• 5 January 1944
  • Mission #23
  • Target: Kiel

For the second consecutive day, this heavily defended target was assigned to the Group. Because of the prior day’s heavy losses, only a limited number of B-24s were operationally available. General Briefing for crews was held between 0330-0400 hours. The 578th was assigned Group lead with Lieutenant Ward as lead Bombardier and (13) aircraft took off for this mission around 0800 hours. A total of (120) 500# GP bombs were released with (9) aircraft bombing the primary and (1) a Target of Opportunity (T/O). Bombing results were believed to be good as weapons were seen to hit the target area. Some (30) enemy fighters attacked the Group but attacks were more moderate than the previous day in the same target area. Qroup gunners claimed (9) enemy aircraft kills. No aircraft or crewmember losses were suffered but (5) Liberators came home with flak damage. Aircraft began recovering at the base around 1500 hours.

CREW LOADING LIST - MISSION #23

5 Jan 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 129
P Neff, C.L. 2nd Lt.
CP Simpson, H.L. 2nd Lt.
N Smith, C.W. 2nd Lt.
B Thomas, H.E. 2nd Lt.
E Benham, C.E. S/Sgt.
R Diaz, C.A. S/Sgt.
AE Pennington, E.B. Sgt.
AR Hale, J.L. S/Sgt.
AG Walter, C.D. Sgt.
G Ware, J.D. Sgt.
5 Jan 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 511
P Johns, M.T. 1st Lt.
CP Henderson, M.A. 2nd Lt.
N Silvasy, F.A. 2nd Lt.
B Sriver, E.R. 2nd Lt.
E Indahl, J.M. T/Sgt.
R Gressler, E.J. T/Sgt.
AE Przeniczny, W. S/Sgt.
AR Kenyon, C.L. S/Sgt.
AG Zerangue, F.A. S/Sgt.
G Sanchez, I.V. S/Sgt.
5 Jan 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 435
P Wittel, E.F. 2nd Lt.
CP Marsters, W.R. 2nd Lt.
N Karl, J.F. 2nd Lt.
B Zuk, J.C. 2nd Lt.
E Peterson, G.H. T/Sgt.
R Jeffcoat, C.M. T/Sgt.
AE Cannada, V.P. S/Sgt.
AR Surber, W.C. Sgt.
AG Miller, D.D. S/Sgt.
G Ross, L.K. S/Sgt.
5 Jan 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 497
P Peterson, L.C. 1st Lt.
CP Lidgard, W.V. 2nd Lt.
N Long, A.L. 2nd Lt.
B Salsberg, M. 2nd Lt.
E Lawrence, H.F. T/Sgt.
R Bellerive, R.O. T/Sgt.
AE Opsahl, R.C. S/Sgt.
AR Smith, A.C. S/Sgt.
AG Apgar, D.R. S/Sgt.
G Stevens, R.K. S/Sgt.
5 Jan 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 495
P Layton, S.H. Jr. 1st Lt.
CP Jensen, A.H. 1st Lt.
N Donaldson, C.D. 2nd Lt.
B Feagan, H.C. 2nd Lt.
E Johnson, J.C. T/Sgt.
R Gibbs, R.R. T/Sgt.
AE Gottschalk, G.W. S/Sgt.
AR Daughtry, A.Z. S/Sgt.
AG Boomhower, A. S/Sgt.
G Constabile, F.R. S/Sgt.
5 Jan 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 466
P Stauder, J.B. 1st Lt.
CP Feld, B.H. 2nd Lt.
N Haenzi, W.R. 2nd Lt.
B Ward, M.E. 2nd Lt.
E Kottke, A.H. T/Sgt.
R Whitmore, B. T/Sgt.
AE White, T. S/Sgt.
AR Rider, F.D. S/Sgt.
AG Harris, J.N. S/Sgt.
G Jones, N.G. S/Sgt.
NG Mardirosian, A. 2nd Lt.
5 Jan 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 478
(abort, no sortie credit)
P Smith, R.E. 2nd Lt.
CP Schilling, J.E. 2nd Lt.
N Jones, O.R. 2nd Lt.
B Hopple, H.G. 2nd Lt.
E Wooton, W.J. Sgt.
R Sokol. A.R. Sgt.
AE Godfrey, L.S. Cpl.
AR Heaslet, W.W. Sgt.
AG Norton, W.J. Jr. Sgt.
G Bertsch, P.F. Sgt.
5 Jan 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 596
P Schildknecht, H.E. 2nd Lt.
CP Long, J.D. Jr. 2nd Lt.
N Hersh, A. 2nd Lt.
B Wasowicz, M.V. 2nd Lt.
E Sadler, R.S. S/Sgt.
R Begley, J.F. S/Sgt.
AE Reade, G.J. S/Sgt.
AR Reid, H.A. S/Sgt.
AG Reed, B.P. Sr. S/Sgt.
G Gegere, G.P. Cpl.
5 Jan 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 624 (did not take off)
P George, F.A. 1st Lt.
CP Stephens, L.M. 2nd Lt.
N Sweeney, P.J. 2nd Lt.
B Kelly, F.B. 2nd Lt.
E Parker, J.D. T/Sgt.
R Sweeney, L.F. T/Sgt.
AE Ellingson, H.E. S/Sgt.
AR Goodall, W.J. S/Sgt.
AG Sheppard, W.B. S/Sgt.
G Theodore, R.N. S/Sgt.
5 Jan 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 518
P Young, M.N. 2nd Lt.
CP Goodwin, J.J. 2nd Lt.
N Dunphy, R.J. 2nd Lt.
B Cunningham, R.B. 2nd Lt.
E Triplett, W.F. S/Sgt.
R Garcia, P.J. S/Sgt.
AE Tester, R.S. S/Sgt.
AR Porter, C.C. S/Sgt.
AG Doub, H.A. S/Sgt.
G Rickey, J.J. S/Sgt.
5 Jan 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 480
P Lishka, A. Jr. 1st Lt.
CP Polking, W.A. Maj.
N Moorehead, J.C. 2nd Lt.
B Brockway, O.E. 2nd Lt.
E Carlson, C.E. t/Sgt.
R Clark, F.C. t/Sgt.
AE Halstead, H.C. s/Sgt.
AR Dohm, H.E. s/Sgt.
AG Drylie, J. S/Sgt.
G Dedmon, S.E. S/Sgt.
-- Phelps, G.A. S/Sgt.
5 Jan 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 484
P Higgins, J.A. Jr. 1st Lt.
CP Wharton, P. 2nd Lt.
N Casey, H.W. 2nd Lt.
B Broyles, C. Jr. 2nd Lt.
E Boerschinger, M.F. T/Sgt.
R Cauble, W.R. T/Sgt.
AE Bookout, R.J. S/Sgt.
AR Pawlyshyn, M.J. S/Sgt.
AG York, D.L. S/Sgt.
G Piper, C.A. S/Sgt.
5 Jan 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 472
(aborted, no sortie credit)
P Peyton, J.B. 2nd Lt.
CP Rueffer, A.P. 2nd Lt.
N Richards, D.U. 2nd Lt.
B DeMontier, H.E. 2nd Lt.
E Smith, D.L. T/Sgt.
R Connor, D. Jr. S/Sgt.
AE Pyecroft, E.J. S/Sgt.
AR LaVick, K.C. S/Sgt.
AG Bass, R.T. S/Sgt.
G Maylander, N. S/Sgt.
5 Jan 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 473
P Lotterhos, R.H. Jr. 2nd Lt.
CP Zolomy, E.M. 2nd Lt.
N Healing, K.A. 2nd Lt.
B Sands, J.E. 2nd Lt.
E Thompson, R.L. T/Sgt.
R Garay, M.W. T/Sgt.
AE Rebiejo, F. Sgt.
AR Bunyea, E.W. S/Sgt.
AG Ward, W.D. S/Sgt.
G Moody, C.B. S/Sgt.
* Per official letter, Sgt. Tommy Lane received sortie credit for this mission.