• 30 December 1944
  • Mission #218
  • Target: Remagen Bridge

The target was a double track railroad bridge over the Rhine River near Remagen. The bridge, a 5-span iron and steel lattice girder, was 11 miles southwest of Bonn, Germany. Its destruction was requested by ground forces to disrupt supply lines to the German offensive. The 392nd's briefer told aircrews that the success of the recent bombing campaign had been confirmed by a German POW interrogated on the continent; he said that his and other units had to detrain at the west bank of the Rhine and it then took 5 to 8 days to reach the front lines. The same was true for supplies destined for the German front lines.

On this date, 29 aircrews were briefed between 0415 and 0600 hours. At 0830, launch began. Two aircraft aborted, #647 due to internal failure of the #3 engine, and #194 due to an oxygen malfunction.

The remaining 27 ships released (181) 1000# General Purpose bombs. As a result of an error in the GH equipment of the lead ship, the bombs dropped over the target into enemy lines at position 5017N-0631E. Results were not observed. There were no enemy fighters and Allied fighter support was good. No AA fire was encountered which made the mission somewhat uneventful as the crews returned to base around 1530 hours.

CREW LOADING LIST - MISSION #218

30 Dec 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 194 (no mission credit)
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. T/Sgt.
R Carlstrand, R.E. T/Sgt.
RW Budzisz, A.F. Pvt.
LW Wall, D.L. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Rubenstein, S.J. S/Sgt.
30 Dec 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 528
P Steck, R.O. 2nd Lt.
CP Quinn, E.J. 2nd Lt.
N Jost, E.G. 2nd Lt.
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.
30 Dec 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 272
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 Hensler, L.P. Sgt.
LW Pasco, W.J. Sgt.
BT - -
TG Tingle, J.B. Sgt.
RCM Cauchon, L.V. S/Sgt.
30 Dec 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 387
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. S/Sgt.
R Hughes, C.B. Sgt.
RW Downing, J.E. Sgt.
LW Specht, C.O. Sgt.
BT - -
TG Watts, F. Sgt.
30 Dec 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 409
P Raczko, W. 2nd Lt.
CP McGill, C.L. F/O
N Cline, A.P. F/O
B Feldman, P. 2nd Lt.
E Reynolds, J.R. Sgt.
R VanDeven, J.K. Sgt.
RW Holland, J.R. Sgt.
LW Parker, R.J. Sgt.
BT - -
TG Adkins, J.E. Sgt.
30 Dec 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 340
P Ross, J.E. 2nd Lt.
CP Crane, F.D. 2nd Lt.
N Richner, G.C. F/O
B Hester, T.G. S/Sgt.
E Albright, H.B. S/Sgt.
R Agnew, T.G. S/Sgt.
RW Brooks, V.B. S/Sgt.
LW Blackburn, W.F. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Arnold, E.R. S/Sgt.
30 Dec 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 480
P Earl, P.R. 2nd Lt.
CP Smiley, W.R. 2nd Lt.
N Perkins, R.W. 2nd Lt.
B Creme, A.R. 2nd Lt.
E Woods, R.E. Sgt.
R Irish, E.W. Sgt.
RW Keith, D.N. Pvt.
LW Marchetta, A. Sgt.
BT - -
TG Schafer, J.G. Sgt.
30 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 Spears, D.D. S/Sgt.
LW Coffman, J.G. S/Sgt.
BT Hightower, W.H. T/Sgt.
TG Turner, E.C. S/Sgt.
30 Dec 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 647 (no mission credit)
P Koza, F. 1st Lt.
CP Wilcoxson, R.H. 2nd Lt.
N Stillwagon, V.H. 1st Lt.
B Solomon, A.A. 1st 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 Allen, P. Sgt.
TG Dunn, T.C. S/Sgt.
30 Dec 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 906
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.
30 Dec 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 357
P Inman, C.E. 1st Lt.
CP Ondrasek, J.G. 2nd Lt.
N Lange, E.A. 2nd Lt.
B Rees, R.R. 2nd Lt.
E Kamholz, E.J. T/Sgt.
R Flake, R.M. Jr. T/Sgt.
RW Finkelstein, B. S/Sgt.
LW Evans, H.D. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Gafin, B. S/Sgt.
30 Dec 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 709
P Scott, D.A. 2nd Lt.
CP Jordan, E.B. 2nd Lt.
N Tucker, R.A. 2nd Lt.
B Glasscock, J.B. S/Sgt.
E Karas, J. T/Sgt.
R Berger, S. T/Sgt.
RW Hanley, E.H. S/Sgt.
LW Holder, O.E. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Scheide, H.W. S/Sgt.
30 Dec 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 838
P Popek, E. 2nd Lt.
CP Henry, H.E. 2nd Lt.
N Frederickson, L.T. 2nd Lt.
B 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 Smith, E.L. T/Sgt.
TG Swee, F.A. S/Sgt.
30 Dec 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 031
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 Fuller, M.A. Sgt.
LW Dardano, F.A. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Keach, G.T. Sgt.
30 Dec 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 813
P Nehring, E.H. 1st Lt.
CP Trigilio, G.J. 2nd Lt.
N Farrar, R.B. 2nd Lt.
B Bleickhardt, F.G. S/Sgt.
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.
30 Dec 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 636
P Brandt, R.M. 1st Lt.
CP Fabiani, H.L. 2nd Lt.
N Boettcher, R.E. 1st Lt.
B Copple, R.N. 2nd Lt.
E Mintz, H.B. 2nd Lt.
R Abraham, L.J. T/Sgt.
RW Richardson, W.C. S/Sgt.
LW Johnson, E.W. S/Sgt.
BT Chelenyak, J.A. T/Sgt.
TG Harmon, G.E. Sgt.
30 Dec 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 164
P Clower, W.J. 2nd Lt.
CP Reel, H.D. 2nd Lt.
N Williams, R.B. 2nd Lt.
B George, O. T/Sgt.
E Tomaszewski, E.A. S/Sgt.
R Stroh, J.E. Sgt.
RW Galvin, G.M. Sgt.
LW Schumacher, A.H. Sgt.
BT Letourneau, D.R. Sgt.
TG Hendrickson, R.H. Sgt.
30 Dec 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. T/Sgt.
R Croy, O.N. T/Sgt.
RW Davidson, S.A. S/Sgt.
LW Manelick, N.L. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Beane, H.E. S/Sgt.
30 Dec 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 186
P Miller, D.E. 1st Lt.
CP Heller, P. 1st Lt.
N Moos, J.C. 1st Lt.
B Inamorato, J.T. 1st Lt.
E Myers, L.P. T/Sgt.
R Luczak, H.J. T/Sgt.
RW Duerr, E.E. S/Sgt.
LW Agoglia, E.J. S/Sgt.
BT Shea, H.A. S/Sgt.
TG Faulstich, A.F. S/Sgt.
30 Dec 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 772
P Hoover, J.A. 2nd Lt.
CP Douglass, G.E. 2nd Lt.
N Fetter, G.R. F/O
B - -
E Marlowe, J.D. S/Sgt.
R Affinito, L.J. Sgt.
RW Janak, E.G. Sgt.
LW Gayda, F.M. Sgt.
BT Fitzgerald, T.R. Sgt.
TG Jones, L.A. Sgt.
30 Dec 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 240
P Byrne, C.E. 2nd Lt.
CP Schmitt, F.J. 2nd Lt.
N Greene, D.A. 2nd Lt.
B Heilman, R.C. S/Sgt.
E Bennett, L.F. T/Sgt.
R Trapp, M.W. T/Sgt.
RW Libby, J.E. S/Sgt.
LW Wagner, F.E. Sgt.
BT - -
TG Alper, M.A. S/Sgt.
30 Dec 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 249
P Tokarsky, A. 2nd Lt.
CP Moore, M.R. F/O
N King, F.S. F/O
B Ross, W. S/Sgt.
E Dowling, R.L. S/Sgt.
R Vivero, D.L. S/Sgt.
RW Ridge, B.E. S/Sgt.
LW Granzow, L.J. S/Sgt.
BT Weissbeck, E.A. Sgt.
TG - -
30 Dec 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 121
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 Clough, R.W. Sgt.
RW Denter, W.S. S/Sgt.
LW Callahan, E.M. PFC
BT - -
TG Sandusky, D.L. S/Sgt.
30 Dec 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 337
P Ardinger, J. 1st Lt.
CP Grandmontagne, E.T. 2nd Lt.
N Wagner, H.W. 2nd Lt.
B Edwards, R.L. 2nd Lt.
E Wiedekehr, R.W. S/Sgt.
R Huitt, G.E. S/Sgt.
RW Jones, J.K. S/Sgt.
LW Gorback, B.S. Sgt.
BT - -
TG White, A. S/Sgt.
30 Dec 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 235
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 Haskins, B.D. S/Sgt.
LW Smith, W.W. S/Sgt.
BT Harrod, C. Jr. S/Sgt.
TG - -
30 Dec 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 313
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.
RCM Lambert, E.C. Sgt.
30 Dec 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 670
P Miller, W.L. 1st Lt.
CP Cassity, J.J. 2nd Lt.
N Mohr, J. 1st Lt.
B Mackelfresh, T.H. 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.
NV Sprowls, R.W. 2nd Lt.
30 Dec 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 782
P Twining, E.S. 1st Lt.
CP Perry, R. Jr. 2nd Lt.
N Bertoli, L.J. 1st Lt.
B Clark, H.J. 1st Lt.
E Hostetter, F.E. S/Sgt.
R Hinckley, B.J. T/Sgt.
RW Grimm, R.H. S/Sgt.
LW Maguire, F.H. S/Sgt.
BT Largen, J.E. S/Sgt.
TG Lips, T.J. 2nd Lt.
MV Kopecky, R.H. 2nd Lt.
30 Dec 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 128
P Levell, O.F. Capt.
CP Rohe, J.M. 1st Lt.
N Scott, K.R. 1st Lt.
B Teague, H.S. 1st Lt.
E Villegas, V.R. T/Sgt.
R Keegan, G.M. T/Sgt.
RW Wattles, L.O. S/Sgt.
LW White, P.W. S/Sgt.
BT Costa, J.A. 1st Lt.
TG Trusten, S. S/Sgt.
NV Bader, C.H. 1st Lt.
Lt. Col. M. Martin flew in the GH ship of the 44th Bomb Group.