• 23 December 1944
  • Mission #213
  • Target: Ahrweiler

Miserable weather caused a number of mission cancellations during the intervening period from the 13th to the 22nd of December. Three (3) missions were briefed and aircrews launched for the marshalling yards at Heilbron on the 16th, Koblenz on the 18th and the 22nd to Ahrweiler only to have them aborted and recalled before reaching the Continent. On this date, the same target as that assigned for the 22nd again was ordered — one on targets to aid Allied advancing troops. The railroad center at Ahrweiler was located behind the German advance and thus, was a key factor in their resupply. At 0545 and 0700 hours, briefings were held for (18) aircrews and as fog at Wendling lifted at 0930 hours, all commenced their take-off rolls. Every bomber went over the target with very good results — some (50) percent of the (208) 500 pounders released impacting within 2000 feet of the MPI. There were no enemy fighters but flak was moderate and accurate on the bomb run. A total of (14) ships were damaged by AA fire, but all returned safely to base around 1500 hours.

CREW LOADING LIST - MISSION #213

23 Dec 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 489
P Yasi, R.L. 2nd Lt.
CP Blanton, G.L. 2nd Lt.
N Hamilton, P.L. 2nd Lt.
B Johnson, F. 2nd Lt.
E Taylor, B.D. T/Sgt.
R Nalette, T.A. Sgt.
RW Pasco, W.J. Sgt.
LW Hensler, L.P. Sgt.
BT - -
TG Tingle, J.B. Sgt.
RCM Cauchon, L.V. S/Sgt.
S-27 Mandel, E.M. Sgt.
23 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 McInvale, A.L. 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 - -
TG Schumaker, D.H. S/Sgt.
RCM Hightower, W.H. S/Sgt.
23 Dec 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 560
P Markuson, C.O. F/O
CP Hutchcroft, H.W. F/O
N Gallagher, W.W. 2nd Lt.
B Miller, S. 2nd Lt.
E Cain, P.L. S/Sgt.
R Burke, J.E. S/Sgt.
RW Monaghan, T.D. S/Sgt.
LW Howard, J.B. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Horn, J.E. S/Sgt.
PN Sullivan, P.A. 2nd Lt.
23 Dec 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 194
P Smith, K.A. 1st Lt.
CP Perkins, G.A. 2nd Lt.
N Maceyra, E. 2nd Lt.
NG Dodge, H.F. Sgt.
E Benadum, T.E. S/Sgt.
R Carlstrand, R.E. T/Sgt.
RW Budzisz, A.F. Pvt.
LW Flesey, R.J. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Rubenstein, S.J. S/Sgt.
23 Dec 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 299
P Novik, A.J. 1st Lt.
CP Graves, J.H. 2nd Lt.
N Fife, R.M. 2nd Lt.
NG 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.
23 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.
23 Dec 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 813
P Pope, L.S. 2nd Lt.
CP Snowhill, T.B. 2nd Lt.
N Rodstein, B. 2nd Lt.
NG Lane, T.C. S/Sgt.
E Turrisi, J.R. Sgt.
R Reed, D.F. Sgt.
RW Fuller, M.A. Sgt.
LW Dardano, F.A. S/Sgt.
BT Steffen, N.W. S/Sgt.
TG Keach, G.T. Sgt.
23 Dec 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 164
P Myers, C.E. 2nd Lt.
CP Anderson, K.W. 2nd Lt.
N Warntz, W. F/O
B Zgurich, E.E. 2nd Lt.
E Payton, J.B. Sgt.
R Jaklinski, B. Sgt.
RW Gillette, R.E. Sgt.
LW Thornton, A.H. Sgt.
BT Kirk, G.A. Sgt.
TG - -
23 Dec 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 118
P Tuchel, R.H. 1st Lt.
CP Hay, G.R. 2nd Lt.
N Faust, L.E. 2nd Lt.
NG Fantin, P.F. S/Sgt.
E Tvergyak, P.A. T/Sgt.
R Johnson, H.K. T/Sgt.
RW - -
LW O'Rourke, R.L. Sgt.
BT Vincent, J.W. S/Sgt.
TG Carter, D.J. S/Sgt.
RCM Hairston, R.T. S/Sgt.
23 Dec 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 151
P Shaw, B.R. 2nd Lt.
CP Bachman, L.W. 2nd Lt.
N Anstey, M.P. F/O
B - -
E Kedenburg, J.H. S/Sgt.
R Sturm, W.A. Sgt.
RW Perlingiero, C.P. Sgt.
LW Rice, W.W. Sgt.
BT Hoover, R.C. Sgt.
TG Schunke, C.W. Sgt.
23 Dec 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 647
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.
23 Dec 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 477
P Baetz, R.E. 2nd Lt.
CP Hirshberg, J.H. 2nd Lt.
N Merrill, J.R. 2nd Lt.
B Farlow, L.C. 2nd Lt.
E Scudder, M.A. Sgt.
R Davenport, B.J. Sgt.
RW Sobota, R.A. Sgt.
LW Byars, A.C. Sgt.
BT - -
TG Kamenko, A. Sgt.
RCM Ivey, E.H. Jr. Jr. S/Sgt.
23 Dec 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 249
P Garcia, A.R. 2nd 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. S/Sgt.
RW Pennington, M.E. S/Sgt.
LW Merda, A.J. S/Sgt.
BT Westlund, J.K. S/Sgt.
TG Rauscher, J.G. S/Sgt.
23 Dec 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 121
P Bell, W.M. 1st Lt.
CP Pope, C.H. 1st 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 - -
TG Divers, C.B. S/Sgt.
RCM Frappier, H.A. S/Sgt.
23 Dec 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 241
P Mayer, E.H. 2nd Lt.
CP Fligge, S.G. 2nd Lt.
N Burros, R.S. 2nd Lt.
B Crosby, P.E. 2nd Lt.
E Fickel, S.A. T/Sgt.
R Hatfield, H.C. T/Sgt.
RW Gibson, C.P. S/Sgt.
LW Robinson, M.M. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Fulton, C.E. S/Sgt.
23 Dec 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 623
P Kwash, R.H. 1st 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. PFC
RW Denter, W.S. S/Sgt.
LW Callahan, E.M. PFC
BT - -
TG Sandusky, D.L. S/Sgt.
23 Dec 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 436
P Tays, R.H. 2nd Lt.
CP Ferguson, T.B. F/O
N - -
B Sorensen, A.C. 2nd Lt.
E King, C.C. T/Sgt.
R Berger, J.T. S/Sgt.
RW Coury, G.A. S/Sgt.
LW Turner, M.E. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Fetterhoff, E.E. S/Sgt.
-- LaBastille, F.W. Sgt.
23 Dec 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 145 (PFF)
CA Pennypacker, J.E. Capt.
P Solomon, R.H. 1st Lt.
CP Kressig, E.L. 1st Lt.
N Gridley, C.V. Jr. 1st Lt.
B Mace, J.E. 1st 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.
PN Cleverdon, R.N. 2nd Lt.
MN Milrod, M. 1st Lt.
Maj. Keilman flew in the GH ship with the 44th Bomb Group.