• 27 December 1944
  • Mission #215
  • Target: Hamburg

Despite (19°) temperatures around the bomber bases on this date, the air was crystal clear above a light fog layer over Wendling — giving promise to a good visual bombing day over Germany. The target for this mission was the marshalling yards at Hamburg with a secondary of Neunkirchen. At 0415 and 0530 hours, (20) aircrews were briefed and at 0830 (18) bombers began take-offs under a bright moon and light fog. Forming the high right squadron on the 44th Bomb Group, (9) of the Group’s crews bombed the secondary target with all bombs striking directly on the MPI. The remaining (9) bombers, flying the high position on the 491st, hit the primary with very good results. A total of (754) 100 and 500 pounders impacted the target areas. No enemy fighters were encountered but flak was such that (11) Liberators picked up battle damage. All returned safely to base, landing around 1530 hours, with a 100% mission result.

CREW LOADING LIST - MISSION #215

27 Dec 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 409
P Wolak, S. 2nd Lt.
CP Willett, C.E. 2nd Lt.
N Longenecker, J.R. 2nd Lt.
B Kutner, J.M. 2nd Lt.
E Bobish, A. S/Sgt.
R Murphy, R.C. Jr. Sgt.
RW Czop, J.A. Sgt.
LW Ruigh, R.E. Sgt.
BT - -
TG Schick, F.W. Sgt.
27 Dec 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 387
P Linzmeier, R.B. 2nd Lt.
CP Fisher, R.M. 2nd Lt.
N Schutze, G.C. 2nd Lt.
B Vealey, S.L. F/O
E Connor, E.J. S/Sgt.
R Hughes, C.B. Jr. Sgt.
RW Specht, C.O. Sgt.
LW Downing, J.E. Sgt.
BT Watts, F. Sgt.
TG - -
27 Dec 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 357
P Sommers, O.L. 1st Lt.
CP Daniel, P.U. 1st Lt.
N Judd, G.G. 2nd Lt.
B Streicher, H.P. Jr. 1st Lt.
E Drummond, W.D. T/Sgt.
R Fender, J.F. T/Sgt.
RW O'Kane, R.P. S/Sgt.
LW McNeill, C.E. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Luciano, S. S/Sgt.
RCM Slater, R.E. S/Sgt.
27 Dec 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 489
P Kilmer, W.A. 1st Lt.
CP McConnell, C.W.W. 1st Lt.
N Isakson, E.J. 1st Lt.
B Sexton, W.C. 1st Lt.
E Cappello, E.J. T/Sgt.
R Chambers, R.L. T/Sgt.
RW McAtee, J.R. S/Sgt.
LW Coffman, J.G. S/Sgt.
BT Smith, E.L. T/Sgt.
TG Turner, E.C. S/Sgt.
27 Dec 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 299
P Jones, T.A. 2nd Lt.
CP McFarland, J.D. 1st Lt.
N Leonard, A.C. 1st Lt.
NG Malley, J.P. S/Sgt.
E Glover, B.E. S/Sgt.
R Isebrands, T.E. T/Sgt.
RW Adelson, D. S/Sgt.
LW Wall, D.L. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Woerth, J.B. S/Sgt.
27 Dec 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 650
P Peterson, T.W. 1st Lt.
CP Rohe, J.M. 2nd Lt.
N Damerst, W.A. 2nd Lt.
B Lawson, R.F. 2nd Lt.
E Bruney, G.L. T/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.
S-27 Belsky, M. S/Sgt.
27 Dec 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 813
P Teipel, H.N. 2nd Lt.
CP Karas, M. 2nd Lt.
N Polansky, M.L. 2nd Lt.
B Flory, D.L. 2nd Lt.
B Moss, J.R. 2nd Lt.
E Rabine, V.A. T/Sgt.
R Goodson, E. T/Sgt.
RW Hodoian, J.C. S/Sgt.
LW Conrad, D.E. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG McConnell, H.M. S/Sgt.
S-27 Bleickhardt, F.G. S/Sgt.
27 Dec 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 272
P Schuster, W.H. 2nd Lt.
CP Dougherty, T.V. 2nd Lt.
N Harron, R.J. F/O
B - -
E Pellecchia, R.W. Sgt.
R Kohn, F.A. Sgt.
RW Fulton, W.B. Sgt.
LW Englebrecht, L.C. Sgt.
BT Maccarrone, A.A. Sgt.
TG Sablitz, P. Sgt.
27 Dec 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 906
P Shaw, B.R. 2nd Lt.
CP Bachman, L.W. 2nd Lt.
N Anstey, M.P. F/O
B - -
E Kedenburg, J.H. 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.
27 Dec 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 861
P Walker, D.L. 1st Lt.
CP Nunziato, D.J. 2nd Lt.
N Bedore, C.P. 2nd Lt.
B Faust, L.E. 2nd Lt.
E Gusciora, A.A. S/Sgt.
R Lane, A.E. T/Sgt.
RW Bradford, T.M. S/Sgt.
LW Postema, R.H. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Ballas, P.T. S/Sgt.
27 Dec 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 647
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 Mintz, H.B. 2nd Lt.
TG Dunn, T.C. S/Sgt.
27 Dec 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 079
P Grabarkiewicz, L. F/O
CP Phillips, C.E. 2nd Lt.
N Hickson, D. Jr. 2nd Lt.
B - -
E Duggan, J.J. S/Sgt.
R Quagliano, F.A. S/Sgt.
RW Cooper, J.T. Pvt.
LW Baker, E.R. Sgt.
BT Axvig, W.E. Sgt.
TG Moskowicz, S. Sgt.
27 Dec 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 313
P Clarke, J.C. 2nd Lt.
CP Mackey, O. 2nd Lt.
N Eaton, C.B. 2nd Lt.
B Lowe, R.C. 2nd Lt.
E Brunett, E.C. T/Sgt.
R Brown, J.T. T/Sgt.
RW Peer, G.R. S/Sgt.
LW Heckman, J.K. S/Sgt.
BT Lambert, E.C. Sgt.
TG Killea, K.B. S/Sgt.
27 Dec 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 477
P Downs, H.E. 2nd Lt.
CP Bickham, T.E. 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.
27 Dec 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 241
P Kaiser, P.W. 2nd Lt.
CP Casstevens, R.C. 2nd Lt.
N Hoffman, W.A. F/O
B Martin, M. 2nd Lt.
E Krutys, E.V. S/Sgt.
R Brown, P.E. S/Sgt.
RW McGregor, W.B. S/Sgt.
LW Eller, M. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Wilkerson, L.D. Sgt.
27 Dec 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 268
P Bell, W.M. 1st Lt.
CP Pope, C.H. 1st Lt.
N Cole, R.W. 1st Lt.
NG Bross, J.H. S/Sgt.
E Morse, J.H. T/Sgt.
R Clough, R.W. T/Sgt.
RW Case, R.F. S/Sgt.
LW Onstot, P.O. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Divers, C.B. S/Sgt.
27 Dec 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 145
P White, E.J. 2nd Lt.
CP Whalen, J.M. 1st 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 Alexander, R.W. 1st Lt.
TG - -
Edmundson, R.H. 1st Lt.
Durant, W. S/Sgt.
27 Dec 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 519
P Porter, H.K. 1st Lt.
CP Bolstridge, C. 1st Lt.
N Behr, A.J. 2nd Lt.
B Fletcher, A.S. 1st Lt.
E DeSario, J.L. T/Sgt.
R Nero, R.A. T/Sgt.
RW Blalock, E.L. S/Sgt.
LW Amato, J.J. S/Sgt.
BT Bader, C.H. 2nd Lt.
TG Fraser, A.C. S/Sgt.
Lips, T.J. Lt.