• 8 April 1945
  • Mission #277
  • Target: Bayreuth

he large ordnance plant in the southwest suburbs of this city, just northeast of Nuremburg, was scheduled for attack on this date. Also, an additional aiming point for one squadron was the marshalling yards in the northeast section of town. At 0500 hours, (21) aircrews were briefed and all began to roll at 0707 hours. Three Liberators were pre-target aborts because of mechanical problems with the remaining (18) going in to hit the targets with excellent results once more. Incendaries against the ordnance plant consisting of 500# bombs impacted on the MPI starting many fires. A total of (228) weapons were dropped in both target areas - (75) percent of which impacted within 2000 feet of the aiming points. There were no fighters encountered and flak was virtually nil. All crews returned safely to Wendling, landing about 1437.

CREW LOADING LIST - MISSION #277

8 Apr 1945 576th Sqdn.
A/C 545
P Rohe, J.M. 1st Lt.
CP Blanton, G.L. 2nd Lt.
N Hamilton, P.L. 2nd Lt.
NG 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.
8 Apr 1945 576th Sqdn.
A/C 357
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.
RCM Lambert, E.C. S/Sgt.
8 Apr 1945 576th Sqdn.
A/C 505
P Harcus, R.W. 1st Lt.
CP Thompson, J.R. 2nd Lt.
N Adler, M.N. 1st 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.
S-27 Allen, P. T/Sgt.
8 Apr 1945 576th Sqdn.
A/C 571
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.
8 Apr 1945 576th Sqdn.
A/C 991
P Gill, R.A. 2nd Lt.
CP Manning, D.S. 2nd Lt.
N Holbert, A.S. 2nd Lt.
B Patterson, J.N. Sgt.
R Tejcka, D.N. Sgt.
E Ray, J.J. Sgt.
RW Watral, W.T. Sgt.
LW Sininger, J.P. Sgt.
TG Ehrlich, L.D. Sgt.
RCM Steurer, G.R. S/Sgt.
8 Apr 1945 576th Sqdn.
A/C 409
P Lienemann, A.F. 2nd Lt.
CP Knaver, J.G. F/O
N Hanna, L.B. 2nd Lt.
B Amundson, D.A.H. Sgt.
R Petrosky, J.M. Sgt.
E Wagner, C.R. Sgt.
RW Lee, C.D. Sgt.
LW Nichols, S.R. Sgt.
TG Freeman, S.E. Sgt.
8 Apr 1945 577th Sqdn.
A/C 522
P Gridley, J.N. Jr. 2nd Lt.
CP Hunt, R.L. 2nd Lt.
N Self, W.H. 2nd Lt.
B Wright, W.M. Sgt.
R Braunhut, J.S. S/Sgt.
E Segal, D. S/Sgt.
RW McCormick, F.C. Sgt.
LW Sudbrock, G.W. Sgt.
TG Hall, D.M. Sgt.
8 Apr 1945 577th Sqdn.
A/C 079
P Wennerbom, M.T. 2nd Lt.
CP Doutrick, N.K. 2nd Lt.
N Frank, K.M. 2nd Lt.
B Taff, E.T. 2nd Lt.
R Shimer, R.F. S/Sgt.
E Cronin, R.J. Sgt.
RW Willham, T.O. Sgt.
LW Cain, R.P. Jr. Sgt.
TG Dykes, W.J. Sgt.
8 Apr 1945 577th Sqdn.
A/C 151
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 Moskowicz, S. S/Sgt.
TG Thompson, W.H. S/Sgt.
8 Apr 1945 577th Sqdn.
A/C 169
P Rigney, J.A. 2nd Lt.
CP Hazlett, R.C. F/O
N Clark, T.R. 2nd Lt.
B Cooney, C.A. Sgt.
R Bergeron, A.J. Sgt.
E Bachar, A.H. Sgt.
RW Smith, T.H. Sgt.
LW Stief, W.F. Sgt.
TG Rowland, L.W. Sgt.
8 Apr 1945 577th Sqdn.
A/C 753
P Clower, W.J. 1st Lt.
CP Reel, H.D. 1st Lt.
N Williams, R.B. 1st Lt.
B Venier, A.C. F/O
R Stroh, J.E. T/Sgt.
E Tomaszewski, E.A. T/Sgt.
RW Schumacher, A.H. S/Sgt.
LW Letourneau, D.R. S/Sgt.
TG Hendrickson, R.H. S/Sgt.
NN Barger, G.W. Jr. 1st Lt.
8 Apr 1945 577th Sqdn.
A/C 507
P Weed, O.F. 2nd Lt.
CP Healy, B.P. 2nd Lt.
N Trask, W.V. 2nd Lt.
B Washabau, C.B. 2nd Lt.
R Yoak, E.B. Sgt.
E Gorman, E.J. Sgt.
RW Higgins, R.S. Sgt.
LW Erfurth, R.L. Sgt.
TG Kolodziejski, J.J. Sgt.
NN Ashen, G.T. 2nd Lt.
8 Apr 1945 578th Sqdn.
A/C 495
P Garcia, A.R. 1st Lt.
CP Pollack, M. 2nd Lt.
N Hoffman, W.A. F/O
B Westlund, J.K. S/Sgt.
R Nelson, D.A. T/Sgt.
E Landes, I.B. T/Sgt.
RW Pennington, M.E. S/Sgt.
LW Merda, A.J. S/Sgt.
TG Rauscher, J.G. S/Sgt.
8 Apr 1945 578th Sqdn.
A/C 205
P Ardinger, J. 1st Lt.
CP Grandmontagne, E.T. 2nd Lt.
N Wagner, H.W. 2nd Lt.
B Crosby, P.E. 1st Lt.
R Huitt, G.E. T/Sgt.
E Wiedekehr, R.W. S/Sgt. RW Jones, J.K. S/Sgt.
LW White, A. S/Sgt.
TG Gorback, B.S. S/Sgt.
8 Apr 1945 578th Sqdn.
A/C 446
P Sisson, T.M. 2nd Lt.
CP Cranson, W.N. 2nd Lt.
N Greening, D.J. 2nd Lt.
B White, E.D. S/Sgt.
R Strausbaugh, R.L. S/Sgt.
E Robinson, J.C. S/Sgt.
RW Jones, M.R. S/Sgt.
LW VanAmburg, C.C. S/Sgt.
TG Kruse, E.K. S/Sgt.
8 Apr 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.
RCM Foster, W.G. S/Sgt.
8 Apr 1945 578th Sqdn.
A/C 240
P Henning, J.C. 2nd Lt.
CP Moser, F.E. 2nd Lt.
N Humiston, M.R. 2nd Lt.
B Regan, J.H. S/Sgt.
R Wilkins, R.A. S/Sgt.
E Regester, R.B. S/Sgt.
RW Stockard, J.C. S/Sgt.
LW McLaughlin, E.J. Sgt.
TG Davis, G.L. S/Sgt.
8 Apr 1945 578th Sqdn.
A/C 542
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. Sgt.
RW Reynolds, R.R. Sgt.
LW Manley, F.H. Sgt.
TG Carroll, E.P. S/Sgt.
8 Apr 1945 579th Sqdn.
A/C 670
CA Miller, H.W. Capt.
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.
8 Apr 1945 579th Sqdn.
A/C 899
P Downs, H.E. 2nd Lt.
CP Bickham, T.E. 2nd Lt.
N McKay, R.P. 1st Lt.
B Oakes, H.W. 2nd Lt.
R Spicketts, J.G. S/Sgt.
E Lim, D.P. T/Sgt.
RW Crane, T.P. S/Sgt.
LW Szerdi, A.W. S/Sgt.
TG Weatherman, H.W. S/Sgt.
PN Edwards, R.L. 2nd Lt.
Van Pelt, W.W. 2nd Lt.
8 Apr 1945 579th Sqdn.
A/C 519
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 McDonald, C.L. Pfc.
LW Greene, H.B. S/Sgt.
TG Lynch, H.F. Pfc.
NV Adelstein, R.L. 1st Lt.
PN Flint, D.W. S/Sgt.