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7 May 1944 Mission #80 Target: Munster

After a stand down for weather on the 5th and 6th, the mission for the 7th called for two plans. Plan "A" was a target at Gutersloh, an airfield, while Plan "B" called for bombing at Osnabruck. General briefing for (28) aircrews was conducted between 0330-0400 hours with the Group to be led by a PFF ship from the 44th Bomb Group at Shipdham. At 0655 hours, (27) aircrews began take-off to execute Plan "B". The weather enroute and over the target area was 10/10ths undercast and the GH ship led the Group mistakenly to another target - Munster, where (336) 500# GP bombs were released with results unobserved. Though approximately (40) single-engine enemy fighters were sighted, none were encountered. Flak was intense and accurate during the bomb run, but fortunately no aircraft or aircrew casualties resulted. A total of (13) Liberators came home with flak damage. The mission recovered safely around 1345 hours.

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7 MAY 1944

MISSION #80      Target: Munster



7 May 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 560

P Ellison, B.M. 1st Lt.
CP Jewett, G.A. 2nd Lt.
N Hurdle, Q.C. 2nd Lt.
B Anderson, C.S. S/Sgt..
E Samples, H.F. T/Sgt.
R Jean, R.P. T/Sgt.
RW Picking, H.E. S/Sgt.
LW Blackwell, R.B. S/Sgt.
BT Tupper, J.A. S/Sgt.
TG Patenaude, E.J. S/Sgt.

7 May 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 129

P Acebedo, B.H. 2nd Lt.
CP Coe, V.E. 2nd Lt.
N Kramer, L.G. 2nd Lt.
B Robinson, W.F. 2nd Lt.
E Bullard, R.E. S/Sgt.
R Kauffman, T.H. S/Sgt.
RW Keller, C.T. Sgt.
LW Burke, W.N. S/Sgt.
BT Blaney, R.E. Pvt.
TG Abraham, R.A. Sgt.

7 May 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 070

P Stoltz, C.W. 2nd Lt.
CP Paine, A.E. 2nd Lt.
N Anderson, C.R. 2nd Lt.
NG Dahl, C.R. Sgt.
E Vowels, L.J. S/Sgt.
R Coolidge, D.B. S/Sgt.
RW Cole, M.A. Sgt.
LW Pennington, E.B. S/Sgt.
BT Torres, E.J. Sgt.
TG Courtney, R.J. Sgt.

7 May 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 511

P Bratton, K.D. 2nd Lt.
CP Hurd, W.F. 2nd Lt.
N Colbrook, W.L. 2nd Lt.
B Wytak, S.M. 2nd Lt.
E Simmons, W.W. S/Sgt.
R Lennert, B.J. S/Sgt.
RW Gereben, A. Sgt.
LW Hale, J.L. S/Sgt.
BT Smock, J.M. S/Sgt.
TG Hamilton, W.S. Sgt.

7 May 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 097

P Johnston, H.F. 2nd Lt.
CP Merriam, H. 2nd Lt.
N Berman, M. 2nd Lt.
NG Mackin, L.B. Sgt.
E Zonza, F.S. S/Sgt.
R Thompson, T.E. S/Sgt.
RW Moos, A.J. 2nd Lt.
LW Ferry, C.W. Sgt.
BT Planakis, B.J. Sgt.
TG Porter, J.M. Sgt.

7 May 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 772

P Meighen, W.E. 2nd Lt.
CP Mason, J.J. 2nd Lt.
N Plunkett, F.A. 2nd Lt.
NG Wimberly, W.G. Sgt.
E Austin, L.D. T/Sgt.
R Diaz, C.A. T/Sgt.
RW Bode, J.E. S/Sgt.
LW MacDonell, K.A.. S/Sgt.
BT Kuhns, R.H. S/Sgt
TG Cuevas, D.E. S/Sgt.

7 May 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 433

P Jones, G.E. 1st Lt.
CP Faas, J.E. 2nd Lt.
N Morris, J.C. 2nd Lt.
B Thomas, H.E. 2nd Lt.
E Bodoh, A.E. T/Sgt.
R McAdams, R.E. T/Sgt.
RW Marvin, H.E. S/Sgt.
LW Lane, T. S/Sgt.
BT Surber, W.C. S/Sgt.
TG Rossi, V.H. S/Sgt.

7 May 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 617

P Tyler, A.W. 2nd Lt.
CP Ricci, J.A. 2nd Lt.
N Bassett, E.F. 2nd Lt.
NG Podolski, P.D. S/Sgt.
E MacDonald, G.E. T/Sgt.
R Metz, W. S/Sgt.
RW Blaida, J.M. S/Sgt.
LW Brown, G.R. S/Sgt.
BT Ware, J.W. S/Sgt.
TG Troutman, E.A. S/Sgt.

7 May 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 495

P Slipp, F.E. 1st Lt.
CP Jensen, A.H. 1st Lt.
N Beatson, R.J. 1st Lt.
B Rapenport, R. 1st Lt.
E McKinley, W.C. T/Sgt.
R Lorenzen, W.H. T/Sgt.
RW Driver, D.M. S/Sgt.
LW White, F.A. S/Sgt.
BT Buzick, J.M. S/Sgt.
TG Cordick, D.H. Sgt.
NG Hiller, T.B. 2nd Lt.

7 May 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 415

P Copp, R.D. Capt.
CP Meyers, J.W. 1st Lt.
N Gries, R.F. 1st Lt.
N Roberts, M.E. 2nd Lt.
B Lawrence, J.S. 1st Lt.
E Hodge, G.L. T/Sgt.
R Bisnett, B.R. T/Sgt.
RW Matthews. A.D. S/Sgt.
LW Hohman, H. S/Sgt.
BT Nowicki, M.M. S/Sgt.
TG Noone, T.E. S/Sgt.

7 May 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 012

P Scheltens, G.A. 1st Lt.
CP Vaughan, H.C. 2nd Lt.
NG Friedel, C.F. Sgt.
N Coward, D.M. 2nd Lt.
E Morr, R.J. T/Sgt.
R Borden, K.L. T/Sgt.
RW Mandelkow, E. S/Sgt.
LW Crotty, W.L. S/Sgt.
BT Thompson, I.F. S/Sgt.
TG Freeman, J.B. Sgt.

7 May 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 432

P Johnson, O.P. 1st Lt.
CP Tedford, L.W. 2nd Lt.
N Bober, L. 2nd Lt.
B Feagan, H.C. 1st Lt.
E Whitson, M.D. T/Sgt.
R Perlberg, A.C. T/Sgt.
RW Barnard, C.F. S/Sgt.
LW Joyce, R. S/Sgt.
BT Kaeble, R.R. S/Sgt.
TG Marchuk, J. S/Sgt.

7 May 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 058

P Bradford, M.A. 2nd Lt.
CP Holben, W.P. 2nd Lt.
N Maxfield, W.P. 2nd Lt.
NG Leech, R.M. Sgt.
E Chapman, K.W. T/Sgt.
R O'Brien, W.W. T/Sgt.
RW Reausaw, F.M. Sgt.
LW Macklin, C.D. T/Sgt.
BT Wakelee, D.L. S/Sgt.
TG Yanora, M.R. Sgt.

7 May 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 040

P Larsen, N.R. 2nd Lt.
CP Stratton, C.R. 2nd Lt.
N O'Neill, T.J. 2nd Lt.
NG Davis, E.T. Pvt.
E Robinson, W.F. S/Sgt.
R Fox, H.H. S/Sgt.
RW Hawes, J.C. S/Sgt.
LW Ligon, A.C. Sgt.
BT Barker, D.G. Sgt.
TG Cristofaro, G.J. Sgt.

7 May 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 896

P Stroble, W.A. 2nd Lt.
CP Slafka, C.M. 2nd Lt.
N Daniels, A.S. 2nd Lt.
B Haukom, C.B. S/Sgt.
E Vassey, E.E. T/Sgt.
R Bull, F.L. S/Sgt.
RW Spika, C.J. S/Sgt.
LW Vickery, P.C. S/Sgt.
BT Jenkins, R.N. Sgt.
TG Vetrano, A. Sgt.

7 May 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 764

P Lang, R.J. 2nd Lt.
CP Skaggs, R.L. 2nd Lt.
N Reinoehl, W.T. 2nd Lt.
NG Rudnitsky, B.E. Sgt.
E Verzyl, R.R. S/Sgt.
R Stanul, A.J. S/Sgt.
RW Coplin, G.R. Sgt.
LW Coleman, E.B. Sgt.
BT Brown, R.T. Sgt.
TG Richter, E.R. S/Sgt.

7 May 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 187

CA Edwards, C.E. Capt.
P Young, M.N. 1st Lt.
CP Goodwin, J.J. 2nd Lt.
N Dunphy, R.J. 1st Lt.
NG Westbrook, J.W. 1st Lt.
B Cunningham, R.B. 2nd Lt.
E Triplett, W.F. T/Sgt.
R Garcia, P.J. T/Sgt.
RW Porter, C.C. S/Sgt.
LW Teater, R.S. S/Sgt.
BT Ross, J.D. Sgt.
TG Rickey, J.J. S/Sgt.

7 May 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 548

P Fletcher, R.E. 1st Lt.
CP McCarthy, C.G. 2nd Lt.
N Keck, R.W. 2nd Lt.
B Yacavone, J.P. 2nd Lt.
E Kelly, J.E. T/Sgt.
R Biska, S.L. S/Sgt.
RW Osborne, J.H. S/Sgt.
LW Wukotich, M.L. S/Sgt.
BT Mancuso, M.A. S/Sgt.
TG Wilk, H. S/Sgt.

7 May 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 852

P Sabourin, R.E. 1st Lt.
CP Amble, E.F. 2nd Lt.
N Lipschitz, J. F/O
NG Robbins, K.H. S/Sgt.
E Hollien, F.J. S/Sgt.
R Spagnola, J.T. Pfc.
RW Hall, N.L. S/Sgt.
LW Gegere, G.P. S/Sgt.
BT Mahon, E.M. S/Sgt.
TG Moran, E.J. S/Sgt.

7 May 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 338

P Zweig, L.E. Jr. 2nd Lt.
CP Burge, H.L. 2nd Lt.
N Quail, J.L. Jr. 2nd Lt.
NG McGlinn, M.J. Sgt.
E Baxter, O. S/Sgt.
R Callahan, C.J. S/Sgt.
RW Strally, S.R. S/Sgt.
LW Jessen, M.M. Sgt.
BT Shinske, J.C. S/Sgt.
TG Smith, L.F. Sgt.

7 May 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 552

P Lotterhos, R.H. Jr. 1st Lt.
CP Zolomy, E. M. 1st Lt.
N Sullivan, J.J. 1st Lt.
B Chatten, J.F. 1st Lt.
B Rodriguez, J.B. 1st Lt.
E Thompson, R.L. T/Sgt.
R Garay, M.W. T/Sgt.
RW Ward, W.D. S/Sgt.
LW Rebiejo, F. S/Sgt
BT Bunyea, E.W. S/Sgt.
TG Moody, C.B. S/Sgt.

7 May 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 448

P Schumacher, R.L 1st Lt.
CP Prouse, H.W. 2nd Lt.
N Fitzsimmons, R.E. 2nd Lt.
NG Durant, W. T/Sgt.
E Pearson, W.M. T/Sgt.
R Sullivan, W. T/Sgt.
RW Hargrave, R.O. S/Sgt.
LW Hixon, R.D. T/Sgt.
BT Goldberg, M.R. S/Sgt.
TG Gaudreau, H.P. S/Sgt.
O Salus, R.W. S/Sgt.

7 May 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 990

P Hunt, N.J. 2nd Lt.
CP Roetzel, P.B. 2nd Lt.
N Shelton, O.W. 2nd Lt.
B Sullivan, F.J. 2nd Lt.
E McKinzie, W.L. S/Sgt.
R Wilkinson, H.C. T/Sgt.
RW Osment, M. /Sgt.
LW Bennett, G.H. S/Sgt.
BT Jackson, L.A. /Sgt.
TG Evans, G.B. S/Sgt.

7 May 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 308

P Bell, C.L. 2nd Lt.
CP Dorn, W.A. 2nd Lt.
N Orenbach, D. 2nd Lt.
NG Blanco, J.W. S/Sgt.
E Gilmore, E.E. T/Sgt.
R Knight, J.S. T/Sgt.
RW Seymour, A.S. S/Sgt.
LW Asch, H.W. S/Sgt.
BT Quick, L.I. S/Sgt.
TG Egan, A.J. Sgt.

7 May 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 261

P Nugent, W.A. 1st Lt.
CP Burciaga, L.R. 1st Lt.
N Davis, W.X. 1st Lt.
NG McEwan, D.L. S/Sgt.
E Smith, D.L. T/Sgt.
R Demming, F.H. T/Sgt.
RW Wright, J.K. S/Sgt.
LW Burns, R.N. S/Sgt.
BT Lander, W. S/Sgt.
TG Thornburg, R.C. S/Sgt.

7 May 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 897

P Cornell, J.T. 2nd Lt.
CP Berger, J.E. 2nd Lt.
N Ingels, G.A. 2nd Lt.
B McMahon, C.D. 2nd Lt.
R Hebert, I.L. S/Sgt.
E Kuchta, J. S/Sgt.
RW Rawson, B.J. Sgt.
LW Stahl, W.H. Sgt.
BT Daywalt, J.E. Sgt.
TG Siegel, G.W. S/Sgt.

7 May 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 544

P Gann, D.L. 2nd Lt.
CP Dick, W.C. 2nd Lt.
N Spensley, R.E. 2nd Lt.
B Cunniff, V.L. 2nd Lt.
E Shrader, C. S/Sgt.
R Carroll, J.T. T/Sgt.
RW Dilley, P.E. S/Sgt.
LW Puchir, J. Sgt.
BT Reynolds, R.L. Sgt.
TG Sinclair, R.E. Sgt.

7 May 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 343

P Darnell, J.F. Jr. 1st Lt.
CP Ellis, J.D. 2nd Lt.
N Stasney, A.J. 2nd Lt.
B Lory, R.C. 2nd Lt.
E Whitaker, J.W. S/Sgt.
R Mandel, R.F. S/Sgt.
RW Rego, M.A. S/Sgt.
LW Sundo, J.R. S/Sgt.
BT Courtney, E.J. Sgt.
TG Ward, L.E. Sgt.

Lt. Col. W.A. Polking flew with the PFF ship.




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