9th AF Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 199 -- February 6, 1945, Tuesday AM

Berg-Gladbach, Germany

Storage Buildings



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 158-736
OpRep #            : 309
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 13,500 feet
Take-off Time      : 1035
Time Over Target   : 1230
Landing Time       : 1400
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 3:25

Place of Take-Off  : A-55 Melun/Villaroche, France
A/C Dispatched     : 40 Total -- 12 A-20's, 27 A-26's, 1 B-26 (PFF)
Modified British System Reference: F-572661
Secondary Target   : No Alternate Targets Authorized
Summary of Results : Results Unobserved - 7/8 - 10's clouds in target area, three ships dropped Window.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 50.99260,7.12731 (50° 59' 33" N, 7° 7' 38" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on The "Coordinates Translator", (NGZ) wF572661)
(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
(Erroneously Identified as Another "Box I" for Flight 1)

Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 199 -- February 6, 1945, Tuesday AM
Berg-Gladbach, Germany -- Storage Buildings

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                   
  43-21467  F6-W  A-20J
  Maj Dunn, L.F.
  Lt Brewer, W.E.
  S/Sgt Majewski, S.J.
  S/Sgt Teran, A.
  2  669th                   
  44-075  2A-J  A-20K
  Lt Blomgren, J.E.
  Lt Johnson, G.G.
  S/Sgt Bookach, M.
  S/Sgt Fleming, L.R.
  3  670th                   
  41-39223  F6-B  A-26B
  Lt Popeney, H.
  Lt Chitty, W.D.
  S/Sgt Arnett, W.E.
  4  670th                   
  41-39222  F6-S  A-26B
  Lt Musgrove, W.
  S/Sgt Seighman, H.O.
  5  670th                   
  43-22334  F6-G  A-26B
  Capt Borman, H.W.
  Sgt Corey, F.E.
  6  670th                   
  41-39205  F6-M  A-26B
  Lt Bishop, E.G.
  Sgt Hudnutt, L.W.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  670th                   
  44-073  F6-J  A-20K
  Lt Brewster, F.S.
  Lt Dennis, L.W.
  S/Sgt Clark, W.O.
  Sgt Vellinga, J.R.
  2  669th                   
  44-178  2A-L  A-20K
  Lt Grunig, D.B.
  Lt Morris, B.C.
  S/Sgt Dias, M.E.
  S/Sgt Nowosielski, H.J.
  3  670th                   
  43-22307  F6-N  A-26B
  Lt Warren, J.R.
  S/Sgt Stroup, C.C.
  4  670th                   
  43-22330  F6-P  A-26B
  Lt Turner, E.O.
  S/Sgt Seinkiewicz, J. (NMI)
  5  670th                   
  41-39286  F6-D  A-26B
  Lt Turman, A.R.
  Sgt Wright, H.T.
  6  670th                   
  41-39315  F6-F  A-26B
  F/O Green, J.A.
  S/Sgt Rorbakken, R.R.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  671st                   
  44-106  5C-E  A-20K
  Lt Buskirk, J.A.
  Lt Hanna, R.C.
  S/Sgt Corbitt, C.H.
  S/Sgt Swank, O.E.
  2  671st                   
  43-22352  5C-J  A-26B
  Capt Sutton, L.J.
  S/Sgt Gilliam, D.C.
  Lt Wright, J.R.
  3  671st                   
  41-39250  5C-A  A-26B
  Lt Edstrom, L.W.
  Sgt Helton, C.
  4  671st                   
  41-39208  5C-L  A-26B
  Lt Gary, J.C.
  Pvt Schoen, A.E.
  [Left Engine Cutting Out]
  5  671st                   
  41-39239  5C-N  A-26B
  Lt Spires, J.W.
  Sgt Davis, L.E.
  6  671st                   
  41-39332  5C-P  A-26B
  Lt Graeber, T.E.
  Sgt Miller, A.H.

Box I
  SPARE  671st               
  43-22356  5C-C  A-26B
  Lt Milhorn, G.L.
  Sgt Chest, D.

Box II -- Flight I
  1  668th                   
  43-9444  5H-J  A-20J
  Capt Evans, H.M.
  Lt McCartney, T.M.
  S/Sgt Skeens, C.L.
  S/Sgt Merritt, O.N.
  2  668th                   
  43-22026  5H-M  A-20J
  Lt Singletary, R.B.
  Lt Rosenquist, A.E.
  S/Sgt Ottaviano, J.O.
  Sgt Puskas, N.A.
  3  668th                   
  41-39305  5H-U  A-26B
  Lt Kenny, J.P.
  S/Sgt Sittarich, J.J.
  4  668th                   
  41-39264  5H-I  A-26B
  Lt Parker, P.E.
  Lt Drum, E.B.
  S/Sgt Sylva, H.J.
  5  668th                   
  41-39274  5H-S  A-26B
  Lt Parkhurst, G.J.
  Sgt Newman, F.
  6  668th                   
  43-22321  5H-T  A-26B
  Lt Carver, J.H.
  Sgt Stewart, A.B.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  668th                   
  44-081  5H-P  A-20K
  Capt Andersen, C.J.
  Lt Babbage, W.
  S/Sgt Euga, P.G.
  S/Sgt Schafer, E.L.
  2  668th                   
  41-39259  5H-H  A-26B
  Lt Colquitt, J.K.
  S/Sgt Mohr, C.M.
  3  668th                   
  41-39331  5H-C  A-26B
  Lt Hale, W.L.
  S/Sgt Bentzler, D.H.
  4  668th                   
  41-39188  5H-R  A-26B
  Lt Montrose, J.H.
  Lt Long, R.H.
  S/Sgt Gandy, R.S.
  5  668th                   
  43-22378  5H-O  A-26B
  Lt Buchanan, R.C.
  Sgt Fidler, W.H.
  6  668th                   
  41-39213  5H-A  A-26B
  Lt McCready, T.D.
  S/Sgt Lemonds, W.E.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  669th                   
  44-085  2A-T  A-20K
  Capt DeMun, E.E.
  Lt McQuade, R.J.
  S/Sgt Donnelly, W.W.
  Sgt Kruger, C.J.
  2  669th                   
  41-39229  2A-B  A-26B
  Lt Turner, D.O., Jr.
  S/Sgt Reyes, M.R.
  3  669th                   
  43-22381  2A-Q  A-26B
  Lt Jordan, C.S.
  S/Sgt Jensen, K.F.
  4  669th                   
  43-22344  2A-C  A-26B
  Lt Smith, J.F.
  S/Sgt Reiter, G.E.
  5  669th                   
  41-39244  2A-I  A-26B
  Lt VanRope, R.W.
  Sgt Klingman, W.H.
  6  669th                   
  41-39252  2A-D  A-26B
  Lt Martin, E.C.
  Lt Britt, J.W.
  Sgt Draft, L.B.
  [Returned Early Wheels Would Not Retract]

Box II
  SPARE  669th               
  41-39238  2A-M  A-26B
  Lt Weinert, C.E.
  Sgt Dubi, R.
  [Stuck in hole in taxiway]

Box II -- Flight WINDOW
  1  671st                   
  43-22023  5C-X  A-20J
  Capt Greenley, R.E.
  Lt Basnett, R.J.
  S/Sgt Connery, T.
  S/Sgt McElhattan, L.D.
  2  670th                   
  44-173  F6-W  A-20K
  Lt Cannon, L.E.
  S/Sgt Robinson, J.W.
  S/Sgt Brzezinski, E.P.
  3  671st                   
  44-185  5C-G  A-20K
  Lt Murray, T.J.
  S/Sgt DeBower, D.H.
  S/Sgt Schrom, R.G.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 199 -- February 6, 1945, Tuesday AM
Berg-Gladbach, Germany -- Storage Buildings

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

Again on the sixth, we attacked the same target on PPF because of the cloud cover. Although there were no observations of the results, photo reconnaissance found a factory and three large buildings damaged. A double track railroad between the target and Rosrath had been cut by three direct hits and through traffic was impossible. A road had also been cut. There was weak, inaccurate flak at the target and en route. Major Dunn, Lt Brewer, B-n, and Captain Evans, Lt McCartney, B-N, were the box leaders.

"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Pages 205 - 206

Mission #199 - 6 February - Berg/Gladbach Depot again, but weather prevented visual bombing, with PFF Pathfinders leading the formation in. Major Dunn, Lt. Brewer, BN led Box I and Captain Evans and Lt. McCartney, BN on Box II. Lts. Buskirk and Hanna, BN, Lts. Anderson and Babbage, BN with Captain Greenley and Lt. Basnett, BN led flights. Weak inaccurate flak was encountered, in spite of the supposedly heavy artillery at this site. Recon photos showed a factory and three large building, plus a double track railroad took direct hits. Two planes received minor damage.

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

Once more on the sixth of the month PPF technique had to be employed in attacking Berg Gladbach, Germany. The deputy leader of this mission was Lt. Blomgren who flew with his B/N Lt. G. G. Johnson. Capt. De Mun together with Lt. McQuade led the third flight of the second box of the formation.

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

On the 6th, a pathfinder mission was sent out to attack the Berg Gladbach supply depot. Nine 670th crews took part. The results were unobserved.

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

February 6th, 1945

Cloud covering again protected the 416th as it went against the Berg/Gladbach assembly and repair depot for the second time in four days. The ships dropped on a Pathfinder lead and results were undetermined. The weather closed in at A-55 after the ships had become airborne and as a result the ships were diverted to A-69 and A-70. Two aircraft received battle damage, but all returned safely.

[February 6, 1945], HQ Twelfth Army Group situation map

Map showing Western Allies and Axis troop position details in Western Europe
as of approximately 1200 hours, February 6, 1945
World War II Military Situation Maps Collection
Library of Congress

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