9th AF Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 228 -- March 10, 1945, Saturday PM

Dillenburg, Germany

Marshalling Yards



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 197-783
OpRep #            : 341
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 12,800 feet
Take-off Time      : 1223
Time Over Target   : 1420
Landing Time       : 1616
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 3:53

Place of Take-Off  : A-69 Laon/Athies, France
A/C Dispatched     : 42 Total -- 41 A-26's, 1 B-26 (PFF)
Modified British System Reference: G-399362
Secondary Target   : Nastattin (M-090780)
Summary of Results : Unobserved due to cloud cover. Three Window A-26's.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 50.72392,8.30259 (50° 43' 26" N, 8° 18' 9" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on The "Coordinates Translator", (NGZ) wG399362)
(See Latitude/Longitude Coordinates and Target Identifiers for more information.)

Route Map

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 # 228 -- March 10, 1945, Saturday PM
Dillenburg, Germany -- Marshalling Yards

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                   
  43-22508  5H-Z  A-26C
  Lt Mish, C.C.
  Lt Shaft, R.E.
  S/Sgt Roberts, J.H.
  3  669th                   
  41-39252  2A-D  A-26B
  Lt Anderson, C.M.
  Sgt Deatherage, J.H.
  4  669th                   
  41-39338  2A-O  A-26B
  Lt Behlmer, R.L.
  S/Sgt McGaughy, W.S.
  5  669th                   
  41-39271  2A-R  A-26B
  F/O Swap, F.W.
  Sgt Meliniotis, N.
  6  669th                   
  41-39229  2A-B  A-26B
  Lt Depner, A.W.
  Sgt Fair, V.F.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  671st                   
  43-22498  5C-R  A-26C
  Capt Pair, H.F.
  Lt Corum, J.L.
  S/Sgt Fessler, H.S.
  2  671st                   
  41-39250  5C-A  A-26B
  Lt Edstrom, L.W.
  S/Sgt Davis, H.R.
  3  671st                   
  43-22419  5C-Z  A-26B
  Lt Spires, J.W.
  Sgt Davis, L.E.
  4  671st                   
  41-39239  5C-N  A-26B
  Lt Henderson, F.W.
  Sgt Maupin, W.W.
  5  671st                   
  43-22352  5C-J  A-26B
  Lt Milhorn, G.L.
  Sgt Chest, D.
  6  671st                   
  41-39237  5C-D  A-26B
  Lt Graeber, T.E.
  Sgt Miller, A.H.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  671st                   
  43-22497  5C-E  A-26C
  Lt Brown, C.J.
  Lt Kerns, J.E.
  S/Sgt McElhattan, L.D.
  2  671st                   
  43-22356  5C-C  A-26B
  Lt Mooney, S.
  Sgt Buckley, W.C.
  3  671st                   
  41-39297  5C-T  A-26B
  Capt Sutton, L.J.
  S/Sgt Hinson, A.H.
  4  671st                   
  41-39209  5C-M  A-26B
  Lt Murray, T.J.
  Sgt Fidler, E.W.
  5  671st                   
  41-39249  5C-F  A-26B
  Capt Nielsen, L.C.
  Pvt Elliott, E.R.
  Capt Lincoln, L.E.
  [Lincoln (97 WING)]
  6  671st                   
  43-22313  5C-B  A-26B
  Lt Hlivko, A.E.
  Sgt Farmer, L.J.

Box I
  SPARE  668th               
  43-22378  5H-O  A-26B
  Capt Wheeler, R.V.
  S/Sgt Elliott, F.W.

Box I -- Flight WINDOW
  1  671st                   
  43-22490  5C-X  A-26C
  Lt Blomgren, J.E.
  Lt Johnson, G.G.
  S/Sgt Bookach, M.
  S/Sgt Fleming, L.R.
  2  668th                   
  41-39259  5H-H  A-26B
  Maj Price, R.F.
  S/Sgt Fetko, C.
  S/Sgt Brzezinski, E.P.
  3  668th                   
  41-39264  5H-I  A-26B
  Lt Lackner, R.J.
  Sgt Musarra, A.J.
  Sgt Fidler, W.H.

Box II -- Flight I
  1  669th                   
  43-22487  2A-J  A-26C
  Lt Miller, E.L.
  Lt Conner, J.K.
  Lt Enman, R.E.
  S/Sgt Pemberton, J.M.
  2  670th                   
  43-22507  F6-Q  A-26C
  Lt Grunig, D.B.
  Lt Morris, B.C.
  S/Sgt Nowosielski, H.J.
  3  669th                   
  41-39244  2A-I  A-26B
  Lt VanRope, R.W.
  Sgt Klingman, W.H.
  4  669th                   
  41-39263  2A-G  A-26B
  Lt Jordan, C.S.
  S/Sgt Jensen, K.F.
  5  669th                   
  41-39362  2A-Y  A-26B
  Lt Smith, B.A.
  Sgt Richards, D.A.
  6  669th                   
  41-39314  2A-H  A-26B
  Lt Smith, D.E.
  Sgt Kirik, S.J.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  670th                   
  43-22501  F6-W  A-26C
  Lt Heinke, W.R.
  Lt Rosenquist, A.E.
  S/Sgt Kidd, W.L.
  2  670th                   
  43-22330  F6-P  A-26B
  Lt Chitty, W.D.
  Sgt Raccio, V.B.
  3  670th                   
  43-22315  F6-L  A-26B
  Capt Gruetzemacher, R.O.
  F/O Boerner, S.B.
  S/Sgt Ricketson, J.J.
  4  670th                   
  41-39315  F6-F  A-26B
  Lt Errotabere, M.
  S/Sgt Friday, L.R.
  5  670th                   
  41-39224  F6-E  A-26B
  Lt Wallace, J.F.
  Sgt Plant, R.
  6  670th                   
  41-39223  F6-B  A-26B
  Lt O'Brien, J.V.
  Sgt Mulzet, O.R.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  668th                   
  43-22481  5H-P  A-26C
  Capt Andersen, C.J.
  Lt Babbage, W.
  S/Sgt Euga, P.G.
  2  668th                   
  41-39325  5H-L  A-26B
  Lt Hale, W.L.
  S/Sgt Bentzler, D.H.
  3  668th                   
  41-39274  5H-S  A-26B
  Lt Blevins, J.W.
  Sgt Gentry, F.
  4  668th                   
  43-22321  5H-T  A-26B
  Lt Montrose, J.H.
  S/Sgt Felkel, J.W.
  5  668th                   
  43-22389  5H-X  A-26B
  F/O Gunkel, H.G.
  S/Sgt Fuehrer, W.F.
  6  668th                   
  41-39335  5H-W  A-26B
  Lt Zeimet, L.R.
  S/Sgt Lagerman, K.G.

Box II
  SPARE  669th               
  43-22351  2A-F  A-26B
  Lt DuBose, M.W.
  S/Sgt Walters, J.H.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 228 -- March 10, 1945, Saturday PM
Dillenburg, Germany -- Marshalling Yards

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

The Dillenberg marshalling yards were attacked on the 10th, using PPF through solid clouds. Gee fixes indicated excellent results. There was no flak. The two boxes were led by Lt Col Napier, Lts Moore and McQuade, B&N, and Capt Miller, Lts Connor and Enman, B&N.

"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Pages 223 - 224

Mission #228 - 10 March - Dillerburg - Neiderscheld Marshalling Yard. Lt. Col. Napier with Lts. McQuade and Moore, BN team. Captain Miller and Lts. Conner and Enman, BN team headed up the boxes. Other flight leaders were Lts Anderson and Babbage, BN, Captain Pair with Lt. Corum BN, and Lts. Brown and Kerns, BN. Lts. Mish and Shaft flew window planes. The usual cloud cover obscured the target but PFF pathfinders were used. Excellent results were reported. No flak or fighters.

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

Another marshalling yard was the target for bombing on the 10th of the month. This time, it was located at Dillenburg. PPF technique had to be employed once more. Lt. Col. Napier led the entire formation. Lt. Moore flew as his Bombardier, while Lt. McQuade served as Navigator. Lt. Miller, with Lt. Conner, led the second box of the formation. Lt. Conner and Lt. Enman served as Bombardier and Navigator for him. The window aircraft on this mission had Lt. Blomgren's aircraft in the lead. Lt. G.G. Johnson navigated for him.

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

Seven of our crews took part in the March 10th attack on the Niederscheld Marshalling Yards in Germany. It was a pathfinder mission through heavy cloud cover and the results, therefore, were unobserved.

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

March 10th, 1945

Continuing their campaign to isolate the Rhine River fronts from troops and supplies moving from central Germany, the Ninth Bomb Division, 416th included, struck heavy blows at rail and communication centers east and north of the Remagen bridge-head on March 10, 1945.

The 416th Invaders dropped their 500 Gps by Pathfinder on the Niederscheld Marshalling Yard, 18 miles northeast of Giessen, without battle damage or injury. Results were undetermined.

[March 10, 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 10, 1945
World War II Military Situation Maps Collection
Library of Congress

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