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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 159 -- November 17, 1944, Friday PM

Hageunau, France

Supply Depot



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 58-634
OpRep #            : 228
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 8,000 - 8,500 feet
Take-off Time      : 1250
Time Over Target   : 1410 - 1413
Landing Time       : 1610
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 3:20

Place of Take-Off  : A-55 Melun/Villaroche, France
A/C Dispatched     : 34 Total -- 6 A-20K's, 28 A-26B's
Modified British System Reference: R-032247
Secondary Target   : Targets of Military Value
Summary of Results : Flight results - two Unsatisfactory, one Fair, three Excellent.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 48.82245,7.78082 (48° 49' 21" N, 7° 46' 51" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on The "Coordinates Translator", (NGZ) wR032247)
(See Latitude/Longitude Coordinates and Target Identifiers for more information.)

Loading List 1

Loading List 1, Box I

Loading List 2

Loading List 2, Box II

Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 159 -- November 17, 1944, Friday PM
Hageunau, France -- Supply 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                   
  43-22063  F6-A  A-20J
  Maj Dunn, L.F.
  Lt Powell, V.H.
  S/Sgt Stobert, R.F.
  S/Sgt Glynn, F.P.
  2  668th                   
  43-22317  5H-O  A-26B
  Maj Ferris, C.H.
  S/Sgt Rio, D.J.
  3  670th                   
  41-39215  F6-R  A-26B
  Lt Heinke, W.R.
  S/Sgt VanWert, G.R.
  [Not Airborne Rt. Eng]
  4  670th                   
  41-39227  F6-F  A-26B
  Lt Hillerman, J.P.
  S/Sgt Teran, A.
  5  670th                   
  43-22324  F6-O  A-26B
  Lt Turner, E.O.
  S/Sgt Belcas, J.O.
  6  670th                   
  41-39223  F6-B  A-26B
  Lt Popeney, H.
  S/Sgt Candler, H.C.S.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  670th                   
  44-073  F6-J  A-20K
  Capt Rudisill, R.S.
  Lt Joost, R.H.
  S/Sgt Burns, D.E.
  Lt Lindsay, G.
  2  670th                   
  41-39217  F6-I  A-26B
  Lt Leonard, T.J.
  S/Sgt Evans, O.D.
  3  670th                   
  41-39224  F6-E  A-26B
  Lt McGlohn, C.L.
  S/Sgt McKee, J.
  4  670th                   
  43-22334  F6-G  A-26B
  Lt Rooney, R.J.
  S/Sgt Kidd, W.L.
  5  670th                   
  43-22307  F6-N  A-26B
  Lt Sewell, J.C.
  S/Sgt Sampson, D.A.
  6  670th                   
  43-22315  F6-L  A-26B
  Lt Murphy, T.A.
  S/Sgt Ricketson, J.J.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  669th                   
  43-22024  2A-E  A-20J
  Capt Hulse, D.A.
  Lt Conte, R.
  S/Sgt Allred, F.D.
  S/Sgt Stephens, D.W.
  2  669th                   
  43-22300  2A-P  A-26B
  Capt Peck, W.A.
  S/Sgt Epps, E.T.
  3  669th                   
  41-39244  2A-I  A-26B
  Lt Stebbins, B.D.
  Lt Calloway, A.S.
  S/Sgt Brown, W.J.
  4  669th                   
  41-39242  2A-Q  A-26B
  Lt Blomgren, J.E.
  Lt Johnson, G.G.
  S/Sgt Bookach, M.
  5  669th                   
  41-39229  2A-B  A-26B
  Lt Kehoe, J.W.
  S/Sgt Carstens, R.W.
  6  668th                   
  41-39259  5H-H  A-26B
  Lt DuBose, M.W.
  S/Sgt Heath, K.
  [Not Airborne Spark Plugs]

Box I
  SPARE  668th               
  41-39264  5H-I  A-26B
  Lt Ostrander, W.B.
  S/Sgt Binney, I.

Box II -- Flight I
  1  669th                   
  44-085  2A-T  A-20K
  Capt Huff, M.J.
  Lt Kupits, J.
  S/Sgt Basford, F.P.
  S/Sgt Webb, C.L.
  2  669th                   
  43-22301  2A-O  A-26B
  Lt MacManus, P.F.E.
  Lt Britt, J.W.
  3  669th                   
  41-39205  2A-W  A-26B
  Lt Sorrels, D.W.
  S/Sgt Triber, H.I.
  4  669th                   
  41-39240  2A-K  A-26B
  Lt Cornell, R.H.
  Lt Enman, R.E.
  S/Sgt Carter, A.
  5  669th                   
  41-39232  2A-A  A-26B
  Lt Smith, J.F.
  S/Sgt Hoffman, R.C.
  6  669th                   
  41-39241  2A-F  A-26B
  Lt Tripp, W.F.
  S/Sgt Mallory, D.F.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  671st                   
  44-560  5C-X  A-20K
  Capt Cole, H.P.
  Lt Basnett, R.J.
  S/Sgt Chvatal, F.R.
  S/Sgt Fandre, B.G.
  2  671st                   
  41-39211  5C-K  A-26B
  Lt Withington, D.L.
  S/Sgt Huss, C.F.
  [Not Airborne Spark Plugs]
  3  671st                   
  41-39210  5C-J  A-26B
  Lt Buskirk, J.A.
  S/Sgt Corbitt, C.H.
  4  671st                   
  41-39265  5C-V  A-26B
  Lt Smith, R.H.
  S/Sgt Mahoney, R.J.
  5  671st                   
  41-39239  5C-N  A-26B
  Lt Eastman, D.M.
  Sgt Eaton, A.B.
  [Not Airborne Electrical Trouble]
  6  671st                   
  43-22313  5C-B  A-26B
  Lt VanNoorden, H.M.
  Sgt Steffey, R.I.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  671st                   
  44-089  5C-R  A-20K
  Capt Wheeler, R.V.
  Lt Arrington, H.T.
  S/Sgt Worden, H.C.
  S/Sgt Rzepka, J.J.
  2  671st                   
  41-39209  5C-M  A-26B
  Lt Herman, A.E.
  S/Sgt Young, J.O.
  3  671st                   
  41-39237  5C-D  A-26B
  Lt Andrews, H.D.
  S/Sgt DeGiusti, I.R.
  4  671st                   
  41-39234  5C-P  A-26B
  Lt Brown, C.J.
  Lt Kerns, J.E.
  S/Sgt Sunderland, H.E.
  5  671st                   
  41-39208  5C-L  A-26B
  Lt Winn, A.J.P.
  Cpl Davis, H.R.
  6  668th                   
  41-39213  5H-A  A-26B
  Lt Fero, D.A.
  Sgt Rojas, A.A.

Box II
  SPARE  668th               
  41-39233  5H-F  A-26B
  Lt Col Meng, W.J.
  Sgt Elliott, F.W.
  Capt Fontaine, R.A.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 159 -- November 17, 1944, Friday PM
Hageunau, France -- Supply Depot

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

The month of November found us flying the fewest number of missions since we had begun operations. We flew only five missions in the month. Bad weather was entirely to blame for this. It was felt at first that the A-26 would not be able to fly behind a B-26 Marauder on a Pathfinder mission because of the differences in speed. As a result, the weather had to be clear enough for visual bombing in order for us to fly.

The first mission for the month, No. 159, took off on the 17th, exactly one month since our last mission in October. It was the first mission flown by a Group completely equipped with the Invaders in any combat theatre. The 416th introduced the plane famously by scoring four excellents on the supply dump at Haguenau, Germany. Extensive damage was inflicted when the bombs struck the buildings, warehouses, the railroad, and bridges in the target area. For the first time, also, 250 pound demolition bombs were carried. The A-26s were equipped to carry eight; the A-20s, four. The Havocs were used as lead planes in each of the flights. Major Dunn, Lt Powell, B-N, and Captain Huff, Lt Kupits, B-N, were the box leaders.

"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Page 168

Mission #159 - 17 November - Haguenau Supply Depot. The first mission with 28 A-26 gun ships, led in flights of six by A-20s. Captain Huff and Lt. Kupits, BN and Captain Hulse and Lt. Conte, BN led boxes. Captain Wheeler and Lt. Arrington, BN and Captain Cole and Lt. Basnett, BN led flights. Kupits and Conte scored excellents on their bombing. Others scored fair and two as unsatisfactory Weather was closing in and the formation went down to 8000 feet to make their bomb run. The newness of the A-26 planes for the pilots resulted in other than a tight formation, they not being accustomed to the vision from the wider cockpit, causing apprehension on getting too close to their formation partners. Practice will make things better as time goes on.

"668th Bombardment Squadron (L) History"
Transcription from USAF Archives

On 17 November, the Squadron participated in the first combat mission flown by the A-26. Due to a shortage of glass-nosed Invaders, A-20 Havocs were used in the Number One position for all flights.

The early combat missions uncovered several "bugs" in the Invader, and the technical sections, together with the Douglas Field Representatives, wrestled with the accomplishment of minor mechanical improvements. For air and ground men alike it was pioneer work, and though fraught with difficulties and hazards, it had its compensations in the sense of real achievement that was felt by the entire Group.

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

Only five missions were flown during the month of November. Exactly one month after the last mission in October, the Group took off on the 17th to fly their first mission in the A-26 Invaders. The target was the supply dump at Hagenau, Germany. Captain Huff, Lt. Kupits, B-N, was chosen to lead the second box on this all-important mission for the new planes. Captain Hulse, Lt. Conte, B-N, led a flight in the first box. Both of the 669th Bombardiers scored "excellents". Extensive damage was inflicted on buildings warehouses, the railroad, and bridges.

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

The christening of the new A-26's in combat, and the first mission for the squadron since October 8th, took place on November 17th. Eleven of our crews took part in an attack on the Haguenau storage depot. Forced to go below a cloud cover on the bomb run, the crews bombed from 8,000 feet. The attack was centered on two large warehouses, fifteen miles north of Strasbourg. Only weak flak was encountered and excellent bombing results were obtained. Bombs demolished bridges, railroad and warehouses in the target area.

"671tst Bombardment Squadron (L) History"
Transcribed from USAF Archives

Toward the middle of November the weather cleared somewhat and the need for air support became urgent. On November 17 the Group flew their first mission using A-26 airplanes with A-20K airplanes leading each flight. The target was a supply warehouse at Haguenau, France. Ten crews of the 671st Squadron participated in the mission with Captain Cole and Captain Wheeler leading two flights.

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

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