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24 December 1944 Mission #214 Target: Ruwer & Pfazel

On this Christmas Eve day, (2) targets were briefed with a maximum effort of (47) aircrews being alerted. Three squadron size formations were briefed for a railroad yard and enemy traffic center at Ruwer while the remaining (2) were to hit a road junction in the town of Pfalzel (3) miles northeast of Trier. All crews were briefed between 0615 and 0730 hours. The Group commenced launch of all (47) at 1000 with (44) going over both targets, bombing visually, with fair to good results. A total of (73) percent of the (629) 250 and 500# bombs fell within the 2000 foot circle of the aiming points. There were no fighters and flak was meager and generally inaccurate but (8) bombers were battle damaged. All aircrews returned safely around 1630 hours to enjoy Christmas Eve and subsequently a white Christmas day as the mission briefed at 0430-0600 hours on the 25th for (3) squadrons was cancelled due to dense fog over East Anglian bases. A heavy hoar frost associated with the fog covering Wendling made the Christmas day and the period after a welcomed and enjoyable "white" Christmas period for all.

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24 DECEMBER 1944

MISSION #214      Target: Ruwer and Pfalzel



24 Dec 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 194

P Ross, J.E. 2nd Lt.
CP Crane, F.D. 2nd Lt.
N Richner, G.C. F/O
NG 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.

24 Dec 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 659

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 Flesey, R.J. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Rubenstein, S.J. S/Sgt.

24 Dec 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 031

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.

24 Dec 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 272

P Blakeley, W.G. 2nd Lt.
CP Schoelerman, H.A. 2nd Lt.
N Walker, C.S. 2nd Lt.
B - -
E Hoffmeyer, J.A. Sgt.
R Spades, R.J. Cpl.
RW Amodeo, F.A. Sgt.
LW Fugarazzo, E.J. Sgt.
BT Talley, E.R. Sgt.
TG Law J.L. Sgt.
RCM George, O. T/Sgt.

24 Dec 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 480

P Jones, T.A. 2nd Lt.
CP McFarland, J.D. 2nd Lt.
N Leonard, A.C. 2nd Lt.
NT Malley, J.P. S/Sgt.
E Glover, B.E. T/Sgt.
R Isebrands, T.E. T/Sgt.
RW Adelson, D. S/Sgt.
LW Hamment, R.E. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Woerth, J.B. Sgt.

24 Dec 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 340

P Harcus, R.W. 2nd Lt.
CP Thompson, J.R. 2nd Lt.
N Adler, M.N. 2nd Lt.
B Knutson, E.G. F/O
E Thomas, E. Sgt.
R Shanley, J.V. Sgt.
RW Brennan, R.W. Sgt.
LW Marshall, L.C. Sgt.
BT - -
TG Rosenberg, J.E. Sgt.

24 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 Murphy, R.C. Cpl.
RW Borraccini, P.J.  S/Sgt.
LW Wall, D.L. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Cosentino, C. S/Sgt.

24 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 Williams, C.G. S/Sgt.
TG Turner, E.C. S/Sgt.

24 Dec 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 650

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

24 Dec 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 357

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 Marchetta, A. Sgt.
LW Keith, D.N. Pvt.
BT - -
TG Schafer, J.G. Sgt.

24 Dec 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 958

P Beder, J. 2nd Lt.
CP Samsell, J.A. 2nd Lt.
N Matishowski, J. 2nd Lt.
B Murray, J.G. 2nd Lt.
E Morley, J.P. S/Sgt.
R Murgatroyd, R.S. S/Sgt.
RW Carr, R.P. S/Sgt.
LW Roever, C.H. S/Sgt.
BT Czyzewicz, C.H.
TG Schodrof, R.H. S/Sgt.

24 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
B McInvale, A.L. S/Sgt.
E Jones, J.R. T/Sgt.
R Chenail, G.E. T/Sgt.
RW Blackham, W.R. S/Sgt.
LW Sanders, O.B. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Schumaker, D.H. S/Sgt.
RCM Henry, R.L. S/Sgt.

24 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.

24 Dec 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 511

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.

24 Dec 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 299

P Steck, R.O. 2nd Lt.
CP Quinn, E.J. 2nd Lt.
N Jost, E.G. F/O
B Gross, E.B. 2nd Lt.
E Lewis, M.M. Cpl.
R Parker, R.M. Cpl.
RW Thompson, W.J. Cpl.
LW Jacobson, C.R. Cpl.
BT - -
TG Peters, R.P. Cpl.

24 Dec 1944 576th Sqdn.
A/C 387

P Bell, J.W. 1st Lt.
CP Guegold, R.L. 2nd Lt.
N Forbes, D.R. 2nd Lt.
B Wilson, H.W. 2nd Lt.
E Radzikowski, L.S. T/Sgt.
R Cheshire, W.T. T/Sgt.
RW Noltkamper, A.A. T/Sgt.
LW Zwolinski, V.W. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Geron, H.E. S/Sgt.

24 Dec 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 861

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

24 Dec 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 223

P Jordan, T.J. 2nd Lt.
CP Osojnicki, E.S. 2nd Lt.
N Sprosty, A.O. 2nd Lt.
B Kirol, J. S/Sgt.
E Kinzler, S.J. T/Sgt.
R Brown, L.E. T/Sgt.
RW Davis, T.N. S/Sgt.
LW Meister, R.H. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Kwiatowski, L.P. S/Sgt.

24 Dec 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 636

P Schuster, W.H. 2nd Lt.
CP Kerr, D.R. 1st Lt.
N Harron, R.J. F/O
B - -
E Pellecchia, R.W. Sgt.
R Kohn, F.A. Sgt.
RW Englebrecht, L.C. Sgt.
LW Fulton, W.B. Sgt.
BT Maccarrone, A.A. Sgt.
TG Sablitz, P. Sgt.

24 Dec 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 898 (no mission credit)

P Inman, C.E. 1st Lt.
CP Ondrasek, J.G. 2nd Lt.
N Lange, E.A. 2nd Lt.
B Rees, R.R. Jr. 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 Gafin, B. S/Sgt.
TG - -

24 Dec 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 560

P Jackson, C.J. 1st Lt.
CP Parrish, C.E. 2nd Lt.
N Pillsbury, A.A. 2nd Lt.
NG Wolfe, P.G. Sgt.
E Jenkins, J.H. S/Sgt.
R Paren, J.H. S/Sgt.
RW Sterns, V.C. T/Sgt.
LW Korb, L.J. Sgt.
BT - -
TG Roe, W.L. Sgt.

24 Dec 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 801

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 Chelenyak, J.A. T/Sgt.
R Abraham, L.J. T/Sgt.
RW Richardson, W.C. S/Sgt.
LW Johnson, E.W. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Harmon, G.E. Sgt.
NN Mintz, H.B. 2nd Lt.

24 Dec 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 151

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

24 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 Baker, E.R. S/Sgt.
LW Cooper, J.T. Sgt.
BT Axvig, W.E. Sgt.
TG Moskowicz, S. Sgt.

24 Dec 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 164

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

24 Dec 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 040

P Nehring, E.H. 2nd Lt.
CP Trigilio, G.J. 2nd Lt.
N Farrar, R.B. 2nd Lt.
B - -
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.
RCM Steins, D.C. T/Sgt.

24 Dec 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 709

P Majesky, A.E. 2nd Lt.
CP Wanner, G.L. 2nd Lt.
N Vought, E.I. F/O
B Zuckert, J.S. 2nd Lt.
E Patton, F.M. Sgt.
R Ivey, M.A. Sgt.
RW Esenwein, E.R. Sgt.
LW Adelman, S. Sgt.
BT - -
TG Martin, J.F. Sgt.

24 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 - -
TG Dunn, T.C. S/Sgt.
S-27 Schaumberg, G. Sgt.

24 Dec 1944 577th Sqdn.
A/C 813

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 Postema, R.H. S/Sgt.
LW Surbaugh, E.R. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Ballas, P.T. S/Sgt.
S-27 Allen, P. Sgt.

24 Dec 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 459

P Wood, D.R. 2nd Lt.
CP McCormick, J.J. 2nd Lt.
N Satterthwait, D.R. F/O
B Segraves, W.D. 2nd Lt.
E Morgan, K.W. S/Sgt.
R Fleischmann, R.F. S/Sgt.
RW McCormick, F.L.J. Sgt.
LW Steurer, G.R. Sgt.
BT - -
TG Wright, A.P. Sgt.
NG Stuck, W.F. Sgt.

24 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 Smith, W.W. S/Sgt.
LW Haskins, B.D. S/Sgt.
BT Harrod, C. Jr. S/Sgt.
TG - -

24 Dec 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 792

P Fox, J.E. 2nd Lt.
CP Sampley, T.A. 2nd Lt.
N Johnson, M.S. 2nd Lt.
B Robinson, D.T. 2nd Lt.
E Smith, B.F. T/Sgt.
R Tameling, H. T/Sgt.
RW Bunting, J. S/Sgt.
LW Seever, B.H. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Davis, C.L. S/Sgt.

24 Dec 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 838 (no mission credit)

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 LaRock, J.S. Sgt.
BT - -
TG Wilkerson, L.D. Sgt.

24 Dec 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 241

P Walker, J.R. 2nd Lt.
CP Ellis, A. 2nd Lt.
N Donohue, J.J. 2nd Lt.
NG Pataki, S.M. S/Sgt.
E Thomas, C.B. T/Sgt.
R Jewell, R.B. T/Sgt.
RW Faucette, E.W. S/Sgt.
LW Collins, S.J. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Borchers, E.J. S/Sgt.

24 Dec 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 623

P Adsit, B.D. 2nd Lt.
CP Weber, M. F/O
N Wedgeworth, Q.R. 2nd Lt.
B - -
E McDonald, R.C. S/Sgt.
R Close, H.R. S/Sgt.
RW Ritty, P.M. S/Sgt.
LW Anderson, W.G. S/Sgt.
BT Timmons, K.L. S/Sgt.
TG Taylor, H.T. S/Sgt.

24 Dec 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 249

P Bilz, J.J. 2nd Lt.
CP Slayter, D.W. 2nd Lt.
N Barnes, J.M. 2nd Lt.
B Overman, D.T. 2nd Lt.
E Grout, A.G. T/Sgt.
R Fahrenbruch, K.G. T/Sgt.
RW Poepping, R.F. S/Sgt.
LW Beals, B.M. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Ludwig, D.J. S/Sgt.

24 Dec 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 477 (no mission credit)

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 Lambert, E.C. Sgt.

24 Dec 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 363

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 - -
RCM Morriset, H.J. S/Sgt.

24 Dec 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 495

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. S/Sgt.
RW Libby, J.E. S/Sgt.
LW Wagner, F.E. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Alper, M.A. S/Sgt.

24 Dec 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 337

P Cerrato, V.H. 1st Lt.
CP Addison, A.E. 2nd Lt.
N Marcelli, A.F. 2nd Lt.
B Ramos, R.W. Jr. F/O
E Lee, R.M. S/Sgt.
R Ewell, A.J. S/Sgt.
RW Burrell, M.L. Sgt.
LW Lamson, P.M. Sgt.
BT - -
TG Warwick, F.W. Sgt.

24 Dec 1944 578th Sqdn.
A/C 268

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 Costanzo, N.T. S/Sgt.
RW Denter, W.S. S/Sgt.
LW Callahan, E.M. PFC
BT - -
TG Sandusky, D.L. S/Sgt.

24 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
NT Fitzgerald, T.R. Sgt.
E Marlowe, J.D. S/Sgt.
R Affinito, L.J. Sgt.
RW Janak, E.G. Sgt.
LW Gayda, F.M. Sgt.
BT - -
TG Jones, L.A. Sgt.

24 Dec 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 150

P Benson, A.L. 1st Lt.
CP Singer, S. 2nd Lt.
N Reichl, J.G. 1st Lt.
B Pepitone, S.R. 1st Lt.
E Henning, W.C. T/Sgt.
R Wickens, R.S. T/Sgt.
RW Bowen, W.H. S/Sgt.
LW - -
BT Chatterton, G.A. S/Sgt.
TG Hackney, S.H. S/Sgt.
PN Guhin, M.E. 2nd Lt.
NV Edmundson, R.H. 1st Lt.

24 Dec 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 670

P Sincock, W.R. 1st Lt.
CP Johnston, N.F. 2nd Lt.
N Balides, T. 2nd Lt.
B Williams, A.R. 2nd Lt.
E Swisher, W.O. T/Sgt.
R Ostrove, H. T/Sgt.
RW Domme, E.J. S/Sgt.
LW Manshack, B.R. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Peth, P.J. S/Sgt.
NV Bader, C.H. 2nd Lt.
PN Levin, W. 1st Lt.

24 Dec 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 125

P Alexander, A.B. Capt.
CP Smith, V.C. Col.
N Kirkwood, T.G. 1st Lt.
B Bennett, J.E. 1st Lt.
E Sutphin, R.C. T/Sgt.
R Sweeney, L.F. T/Sgt.
RW Kisler, C.L. S/Sgt.
LW Knephoff, J.J. S/Sgt.
BT Adelstein, R.L. 2nd Lt.
TG Fraser, A.C. S/Sgt.

24 Dec 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 519

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.
PN Gillett, F.A. 1st Lt.
NV Sprowls, R.W. 2nd Lt.

24 Dec 1944 579th Sqdn.
A/C 899

P McClellan, H.B. 1st Lt.
CP Carleton, D. 1st Lt.
N Havel, E.E. 2nd Lt.
B Snoden, C.A. 2nd Lt.
E Berger, R.F. T/Sgt.
R Kingston, D.B. S/Sgt.
RW Markle, J.M. S/Sgt.
LW Sullivan, J.K. S/Sgt.
BT - -
TG Manville, F.E. Sgt.
PN Lipman, B.D. 2nd Lt.
NV Fowler, R.T. 2nd Lt.

Maj. G.A. Player and Maj. J.A. McGregor flew as CA's with the 44th Bomb Group's lead ships.




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