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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 245 -- March 21, 1945, Wednesday AM

Coesfeld, Germany

Road Junction



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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 216-806
OpRep #            : 352
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 11,300 - 12,300 feet
Take-off Time      : 0955
Time Over Target   : 1145
Landing Time       : 1257
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 3:02

Place of Take-Off  : A-69 Laon/Athies, France
A/C Dispatched     : 41 Total -- 41 A-26's
Modified British System Reference: A-610721
Secondary Target   : Suitable Alternate Authorized
Summary of Results : No assessment due to smoke in target area.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 51.94570,7.17008 (51° 56' 45" N, 7° 10' 12" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on The "Coordinates Translator", (NGZ) rA610721)
(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

(Flight III, Aircraft 490, Pilot:  LT J. A. Buskirk, B/N:  LT R. C. Hanna)

Loading List 2

Loading List 2, Box II

Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 245 -- March 21, 1945, Wednesday AM
Coesfeld, 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  669th                   
  43-22492  2A-E  A-26C
  Capt Miller, E.L.
  Lt Conner, J.K.
  Lt Calloway, A.S.
  S/Sgt Floyd, C.F.
  2  668th                   
  43-22505  5H-Y  A-26C
  Capt Stanley, C.S.
  F/O Blount, J.H.
  Lt Schlefer, M.P.
  Sgt Edenburn, J.C.
  3  669th                   
  41-39338  2A-O  A-26B
  Lt DuBose, M.W.
  S/Sgt Griffin, D.L.
  4  669th                   
  43-22351  2A-F  A-26B
  Capt Sommers, H.L.
  S/Sgt Reiter, G.E.
  5  669th                   
  41-39271  2A-R  A-26B
  Lt Dunn, F.G.
  Sgt Stein, L.C.
  6  669th                   
  43-22496  2A-L  A-26C
  Lt Housley, C.H.
  Cpl Block, P.J.

Box I -- Flight II
  1  671st                   
  43-22497  5C-E  A-26C
  Lt Lackovich, J.J.
  Lt Muir, R.C.
  Cpl Barry, R.M.
  2  671st                   
  41-39297  5C-T  A-26B
  Lt Winn, A.J.P.
  S/Sgt Davis, W.G.
  3  671st                   
  41-39360  5C-L  A-26B
  Lt Withington, D.L.
  S/Sgt McElhattan, L.D.
  4  671st                   
  41-39209  5C-M  A-26B
  Lt Murray, T.J.
  S/Sgt Brown, R.J.
  5  671st                   
  41-39250  5C-A  A-26B
  Capt Nielsen, L.C.
  M/Sgt Wells, J.J.
  Capt Castle, W.D.
  6  671st                   
  43-22419  5C-Z  A-26B
  Lt Hlivko, A.E.
  Sgt Graub, R.E.

Box I -- Flight III
  1  671st                   
  43-22490  5C-X  A-26C
  Lt Buskirk, J.A.
  Lt Hanna, R.C.
  S/Sgt Corbitt, C.H.
  2  671st                   
  43-22352  5C-J  A-26B
  Lt Mooney, S.
  Sgt Schumacher, R.C.
  3  671st                   
  43-22356  5C-C  A-26B
  Lt VanNoorden, H.M.
  S/Sgt Steffey, R.I.
  4  671st                   
  41-39239  5C-N  A-26B
  Capt Hixon, S.M.
  S/Sgt Hinson, A.H.
  5  671st                   
  41-39249  5C-F  A-26B
  Lt Milhorn, G.L.
  S/Sgt Chest, D.
  6  671st                   
  41-39332  5C-P  A-26B
  Lt Spires, J.W.
  Sgt Davis, L.E.
  Sgt Miller, H.K.

Box I
  SPARE  669th               
  41-39244  2A-I  A-26B
  Lt Depner, A.W.
  Sgt Gillespie, R.H.

Box I -- Flight WINDOW
  1  671st                   
  43-22498  5C-R  A-26C
  Capt Tutt, R.J.
  Lt Orr, L.A.
  Sgt Wood, W.
  Sgt Schwartzapel, D.
  Lt Robertson, L.C.
  [Robertson (Inf)]
  2  668th                   
  43-22378  5H-O  A-26B
  Lt McCready, T.D.
  S/Sgt Lemonds, W.E.
  S/Sgt Brzezinski, E.P.
  3  668th                   
  41-39233  5H-F  A-26B
  Lt Phillips, J.P.
  Sgt Miller, W.A.
  S/Sgt Heitell, S.L.

Box II -- Flight I
  1  670th                   
  43-22503  F6-X  A-26C
  Lt Col Napier, J.G.
  Lt Moore, D.L.
  S/Sgt Donnelly, W.W.
  Capt Poindexter, R.D.
  [Poindexter (Wing)]
  2  670th                   
  43-22469  F6-A  A-26C
  Lt Errotabere, M.
  Lt Wilbur, M.F.
  Sgt Bowie, E.A.
  3  669th                   
  43-22381  2A-Q  A-26B
  Lt Weinert, C.E.
  Sgt Francis, R.D.
  4  669th                   
  43-22304  2A-T  A-26C
  Capt DuFault, W.F.
  F/O Cardinale, O.A.
  S/Sgt Vorce, K.E.
  Capt Rabbitt, J.J.
  [Rabbitt (Inf)]
  5  669th                   
  41-39263  2A-G  A-26B
  Lt Haskell, R.W.
  Sgt Lea, E.W.
  6  669th                   
  41-39362  2A-Y  A-26B
  Lt Smith, B.A.
  Sgt Wilson, R.P.

Box II -- Flight II
  1  670th                   
  43-22507  F6-Q  A-26C
  Lt Hall, R.B.
  F/O Goss, T.L.
  S/Sgt Majewski, S.J.
  [Returned Early Oil Leak - could not catch formation]
  2  670th                   
  43-22315  F6-L  A-26B
  Lt Warren, J.R.
  S/Sgt Turpin, S.J.
  3  670th                   
  41-39416  F6-O  A-26B
  Lt Chitty, W.D.
  Sgt Raccio, V.B.
  4  670th                   
  41-39224  F6-E  A-26B
  Lt Turner, E.O.
  S/Sgt Sienkiewicz, J.
  5  670th                   
  41-39315  F6-F  A-26B
  Lt Balch, W.M.
  Cpl Brennan, J.D.
  6  670th                   
  41-39205  F6-M  A-26B
  Lt Henson, A.G.
  S/Sgt Urbanicio, F.R.

Box II -- Flight III
  1  668th                   
  43-22523  5H-N  A-26C
  Lt Jacobsen, O.F.
  F/O Harvest, R.W.
  Lt Martin, R.L.
  S/Sgt Pettinicchi, A.
  2  668th                   
  43-22389  5H-X  A-26B
  Lt Roberts, W.H.
  S/Sgt Windisch, R.P.
  3  668th                   
  41-39335  5H-W  A-26B
  Lt Russell, R.A.
  S/Sgt Metzler, L.V.
  4  668th                   
  41-39259  5H-H  A-26B
  Lt Colquitt, J.K.
  S/Sgt Singleton, L.E.
  5  668th                   
  41-39305  5H-U  A-26B
  Lt Nathanson, A.S.
  Sgt Hicks, C.M.
  6  668th                   
  43-22385  5H-D  A-26B
  Lt Tank, F.R.
  S/Sgt Cross, R.M.
  S/Sgt Ottaviano, J.O.
  [Ottaviano (670)]

Box II
  SPARE  669th               
  41-39252  2A-D  A-26B
  Lt Allen, J.F., Jr.
  Lt Britt, J.W.
  S/Sgt Getgen, L.R.

Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 245 -- March 21, 1945, Wednesday AM
Coesfeld, Germany -- Road Junction

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

The Coesfeld road junction in Holland was attacked by 37 aircraft dropping 500 pound incendiaries on the morning of the 21st. Fires from the bombing swept from one end of the town to the other. Smoke from previous bombings interfered with the sighting. None the less, the results were excellent. The course took the planes over most of Holland and yet flak was never more than meager. The boxes were led by Capt Miller, Lts Connor and McCartney, B&N, Lt Col Napier, with Lt Moore[?], B-N.

[The remainder of page 20 and the first line of page 21 are missing. ]

"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Page 234

Mission #245 - 21 March - AM - Goesfield Communication Center. Incendiaries from 37 planes made this community in Holland a firey mess, Captain Miller with Lts. Conner and McCartney, BNs and Lt. Col. Napier with Lts. Miller and Hullgrew BN, led the boxes. Flights were headed up by Captain Tutt and Lt. Orr BN, Lts. Buskirk and Hanna BN, plus Lts. Lackovich and Muir BN. Captain Tutt had an Infantry Observer, Lt. Robertson riding with him. The bombs were dropped amidst smoke and flames, but the results showed the entire town seemed to be burning. The formation flew over most of Holland into the target, but weak, inaccurate flak did not bother them. All returned safely.

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

The Coesfeld Road Junction, in Holland, was the first target attacked on the 21st of March. Numerous fires were started from one end of the town to the other. Box I of the formation was led by Capt. Miller with Lts. Conner and Calloway. Lt. Col. Napier, with Lt. Moore flew in the lead position of the second box.

For the afternoon mission of this day, the Vreden Road Junctions were attacked. Lt. Johnson, flying with Lt. Blomgren, achieved superior resutls. The flight led by Lt. Turner and Lt. McGivern attacked flak positions in the vicinity of the target.

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

In the morning of the 21st of March the Goesfeld Communication Center in Holland was attacked. Superior results were observed with the 500 pound incendiary bombs which were dropped. The town of Goesfeld was fired from one side to the other. Seven of our crews took part.

[March 21, 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 21, 1945
World War II Military Situation Maps Collection
Library of Congress

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