• 12 December 1944
  • Mission #212
  • Target: Hanau

The same target and route were selected for the Group once again and (30) aircrews were briefed at 0500 and 0615 hours. At 0805, all commenced take-off. For the first time in weeks, the target area was visual and the lead squadron was able to hit the MPI with pin-point accuracy. The low and high squadrons, however, dropped off the target for unexplained reasons. A total of (328) 500 pounders were released with only (33) percent of the Group’s bombs striking the aiming point, principally due to the outstanding effort of the lead squadron. No fighters were encountered but flak was accurate enough to damage (4) returning ships. All returned safely at 1535 hours.

CREW LOADING LIST - MISSION #212

12 Dec 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 409
P Blakeley, W.G. 2nd Lt.
CP Schoelerman, H.A. 2nd Lt.
N Walker, C.S. 2nd Lt.
B - -
E Hoffmeyer, J.A. Sgt.
R Spades, R.J. Cpl.
RW Amodeo, F.A. Sgt.
LW Fugarazzo, E.J. Sgt.
BT Talley, E.R. Sgt.
TG Law J.L. Sgt.
12 Dec 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 357
P Steck, R.O. 2nd Lt.
CP Quinn, E.J. 2nd Lt.
N Jost, E.G. F/O
B Gross, E.B. 2nd Lt.
E Lewis, M.M. Sgt.
R Parker, R.M. Sgt.
RW Thompson, W.J. Sgt.
LW Jacobson, C.R. Sgt.
BT - -
TG Peters, R.P. Sgt.
12 Dec 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 916
P Williams, E.L. 1st Lt.
CP Daniel, P.U. 1st Lt.
N Oppenheim, R. F/O
NG Daniel, F.E. S/Sgt.
E Shaw, G.B. T/Sgt.
R Huba, J.D. S/Sgt.
RW Borraccini, P.J. S/Sgt.
LW Wall, D.L. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG King, W.C. S/Sgt.
12 Dec 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 659
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. S/Sgt.
R Green, C.M. T/Sgt.
RW Hankins, T.E. S/Sgt.
LW Mitchell, D.F. Sgt.
BT - -
TG Hoffman, G.A. S/Sgt.
PN Sullivan, A.P. 2nd Lt.
12 Dec 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 991
P Dugger, F.R. 2nd Lt.
CP Henrickson, J.L. 2nd Lt.
N Hampton, W.A. F/O
NG Wattles, L.O. S/Sgt.
E Jones, J.R. T/Sgt.
R Chenail, G.E. T/Sgt.
RW Blackham, W.R. S/Sgt.
LW DeKeyser, H.A. S/Sgt.
BT Cauchon, L.V. S/Sgt.
TG Schumaker, D.H. S/Sgt.
12 Dec 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 387
P Harcus, R.W. 2nd Lt.
CP Thompson, J.R. 2nd Lt.
N Adler, M.N. 2nd Lt.
B Knutson, E.G. F/O
E Thomas, E. Sgt.
R Shanley, J.V. Sgt.
RW Brennan, R.W. Sgt.
LW Marshall, L.C. Sgt.
BT - -
TG Rosenberg, J.E. Sgt.
12 Dec 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 340
P DePalma, F.T. 1st Lt.
CP Austin, G.E. F/O
N Herzig, H. 2nd Lt.
B Margarones, J.J. F/O
E Betterini, A. S/Sgt.
R Corbosiero, J.L. S/Sgt.
RW Bryan, C.F. S/Sgt.
LW Mowery, H.J. S/Sgt.
BT Steins, D.C.. S/Sgt.
TG Ferdinando, A.P. T/Sgt.
12 Dec 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 272
P Linzmeier, R.B. 2nd Lt.
CP Fisher, R.M. 2nd Lt.
N Vealey, S.L. F/O
B Schutze, G.C. 2nd Lt.
E Connor, E.J. Jr. S/Sgt.
R Hughes, C.B. Jr. Sgt.
RW Specht, C.O. S/Sgt.
LW Downing, J.E. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Watts, F. Sgt.
RCM Morriset, H.J. S/Sgt.
12 Dec 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 194
P Crowell, R.K. 2nd Lt.
CP Berkley, J.B. 2nd Lt.
N Byrnes, W.B. 2nd Lt.
B - -
E Hough, J.F. M/Sgt.
R Waggener, L.R. Cpl.
RW Tracy, R.D. Cpl.
LW Anastos, G. Cpl.
BT - -
TG Moffa, A.J. Cpl.
NG Hetzer, R.L. S/Sgt.
12 Dec 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 813
P Pope, L.S. 2nd Lt.
CP Snowhill, T.B. 2nd Lt.
N Rodstein, B. 2nd Lt.
B Lane, T.C. Sgt.
E Turrisi, J.R. Sgt.
R Reed, D.F. Sgt.
RW Dardano, F.A. S/Sgt.
LW Fuller, M.A. Sgt.
BT Belsky, M. S/Sgt.
TG Keach, G.T. Sgt.
12 Dec 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 118
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. T/Sgt.
RW Koegen, F.J. S/Sgt.
LW Harrow, K.J. S/Sgt.
BT Thomas, W.J. S/Sgt.
TG Kent, C.L. S/Sgt.
RCM George, O. T/Sgt.
12 Dec 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 040
P Jackson, C.J. 1st Lt.
CP Parrish, C.E. 2nd Lt.
N Pillsbury, A.A. 2nd Lt.
B Moss, J.R. 2nd Lt.
E Jenkins, J.H. Sgt.
R Paren, J.H. Sgt.
RW Wolfe, P.G. Sgt.
LW Korb, L.J. Sgt.
BT - -
TG Roe, W.L. Sgt.
RCM Henry, R.L. T/Sgt.
12 Dec 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 861
P Popek, E. 2nd Lt.
CP Henry, H.E. 2nd Lt.
N Frederickson, L.T. 2nd Lt.
NG Zeanah, T. S/Sgt.
E Bombardier, W.J. S/Sgt.
R Yuhas, G. S/Sgt.
RW Thompson, J.R. S/Sgt.
LW Trofnoff, F. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Swee, F.A. S/Sgt.
12 Dec 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 223
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. S/Sgt.
R Brown, L.E. S/Sgt.
RW Davis, T.N. S/Sgt.
LW Meister, R.H. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Kwiatowski, L.P. S/Sgt.
12 Dec 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 238
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. Sgt.
LW - -
BT Vincent, J.W. S/Sgt.
TG Carter, D.J. S/Sgt.
12 Dec 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 647
P Cohn, A.J. 2nd Lt.
CP Runyon, D.S. 2nd Lt.
N Flugel, R.R. F/O
B - -
E Cross, G.H. S/Sgt.
R Kincaid, M.M. Sgt.
RW Korpi, W.B. Sgt.
LW Nogales, D.E. Jr. Sgt.
BT Norton, W.R. Sgt.
TG Avery, W.R. S/Sgt.
12 Dec 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 164
P Decker, J.C. 2nd Lt.
CP Biakis, M.J. 2nd Lt.
N Johnson, R.G. 2nd Lt.
B - -
E Demery, R.F. Sgt.
R Hadley, M.W. Sgt.
RW Kobil, G.F. Sgt.
LW Towns, W.L. Sgt.
BT Belanger, R.E. Sgt.
TG Jarvis, M.A. Sgt.
12 Dec 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 477
P Fox, J.E. 2nd Lt.
CP Sampley, T.A. 2nd Lt.
N Johnson, M.S. 2nd Lt.
B Robinson, D.T. 2nd Lt.
E Smith, B.F. T/Sgt.
R Tameling, H. T/Sgt.
RW Bunting, J. S/Sgt.
LW Seever, B.H. S/Sgt.
BT Westman, V.K. S/Sgt.
TG Davis, C.L. S/Sgt.
12 Dec 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 241
P Downs, H.E. 2nd Lt.
CP Bickham, T.E. Jr. 2nd Lt.
N McKay, R.P. 2nd Lt.
B - -
E Lim, D.P. Sgt.
R Spicketts, J.G. Sgt.
RW Crane, T.P. Sgt.
LW Cinquina, E.A. Sgt.
BT Weatherman, H.W. Sgt.
TG Szerdi, A.W. Sgt.
12 Dec 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 838
P Garcia, A.R. 1st Lt.
CP Pollack, M. 2nd Lt.
N Vasconcellos, H.M. 2nd Lt.
B Oakes, H.W. 2nd Lt.
E Landes, I.B. Sgt.
R Nelson, D.A. Sgt.
RW Pennington, M.E. S/Sgt.
LW Merda, A.J. Sgt.
BT Ivey, E.H. Jr. Jr. S/Sgt.
TG Rauscher, J.G. S/Sgt.
12 Dec 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 121
P Joyce, J.F. F/O
CP Bowman, J.A. 2nd Lt.
N McQuade, R.N. F/O
B - -
E Albino, A. T/Sgt.
R Brown, J.F. T/Sgt.
RW Gorham, R.L. S/Sgt.
LW Kurkomelis, G.C. S/Sgt.
BT Andrews, Q.Q. S/Sgt.
TG Richter, R.H. S/Sgt.
12 Dec 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. T/Sgt.
R Fahrenbruch, K.G. T/Sgt.
RW Poepping, R.F. S/Sgt.
LW Beals, B.M. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Ludwig, D.J. S/Sgt.
12 Dec 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 186
P Duff, A.L. 1st Lt.
CP Wilson, T. 1st Lt.
N Ott, J.W. 2nd Lt.
B Parish, J.K. 2nd Lt.
E Slama, A.R. T/Sgt.
R Louizides, S. T/Sgt.
RW Smith, W.W. S/Sgt.
LW Haskins, B.D. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Harrod, C. Jr. S/Sgt.
12 Dec 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 337
P Adsit, B.D. 2nd Lt.
CP Weber, M. F/O
N Wedgeworth, Q.R. 2nd Lt.
B - -
E McDonald, R.C. S/Sgt.
R Close, H.R. Sgt.
RW Ritty, P.M. Sgt.
LW Anderson, W.G. Sgt.
BT Timmons, K.L. Sgt.
TG Taylor, H.T. Sgt.
12 Dec 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 446
P Case, W.D. 2nd Lt.
CP Griffin, R.E. 2nd Lt.
N Gullick, C.H. 2nd Lt.
B - -
E Kidd, J.L. Sgt.
R Black, C.B. Jr. Sgt.
RW Chanson, M.C. Sgt.
LW Johnson, R.L. Sgt.
BT McCoy, F.W. Sgt.
TG Lutes, M.A. Sgt.
S-27 Roth, E.A. S/Sgt.
12 Dec 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 240
P Wood, D.R. 2nd Lt.
CP McCormick, J.J. 2nd Lt.
N Satterthwait, D.R. F/O
B Segraves, W.D. 2nd Lt.
E Morgan, K.W. S/Sgt.
R Fleischmann, R.F. Sgt.
RW Stuck, W.F. Sgt.
LW McCormick, F.L.J. Sgt.
BT - -
TG Wright, A.P. Sgt.
NG Steurer, G.R. Sgt.
12 Dec 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 80
P Grettum, R.B. Capt.
CP Connor, J.A. 1st Lt.
N Bauer, H.H. 2nd Lt.
B Connery, M.J. 1st Lt.
E Padden, T.F. T/Sgt.
R West, G.E. T/Sgt.
RW Long, B. S/Sgt.
LW Putnam, N.I. S/Sgt.
BT Conrad, J.B. 1st Lt.
TG Housteau, J.M. S/Sgt.
PN Waldo, L.C. 1st Lt.
12 Dec 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 128
P Caldwell, R.R. Capt.
CP Sather, H. Maj.
N Thornburgh, J.W. 1st Lt.
B McMahon, C.D. 1st Lt.
E Munden, F.R. T/Sgt.
R Westerfield, M.M. T/Sgt.
RW Conn, J.G. S/Sgt.
LW Maher, T.O. S/Sgt.
BT Bennett, D.F. S/Sgt.
TG Edmundson, R.H. 1st Lt.
PN Walters, J.E. 1st Lt.
12 Dec 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 700
P Scharf, C.D. 1st Lt.
CP Call, F.B. 1st Lt.
N Abrams, E.J. 1st Lt.
B Thomas, J.B. 1st Lt.
E Reynolds, D.W. 1st Lt.
R Tribbett, L.L. Cpl.
RW Rigas, C. S/Sgt.
LW Oakes, E.L. S/Sgt.
BT Michalski, R. T/Sgt.
TG Lienemann, W.C. S/Sgt.
Bailey, D.C. 1st Lt.
12 Dec 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 788
P White, E.J. 2nd Lt.
CP Whalen, J.M. 2nd Lt.
N Weissberger, M.L. 2nd Lt.
B Alexander, R.W. 1st Lt.
E Hayden, R. T/Sgt.
R Baker, M. T/Sgt.
RW Egler, M.G. S/Sgt.
LW Sabolish, G. S/Sgt.
BT Lips, T.J. 2nd Lt.
TG White, R.A. S/Sgt.
PN Sprowls, R.W. 2nd Lt.