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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 193 -- January 24, 1945, Wednesday PM

Schleiden, Germany

Road Junction



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 139-719
OpRep #            : 296
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 11,800 - 12,000 feet
Take-off Time      : 1300
Time Over Target   : 1432 - 1437
Landing Time       : 1557
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 2:57

Place of Take-Off  : A-55 Melun/Villaroche, France
A/C Dispatched     : 21 Total -- 6 A-20's, 15 A-26's
Modified British System Reference: F-108152
Secondary Target   : No Alternate Targets Authorized
Summary of Results : Three A-20's dropped Window, two flights scored Excellent, one flight No Attack - Leader failed to bomb due to bombsight telescope case broken.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 50.52968,6.47831 (50° 31' 47" N, 6° 28' 42" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on The "Coordinates Translator", (NGZ) wF108152)
(See Latitude/Longitude Coordinates and Target Identifiers for more information.)


Route Map

Loading List 1

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

Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 193 -- January 24, 1945, Wednesday PM
Schleiden, Germany -- Road Junction

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  668th                   
  43-22063  5H-A  A-20J
  Maj Price, R.F.
  Lt Hand, A.R.
  S/Sgt Fetko, C.
  S/Sgt Sylva, H.J.
  2  668th                   
  41-39233  5H-F  A-26B
  Lt Kenny, J.P.
  S/Sgt Metzler, L.V.
  3  668th                   
  43-22290  5H-L  A-26B
  Lt Hale, W.L.
  S/Sgt Bentzler, D.H.
  4  668th                   
  41-39331  5H-C  A-26B
  Lt Wright, J.W.
  S/Sgt Profita, P.J.
  5  671st                   
  41-39239  5C-N  A-26B
  Lt Carver, J.H.
  Sgt Stewart, A.B.
  6  671st                   
  41-39250  5C-A  A-26B
  Lt Parkhurst, G.J.
  Cpl Newman, F.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  669th                   
  44-075  2A-J  A-20K
  Lt Col Napier, J.G.
  Lt Moore, D.L.
  S/Sgt Carstens, R.W.
  S/Sgt Sharp, R.P.
  2  669th                   
  41-39271  2A-R  A-26B
  Lt VanRope, R.W.
  Cpl Klingman, W.H.
  3  671st                   
  41-39208  5C-L  A-26B
  Lt Fero, D.A.
  S/Sgt Skelton, T.W.
  4  669th                   
  43-22292  2A-H  A-26B
  Lt DuBose, M.W.
  S/Sgt Griffin, D.L.
  5  671st                   
  43-22326  5C-W  A-26B
  Lt Poundstone, L.E.
  Sgt Richardson, L.L.
  6  671st                   
  41-39300  5C-K  A-26B
  Lt Winn, A.J.P.
  S/Sgt Stephenson, G.G.

Box I -- Flight III
  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                   
  43-22381  2A-Q  A-26B
  Lt Willard, J.A.
  Cpl Hinker, C.V.
  3  669th                   
  41-39252  2A-D  A-26B
  Lt Renth, E.J.
  S/Sgt Moskowitz, L.
  4  671st                   
  43-22352  5C-J  A-26B
  Lt Mooney, S.
  Cpl Schumacher, R.C.
  5  671st                   
  41-39249  5C-F  A-26B
  Lt Weinert, C.E.
  Cpl Dubi, R.
  6  671st                   
  43-22313  5C-B  A-26B
  Lt Spires, J.W.
  Sgt Davis, L.E.

Box I -- Flight WINDOW
  1  670th                   
  43-21467  F6-W  A-20J
  Lt Singletary, R.B.
  Lt Rosenquist, A.E.
  S/Sgt Wiggins, H.G.
  S/Sgt Blackford, D.S.
  2  671st                   
  43-21710  5C-Y  A-20J
  Lt Sheley, S.H.
  Sgt Tharp, F.M.
  Sgt Kubjalko, A.
  3  671st                   
  43-22023  5C-X  A-20J
  Lt Cocke, J.B.
  Cpl Redding, R.D.
  S/Sgt MacCartney, W.A.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 193 -- January 24, 1945, Wednesday PM
Schleiden, Germany -- Road Junction

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

Because of the shortage of planes on the field, only 21 planes took off on the 24th to attack the Schleiden road junction. Only two flights were able to bomb when the bombsight telescope cable in the lead plane of the third flight was broken. The bombs blanketed the railroad lines and cut a major road. Possible hits were scored on a long road bridge. Major Price led the formation.

"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Page 199

Mission #193 - 24 January - Schleiden. Major Price and Lt. Hand, BN led Box I. Only 21 planes were able to be suited up for this mission. Three planes dropped window strips ahead of the formation. Only three flights dropped, with two scoring excellents. One flight leader's bombsight malfunctioned, preventing a drop. Little, inaccurate flak was experienced. All Planes returned safely.

"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

On the 24th, Lt. Col. Napier and Lt. Blomgren again led two flights in an attack on the road junction at Schleiden. Lt. Johnson, Lt. Blomgren's B-N, scored excellent results with bombs blanketing railroad lines and cutting the main highway, with possible hits on a long road bridge. Lt. Moore, Col. Napier's B-N, was unable to bomb, however, even though they made three runs because his bombsight telescope cable was broken.

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

1st Lt's Francis F. Brewster and Lewis W. Dennis, Pilot and Bombardier-Navigator respectively, joined the squadron 24 January.

Three of our crews took part in an attack January 24th on the Schleiden road junction. Excellent results were achieved. The bombs blanketed the railroad lines and cut a major road.

[January 24, 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 24, 1945
World War II Military Situation Maps Collection
Library of Congress

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