• 22 February 1944
  • Mission #40
  • Target: (Recalled) Gotha

This mission was Eighth Air Force’s first attempt to destroy the vital aircraft production target at Gotha, but because of poor weather over England and the western portion of the Continent, it could not be executed this day. 392nd lead crews were pre-briefed on the target at 2045 hours on the evening of the 21st. The 576th Squadron, with Lt Amoss as lead Bombardier, was designated to lead the Group. At 0630 hours on the 22nd, (34) aircrews were briefed and at 0900 take-offs began. As a result of heavy overcast conditions at assembly altitudes, difficulty in forming the unit was experienced. Over a dozen aircraft were forced to return to base shortly after noon, unable to find and join other formations before reaching the enemy coast. At 1229 a recall order was broadcast but did not reach (18) of the 392nd B-24s already enroute over the Dutch low-lands. This group did not receive the order until after (2) runs had been made over Arnheim, Holland without dropping bombs because of the sanctity restriction imposed for this enemy occupied city. The Group aircraft did proceed near the Ruhr Valley to find suitable targets in the poor bombing conditions to no avail and without releasing bombs. Aircraft finally returned to base around 1500 hours.

CREW LOADING LIST - MISSION #40

22 Feb 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 527
P Barnes, L.J. 1st Lt.
CP Shelton, W.L. 1st Lt.
N Stankan, P.C. 1st Lt.
B Feldman, A. 1st Lt.
B Jackson, G.J. 1st Lt.
E Lewis, E.L. Jr. T/Sgt.
R Jenkins, W.B. T/Sgt.
AE Choromanski, J.B. S/Sgt.
AR Malloy, P.D. S/Sgt.
AG Crowley, C.J. S/Sgt.
G Riley, A.J. S/Sgt.
22 Feb 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 976
P Feran, J.E. 2nd Lt.
CP Hayes, F.N. 2nd Lt.
N Cummings, F.J. 2nd Lt.
B Bjork, H.E. F/O
E Houser, B.M. S/Sgt.
R Dmoch, T.S. S/Sgt.
AE Wolfer, A.J. Sgt.
AR Jackson, B.F. S/Sgt.
AG Prazak, S.J. Sgt.
G Boord, W.M. Sgt.
22 Feb 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 560
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.
22 Feb 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 511
P Miller, H.W. 1st Lt.
CP Hurd, E.A. Jr. 2nd Lt.
N Murray, F.P. 2nd Lt.
B Greene, D.R. 2nd Lt.
E Megenhardt, J.F. T/Sgt.
R Mallamaci, J.T. T/Sgt.
AE McCombs, A.D. S/Sgt.
AR Lorine, J.R. S/Sgt.
AG Wheeler, M. S/Sgt.
G Rausch, T.A. S/Sgt.
22 Feb 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 131
(no mission credit)
P Mathias, W.E. 2nd Lt.
CP Jones, L.C. 2nd Lt.
N Mateyka, M.R. 2nd Lt.
B Kalionzes, H.A. 1st Lt.
E Chambless, S.L. T/Sgt.
R Slyhoff, K.G. T/Sgt.
AE Blackwell, R.B. S/Sgt.
AR Smock, J.M. S/Sgt.
AG Weverka, J.E. S/Sgt.
G Luciano, R.E. S/Sgt.
22 Feb 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 492
P Hebron, W.T. 1st Lt.
CP Lowell, C.L. Capt.
N McDonald, L.F. 2nd Lt.
N McShane, W.F. 1st Lt.
B Amoss, R.T. 1st Lt.
E Decker, C.D. T/Sgt.
R Connolly, M.T. T/Sgt.
AE Halsne, M.O. S/Sgt.
AR McGowen, R.L. 2nd Lt.
AG Youst, K.E. S/Sgt.
G DeVoe, C.N. S/Sgt.
22 Feb 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 129
(no mission credit)
P Neff, C.L. 1st Lt.
CP Simpson, H.L. 2nd Lt.
N Smith, C.W. 2nd Lt.
B Hadeka, A.A. 2nd Lt.
E Benham, C.E. T/Sgt.
R Diaz, C.A. T/Sgt.
AE Pennington, E.B. S/Sgt.
AR Hale, J.L. S/Sgt.
AG Walter, C.D. S/Sgt.
G Ware, J.W. S/Sgt.
22 Feb 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 102
P Cox, T.J. 2nd Lt.
CP Halsworth, R.J. 2nd Lt.
N Tyson, E.E. 2nd Lt.
B Haglund, G.L. 2nd Lt.
E Martin, M.C. T/Sgt.
R Mitchell, R.J. T/Sgt.
AE Meshon, M. S/Sgt.
AR Pryce, R.J. S/Sgt.
AG Helbing, R.N. Sgt.
G Sicard, N.L. S/Sgt.
22 Feb 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 598
P Rouse, M.S. 1st Lt.
CP Filkel, O.H. 2nd Lt.
N Henderson, D.J. 2nd Lt.
B Henderson, A.D. 2nd Lt.
E Nilson, T.N. T/Sgt.
R Gorman, E.P. T/Sgt.
AE Beaulieu, J.F. S/Sgt.
AR Walters, J.S. S/Sgt.
AG Mezo, C.L. S/Sgt.
G Erwin, B.F. S/Sgt.
22 Feb 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 344
(no mission credit)
P Schlossberg, M.E. 2nd Lt.
CP Blake, B.G. 2nd Lt.
N Bender, J.M. 2nd Lt.
B Ranta, E.J. 2nd Lt.
E Cooke, A.R. T/Sgt.
R Williams, R.V. T/Sgt.
AE Allen, J.E. S/Sgt.
AR Overton, D.J. S/Sgt.
AG Bailey, R.V. S/Sgt.
G Sexton, P.S. S/Sgt.
22 Feb 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 496
P Barnett, J.V. 2nd Lt.
CP Doyle, C.C. 2nd Lt.
N Kaplan, J. 2nd Lt.
B Argast, R.F.2nd Lt.
E Payton, J.B. S/Sgt.
R Vesey, E.J. S/Sgt.
AE Archibald, D. Sgt.
AR Lankford, W.D. Sgt.
AG Bucholz, R.D. Sgt.
G DeLaughter, W.G. Sgt.
22 Feb 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 174
(no mission credit)
P McNichol, T.F. 1st Lt.
CP Lamer, M. 1st Lt.
N Donaldson, C.D. 1st Lt.
B Wargo, M.A. 1st Lt.
E Trumpy, E. T/Sgt.
R O'Kon, M.A. T/Sgt.
AE Green, L.A. S/Sgt.
AR Rosenfeld, C.B. T/Sgt.
AG Rathburn, E.K. S/Sgt.
G Osterheldt, J.J. S/Sgt.
22 Feb 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 989
P Tiefenthal, D.E. 1st Lt.
CP Clifford, R.R. 2nd Lt.
N Chichetto, A.F. 2nd Lt.
B Gordon, A.M. 2nd Lt.
E Wright, A. T/Sgt.
R DiCroce, J.A. T/Sgt.
AE Hull, W.W. S/Sgt.
AR Sopchak, J. S/Sgt.
AG Schulz, W.G. S/Sgt.
G Potasiewicz, J.F. S/Sgt.
NG Freeman, G.L. Sgt.
22 Feb 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 546
P Ambrose, D.N. 2nd Lt.
CP Dorrell, W. 2nd Lt.
N Lindberg, V.A. 2nd Lt.
B Tierney, J.F. 2nd Lt.
E Cummings, D.L. T/Sgt.
R Sawyer, G.H. T/Sgt.
AE Davis, J.A. S/Sgt.
AR Hall, E.A. S/Sgt.
AG Oasheim, G.W. S/Sgt.
G Dunham, H.D. S/Sgt.
22 Feb 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 192
P White, R.K. 2nd Lt.
CP Cheairs, W.T. 2nd Lt.
N Bennett, F.M. 2nd Lt.
B Fross, H.L. 2nd Lt.
E Martin, L.J. Jr. S/Sgt.
R Wenzlaff, R.W. T/Sgt.
AE Jackson, C.H. S/Sgt.
AR Burns, L.J. S/Sgt.
AG Baldwin, C.L. S/Sgt.
G Castor, J.R. Sgt.
22 Feb 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 495
P Copp, R.D. 1st Lt.
CP Meyers, J.W. 1st Lt.
N Gries, R.F. 1st Lt.
N Beatson, R.J. 1st Lt.
B Rapenport, R. 1st Lt.
E Hodge, G.L. T/Sgt.
R Bisnett, B.R. T/Sgt.
AE Nowicki, M.M. T/Sgt.
AR Dinda, B.F. S/Sgt.
AG Hohman, H. S/Sgt.
G Noone, T.E. Jr. S/Sgt.
22 Feb 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 346
P Haffermehl, G.T. 2nd Lt.
CP MacMullen, D.H. 2nd Lt.
N Parks, K.C. 2nd Lt.
B Poppel, S.B. 2nd Lt.
E Parker, E.S. T/Sgt.
R Beausoleil, L.J. T/Sgt.
AE Mitchell, J.W. S/Sgt.
AR Wagner, F.J. S/Sgt.
AG Harwick, M. S/Sgt.
G Landry, L. S/Sgt.
22 Feb 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 658
(no mission credit)
P Johnston, J.V. 2nd Lt.
CP Kelleher, D.P. 2nd Lt.
N Cashen, E.J. 2nd Lt.
B Cihon, J.B. 2nd Lt.
E Rodowicz, N. T/Sgt.
R Borden, K.L. S/Sgt.
AE Haussmann, F.A. Sgt.
AR Kelley, T.M. S/Sgt.
AG Walla, M.A. S/Sgt.
G Brown, J. S/ Sgt.
22 Feb 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 505
(no mission credit)
P Brauer, G.M. 1st Lt.
CP Clifford, J.F. 2nd Lt.
N McGough, J.G. 2nd Lt.
G Rachell, W.W. S/Sgt.
E LaRue, E.W. T/Sgt.
R Abraham, H.F. T/Sgt.
AE Branciforte, N. S/Sgt.
AR Whited, J.A. S/Sgt.
AG Keller, L.D. S/Sgt.
22 Feb 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 497
P Morefield, H.F. 1st Lt.
CP Grisell, R. 2nd Lt.
N Kaufman, K.S. 2nd Lt.
B Kuttner, F.F. 2nd Lt.
E Betterley, E.C. S/Sgt.
R Gerrard, R.W. S/Sgt.
AE Breithaupt, H.A. Sgt.
AR Coday, D.S. Sgt.
AG Adago, D.R. Sgt.
G Blekkenk, J.H. Sgt.
22 Feb 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 692
(no mission credit)
P Raschke, W.C. 1st Lt.
CP Holm, H.J. 2nd Lt.
N Petrozzella, B.C. 2nd Lt.
B Gerrish, R.J. 2nd Lt.
E Wagonseller, R. T/Sgt.
R Krek, B.R. T/Sgt.
AE Davis, R.W. S/Sgt.
AR Gyure, F. S/Sgt.
AG Doub, H.G. S/Sgt.
G Rankin, J.H. S/Sgt.
22 Feb 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 945
P Muldoon, J.E. 2nd Lt.
CP Otis, J.J. 2nd Lt.
N Walsh, F.T. 2nd Lt.
B Savage, C.C. 2nd Lt.
E Byrd, J.M. S/Sgt.
R DeHoff, L.V. T/Sgt.
AE Carpenter, J.A. Sgt.
AR Bluejacket, J.W. S/Sgt.
AG Bednarcik, S.A. S/Sgt.
G Svoboda, J.J. Sgt.
22 Feb 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 478
(no mission credit)
P Johnson, R.L. 1st Lt.
CP Buchanan, R.P. 2nd Lt.
N Johnson, D.C. 1st Lt.
B Hunter, R.M. 1st Lt.
E Stancik, M. T/Sgt.
R Wohlstrom, T.C. Jr. T/Sgt.
AE Reynolds, H.D. S/Sgt.
AR Milliken, E.W. S/Sgt.
AG White, T. S/Sgt.
G Nixon, A.D. S/Sgt.
22 Feb 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 624
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 Sheppard, W.B. S/Sgt.
AG Goodall, W.J. S/Sgt.
G Theodore, R.N. S/Sgt.
22 Feb 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 489
(no mission credit)
P Peterson, C.L. 1st Lt.
CP Vrieling, R.I. F/O
N Haenzi, W.R. 1st Lt.
B Brown, E.J. 2nd Lt.
E Hinshaw, H.M. T/Sgt.
R Rosko, E.M. T/Sgt.
AE Harrell, O.L. S/Sgt.
AR Hancock, L.G. T/Sgt.
AG Masters, E.E. S/Sgt.
G Byrd, J.C. S/Sgt.
22 Feb 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 100
(no mission credit)
P Carnine, G.D. 1st Lt.
CP Spears, K.E. 1st Lt.
N Mastron, V. 2nd Lt.
B Byers, W.F. 2nd Lt.
E Hopson, N.A. T/Sgt.
R Barbee, B.B. T/Sgt.
AE Ostroski, L.B. S/Sgt.
AR Norby, M.W. S/Sgt.
AG Knies, G.R. S/Sgt.
G Kwasnycia, N. S/Sgt.
22 Feb 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 465
P Lishka, A. Jr. 1st Lt.
CP Taylor, G.H. 1st Lt.
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 Jones, N.J.E. S/Sgt.
AG Drylie, J. S/Sgt.
G Dedmon, S.E. S/Sgt.
22 Feb 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 990
(no mission credit)
P Books, D.O. 1st Lt.
CP Gray, H.E. 2nd Lt.
N Kornman, H.C. 1st Lt.
B Thomas, J.S. 2nd Lt.
E Morris, E.N. Sgt.
R Slack, G.E. S/Sgt.
AE Womer, W.S. S/Sgt.
AR Porter, C.T. Sgt.
AG Strickler, C.C. Sgt.
G Hampton, R.G. Sgt.
22 Feb 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 473
(no mission credit)
P Hammond, G.L. 1st Lt.
CP Hatter, W.H. 2nd Lt.
N Sullivan, J.J. 2nd Lt.
B Richardson, F.E. 2nd Lt.
E Pearson, W.M. T/Sgt.
R Sullivan, W. Jr. T/Sgt.
AE Hargrave, R.O. S/Sgt.
AR White, C.B. S/Sgt.
AG Goldberg, M.R. S/Sgt.
G Gaudreau, H.P. S/Sgt.
22 Feb 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 469
(no mission credit)
P Dickson, J.W. 1st Lt.
CP Zolomy, E.M. 2nd Lt.
N McDade, J.J. 1st Lt.
B White, E.I. 1st Lt.
E York, R.M. T/Sgt.
R Wright, K.N. S/Sgt.
AE Draper, J.M. S/Sgt.
AR Zimpelman, J.G. S/Sgt.
AG Reilly, B.A. S/Sgt.
G Wisley, R.L. S/Sgt.
G O'Neill, F.L. S/Sgt.
22 Feb 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 127
(no mission credit)
P Detrick, J.W. 1st Lt.
CP Schneider, J.E. 2nd Lt.
N Connolly, J.D. 1st Lt.
B Hall, H.P. 1st Lt.
E Owen, E.D. T/Sgt.
R Sibert, V.L. T/Sgt.
AE Ross, J.R. S/Sgt.
AR Andrews, W.E. T/Sgt.
AG Dill, W.F. S/Sgt.
G Bacon, G.W. S/Sgt.
22 Feb 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 261
(no mission credit)
P Nugent, W.A. 2nd Lt.
CP Burciaga, L.R. 2nd Lt.
N Davis, W.X. 2nd Lt.
B Krause, W.N. 2nd Lt.
E O'Brien, J.J. T/Sgt.
R Demming, F.H. T/Sgt.
AE McGahey, G.L. S/Sgt.
AR Lander, W. S/Sgt.
AG Pawlyshyn, M.J. S/Sgt.
G Sowers, D.R. S/Sgt.
22 Feb 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 160
(no mission credit)
P Cassell, H.S. 1st Lt.
CP Colvin, J.A. Jr. 2nd Lt.
N Bevan, K.S. 1st Lt.
B Cetin, W.F. 1st Lt.
E Heuser, W.M. T/Sgt.
R Castle, O.D. T/Sgt.
AE Dobrowolski, C.J. S/Sgt.
AR Geary, N.W. S/Sgt.
N Rothrock, C.T. S/Sgt.
G Durant, W. T/Sgt.
AG Luchak, A. S/Sgt.
22 Feb 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 117
(no mission credit)
P Darnell, J.F. Jr. 2nd Lt.
CP Slagle, E.E. 2nd Lt.
N Stasney, A.J. 2nd Lt.
B Lory, R.C. 2nd Lt.
E Whitaker, J.W. S/Sgt.
R Mandel, R.F. S/Sgt.
AE Sundo, J.R. S/Sgt.
AR Ward, L.E. Sgt.
AG Rego, M.A. S/Sgt.
G Courtney, E.J. Sgt.