• 15 March 1945
  • Mission #259
  • Target: Zossen

The strike this date was scheduled against the German General Staff Headquarters near Wunsdorf -- an attempt to further disrupt the faltering command and control network of retreating enemy forces who were being sandwiched between the advancing Allied ground forces. At 0545 and 0700, a force of (31) crews were briefed with all starting take-off on schedule at 0930 hours. Bombing by the (29) bombers going over the target was accomplished visually but smoke and haze obscured accurate assessment of results after release. A total of (419) 250 and 500 pound bombs impacted on target. No enemy fighters were sighted and flak was generally light throughout the mission. One B-24 was lost. Flak over Hanover had apparently put holes in its fuel tanks and the crew was forced to ditch 50 miles east of Great Yarmouth in the North Sea. The ship was #659 from the 576th flown by Lieutenant J. B. Kelly, who with all engines out touched down in the water at position 5214N-0215E around 1630 hours. Four crewmembers were killed. In a unique circumstance and uncharacteristic of a Liberator's ditching expectancy, the ship stayed afloat about 6-9 minutes after touch down (by crew estimates). After having difficulties getting the dinghies out, five of the crew managed to get into the life rafts. Despite their best efforts, they were unable to get to the other four crewmen before the current carried them away. Air Sea Rescue found one of the bodies the next day but the others were never recovered. This regrettable mishap marred what was a very successful mission otherwise. The returning ships landed back at base around 1730 hours.

MISSING AIR CREW REPORT SECTION

15 MARCH 1945 - TARGET: ZOSSEN
MISSING AIRCREW REPORT: #14178 AIRCRAFT: #42-50659 (NO NICKNAME) "D" 68th Mission
AIRCREW: KELLY    *    SQUADRON: 576th
CREW POSITIONS AND STATUS:

P 1/Lt Kelly, John B.               RTD 
  (rescue)
CP  F/O Vaughan, Dioeudonne         RTD 
  (rescue)
N 2/Lt Coleman, Alvin D. Jr         KIA  
NG  Sgt Sgt D'Ambrosio, Marshall Jr RTD 
  (rescue)
R/O Sgt McElroy, Virgil E.          KIA
EnG Sgt Yost, Douglas A.            RTD 
  (rescue)
WG  Sgt Poremba, Stanley J.         KIA
WG  Sgt Zielke, Wallace P.          RTD 
  (rescue) 
TG  Sgt Reardon, Daniel J. Jr       KIA

MISSION LOSS CIRCUMSTANCES: The after-mission report filed, as noted on this aircrew MACR, stated this aircraft was forced to ditch in the North Sea off Great Yarmouth due a "fuel deficiency (failure to transfer fuel in time) and causing the aircrew to ditch and aircraft sunk in approximately 6-9 minutes". This account went on to state that all nine (9) men got out of the plane with five (5) being able to get into the two (2) dinghies after some difficulties in removing them from their stowage and inflating them. The other (4) men drifted away, but they had on life jackets and it was believed these jackets were inflated. The Navigator and Radio Operator were known to have been injured (causes not stated). The Left Waist Gunner was later recovered by the Air Sea Rescue team, but was dead. The remaining crew members were picked up about three hours after the ditching by the Air Sea Rescue efforts. These accounts were all that was recorded on the circumstances leading up to the ditching situation with the fuel transfer management problem being the only given cause and no prior enemy actions being mentioned.

INDIVIDUAL ACCOUNTS OF CREWMEN FATES: The only such reports were completed much later by the Pilot, Lt. Kelly, in accounts given by letter on 21 June, 1946, from his address at 1435 Elmdale Avenue, Chicago 26, Illinois, and sent to the CG, Army Air Forces, Washington D.C. His report covered in general the (5) lost or unaccounted for members with all remarks on this report essentially identical: That these crew men did not bail out and followed orders to ditch with the aircraft; that the Navigator (Coleman) and Radio man (Poremba) appeared injured from the ditching emergency, but extent of their injuries were not determinable; that the lost men were last seen in the water near the plane's crash location, about (45) miles northeast of Great Yarmouth, England; and in the case of Poremba, he (Kelly) had been informed by the 392nd later that the body had been recovered by Air Sea Rescue the next day and was later buried in a U.S. Cemetery near Norfolk, England (Note: Norfolk? No U.S. Cemetery ever there; not known about if so?). This report surmised that the Navigator had perished due to a combination of injuries sustained in the ditching and exposure in the North Sea waters later. No other mention was made in this report on the rescue operations or more details on the contributing causes for the aircraft's water landing emergency. The pilot's account noted that this crew had completed about 12-13 combat missions.

After the next of kin were notified that their loved ones were missing in action, they began writing letters to each other. Mrs. Reardon must have received some information from one of the survivors as she wrote Mrs. Coleman on 22 June 1945:

"Ditching signals were given and all the crew, except the pilot and co-pilot, assembled in the waist to take crash landing positions. The flaps wouldn't work so they hit the water at 120 miles per hour, causing terrific impact. Everyone got out of the plane one way or another. Vaughan and Yost were the only ones really conscious so they proceeded to get the life boats out. They had quite a bit of difficulty in getting them out and inflating them, otherwise all might have been saved. As it was, five were able to get on the boats and were rescued 3 hours later. The plane remained afloat 8 minutes. The currents carried them off very quickly. In a search the next day by planes and boats, they found the body of Cpl Stanley J. Poremba. All are accounted for except your son, Alvin, McElroy and my brother, Danny -- they were carried off together by the currents, which were extremely swift that day."

That same day, Mrs. Zielke, mother of survivor Sgt Zielke, wrote Mrs. Coleman:

"I would like to say how happy we are to have our son alive and here in the states again but our happiness is touched with deep sadness when we think how the other Mothers feel without their loved ones and we so feel with all as we too went thru the trying ordeal of not knowing what was what for some time.

The government was very slow in notifying us in fact our first information was from the chaplain from the Hospital in England. He wrote us a V mail the day after the crash and told us that the plane made a forced landing in the North Sea and that our boy was in the hospital but could not write due to injuries and for us to be thankful that he was there as it was a miracle that he was rescued.

He told us his ship was hit going out to the mission with flak and after unloading their bombs at the city outside of Berlin. They noticed the fuel line was hit and they were losing gas too fast, so your son and Kelly tried to figure out a fast way to get out of enemy territory to land and the North Sea was the best. They threw out all the guns and supplies and the windows so that they could get out quicker but I guess the crash is a lot worse than we can imagine as they were all knocked out, but came to in time to inflate the dinghy but one wouldn't inflate and 4 of the boys were drifting around and when they did get to them or rather tried to the current was too strong and they didn't find them.

S Poremba, tail gunner 23 yrs old was found when they picked up our son and Yost, Kelly (Pilot), Vaughan (CoPilot) and D'Ambrosio (Nose gunner). Yost had lost his hand getting out but is getting along alright.

Your son and Reardon (waist gunner) McElroy (radio) were not found and like Wallace said, wouldn't it be wonderful should they have been picked up by someone and maybe be saved too. It's only a hope but as he told us no one could live longer than a hour in that cold water. Poremba was dead from exposure when they found him.

He said they hugged together before the crash and prayed but when it hit everything went black….

I forget to say that Wallace has been home for a 30 day furlough and although he still has his body cast he is doing well. The arms are better and also his legs and broken heel. He hated to go back to Cambridge, Ohio [to the hospital] but he has to wear the cast for 60 more days and then take treatments. I'm hoping and praying he won't see any more service.

I guess he was hurt the worst and is alive and as he said The Lord wasn't ready to take him yet and he always tried to tell us that if it were his time to die he would get it no matter where so I think we too have to look at it that way.

I'm sure they all were near to their Maker during their trying hours and although boys don't say much about those things they did pray. Son told me many times that the chaplain always said prayers with them before a mission and he always told us to have faith.

I only wish I could help you in your dark hours and tell you more but it takes time and I don't know just how much we should tell. This I know tho, he said the plane crashed at 5:30 in the center of the North Sea, 50 miles from either shore and that they floated around in the dark for 3 hours before the coast guards found them.

They had radio'd for help but all the planes were loaded and could only drop flares to mark the spot so that the boats could find them and I think if it had been light they would have found the rest too. He loves your son and spoke of him so much I too felt as tho I knew him… I know he could tell you so many things could he but speak to you in person and maybe some day it can be arranged. I know how I would want to talk to some one that was with my boy!

D'Ambrosio and our boy are in the states and they think the other two will soon be here.

I hope this will help you a little and I wish I could do more for you in some way…."

Sgt Zielke wrote Mrs. Coleman two days later from a hospital in the US. He said:

"After the crash I had a broken back, foot, arm and a lacerated arm… The 15th of March we flew our 13th mission to Zossen 20 miles south of Berlin. We made it o.k. to the target and started back when we got to the coast we discovered that we had lost some gas. The reason was unknown, but probably due to a line being cut by flak. We attempted to cross the North Sea but halfway across our gas gave out and we were forced to crash. We hit the water and all of us got out o.k. but the sea was rough and 4 of the boys drifted away from the plane before we could get the boats out or get to them. Al was one of the four. Those of us that were left did all we could to try and get to them but our conditions left us helpless against the rough sea. After 3 hours in the water we were picked up by a Air Sea Rescue boat and taken to Great Yarmouth where we were hospitalized. The 2nd day I had heard they found Poremba dead from exposure but up until the time I left I never heard a word about the other 3 boys. Yost the engineer suffered a smashed hand and he returned to the States just after I did. (I returned May 6.) While I was home I received a letter from D'Ambrosio he just returned and said Kelly and Vaughan were still over there. We worked, played, fought and as fate would have it, were all together to the end. I don't think I could have been teamed up with a better bunch of fellows and I'll remember all the experiences we had together."

After he returned to the States, 2/Lt Kelly visited the family of Sgt Poremba to explain the circumstances of his death. They in turn wrote an account of that visit, dated 20 Aug 1945, to 2/Lt Coleman's mother. According to their letter, 2/Lt Kelly said:

"That from early morning things didn't seem to be going right. First they had orders to leave on a mission at 5 in the morning. When they were ready to leave they received a last minute notice that they were not to leave until further notice. Then again they were told to leave at 6 and again were told not to go. They were stopped about four times and finally they left at 9 o'clock. Well they finished their mission and were coming back at 5 o'clock in the evening when the pilot noticed that they had engine trouble. He radio'd the other planes that he had engine trouble and would probably come in later. He then noticed that there was no gas so he let the whole crew know that he was going to make a forced landing on sea. They immediately took off their parachutes because they're too heavy. He then told them to hold tight because they were going quite fast. He asked every boy how he was just before the crash and they all answered ok. They crashed into the sea at 105 miles an hour. The plane immediately cracked in half. The pilot said all the boys were hurt. They all started to climb out of the plane because they knew the plane wouldn't stay long on the surface. My brother Stanley, your son and the other two that are missing [McElroy and Reardon] were at the tail of the plane when they climbed out. Kelly climbed out last on the wing. The co-pilot and navigator [this was probably Sgt Yost instead, as navigator Coleman was by the tail] were working on the door that held the life rafts, because it was stuck and the life rafts couldn't be taken out. In the meantime two of the boys that were hurt very bad [D'Ambrosio and Zielke] came up around the wing and Kelly got a hold of them and kept holding them up until the life rafts were finally gotten out. He kept telling the four that were by the tail to swim around to the side where he was on the wing but they just didn't. He said he thinks they were all too stunned and they just didn't or couldn't swim to him. He also said your boy must have been badly hurt because he saw that Stanley was holding him up. Finally Kelly got the two boys that he was holding up on the life rafts and he and the other two also climbed in. He kept watching those four in the back but the current was so strong that it took all four of them away. He heard them all crying for help but nobody could help them because of the swift current. Then he said he didn't hear or see them any more. My brother's body was picked up the next morning. They say he died from the cold exposure. Kelly said he's sure the others are dead too because of the cold water… Kelly and the other four were picked up at 10 o'clock that night. He says two rescue planes were out looking for the boys for two days, just finding my brother's body. We asked him why they didn't call for help right away and he said their radio broke just then."

In the diary he kept during the war, Sgt D'Ambrosio wrote this detailed account:

"This day was the most dreadful day of our lives. Well, we started off for the German High Command Headquarters. It was just South of Berlin. We took off at 10:25. On the way we encountered flak over Hanover. Maybe some of it hit us; we don't know. All we know is on the way back as we came over the channel [sic, the North Sea], our engines started to sputter. We had checked the gas previously before coming over the channel [North Sea]. We had 625 gallons. But when we tried to level the tanks while we were crossing the channel, all the gas seemed to build up in no. 2 engine and we couldn't get it out. Then all the engines started to sputter and conk out and start again.

Kelly's words then were, "Prepare to ditch men." These words are words every airman dreads. Only a few ever live to tell about it. We had no flaps. The auxiliary hydraulic pump had failed us, too. We threw everything in the waist out. Then we took our ditching positions waiting for the plunge. We all seemed a little calm but our grips on one another's arms showed the tension going through our bodies.

Well I felt one bang. Everything was black - must have been knocked out. We hit at 110 mph and made a dead stop. I thought I was drowning. I was in shock. Tons of water was on me and I gasped and hollered for breath. I was weaker than a dead man. The water pushed me all over the inside of the ship. I was trapped it seemed. The waist was a mass of tin. It looked as though a hundred cannon balls hit it and tore holes in it. We came to the conclusion that the rest of the crew must have been hurtled through the body on impact. I heard Vaughn all of a sudden say "try kid, try kid." Then I turned to see him. He was a mass of blood. His whole face seemed to be skinless. When I saw him like that I figured if he could do it I could too. I didn't have the strength to climb through the waist. I crawled through a hole in the waist. I paddled about 3 strokes and was just going down when Vaughn grabbed my arm and held me on the wing. Then Kelly held me while Yost and Vaughn tried to get the dinghies out.

I managed to grab hold of myself and make my way around the wing and I saw Zielke. I shoved him toward the raft. Kelly handed me an oar and we both used all our strength to get on the raft. Then Zielke got hold of the paddle and Kelly pulled him in. How we both got Zielke on the raft we'll never know. He couldn't help himself (we found later he fractured a vertebra thus paralyzing him). Well after we got him on the raft, me and Zielke were about to collapse.

Vaughn gave us Benzedrine Pills and I began to snap to and bail out some water. Yost's hand was mangled and his head was cut. Vaughn was a sickly sight and as for myself my face was all cut up and my throat had a gash in it. Kelly's face was swollen. But none of us felt a thing because we knew how close we came to death and how lucky we were. Vaughn tied the raft together. We tried like all hell to row the dinghies to get the other boys but it was useless. We drifted one way and a current seemed to carry them in the opposite direction. About 2 hours or something went on. I can't remember. Then a Wellington flew over us. We shot flares up and he saw us. He dropped acetylene torches on the water around us and sent a signal out. It was dark now and the flares really lit up. Then we saw a bright spotlight searching the water. More flares went up and then the light like a message from heaven shined on us. We were saved.

We all had help getting on the rescue boat 2641. They treated us and gave us every comfort and treated our wounds. It was an English crew. The fellows seemed about my age. When we reached port Vaughn tried to give them a little cash but they refused the money. But we gave them our emergency maps which are worth plenty. We were transferred to a hospital. The pretty nurses brightened us up a little but now our wounds started to ache a little. Zielke was transferred to another hospital. They thought he was dying. I guess that's why we couldn't search for the other boys in the water. When a man is dying, their orders are to head for port immediately. Well all of us got stitched up. We all had gas except Yost. When they saw how much pain he went through, we got gas. Of course I threw up and the nurses had their hands full with me while trying to put me to bed."

BURIAL RECORDS: The names of Coleman, McElroy, and Reardon are etched on the WALL OF THE MISSING at the Cambridge American Cemetery near Cambridge, England. All had been awarded the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster; Coleman and McElroy were awarded the Purple Heart posthumously. Sgt Poremba was returned to the US for burial.

NEXT OF KIN DATA IN WWII: Kelly (Self, John R., 1435 Elmdale Avenue, Chicago 26, Illinois); Coleman (Mother, Della G., Box 14, McAlpin, Florida); McElroy (Mother, Georgia A., 415 South Main Street, Kirksville, Missouri); Yost (Wife, Veronica B., 127 West 58th Street, New York, New York); Poremba (Mother, Josephine, 2314 S. Saint Louis Avenue, Chicago, Illinois); Zielke (Mother, Ruth L., 5596 Lemay Street, Detroit, Michigan); Reardon (Father, Daniel J., 2 Julia Avenue, North Providence, Rhode Island); Vaughan (unknown); D’Ambrosio (unknown).

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CREW LOADING LIST - MISSION #259

15 Mar 1945 576th Sqdn.
A/C 340
P Harcus, R.W. 2nd Lt.
CP Thompson, J.R. 2nd Lt.
N Adler, M.N. 2nd Lt.
B Brennan, R.W. S/Sgt.
R Shanley, J.V. T/Sgt.
E Thomas, E. T/Sgt.
RW Woerth, J.B. S/Sgt.
LW Marshall, L.C. S/Sgt.
TG Rosenberg, J.E. S/Sgt.
RCM Williams, C.G. S/Sgt.
15 Mar 1945 576th Sqdn.
A/C 545
P Peterson, T.W. 1st Lt.
CP Rohe, J.M. 1st Lt.
N Damerst, W.A. 1st Lt.
B Lawson, R.F. 1st Lt.
R Green, C.M. T/Sgt.
E Bruney, G.L. T/Sgt.
RW Mitchell, D.F. Pvt.
LW Hankins, T.E. S/Sgt.
TG Hoffman, G.A. S/Sgt.
PN Miller, S. 1st Lt.
15 Mar 1945 576th Sqdn.
A/C 659 (crew ditched)
P Kelly, J.B. 1st Lt.
CP Vaughan, D. F/O
N Coleman, A.D. 2nd Lt. (KIA)
B D'Ambrosio, M.J. Sgt.
R McElroy, V.E. Sgt. (KIA)
E Yost, D.A. Sgt. (KIA)
RW Poremba, S.J. Cpl. (KIA)
LW Zielke, W.P. Sgt.
TG Reardon, D.J. Sgt. (KIA)
15 Mar 1945 576th Sqdn.
A/C 770
P Earl, P.R. 2nd Lt.
CP Smiley, W.R. 2nd Lt.
N Perkins, R.W. 2nd Lt.
B Marchetta, A. S/Sgt.
R Irish, E.W. T/Sgt.
E Woods, R.E. T/Sgt.
RW Keith, D.N. Pfc.
LW Schafer, J.G. S/Sgt.
TG Cosentino, C. S/Sgt.
15 Mar 1945 576th Sqdn.
A/C 991
P Raczko, W. 2nd Lt.
CP McGill, C.L. 2nd Lt.
N Cline, A.P. F/O
B Holland, J.R. S/Sgt.
R VanDeven, J.K. S/Sgt.
E Reynolds, J.R. S/Sgt.
RW Parker, R.J. S/Sgt.
LW Kracker, E.A. S/Sgt.
TG Adkins, J.E. S/Sgt.
RCM Frappier, H.A. T/Sgt.
15 Mar 1945 576th Sqdn.
A/C 194
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.
15 Mar 1945 576th Sqdn.
A/C 589
P Smith, W.E. 2nd Lt.
CP Malmborg, F.L. 2nd Lt.
N Judd, G.G. 1st Lt.
B Linderman, W.T. S/Sgt.
R Kroll, M.E. Sgt.
E Lyon, H.H. S/Sgt.
RW Devish, M.G. S/Sgt.
LW Werner, W.T. Sgt.
TG Farley, R.L. Pfc.
15 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.
15 Mar 1945 576th Sqdn.
A/C 709
P Ault, D.E. 2nd Lt.
CP Maloney, J.P. F/O
N Lang, H.A. F/O
B Brown, H.F. Cpl.
R Buglewicz, G.J. Cpl.
E Dehart, R.J. Cpl.
RW Waters, R.D. Cpl.
LW Huffer, J.O. Cpl.
TG Hoffman, R.L. Cpl.
15 Mar 1945 577th Sqdn.
A/C 118
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.
15 Mar 1945 577th Sqdn.
A/C 906 (no mission credit)
P Majesky, A.E. 2nd Lt.
CP Wanner, G.L. 2nd Lt.
N Vought, E.I. F/O
B Zuckert, J.S. 2nd Lt.
R Ivey, M.A. T/Sgt.
E Patton, F.M. T/Sgt.
RW Esenwein, E.R. S/Sgt.
LW Adelman, S. Sgt.
TG Martin, J.F. S/Sgt.
15 Mar 1945 577th Sqdn.
A/C 390
P Grabarkiewicz, L. F/O
CP Phillips, C.E. 2nd Lt.
N Hickson, D. Jr. 2nd Lt.
B Axvig, W.E. S/Sgt.
R Quagliano, F.A. T/Sgt.
E Duggan, J.J. T/Sgt.
RW Baker, E.R. S/Sgt.
LW Cooper, J.T. Cpl.
TG Moskowicz, S. S/Sgt.
S-27 Allen, P. S/Sgt.
15 Mar 1945 577th Sqdn.
A/C 079
P Osojnicki, E.S. 2nd Lt.
CP Schoellerman, M.L. 2nd Lt.
N Flugel, R.R. F/O
B Thompson, W.H. Sgt.
R Reidy, H.J. Sgt.
E Sacher, P. Cpl.
RW Ortega, J. Sgt.
LW Weatherbie, L.K. Sgt.
TG McCormick, F.G. Sgt.
15 Mar 1945 577th Sqdn.
A/C 898
P Myers, C.E. 2nd Lt.
CP Anderson, K.W. 2nd Lt.
N Warntz, W. F/O
B Zgurich, E.E. 2nd Lt.
R Jaklinski, B. S/Sgt.
E Payton, J.B. S/Sgt.
RW Thornton, A.H. S/Sgt.
LW Gillette, R.E. Sgt.
TG Kirk, G.A. S/Sgt.
15 Mar 1945 577th Sqdn.
A/C 040
P Gridley, J.N. Jr. 2nd Lt.
CP Hunt, R.L. 2nd Lt.
N Self, W.H. 2nd Lt.
B Venier, A.C. F/O
R Braunhut, J.S. Sgt.
E Segal, D. Sgt.
RW Wright, W.M. Sgt.
LW Sudbrock, G.W. Sgt.
TG Hall, D.M. Sgt.
RCM Hill, T.J. S/Sgt.
15 Mar 1945 577th Sqdn.
A/C 792
P Jordan, T.J. Jr. 1st Lt.
CP Fastabend, J.B. 1st Lt.
N Sprosty, A.O. 1st 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.
NN Washabau, C.B. 2nd Lt.
15 Mar 1945 577th Sqdn.
A/C 697
P Barker, W.R. 2nd Lt.
CP Churchwell, W.F. F/O
N Green, M.L. F/O
B Horne, C.W. Sgt.
R Coury, L.J. Sgt.
E Milstead, W.R. Sgt.
RW Morris, G.W. Sgt.
LW Ratliffe, Q.R. Sgt.
TG Althen, E. Sgt
15 Mar 1945 577th Sqdn.
A/C 875
P Weed, O.F. 2nd Lt.
CP Healy, B.P. 2nd Lt.
N Trask, W.V. 2nd Lt.
B Erfurth, R.L. Sgt.
R Yoak, E.B. Sgt.
E Gorman, E.J. Sgt.
RW Higgins, R.S. Sgt.
LW Laird, J.L. Sgt.
TG Kolodziejski, J.J. Sgt.
15 Mar 1945 578th Sqdn.
A/C 806 (no mission credit)
P Mayer, E.H. 1st Lt.
CP Fligge, S.G. 1st Lt.
N Burros, R.S. 2nd Lt.
B Crosby, P.E. 1st Lt.
R Hatfield, H.C. T/Sgt.
E Fickel, S.A. T/Sgt.
RW Gibson, C.P. S/Sgt.
LW Robinson, M.M. S/Sgt.
TG Fulton, C.E. S/Sgt.
RCM Watson, C.B. T/Sgt.
15 Mar 1945 578th Sqdn.
A/C 477
P Henning, J.C. 2nd Lt.
CP Moser, F.E. 2nd Lt.
N Humiston, M.R. 2nd Lt.
B Regan, J.H. Sgt.
R Wilkins, R.A. Sgt.
E Regester, R.B. Sgt.
RW Stockard, J.C. Sgt.
LW McLaughlin, E.J. Sgt.
TG Davis, G.L. Sgt.
RCM Taylor, J.L. S/Sgt.
15 Mar 1945 578th Sqdn.
A/C 446
P Rose, P.E. 1st Lt.
CP Pratt, D.M. 1st Lt.
N Rohde, C.R. 1st Lt.
B Harnden, R.G. 1st Lt.
R Croy, O.N. T/Sgt.
E Scott, W.A. T/Sgt.
RW Manelick, N.L. S/Sgt.
LW Davidson, S.A. S/Sgt.
TG Beane, H.E. S/Sgt.
S-27 Belsky, M. T/Sgt.
15 Mar 1945 578th Sqdn.
A/C 495
P Vaden, J.C. 2nd Lt.
CP Tichenor, N.K. 2nd Lt.
N Vrable, E.G. 2nd Lt.
B Smith, C.W. S/Sgt.
R Crockett, J.G. S/Sgt.
E Perry, C.E.O. S/Sgt.
RW Wojtowicz, C.T. S/Sgt.
LW Wheelwright, C.D. Sgt.
TG Beaton, S.O. S/Sgt.
15 Mar 1945 578th Sqdn.
A/C 542
P Adsit, B.D. 2nd Lt.
CP Weber, M. F/O
N Wedgeworth, Q.R. 2nd Lt.
B Timmons, K.L. S/Sgt.
R Close, H.R. S/Sgt.
E McDonald, R.C. S/Sgt.
RW Ritty, P.M. S/Sgt.
LW Anderson, W.G. S/Sgt.
TG Taylor, H.T. S/Sgt.
15 Mar 1945 578th Sqdn.
A/C 772
P Cerrato, V.H. 1st Lt.
CP Addison, A.E. 1st Lt.
N Marcelli, A.F. 1st Lt.
B Ramos, R.W. Jr. 2nd Lt.
R Ewell, A.J. T/Sgt.
E Lee, R.M. T/Sgt.
RW Burrell, M.L. S/Sgt.
LW Lamson, P.M. S/Sgt.
TG Warwick, F.W. Sgt.
15 Mar 1945 578th Sqdn.
A/C 313
P Joyce, J.F. 2nd Lt.
CP Bowman, J.A. 2nd Lt.
N McQuade, R.N. F/O
B Andrews, Q.Q. S/Sgt.
R Brown, J.F. T/Sgt.
E Albino, A. T/Sgt.
RW Gorham, R.L. Sgt.
LW Kurkomelis, G.C. S/Sgt.
TG Richter, R.H. S/Sgt.
RCM Simpson, V.H. S/Sgt.
15 Mar 1945 578th Sqdn.
A/C 493
P Vickers, R.E. 2nd Lt.
CP Schwarzer, D.E. 2nd Lt.
N Roberts, K.E. 2nd Lt.
B Henthorn, W.N. S/Sgt.
R Costanzo, N.T. S/Sgt.
E Krutys, E.V. T/Sgt.
RW Nock, W.H.E. Jr. S/Sgt.
LW Damuth, T.A. Sgt.
TG Leinweber, R.L. S/Sgt.
15 Mar 1945 578th Sqdn.
A/C 568
P Tokarsky, A. 2nd Lt.
CP Moore, M.R. F/O
N King, F.S. F/O
B Ross, W. S/Sgt.
R Vivero, D.L. S/Sgt.
E Dowling, R.L. S/Sgt.
RW Granzow, L.J. S/Sgt.
LW Ridge, B.E. S/Sgt.
TG Weissbeck, E.A. S/Sgt.
15 Mar 1945 579th Sqdn.
A/C 519
P Teipel, H.N. 1st Lt.
CP Karas, M. 2nd Lt.
N Polansky, M.L. 2nd Lt.
B Flory, D.L. 2nd Lt.
R Goodson, E. T/Sgt.
E Rabine, V.A. T/Sgt.
RW Conrad, D.E. S/Sgt.
LW Hodoian, J.C. S/Sgt.
TG McConnell, H.M. S/Sgt.
NV Vasconcellos, H.M. 1st Lt.
PN Moss, J.R. 2nd Lt.
15 Mar 1945 579th Sqdn.
A/C 128
P Barnes, W.B. 1st Lt.
CP Creel, H.L. 2nd Lt.
N Dieruff, R.C. 1st Lt.
B Edmond, R.E. 1st Lt.
R Benson, L.R. T/Sgt.
E Wilson, W.W. T/Sgt.
RW Braman, J.L. S/Sgt.
LW McGuire, E.P. S/Sgt.
TG Harvell, J.E. S/Sgt.
NV Kopecky, R.H. 2nd Lt.
PN Czyzewicz, C.H. 2nd Lt.
15 Mar 1945 579th Sqdn.
A/C 958
CA Sather, H. Maj.
P McClellan, H.B. Capt.
CP Carleton, D. 1st Lt.
N Havel, E.E. 1st Lt.
B Snoden, C.A. 1st Lt.
R Kingston, D.B. T/Sgt.
E Berger, R.F. T/Sgt.
RW Markle, J.M. S/Sgt.
LW McGinnis, M.C. S/Sgt.
TG Manville, F.E. S/Sgt.
NN Fowler, R.T. 1st Lt.
PN Lipman, B.D. 1st Lt.
15 Mar 1945 579th Sqdn.
A/C 459
P Daley, J.C. Capt.
CP Stebner, O.G. 1st Lt.
N Thomas, C.P. 1st Lt.
B Cunningham, V.J. 1st Lt.
R Firquain, O.S. T/Sgt.
E Minster, G.E. T/Sgt.
RW Bevill, B.T. S/Sgt.
LW Cole, R.A. S/Sgt.
TG Oatman, H.W. S/Sgt.
PN Shumaker, M.C. 2nd Lt.
NV Bailey, D.C. 2nd Lt.