• 5 January 1945
  • Mission #223
  • Target: Neunkirchen

The briefed target was a choke-point near Kirn. At 0445 and 0600 hours, 19 crews were briefed; at 0830, all began their take-offs in light snow. The primary target was again obscured by clouds with both the lead and high squadrons electing to bomb a Target of Opportunity, the marshalling yards at Neunkirchen. The Group released (395) 250 and 500 pounders in the target area with the lead's results being poor and the high squadron's effort achieving fair to good impacts.

No enemy aircraft were sighted on this mission and flak was light but fairly accurate. 576th Sqdn pilot 1/Lt R.D. Johnson was hit by flying plexiglas on his right cheek bone near his eye when flak burst his window. A total of 5 returning bombers received battle damage. All landed safely at base around 1610 hours.

CREW LOADING LIST - MISSION #223

5 Jan 1945 576th Sqdn.
A/C 409
P Johnson, R.D. 1st Lt.
CP Ellis, J.F. 1st Lt.
N Hildebrand, L.C. 1st Lt.
B Mountain, J.G. 1st Lt.
E Stolins, E.A. T/Sgt.
R Holmes, E.L. T/Sgt.
RW Daniels, J. S/Sgt.
LW Gordon, G.P. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Cochran, G.D. S/Sgt.
5 Jan 1945 576th Sqdn.
A/C 991
P Dugger, F.R. 1st Lt.
CP Henrickson, J.L. 2nd Lt.
N Hampton, W.A. F/O
B McInvale, A.L. S/Sgt.
E Jones, J.R. T/Sgt.
R Chenail, G.E. T/Sgt.
RW Blackham, W.R. S/Sgt.
LW Cohen, H.J. T/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Schumaker, D.H. S/Sgt.
RCM Smith, E.L. T/Sgt.
5 Jan 1945 576th Sqdn.
A/C 340
P Yasi, R.L. 2nd Lt.
CP Blanton, G.L. 2nd Lt.
N Hamilton, P.L. 2nd Lt.
B Johnson, F. 2nd Lt.
E Taylor, B.D. T/Sgt.
R Nalette, T.A. Sgt.
RW Hensler, L.P. Sgt.
LW Pasco, W.J. Sgt.
BT - -
TG Tingle, J.B. Sgt.
RCM Henry, R.L. T/Sgt.
5 Jan 1945 576th Sqdn.
A/C 272 (no mission credit)
P Blakeley, W.G. 2nd Lt.
CP Schoelerman, H.A. 2nd Lt.
N Walker, C.S. 2nd Lt.
B - -
E Hoffmeyer, J.A. Pvt.
R Spades, R.J. Sgt.
RW Amodeo, F.A. Pvt.
LW Fugarazzo, E.J. Sgt.
BT Talley, E.R. Sgt.
TG Law J.L. Sgt.
RCM Williams, O.L. Sgt.
5 Jan 1945 576th Sqdn.
A/C 916
P Linzmeier, R.B. 2nd Lt.
CP Fisher, R.M. 2nd Lt.
N Vealey, S.L. F/O
B Schutze, G.C. 2nd Lt.
E Connor, E.J. S/Sgt.
R Hughes, C.B. Sgt.
RW Specht, C.O. Sgt.
LW Downing, J.E. Sgt.
BT - -
TG Watts, F. Sgt.
5 Jan 1945 577th Sqdn.
A/C 489
P Kilmer, W.A. 1st Lt.
CP McConnell, C.W.W. 1st Lt.
N Isakson, E.J. 1st Lt.
B Sexton, W.C. 1st Lt.
E Cappello, E.J. T/Sgt.
R Chambers, R.L. T/Sgt.
RW Spears, D.D. S/Sgt.
LW McAfee, J.P. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Turner, E.C. S/Sgt.
RCM Morriset, H.J. S/Sgt.
5 Jan 1945 577th Sqdn.
A/C 223
P Dodd, J.R. 2nd Lt.
CP Kerr, D.R. 1st Lt.
N Fleming, K.V. 2nd Lt.
B - -
E Hartong, R.R. Sgt.
R Epstein, M. Sgt.
RW Muka, J.J. Sgt.
LW Olivas, M. Sgt.
BT Page, R.E. Sgt.
TG Hulbert, L.D. Sgt.
5 Jan 1945 577th Sqdn.
A/C 647
P Koza, F. 1st Lt.
CP Wilcoxson, R.H. 1st Lt.
N Stillwagon, V.H. 1st Lt.
B Solomon, A.A. 1st Lt.
E Roberts, M.J. T/Sgt.
R Rubin, G. T/Sgt.
RW Johnson, J.T. S/Sgt.
LW Purcell, L.J. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Dunn, T.C. S/Sgt.
PN Moss, J.E. 2nd Lt.
S-27 Roth, E.A. S/Sgt.
5 Jan 1945 577th Sqdn.
A/C 164
P Clower, W.J. 2nd Lt.
CP Reel, H.D. 2nd Lt.
N Williams, R.B. 2nd Lt.
B - -
E Tomaszewski, E.A. S/Sgt.
R Stroh, J.E. S/Sgt.
RW Galvin, G.M. Sgt.
LW Schumacher, A.H. Sgt.
BT Letourneau, D.R. Sgt.
TG Hendrickson, R.H. Sgt.
RCM George, O. T/Sgt.
5 Jan 1945 577th Sqdn.
A/C 151
P Jackson, C.J. 1st Lt.
CP Parrish, C.E. 2nd Lt.
N Pillsbury, A.A. 2nd Lt.
NG Wolfe, P.G. Sgt.
E Jenkins, J.H. S/Sgt.
R Paren, J.H. S/Sgt.
RW Korb, L.J. Sgt.
LW Meyers, T.N. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Roe, W.L. Sgt.
5 Jan 1945 577th Sqdn.
A/C 238
P Grabarkiewicz, L. F/O
CP Phillips, C.E. 2nd Lt.
N Hickson, D. Jr. 2nd Lt.
B - -
E Duggan, J.J. S/Sgt.
R Quagliano, F.A. S/Sgt.
RW Cooper, J.T. Pvt.
LW Baker, E.R. Sgt.
BT Axvig, W.E. Sgt.
TG Moskowicz, S. Sgt.
5 Jan 1945 578th Sqdn.
A/C 495 (no mission credit)
P Byrne, C.E. 1st Lt.
CP Schmitt, F.J. 2nd Lt.
N Greene, D.A. 1st Lt.
B Heilman, R.C. S/Sgt.
E Bennett, L.F. T/Sgt.
R Trapp, M.W. T/Sgt.
RW Libby, J.E. S/Sgt.
LW Wagner, F.E. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Alper, M.A. S/Sgt.
5 Jan 1945 578th Sqdn.
A/C 121
P Ardinger, J. 1st Lt.
CP Grandmontagne, E.T. 2nd Lt.
N Wagner, H.W. F/O
B Edwards, R.L. 2nd Lt.
E Wiedekehr, R.W. S/Sgt.
R Huitt, G.E. S/Sgt.
RW Jones, J.K. S/Sgt.
LW Gorback, B.S. Sgt.
BT - -
TG White, A. S/Sgt.
RCM Malone, H.Q. Sgt.
5 Jan 1945 578th Sqdn.
A/C 240
P Clarke, J.C. 2nd Lt.
CP Mackey, O. 2nd Lt.
N Eaton, C.B. 2nd Lt.
B Lowe, R.C. 2nd Lt.
E Brunett, E.C. T/Sgt.
R Brown, J.T. T/Sgt.
RW Peer, G.R. S/Sgt.
LW Heckman, J.K. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Killea, K.B. S/Sgt.
5 Jan 1945 578th Sqdn.
A/C 249
P Case, W.D. 2nd Lt.
CP Griffin, R.E. 2nd Lt.
N Gullick, C.H. 2nd Lt.
B - -
E Kidd, J.L. Sgt.
R Black, C.B. Sgt.
RW Chanson, M.C. Sgt.
LW Johnson, R.L. Sgt.
BT McCoy, F.W. Sgt.
TG Lutes, M.A. Sgt.
5 Jan 1945 578th Sqdn.
A/C 241
P Mayer, E.H. 1st Lt.
CP Fligge, S.G. 2nd Lt.
N Burros, R.S. 2nd Lt.
B Crosby, P.E. 2nd Lt.
E Fickel, S.A. T/Sgt.
R Hatfield, H.C. T/Sgt.
RW Gibson, C.P. S/Sgt.
LW Robinson, M.M. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Fulton, C.E. S/Sgt.
5 Jan 1945 578th Sqdn.
A/C 446
P Sturm, W.A. 1st Lt.
CP Jurczyn, B.J. 1st Lt.
N Rawlings, J.L. 1st Lt.
B Neetz, R.E. F/O
E LaChance, D.E. T/Sgt.
R Brown, J.C. T/Sgt.
RW Lingle, J.A.H. S/Sgt.
LW McCormick, J.E. S/Sgt.
BT Bleickhardt, F.G S/Sgt.
TG Huff, R.H. S/Sgt.
5 Jan 1945 579th Sqdn.
A/C 899
CA Allen, H.W. Capt.
P Porter, H.K. 1st Lt.
CP Bolstridge, C. 1st Lt.
N Behr, A.J. 2nd Lt.
B Fletcher, A.S. 1st Lt.
E DeSario, J.L. T/Sgt.
R Nero, R.A. T/Sgt.
RW Flowers, W.C. S/Sgt.
LW Amato, J.J. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Putnam, N.I. S/Sgt.
PN Waldo, L.C. 1st Lt.
NV Bader, C.H. 2nd Lt.
5 Jan 1945 579th Sqdn.
A/C 788
P Solomon, R.H. 1st Lt.
CP Kressig, E.L. 1st Lt.
N Gridley, C.V. Jr. 1st Lt.
B Mace, J.E. 1st Lt.
E Moeller, H.E. T/Sgt.
R Herzlich, L. T/Sgt.
RW Farquharson, G. S/Sgt.
LW Psyk, E.L. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Capik, J.H. S/Sgt.
Cleverdon, R.N. 2nd Lt.
Milrod, M. 1st Lt.
Maj. McGregor was aboard the GH ship of the 44th Bomb Group.
2/Lt. Jones, G.B. copilot, flew with the 44th Bomb Group.