• 16 December 1943
  • Mission #16
  • Target: Bremen

The 576th led this third mission to Bremen, one of the most heavily defended targets in the Third Reich’s Germany. Seventeen (17) Liberators took off with (16) bombing the target PFF and one aborting prior to target due to mechanical difficulties. A total of (826) 100# bombs were released and, though clouds obscured the aiming point for a visual release, large explosions were observed in the target area. From 5-10 enemy fighters were encountered, however, the Group suffered no aircraft or aircrew losses and had no enemy aircraft claims. Four (4) ships were damaged by flak. All aircraft returned to base with a mission total of 7:15 hours elapsed.

CREW LOADING LIST - MISSION #16

16 Dec 1943 576th Sqdn.
A/C 492
CA Gray, C. T. Maj.
P Barnes, L.J. 1st Lt.
CP Shelton, W.L. 2nd Lt.
N Koch, C.H. Capt.
N Stankan, P.C. 2nd Lt.
B Jackson, G.J. 1st Lt.
E Lewis, E.L., Jr. T/Sgt.
R Jenkins, W.B. T/Sgt.
AE Choromanski, J.E. S/Sgt.
AR --
AG Crowley, C.J. S/Sgt.
G Riley, A.J. S/Sgt.
16 Dec 1943 576th Sqdn.
A/C 487 (abort, no sortie credit)
P LoPresto, H.C. 2nd Lt.
CP Collins, J.M. 2nd Lt.
N Siggs, P.S. 2nd Lt.
B Breck, J.H. Jr. 2nd Lt.
E Hawkins, G.H. T/Sgt.
R Ross, E.S. T/Sgt.
AE Westall, F.M. S/Sgt.
AR Gilliam, E.L. S/Sgt.
AG Plucket J.F. S/Sgt.
G Sambanis, G. Sgt.
16 Dec 1943 576th Sqdn.
A/C 489
P Clover, D.K. 1st Lt.
CP Berger, R.M. 2nd Lt.
N McMillan, W.J. 2nd Lt.
B McDonald, P.R. 2nd Lt.
E Losey, J.C. T/Sgt.
R Galler, I. T/Sgt.
AE Crawford, E.G. S/Sgt.
AR Bell, R.W. S/Sgt.
AG Ross, J.M. S/Sgt.
G Royal, C.K. S/Sgt.
McFadden, J.N. Capt.
16 Dec 1943 576th Sqdn.
A/C 500 (abort, no sortie credit)
P Ford, J.H. 2nd Lt.
CP Bunting, D.W. 2nd Lt.
N Duncan, R.H. 2nd Lt.
B Machak, J.G. 2nd Lt.
E Lewis, G.F. S/Sgt.
R Kramer, A.W. S/Sgt.
AE Roberson, L.P. S/Sgt.
AR Longchamps, A.L. S/Sgt.
AG Overholt, H.R. S/Sgt.
G Halsne, M.O. S/Sgt.
16 Dec 1943 576th Sqdn.
A/C 511
P Johns, M.T. 2nd Lt.
CP Henderson, M.A. 2nd Lt.
N Silvasy, F.A. 2nd Lt.
B Sriver, E.R. 2nd Lt.
E Indahl, J.M. T/Sgt.
R Gressler, E.J. T/Sgt.
AE Przeniczny, W. S/Sgt.
AR Kenyon, C.L. S/Sgt.
AG Zerangue, F.A. S/Sgt.
G Sanchez, I.V. S/Sgt.
16 Dec 1943 576th Sqdn.
A/C 537
P Miller, H.W. 1st Lt.
CP Hurd, E.A. Jr. 2nd Lt.
N Murray, F.P. 2nd Lt.
B Greene, D.R. 2nd Lt.
E Megenhardt, J.F. T/Sgt.
R Mallamaci, J.T. T/Sgt.
AE McCombs, A.D. S/Sgt.
AR Lorine, J.R. S/Sgt.
AG Wheeler, M. S/Sgt.
G Rausch, T.A. S/Sgt.
16 Dec 1943 577th Sqdn.
A/C 496
P Copp, R.D. 1st Lt.
CP Meyers, J.W. 1st Lt.
N Gries, R.F. 2nd Lt.
B Rapenport, R. 1st Lt.
E Hodge, G.L. T/Sgt.
R Bisnett, B.R. T/Sgt.
AE Martin, L.S. Sgt.
AR Nowicki, M.M. S/Sgt.
AG Hohman, H. S/Sgt.
G Noone, T.E. Jr. S/Sgt.
16 Dec 1943 577th Sqdn.
A/C 637
P Tiefenthal, D.E. 2nd Lt.
CP Clifford, R.R. 2nd Lt.
N Lindberg, V.A. 2nd Lt.
B Gordon, A.M. 2nd Lt.
E Wright, A. S/Sgt.
R DiCroce, J.A. S/Sgt.
AE Hull, W.W. Sgt.
AR Sopchak, J. Sgt.
AG Shulz, W.G. Sgt.
G Dunham, H.D. S/Sgt.
16 Dec 1943 577th Sqdn.
A/C 546
P Layton, S.H. Jr. 1st Lt.
CP Jensen, A.H. 2nd Lt.
N Donaldson, C.D. 2nd Lt.
B Feagan, H.C. 2nd Lt.
E Johnson, J.C. T/Sgt.
R Gibbs, R.R. T/Sgt.
AE Gottschalk, G.W. S/Sgt.
AR Daughtry, A.Z. S/Sgt.
AG Boomhower, A. S/Sgt.
G Constabile, F.R. S/Sgt.
16 Dec 1943 577th Sqdn.
A/C 174
P McNichol, T.F. 1st Lt.
CP Lamer, M. 2nd Lt.
N Naylor, M.W. 2nd Lt.
B Wargo, M.A. 2nd Lt.
E Trumpy, E. T/Sgt.
R O'Kon, M.A. T/Sgt.
AE Green, L.A. S/Sgt.
AR MacPherson, A.J. S/Sgt.
AG Lloyd, W.A. S/Sgt.
G Rathburn, E.K. S/Sgt.
16 Dec 1943 577th Sqdn.
A/C 482
P Peterson, L.G. 1st Lt.
CP Lidgard, W.V. 2nd Lt.
N Long, A.L. 2nd Lt.
B Salsberg, M. 2nd Lt.
E Lawrence, H.F. T/Sgt.
R Bellerive, R.O. T/Sgt.
AE Opsahl, R.C. S/Sgt.
AR Smith, A.C. S/Sgt.
AG Stevens, R.K. S/Sgt.
G Hall, E.A. S/Sgt.
16 Dec 1943 577th Sqdn.
A/C 479
P Usry, W.F. 2nd Lt.
CP Turner, D.L. 2nd Lt.
N Snyder, R.D. 2nd Lt.
B Floyd, C.E. 2nd Lt.
E Moor, R.J. T/Sgt.
R Howard, R.E. T/Sgt.
AE Matta, I.D. S/Sgt.
AR Horowitz, G. S/Sgt.
AG Dunlap, V.M. S/Sgt.
G Matthews, A. S/Sgt.
16 Dec 1943 578th Sqdn.
A/C 480
P Stauder, J.B. 1st Lt.
CP Johnson, R.L. 1st Lt.
N Haenzi, W.R. 2nd Lt.
B Hunter, R.W. 2nd Lt.
E Kottke, A.H. T/Sgt.
R Whitmore, B. T/Sgt.
AE White, T. S/Sgt.
AR Rider, F.D. S/Sgt.
AG Harris, J.N. S/Sgt.
G Jones, N.G. S/Sgt.
16 Dec 1943 578th Sqdn.
A/C 485 (abort, no sortie credit)
P Peterson, C.L. 2nd Lt.
CP Vrieling, R.I. F/O
N Fremstad, C.L. 2nd Lt.
B Brown, E.J. 2nd Lt.
E Hinshaw, H.M. S/Sgt.
R Rosko, E.M. S/Sgt.
AE Harrell, O.L. Sgt.
AR Hancock, L.G. T/Sgt.
AG Masters, E.E. S/Sgt.
G Byrd, J.C. S/Sgt.
16 Dec 1943 578th Sqdn.
A/C 478
P McKee, T.R. 1st Lt.
CP Walker, T.G. 2nd Lt.
N Johnson, D.C. 2nd Lt.
B Hupple, H.G. 2nd Lt.
E Sackal, W.M. T/Sgt.
R Morrison, T.C. T/Sgt.
AE Nuzum, M.E. Sgt.
AR Drylie, J. S/Sgt.
AG Painter, R.E. S/Sgt.
G Malavasic, A.F. S/Sgt.
16 Dec 1943 578th Sqdn.
A/C 518
P Carnine, G.D. 1st Lt.
CP Buchanan, R.P. 2nd Lt.
N Mastron, V. 2nd Lt.
B Brockway, O.E. 2nd Lt.
E Hopson, N.A. T/Sgt.
R Barbee, B.B. T/Sgt.
AE Ostroski, L.B. S/Sgt.
AR Norby, M.W. S/Sgt.
AG Knies, G.R. S/Sgt.
G Kwasnycia, N. S/Sgt.
16 Dec 1943 578th Sqdn.
A/C 624
P Young, M.N. 2nd Lt.
CP Goodwin, J.J. 2nd Lt.
N Dunphy, R.J. 2nd Lt.
B Cunningham, R.D. 2nd Lt.
E Triplett, W.F. S/Sgt.
R Garcia, P.J. S/Sgt.
AE Teater, R.S. S/Sgt.
AR Porter, C.C. S/Sgt.
AG Rickey, J.J. S/Sgt.
G Wald, F.M. S/Sgt.
16 Dec 1943 578th Sqdn.
A/C 588 (did not take off)
P Sooy, B.L. 2nd Lt.
CP Mardis, K.K. 2nd Lt.
N Jones, O.R. 2nd Lt.
B Schwartz, E.S. 2nd Lt.
E Tibi, C.F. S/Sgt.
R Terrell, P.J. S/Sgt.
AE Serafine, J.M. S/Sgt.
AR McBrayer, H.G. Jr. Sgt.
AG Dorgan, W.J. Sgt.
G McArn, H.W. Sgt.
16 Dec 1943 579th Sqdn.
A/C 472
P Stukus, J. 1st Lt.
CP Moffat, J.E. 2nd Lt.
N Lindlow, R.R. 2nd Lt.
B Gentry, L.E. 2nd Lt.
E Mattson, W.R. T/Sgt.
R Dykes, J.R. T/Sgt.
AE Paolantonio, A.L. S/Sgt.
AR Rosati, L.P. S/Sgt.
AG McCrary, J.E. S/Sgt.
G McGinley, W.C. S/Sgt.
16 Dec 1943 579th Sqdn.
A/C 484
P Everhart, W.C. 1st Lt.
CP Sassaman, F.J. 2nd Lt.
N Bevan, K.S. 2nd Lt.
B Chatten, J.F. 2nd Lt.
E Northcutt, C.C. S/Sgt.
R Beard, J.W. T/Sgt.
AE Hargrave, R.O. Sgt.
AR Veit, F.L. S/Sgt.
AG Johnson, T.E. S/Sgt.
G Fowler, R.G. S/Sgt.
16 Dec 1943 579th Sqdn.
A/C 127 (abort, no sortie credit)
P Hull, R.L. 2nd Lt.
CP Durrance, E.E. 2nd Lt.
N Coleman, V.B. 2nd Lt.
B Lessey, J.E. 2nd Lt.
E Hay, W.R. T/Sgt.
R Johnson, J.F. T/Sgt.
AE Surls, D.L. S/Sgt.
AR Griffin, E.F. S/Sgt.
AG Vasquez, R. S/Sgt.
G Buchert, W.E. S/Sgt.