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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 158 -- October 17, 1944, Tuesday AM

Trier/Pfalzel, Germany

Railroad Bridge



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 25-600
OpRep #            : 197
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : No Attack
Bombing Altitude   : 12,000 feet
Take-off Time      : 0940
Time Over Target   : 1119
Landing Time       : 1251
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 3:11

Place of Take-Off  : A-55 Melun/Villaroche, France
A/C Dispatched     : 34 Total -- 28 A-20G's, 4 A-20J's, 2 B-26's (PFF)
Target Number      : 4906E/3/A
Illustration       : 4906E/3/1
Illustration Ref   : 04550170
Secondary Target   : Targets of Military Value
Summary of Results : No Attack - 10/10 clouds encountered 50 miles from base to target and return.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 49.77760,6.68372 (49° 46' 39" N, 6° 41' 1" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on Google Maps, Visual match to Target Illustration)
(See Latitude/Longitude Coordinates and Target Identifiers for more information.)

Scanned original Mission 158 documents (multipage PDF files)

Mission Folder       Reports Folder       OpRep # 197       Fuel Use

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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).
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Loading List 1

Loading List 1, Box I

Loading List 2

Loading List 2, Box II

Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 158 -- October 17, 1944, Tuesday AM
Trier/Pfalzel, Germany -- Railroad Bridge

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                   
  43-22065  5C-E  A-20J
  Maj Willetts, D.L.
  Lt Royalty, P.G.
  S/Sgt Wellin, H.E.
  S/Sgt Lempka, H.A.
  2  668th                   
  43-21717  5H-P  A-20J
  Lt Meagher, J.F.
  Lt Burg, J.J.
  S/Sgt Fetko, C.
  S/Sgt Brown, D.M.
  3  671st                   
  43-9719  5C-J  A-20G
  Lt Withington, D.L.
  Sgt Huss, C.F.
  Sgt McElhattan, L.D.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  671st                   
  43-9493  5C-V  A-20G
  Lt Smith, R.H.
  S/Sgt Davis, H.R.
  S/Sgt Mahoney, R.J.
  2  671st                   
  43-9711  5C-M  A-20G
  Lt Fero, D.A.
  Cpl Hardin, M.F.
  Sgt Skelton, T.W.
  3  669th                   
  43-9368  2A-K  A-20G
  Lt VanNoorden, H.M.
  Sgt Thompson, G.
  Cpl Helt, A.
  4  671st                   
  43-10214  5C-C  A-20G
  Lt Zubon, M.
  S/Sgt Worden, H.C.
  S/Sgt Rzepka, J.J.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  669th                   
  43-9202  2A-B  A-20G
  Lt MacManus, P.F.E.
  Sgt West, N.D.
  Sgt Tranchina, C.E.
  2  669th                   
  43-10159  2A-G  A-20G
  Lt Butler, G.S.
  Cpl McClain, H.B.
  Sgt McGaughy, W.S.
  3  669th                   
  43-9376  2A-O  A-20G
  Lt Hayter, E.R.
  S/Sgt Melchoir, F.E.
  S/Sgt Holloway, R.G.
  4  669th                   
  43-9743  2A-W  A-20G
  Lt Siggs, W.C.
  S/Sgt Nicks, R.W.
  S/Sgt Rosenstein, M.

Box I -- Flight IV
  1  669th                   
  43-10197  2A-F  A-20G
  Lt Cornell, R.H.
  S/Sgt McGuire, J.J.
  Pvt Reid, K.A.
  2  669th                   
  43-10190  2A-I  A-20G
  Lt Robertson, R.B.
  S/Sgt Cheney, M.W.
  Sgt Reiter, G.E.
  3  669th                   
  43-9929  2A-C  A-20G
  Lt Clark, H.B.
  S/Sgt Sabadosh, J.W.
  S/Sgt Floyd, C.F.
  4  669th                   
  43-9692  2A-M  A-20G
  Lt Smith, J.F.
  S/Sgt Vafiadis, C.
  S/Sgt Hoffman, R.C.

Box I
  SPARE  669th               
  43-9900  2A-Q  A-20G
  Lt Tripp, W.F.
  S/Sgt Scott, J.O.
  S/Sgt Mallory, D.F.

Box II -- Flight I
  1  671st                   
  43-22023  5C-G  A-20J
  Lt Cole, H.P.
  Lt Basnett, R.J.
  S/Sgt Fandre, B.G.
  S/Sgt Chvatal, F.R.
  2  668th                   
  43-21719  5H-V  A-20J
  Lt Miracle, R.V.
  F/O McCartney, T.M.
  S/Sgt Burkhalter, J.C.
  S/Sgt Hill, A.A.
  3  671st                   
  43-9952  5C-Z  A-20G
  Lt Merchant, W.A.
  S/Sgt DeGiusti, I.R.
  Cpl Gross, V.F.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  671st                   
  43-9393  5C-K  A-20G
  Lt Perkins, R.D.
  S/Sgt Marion, H.A.
  S/Sgt Adams, V.P.
  2  671st                   
  43-9937  5C-B  A-20G
  Lt Remiszewski, A.
  Sgt Miguez, J.H.
  Cpl Davis, W.G.
  3  671st                   
  43-9219  5C-D  A-20G
  Lt Gary, J.C.
  Sgt Schoen, A.E.
  Sgt Cheuvront, R.W.
  4  671st                   
  43-9841  5C-O  A-20G
  Lt Herman, A.E.
  S/Sgt Griswold, R.M.
  S/Sgt Young, J.O.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  668th                   
  43-9194  5H-C  A-20G
  Lt Stanley, C.S.
  Sgt Collier, C.B.
  S/Sgt Hornbeck, K.E.
  2  668th                   
  43-9195  5H-D  A-20G
  Lt Svenson, R.R.
  S/Sgt Fild, P.G.
  S/Sgt Pfenning, G.H.
  3  668th                   
  43-21809  5H-A  A-20G
  Lt Parker, P.E.
  Sgt Galloway, A.F.
  Sgt Kochan, S.
  4  668th                   
  43-9907  5H-O  A-20G
  Lt Kenny, J.P.
  Sgt Metzler, L.V.
  Sgt Sittarich, J.J.

Box II -- Flight IV
  1  668th                   
  43-21480  5H-B  A-20G
  Lt Downing, W.E.
  S/Sgt Sieg, B.C.
  Sgt Newell, S.P.
  2  668th                   
  43-9701  5H-H  A-20G
  Lt McCready, T.D.
  Sgt Lemonds, W.E.
  Sgt Fuehrer, W.F.
  3  668th                   
  43-21764  5H-X  A-20G
  Lt Harris, F.W.
  Sgt Roberts, J.H.
  S/Sgt Hantske, D.
  4  668th                   
  43-10226  5H-E  A-20G
  Lt Evans, H.M.
  Sgt Skeens, C.L.
  Sgt Merritt, O.N.

Box II
  SPARE  668th               
  43-10150  5H-N  A-20G
  Lt Mish, C.C.
  S/Sgt Clark, C.J.
  S/Sgt Chustz, R.F.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 158 -- October 17, 1944, Tuesday AM
Trier/Pfalzel, Germany -- Railroad Bridge

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

P.F.F. was employed for the first time in almost two months on the 17th. The formation reached the target area at Trier where a railroad bridge was to be attacked. A mechanical failure in the P.F.F. equipment caused the planes to return without an attack. A complete cloud cover prevented any attempt at visual bombing. Major Willetts and Captain Cole led the two boxes behind the two B-26s, which were each equipped with P.F.F. equipment.

It turned out that this mission, number 158, was the last mission flown during the month. On these nine missions, 337 sorties were flown and 205 tons of bombs were dropped.

"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Page 165

Mission #158 - 17 October - Trier Railroad Bridge. After three days of rain, this mission took off but cloud cover required PFF Pathfinder leading the formation. Major Willetts and Lt. Royalty, BN led our group. Lts. Meagher and Burg, BN, Captain Cole and Lt. Basnett, BN and Lt. Miracle with F/O McCartney, BN led flights. No reason was given, but the B-26 PFF planes did not drop their bombs, nor did our group, returning to base, loaded as heavily as they went up, less the gas used.

No further missions would be flown until all pilots had completed transition flying in the new A-26 planes provided for our group, we being the first one to fly them in combat in Europe as a group.

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

Major Dunn led a mission on October 8th against Linnich, Germany. This mission [No. 154] was the last flown during the month for our squadron, as on October 13th we were put on a non-operational status while our crews completed training in the new "Invader" aircraft. The 670th was the first squadron to start and to complete this training. Bad weather badly hampered the efforts of the crews to become operational in the new planes in the desired time.

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

October 17th, 1944

Pathfinders led the 416th Bomb Group on the morning of October 17th but the PFF failed and the planes brought their bombs back. The target was the Konz/Karthaus railroad bridge over the Moselle River, five miles southwest of Trier.

[October 17, 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 17, 1944
World War II Military Situation Maps Collection
Library of Congress

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