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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 188 -- January 21, 1945, Sunday PM

Euskirchen, Germany

Railroad Bridge



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 134-714
OpRep #            : 293
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 11,000 - 12,000 feet
Take-off Time      : 1219
Time Over Target   : 1410 - 1412
Landing Time       : 1553
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 3:34

Place of Take-Off  : A-55 Melun/Villaroche, France
A/C Dispatched     : 40 Total -- 10 A-20's, 29 A-26's, 1 B-26 (PFF)
Modified British System Reference: F-343295
Secondary Target   : No Alternate Targets Authorized
Summary of Results : Three aircraft dropped Window, Scores by flight - 1 No Rating, 2 Undertermined, 1 Excellent, 2 Superior.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 50.66136,6.80744 (50° 39' 41" N, 6° 48' 27" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on The "Coordinates Translator", (NGZ) wF343295)
(See Latitude/Longitude Coordinates and Target Identifiers for more information.)

Loading List 1

Loading List 1, Box I with Three Additional Window Mission Aircraft

Loading List 2

Loading List 2, Box II

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

         Date          Report

Serial #
Location Personnel (Status when available)
Jan 21, 1945
No_Report   41-39238
188 669 Willard, Jack A. (Not Injured)
Hinker, Cletus V. (WIA)

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Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 188 -- January 21, 1945, Sunday PM
Euskirchen, 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  670th                   
  44-073  F6-J  A-20K
  Maj Dunn, L.F.
  Lt Brewer, W.E.
  S/Sgt Majewski, S.J.
  S/Sgt Burger, L.C.
  2  670th                   
  41-39222  F6-S  A-26B
  Lt Musgrove, W.
  S/Sgt Seighman, H.O.
  3  670th                   
  41-39235  F6-M  A-26B
  Lt Popeney, H.
  Sgt Nowosielski, H.J.
  4  670th                   
  43-22334  F6-G  A-26B
  Lt Warren, J.R.
  S/Sgt Stroup, C.C.
  5  670th                   
  43-22315  F6-L  A-26B
  Lt Sheley, S.H.
  Sgt Paladino, D.V.
  6  670th                   
  41-39224  F6-E  A-26B
  Lt Turner, E.O.
  S/Sgt Seinkiewicz, J. (NMI)

Box I -- Flight II
  1  670th                   
  43-9439  F6-V  A-20J
  Lt Stanley, C.S.
  F/O Blount, J.H.
  Sgt Collier, C.B.
  S/Sgt Sylva, H.J.
  2  668th                   
  41-39188  5H-R  A-26B
  Lt Jacobsen, O.F.
  Sgt Gooch, H.I.
  3  668th                   
  43-22290  5H-L  A-26B
  Lt Hale, W.L.
  S/Sgt Geyer, J.F.
  4  668th                   
  41-39219  5H-E  A-26B
  Lt Harris, F.W.
  Sgt Williford, C.W.
  5  668th                   
  41-39233  5H-F  A-26B
  Lt Prucha, L.J.
  T/Sgt Wilson, G.C.
  6  668th                   
  41-39259  5H-H  A-26B
  Lt Russell, R.A.
  Cpl Spence, J.I.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  671st                   
  44-106  5C-E  A-20K
  Lt Greenley, R.E.
  Lt Basnett, R.J.
  S/Sgt Orvold, C.R.
  S/Sgt DiMartino, A.E.
  2  671st                   
  41-39265  5C-V  A-26B
  Lt Winn, A.J.P.
  S/Sgt Stephenson, G.G.
  3  671st                   
  41-39250  5C-A  A-26B
  Lt Fero, D.A.
  S/Sgt Rojas, A.A.
  4  671st                   
  43-22326  5C-W  A-26B
  Lt Herman, A.E.
  S/Sgt DeBower, D.H.
  5  671st                   
  41-39208  5C-L  A-26B
  Capt Nielsen, L.C.
  Sgt Schmidt, K.W.
  6  671st                   
  43-22313  5C-B  A-26B
  Lt Jokinen, W.R.
  Cpl McNellis, D.E.

Box I
  SPARE  671st               
  41-39234  5C-P  A-26B
  Lt Milhorn, G.L.
  Sgt Chest, D.

Box I -- Flight WINDOW
  1  668th                   
  43-22026  5H-M  A-20J
  Lt Mish, C.C.
  Lt Shaft, R.E.
  S/Sgt Roberts, J.H.
  Sgt Windisch, R.P.
  2  670th                   
  44-614  F6-A  A-20K
  Lt McCready, T.D.
  Sgt Hood, A.R.
  Sgt Miller, W.A.
  3  671st                   
  43-22023  5C-X  A-20J
  Lt Brown, N.G.
  Sgt Harmon, C.D.
  Pvt Willever, E.J.

Box II -- Flight I
  1  670th                   
  43-21467  F6-W  A-20J
  Capt Monroe, H.A.
  Lt Kirk, R.L.
  S/Sgt Kidd, W.L.
  Cpl Neal, D.E.
  2  671st                   
  44-185  5C-G  A-20K
  Lt Singletary, R.B.
  Lt Rosenquist, A.E.
  S/Sgt Wiggins, H.G.
  S/Sgt Turpin, S.J.
  3  670th                   
  43-22337  F6-O  A-26B
  Lt Barausky, P.P.
  S/Sgt Hall, M.
  [Not Airborne Plug Change]
  4  670th                   
  43-22307  F6-N  A-26B
  Lt Johnson, E.L.
  Sgt Richards, D.B.
  5  670th                   
  41-39223  F6-B  A-26B
  Lt Turman, A.R.
  Sgt Wright, H.T.
  6  671st                   
  41-39239  5C-N  A-26B
  Lt Cook, J.A.
  S/Sgt Jackson, W.S.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  669th                   
  43-22024  2A-E  A-20J
  Lt Blomgren, J.E.
  Lt Johnson, G.G.
  S/Sgt Bookach, M.
  S/Sgt Fleming, L.R.
  2  669th                   
  43-22354  2A-S  A-26B
  Lt Renth, E.J.
  S/Sgt Moskowitz, L.
  [Not Airborne Not Enough RPM]
  3  669th                   
  41-39229  2A-B  A-26B
  Lt Poundstone, L.E.
  Sgt Richardson, L.L.
  [Returned Early Engine Trouble]
  4  669th                   
  43-22292  2A-H  A-26B
  Lt Smith, J.F.
  S/Sgt Basford, F.P.
  5  669th                   
  41-39241  2A-F  A-26B
  Lt Johnson, R.K.
  Cpl Brandt, H.E.
  6  669th                   
  41-39238  2A-M  A-26B
  Lt Willard, J.A.
  Cpl Hinker, C.V.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  668th                   
  43-22063  5H-A  A-20J
  Lt Col Napier, J.G.
  Lt Moore, D.L.
  S/Sgt Donnelly, W.W.
  Sgt Kruger, C.J.
  2  668th                   
  41-39264  5H-I  A-26B
  Lt VanRope, R.W.
  Cpl Klingman, W.H.
  3  668th                   
  43-22378  5H-O  A-26B
  Lt Martin, E.C.
  Cpl Sumner, W.R.
  4  669th                   
  41-39252  2A-D  A-26B
  Lt Sorrels, D.W.
  S/Sgt Malara, V.A.
  5  669th                   
  43-22306  2A-X  A-26B
  Lt Anderson, C.M.
  Cpl Deatherage, J.H.
  6  669th                   
  41-39271  2A-R  A-26B
  Lt Weinert, C.E.
  Cpl Dubi, R.

Box II
  SPARE  671st               
  41-39237  5C-D  A-26B
  Lt Cocke, J.B.
  Cpl Redding, R.D.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 188 -- January 21, 1945, Sunday PM
Euskirchen, Germany -- Railroad Bridge

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

After four non-operational days, 35 aircraft attacked the railroad bridge at Euskirchen on the 21st. Bombing visually by flights, excellent to superior results were achieved. The bombs fell across the bridge, onto the railroad tracks, and into the marshalling yards to do extensive damage. Moderate accurate flak hit the formation at the target and on the turn off. Twelve aircraft suffered category "A" damage, and one, category "AC." Major Dunn, Lt Brewer, B-N, and Captain Monroe, Lt Kirk, B-N, were the box leaders.

"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Pages 195 - 196

Mission #188 - 21 January - Euskirchken Railroad Bridge. Major Dunn and Lt. Brewer, BN led Box I with Captain Monroe and Lt. Kirk, BN leading Box II. Lt. Stanley and F/O Blount, BN Captain Greenley and Lt. Basnett, BN led flights. B-26s had attacked this bridge before, but the Germans had rebuilt it with railroad tracks. Our bombs hit the bridge and bombs tore up an attached marshalling yard. Window dropping preceeded the formation, but heavy flak got through to the planes, causing damage on a few planes. No injuries. Bombing was on PFF which the first box followed. The second box did not see the PFF signal, so did not drop. The results of flight bombings were rated two superior and one excellent. Two did not drop. Captain Greenley and Lt. Basnett, BN leading a flight, had their elevator trim tab freeze up, causing the plane to slip away from the formation. They attemped to join up other flights but did not make it properly, dropping their bombs away from the target.

"Operational History 668th Bomb Squadron (416th Bomb Group (L)) WWII"
Wayne Williams, et.al.

A break in weather gave us group Mission # 188 today. Filling out the loading list from our squadron were; B/N Team of Stanley & Blount, Ltís Jacobsen, Harris, Prucha, Russell, McCready, and Hale. Flying "window" for the formation was the B/N Team of Mish & Shaft. Lt. Stanley led our crews in the second flight of the first box.

The target bombed was the railroad bridge at Euskirchen. The bridge was an important target on the supply route form Cologne to the German front. "Marauders" had hit it before, but the Jerries had repaired the damage and run a track across it again.

Moderate accurate heavy flak was encountered just before the target was reached, damaging the planes in formation. None were hit seriously, and the bombs were dropped with precision. The bombing was done by flights from/on Group lead from 11,000 and 12,000 feet. The return journey was made without any interference of any kind, and the formation landed after a journey of four hours.

Photos taken and later developed gave the results of the mission. Of the six flights, two scored "superior", one "excellent", two "undetermined", and one A.P.N.B. F/O Blount, who guided our flightís bombs, brought back a "superior" to the squadron. he is rapidly making himself a name as a bombardier. This mission ended the dayís activities.

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

Other outstanding missions during the month include the attack on Benzig rail bridge 16 January, on which Captain McNulty and Lt. Forma scored an Excellent and Captain Evans and F/O McCartney a Superior; the sortie against Euskirchen bridge 21 January for which Captain Stanley and F/O Blount were given a Superior; and the assault upon the Communications Center of Schleiden, 24 January, which marked the 19th consecutive Excellent for Lt. Arvid R. Hand, veteran Bombardier whose pilot is Major Robert F. Price, Squadron Commander.

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

Taking off on the 21st, our crews participated in a very successful attack on the Euskirchen railroad bridge. Despite the moderate accurate flak on the target and on the turn-off--causing battle damage to 13 of the aircraft--the crews went in to drop their bombs squarely across the bridge, railroad tracks, and into the marshalling yard. Lt. Col Napier, Lt. Moore, B-N, and Lt. Blomgren, Lt. G.G. Johnson, B-N, led two of the flights. Although there was no photo coverage of their work, crews reported that they scored excellent results.

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

The Euskirchen Railway Bridge was bombed with superior results on 21 January, with twelve of our crews taking part. The bombs fell across the bridge, on the tracks and into the marshalling yards, heavily damaging the area. Major Dunn and Lt Brewer led the first box and Captain Monroe and Lt Kirk led the second box on this mission.

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

In their first mission in five days the 416th Bomb Group attacked the Euskirchen Rail Bridge, 12 miles northwest of Bonn on an important supply route from Cologne to the German front. Marauders left the bridge unserviceable on December 23rd. But since then one of the five rail lines that crossed the River Erft at this point had been repaired. A Pathfinder took the group in, but relinquished its lead when it was found that visual bombing could be employed.

Two superiors, an excellent, and two undetermined results were chalked up as well as a P.N.B. The latter was Captain Greenley and Lt. Basnett. Their elevator trim tabs froze up when they were peeling off for the bomb run. Captain Greenley tried to tag on with the first flight, but was still not in position and his bombs dropped 1300 feet from the DMPI.

Three window ships went along as flak was anticipated and furthermore met. Thirteen ships received battle damage, but all returned safely.

[January 21, 1945], HQ Twelfth Army Group situation map

Map showing Western Allies and Axis troop position details in Western Europe
as of approximately 1200 hours, January 21, 1945
World War II Military Situation Maps Collection
Library of Congress

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