• 7 March 1945
  • Mission #253
  • Target: Bielefeld

The key railroad viaduct northeast of the town was again targeted for strike. Additionally, the marshalling yards in the town were scheduled as a secondary target with a further tertiary target on the rail yards at Paderborn. At 0345 and 0500 hours, (20) aircrews were briefed and at 0800 hours (19) began take-offs on schedule. The lead squadron was unable to make a visual run on the primary due to low clouds, electing to make an H2X attack against the tertiary with results unobserved However, the low squadron coming in behind managed to salvage a visual run on the viaduct bombing it with outstanding results. The Group released a total of (130) 1000# blockbusters with those of the low squadron impacting in a pin-point pattern - (90) percent of the bombs being within 1000 feet of this hard-to-hit MPI. Once again no flak or fighters were encountered. All ships landed safely back at Wendling around 1415 hours.

CREW LOADING LIST - MISSION #253

7 Mar 1945 576th Sqdn.
A/C 709
P Markuson, C.O. 1st Lt.
CP Hutchcroft, H.W. 2nd Lt.
N Maceyra, E. 2nd Lt.
B Hunter, E.R. S/Sgt.
R Burke, J.E. T/Sgt.
E Cain, P.L. T/Sgt.
RW Monaghan, T.D. S/Sgt.
LW Howard, J.B. S/Sgt.
TG Horn, J.E. S/Sgt.
7 Mar 1945 576th Sqdn.
A/C 409
P Wolak, S. 2nd Lt.
CP Willett, C.E. 2nd Lt.
N Longenecker, J.R. 2nd Lt.
B Kutner, J.M. 2nd Lt.
R Murphy, R.C. S/Sgt.
E Bobish, A. T/Sgt.
RW Ruigh, R.E. S/Sgt.
LW Czop, J.A. S/Sgt.
TG Schick, F.W. S/Sgt.
7 Mar 1945 576th Sqdn.
A/C 650
P Proctor, H.E. 2nd Lt.
CP Russell, C.E. 2nd Lt.
N Plagenhoef, S.C. 2nd Lt.
B Wade, T.E. S/Sgt.
R Kerfoot, D.A. Sgt.
E Lewis, A.J. S/Sgt.
RW Gill, J.B. S/Sgt.
LW Kouzes, G. S/Sgt.
TG Dippel, W.L. S/Sgt.
RCM Hairston, R.T. T/Sgt.
7 Mar 1945 576th Sqdn.
A/C 659
P Novik, A.J. 1st Lt.
CP Graves, J.H. 1st Lt.
N Hampton, W.A. F/O
B Graves, R.H. S/Sgt.
R Hildebrand, R.O. T/Sgt.
E DiMarco, F.J. T/Sgt.
RW Watkins, M.F. S/Sgt.
LW McAtee, J.R. S/Sgt.
TG Buckley, C.A. S/Sgt.
7 Mar 1945 576th Sqdn.
A/C 770
P Frazier, L.J. 2nd Lt.
CP Linder, E.P. F/O
N Robinson, R.L. 2nd Lt.
B Hazard, A.R. 2nd Lt.
R Latour, H.E. Cpl.
E McGrath, L.R. Cpl.
RW Penders, D.P. Cpl.
LW Leach, R.H. Cpl.
7 Mar 1945 576th Sqdn.
A/C 299
P Kelly, J.B. 1st Lt.
CP Vaughan, D. F/O
N Coleman, A.D. 2nd Lt.
B D'Ambrosio, M.J. Sgt.
R McElroy, V.E. Sgt.
E Yost, D.A. Sgt.
RW Zielke, W.P. Sgt.
LW Poremba, S.J. Cpl.
TG Reardon, D.J. Sgt.
7 Mar 1945 577th Sqdn.
A/C 875
P Dodson, G.H. 2nd Lt.
CP LeFevre, L.P. 2nd Lt.
N Fletcher, W.J. 2nd Lt.
B Hochard, H.H. S/Sgt.
R Green, J.M. S/Sgt.
E Herrera, D.R. S/Sgt.
RW Allendorf, V.G. S/Sgt.
LW Peterson, F.H. S/Sgt.
TG Jenkins, C.E. S/Sgt.
7 Mar 1945 577th Sqdn.
A/C 898
P Eyles, E.E. 2nd Lt.
CP Foley, R.T. F/O
N Augustensen, H.R. F/O
B Stutzman, R.J. Sgt.
R Barrett, W.R. Sgt.
E Mattera, A.P. Sgt.
RW Shrum, T.H. Sgt.
LW Carpenger, B.E. Sgt.
TG Wengress, C.P. Sgt.
7 Mar 1945 577th Sqdn.
A/C 697
P Jordan, E.B. 2nd Lt.
CP Garrett, A.W. 2nd Lt.
N Mercer, E.A. 2nd Lt.
B Lehr, E.L. Sgt.
R Leahy, W.E. Sgt.
E Thompson, R.H. T/Sgt.
RW Cobb, C.E. Sgt.
LW Girulat, R.M. Sgt.
TG Larmee, W.H. Sgt.
S-27 Krohn, O.G. T/Sgt.
7 Mar 1945 577th Sqdn.
A/C 390
P Mlinarcik, E. 2nd Lt.
CP Parker, R.W. 2nd Lt.
N Caris, R.L. 2nd Lt.
B Caltrider, G.E. Jr. Sgt.
R Livingston, F. Jr. Sgt.
E Butler, J.M. Sgt.
RW Howard, C.E. Sgt.
LW Kozma, M. Sgt.
TG Franks, A. Sgt.
7 Mar 1945 577th Sqdn.
A/C 901
P McKellar, C.C. 2nd Lt.
CP Owen, J.L. 2nd Lt.
N James, H.P. 2nd Lt.
B Hightower, W.H. T/Sgt.
R Bova, N.G. Cpl.
E Cole, E.W. Cpl.
RW Yeary, B.J. Cpl.
LW Hodge, T.H. Cpl.
TG Holler, J.G. Jr. Cpl.
Higbee, W.J. Cpl.
7 Mar 1945 577th Sqdn.
A/C 507
P Jordan, T.J. 2nd Lt.
CP Fastabend, J.B. 1st Lt.
N Sprosty, A.O. 2nd Lt.
B Faust, L.E. 2nd Lt.
R Brown, L.E. T/Sgt.
E Kinzler, S.J. S/Sgt.
RW Davis, T.N. S/Sgt.
LW Meister, R.H. S/Sgt.
TG Kwiatowski, L.P. S/Sgt.
NV Washabau, C.B. 2nd Lt.
7 Mar 1945 578th Sqdn.
A/C 240
P Vaden, J.C. 2nd Lt.
CP Tichenor, N.K. 2nd Lt.
N Vrable, E.G. 2nd Lt.
B Sieg, R.J. 2nd Lt.
R Crockett, J.G. S/Sgt.
E Perry, C.E.O. S/Sgt.
RW Wojtowicz, C.T. S/Sgt.
LW Beaton, S.O. S/Sgt.
TG Smith, C.W. S/Sgt.
S-27 Bernhards, H.F. S/Sgt.
7 Mar 1945 578th Sqdn.
A/C 772
P Ansbro, M.J. 2nd Lt.
CP Wernsman, J.B. 2nd Lt.
N Lindahl, E.A. 2nd Lt.
B Christman, H.E. F/O
R O'Brien, B.M. S/Sgt.
E Brierley, A.R. S/Sgt.
RW O'Farrell, R.H. Sgt.
LW Nichols, P.F. Sgt.
TG McLaughlin, M.M. Sgt.
7 Mar 1945 578th Sqdn.
A/C 511
P Hoover, J.A. 2nd Lt.
CP Douglass, G.E. 2nd Lt.
N Fetter, G.R. F/O
B Janak, E.G. S/Sgt.
R Affinito, L.J. S/Sgt.
E Marlowe, J.D. T/Sgt.
RW Fitzgerald, T.R. S/Sgt.
LW Gayda, F.M. S/Sgt.
TG Jones, L.A. S/Sgt.
7 Mar 1945 578th Sqdn.
A/C 313
P Fox, J.E. 1st Lt.
CP Sampley, T.A. 2nd Lt.
N Johnson, M.S. 1st Lt.
B Robinson, D.T. 1st Lt.
R Tameling, H. T/Sgt.
E Smith, B.F. T/Sgt.
RW Seever, B.H. S/Sgt.
LW Coury, G.A. S/Sgt.
TG Davis, C.L. S/Sgt.
RCM Harvie, W.M. T/Sgt.
7 Mar 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 McCoy, F.W. S/Sgt.
R Black, C.B. S/Sgt.
E Kidd, J.L. S/Sgt.
RW Chanson, M.C. S/Sgt.
LW Johnson, R.L. S/Sgt.
TG Lutes, M.A. S/Sgt.
7 Mar 1945 578th Sqdn.
A/C 495
P Byrne, C.E. 1st Lt.
CP Schmitt, F.J. 1st Lt.
N Bunting, J. S/Sgt.
B Heilman, R.C. T/Sgt.
R Trapp, M.W. T/Sgt.
E Bennett, L.F. T/Sgt.
RW Libby, J.E. S/Sgt.
LW Wagner, F.E. S/Sgt.
TG Alper, M.A. S/Sgt.
7 Mar 1945 579th Sqdn.
A/C 454
Player, G.C. Jr. Maj.
P Propper, H.M. Capt.
CP Brier, A.L. 1st Lt.
N Barber, A.G. 1st Lt.
B Buente, V.O. 1st Lt.
R Dodd, W.C. T/Sgt.
E McPherson, C.C. T/Sgt.
RW Musante, A.B. Jr. S/Sgt.
LW Chapman, C.M. S/Sgt.
TG Wickham, R.H. S/Sgt.
Garrett, H.L. 1st Lt.
NV Kennedy, J.L. 1st Lt.
7 Mar 1945 579th Sqdn.
A/C 308
P Wood, D.R. 2nd Lt.
CP McCormick, J.J. 2nd Lt.
N Balides, T. 1st Lt.
B Segraves, W.D. 2nd Lt.
R Fleischmann, R.F. S/Sgt.
E Morgan, K.W. S/Sgt.
RW McCormick, F.L.J. S/Sgt.
LW Stuck, W.F. S/Sgt.
TG Wright, A.P. S/Sgt.
NV Tucker, W.L. 2nd Lt.
PN Reynolds, D.W. 1st Lt.