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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 217 -- February 28, 1945, Wednesday PM

Unna, Germany

Ordnance Depot



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 184-769
OpRep #            : 331
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 12,300 feet
Take-off Time      : 1343
Time Over Target   : 1548 - 1610
Landing Time       : 1744
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 4:01

Place of Take-Off  : A-69 Laon/Athies, France
A/C Dispatched     : 43 Total -- 41 A-26's, 2 B-26's (PFF)
Modified British System Reference: A-966299
Illustration       : 3 (K) (34)/2
Secondary Target   : Selected in accordance with IX Bomb Div Cipher F-576-E (9-2-45)
Summary of Results : Unobserved due to cloud cover. 3 a/c dropped Window, 19 attacked Primary target, 19 attacked Siegen (Secondary).

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 51.56775,7.68817 (51° 34' 4" N, 7° 41' 17" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on The "Coordinates Translator", (NGZ) rA966299)
(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

Loading List 2

Loading List 2, Box II


Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 217 -- February 28, 1945, Wednesday PM
Unna, Germany -- Ordnance 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                   
  43-22501  F6-W  A-26C
  Maj Dunn, L.F.
  Lt Brewer, W.E.
  Lt Maltby, A.H.
  S/Sgt Majewski, S.J.
  Col Aylesworth, T.R.
  2  669th                   
  43-22492  2A-E  A-26C
  Lt Blomgren, J.E.
  Lt Johnson, G.G.
  S/Sgt Fleming, L.R.
  3  670th                   
  41-39416  F6-O  A-26B
  Lt Bishop, E.G.
  Sgt Harris, M.C.
  4  670th                   
  43-22330  F6-P  A-26B
  Lt Musgrove, W.
  S/Sgt Licker, M.
  5  670th                   
  43-22307  F6-N  A-26B
  Lt Ford, R.
  Cpl Murro, D.J.
  6  670th                   
  41-39286  F6-D  A-26B
  Lt Turman, A.R.
  S/Sgt Leahigh, L.L.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  668th                   
  43-22505  5H-Y  A-26C
  Capt Stanley, C.S.
  F/O Blount, J.H.
  Sgt Edenburn, J.C.
  2  668th                   
  43-22508  5H-Z  A-26C
  Lt Jacobsen, O.F.
  F/O Harvest, R.W.
  Sgt Pettinicchi, A.
  3  668th                   
  41-39325  5H-L  A-26B
  Lt Hale, W.L.
  S/Sgt Geyer, J.F.
  4  671st                   
  41-39209  5C-M  A-26B
  Lt Parker, P.E.
  Lt Zeimet, L.R.
  S/Sgt Kochan, S.
  5  668th                   
  41-39305  5H-U  A-26B
  Lt Blevins, J.W.
  Pvt Hawk, D.W.
  6  668th                   
  41-39361  5H-M  A-26B
  Lt Laseter, W.H.
  Sgt Cross, R.M.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  668th                   
  43-22481  5H-P  A-26C
  Capt Andersen, C.J.
  Lt Babbage, W.
  S/Sgt Euga, P.G.
  2  668th                   
  43-22495  5H-G  A-26C
  Lt Buchanan, R.C.
  S/Sgt Calabrese, C.L.
  3  668th                   
  43-22321  5H-T  A-26B
  Lt Carver, J.H.
  Sgt Stewart, A.B.
  4  668th                   
  41-39274  5H-S  A-26B
  Lt Prucha, L.J.
  T/Sgt Wilson, G.C.
  5  668th                   
  43-22385  5H-D  A-26B
  F/O Gunkel, H.G.
  Sgt Grzona, L.J.
  6  668th                   
  43-22378  5H-O  A-26B
  Lt Annin, W.W.
  Sgt Pauker, J.L.

Box I
  SPARE  670th               
  43-22334  F6-G  A-26B
  Lt Sewell, J.C.
  Sgt Richards, D.B.

Box I -- Flight WINDOW
  1  671st                   
  43-22498  5C-R  A-26C
  Lt Heinke, W.R.
  Lt McNutt, M.C.
  Sgt VanWert, G.R.
  S/Sgt Teran, A.
  2  668th                   
  41-39213  5H-A  A-26B
  Lt Merchant, W.A.
  Sgt Ruskiewich, J.J.
  Sgt Stypenski, V.S.
  3  669th                   
  41-39229  2A-B  A-26B
  Lt Hayter, E.R.
  S/Sgt Basford, F.P.
  Sgt Dalton, A.A.
  [Returned Early Excessive Fuel Pres. Oil Leak]

Box II -- Flight I
  1  670th                   
  43-22503  F6-X  A-26C
  Lt Rooney, R.J.
  Lt Kirk, R.L.
  Lt Koch, O.R.
  Sgt Kamischke, R.J.
  2  671st                   
  43-22499  5C-G  A-26C
  Lt Lackovich, J.J.
  Lt Muir, R.C.
  S/Sgt Connery, T.
  3  670th                   
  43-22315  F6-L  A-26B
  Capt Gruetzemacher, R.O.
  S/Sgt Kidd, W.L.
  S/Sgt Ricketson, J.J.
  4  670th                   
  41-39215  F6-R  A-26B
  Lt Warren, J.R.
  Sgt Stroup, C.C.
  5  670th                   
  41-39224  F6-E  A-26B
  Lt Stankowski, J.F.
  Sgt Kimball, A.H.
  6  670th                   
  43-22320  F6-S  A-26B
  Lt Wallace, J.F.
  Sgt Plant, R.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  671st                   
  43-22497  5C-E  A-26C
  Capt Tutt, R.J.
  Lt Beck, J.T.
  Sgt Wood, W.
  2  671st                   
  41-39300  5C-K  A-26B
  Lt Jokinen, W.R.
  Sgt Creeden, E.J.
  3  671st                   
  41-39239  5C-N  A-26B
  Lt Henderson, F.W.
  S/Sgt Schrom, R.G.
  4  671st                   
  41-39249  5C-F  A-26B
  Capt Sutton, L.J.
  Sgt Gurkin, C.W.
  5  671st                   
  41-39297  5C-T  A-26B
  Lt Milhorn, G.L.
  Sgt Chest, D.
  6  671st                   
  41-39332  5C-P  A-26B
  Lt Fero, D.A.
  S/Sgt Skelton, T.W.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  669th                   
  43-22521  2A-N  A-26C
  Capt Stebbins, B.D.
  Lt Calloway, A.S.
  S/Sgt Brown, W.J.
  2  669th                   
  43-22344  2A-C  A-26B
  Lt Martin, E.C.
  Sgt Draft, L.B.
  3  669th                   
  41-39252  2A-D  A-26B
  Lt Anderson, C.M.
  Sgt Deatherage, J.H.
  4  669th                   
  41-39314  2A-H  A-26B
  Lt DuBose, M.W.
  S/Sgt Griffin, D.L.
  5  669th                   
  43-22354  2A-S  A-26B
  Lt Hackley, R.H.
  Sgt Koons, H.A.
  6  669th                   
  41-39271  2A-R  A-26B
  Lt Depner, A.W.
  Sgt Gillespie, R.H.

Box II
  SPARE  670th               
  41-39315  F6-F  A-26B
  F/O Green, J.A.
  Sgt Kubjalko, A.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 217 -- February 28, 1945, Wednesday PM
Unna, Germany -- Ordnance Depot

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

The last mission of the month, no. 127, was flown on the 28th. The target to be attacked was the still very important ordnance depot at Unna. A 10/10ths cloud cover hung over Germany. A last minute equipment failure in the PPF plane of the first box prevented it from bombing. It was too late for the box leader to make a Gee run. As a result, he led his box on to attack the marshalling yards a Seigen on his own Gee equipment. The PPF equipment worked fine in the second PPF plane so that the second box was able to attack the primary target. Twenty-eight and one-half tons of incendiary bombs were dropped on each of the targets. The box leaders were Major Dunn, Lts Brewer and Maltby as B and N, and Lt Rooney, Lts Kirk and Koch as B and N.

Despite the inclement February weather, our Group had flown 22 missions. This was only a few missions less than we had flown during some of our best operational months. On these missions, 707 individual sorties were flown and 1032 1/2 tons of bombs were dropped on enemy installations. A month-end summary published by the Public Relations Office ties our operations with the general plan of battle for the whole of the 9th Bombardment Division.

"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Pages 215 - 216

Mission #217 - 28 February - Unna Communication Center. Major Dunn with Lts. Brewer and Maltby, BNs - Lt. Rooney with Lts. Kirk and Koch BNs led boxes. Lts. Stanley and Blount, BN, Lts. Anderson and Babbage, BN, Captain Tutt and Lt. Beck, BN with Lts. Lackovich and Muir, BN, led flights - Cloud cover required PFF pathfinders to lead the formation. The PFF unit ran into some difficulty and did not signal a drop, but the BN box leader, using his own GEE equipment went on to bomb a marshalling yard at Seigen with good results. The second box got to drop with their PFF leader, dropping incendiary bombs on the primary target. This facility included two dozen large buildings and barracks which were demolished. This was another milk-run - No fighters or flak.

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

The mission today was briefed early, but didn’t take off till early in the afternoon. A hefty haze clings to the ground during the morning, and doesn’t usually clear till noon. On the loading list for Gp Mission # 217, were twelve crews, including the three B/N Teams of Stanley & Blount Jacobsen & Harvest, and Andersen & Babbage.

The ordnance depot at Unna, Germany was the target. The planes were loaded with 500 lb. GP’s, and they were dropped through the clouds at 12,500 feet, with the bombing being accomplished with "PFF" and "Gee".

The results of the bombing were again "undetermined", with a heavy cloud cover preventing the taking of any pictures. The formation returned safely to the base after four hours of flight. Flak was nil, thusly no damages, casualties, or losses.

This was # 1 for 2nd Lt. –eimet, although not at the stick, he rode with Lt. Parker and learned the feeling of a mission.

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

To complete the operational schedule for the month, this squadron participated in attacks on the Unna Ordnance Depot and the Seigen Marshalling Yards on the 28th. The 217th operational mission of the 416th Bombardment Group (L) was flown on this date.

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

The Sindorf Communications center was bombed on 26th February and Unna Ordnance Depot on the 28th to conclude the month's operations.

Major Dunn was transferred to the 671st Squadron on the 28th of February to take command. Major Collins H. Ferris assumed command or our squadron. At a ceremony held in the mess hall that evening, Major Dunn addressed the squadron after presenting Bronze Star Ribbons to T/Sgt's Anderson, Ewing, Spillett, Thompson, Bos, McClellan and S/Sgt Pelligrino.

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

Rounding out one of their most active months and one of their most important tactical assignmentsŕsupporting the drive to the Rhine Riverŕthe 416th Group struck at the Una Ordnance Depot and other targets in the vicinity on February 28th, 1945. Guns from this heavily defended target, which had knocked down eight ships of four groups on February 16th, were silent on this mission due to a solid cloud covering.

Box I bombed the Marshalling Yard at Seigen when the PFF failed at the Primary. The Group lead dropped on Gee. The Pathfinder aircraft of the second box bombed as scheduled and all planes of the Box dropped on it, hitting Una, with undetermined results.

This depot, 11 miles west of Dortmund, contains 20 large buildings and barracks. It is one of the three main ordnance depots supplying German troops on the Western Front with all types of equipment.

[February 28, 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 28, 1945
World War II Military Situation Maps Collection
Library of Congress

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