• 15 April 1945
  • Mission #281
  • Target: Royan

The target area was the same as the day previous but, this time, a new Napalm bomb was carried in a mixed load with 100# weapons. At 0300 hours, (33) aircrews were briefed and at 0600, all bombers began launch. Weather was most favorable again over the target area with the 392nd leading the entire 2nd Air Division and Colonel Johnson, the Commander, flying as mission Command Pilot on his 30th mission. A total of (54) 75-Gallon and (154) 85-Gallon canisters of Napalm was dropped along with (156) 100 pounders to act as a diffuser for the Napalm. Results of the mission were most satisfactory though the new weapons were noted to have very unpredictable falling tangent ballistics. Flak was meager but accurate and (7) bombers came home with some damage. All recovered at base safely around 1330 hours.

CREW LOADING LIST - MISSION #281

15 Apr 1945 576th Sqdn.
A/C 194
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 - -
LW - -
TG Schafer, J.G. S/Sgt.
15 Apr 1945 576th Sqdn.
A/C 299
P Frazier, L.J. 2nd Lt.
CP Linder, E.P. F/O
N Robinson, R.L. 2nd Lt.
B Penders, D.P. Sgt.
R Latour, H.E. Sgt.
E McGrath, L.R. Pvt.
RW - -
LW - -
TG Rohde, R.E. Sgt.
RCM Robinson, L.D. S/Sgt.
15 Apr 1945 576th Sqdn.
A/C 770 (no mission credit)
P Lienemann, A.F. 2nd Lt.
CP Knaver, J.G. F/O
N Hanna, L.B. 2nd Lt.
B Nichols, S.R. Sgt.
R Petrosky, J.M. Sgt.
E Wagner, C.R. Sgt.
RW - -
LW - -
TG Freeman, S.E. Sgt.
15 Apr 1945 576th Sqdn.
A/C 571
P Crowell, R.K. 1st Lt.
CP Berkley, J.B. 1st Lt.
N Byrnes, W.B. 1st Lt.
B Colquhoun, R.N. S/Sgt.
R Waggener, L.R. T/Sgt.
E Hough, J.F. M/Sgt.
RW - -
LW - -
TG Moffa, A.J. S/Sgt.
15 Apr 1945 576th Sqdn.
A/C 145
CA Johnson, L.L. Col.
P Levell, O.F. Capt.
CP Yasi, R.L. 2nd Lt.
N Cummings, F.L. 1st Lt.
B Teague, H.S. Capt.
R Keegan, G.M. T/Sgt.
E Villegas, V.R. T/Sgt.
RW Scott, R.J. S/Sgt.
LW Jackson, H.B. S/Sgt.
TG Trusten, S. S/Sgt.
PN Costa, J.A. Capt.
NV Conrad, J.B. 1st Lt.
15 Apr 1945 576th Sqdn.
A/C 916
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 - -
LW - -
TG Ehrlich, L.D. Sgt.
15 Apr 1945 576th Sqdn.
A/C 357
P MacFarlane, D.R. 1st Lt.
CP Sullivan, J.W. 2nd Lt.
N Petree, W.B. 2nd Lt.
B Farah, J.M. Sgt.
R Danielchik, E.R. Sgt.
E Colasanti, B.R. Sgt.
RW - -
LW - -
TG Bowers, W.B. Sgt.
RCM Malone, H.Q. S/Sgt.
15 Apr 1945 576th Sqdn.
A/C 545
P Peterson, T.W. 1st Lt.
CP Vaughan, D. F/O
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 - -
LW - -
TG Hoffman, G.A. S/Sgt.
PN Duffy, F.J. 1st Lt.
15 Apr 1945 576th Sqdn.
A/C 505
P Smith, K.A. 1st Lt.
CP Perkins, G.A. 1st Lt.
N Vealey, S.L. F/O
B Dodge, H.F. S/Sgt.
R Carlstrand, R.E. T/Sgt.
E Seyfried, W.J. S/Sgt.
RW - -
LW - -
TG Cosentino, C. S/Sgt.
15 Apr 1945 576th Sqdn.
A/C 589
P Smith, W.E. 2nd Lt.
CP Malmborg, F.L. 2nd Lt.
N Hazard, A.R. 2nd Lt.
B Devish, M.G. S/Sgt.
R Kroll, M.E. S/Sgt.
E Lyon, H.H. S/Sgt.
RW - -
LW - -
TG Werner, W.T. S/Sgt.
15 Apr 1945 576th Sqdn.
A/C 647
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 - -
LW - -
TG Dennis, R.W. Sgt.
15 Apr 1945 577th Sqdn.
A/C 898 (no mission credit)
P Barker, W.R. 2nd Lt.
CP Churchwell, W.F. F/O
N Green, M.L. F/O
B Zeanah, T. S/Sgt.
R Coury, L.J. Sgt.
E Milstead, W.R. Sgt.
RW - -
LW - -
TG Althen, E. Sgt
15 Apr 1945 577th Sqdn.
A/C 169
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 - -
LW - -
TG Gafin, B. S/Sgt.
15 Apr 1945 577th Sqdn.
A/C 448
P Rigney, J.A. 2nd Lt.
CP Hazlett, R.C. F/O
N Clark, T.R. 2nd Lt.
B Zombrofsky, I. 2nd Lt.
R Bergeron, A.J. Sgt.
E Bachar, A.H. Sgt.
RW - -
LW - -
TG Rowland, L.W. Sgt.
15 Apr 1945 577th Sqdn.
A/C 507
P Enyart, D.W. 1st Lt.
CP Froehlich, S.S. 1st Lt.
N Mertens, J.A. 1st Lt.
B Snyderman, J. 1st Lt.
R Ashen, G.T. 2nd Lt.
E Aycock, C.E. S/Sgt.
RW Gersten, G. T/Sgt.
LW Barlow, S.N. Sgt.
TG - -
15 Apr 1945 577th Sqdn.
A/C 238
P Eyles, E.E. 2nd Lt.
CP Foley, R.T. F/O
N Greenblatt, M.L. 2nd Lt.
B Stutzman, R.J. Sgt.
R Barrett, W.R. Sgt.
E Mattera, A.P. Sgt.
RW - -
LW - -
TG Wengress, C.P. Sgt.
15 Apr 1945 577th Sqdn.
A/C 118
P Grabarkiewicz, L. 2nd Lt.
CP Phillips, C.E. 1st Lt.
N Flugel, R.R. F/O.
B Axvig, W.E. S/Sgt.
R Quagliano, F.A. T/Sgt.
E Duggan, J.J. T/Sgt.
RW - -
LW - -
TG Schriber, D. S/Sgt.
S-27 Bernhards, H.F. S/Sgt.
15 Apr 1945 577th Sqdn. A/C 040
P Cohn, A.J. 2nd Lt.
CP Runyon, D.S. 2nd Lt.
N Cottone, P.P. 2nd Lt.
B Norton, W.R. S/Sgt.
R Kincaid, M.M. T/Sgt.
E Cross, G.H. T/Sgt.
RW Avery, W.R. S/Sgt.
LW - -
TG - -
RCM Jarvis, M.A. Pvt.
15 Apr 1945 577th Sqdn.
A/C 901
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. S/Sgt.
E Segal, D. S/Sgt.
RW - -
LW - -
TG Hall, D.M. Sgt.
RCM Taylor, J.L. S/Sgt.
15 Apr 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 - -
LW - -
TG Ryan, W.M. Sgt.
15 Apr 1945 577th Sqdn.
A/C 906
P Clower, W.J. 1st Lt.
CP Reel, H.D. 1st Lt.
N Williams, R.B. 1st Lt.
B Dilly, V.S. Capt.
R Stroh, J.E. T/Sgt.
E Tomaszewski, E.A. T/Sgt.
RW Jordan, V.A. 2nd Lt.
LW - -
TG Hendrickson, R.H. S/Sgt.
PN Eldridge, H.N. Capt.
15 Apr 1945 578th Sqdn.
A/C 249
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 Weissbeck, E.A. S/Sgt.
LW - -
TG - -
Steurer, G.R. S/Sgt.
15 Apr 1945 578th Sqdn.
A/C 250
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. T/Sgt.
E McDonald, R.C. T/Sgt.
RW - -
LW - -
TG Taylor, H.T. S/Sgt.
15 Apr 1945 578th Sqdn.
A/C 838
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. T/Sgt.
E Kidd, J.L. T/Sgt.
RW - -
LW - -
TG Lutes, M.A. S/Sgt.
15 Apr 1945 578th Sqdn.
A/C 568
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 - -
LW - -
TG Beaton, S.O. S/Sgt.
15 Apr 1945 578th Sqdn.
A/C 493
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 - -
LW - -
TG Davis, G.L. S/Sgt.
15 Apr 1945 578th Sqdn.
A/C 313
P Olsen, H.D. 2nd Lt.
CP Muldoon, J.D. F/O
N Papa, R.J. F/O
B LaRock, J.S. S/Sgt.
R Reidy, H.S. Sgt.
E Sacher, P. Sgt.
RW - -
LW - -
TG Carroll, E.P. S/Sgt.
RCM Rogers, L.B. Pvt.
15 Apr 1945 578th Sqdn.
A/C 240
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 - -
LW - -
TG Rauscher, J.G. S/Sgt.
15 Apr 1945 578th Sqdn.
A/C 477
P Hinshaw, C.F. 2nd Lt.
CP Brown, T.E. 2nd Lt.
N Dworkin, B. 2nd Lt.
B Siebert, J.F. Sgt.
R Masnovi, R. Sgt.
E Quintenz, L.J. Sgt.
RW - -
LW - -
TG Murphy, J.G. Sgt.
RCM Morriset, H.J. S/Sgt.
15 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 - -
LW - -
TG White, A. S/Sgt.
S-27 Dietz, J.D. Sgt.
15 Apr 1945 579th Sqdn.
A/C 519
CA Martin, M.K. Lt. Col.
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.
MN Adelstein, R.L. 1st Lt.
PN Moss, J.R. 2nd Lt.
15 Apr 1945 579th Sqdn.
A/C 385
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 Tager, T.E 1st Lt.
PN Munter, L. 1st Lt.
15 Apr 1945 579th Sqdn.
A/C 308
P Stoddard, K.L. 2nd Lt.
CP Wilson, J.A. 2nd Lt.
N Koke, D.H. 2nd Lt.
B Santoro, M.P. 2nd Lt.
R Logue, R.V. S/Sgt.
E O'Hara, R.F. T/Sgt.
RW Ringness, J.R. S/Sgt.
LW Hores, G.P. S/Sgt.
TG Szews, S.M. S/Sgt.
PN Zuckert, J.S. 2nd Lt.
NV Bailey, D.C. 1st Lt.