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21 March 1945 Missions #264/#265 Targets: Hesepe & Essen


MIssion #264 - Target: Hesepe

After the unusual activity resulting from the previous evening's strafing, operations resumed for the next missionís plans with briefings being given to (31) aircrews at 0400 hours. At 0630 hours, (29) ships began take-offs with (28) going over the target of an airfield near the town, bombing it visually with good results. A total of (1250) 120# frags were released with over (60) percent of them impacting across the airfield area. All bombers returned to base without any problems, landing around 1130 hours as the second mission of the day was being briefed.


Mission #265 - Target: Essen

The general briefing for (10) crews for a strike against an airfield outside the city was begun at 1315 hours. At 1540 hours, all ships began take-offs. Bombing was done visually, and results of the (294) 260# frag bombs released were successful, some (80) percent of the weapons impacting within 2000 feet of the briefed aiming point. Though fighters were not engaged, flak was quite heavy and accurate, particularly in the target area. Eight B-24s picked up battle damage but all returned safely, landing around 1940, having been cautioned in briefing to be aware that enemy intruders might once again follow the bombers home. This night, however, the warning did not materialize.


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CREW LOADING LIST FOR THE TWO MISSIONS ON 21 MARCH 1944

MISSION #264      Target: Hesepe
MISSION #265      Target: Essen (follows this mission below.)



21 Mar 1945 576th Sqdn.
A/C 545

P Linzmeier, R.B. 2nd Lt.
CP Fisher, R.M. 2nd Lt.
N Hampton, W.A. 2nd Lt.
B Schutze, G.C. 2nd Lt.
R Hughes, C.B. T/Sgt.
E Connor, E.J. T/Sgt.
RW Specht, C.O. Pfc.
LW Downing, J.E. S/Sgt.
TG Watts, F. S/Sgt.
PN Duffy, F.J. 2nd Lt.

21 Mar 1945 576th Sqdn.
A/C 357

P Smith, K.A. 1st Lt.
CP Perkins, G.A. 2nd Lt.
N Vealey, S.L. F/O
B Dodge, H.F. S/Sgt.
R Carlstrand, R.E. T/Sgt.
E Seyfried, W.J. S/Sgt.
RW Jackson, H.B. S/Sgt.
LW Hamment, R.E. S/Sgt.
TG Cosentino, C. S/Sgt.
RCM Simpson, V.H. S/Sgt.

21 Mar 1945 576th Sqdn.
A/C 299

P Proctor, H.E. 2nd Lt.
CP Russell, C.E. 2nd Lt.
N Plagenhoef, S.C. 2nd Lt.
B Wade, T.E. S/Sgt.
R Kerfoot, D.A. Sgt.
E Lewis, A.J. S/Sgt.
RW Gill, J.B. S/Sgt.
LW Kouzes, G. S/Sgt.
TG Dippel, W.L. S/Sgt.

21 Mar 1945 576th Sqdn.
A/C 560

P Hummel, J.R. 2nd Lt.
CP Reynolds, J.E. 2nd Lt.
N Knudson, B.L. 2nd Lt.
B Morse, E.H. Sgt.
R Deaton, J.A. Cpl.
E Finney, H.H. Sgt.
RW Milchak, E.A. Pvt.
LW Keagle, P.E. Pvt.
TG Powell, H. Sgt.
S-27 Steffen, N.W. T/Sgt.

21 Mar 1945 576th Sqdn.
A/C 991

P Ault, D.E. 2nd Lt.
CP Maloney, J.P. F/O
N Lang, H.A. F/O
B Brown, H.F. Cpl.
R Buglewicz, G.J. Cpl.
E Dehart, R.J. Cpl.
RW Waters, R.D. Cpl.
LW Huffer, J.O. Cpl.
TG Hoffman, R.L. Cpl.
RCM Slater, R.E. S/Sgt.

21 Mar 1945 576th Sqdn.
A/C 709

P Wolak, S. 2nd Lt.
CP Willett, C.E. 2nd Lt.
N Longenecker, J.R. 2nd Lt.
B Kutner, J.M. 2nd Lt.
R Murphy, R.C. T/Sgt.
E Bobish, A. T/Sgt.
RW Ruigh, R.E. S/Sgt.
LW Czop, J.A. S/Sgt.
TG Schick, F.W. S/Sgt.

21 Mar 1945 576th Sqdn.
A/C 770

P Frazier, L.J. 2nd Lt.
CP Linder, E.P. 2nd Lt.
N Robinson, R.L. 2nd Lt.
B Hazard, A.R. 2nd Lt.
R Latour, H.E. Sgt.
E McGrath, L.R. Sgt.
RW Leach, R.H. Cpl.
LW Penders, D.P. Cpl.
TG Rohde, R.E. Cpl.

21 Mar 1945 576th Sqdn.
A/C 409

P Raczko, W. 2nd Lt.
CP McGill, C.L. 2nd Lt.
N Cline, A.P. F/O
B Holland, J.R. S/Sgt.
R VanDeven, J.K. T/Sgt.
E Reynolds, J.R. T/Sgt.
RW Parker, R.J. S/Sgt.
LW Kracker, E.A. S/Sgt.
TG Adkins, J.E. S/Sgt.

21 Mar 1945 577th Sqdn.
A/C 898 (no mission credit)

P Eyles, E.E. 2nd Lt.
CP Foley, R.T. F/O
N Augustensen, H.R. F/O
B Stutzman, R.J. Sgt.
R Barrett, W.R. Sgt.
E Mattera, A.P. Sgt.
RW Shrum, T.H. Sgt.
LW Carpenger, B.E. Sgt.
TG Wengress, C.P. Sgt.

21 Mar 1945 577th Sqdn.
A/C 507

P Enyart, D.W. 1st Lt.
CP Froehlich, S.S. 2nd Lt.
N Mertens, J.A. 2nd Lt.
B Snyderman, J. 2nd Lt.
R Aycock, C.E. S/Sgt.
E Gersten, G. T/Sgt.
RW Arneson, J.A. S/Sgt.
LW Mohan, V.L. S/Sgt.
TG Barlow, S.N. Sgt.
Barger, G.W. 1st Lt.

21 Mar 1945 577th Sqdn.
A/C 772

P Pope, L.S. 2nd Lt.
CP Snowhill, T.B. 2nd Lt.
N Rodstein, B. 2nd Lt.
B Lane, T.C. S/Sgt.
R Reed, D.F. T/Sgt.
E Turrisi, J.R. T/Sgt.
RW Fuller, M.A. S/Sgt.
LW Dardano, F.A. S/Sgt.
TG Keach, G.T. S/Sgt.

21 Mar 1945 577th Sqdn.
A/C 446

P Grabarkiewicz, L. F/O
CP Phillips, C.E. 2nd Lt.
N Hickson, D. Jr. 2nd Lt.
B Axvig, W.E. S/Sgt.
R Quagliano, F.A. T/Sgt.
E Duggan, J.J. T/Sgt.
RW Baker, E.R. S/Sgt.
LW Cooper, J.T. Sgt.
TG Moskowicz, S. S/Sgt.

21 Mar 1945 577th Sqdn.
A/C 838

P Gridley, J.N. 2nd Lt.
CP Hunt, R.L. 2nd Lt.
N Self, W.H. 2nd Lt.
B Venier, A.C. F/O
R Braunhut, J.S. Sgt.
E Segal, D. Sgt.
RW McCormick, F.C. Sgt.
LW Sudbrock, G.W. Sgt.
TG Hall, D.M. Sgt.

21 Mar 1945 577th Sqdn.
A/C 118

P Barker, W.R. 2nd Lt.
CP Churchwell, W.F. F/O
N Green, M.L. F/O
B Horne, C.W. Sgt.
R Coury, L.J. Sgt.
E Milstead, W.R. Sgt.
RW Morris, G.W. Sgt.
LW Ratliffe, Q.R. Sgt.
TG Althen, E. Sgt
RCM Malone, H.Q. S/Sgt.

21 Mar 1945 577th Sqdn.
A/C 340

P Weed, O.F. 2nd Lt.
CP Healy, B.P. Jr. 2nd Lt.
N Trask, W.V. 2nd Lt.
B Erfurth, R.L. Sgt.
R Yoak, E.B. S/Sgt.
E Gorman, E.J. S/Sgt.
RW Higgins, R.S. Sgt.
LW Laird, J.L. Sgt.
TG Kolodziejski, J.J. Sgt.
RCM Hill, T.J. S/Sgt.

21 Mar 1945 577th Sqdn.
A/C 511

P Cohn, A.J. 2nd Lt.
CP Runyon, D.S. 2nd Lt.
N Cottone, P.P. 2nd Lt.
B Norton, W.R. S/Sgt.
R Kincaid, M.M. T/Sgt.
E Cross, G.H. T/Sgt.
RW Korpi, W.B. Sgt.
LW Nogales, D.E. Jr. S/Sgt.
TG Avery, W.R. S/Sgt.

21 Mar 1945 577th Sqdn.
A/C 697

P Clower, W.J. 1st Lt.
CP Reel, H.D. 2nd Lt.
N Williams, R.B. 2nd Lt.
B Letourneau, D.R. S/Sgt.
R Stroh, J.E. T/Sgt.
E Tomaszewski, E.A. T/Sgt.
RW Schumacher, A.H. S/Sgt.
LW Galvin, G.M. S/Sgt.
TG Hendrickson, R.H. S/Sgt.
S-27 Belsky, M. T/Sgt.

21 Mar 1945 578th Sqdn.
A/C 493

P Garcia, A.R. 1st Lt.
CP Pollack, M. 2nd Lt.
N Hoffman, W.A. F/O
NG Westlund, J.K. S/Sgt.
R Nelson, D.A. T/Sgt.
E Landes, I.B. T/Sgt.
RW Pennington, M.E. S/Sgt.
LW Merda, A.J. S/Sgt.
TG Rauscher, J.G. S/Sgt.

21 Mar 1945 578th Sqdn.
A/C 477

P Vaden, J.C. 2nd Lt.
CP Tichenor, N.K. 2nd Lt.
N Vrable, E.G. 2nd Lt.
B Smith, C.W. S/Sgt.
R Crockett, J.G. S/Sgt.
E Perry, C.E.O. S/Sgt.
RW Wojtowicz, C.T. Sgt.
LW Wheelwright, C.D. Sgt.
TG Beaton, S.O. S/Sgt.
RCM Taylor, J.L. S/Sgt.

21 Mar 1945 578th Sqdn.
A/C 804

P Joyce, J.F. 2nd Lt.
CP Bowman, J.A. 2nd Lt.
N McQuade, R.N. F/O
B Andrews, Q.Q. S/Sgt.
R Brown, J.F. T/Sgt.
E Albino, A. T/Sgt.
RW Gorham, R.L. S/Sgt.
LW Kurkomelis, G.C. S/Sgt.
TG Richter, R.H. S/Sgt.
RCM Watson, C.B. T/Sgt.

21 Mar 1945 578th Sqdn.
A/C 249

P Sisson, T.M. 2nd Lt.
CP Cranson, W.N. 2nd Lt.
N Greening, D.J. 2nd Lt.
B White, E.D. Sgt.
R Strausbaugh, R.L. Sgt.
E Robinson, J.C. Sgt.
RW Jones, M.R. Sgt.
LW VanAmburg, C.C. Sgt.
TG Kruse, E.K. Sgt.

21 Mar 1945 578th Sqdn.
A/C 240

P Bell, W.M. Capt.
CP Pope, C.H. 1st Lt.
N Cole, R.W. 1st Lt.
B Bross, J.H. S/Sgt.
R McKim, L.D. T/Sgt.
E Morse, J.H. T/Sgt.
RW Case, R.F. S/Sgt.
LW Onstot, P.O. S/Sgt.
TG Divers, C.B. S/Sgt.

21 Mar 1945 578th Sqdn.
A/C 542

P Henning, J.C. 2nd Lt.
CP Moser, F.E. 2nd Lt.
N Humiston, M.R. 2nd Lt.
B Regan, J.H. Sgt.
R Wilkins, R.A. Sgt.
E Regester, R.B. Sgt.
RW Stockard, J.C. Sgt.
LW McLaughlin, E.J. Sgt.
TG Davis, G.L. Sgt.

21 Mar 1945 578th Sqdn.
A/C 568

P Warner, C.W. 2nd Lt.
CP Smith, J.E. 2nd Lt.
N Peppard, J.M. F/O
B Kight, D.A. S/Sgt.
R Hathaway, E.O. S/Sgt.
E McGee, O.W. S/Sgt.
RW Brooks, E.J. S/Sgt.
LW Neel, L.E. S/Sgt.
TG Richmond, T.C. S/Sgt.

21 Mar 1945 578th Sqdn.
A/C 205

P Ardinger, J. 2nd Lt.
CP Grandmontagne, E.T. 2nd Lt.
N Wagner, H.W. F/O
B Lowry, J.O. Jr. Sgt.
R Huitt, G.E. T/Sgt.
E Wiedekehr, R.W. S/Sgt.
RW Jones, J.K. Sgt.
LW Gorback, B.S. S/Sgt.
TG White, A. Sgt.

21 Mar 1945 579th Sqdn.
A/C 670

CA Miller, H.W. Capt.
P Wood, D.R. 1st Lt.
CP McCormick, J.J. 2nd Lt.
N Satterthwait, D.R. F/O
B Segraves, W.D. 2nd Lt.
R Fleischmann, R.F. S/Sgt.
E Morgan, K.W. T/Sgt.
RW McCormick, F.L.J. S/Sgt.
LW Stuck, W.F. S/Sgt.
TG Wright, A.P. S/Sgt.
H2X Tucker, W.L. 2nd Lt.
NV Reynolds, D.W. 1st Lt.

21 Mar 1945 579th Sqdn.
A/C 385

CA Keilman, M.H. Maj.
P Clark, D.L. Capt.
CP Jones, G.B. 1st Lt.
N Delach, J.J. Capt.
B McGarry, T.J. 1st Lt.
R Howeth, G.W. T/Sgt.
E Keba, J. T/Sgt.
RW Kopperud, C.M. S/Sgt.
LW Faust, K.E. S/Sgt.
TG Tharp, R.N. S/Sgt.
NV Conrad, J.B. 1st Lt.
PN Nagler, H.F. F/O

21 Mar 1945 579th Sqdn.
A/C 958

P Downs, H.E. 2nd Lt.
CP Bickham, T.E. 2nd Lt.
N McKay, R.P. 1st Lt.
B Oakes, H.W. 2nd Lt.
R Spicketts, J.G. S/Sgt.
E Lim, D.P. T/Sgt.
RW Crane, T.P. S/Sgt.
LW Szerdi, A.W. S/Sgt.
TG Weatherman, H.W. S/Sgt.
PN Edwards, R.L. 2nd Lt.
NV Van Pelt, W.W. 2nd Lt.

21 Mar 1945 579th Sqdn.
A/C 308

P Miller, R.L. 1st Lt.
CP Peters, M.J. 1st Lt.
N Munter, L. 1st Lt.
B Hickok, H.E.  1st Lt.
R Nika, L.E. T/Sgt.
E Smith, J.W. T/Sgt.
RW Mitchell, R.L. S/Sgt.
LW Murray, J.J. S/Sgt.
TG Mortimer, D.E. S/Sgt.
PN Wilfahrt, D.W. 1st Lt.
NV Sprowls, R.W. 1st Lt.



MISSION #265      Target: Essen



21 Mar 1945 576th Sqdn.
A/C 545

P Smith, W.E. 2nd Lt.
CP Malmborg, F.L. 2nd Lt.
N Byrnes, W.B. 2nd Lt.
B Linderman, W.T. S/Sgt.
R Kroll, M.E. S/Sgt.
E Lyon, H.H. S/Sgt.
RW Devish, M.G. S/Sgt.
LW Werner, W.T. Sgt.
TG Farley, R.L. Pfc.

21 Mar 1945 576th Sqdn.
A/C 340

P Griffin, J.E. 2nd Lt.
CP Cameron, A.S. 2nd Lt.
N Byall, J.R. Jr. 2nd Lt.
B Kosek, S.C. Sgt.
R Kirkpatrick, J.T. Sgt.
E Richardson, S.D. S/Sgt.
RW Jordan, F.C. Sgt.
LW Shealy, L.A. Sgt.
TG Dennis, R.W. Sgt.
RCM Robinson, L.D. S/Sgt.

21 Mar 1945 576th Sqdn.
A/C 650

P DePalma, F.T. 1st Lt.
CP Austin, G.E. 1st Lt.
N Oppenheim, R. 2nd Lt.
B Margarones, J.J. 2nd Lt.
R Corbosiero, J.L. T/Sgt.
E Betterini, A. T/Sgt.
RW Mowery, H.J. S/Sgt.
LW Bryan, C.F. S/Sgt.
TG Ferdinando, A.P. S/Sgt.
Bernhards, H.F. Sgt.

21 Mar 1945 577th Sqdn.
A/C 901

P Shaw, B.R. 2nd Lt.
CP Bachman, L.W. 2nd Lt.
N Anstey, M.P. F/O
B Hoover, R.C. S/Sgt.
R Sturm, W.A. T/Sgt.
E Kedenburg, J.H. T/Sgt.
RW Rice, W.W. S/Sgt.
LW Perlingiero, C.P. S/Sgt.
TG Schunke, C.W. S/Sgt.
RCM Frappier, H.A. S/Sgt.

21 Mar 1945 577th Sqdn.
A/C 875

P Gates, H.W. 2nd Lt.
CP Day, J.G. 2nd Lt.
N Siwy, W.J. 2nd Lt.
B Harrison, W.F. Sgt.
R Frigo, H.M. S/Sgt.
E Baker, R.E. S/Sgt.
RW Lamkin, R.B. Sgt.
LW Talcott, W.J. Sgt.
TG Ryan, W.M. Sgt.

21 Mar 1945 577th Sqdn.
A/C 792

P Harding, W.A. 1st Lt.
CP Morrow, E.T. 2nd Lt.
N Parrish, J.D. 2nd Lt.
B Fisher, J.G. Sgt.
R Dollar, W.H. S/Sgt.
E Butler, C.E. S/Sgt.
RW Smith, R.L. Jr. Sgt.
LW Silliman, E. Sgt.
TG Neumann, H.J. Sgt.

21 Mar 1945 578th Sqdn.
A/C 240

P Clarke, J.C. 1st Lt.
CP Mackey, O. 1st Lt.
N Eaton, C.B. 2nd Lt.
B Lowe, R.C. T/Sgt.
R Brown, J.T. T/Sgt.
E Brunett, E.C. S/Sgt.
RW Peer, G.R. S/Sgt.
LW Heckman, J.K. S/Sgt.
TG Killea, K.B. S/Sgt.
S-27 Belsky, M. T/Sgt.
N Hartman, H.R. 1st Lt.

21 Mar 1945 578th Sqdn.
A/C 568

P Tokarsky, A. 2nd Lt.
CP Moore, M.R. F/O
N King, F.S. 2nd Lt.
B Ross, W.  S/Sgt.
R Vivero, D.L. S/Sgt.
E Dowling, R.L. S/Sgt.
RW Ridge, B.E. S/Sgt.
LW Granzow, L.J. S/Sgt.
TG Weissbeck, E.A. S/Sgt.

21 Mar 1945 578th Sqdn.
A/C 804

P Rose, P.E. 1st Lt.
CP Pratt, D.M. 1st Lt.
N Rohde, C.R. 1st Lt.
B Harnden, R.G. 1st Lt.
R Croy, O.N. T/Sgt.
E McDonald, R.C. S/Sgt.
RW Manelick, N.L. S/Sgt.
LW Davidson, S.A. S/Sgt.
TG Beane, H.E. S/Sgt.
RCM Simpson, V.H. S/Sgt.

21 Mar 1945 579th Sqdn.
A/C 577

P Beder, J. 1st Lt.
CP Samsell, J.A. 1st Lt.
N Smith, P.J. 1st Lt.
B Murray, J.G. 1st Lt.
R Murgatroyd, R.S. T/Sgt.
E Morley, J.P. T/Sgt.
RW Carr, R.P. S/Sgt.
LW Roever, C.H. S/Sgt.
TG Schodrof, R.H. S/Sgt.
PN Shumaker, M.C. 2nd Lt.
NV McDevitt, J.P. 2nd Lt.




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