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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Mission # 254 -- March 25, 1945, Sunday PM

Fulda, Germany

Marshalling Yards

 

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Summary of Operations

Field Order        : 225-817
OpRep #            : 356a
Nature of Mission  : Bombing
Mission Status     : Attacked
Bombing Altitude   : 11,000 - 12,000 feet
Take-off Time      : 1504
Time Over Target   : 1654 - 1702
Landing Time       : 1836
Duration (Hrs:Min) : 3:32
 

Place of Take-Off  : A-69 Laon/Athies, France
A/C Dispatched     : 37 Total -- 37 A-26's
Modified British System Reference: H-383178
Secondary Target   : Idstein or Nidda (N-379800 or G-905024)
Summary of Results : Two Superior, four Excellent scores.

Primary Target Latitude/Longitude: 50.54365,9.68976 (50° 32' 37" N, 9° 41' 23" E)
(Latitude/Longitude based on The "Coordinates Translator", (NGZ) wH383178)
(See Latitude/Longitude Coordinates and Target Identifiers for more information.)






Route

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Loading List 1

Loading List 1, Box I


Loading List 2

Loading List 2, Box II


mission 254

(News Clipping Courtesy Of Phil Stanley)



Mission Loading Lists Transcription

Mission # 254 -- March 25, 1945, Sunday PM
Fulda, 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  670th                   
  43-22469  F6-A  A-26C
  Maj Ferris, C.H.
  Lt Royalty, P.G.
  Lt McNutt, M.C.
  S/Sgt Rio, D.J.
  2  671st                   
  43-22497  5C-E  A-26C
  Capt Tutt, R.J.
  Lt Orr, L.A.
  Sgt Schwartzapel, D.
 
  3  670th                   
  41-39205  F6-M  A-26B
  Lt Bishop, E.G.
  S/Sgt Hummer, J.A.
  Sgt Richards, D.B.
 
  4  670th                   
  41-39416  F6-O  A-26B
  Lt Singletary, R.B.
  S/Sgt Ricketson, J.J.
  [Not Airborne Engine cut out on take-off]
 
 
  5  670th                   
  41-39564  F6-V  A-26B
  Lt Balch, W.M.
  Cpl Brennan, J.D.
 
 
  6  670th                   
  41-39232  F6-K  A-26B
  Lt O'Brien, J.V.
  Sgt Wright, H.T.
 
 

Box I -- Flight II
  1  668th                   
  43-22508  5H-Z  A-26C
  Capt Stanley, C.S.
  F/O Blount, J.H.
  S/Sgt Collier, C.B.
 
  2  668th                   
  41-39233  5H-F  A-26B
  Lt Roberts, W.H.
  S/Sgt Hood, A.R.
 
 
  3  668th                   
  43-22495  5H-G  A-26C
  Lt Zeimet, L.R.
  S/Sgt Geyer, J.F.
 
 
  4  668th                   
  43-22378  5H-O  A-26B
  Lt Montrose, J.H.
  S/Sgt Gandy, R.S.
 
 
  5  668th                   
  41-39259  5H-H  A-26B
  Lt Nathanson, A.S.
  Sgt Hicks, C.M.
 
 
  6  669th                   
  41-39263  2A-G  A-26B
  F/O Gunkel, H.G.
  Sgt Fidler, W.H.
 
 

Box I -- Flight III
  1  668th                   
  43-22505  5H-Y  A-26C
  Capt Evans, H.M.
  Lt McCartney, T.M.
  S/Sgt Skeens, C.L.
 
  2  669th                   
  41-39314  2A-H  A-26B
  Lt Blevins, J.W.
  Sgt Gentry, F.
 
 
  3  669th                   
  41-39271  2A-R  A-26B
  Lt Phillips, J.P.
  Sgt Miller, W.A.
 
 
  4  669th                   
  41-39244  2A-I  A-26B
  Lt Laseter, W.H.
  S/Sgt Kochan, S.
 
 
  5  671st                   
  43-22326  5C-W  A-26B
  Lt Tank, F.R.
  Sgt Musarra, A.J.
 
 
  6  669th                   
  41-39362  2A-Y  A-26B
  Lt Long, R.H.
  S/Sgt Rivard, C.J.
 
 

Box I
  SPARE  670th               
  43-22315  F6-L  A-26B
  Lt Stankowski, J.F.
  Sgt Vellinga, J.R.
 
 
                                                           


Box II -- Flight I
  1  670th                   
  43-22501  F6-W  A-26C
  Lt Brewster, F.S.
  Lt Dennis, L.W.
  F/O Conley, F.J.
  S/Sgt Clark, W.O.
  2  669th                   
  43-22304  2A-T  A-26C
  Lt Turner, D.O., Jr.
  Lt McGivern, P.J.
  S/Sgt Reyes, M.R.
 
  3  670th                   
  41-39315  F6-F  A-26B
  Lt Wallace, J.F.
  S/Sgt Turpin, S.J.
 
 
  4  670th                   
  41-39224  F6-E  A-26B
  Lt Turner, E.O.
  S/Sgt Sienkiewicz, J.
 
 
  5  670th                   
  41-39223  F6-B  A-26B
  Lt Curtis, J.C.
  S/Sgt Jackson, W.S.
 
 
  6  670th                   
  43-22330  F6-P  A-26B
  F/O Boerner, S.B.
  Cpl Showers, M.W.
 
 

Box II -- Flight II
  1  671st                   
  43-22490  5C-X  A-26C
  Lt Lackovich, J.J.
  Lt Muir, R.C.
  Cpl Barry, R.M.
 
  2  671st                   
  41-39250  5C-A  A-26B
  Lt Edstrom, L.W.
  Sgt Pompa, P.A.
 
 
  3  671st                   
  41-39360  5C-L  A-26B
  Lt Withington, D.L.
  S/Sgt Huss, C.F.
 
 
  4  671st                   
  41-39239  5C-N  A-26B
  Capt Sears, A.C.
  M/Sgt Wells, J.J.
 
 
  5  671st                   
  43-22356  5C-C  A-26B
  Lt Graeber, T.E.
  S/Sgt Davis, H.R.
 
 
  6  671st                   
  41-39328  5C-D  A-26B
  Lt Wright, J.R.
  Sgt Simon, D.O.
 
 

Box II -- Flight III
  1  669th                   
  43-22492  2A-E  A-26C
  Capt Sommers, H.L.
  Lt Kupits, J.
  S/Sgt Reiter, G.E.
 
  2  669th                   
  43-22351  2A-F  A-26B
  Lt Depner, A.W.
  Sgt Fair, V.F.
 
 
  3  669th                   
  41-39252  2A-D  A-26B
  Lt Anderson, C.M.
  S/Sgt Deatherage, J.H.
  Sgt Snider, S.J.
  [Snider, S.J. - ( 4th CCU)]
 
  4  669th                   
  41-39338  2A-O  A-26B
  Lt DuBose, M.W.
  S/Sgt Walters, J.H.
  W/O Scheuerman, C.B.
  [Scheuerman, C.B.- (4th CCU)]
 
  5  669th                   
  43-22381  2A-Q  A-26B
  Lt Housley, C.H.
  S/Sgt Hodgson, A.T.
  S/Sgt Kruger, C.J.
 
  6  669th                   
  43-22383  2A-V  A-26B
  Lt Wills, P.W.
  S/Sgt Bookach, M.
 
 

Box II
  SPARE  671st               
  41-39297  5C-T  A-26B
  Lt Turman, A.R.
  Sgt Neal, D.E.
 
 
                                                           



Group and Unit Histories

Mission # 254 -- March 25, 1945, Sunday PM
Fulda, Germany -- Marshalling Yards


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

That afternoon, one of our most successful missions was flown. Two boxes of 37 aircraft attacked the very important and heavily trafficked marshalling yard at Fulda, a key point for the transfer of supplies and equipment to German troops facing General Patton's bridgehead. Two Superiors and four Excellents were scored. Violent explosions indicated that the yards contained ammunition or fuel. One hundred and twenty-five freight cars were destroyed or damaged; 47 hits were scored on the tracks; eight hits on the railroad overpass probably destroying it; there were ten hits on railroad workshops, 23 on other buildings, and 15 on roads, cutting them. Major Ferris, Lts. Royalty and McNutt, B&N, and Lt. Brewster, with Lt. Dennis and F/O Conley, B&N, led this successful mission.


"Attack Bombers, We Need You! A History of the 416th Bomb Group"
Ralph Conte
Page 241

Mission #254 - 25 March - PM - Fulda Marshalling Yard. Two boxes of 37 aircraft attacked this very important and heavily trafficked marshalling yard, a key point for the transfer of supplies and equipment to German troops facing General Patton's bridgehead. Major Ferris with Lts. Royalty and McNutt BNs and Lt. Brewster with Lt. Dennis and F/O Conley led the boxes. Violent explosions indicated that the yards contained ammunition or fuel. One hundred and twenty five freight cars were destroyed or damaged, 47 hits were counted on the tracks, eight hits on the railroad overpass, destroying it, plus there were ten hits on railroad workshops. 23 on other buildings and 15 on roads, cutting them. All these hits attest to the bomb scoring of two superiors and four excellents.


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

An attack, on the Road Junction at Altenkirken, was made on the morning of March 25th. The formation was led by Capt. Miller, with Lts. Conner and Johnson as Bombardier and Navigator. The second box was under the leadership of Capt. Stebbins and Lt. Calloway. Excellent bombing results were obtained.

Capt. Sommers and Lt. Kupits led the third flight of the second box on the afternoon mission of the same day. They attained excellent results when bombing the Fulda Marshalling Yards. These yards were a key supply point for German troops facing Lt. General Patton's bridgehead. Third Army troops were advancing very rapidly.


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

The second mission of the day was an attack on the Fulda Marshalling Yard in Germany, in which eleven 670th crews participated. This target was a very important and heavily trafficked marshalling yards. It was a key point for the transfer of supplies and equipment to German troops facing General Patton's bridgehead. Excellent to superior results were achieved. Violent explosions on the target indicated fuel and ammunition trains were hit. Enemy fighters were reported but did not attack. The two boxes were led by Major Ferris and Lt Brewster. 74 tons of 1,000 pound bombs were dropped. Lt Royalty finished his tour of combat duty on this mission and did a superior job of bombing.




[March 25, 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 25, 1945
World War II Military Situation Maps Collection
Library of Congress


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