• 2 March 1944
  • Mission #44
  • Target: Dernbach

Originally this mission was briefed for a tire production facility in Frankfurt but because of poor target weather, the Target of Opportunity of Derbach was struck. The 577th was assigned lead with Lt Gray, lead Bombardier. The mission was led by two PFF ships and take-off for (24) aircrews began at 0800. Target weather was also poor over the target to which the Group diverted causing the PFF to be inaccurate. All aircraft bombed through 6/lOths clouds or greater the results being off target and believed to impact in an open field. Seven (7) single engine fighters were encountered with no engagements. AA fire was intense and accurate causing battle damage to (12) Liberators but no crewmember losses except one man wounded. All aircraft returned to base landing about 1430 hours.

CREW LOADING LIST - MISSION #44

2 Mar 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 692
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. S/Sgt.
AE Pennington, E.B. S/Sgt.
AR Hale, J.L. S/Sgt.
AG Walter, C.D. Sgt.
G Ware, J.W. S/Sgt.
2 Mar 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 411
P Ford, J.H. 1st Lt.
CP Hurd, J.S. 2nd Lt.
N Duncan, R.H. 2nd Lt.
B Thompson, M.A. 2nd Lt.
E Lewis, G.F. T/Sgt.
R Kramer, A.W. T/Sgt.
AE Roberson, L.P. S/Sgt.
AR Saucedo, J.A. S/Sgt.
AG Overholt, H.R. S/Sgt.
G Harvison, W.P. S/Sgt.
2 Mar 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 492
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 Prazak, S.J. Sgt.
AG Hampton, W.R. S/Sgt.
G Boord, W.M. Sgt.
2 Mar 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 371
P Rouse, M.S. 1st Lt.
CP Hurd, E.A. Jr. 2nd Lt.
N Bicher, R.F. Jr. 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.
2 Mar 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 835
P Hestad, E.A. 1st Lt.
CP Madden, T.E. F/O
N Karl, J.F. 2nd Lt.
B Greene, D.R. 2nd Lt.
E Finley, G.E. S/Sgt.
R Folda, G. T/Sgt.
AE Slagle, C.I. S/Sgt.
AR Twitchell, F.O. S/Sgt.
AG Troup, D. S/Sgt.
G Wilson, L. S/Sgt.
2 Mar 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 976
P Mathias, W.E. 2nd Lt.
CP Jones, L.C. 2nd Lt.
N Mateyka, M.R. 2nd Lt.
B Zuk, J.C. 2nd 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 Williams, R.F. S/Sgt.
2 Mar 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.
2 Mar 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 497
P Peterson, L.G. 1st Lt.
CP Lidgard,W.V. 1st Lt.
N Long, A.L. 2nd Lt.
B McBrayer, J.N. 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.
2 Mar 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 826
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 Macklin, C.D. S/Sgt.
R Beausoleil, L.J. S/Sgt.
AE Mitchell, J.W. Sgt.
AR Wagner, F.J. S/Sgt.
AG Harwick, M. Sgt.
G Landry, L. Sgt.
2 Mar 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 489
(aborted no mission credit)
P Scheltens, G.A. 2nd Lt.
CP Vaughan, H.C. 2nd Lt.
N Coward, D.M. 2nd Lt.
B Fain, J.M. 2nd Lt.
E Morr, R.J. T/Sgt.
R Borden, K.L. S/Sgt.
AE Mandelkow, E. Sgt.
AR Crotty, W.L. Pfc.
AG Thompson, I.F. S/Sgt.
G Freeman, J.B. Sgt.
2 Mar 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 495
P Egan, R.L. 1st Lt.
CP Basham, F.G. 1st Lt.
N Harris, W.B. 1st Lt.
B Gray, W.L. 2nd Lt.
E Hurley, W.F. T/Sgt.
R Pope, F.B. T/Sgt.
AE Hurley, A. S/Sgt.
AR Stogner, O.T. S/Sgt.
AG Salisbury, J.F. S/Sgt.
G Kennedy, B.S. S/Sgt.
TG Nelson, V.A. S/Sgt.
2 Mar 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 097
(aborted no mission credit)
P Anderson, E.F. 2nd Lt.
CP Hunter, C.J. 2nd Lt.
N Cashen, E.J. 2nd Lt.
B Lawrence, J.S. 2nd Lt.
E Farren, E.L. S/Sgt.
R Masteka, G.F. S/Sgt.
AE Cagle, W.C. S/Sgt.
AR Manville, F.E. Sgt.
AG Hardic, A.M. Sgt.
G Bixby, G.C. Sgt.
2 Mar 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.
2 Mar 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 187
P Smith, R.E. 1st Lt.
CP Schilling, J.E. 2nd Lt.
N Metz, L. 2nd Lt.
B Hopple, H.G. 2nd Lt.
E Wooton, W.J. S/Sgt.
R DeHoff, L.V. Sgt.
AE Godfrey, L.S. Sgt.
AR Heaslet, W.W. Sgt.
AG Bertsch, P.J. Sgt.
G Norton, W.J. Sgt.
2 Mar 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 465
P Lishka, A. Jr. 1st Lt.
CP Feld, B.H. 1st Lt.
N Moorehead, J.C. 1st Lt.
B Brockway, O.E. 1st 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.
2 Mar 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 100
P Schildknecht, H.E. 1st Lt.
CP Buchanan, R.P. 2nd Lt.
N Hersh, A. 2nd Lt.
B Wasowicz, M.V. 2nd Lt.
E Sadler, R.S. T/Sgt.
R Begley, J.F. T/Sgt.
AE Reid, H.A. S/Sgt.
AR Reed, B.P. S/Sgt.
AG Reade, G.J. S/Sgt.
G Gegere, G.P. Sgt.
2 Mar 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 478
P Reade, J.J. Capt.
CP Smith, R.L. 1st Lt.
N Planche, M.M. 1st Lt.
B Ziccarelli, J.A. 1st Lt.
E Edwards, C.E. T/Sgt.
R Wholstron, T.C. Jr. T/Sgt.
AE Sikoff, H. S/Sgt.
AR Bauer, W.E. S/Sgt.
AG Wagner, D.R. S/Sgt.
G Turner, L.F. S/Sgt.
NG Schwabel, C.A. T/Sgt.
2 Mar 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 945
(aborted no mission credit)
P Sooy, B.L. 2nd Lt.
CP Mardis, K.A. 2nd Lt.
N Jones, O.R. 2nd Lt.
B Schwartz, E.S. 2nd Lt.
E Serafine, J.M. S/Sgt.
R Terrell, P.J. S/Sgt.
AE Jones, N.J.E. Jr. S/Sgt.
AR McBrayer, H.G. Sgt.
AG McArn, H.W. Sgt.
G Dorgan, W.J. Sgt.
2 Mar 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 518
P Carnine, G.D. 1st Lt.
CP Spears, K.E. 2nd 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.
2 Mar 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 981
P Goodwin, R.K. 2nd Lt.
CP McGee, R.C. 2nd Lt.
N Walsh, F.T. 2nd Lt.
B Savage, C.C. 2nd Lt.
E Chacon, M.J. S/Sgt.
R Roberts, E.M. S/Sgt.
AE Maxwell, R.J. Sgt.
AR Krueger, R.C. Sgt.
AG Parsley, H.D. Sgt.
G Bednarcik, S.A. Sgt.
2 Mar 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 117
P Sherwood, W.B. 2nd Lt.
CP Anderson, J.B. 2nd Lt.
N Sheridan, J.J. 2nd Lt.
B Bowen, H.A. 2nd Lt.
E Todd, R.E. S/Sgt.
R Mohr, D.C. S/Sgt.
AE Coveney, C.M. Sgt.
AR Grybos, T.J. S/Sgt.
AG Phillips, E.L. Sgt.
G Carroll, J.B. Sgt.
2 Mar 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 473
P Nugent, W.A. 2nd Lt.
CP Burciaga, L.R. 2nd Lt.
N Davis, W.X. 2nd Lt.
NG 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.
2 Mar 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 469
(aborted no mission credit)
P Darnell, J.F. Jr. 1st Lt.
CP Slagle, E.E. 2nd Lt.
N Stasney, A.J. 2nd Lt.
B Heilman, J.A. 2nd Lt.
E Whitaker, J.W. S/Sgt.
R Mandel, R.F. T/Sgt.
AE Sundo, J.R. S/Sgt.
AR Ward, L.E. Sgt.
AG Rego, M.A. S/Sgt.
G Courtney, E.J. Sgt.
2 Mar 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 510
P Baumgart, V.A. 1st Lt.
CP Cordes, W.C. 1st Lt.
N Connolly, J.D. 1st Lt.
B Stupski, S.J. 1st Lt.
E Smith, D.L. T/Sgt.
R Kiss, J. T/Sgt.
AE Davis, H. T/Sgt.
AR Yost, J.W. S/Sgt.
AG Money, J.A. S/Sgt.
G Fons, J.P. S/Sgt.
2 Mar 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 127
P Books, D.O. 1st Lt.
CP Gray, H.E. 2nd Lt.
N Kornman, H.C. 2nd 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.
2 Mar 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 990
P Spartage, G. 1st Lt.
CP Kern, R.B. 2nd Lt.
N Tauskey, W.A. 1st Lt.
B Campbell, R.A. 1st Lt.
E Warren, O.J. S/Sgt.
R Worthington, P.A. T/Sgt.
AE Helmke, E.F. S/Sgt.
AR Northcutt, C.C. T/Sgt.
AG Ridgeway, J.W. Jr. S/Sgt.
G Riedlinger, A.J. S/Sgt.

PFF Ship:

CA Schoolmaster, C.F. Maj.

Slipp, F.E. 1st Lt.

Delach, J.J. 1st Lt.

PFF Ship:

CA MacLean, G.C. Capt.

Gries, R.F. 1st Lt.