• 8 January 1945
  • Mission #225
  • Target: Dasburg

Tactical targets in the Dasburg and Burg Reuland area — six to twelve miles beyond friendly front lines in the Bastogne salient — were scheduled for attack on this date. Despite poor weather over East Anglia bomber bases consisting of snow and towering cumulus clouds, (20) aircrews were briefed at 0345 and 0500 hours in the Eighth’s efforts to aid the beleaguered U.S. troops at Bastogne. At 0830 hours, all bombers began launch and successfully joined formation but had to climb to 27,000 feet in order to top weather over the target. The Group’s bombers released (236) 500 and 1000# GPs by GH and the impact pattern were believed to be well placed on the MPI. There were no enemy fighters encountered and no AA fire. Friendly fighter support was evaluated as poor with heavy weather being a contributing factor. All aircrews arrived back at Wendling around 1510 hours.

CREW LOADING LIST - MISSION #225

8 Jan 1945 576th Sqdn.
A/C 480
P Jones, T.A. 1st Lt.
CP McFarland, J.D. 1st Lt.
N Leonard, A.C. 1st Lt.
NG Malley, J.P. S/Sgt.
E Glover, B.E. T/Sgt.
R Isebrands, T.E. T/Sgt.
RW Adelson, D. S/Sgt.
LW Wall, D.L. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Woerth, J.B. S/Sgt.
8 Jan 1945 576th Sqdn.
A/C 489
P Wolak, S. 2nd Lt.
CP Willett, C.E. 2nd Lt.
N Longenecker, J.R. 2nd Lt.
B Kutner, J.M. 2nd Lt.
E Bobish, A. S/Sgt.
R Murphy, R.C. Sgt.
RW Ruigh, R.E. Sgt.
LW Czop, J.A. Sgt.
BT Halpern, H.M. Sgt.
TG Schick, F.W. Sgt.
Lambert, E.C. Sgt.
8 Jan 1945 576th Sqdn.
A/C 792
P Beder, J. 1st Lt.
CP Samsell, J.A. 2nd Lt.
N Matishowski, J. 2nd Lt.
B Murray, J.G. 2nd Lt.
E Morley, J.P. T/Sgt.
R Murgatroyd, R.S. T/Sgt.
RW Carr, R.P. S/Sgt.
LW Roever, C.H. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Schodrof, R.H. S/Sgt.
PN Costa, J.A. Capt.
8 Jan 1945 576th Sqdn.
A/C 292
P Crowell, R.K. 2nd Lt.
CP Berkley, J.B. 2nd Lt.
N Byrnes, W.B. 2nd Lt.
B - -
E Hough, J.F. T/Sgt.
R Waggener, L.R. Sgt.
RW Tracy, R.D. Sgt.
LW Martin, P.R. Sgt.
BT Colquhoun, R.N. Sgt.
TG Moffa, A.J. Sgt.
RCM Myers, J.P. T/Sgt.
8 Jan 1945 576th Sqdn.
A/C 540
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.
RCM Williams, C.G. Sgt.
8 Jan 1945 576th Sqdn.
A/C 659
P Ross, J.E. 2nd Lt.
CP Crane, F.D. 2nd Lt.
N Richner, G.C. F/O
NG Hester, T.G. S/Sgt.
E Albright, H.B. S/Sgt.
R Agnew, T.G. S/Sgt.
RW Blackburn, W.F. S/Sgt.
LW Wattles, L.O. S/Sgt.
BT Arnold, E.R. S/Sgt.
TG - -
8 Jan 1945 576th Sqdn.
A/C 387
P Raczko, W. 2nd Lt.
CP McGill, C.L. 2nd Lt.
N Cline, A.P. F/O
B Feldman, P. 2nd Lt.
E Reynolds, J.R. Sgt.
R VanDeven, J.K. Sgt.
RW Holland, J.R. Sgt.
LW Parker, R.J. Sgt.
BT - -
TG Adkins, J.E. Sgt.
8 Jan 1945 576th Sqdn.
A/C 302
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. T/Sgt.
R Hughes, C.B. Sgt.
RW Specht, C.O. Sgt.
LW Downing, J.E. Sgt.
BT - -
TG Watts, F. Sgt.
8 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 Cohen, H.J. T/Sgt.
LW Lynch, R.C. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG White, P.W. S/Sgt.
RCM Hightower, W.H. S/Sgt.
8 Jan 1945 577th Sqdn.
Did not fly this mission.
8 Jan 1945 578th Sqdn.
A/C 241
P Walker, J.R. 1st Lt.
CP Schmitt, F.J. 2nd Lt.
N Donohue, J.J. 1st Lt.
NG Pataki, S.M. S/Sgt.
E Thomas, C.B. T/Sgt.
R Jewell, R.B. T/Sgt.
RW Faucette, E.W. S/Sgt.
LW Collins, S.J. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Duerr, E.E. S/Sgt.
8 Jan 1945 578th Sqdn.
A/C 477
P Fox, J.E. 1st Lt.
CP Sampley, T.A. 2nd Lt.
N Johnson, M.S. 2nd Lt.
B Robinson, D.T. 2nd Lt.
E Smith, B.F. T/Sgt.
R Tameling, H. T/Sgt.
RW Seever, B.H. S/Sgt.
LW Agoglia, E.J. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Davis, C.L. S/Sgt.
RCM Taylor, H.T. Sgt.
8 Jan 1945 578th Sqdn.
A/C 636
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.
NG Bunting, J. S/Sgt.
8 Jan 1945 578th Sqdn.
A/C 446
P Downs, H.E. 2nd Lt.
CP Bickham, T.E. 2nd Lt.
N McKay, R.P. 2nd Lt.
B - -
E Lim, D.P. Sgt.
R Spicketts, J.G. Sgt.
RW Crane, T.P. Sgt.
LW Cinquina, E.A. Sgt.
BT Weatherman, H.W. Sgt.
TG Szerdi, A.W. Sgt.
S-27 Steffen, N.W. S/Sgt.
8 Jan 1945 578th Sqdn.
A/C 772
P Case, W.D. 2nd Lt.
CP Griffin, R.E. 2nd Lt.
N Gullick, C.H. 2nd Lt.
B - -
E Kidd, J.L. S/Sgt.
R Black, C.B. S/Sgt.
RW Chanson, M.C. Sgt.
LW Johnson, R.L. Sgt.
BT McCoy, F.W. Sgt.
TG Lutes, M.A. Sgt.
8 Jan 1945 578th Sqdn.
A/C 636
P Tokarsky, A. 2nd Lt.
CP Moore, M.R. F/O
N King, F.S. F/O
NG Ross, W. S/Sgt.
E Dowling, R.L. S/Sgt.
R Vivero, D.L. S/Sgt.
RW Ridge, B.E. S/Sgt.
LW Granzow, L.J. S/Sgt.
BT Weissbeck, E.A. Sgt.
TG - -
8 Jan 1945 578th Sqdn.
A/C 240
P Duff, A.L. 1st Lt.
CP Wilson, T. 1st Lt.
N Ott, J.W. 1st Lt.
B Parish, J.K. 1st Lt.
E Slama, A.R. T/Sgt.
R Louizides, S. T/Sgt.
RW Smith, W.W. S/Sgt.
LW Haskins, B.D. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Harrod, C. Jr. S/Sgt.
8 Jan 1945 578th Sqdn.
A/C 804
P Kwash, R.H. 1st Lt.
CP Ferguson, T.B. F/O
N Lasker, M. F/O
NG Teske, G.R. Sgt
E Yarber, H.W. T/Sgt.
R Sweeney, L.F. T/Sgt.
RW Denter, W.S. S/Sgt.
LW Labastille, F.W. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Intardonato, S.J. S/Sgt.
8 Jan 1945 578th Sqdn.
A/C 249
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. Sgt.
LW Gorback, B.S. Sgt.
BT - -
TG White, A. S/Sgt.
8 Jan 1945 579th Sqdn.
A/C 126
P Twining, E.S. 1st Lt.
CP Perry, R. Jr. 1st Lt.
N Bertoli, L.J. 1st Lt.
B Clark, H.J. 1st Lt.
E Hostetter, F.E. T/Sgt.
R Hinckley, B.J. T/Sgt.
RW Grimm, R.H. S/Sgt.
LW Maguire, F.H. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Largen, J.E. S/Sgt.
NT Lips, T.J. 2nd Lt.
MV Tucker, W.L. 2nd Lt.
8 Jan 1945 579th Sqdn.
A/C 519
P Miller, W.L. 1st Lt.
CP Cassity, J.J. 1st Lt.
N Mohr, J. 1st Lt.
B Mackelfresh, T.H. 1st Lt.
E Prach, F.T. T/Sgt.
R Hagopian, H.A. T/Sgt.
RW Hedges, N.E. S/Sgt.
LW Moles, W.F. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Walters, L. S/Sgt.
NG Gillett, F.A. 1st Lt.
NV Sprowls, R.W. 1st Lt.