• 26 October 1944
  • Mission #190
  • Target: Minden

The big oil refinery complex at Harburg, just on the outskirts of Hamburg to the south, was the aiming point on this raid. Lieutenant Bennett of the 576th and Lieutenant McGarry of the 579th Squadron were assigned Lead Bombardier tasks. A force of (32) crews was briefed at 0445 and 0600 hours with all taking off around 0905. Assembly, enroute and target area weather was extremely poor making formation flying very difficult, if not almost impossible. A total of (32) ships went over the second target area with (30) releasing (120) 1000 and 250 pounders through the clouds, all unobserved. Most squadron ships dropped on what was believed to be the primary along with some bombers of another. Those that did not release could not see the release smoke of the preceeding lead ship. No fighters were seen but AA fire was moderate but fairly inaccurate. All bombers returned home by 1450 with (1) damaged.

CREW LOADING LIST - MISSION #190

26 Oct 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 409
P Sommers, O.L. 2nd Lt.
CP McLaughry, J.A. III 2nd Lt.
N Judd, G.G. 2nd Lt.
B Streicher, H.P. 2nd Lt.
E Drummond, W.D. T/Sgt.
R Fender, J.F. S/Sgt.
RW O'Kane, R.P. S/Sgt.
LW McNeill, C.E. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Luciano, S. S/Sgt.
26 Oct 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 476
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. Sgt.
R Green, C.M. T/Sgt.
RW Mitchell, D.F. Sgt.
LW Hankins, T.E. Sgt.
BT - -
TG Hoffman, G.A. Sgt.
26 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.
NG McInvale, A.L. S/Sgt.
E Jones, J.R. T/Sgt.
R Chenail, G.E. S/Sgt.
RW DeKeyser, H.A. S/Sgt.
LW Blackham, W.R. S/Sgt.
BT Williams, O.L. S/Sgt.
TG Schumaker, D.H. S/Sgt.
26 Oct 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 916
P Williams, E.L. 1st Lt.
CP Harer, R.J. 2nd Lt.
N Oppenheim, R. F/O
NG Daniel, F.E. S/Sgt.
E Shaw, G.B. T/Sgt.
R Slechta, M.T. S/Sgt.
RW Huba, J.D. S/Sgt.
LW Wall, D.L. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG King, W.C. S/Sgt.
26 Oct 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 194
P Richeson, W.H. 1st Lt.
CP Wiley, D.A. 1st Lt.
N Leonard, A.C. 2nd Lt.
B - -
E Urban, J.J. T/Sgt.
R Danner, E.W. T/Sgt.
RW Montgomery, H. S/Sgt.
LW Simpson, C.S. S/Sgt.
BT Dosier, C.A. S/Sgt.
TG Albert, W.W. S/Sgt.
26 Oct 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 659
P Beder, J. 2nd Lt.
CP Samsell, J.A. 2nd Lt.
N Matishowski, J. 2nd Lt.
B Merchant, W.D. Sgt.
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.
26 Oct 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 480
P Larson, R.D. 1st Lt.
CP Hawn, I. F/O
N Biles, W.R. 2nd Lt.
B Hetzer, R.L. Cpl.
E Dearborn, H.W. T/Sgt.
R Martin, P.R. S/Sgt.
RW Benadum, T.E. S/Sgt.
LW Peterson, J.V. T/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Cuthbert, J.K. S/Sgt.
26 Oct 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 489
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. S/Sgt.
R Chambers, R.L. S/Sgt.
RW McAtee, J.R. S/Sgt.
LW Coffman, J.G. S/Sgt.
BT Belsky, M. S/Sgt.
TG Turner, E.C. S/Sgt.
26 Oct 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 164
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. S/Sgt.
R Gersten, G. S/Sgt.
RW Arneson, J.A. Sgt.
LW Mohan, V.L. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Barlow, S.N. Sgt.
26 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.
26 Oct 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 785
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 McGrew, C.C. T/Sgt.
LW DuFour, J.L. Sgt.
BT Williams, C.L. Pvt.
TG Lousha, C.C. Sgt.
26 Oct 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 223
P Walker, D.L. 1st Lt.
CP Nunziato, D.J. 2nd Lt.
N Bedore, C.P. 2nd Lt.
B Buente, V.O. 2nd Lt.
E Gusciora, A.A. S/Sgt.
R Lane, A.E. S/Sgt.
RW Maloukis, S.J. S/Sgt.
LW - -
BT Gaertner, R.E. T/Sgt.
TG Ballas, P.T. S/Sgt.
26 Oct 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 012
P Whitteaker, W.E. 1st Lt.
CP Fisher, K.M. 1st 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.
PN Liske, J.R. 1st Lt.
26 Oct 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 079
P Popek, E. 2nd Lt.
CP Henry, H.E. 2nd Lt.
N Frederickson, L.T. 2nd Lt.
B Gump, J.A. 1st Lt.
E Bombardier, W.J. Sgt.
R Yuhas, G. S/Sgt.
RW Thompson, J.R. S/Sgt.
LW Trofnoff, F. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Irvine, Z.C. S/Sgt.
26 Oct 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 813
P Comeau, E.L. 1st 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.
26 Oct 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 519
P Miller, W.L. 1st Lt.
CP Cassity, J.J. 2nd Lt.
N Mohr, J. 2nd Lt.
B Eldridge, H.N. 1st Lt.
E Prach, F.T. T/Sgt.
R Hagopian, H.A. T/Sgt.
RW Hedges, N.E. S/Sgt.
LW Moles, W.F. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Walters, L. S/Sgt.
NG Gillett, F.A. 1st Lt.
-- Milrod, W. 2nd Lt.
26 Oct 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 337
P Tays, R.H. 2nd Lt.
CP Ferguson, T.B. F/O
N Holzinger, J.J. 2nd Lt.
B Sorensen, A.C. 2nd Lt.
E King, C.C. S/Sgt.
R Berger, J.T. Sgt.
RW Coury, G.A. S/Sgt.
LW Turner, M.E. Sgt.
BT - -
TG Fetterhoff, E.E. Sgt.
26 Oct 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 446
P Rose, P.E. 2nd Lt.
CP Pratt, D.M. 2nd Lt.
N Rohde, C.R. 2nd Lt.
B Harnden, R.G. 2nd Lt.
E Scott, W.A. Sgt.
R Croy, O.N. Sgt.
RW Manelick, N.L. Sgt.
LW Davidson, S.A. Sgt.
BT - -
TG Beane, H.E. Sgt.
26 Oct 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 249
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 - -
TG Huff, R.H. S/Sgt.
26 Oct 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 103
CA Taylor, G.H. Capt.
P Alexander, A.B. Capt.
CP Broussard, P.C. 1st Lt.
N Adelstein, R.L. 2nd Lt.
N Untiedt, L.F. Capt.
B Bennett, J.E. 1st Lt.
E Sutphin, R.C. T/Sgt.
R Hinkley, B.J. T/Sgt.
RW Fraser, A.C. S/Sgt.
LW Knephoff, J.J. S/Sgt.
BT Kisler, C.L. S/Sgt.
TG - -
Kirkwood, T.G. 1st Lt.
26 Oct 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 121
P Bell, W.M. Jr. 1st Lt.
CP Pope, C.H. 2nd Lt.
N Cole, R.W. 2nd Lt.
NG Bross, J.H. S/Sgt.
E Morse, J.H. T/Sgt.
R Gordon, C.J. T/Sgt.
RW Case, R.F. S/Sgt.
LW Onstot, P.O. S/Sgt.
BT Steins, D.C. T/Sgt.
TG Divers, C.B. S/Sgt.
26 Oct 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 788
P Cheek, C.W. 1st Lt.
CP Long, J.D. 1st Lt.
N Beddingfield, L.L. 1st Lt.
B Westbrook, J.W. Capt.
E Curry, E.D. T/Sgt.
R Schroeck, L.A. T/Sgt.
RW Layman, H.A. S/Sgt.
LW - -
BT Corcoran, R.G. S/Sgt.
TG Miller, J.E. S/Sgt.
NT Waldo, L.C. 1st Lt.
MV Conrad, J.B. 1st Lt.
26 Oct 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 235
P McClellan, H.B. 1st Lt.
CP Carleton, D. 2nd Lt.
N Havel, E.E. 2nd Lt.
B Snoden, C.A. 2nd Lt.
E Berger, R.F. T/Sgt.
R Kingston, D.B. S/Sgt.
RW Markle, J.M. S/Sgt.
LW Kosinski, F.H. S/Sgt.
BT Bleickhardt, F.G. S/Sgt.
TG Willey, J.R. Sgt.
26 Oct 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 293
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 Pataki, S.M. S/Sgt.
TG - -
26 Oct 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 459
P Clark, D.L. 1st Lt.
CP Jones, G.B. 2nd Lt.
N Munter, L.M. 2nd Lt.
B McGarry, T.J. 2nd Lt.
E Keba, J. T/Sgt.
R Howeth, G.W. T/Sgt.
RW Kopperud, C.M. S/Sgt.
LW Faust, K.E. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Tharp, R.N. Sgt.
NV Barry, W.T. 2nd Lt.
PN Hickok, H.E. 2nd Lt.
26 Oct 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 340
P Tuchel, R.H. 1st Lt.
CP Hay, G.R. 2nd Lt.
N Faust, L.E. 2nd Lt.
B Warrick, H.E. S/Sgt.
E Tvergyak, P.A. T/Sgt.
R Johnson, H.K. T/Sgt.
RW O'Rourke, R.L. S/Sgt.
LW - -
BT Vincent, J.W. S/Sgt.
TG Carter, D.J. S/Sgt.
26 Oct 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 560
P Cieply, E.J. 2nd Lt.
CP Brooks, L.M. 2nd Lt.
N Griesar, O.J. 2nd Lt.
NG Long, W.B. Sgt.
E Cannon, L.F. Sgt.
R Cade, G.W. Sgt.
RW Kinsinger, W.D. Sgt.
LW Montez, A.G. Sgt.
BT - -
TG Huston, C.F. Sgt.
26 Oct 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 647
P Wick, N.J. 1st Lt.
CP Bonifant, J.T. 2nd Lt.
N Crosby, P.E. 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.
26 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.
NG Kirol, J. 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.
26 Oct 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 268
P Cerrato, V.H. 1st Lt.
CP Addison, A.E. 2nd Lt.
N Marcelli, A.F. 2nd Lt.
NG Burrell, M.L. Cpl.
E Lee, R.M. Cpl.
R Ewell, A.J. Cpl.
RW Lamson, P.M. Cpl.
LW Roche, P.E. Cpl.
BT - -
TG Warwick, F.W. Cpl.
26 Oct 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 636
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 Ramos, R.W. Jr. F/O
26 Oct 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 495
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 Bryan, C.F. Cpl.
LW Mowery, H.J. Cpl.
BT - -
TG Ferdinando, A.P. Cpl.