• 30 March 1945
  • Mission #271
  • Target: Wilhelmshaven

The port facilities at this much-bombed North Sea city were scheduled for the Group's attack. At 0730 hours, 31 crews were briefed. At 1015 hours, all Group bombers began take-off. Despite heavy cloud cover, two of the three squadrons were able to bomb visually; these two squadrons dropped 99 and 100 percent of their bombs within 2,000 feet of the MPI. The third squadron, the high right, had to make an H2X run. As they approached the target, they found themselves over the lead squadron which had deviated left of course and then back to the right until there was no interval remaining between the two squadrons. 1/Lt Jack G. Murray, lead bombardier, delayed his bomb release until the lead was clear below them and therefore his squadron's bombs landed in the water.

There were no fighters seen and flak was meager and fairly inaccurate. No bombers were damaged as the returning crews began landing around 1554 hours.

There were a few out-of-the-ordinary incidents, though. After the Olsen crew dropped their bombs, the right bomb bay doors closed but the left jammed open. They could not crank them closed, so presumably they returned with them open. The Frazier crew in the 576th had a bomb hung up, so a crewman had to kick it out.

CREW LOADING LIST - MISSION #271

30 Mar 1945 576th Sqdn.
A/C 589
P DePalma, F.T. 1st Lt.
CP Austin, G.E. 1st Lt.
N Oppenheim, R. 2nd Lt.
B Margarones, J.J. 1st Lt.
R Corbosiero, J.L. T/Sgt.
E Betterini, A. T/Sgt.
RW Bryan, C.F. S/Sgt.
LW Mowery, H.J. S/Sgt.
TG Ferdinando, A.P. S/Sgt.
S-27 Hess, J.M. Sgt.
30 Mar 1945 576th Sqdn.
A/C 545
P Peterson, T.W. 1st Lt.
CP Yasi, R.L. 2nd 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. Pfc.
LW Hankins, T.E. S/Sgt.
TG Hoffman, G.A. S/Sgt.
PN Miller, S. 1st Lt.
30 Mar 1945 576th Sqdn.
A/C 409
P Griffin, J.E. 2nd Lt.
CP Cameron, A.S. 2nd Lt.
N Byall, J.R. 2nd Lt.
B Kosek, S.C. Sgt.
R Kirkpatrick, J.T. Sgt.
E Richardson, S.D. S/Sgt.
RW Jordan, F.C. Sgt.
LW Shealy, L.A. Sgt.
TG Dennis, R.W. Sgt.
30 Mar 1945 576th Sqdn.
A/C 299
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. T/Sgt.
E Bobish, A. T/Sgt.
RW Ruigh, R.E. S/Sgt.
LW Czop, J.A. S/Sgt.
TG Schick, F.W. S/Sgt.
RCM Cauchon, L.V. T/Sgt.
30 Mar 1945 576th Sqdn.
A/C 650
P Frazier, L.J. 2nd Lt.
CP Linder, E.P. 2nd Lt.
N Robinson, R.L. 2nd Lt.
B Penders, D.P. Sgt.
R Merchant, W.D. S/Sgt.
E McGrath, L.R. Pvt.
RW Leach, R.H. Sgt.
LW Robertson, D.R. S/Sgt.
TG Rohde, R.E. Sgt.
RCM Foster, W.G. S/Sgt.
30 Mar 1945 576th Sqdn.
A/C 571
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.
30 Mar 1945 576th Sqdn.
A/C 505
P Rohe, J.M. 1st Lt.
CP Blanton, G.L. 2nd Lt.
N Hamilton, P.L. 2nd Lt.
B Malley, J.P. S/Sgt.
R Nalette, T.A. S/Sgt.
E Taylor, B.D. T/Sgt.
RW Pasco, W.J. S/Sgt.
LW Hensler, L.P. S/Sgt.
TG Tingle, J.B. S/Sgt.
30 Mar 1945 576th Sqdn.
A/C 916
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.
30 Mar 1945 576th Sqdn.
A/C 357
P MacFarlane, D.R. 1st Lt.
CP Sullivan, J.W. 2nd Lt.
N Petree, W.B. Jr. 2nd Lt.
B Thompson, R.C. Cpl.
R Danielchik, E.R. Cpl.
E Colasanti, B.R. Sgt.
RW Bowers, W.B. Cpl.
LW Farah, J.M. Cpl.
TG Rumancik, J.P. Cpl.
RCM Steurer, G.R. S/Sgt.
30 Mar 1945 577th Sqdn.
A/C 901
P Grabarkiewicz, L. F/O
CP Phillips, C.E. 1st Lt.
N Hickson, D. Jr. 1st 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 Dilley, P.E. S/Sgt.
TG Moskowicz, S. S/Sgt.
RCM Morriset, H.J. S/Sgt.
30 Mar 1945 577th Sqdn.
A/C 906
P Pope, L.S. 2nd Lt.
CP Snowhill, T.B. 2nd Lt.
N Rodstein, B. 2nd Lt.
B Lane, T.C. S/Sgt.
R Reed, D.F. T/Sgt.
E Turrisi, J.R. T/Sgt.
RW Fuller, M.A. S/Sgt.
LW Dardano, F.A. S/Sgt.
TG Keach, G.T. S/Sgt.
RCM Robinson, L.D. S/Sgt.
30 Mar 1945 577th Sqdn.
A/C 838
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.
30 Mar 1945 577th Sqdn.
A/C 507
P Scott, D.A. 1st Lt.
CP Levin, R.J. 2nd Lt.
N Tucker, R.A. 1st Lt.
B Barger, G.W. 1st Lt.
R Berger, S. T/Sgt.
E Karas, J. T/Sgt.
RW Hanley, E.H. S/Sgt.
LW Glasscock, J.B. S/Sgt.
TG McKee, S.P. S/Sgt.
30 Mar 1945 577th Sqdn.
A/C 079
P Gates, H.W. 2nd Lt.
CP Day, J.G. 2nd Lt.
N Siwy, W.J. 2nd Lt.
B Harrison, W.F. Sgt.
R Frigo, H.M. S/Sgt.
E Baker, R.E. S/Sgt.
RW Talcott, W.J. Sgt.
LW Lamkin, R.B. Sgt.
TG Ryan, W.M. Sgt.
30 Mar 1945 577th Sqdn.
A/C 238
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
30 Mar 1945 577th Sqdn.
A/C 118
P Inman, C.E. 1st Lt.
CP Ondrasek, J.G. 2nd Lt.
N Lange, E.A. 2nd Lt.
B Rees, R.R. 2nd Lt.
R Flake, R.M. Jr. T/Sgt.
E Kamholz, E.J. T/Sgt.
RW Finkelstein, B. S/Sgt.
LW Evans, H.D. S/Sgt.
TG Gafin, B. S/Sgt.
30 Mar 1945 577th Sqdn.
A/C 753
P Clower, W.J. 1st Lt.
CP Reel, H.D. 2nd Lt.
N Williams, R.B. 2nd Lt.
B Fleming, F.E. 1st Lt.
R Stroh, J.E. T/Sgt.
E Tomaszewski, E.A. T/Sgt.
RW Schumacher, A.H. S/Sgt.
LW Galvin, G.M. S/Sgt.
TG Hendrickson, R.H. S/Sgt.
NN Mercer, E.A. 2nd Lt.
30 Mar 1945 577th Sqdn.
A/C 448
P Mlinarcik, E. 2nd Lt.
CP Parker, R.W. 2nd Lt.
N Caris, R.L. 2nd Lt.
B Caltrider, G.E. Sgt.
R Livingston, F. Sgt.
E Butler, J.M. Sgt.
RW Howard, C.E. Sgt.
LW Kozma, M. Sgt.
TG Franks, A. Sgt.
30 Mar 1945 578th Sqdn.
A/C 313
P Case, W.D. 2nd Lt.
CP Griffin, R.E. 2nd Lt.
N Gullick, C.H. 2nd Lt.
B McCoy, F.W. Sgt.
R Black, C.B. T/Sgt.
E Kidd, J.L. T/Sgt.
RW Chanson, M.C. S/Sgt.
LW Johnson, R.L. S/Sgt.
TG Lutes, M.A. S/Sgt.
RCM Hightower, W.H. S/Sgt.
30 Mar 1945 578th Sqdn.
A/C 446
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.
S-27 Keehn, M.F. Sgt.
30 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. S/Sgt.
TG Leinweber, R.L. S/Sgt.
30 Mar 1945 578th Sqdn.
A/C 772
P Sisson, T.M. 2nd Lt.
CP Cranson, W.N. 2nd Lt.
N Greening, D.J. 2nd Lt.
B White, E.D. Sgt.
R Strausbaugh, R.L. Sgt.
E Robinson, J.C. Sgt.
RW Jones, M.R. Sgt.
LW VanAmburg, C.C. Sgt.
TG Kruse, E.K. Sgt.
30 Mar 1945 578th Sqdn.
A/C 436
P Tokarsky, A. 2nd Lt.
CP Moore, M.R. F/O
N King, F.S. 2nd Lt.
B Ross, W. S/Sgt.
R Vivero, D.L. T/Sgt.
E Dowling, R.L. T/Sgt.
RW Granzow, L.J. S/Sgt.
LW Ridge, B.E. S/Sgt.
TG Weissbeck, E.A. S/Sgt.
30 Mar 1945 578th Sqdn.
A/C 477
P Fox, J.E. 1st Lt.
CP Sampley, T.A. 1st Lt.
N Johnson, M.S. 1st Lt.
B Robinson, D.T. 1st Lt.
R Tameling, H. T/Sgt.
E Scott, W.A. T/Sgt.
RW Seever, B.H. S/Sgt.
LW Richter, R.H. S/Sgt.
TG Davis, C.L. S/Sgt.
RCM Kobil, G.F. S/Sgt.
30 Mar 1945 578th Sqdn.
A/C 542
P Howenstein, J.B. 2nd Lt.
CP Matelski, L.W. 2nd Lt.
N Peters, A.J. 2nd Lt.
B Boeckermann, R.B. Sgt.
R Thompson, J.E. Sgt.
E Courey, A.E. Sgt.
RW Chauvin, A.J. Sgt.
LW Gibson, G. Sgt.
TG Christopher, D.B. Sgt.
30 Mar 1945 578th Sqdn.
A/C 205
P Ebersole, H.R. 2nd Lt.
CP Culp, A.B. 2nd Lt.
N Sauter, J.C. 2nd Lt.
B Martin, M. 2nd Lt.
R Chew, W.B. S/Sgt.
E Gabris, J.M. S/Sgt.
RW Greene, H.B. S/Sgt.
LW Flint, D.W. S/Sgt.
TG Lynch, H.F. Pvt.
30 Mar 1945 578th Sqdn.
A/C 250
P Olsen, H.D. 2nd Lt.
CP Muldoon, J.D. F/O
N Papa, R.J. F/O
B Smith, J.W. 2nd Lt.
R Reidy, H.S. Sgt.
E Sacher, P. Cpl.
RW Reynolds, R.R. Sgt.
LW Manley, F.H. Sgt.
TG Carroll, E.P. S/Sgt.
30 Mar 1945 579th Sqdn.
A/C 128
CA Gilbert, L.G. Lt. Col.
P Caldwell, R.R. Capt.
CP Peters, M.J. 1st Lt.
N Cummings, F.L. 1st Lt.
B Weiland, H.F. Maj.
R Westerfield, M.M. T/Sgt.
E Munden, F.R. T/Sgt.
RW Maher, T.O. S/Sgt.
LW Conn, J.G. S/Sgt.
TG Bennett, D.F. Cpl.
PN Walters, J.E. 1st Lt.
NV Morris, J.E. Capt.
30 Mar 1945 579th Sqdn.
A/C 459
CA McFadden, J.N. Maj.
P Miller, R.L. 1st Lt.
CP Creel, H.L. 2nd Lt.
N Weissberger, M.L. 1st Lt.
B Hickok, H.E. 1st Lt.
R Tribbett, L.L. S/Sgt.
E Reid, H.A. T/Sgt.
RW Fritz, G.G. S/Sgt.
LW Grimm, R.H. S/Sgt.
TG Wolfe, P.J. S/Sgt.
NT Baker, R.W. 1st Lt.
NV Barry, W.T. 1st Lt.
30 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.
30 Mar 1945 579th Sqdn.
A/C 670
P Beder, J. 1st Lt.
CP Samsell, J.A. 1st Lt.
N Matishowski, J. 1st Lt.
B Murray, J.G. 1st Lt.
R Murgatroyd, R.S. T/Sgt.
E Morley, J.P. T/Sgt.
RW Carr, R.P. S/Sgt.
LW Roever, C.H. S/Sgt.
TG Schodrof, R.H. S/Sgt.
NV McDevitt, J.P. 2nd Lt.
PN Shumaker, M.C. 1st Lt.