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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 220 -- March 3, 1945, Saturday AM

Giessen, Germany

Ordnance and Supply Depot



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 188-773
OpRep #            : 334
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 13,000 - 13,500 feet
Take-off Time      : 0920
Time Over Target   : 1132
Landing Time       : 1318
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 3:58

Place of Take-Off  : A-69 Laon/Athies, France
A/C Dispatched     : 40 Total -- 39 A-26's, 1 B-26 (PFF)
Modified British System Reference: G-688214
Secondary Target   : Eller Bridge (L-570665)
Summary of Results : Unobserved due to cloud cover. Three Window A-26's.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 50.58816,8.70936 (50° 35' 17" N, 8° 42' 34" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on The "Coordinates Translator", (NGZ) wG688214)
(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 # 220 -- March 3, 1945, Saturday AM
Giessen, Germany -- Ordnance and 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  669th                   
  43-22521  2A-N  A-26C
  Lt Col Napier, J.G.
  Lt Moore, D.L.
  Lt McQuade, R.J.
  S/Sgt Sharp, R.P.
  2  668th                   
  43-22523  5H-N  A-26C
  Capt Stanley, C.S.
  F/O Blount, J.H.
  Sgt Windisch, R.P.
  3  668th                   
  43-22378  5H-O  A-26B
  Lt Smith, D.E.
  S/Sgt Kirik, S.J.
  4  669th                   
  43-22354  2A-S  A-26B
  Lt Jordan, C.S.
  S/Sgt Jensen, K.F.
  5  669th                   
  41-39252  2A-D  A-26B
  Lt Renth, E.J.
  S/Sgt Moskowitz, L.
  6  669th                   
  43-22381  2A-Q  A-26B
  Capt DuFault, W.F.
  S/Sgt Vorce, K.E.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  671st                   
  43-22497  5C-E  A-26C
  Capt Tutt, R.J.
  Lt Beck, J.T.
  Sgt Schwartzapel, D.
  2  671st                   
  41-39250  5C-A  A-26B
  Lt VanNoorden, H.M.
  S/Sgt Hinson, A.H.
  [A/C Out. Starter burned out]
  3  671st                   
  41-39239  5C-N  A-26B
  Lt Hlivko, A.E.
  Sgt Graub, R.E.
  4  671st                   
  41-39237  5C-D  A-26B
  Capt Sutton, L.J.
  S/Sgt Gilliam, D.C.
  5  671st                   
  41-39209  5C-M  A-26B
  Lt Eastman, D.M.
  S/Sgt Johnson, R.J.
  [A/C Out. Rudder damaged in collision with ______ [?]]
  6  671st                   
  41-39332  5C-P  A-26B
  Lt Milhorn, G.L.
  S/Sgt Davis, H.R.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  671st                   
  43-22498  5C-R  A-26C
  Capt Pair, H.F.
  Lt Corum, J.L.
  S/Sgt Brown, R.J.
  2  671st                   
  41-39297  5C-T  A-26B
  Lt Fero, D.A.
  S/Sgt Rojas, A.A.
  3  671st                   
  43-22356  5C-C  A-26B
  Lt Winn, A.J.P.
  S/Sgt Stephenson, G.G.
  4  671st                   
  43-22313  5C-B  A-26B
  Lt Herman, A.E.
  S/Sgt Barber, F.E.
  5  671st                   
  43-22419  5C-Z  A-26B
  Capt Nielsen, L.C.
  Sgt Goldberg, L.
  6  671st                   
  41-39300  5C-K  A-26B
  Lt Graeber, T.E.
  Sgt Appleman, M.

Box I
  SPARE  668th               
  41-39325  5H-L  A-26B
  F/O Swap, F.W.
  Sgt Meliniotis, N.

Box I -- Flight WINDOW
  1  669th                   
  43-22487  2A-J  A-26C
  Lt Heinke, W.R.
  Lt Rosenquist, A.E.
  S/Sgt VanWert, G.R.
  S/Sgt Kidd, W.L.
  2  668th                   
  43-22385  5H-D  A-26B
  Lt Sewell, J.C.
  S/Sgt Gatti, R.J.
  S/Sgt Hummer, J.A.
  3  668th                   
  41-39213  5H-A  A-26B
  Lt McCready, T.D.
  S/Sgt Profita, P.J.
  S/Sgt Lemonds, W.E.

Box II -- Flight I
  1  669th                   
  43-22492  2A-E  A-26C
  Lt Miller, E.L.
  Lt Conner, J.K.
  Lt Johnson, G.G.
  S/Sgt Pemberton, J.M.
  2  670th                   
  43-22501  F6-W  A-26C
  Lt Grunig, D.B.
  Lt Morris, B.C.
  S/Sgt Dias, M.E.
  3  669th                   
  43-22351  2A-F  A-26B
  Lt Willard, J.A.
  Sgt Hinker, C.V.
  4  669th                   
  43-22344  2A-C  A-26B
  Lt Turner, D.O., Jr.
  S/Sgt Reyes, M.R.
  5  669th                   
  41-39271  2A-R  A-26B
  Lt Martin, E.C.
  Sgt Draft, L.B.
  6  669th                   
  41-39244  2A-I  A-26B
  Lt Depner, A.W.
  Sgt Gillespie, R.H.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  668th                   
  43-22505  5H-Y  A-26C
  Lt Mish, C.C.
  Lt Shaft, R.E.
  S/Sgt Roberts, J.H.
  2  668th                   
  41-39305  5H-U  A-26B
  Lt Blevins, J.W.
  Sgt VanGalder, D.W.
  3  668th                   
  41-39361  5H-M  A-26B
  Lt Parkhurst, G.J.
  S/Sgt Jordan, D.W.
  4  668th                   
  43-22321  5H-T  A-26B
  Lt Colquitt, J.K.
  Sgt Hood, A.R.
  5  668th                   
  43-22495  5H-G  A-26C
  Lt Drum, E.B.
  Sgt Schwartzkopf, J.R.
  6  668th                   
  41-39335  5H-W  A-26B
  Lt Zeimet, L.R.
  Cpl Ray, R.K.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  670th                   
  43-22503  F6-X  A-26C
  Lt Brewster, F.S.
  Lt Dennis, L.W.
  S/Sgt Clark, W.O.
  2  670th                   
  43-22307  F6-N  A-26B
  Lt Downing, W.E.
  Sgt Neal, D.E.
  3  670th                   
  41-39215  F6-R  A-26B
  Lt Green, J.A.
  Sgt Kubjalko, A.
  4  670th                   
  43-22330  F6-P  A-26B
  Lt Popeney, H.
  S/Sgt Arnett, W.E.
  5  670th                   
  41-39205  F6-M  A-26B
  Capt Borman, H.W.
  Pfc Finnell, D.O.
  6  670th                   
  41-39224  F6-E  A-26B
  Lt Wallace, J.F.
  Sgt Plant, R.

Box II
  SPARE  669th               
  41-39263  2A-G  A-26B
  Lt Hayter, E.R.
  S/Sgt Basford, F.P.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 220 -- March 3, 1945, Saturday AM
Giessen, Germany -- Ordnance and Supply Depot

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

The Giessen ordnance depot was attacked on the 3rd through a solid cloud cover. For the third day running, enemy flak guns were silent. Lt Col Napier, Lts Moore and McQuade, B&N, and Captain Miller, Lts Connor and Johnson, B&N, were the box leaders.

"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Pages 220 - 221

Mission #220 - 3 March - Giessen Ordnance Depot and Germany Army Quartermaster Hdqs. Lt. Colonel Napier with Lts. Moore and McQuade, BNs and Captain Miller with Lts. Conner and Johnson, BNs led the two boxes. Captain Pair and Lt. Corum BN, Captain Tutt and Lt. Beck, BN, - Lt. Stanley and F/O Blount, BN, plus Lts. Mish and Shaft, BN led flights. Lt. McCready flew a window dropping plane. Bombs were released through cloud cover. Another milk-run?

This day - 3 March - is the first anniversary of the first mission flown from England to the French coast. The experiences of the year have made the group a considerable assist to the war effort and earned a reputation of fine definition. Practically all of the original flying personnel who came overseas with the group have completed their missions and have been replaced by very qualified and ambitious pilots, bombardier-navigators and gunners.

The following personnel will leave the group this month for the states, having put in their required missions:

Major R. F. Price - Captains R. L. Behlmer, - C. C. Mish - E. B. Kreb - First Lieutenants W. F. Tripp, Jr., - R. Conte, - J. F. Smith, - J. C. Sewell, and E. J. Renth, - Staff Sergeants P. C. Euga, - E. L. Shafer, - A. Teran, - D. H. Debower, - R. G. Schrom, and R. F. Tolbert. Technical Sergeant J. F. Goggin. Assigned to the AAF Flexible Gunnery School in the states, are Staff Sergeants K. G. Lagerman, - M. E. Diaz, and R. W. Cheuveront. Captain F. J. Harrold was to return to the states after completing temporary duty with the ground forces.

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

Lt. Col. Napier, together with Lts. Moore and McQuade, led the group formation on the third of the month. PPF technique was used to bomb the Giessen Ordnance Depot. Lt. Miller, with Lts. Conner and G.G. Johnson, led the second box of the formation.

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

Lt Peter G. Royalty joined the squadron from the 671st and was assigned as Asst Operations Officer, on 3 March, and also on this day a mission took off to bomb the Giessen Ordnance Depot. Nine 670th crews participated.

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

March 3rd, 1945

Beginning their second year of operations, the 416th Invaders again went to the Giessen Ordnance Depot to bomb with the aid of Pathfinders. The mission went down as another cake run as no flak was seen. Bombing results were undetermined. This depot is believed to be the headquarters of the German Army Quartermaster in the west.

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

The softening up process for the crossing of the Rhine had started. As a result the 416th Bombardment Group (L) was running two missions daily despite weather conditions. On cloudy days special Pathfinder B-26 aircraft led the Group Formations to the target. As the first year of Combat Operations for the squadron was completed on 3 March 1945 the crews were in the thick of this all out battle against the enemy. That day the group formation consisting of two flights from the 671st Bomb Squadron successfully bombed an Ordnance Depot at Geisen, Germany on its 220th Combat Mission.

[March 3, 1945], HQ Twelfth Army Group situation map

Map showing Western Allies and Axis troop position details in Western Europe
as of approximately 1200 hours, March 3, 1945
World War II Military Situation Maps Collection
Library of Congress

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