Leipzig in the path of the Third Army. These yards would be used by the Nazis in building defenses in the area west of Leipzig. At the Bernburg yard crews reported direct hits among tracks and installations in the yards. Red flashes of flame punctuated the bombing attack. The yard at Zwickau was reported to be full of railway cars before the bombing. Just a few bursts of flak were seen, and all crews returned safely from both missions.

[April 11, 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 11, 1945
World War II Military Situation Maps Collection
Library of Congress

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