• 19 October 1944
  • Mission #187
  • Target: Mainz

According to 2nd Bomb Division Intelligence Annex No. 1 to Field Order 490, the target was a "concentration of military activity, barracks, store houses, training and regrouping facilities, where the enemy is reestablishing and equipping troops, and where great activity is going on. Our ground forces have requested us to attack this target, which appears to be of tremendous importance to a great part of the German western line."

The 577th was assigned lead on this raid with 1/Lt C.F. Kelly as Lead Bombardier. At 0915 hours, 32 aircraft commenced take-off with (30) going over the marshalling yards primary employing PFF because of 10/10th clouds. According to the Air Commander's teletype report, the route flown was about 40 miles south of the briefed route to avoid bad weather. The 392nd arrived at the I.P. abreast of the Group from the preceding wing and was forced to "S" considerably to uncover.

There were no fighters but flak was moderate and accurate as the Group dropped 348 250-pound general purpose 168 500-pound incendiary bombs on the target complex. Ten ships returned with flak damage. The last a/c landed safely at 1542 hours.

CREW LOADING LIST - MISSION #187

19 Oct 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 476
P Beder, J. 2nd Lt.
CP Samsell, J.A. 2nd Lt.
N Matishowski, J. 2nd Lt.
B Murray, J.G. 2nd Lt.
E Morley, J.P. Sgt.
R Murgatroyd, R.S. Sgt.
RW Carr, R.P. Sgt.
LW Roever, C.H. Sgt.
BT - -
TG Schodrof, R.H. Sgt.
19 Oct 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 299
P Richeson, W.H. 1st Lt.
CP Wiley, D.A. 1st Lt.
N Oppenheim, J.C. S/Sgt.
B - -
E Urban, J.J. T/Sgt.
R Danner, E.W. T/Sgt.
RW Montgomery, H. S/Sgt.
LW Simpson, C.S. Sgt.
BT - -
TG Albert, W.W. S/Sgt.
NG Dosier, C.A. S/Sgt.
19 Oct 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 991
P Dugger, F.R. 2nd Lt.
CP Henrickson, J.L. 2nd Lt.
N Hampton, W.A. S/Sgt.
B McInvale, A.L. S/Sgt.
E Jones, J.R. T/Sgt.
R Chenail, G.E. S/Sgt.
RW Blackham, W.R. S/Sgt.
LW DeKeyser, H.A. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Schumaker, D.H. S/Sgt.
19 Oct 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 387
P Holliday, B.L. 1st Lt.
CP Harer, R.J. 2nd Lt.
N McCutcheon, J. 1st Lt.
B - -
E Sevier, R.M. T/Sgt.
R Rambo, K.B. T/Sgt.
RW Johnson, L.A. S/Sgt.
LW White, P.W. S/Sgt.
BT Wattles, L.O. S/Sgt.
TG Negus, J.V. S/Sgt.
19 Oct 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 489
P Peterson, T.W. 2nd Lt.
CP Rohe, J.M. 2nd Lt.
N Damerst, W.A. 2nd Lt.
B Lawson, R.F. 2nd Lt.
E Bruney, G.L. Cpl.
R Green, C.M. S/Sgt.
RW Hankins, T.E. Cpl.
LW Hamment, R.E. Cpl.
BT - -
TG Mitchell, D.F. Cpl.
19 Oct 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 409 (no mission credit)
P Novik, A.J. 1st Lt.
CP Graves, J.H. 2nd Lt.
N Fife, R.M. 2nd Lt.
B Glass, R.D. S/Sgt.
E DiMarco, F.J. S/Sgt.
R Hildebrand, R.O. S/Sgt.
RW Watkins, M.F. S/Sgt.
LW Graves, R.H. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Buckley, C.A. S/Sgt.
19 Oct 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 916
P Johnson, R.D. 1st Lt.
CP Ellis, J.F. 2nd Lt.
N Hildebrand, L.C. 2nd Lt.
B Mountain, J.G. 2nd Lt.
E Stolins, E.A. T/Sgt.
R Holmes, E.L. T/Sgt.
RW Daniels, J. S/Sgt.
LW Gordon, G.P. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Cochran, G.D. S/Sgt.
19 Oct 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 659
P Meehan, J.L. 2nd Lt.
CP Carey, H.V. 2nd Lt.
N McAfee, S.P. F/O
B Herzig, H. 2nd Lt.
E Cohen, H.J. T/Sgt.
R Candido, C.D. T/Sgt.
RW Lange, D.H. S/Sgt.
LW Conner, P.P. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Lynch, R.C. S/Sgt.
19 Oct 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 150
P Solomon, R.H. 1st Lt.
CA Sather, H. Maj.
N Gridley, C.V. Jr. 2nd Lt.
B Mace, J.E. 2nd Lt.
E Moeller, H.E. T/Sgt.
R Herzlich, L. T/Sgt.
RW Farquharson, G. S/Sgt.
LW Psyk, E.L. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Capik, J.H. S/Sgt.
NN Cleverdon, R.N. 2nd Lt.
MN Sprowls, R.W. 2nd Lt.
19 Oct 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 169
P Whitteaker, W.E. 1st Lt.
CP Fisher, K.M. 2nd Lt.
N Hickson, D. 2nd Lt.
B Allegretti, E.E. 1st Lt.
E Holmes, G.T. T/Sgt.
R McGivney, P.J. T/Sgt.
RW Rinderer, R. S/Sgt.
LW Fantin, P.F. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Emery, R.G. S/Sgt.
19 Oct 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 813
P Comeau, E.L. 2nd Lt.
CP Davis, W.R. 2nd Lt.
N Neuman, W.E. 2nd Lt.
B - -
E Scalet, J. T/Sgt.
R Haney, P.W. T/Sgt.
RW Jasinski, R. S/Sgt.
LW Kearns, H.H. S/Sgt.
BT Pendergraft, J.C. S/Sgt.
TG Krause, H.L. S/Sgt.
RCM Belsky, M. S/ Sgt.
19 Oct 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 145
P Kuster, K.D. 1st Lt.
Gilbert, L.G. Lt.Col.
CP Sage, C.E. 1st Lt.
N Smith, P.J. 1st Lt.
B Kelly, C.F. 1st Lt.
E Phillabaum, R.J. T/Sgt.
R Syverson, C.D. T/Sgt.
RW Dickman, H. S/Sgt.
LW Collins, W.P. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Denton, W. S/Sgt.
Morris, J.E. 1st Lt.
NN Benenson, M. 1st Lt.
19 Oct 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 785
P Propper, H.M. 2nd Lt.
CP Brier, A.L. 2nd Lt.
N Barber, A.G. 2nd Lt.
B Garrett, H.L. 2nd Lt.
E McPherson, C.C. T/Sgt.
R Dodd, W.C. S/Sgt.
RW Musante, A.B. Jr. S/Sgt.
LW Chapman, C.M. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Postema, R.H. S/Sgt.
19 Oct 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 151
P Davis, W.F. 2nd Lt.
CP Stanley, C.A. 2nd Lt.
N Astleford, C.E. 2nd Lt.
B Hamann, L.A. 2nd Lt.
E Crabbe, C.W. S/Sgt.
R Carroll, W.J. S/Sgt.
RW Jones, R.R. Sgt.
LW Joslin, G.D. Sgt.
BT - -
TG Miller, J.R. Sgt.
19 Oct 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 118
P Nehring, E.H. 2nd Lt.
CP Trigilio, G.J. F/O
N Kaswan, J. 2nd Lt.
B - -
E McJunkin, F.R. T/Sgt.
R Dobson, H.J. T/Sgt.
RW Koegen, F.J. S/Sgt.
LW Harrow, K.J. S/Sgt.
BT Thomas, W.J. S/Sgt.
TG Zeanah, T. S/Sgt.
19 Oct 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 079
P Enyart, D.W. 1st Lt.
CP Froehlich, S.S. 2nd Lt.
N Mertens, J.A. 2nd Lt.
B Snyderman, J. 2nd Lt.
E Aycock, C.E. Sgt.
R Gersten, G. Sgt.
RW Mohan, V.L. Sgt.
LW Arneson, J.A. Sgt.
BT - -
TG Barlow, S.N. Sgt.
19 Oct 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 323
P Kerr, D.R. 1st Lt.
CP Head, W.T. 2nd Lt.
N Lowenstein, A.C. 1st Lt.
B Mackelfresh, T.H. 1st Lt.
E Williams, J.L. S/Sgt.
R Laurin, P.A. S/Sgt.
RW Saltzman, R.L. Sgt.
LW DuFour, J.L. Sgt.
BT - -
TG Hawes, J.C. S/Sgt.
19 Oct 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 313
P Sturm, W.A. 1st Lt.
CP Jurczyn, B.J. 2nd Lt.
N Rawlings, J.L. 2nd Lt.
B Neetz, R.E. F/O
E LaChance, D.E. T/Sgt.
R Brown, J.C. T/Sgt.
RW Lingle, J.A.H. S/Sgt.
LW McCormick, J.E. S/Sgt.
BT Ivey, E.H. Jr. S/Sgt.
TG Huff, R.H. S/Sgt.
19 Oct 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 240
P Eggleston, J.W. 1st Lt.
CP Wilson, T. 2nd Lt.
N Peters, J.L. F/O
B Wilfahrt, D.W. 2nd Lt.
E Smith, J.W. T/Sgt.
R Nika, L.E. T/Sgt.
RW Mitchell, R.L. S/Sgt.
LW Murray, J.J. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Mortimer, D.E. Sgt.
NG Gajewski, R.B. 2nd Lt.
19 Oct 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 293
P Clifford, H.M. 1st Lt.
CP Benz, R.F. 2nd Lt.
N Baldwin, W.L. 2nd Lt.
B Melton, J.A. F/O
E Nilsen, A.V. S/Sgt.
R Patterson, M.J. T/Sgt.
RW Plude, R.W. S/Sgt.
LW Kuykendall, L.E. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Rogers, C.J. S/Sgt.
19 Oct 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 249
P Bilz, J.J. 2nd Lt.
CP Slayter, D.W. 2nd Lt.
N Barnes, J.M. 2nd Lt.
B Overman, D.T. 2nd Lt.
E Grout, A.G. Sgt.
R Fahrenbruch, K.G. Sgt.
RW Poepping, R.F. Sgt.
LW Beals, B.M. Sgt.
BT - -
TG Ludwig, D.J. Sgt.
19 Oct 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 235
P Walker, J.R. 2nd Lt.
CP Ellis, A. 2nd Lt.
N Bauer, H.H. 2nd Lt.
B Donohue, J.J. 2nd Lt.
E Thomas, C.B. T/Sgt.
R Jewell, R.B. T/Sgt.
RW Faucette, E.W. S/Sgt.
LW Collins, S.J. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Pataki, S.M. S/Sgt.
19 Oct 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 186
P Twining, E.S. 2nd Lt.
CP Szenegato, J. 2nd Lt.
N Bertoli, L.J. 2nd Lt.
B Clark, H.J. 2nd Lt.
E Hostetter, F.E. T/Sgt.
R Hinckley, B.J. T/Sgt.
RW Grimm, R.H. S/Sgt.
LW Maguire, F.H. S/Sgt.
BT Largen, J.E. S/Sgt.
TG Lips, T.J. 2nd Lt.
19 Oct 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 446 (no mission credit)
P Miller, D.E. 1st Lt.
CP Heller, P. Jr. 2nd Lt.
N Moos, J.C. 2nd Lt.
B Inamorato, J.T. 2nd Lt.
E Luczak, H.J. T/Sgt.
R Myers, L.P. T/Sgt.
RW Agoglia, E.J. S/Sgt.
LW Faulstich, A.F. S/Sgt.
BT Bleickhardt, F.G. S/Sgt.
TG Shea, H.A. S/Sgt.
19 Oct 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 357
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. T/Sgt.
R McKim, L.D. T/Sgt.
RW Denter, W.S. S/Sgt.
LW Callahan, E.M. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Sandusky, D.L. S/Sgt.
19 Oct 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 697
P Wick, N.J. 1st Lt.
CP Bonifant, J.T. 2nd Lt.
N Ramos, R.W. Jr. 2nd Lt.
B Buckles, R.R. F/O
E Knierim, R.A. T/Sgt.
R Taylor, P.W. T/Sgt.
RW Sheppard, R.E. Sgt.
LW Makovy, V. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Reimund, S.J. S/Sgt.
19 Oct 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 272
P DePalma, F.T. 2nd Lt.
CP Austin, G.E. F/O
N Slagle, R.B. 2nd Lt.
B Margarones, J.J. F/O
E Betterini, A. Cpl.
R Corbosiero, J.L. Cpl.
RW Mowery, H.J. Cpl.
LW Bryan, C.F. Cpl.
BT Hightower, W.H. Sgt.
TG Ferdinando, A.P. Cpl.
19 Oct 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 268
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. T/Sgt.
R Rubin, G. T/Sgt.
RW Johnson, J.T. S/Sgt.
LW Purcell, L.J. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Dunn, T.C. S/Sgt.
PN Lowe, R.C. 2nd Lt.
19 Oct 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 647
P Cerrato, V.H. 1st Lt.
CP Addison, A.E. 2nd Lt.
N Bailey, D.C. 2nd Lt.
B Burrell, M.L. Cpl.
E Lee, R.M. Cpl.
R Ewell, A.J. Cpl.
RW Roche, P.E. Cpl.
LW Lamson, P.M. Cpl.
BT - -
TG Warwick, F.W. Cpl.
19 Oct 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 528
P Jordan, T.J. 2nd Lt.
CP Osojnicki, E.S. 2nd Lt.
N Sprosty, A.O. 2nd Lt.
B Kirol, J. S/Sgt.
E Kinzler, S.J. Sgt.
R Brown, L.E. Jr. Sgt.
RW Davis, T.N. Sgt.
LW Meister, R.H. Sgt.
BT - -
TG Kwiatowski, L.P. Sgt.
19 Oct 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 495
P Ross, J.E. 2nd Lt.
CP Crane, F.D. 2nd Lt.
N Richner, G.C. F/O
B Hester, T.G. S/Sgt.
E Albright, H.B. Sgt.
R Agnew, T.G. Sgt.
RW Brooks, V.B. S/Sgt.
LW Blackburn, W.F. Sgt.
BT - -
TG Arnold, E.R. Sgt.
19 Oct 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 636
P Porter, H.K. 2nd Lt.
CP Bolstridge, C. 2nd Lt.
N Behr, A.J. F/O
B Fletcher, A.S. 2nd Lt.
E DeSario, J.L. T/Sgt.
R Nero, R.A. T/Sgt.
RW Placht, E.J. S/Sgt.
LW Amato, J.J. S/Sgt.
BT Shumaker, M.C. 2nd Lt.
TG Zollinger, P.D. S/Sgt.