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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 153 -- October 7, 1944, Saturday PM

Trier, Germany




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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 15-587
OpRep #            : 187
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 11,300 - 12,000 feet
Take-off Time      : 1437
Time Over Target   : 1559 - 1600
Landing Time       : 1725
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 2:48

Place of Take-Off  : A-55 Melun/Villaroche, France
A/C Dispatched     : 36 Total -- 29 A-20G's, 7 A-20J's
Illustration       : 6(D)(VI) 51/9
Illustration Ref   : 066013
Secondary Target   : No Alternate Targets Authorized
Summary of Results : Four flights scored Excellent, one Good, one Bad.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 49.77113,6.66922 (49° 46' 16" N, 6° 40' 9" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on Google Maps, Visual match to Strike Photo)
(See Latitude/Longitude Coordinates and Target Identifiers for more information.)

Scanned original Mission 153 documents (multipage PDF files)

Mission Folder       Reports Folder       OpRep # 187       Fuel Use

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Loading List

Loading List 1, Box I

Loading List

Loading List 2, Box II

Bomb Run Photo

Bomb Run Photo

Bomb Run Photo

Bomb Run Photo

A-20 S/N 43-21760 Crash

Map of A-20 S/N 43-21760 ("Candace Ann") crash location and locations of where crew members were captured, from Horst Webber to Dolphus Whitten Jr. See also MACR 9222.
(Courtesy of Dolphus Whitten Jr. via Ralph Conte)

A-20 S/N 43-21760 Crash

Letter from Horst Webber to Dolphus Whitten Jr. inquiring about A-20 S/N 43-21760 ("Candace Ann") crash. See also MACR 9222.
(Courtesy of Dolphus Whitten Jr. via Ralph Conte)

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

         Date          Report

Serial #
Location Personnel (Status when available)
Oct 7, 1944

153 668 west of Trier, Germany Saidla, John B. (MIA, POW, RMC, RTD)
Cavanagh, Albert Francis (MIA, POW, RMC, RTD)
Harris, Joseph M. (MIA, POW, RMC, RTD)

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Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 153 -- October 7, 1944, Saturday PM
Trier, Germany -- Warehouses

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                   
  43-9442  2A-D  A-20J
  Capt Huff, M.J.
  Lt Kupits, J.
  Sgt Clark, R.A.
  S/Sgt Basford, F.P.
  2  669th                   
  43-9743  2A-W  A-20G
  Lt Siggs, W.C.
  S/Sgt Nicks, R.W.
  S/Sgt Mani, J.
  3  669th                   
  43-10190  2A-I  A-20G
  Lt Tripp, W.F.
  S/Sgt Scott, J.O.
  S/Sgt Mallory, D.F.
  4  669th                   
  43-9202  2A-B  A-20G
  Lt MacManus, P.F.E.
  S/Sgt Rogers, J.L., Jr.
  S/Sgt Fleischman, G.I.
  5  669th                   
  43-9376  2A-O  A-20G
  Lt Hayter, E.R.
  S/Sgt Melchoir, F.E.
  S/Sgt Holloway, R.G.
  6  669th                   
  43-10197  2A-F  A-20G
  Lt Kehoe, J.W.
  Cpl Arendt, E.A.
  Pvt Richardson, L.L.
  [Not Airborne Pilot Taxied Off Runway & Got Stuck in Mud]

Box I -- Flight II
  1  671st                   
  43-9645  5C-R  A-20J
  Capt Marzolf, L.A.
  Lt Beck, J.T.
  S/Sgt Wellin, H.E.
  S/Sgt Kutzer, L.G.
  2  671st                   
  43-9841  5C-O  A-20G
  Lt Ames, W.H.
  Sgt Brown, R.J.
  Sgt Fessler, H.S.
  3  671st                   
  43-9719  5C-J  A-20G
  Lt Estes, C.L.
  S/Sgt Orvold, C.R.
  S/Sgt DiMartino, A.E.
  4  671st                   
  43-9493  5C-V  A-20G
  Lt Smith, R.H.
  S/Sgt Mahoney, R.J.
  S/Sgt Davis, H.R.
  5  671st                   
  43-10200  5C-F  A-20G
  Lt Herman, A.E.
  S/Sgt Young, J.O.
  S/Sgt Garrett, A.D.
  6  671st                   
  43-9937  5C-B  A-20G
  Lt VanNoorden, H.M.
  Sgt Thompson, G.
  Cpl Steffey, R.I.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  671st                   
  43-22065  5C-E  A-20J
  Lt Pair, H.F.
  Lt Corum, J.L.
  S/Sgt Marion, H.A.
  S/Sgt Adams, V.P.
  2  671st                   
  43-9711  5C-M  A-20G
  Lt Murray, T.J.
  S/Sgt DeBower, D.H.
  S/Sgt Jones, R.J.
  3  671st                   
  43-9393  5C-K  A-20G
  Lt Perkins, R.D.
  S/Sgt Sherry, V.N.
  S/Sgt Linneman, R.H.
  4  671st                   
  43-9956  5C-Z  A-20G
  Lt Lackovich, J.J.
  S/Sgt Best, H.T.
  S/Sgt Werley, E.R.
  5  671st                   
  43-10214  5C-C  A-20G
  Lt Miller, J.H.
  S/Sgt Brower, J.S.
  S/Sgt Rzepka, J.J.
  6  671st                   
  43-9363  5C-L  A-20G
  Lt Winn, A.J.P.
  Sgt Stephenson, G.G.
  Cpl Davis, W.G.

Box I
  SPARE  670th               
  43-9905  F6-K  A-20G
  Lt Sheley, S.H.
  Cpl Paladino, D.V.
  Sgt Tharp, F.M.

Box II -- Flight I
  1  669th                   
  43-21469  2A-J  A-20J
  Capt Morton, R.J.
  Lt Moore, D.L.
  S/Sgt Webb, C.L.
  S/Sgt Epps, E.T.
  2  669th                   
  43-9963  2A-L  A-20G
  Lt Sorrels, D.W.
  Cpl Triber, H.I.
  Cpl Malara, V.A.
  [Not Airborne Generator Out]
  3  669th                   
  43-10159  2A-G  A-20G
  Lt Land, W.H.
  S/Sgt Abriola, D.R.
  Sgt Fair, V.F.
  4  669th                   
  43-9929  2A-C  A-20G
  Lt Cornell, R.H.
  S/Sgt Carter, A.
  Pvt Reid, K.A.
  5  669th                   
  43-10155  2A-V  A-20G
  Lt Smith, J.F.
  S/Sgt Vafiadis, C.
  S/Sgt Hoffman, R.C.
  6  669th                   
  43-9943  2A-Z  A-20G
  Lt Butler, G.S.
  Cpl McClain, H.B.
  Sgt McGaughy, W.S.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  668th                   
  43-9444  5H-J  A-20J
  Lt Meagher, J.F.
  Lt Burg, J.J.
  Sgt Fetko, C.
  Sgt Brown, D.M.
  2  668th                   
  43-10125  5H-M  A-20J
  Lt Miracle, R.V.
  F/O McCartney, T.M.
  S/Sgt Sieg, B.C.
  S/Sgt Burkhalter, J.C.
  3  668th                   
  43-10176  5H-T  A-20G
  Lt Downing, W.E.
  S/Sgt Hornbeck, K.E.
  S/Sgt Schenck, D.R.
  4  668th                   
  43-9907  5H-O  A-20G
  Lt Ebenstein, G.
  S/Sgt Lagerman, K.G.
  S/Sgt Newell, S.P.
  5  668th                   
  43-21760  5H-Z  A-20G
  Lt Saidla, J.B.
  Sgt Cavanagh, A.F.
  Sgt Harris, J.M.
  [Down Over Target. Did Not Return to Base]
  6  668th                   
  43-9362  5H-L  A-20G
  Lt Harris, F.W.
  S/Sgt Hantske, D.
  S/Sgt Yost, C.H.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  670th                   
  43-21467  F6-W  A-20J
  Capt Rudisill, R.S.
  Lt Joost, R.H.
  S/Sgt Riley, R.K.
  Cpl Caudell, S.R.
  2  670th                   
  43-9892  F6-L  A-20G
  Capt Gruetzemacher, R.O.
  Sgt Majewski, S.J.
  S/Sgt Teran, A.
  3  670th                   
  43-9380  F6-N  A-20G
  Lt Sewell, J.C.
  Sgt Sampson, D.A.
  S/Sgt Hummer, J.A.
  4  670th                   
  43-9217  F6-D  A-20G
  Lt Leonard, T.J.
  S/Sgt Evans, O.D.
  S/Sgt Palmer, T.A.
  5  670th                   
  43-10187  F6-H  A-20G
  Lt Musgrove, W.
  Sgt Seighman, H.O.
  Sgt Licker, M.
  6  670th                   
  43-9207  F6-B  A-20G
  Lt Leishman, S.P.
  Cpl Siracusa, J.F.
  Cpl Shempren, E.H.

Box II
  SPARE  668th               
  43-9894  5H-R  A-20G
  Lt Colquitt, J.K.
  S/Sgt Daugherty, L.M.
  S/Sgt Raines, D.E.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 153 -- October 7, 1944, Saturday PM
Trier, Germany -- Warehouses

"416th Bombardment Group (L) - Group History 1944"
Transcribed from USAF Archives

Captain Huff and Captain Morton led the two boxes in to destroy the warehouses in Trier on the 7th. Four excellents were scored. Six of the warehouse buildings were destroyed; out of the remaining seven buildings, four were heavily damaged. There was also a concentration of craters on the edge of the marshalling yard close by. Moderate accurate flak was encountered on the bomb run. The plane piloted by 2nd Lt John B. Saidle was hit behind the pilot's canopy and dropped away from the formation. Crewmen reported seeing three parachutes emerge from the plane and land on the west side of the town of Trier. His gunners were Sergeants A. F. Cavanaugh and J. M. Harris.

"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Pages 161 - 162

Mission #153 - 7 October - Trier Supply Dump. Captain Huff and Lt. Kupits BN and Captain Morton and Lt. Moore, BN led boxes. Flight leaders included Lts. Meagher and Burg, BN, Captain Marzolf and Lt. Beck, BN, Lts. Pair and Corum, BN. Flak met the boys over the target, causing one plane piloted by Lt. Saidla with gunners Sgts. Cavanaugh and Harris to go down. Three chutes blossomed with the crews ultimately reported as POWs and released after the war ended. Bombing results were scored as excellent for a majority of the flights. Two flights overshot the target due to incorrect operation of the bombsights. Their bombs did considerable damage where they fell, wiping out bridges and buildings bordering the marshalling yard. Brigadier General Backus from 97 Bomb Wing flew with our group on this trip.

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

The next day, 669th men led the two boxes that attacked the Trier warehouses, Captain Huff, Lt. Kupits, B-N, and Captain Morton, Lt. Moore, B-N. The results were excellent. Six warehouses were completely destroyed, and four were heavily damaged.

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

Enemy warehouses at Trier, Germany were the targets of a mission flown on the seventh of October, in which seven of our crews participated.

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

October 7th, 1944

Sweeping over front lines into Germany, the 416th Bomb Group and two other Havoc groups struck at warehouses and a marshalling yard at Trier, 10 miles inside the German border...described as one of the principal supply points for German infantry and armored divisions in the area.

It was another good day for the bombardiers who chalked up four excellents and a good, even though flak was thick and fast on the bomb run. The Marzolf/Beck combo turned in an excellent with hits on several warehouse-type buildings and on a roadway to the North. Lt. Pair and Lt. Corum who were flying their first mission at the head of a flight did not meet with such good results. The bombardier having misjudged the length of the run was not completely synchronized at release and the bombs fell 1600 feet north of the A.P., but strikes were made on small buildings and roadways with damaging results.

One ship of the 668th Squadron received a direct hit over the target and three chutes were seen to open as the plane crashed a little ways off the target. All told nine ships received battle damage.

[October 7, 1944], HQ Twelfth Army Group situation map

Map showing Western Allies and Axis troop position details in Western Europe
as of approximately 1200 hours, October 7, 1944
World War II Military Situation Maps Collection
Library of Congress

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