• 9 August 1944
  • Mission #149
  • Target: Sindelfingen

The target this day was the Mercedes-Benz aircraft engine plant just in the southwest outskirts of Stuttgart. At 0345 and 0445 (36) aircrews were given briefings with the 577th and 576th assigned lead tasks. The Bombardiers for the Squadrons were Lieutenants Connery and Teague, respectively. At 0700 hours, all Group ships began take-offs and faced a heavy frontal system with towering cumulus over the Continent. The formation climbed to 30,000 feet in an effort to top the front - quite a feat for fully loaded Liberators. In doing this weather penetration, the 14th Combat Wing units became scattered somewhat. The 392nd formation, however, managed to accomplish a frontal penetration tactic and reassemble most of the Group’s aircraft on the other side. Five ships became separated during this maneuver, aborted, and returned to base. One other B-24 tacked on the 389th Bomb Group, the "Flying Scorpions" outfit, and bombed Saarbrucken. The remaining (25) Group ships continued on to bomb the assigned primary. The lead squadron, the 579th, overshot the target and released long; the second hit the MPI with good results; and, the third squadron dropped short. A total of (332) 500# bombs were released. No fighters were engaged but flak was moderately heavy and accurate from Stuttgart. Some (20) B-24s received battle damage and several crewmembers were wounded. There were wounded aboard ship #387 from the 579th, the newly christened "Birdie Schmidt"; some in #916 from the 576th and one gunner in aircraft #031 from the 576th, also. This was the first mission in which the Group led the mission with its own PFF trained crews and "Mickey" operators. The PFF training had been received in the 44th Bomb Group at Shipdham nearby. Returning aircraft landed around 1430 hours.

CREW LOADING LIST - MISSION #149

9 Aug 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 659
P Benson, A.L. 2nd Lt.
CP Singer, S. F/O
N Reichl, J.G. 2nd Lt.
B Guhin, M.E. 2nd Lt.
E Henning, W.C. T/Sgt.
R Wickens, R.S. S/Sgt.
RW Hackney, S.H. S/Sgt.
LW Bowen, W.H. S/Sgt.
BT Chatterton, G.A. S/Sgt.
TG - -
9 Aug 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 991
P Sincock, W.R. 1st Lt.
CP Johnston, N.F. 2nd Lt.
N Balides, T. 2nd Lt.
B Swisher, W.O. T/Sgt.
E Slechta, M.T. S/Sgt.
R Domme, E.J. Sgt.
RW Peth, P.J. Sgt.
LW Manshack, B.R. S/Sgt.
BT Eichel, A.O. Cpl.
TG - -
9 Aug 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 031
P Levell, O.F. Jr. 1st Lt.
CP Caruso, J.A. 2nd Lt.
N Scott, K.R. 2nd Lt.
B Teague, H.S. 2nd Lt.
E Villegas, V.R. T/Sgt.
R Keegan, G.M. T/Sgt.
RW Scott, R.J. S/Sgt. (WIA)
LW Jackson, H.B. S/Sgt.
NG Whittaker, J.B. Maj.
TG Trusten, S. S/Sgt.
9 Aug 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 480
P Kilmer, W.A. 1st Lt.
CP McConnell, C.W. 2nd Lt.
N Isakson, E.J. 2nd Lt.
B Sexton, W.C. 2nd Lt.
E Cappello, E.J. Cpl.
R Chambers, R.L. S/Sgt.
RW McAtee, J.R. S/Sgt.
LW Coffman, J.G. Cpl.
BT - -
TG Turner, E.C. Cpl.
9 Aug 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 650
P Richeson, W.H. 1st Lt.
CP Wiley, D.A. 2nd Lt.
N Frey, J.J. 2nd Lt.
B Claytor, D.D. 2nd Lt.
E Urban, J.J. T/Sgt.
R Danner, E.W. S/Sgt.
RW Montgomery, H. S/Sgt.
LW Dosier, C.A. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Albert, W.W. S/Sgt.
9 Aug 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 916
P Sommers, O.L. 2nd Lt.
CP McLaughry, J.A. III 2nd Lt.
N Judd, G.G. 2nd Lt. (WIA)
B Streicher, H.P. 2nd Lt.
E Drummond, W.D. S/Sgt.
R Fender, J.F. S/Sgt.
RW Flesey, R.J. Sgt. (WIA)
LW O'Kane, R.P. Sgt.
BT - -
TG Luciano, S. Sgt.
9 Aug 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 387
P Hofmann, H.W. 1st Lt.
CP Gorton, C.E. 2nd Lt.
N Randall, J.A. 2nd Lt.
B Conner, J.K. 2nd Lt.
E Boney, R.E. T/Sgt.
R McNutt, W.H. Pvt.
RW Kamacho, J.A. S/Sgt. (WIA)
LW Dopson, V.H. S/Sgt.
BT Sanders, O.B. S/Sgt.
TG Goo, R.F. S/Sgt.
Wise, D.C. 2nd Lt.
9 Aug 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 131
P Scharf, C.D. 2nd Lt.
CP Call, F.B. 2nd Lt.
N Garland, S.M. 2nd Lt.
B Thomas, J.B. 2nd Lt.
E Michalski, R. S/Sgt.
R Bonanno, J.C. S/Sgt.
RW Rigas, C. S/Sgt.
LW Oakes, E.L. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Oatman, H.W. Sgt.
9 Aug 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 617
P Martin, R.C. Jr. 1st Lt.
CP Hilbert, H.S. 2nd Lt.
N Freeman, G.L. 2nd Lt.
B Wear, H.E. 2nd Lt.
E Blees, K.H. T/Sgt.
R Thiel, J.G. T/Sgt.
RW Cannon, M.H. S/Sgt.
LW Minton, D.C. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Roberts, M.E. S/Sgt.
9 Aug 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 409
P Nehring, E.H. 2nd Lt.
CP Trigilio, G.J. F/O
N Farrar, R.B. 2nd Lt.
B - -
E McJunkin, F.R. T/Sgt.
R Dobson, H.J. S/Sgt.
RW Koegen, F.J. Sgt.
LW Harrow, K.J. Sgt.
BT Thomas, W.J. Sgt.
TG Kent, C.L. Sgt.
9 Aug 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 415 (no mission credit)
P Daley, J.C. 2nd Lt.
CP Stebner, O.G. 2nd Lt.
N Thomas, C.P. 2nd Lt.
B Cunningham, V.J. 2nd Lt.
E Minster, G.E. Sgt.
R Firquain, O.S. Sgt.
RW Bevill, B.T. Sgt.
LW Cole, R.A. Sgt.
BT Appel, N.S. Sgt.
TG Berry, J.F. Sgt.
9 Aug 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 639
P Buecheler, J.E. 2nd Lt.
CP Wardell, J.R. 2nd Lt.
N Luttrell, W.T. F/O
B - -
E Potts, B.F. S/Sgt.
R Cooper, J.P. S/Sgt.
RW Richards, R.H. S/Sgt.
LW Johnson, J.M. Sgt.
BT Jurgens, H.F. Sgt.
TG Longacre, H.N. Sgt.
9 Aug 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 079
P McGrath, T.F. 2nd Lt.
CP Cooke, B.J. F/O
N Wright, H.R. 2nd Lt.
B Brennan, A.F. 2nd Lt.
E McFadden, R.J. S/Sgt.
R Stewart, G.S. T/Sgt.
RW Vines, V.L. S/Sgt.
LW Walsh, H.R. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Schroeder, R.C. S/Sgt.
9 Aug 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 642
P Pierson, L.R. 1st Lt.
CP Hart, H.E. 2nd Lt.
N Schofield, D.J. 2nd Lt.
B Fiebig, P.E. 2nd Lt.
E Hartline, J.B. S/Sgt.
R Dawson, J.C. S/Sgt.
RW Gover, G.W. S/Sgt.
LW Cyran, T.J. S/Sgt.
NT DelSol, E.J. S/Sgt.
TG Vandeventer, L.V. S/Sgt.
9 Aug 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 151
P Pierce, W.R. F/O
CP Williamson, D.R. 1st Lt.
N Putziger, S. 2nd Lt.
B Liske, J.R. 2nd Lt.
E Stand, A.J. S/Sgt.
R Rankin, R.P. S/Sgt.
RW Cooperman, G.F. Sgt.
LW Ferenc, F.J. S/Sgt.
NT Schug, E.W. 2nd Lt.
TG Carrabba, C. S/Sgt.
9 Aug 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 164
P Whitteaker, W.E. 2nd Lt.
CP Cook, L.B. 2nd Lt.
N Kaswan, J. F/O
B Allegretti, E.E. 2nd Lt.
E Holmes, G.T. T/Sgt.
R McGivney, P.J. T/Sgt.
RW Rinderer, R. Sgt.
LW Fantin, P.F. Sgt.
BT Surbaugh, E.R. Sgt.
TG Emery, R.G. Sgt.
9 Aug 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 961
P Monroe, D.E. 1st Lt.
CP Neill, C.W. 2nd Lt.
N Gillett, F.A. 2nd Lt.
N Sackler, H.J. 1st Lt.
B Beezley, D.D. 2nd Lt.
E Holmes, E.T. T/Sgt.
R DiCroce, J.A. T/Sgt.
RW Hall, G.E. S/Sgt.
LW Wambach, J. S/Sgt
BT - -
TG Lucas, L.M. S/Sgt.
9 Aug 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 223
P Comeau, E.L. 2nd Lt.
CP Davis, W.R. 2nd Lt.
N Gridley, C.V. Jr. 2nd Lt.
B - -
E Scalet, J. S/Sgt.
R Haney, P.W. S/Sgt.
RW Jasinski, R. Sgt.
LW Kearns, H.H. Sgt.
BT Krause, H.L. Sgt.
TG Pendergraft, J.C. Sgt.
9 Aug 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 299
P Maris, J.R. 1st Lt.
CP Holmes, F. Jr. 2nd Lt.
N Silverman, H.I. 2nd Lt.
B Taylor, J.W. 2nd Lt.
E Fitzgerald, M.B. T/Sgt.
R Trinkle, C.E. T/Sgt.
RW Legendre, V.J. S/Sgt.
LW Young, H.M. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Miller, M. S/Sgt.
9 Aug 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 293
P Eggleston, J.W. 1st Lt.
CP Wilson, T. 2nd Lt.
N Zamor, R.J. 2nd Lt.
B Mitchell, R.L. Sgt.
E Smith, J.W. S/Sgt.
R Nika, L.E. S/Sgt.
RW Murray, J.J. Sgt.
LW Schnitzer, S. Sgt.
BT - -
TG Mortimer, D.E. Sgt.
9 Aug 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 764
P Shelley, J.H. 1st Lt.
CP Scarpino, P. 2nd Lt.
N Maroun, N.P. 2nd Lt.
B Chinchilla, F.P. 2nd Lt.
E Kane, F.M. S/Sgt.
R Smith, P.E. Pvt.
RW Hollenbeck, C.E. S/Sgt.
LW Stewart, S.R. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Childers, J.E. Pvt.
9 Aug 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 478
P Smith, W.C. 1st Lt.
CP Wilson, E.R. 2nd Lt.
N McMahon, E.J. 2nd Lt.
B Jackson, C.R. 2nd Lt.
E Seaton, K.L. T/Sgt.
R Kostrewski, G.T. T/Sgt.
RW McRight, W.O. S/Sgt.
LW Humphreys, E.E. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG VanVliet, P. S/Sgt.
9 Aug 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 295 (no mission credit)
P Sturm, W.A. 1st Lt.
CP Jurczyn, B.J. 2nd Lt.
N Rawlings, J.L. Jr. 2nd Lt.
B Neetz, R.E. R/O
E LaChance, D.E. S/Sgt.
R Brown, J.C. S/Sgt.
RW McCormick, J.E. Sgt.
LW Lingle, J.A.H. Sgt.
BT - -
TG Huff, R.H. S/Sgt.
9 Aug 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 337
P Rudd, C.R. 2nd Lt.
CP Benson, R.J. 2nd Lt.
N Dawson, J.B. 2nd Lt.
B Spencer, W.A. 2nd Lt.
E Maynard, C.R. S/Sgt.
R Clapp, R.E.E. Jr. S/Sgt.
RW Modlin, R.E. Sgt.
LW Hoganson, H.G. Sgt.
BT - -
TG Place, R.K. Sgt.
9 Aug 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 250
P Twining, E.S. 2nd Lt.
CP Duff, A.L. 2nd Lt.
N Bertoli, L.J. Jr. 2nd Lt.
B Clark, H.J. 2nd Lt.
E Hostetter, F.E. S/Sgt.
R Hinckley, B.J. S/Sgt.
RW Gusciora, B.S. Sgt.
LW Maguire, F.H. Sgt.
BT - -
TG Largen, J.E. Sgt.
9 Aug 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 758
P Bell, J.W. 2nd Lt.
CP Guegold, R.L. 2nd Lt.
N Forbes, D.R. 2nd Lt.
B Wilson, H.W. 2nd Lt.
E Radzikowski, L.S. S/Sgt.
R Cheshire, W.T. T/Sgt.
RW Noltkamper, A.A. T/Sgt.
LW Zwolinski, V.W. Sgt.
BT - -
TG Geron, H.E. Jr. Sgt.
9 Aug 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 615
P Gerow, J.A. 2nd Lt.
CP Vallarelli, F.J. 2nd Lt.
N Grandon, D.P. 2nd Lt.
B Sulkowski, J.T. 2nd Lt.
E Kieras, E.J. Sgt.
R Baker, M. S/Sgt.
RW Brink, B.E. S/Sgt.
LW Ely, L.E. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Hebert, N.B. Cpl.
9 Aug 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 623
P Sewell, W.P. 2nd Lt.
CP Weise, E.H. 2nd Lt.
N Richards, W.J. 2nd Lt.
B Bremer, A.F. 2nd Lt. (WIA)
E Fritz, C.C. S/Sgt.
R Fulton, L.R. Sgt..
RW Coogan, A.J. Sgt.
LW Leigh, R.H. Sgt.
BT Kielblock, A.L. Sgt.
TG Negri, J.D. Sgt.
9 Aug 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 126
CA Martin, M.K. Maj.
P Abell, G.W. 1st Lt.
CP Eldridge, M.C. 1st Lt.
N Roberts, M.C. 1st Lt.
B Lawrence, J.S. 1st Lt.
E Tryboski, L.E. T/Sgt.
R Nemeth, P.J. T/Sgt.
RW Horton, H.E. S/Sgt.
LW Hawes, J.C. S/Sgt.
MV Morris, J.C. 1st Lt.
TG Moore, J.R. S/Sgt.
NG Ferry, J.R. Lt.
9 Aug 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 593
P Clark, D.L. 2nd Lt.
CP Jones, G.B. 2nd Lt.
N Munter, L.M. F/O
B McGarry, T.J. 2nd Lt.
E Keba, J. S/Sgt.
R Howeth, G.W. S/Sgt.
RW Kopperud, C.M. Sgt.
LW Faust, K.E. Sgt.
BT - -
TG Tharp, R.N. Sgt.
9 Aug 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 697
P Wick, N.J. 2nd Lt.
CP Bonifant, J.T. 2nd Lt.
N Greene, D.A. F/O
B Buckles, R.R. F/O
E Knierim, R.A. S/Sgt.
R Taylor, P.W. S/Sgt.
RW Makovy, V. Sgt.
LW Sheppard, R.E. Sgt.
BT - -
TG Reimund, S.J. Sgt.
9 Aug 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 186
P Kwash, R.H. 2nd Lt.
CP Gulacsik, A. 2nd Lt.
N Coy, E.T. 2nd Lt.
B Lassins, E.G. 2nd Lt.
E Yarber, H.W. S/Sgt.
R McKim, L.D. Sgt.
RW Callahan, E.M. Sgt.
LW Denter, W.S. Sgt.
BT - -
TG Sandusky, D.L. Sgt.
9 Aug 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 647
P Koza, F. 2nd Lt.
CP Wilcoxson, R.H. 2nd Lt.
N Stillwagon, V.H. 2nd Lt.
B Solomon, A.A. 2nd Lt.
E Roberts, M.J. S/Sgt.
R Rubin, G. S/Sgt.
RW Johnson, J.T. Sgt.
LW Purcell, L.J. Sgt.
BT - -
TG Dunn, T.C. Sgt.
9 Aug 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 448
P McMillan, H.L. 1st Lt.
CP Guckert, D.J. 1st Lt.
N Jennings, C.H. 1st Lt.
B Gallagher, J.R. 1st Lt.
E Hill, T.H. T/Sgt.
R Lindberg, W.G. T/Sgt.
RW Dodge, F.V. S/Sgt.
LW Hardy, R.W. S/Sgt.
BT Korn, R.N. S/Sgt.
TG Wiersma, S.A. S/Sgt.
9 Aug 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 495
P Porter, H.K. 2nd Lt.
CP Bolstridge, C. 2nd Lt.
N Behr, A.J. F/O
B Traina, S. S/Sgt.
E DeSario, J.L. S/Sgt.
R Nero, R.A. S/Sgt.
RW Placht, E.J. Sgt.
LW Amato, J.J. Sgt.
BT - -
TG Zollinger, P.D. Sgt.
9 Aug 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 150
CA Gonseth, F. Capt.
CP Bate, H.C. 2nd Lt.
N Jones, J.H. Capt.
B Connery, M.J. 1st Lt.
E Jennings, H.C. T/Sgt.
R Kirkpatrick, H.L. T/Sgt.
RW Driver, D.M. S/Sgt.
LW Whalen, J.S. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Feller, N.L. S/Sgt.
MV Conrad, J.B. 2nd Lt.
PN Waldo, L.C. 2nd Lt.