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 Dailies of the 322nd Squadron

1945

Transcribed by Frank Farr

322ND DAILY REPORTS, 1945
       .

Scanned by Don Freer                          
Transcribed by Frank Farr


                   8TH AIR FORCE
               1ST AIR DIVISION (H)
          1ST COMBAT BOMBARDMENT WING (H)
            91ST BOMBARDMENT GROUP (H)
          322ND BOMBARDMENT SQUADRON (H)
   Period Covered:  1 January 1945 to 31 January 1945
   Prepared by:  SAMUEL Y. GIBBON,  Capt. A. F.
        Sgt. Gentile, A. F.

    TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. List of Briefings and completed missions.
2. Completed mission summaries
3. Loading lists (one copy only to go with original).
4. Confirmed enemy aircraft claims.
5. Prisoners of war.
6. Personnel changes.
7. Personnel completing operational tours during Jan. 45
8. Crews missing in action.
9. Miscellaneous.

LIST OF BRIEFINGS AND COMPLETED MISSIONS
Brief.#   Mission #   Date        Target          Disposition

415       274       1 Jan. ‘45    Kassel          Completed
416       275       2 Jan. ‘45    Prum            Completed
417       276       3 Jan. ‘45    Koln            Completed
418       277       5 Jan. ‘45    Koblenz         Completed
419       278       6 Jan. ‘45    Koln            Completed
420       279      10 Jan. ‘45    Ostheim         Completed
421       280      14 Jan. ‘45    Koln            Completed
422       281      15 Jan. ‘45    Ingolstadt      Completed
423                16 Jan. ‘45    Berlin          Scrubbed
424       282      17 Jan. ‘45    Paderborn       Completed
425       283      20 Jan. ‘45    Ludwigshaven    Complete
426       284      21 Jan. ‘45    Aschaffenburg   Complete
427       285      22 Jan. ‘45    Sterkrade       Completed
428                27 Jan. ‘45    Bremen          Scrubbed
429       286      28 Jan. ‘45    Koln            Completed
430       287      29 Jan. ‘45    Niederlahnstein Complete
431                31 Jan. ‘45    “A” Berlin
                                  “B” Berlin      Scrubbed

    MISSION SUMMARIES
A/C#        PILOT
    Kassel 1 Jan. 1945

REMARKS:  The group bombed Kassel with good results,
but the 322nd Squadron was stood down for the day.

    Cologne 3 Jan. 1945
745 PFF    Lt. Towner
333        Lt. Marlow
889        Lt. Chase
088        Lt. Schuck
596        Lt. Fuller
790        Lt. Smoley
578        Lt. Troccoli
761        Lt. Johnson
707        Lt. Alexander
308        Lt. Mathers
755        Lt. Price
901        Lt. Reinhart
568        Lt. Miller

REMARKS:  Ten tenths cloud cover over the entire route
and the target area necessitated bombing the secondary
target (industrial area of Cologne) by PFF equipment
with unobserved results.  Meager inaccurate A/A fire
in the target area resulted in minor damage to only
one A/C of the 322nd Squadron which was flying the
high squadron with 1st Lt. Marsh leading.

    Coblenz 5  Jan. 1945


630 PFF    Lt. Goodrich
308        Lt. Mathers
755        Lt. Fuller
088        Lt. Schuck
707        Lt. Miller
901        Lt. Reinhart
333        Lt. Chase
761        Lt. Price
596        Lt. Roach
095        Lt. Van Blarcom
790        Lt. Smoley
578        Lt. Troccoli

REMARKS:  1st Lt. (now Capt.) Goodrich led the low
squadron which was furnished by the 322nd.  10/10ths
cloud cover from 5 degrees to 8 degrees east made it
necessary to bomb secondary PFF target which was the
R/R Marshalling yards in Cologne .  Bombing was done in
group formation with what was believed to be good
results.  Meager and inaccurate A/A fire in the target
area resulted in no damage to any of our A/C.

    Cologne , 6 Jan. 1945

REMARKS:  The Marshalling yards in the Northeast
section of Cologne were bombed by PFF methods with
what are believed to be good results.  The 322nd
Squadron was stood down for the day.

    Ostheim, 10 Jan. 1945

630 PFF    Capt. Newquist
351        Lt. Schroeder
707        Lt. Alexander
027        Lt. Reinhart
088        Lt. Marlow
755        Lt. Van Blarcom
308        Lt. Mathers
578        Lt. Richert
790        Lt. Smoley
596        Lt. Roach
333        Lt. Ashlock
901        Lt. Chase

REMARKS:  Capt. Newquist flying with Lt. Towner led
the 1st “C” group in a visual attack on the Ostheim
airdrome.  Strike photographs from the lead squadron
show excellent results with the assigned WPI well
covered with a good pattern of bursts.  Accurate
moderate flak at the target produced major damage to 6

A/C of this Squadron.  Lt. Van Blarcom, in A/C #755,
unable to make the group formation at assembly flew
with the 303rd group of the 41st CBW attacking
Bonn-Hangelar A/C with what appeared to be good
results.

    Cologne, 14 Jan. 1945

632 PFF    Lt. Goodrich
095        Lt. Van Blarcom
790        Lt. Smoley
761        Lt. Reichert
596        Lt. Fuller
707        Lt. Alexander
308        Lt. Troccoli
333        Lt. Ernst
901        Lt. Marsh
088        Lt. Miller
755        Lt. Price
000        Lt. Marlow
578        Lt. Reinhart

REMARKS:  The Deutsch bridge over the Rhine River in
Cologne which was the assigned primary target was well
covered by a good pattern of bursts from this group
which flew as 1st “A.”  Dense smoke from bomb bursts
makes damage assessment impossible but the bombing was
excellent.  Capt. Goodrich flew the lead of the high
squadron which was furnished by the 322nd Squadron.
Five A/C of this Squadron received minor flak damage.

    Ingolstadt, 15 Jan. 1945

632 FFF    Capt. Goodrich
027        Lt. Johnson
707        Lt. Alexander
761        Lt. Ernst
308        Lt. Mathers
790        Lt. Swegle
095        Lt. Fuller
578        Lt. Reichert
088        Lt. Miller
000        Lt. Marsh
333        Lt. Ashlock
755        Lt. Roach

REMARKS:  Capt. Goodrich again flew the lead position
in the squadron which flew as the low of the 1st “C”
group.  The secondary target which was the marshalling
yards and R/R workshops in Ingolstadt was bombed by
PFF methods with unobserved results.

    Paderborn , 17 Jan. 1945

REMARKS:  A Railroad target in Paderborn was bombed by
the group with the aid of instruments with unobserved
results.  The 322nd Squadron was stood down.

    Ludwigshaven, 20 Jan. 1945
083 PFF    Capt. Thompson - Maj. Thompson
755        Lt. Price
630        Lt. Schroeder
000        Lt. Johnson
088        Lt. Miller
027        Lt. Troccoli
578        Lt. Chase
761        Lt. Ernst
333        Lt. Ashlock
308        Lt. Mathers
790        Lt. Roach
901        Lt. Marlow
095        Lt. Van Blarcom

RESULTS:   Major Thompson flew as pilot in the lead
A/C with Capt. Walter W. Thompson acting as Air
Commander of the 1st “B” group.  The
Mannheim-Ludwigshaven bridge over the Rhine was the
assigned target which was bombed with PFF with results
that were unobserved.  From plotting of “Mickey” scope
photos and some strike photos of the area beyond the
target it is believed that good results were obtained.
The lead and high squadrons suffered no battle damage
but the low squadron had 11 A/C with minor damage.

    Aschaffenburg 21 Jan. 1945
     
475 PFF    Capt. Newquist
333        Lt. Reinhart
027        Lt. Marlow
761        Lt. Ernst
578        Lt. Troccoli
790        Lt. Smoley
755        Lt. Price
000        Lt. Johnson
088        Lt. Fuller
558        Lt. Chase
901        Lt. Marsh
623        Lt. Van Blarcom
040        Lt. Mathers

REMARKS:  Capt. Newquist led the high squadron
furnished by the 322nd.  The Marshalling yards at
Aschaffenburg were bombed by PFF methods with
unobserved results in group formation with what are
believed to be good results.  No battle damage.
Lt. Fuller in A/C #088 was unable to make the group
formation and flew with the 305th Group bombing the
same target.

    Sterkrade, 22 Jan. 1945


357        Lt. Towner
707        Lt. Chase
596        Lt. Davidson
088        Lt. Schuck
755        Lt. Marlow
083        Lt. Van Blarcom
324        Lt. Troccoli
761        Lt. Ashlock
578        Lt. Reinhart
000        Lt. Johnson
504        Lt. Miller
790        Lt. Pearson

REMARKS:  Lt. Towner led the low squadron of the 1st
“A” group with Major Thompson flying as his pilot.
The synthetic oil plant at Sterkrade was bombed
visually with excellent results.  Many hits to vital
installations can be seen in the strike photos from
each of the two squadrons.  Lt. Van Blarcom’s A/C #083
was hit by flak before and after bombs away in the
target area, crippling #2 and #4 engines which could
not be feathered and continued to windmill.
Co-pilot’s oxygen system and all the system on the
right side of the A/C was knocked out and he was forced
to descend to 14,000 feet where he hoped to be able
to stay under the formation.  The electrical system
was disabled and the Gee box and all instruments
except the magnetic compass in the cockpit were
inoperable.  In spite of the lack of navigational
equipment they were able to hit the English coast at
Lowestoft, and endeavored to land at Woodbridge only
to find that it was socked in.  Going over to Medfield
the wheels were cranked down by hand, the brake
pressure built up manually and a landing was
accomplished successfully, the A/C coming to a stop a
few feet short of the end of the runway.  During the
trip back to England a fire in the left wing was
extinguished by chopping a hole from the bomb bay into
the wing and using a hand extinguisher.

    Cologne , 28 Jan. 1945


REMARKS:  While the 322nd Squadron was stood down for
the day the group bombed the Hohenzollern Bridge over
the Rhine River at Cologne .  The western end and the
approaches to the bridge were well covered with bomb
bursts.

    Niederlahnstein, 29 Jan. 1945


478 PFF    Capt. Newquist
578        Lt. Reichert
093        Lt. Van Blarcom
027        Lt. Fuller
088        Lt. Miller
306        Lt. Marlow
755        Lt. Swegle
596        Lt. Roach
000        Lt. Chase
901        Lt. Reinhart
294        Lt. Ashlock
707        Lt. Davidson
790        Lt. Troccoli

REMARKS:  The railway center at Niederlahnstein, about
three miles south of Coblenz, was bombed by GEE-H
methods in group formation with what are believed to
be good results as the equipment was working perfectly
and a good bomb run was made.  Capt. Newquist flew as
air commander with Capt. Towner as his pilot.  Lt.
Ashlock in
A/C #294 had trouble with his #2 engine a few miles
before the target.  He had to feather the engine and
could not keep up with the formation.  Later reports
state that he landed safely in friendly territory with
all of his crew but with the A/C badly damaged.

CONFIRMED ENEMY AIRCRAFT CLAIMS

The 322nd Bomb Squadron had no E/A claims for the
month of January, 1945.

    PRISONERS OF WAR

During the month of January, 1945, notification has
been received that the following personnel of the
322nd Bomb Squadron are prisoners of war:

1/Lt 
Hammer, Roy A.    (P)
T/Sgt Dallas, Jack R.   (TTG)
1/Lt. Freer, Donald R.  (P)
2/Lt 
Rieker, Thomas H. (N)

    PERSONNEL CHANGES
    January, 1945

    1. Strength:  Officers 98.  F/O 9.  E/M 438.
    2. No change.
    3. 2/Lt Robert T. Anderson (Mickey Oper.)
assigned squadron.
    4. Following officers transferred to 70th Repl
Depot AAF Station 594:  1st Lt. Joseph G. Daigle, 1/Lt
William H. Trent .  2nd Lt. Robert F. Sullivan (Mickey
Oper.) promoted to 1st Lt.
    5. No change.
    6. No change.
    7. No change.
    8. Following officers trfd to 70th Repl Depot AAF
Station 594:  Capt. Milzia C. Ellis, 1/Lt Robert Oien,
1/Lt Murle Webb, 1/Lt Joseph Campolong.
       Following officers assigned to Squadron:  2/Lt
Marvin L. Pearson (P), F/O Wallace J. Harpster (CP),
2/Lt John C. Bosworth (N), F/O George G. Burnett (B).
    9. No change.
   10. No change.
   11. No change.
   12. Capt. William T. Koranda (Mickey Oper.)
transferred to 482nd Bomb Group (H).
   13. Capt. Million, Donald A. (Bombsight
Officer), trfd to Hq., 91st Bomb Group (H).
   14. No change.
   15. No change.
   16. No change.
   17. No change
   18. No change.
   19. No change.
   20. No change.
   21. Following 2/Lts promoted to 1/Lts -
Darrell O. Butler, Edward E. Chase, Robert Marlow,
Dudley B. Mathers Jr., Joseph J. Troccoli, Nelson D.
Van Blarcom.
   22. Following 2/Lts promoted to 1/Lts -
Robert J. Bailey, Robert E. Fuller.  2/Lt Charles F.
Hadd (Radar Observer) assigned squadron.
   23. No change.
   24. No change.
   25. No change.
   26. 1/Lt Elsmore C. Maney (Electronics
Officer) assigned to Squadron.
   27. 1/Lt Elias J. Alexander Jr. and
Frederick L. Christopher trfd to 70th Repl Depot.
   28. 1/Lt Ferrell K., Goodrich and 1/Lt
Francis M. Towner promoted to captain.
   29. No change.
   30.  Following officers trfd to 70th Repl
Depot:  1/Lt John A. Wallace, 1/Lt Howard L. Mahan,
1/Lt Robert L. Schuck, F/O Francis X. Quinn.    Major
Ray E. Swain trfd to 127th Repl Bn. Station 791.
   31. No change.  Strength:  Officers 88. F/O
10.  E/M 423.


PERSONNEL COMPLETING OPERATIONAL TOURS
Rank  Name                 Missions    Date Completed
Capt. Milzia C. Ellis      35-0        2 Jan. 1945
1/Lt  Murle Webb           35-0        “
1/Lt  Robert G. Oien       35-0        “
1/Lt  Joseph Campolong Jr. 35-0        “
T/Sgt Edward M. Shaw Jr.   35-0        “
Cpl.  Hyman Stavitsky      35-0        “
T/Sgt Alfred P. Murphy     35-0        “
S/Sgt Russell L. Waggoner  35-0        “
S/Sgt Jimmie D. Mills Jr.  35-0        3 Jan. 1945       
T/Sgt Lee R. Schofield Jr. 35-0        3 Jan. 1945   
S/Sgt Dennis J. Moore      35-0        3 Jan. 1945      
T/Sgt Richard L. Carboneau 33-2        5  Jan. 1945 
Capt. William T. Koranda   29-1        “
S/Sgt Anthony J. Baummer   35-0       20 Jan. 1945   
S/Sgt Thomas C. Lakos      35-0        “
1/Lt  John A. Wallace      30-0       22 Jan. 1945   
1/Lt  Robert L. Schuck     35-0        “
1F/O  Francis X. Quinn     35-0        “
1/Lt  Howard F. Mahan      35-0        “
T/Sgt Malcolm J. Tuohy     35-0        “
T/Sgt Peter L. Pesoli      35-0        “
S/Sgt Harold Gross         35-0        “
S/Sgt Nick Sasyk           35-0        “
1/Lt  Edwin V. Kemp        35-0       28 Jan. 1945       

    CREWS MISSING IN ACTION
        January 1945

During the month of January, 1945, the 322nd Bomb
Squadron had no losses of personnel or aircraft.
 

            EIGHTH AIR FORCE
           1ST AIR DIVISION (H)
       1ST COMBAT BOMBARDMENT WING (H)
         91ST BOMBARDMENT GROUP (H)
       322ND BOMBARDMENT SQUADRON (H)
Period Covered: 1 February 1945 to 28  February 1945

Prepared by:  Samuel Y. Gibbon, Capt., A.C.
        Sgt. Gentile, A. F.


    TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. List of Briefings and completed missions.
2. Completed mission summaries.
3. Loading lists (one copy only to go with original)
4. Confirmed enemy aircraft claims.
5. Prisoners of War.
6. Personnel changes.
7. Personnel completing operational tours during
February 1945.
8. Crews missing in action.
9. Miscellaneous

LIST OF BRIEFINGS AND COMPLETED MISSIONS
    February 1945
Brief.#   Mission #  Date        Target           Disposition
432       288        1 Feb. 45   Mannheim          Completed
433                  2 Feb. 45   “A” Berlin        Scrubbed
                                 “B” Dresden       Scrubbed
434       289        3 Feb. 45   Berlin            Completed
435       290        6 Feb. 45   Gotha             Completed
436                  7 Feb. 45   Osterfeld         Recalled
437                  8 Feb. 45   Wesel             Recalled
438       291        9 Feb. 45   Altenbeken        Completed
439                 10 Feb. 45   Kassel            Scrubbed
440                 11 Feb. 45   Munster           Scrubbed
441                 13 Feb. 45   “A” Kassel        Scrubbed
                                 “B” Dresden       Scrubbed
442       292       14 Feb. 45   Lead U/I/T/O      Completed
                                 Hi & Lo Prague    Completed.
443       293       15 Feb. 45   Dresden           Completed
444       294       16 Feb. 45   Gelsenkirchen    Completed.
445                 17 Feb. 45   Bohlen            Scrubbed
446                 18 Feb. 45   Altenbeken        Scrubbed
447       295       19 Feb. 45   Dortmund          Completed
448       296       20 Feb. 45   Nuremberg         Completed
449       297       21 Feb. 45   Nuremberg         Completed
450       298       22 Feb. 45   Stendal           Completed
451       299       23 Feb. 45   Meiningen         Completed
                                 Hi-Hildburghausen Completed
452       300       24 Feb. 45   Hamburg           Completed
453       301       26 Feb. 45   Berlin            Completed
454       302       27 Feb. 45   Leipzig           Completed
455       303       28 Feb. 45   Schwerte          Completed


        MISSION SUMMARIES
A/C#    Target        Date

    Mannheim    1 February 1945

478        Capt. Goodrich
306        Lt. Marlow
596        Lt. Swegle
000        Lt. Ernst
308        Lt. Mathers
205        Lt. Price
088        Lt. Troccoli
095        Lt. Schroeder
578        Lt. Reinhart
333        Lt. Fuller
901        Lt. Marsh
707        Lt. Pearson
790        Lt. Smoley

REMARKS:  Capt. Goodrich, flying with 1st Lt. Miller,
led the high squadron which was furnished by the 322nd
Squadron.  The group flew as 1st “C” and attacked the
marshalling yards at Mannheim through 10/10ths clouds
by PFF methods.  Bombing was done in group formation.
Results were unobserved,.  Meager and inaccurate flak
at target produced no battle damage.

    Berlin 3 February 1945
475        Capt. Ellis
308        Lt. Mathers
707        Lt. Pearson
000        Lt. Ernst
095        Lt. Van Blarcom
578        Lt. Chase
755        Lt. Reinhart
901        Lt. Marsh
333        Lt. Roach
761        Lt. Marlow
790        Lt. Smoley
088        Lt. Swegle

REMARKS:  Primary Target:  Berlin, Communications
Center. 

A communications center in the heart of Berlin was
bombed visually with very good results, although dense
smoke from bombing by preceding formations made pin
pointing of strikes impossible.  The 322nd Squadron
furnished low Squadron. with Capt. Ellis and Maj. Thompson
in the lead A/C.  The group was subjected to moderate
accurate  flak over the target, the low squadron.
receiving minor damage to 8 A/C and major damage to 3
A/C.  The group lead A/C with Lt. Col. Lord, Group
Operations Officer, flying as air commander, was hit
in the waist over the target and seen to break in
half.  Four parachutes were seen.  One other A/C from
the lead squadron is MIA from unknown causes.

    Gotha - 6 February 1945

REMARKS:  The marshalling yards at Gotha were bombed
visually with fair results by this group flying as 1st
“A.”  The 322nd Squadron was stood down for the day.

    Altenbeken - 9 February 1945

357        Capt. Newquist
000        Lt. Schroeder
761        Lt. Chase
707        Lt. Davidson
088        Lt. Fuller
308        Lt. Mathers
755        Lt. Troccoli
598        Lt. Roach
306        Lt. Swegle
333        Lt. Pearson
095        Lt. Van Blarcom
790        Lt. Smoley

REMARKS:  Primary Target:  Altenbeken, Railway Viaduct
Major Close, Air commander, and Capt. Newquist led the
group on this mission to attack a R/R viaduct at
Altenbeken near Paderborn.  Bombing was done by Gee-H
methods with all three squadrons reporting excellent
runs and Gee-fixes at bombs away, confirming the
accuracy of the bomb runs.  On the bomb run just past
the I.P. the leader was forced to make a 360 degree
turn to avoid another group which was on a collision
with this one.  No flak was encountered on the mission
and there was no enemy opposition in the air.

    Prague - 14 February 1945

573        Capt. Ellis, F. D.
761        Lt. Reichert
306        Lt. Marlow
901        Lt. Bonner
333        Lt. Swegle
595        Lt. Roach
790        Lt. Smoley
000        Lt. Miller
308        Lt. Mathers
578        Lt. Troccoli
088        Lt. Reinhart
095        Lt. Van Blarcom
027        Lt. Fuller

REMARKS:   “B” Plan Primary Target:  Dresden
        “A” Plan Primary Target:  Kassel Locomotive Works

The high squadron with Capt. Ellis and Lt. Johnson in
the lead A/C was furnished by the lead A/C was
furnished by the 322nd Squadron.  The group flew as
1st “B” in the division lineup, and following the
Division leader, who went West and South of course to
avoid an unexpected front of bad weather, the city of
Prague was bombed by PFF methods instead of Dresden,
the assigned primary target.  Meager inaccurate flak
at the target did little or no damage, but moderate
and accurate flak at Munster on the route out resulted
in major damage to one A/C and minor damage to 6 A/C
of this squadron were forced to land on the continent
due to battle damage or gas shortage.  Capt. Ellis
made a wheels up crash landing at Jollett , Belgium , in
a field.  Due to the skillful handling no one on the
A/C was injured but the plane is category “E.”  Lt.
Robert E. Fuller, pilot of A/C #027, was wounded by
flak over Munster, and due to severe damage to his A/C
turned back at about 0700 degrees E. landing at A-83
after jettisoning ball turret.  Lt. Fuller was left at
a hospital on the continent with injuries that were
not believed to be serious.

    Dresden - 15 February 1945
    Primary Target:  Bohlen Synthetic Oil Plant

630        Capt. Goodrich
095        Lt. Schroeder
707        Lt. Davidson
431        Lt. Van Blarcom
490        Lt. Pearson
901        Lt. Bonner
088        Lt. Reinhart
040        Lt. Swegle
755        Lt. Price
308        Lt. Mathers
000        Lt. Miller

REMARKS:  The 322nd Squadron furnished the lead A/C,
with Capt. Goodrich and Lt. Marsh, plus ten other A/C
of the low squadron for this composite group.  The
lead squadron was also furnished by the 91st with
Major Klette as air commander, and the high squadron
was furnished by the 398th Bomb Group.  Due to solid
undercast over the target areas the secondary target
which was the city of Dresden was bombed by H2X
equipment with unobserved results.  The low squadron
was forced to bomb on the smoke markers of the lead
Sqdn. due to a failure in their mickey equipment.  No
flak was encountered and no damage received.

    Gelsenkirchen - 16 February 1945
    Primary Target:  Gelsenkirchen Benzol Plant

REMARKS:  Major Taylor of the 323rd Squadron led this
mission to attack a benzol plant at Gelsenkirchen
visually with very good results.  The 322nd Sqdn. was
stood down for the day.


    Dortmund - 19 February 1945
    Primary Target: Dortmund Synthetic Oil Plant

357        Lt. Marsh
651        Lt. Price
333        Lt. Swegle
790        Lt. Reinhart
306        Lt. Marlow
596        Lt. Roach
755        Lt. Mathers
000        Lt. Miller
707        Lt. Chase
901        Lt. Bonner
591        Lt. Ashlock
095        Lt. Pearson

REMARKS:  Major Thompson flying with Lt. Marsh was air
commander for this mission which attacked a synthetic
oil plant at Dortmund by Gee-H methods with unobserved
results.  Due to failure of the Gee-H equipment in the
high squadron the bombing was done in group formation
after what was considered an excellent Gee- run and
the Mickey operator was able to confirm that bombs
were away at the proper time.  Outside of minor battle
damage to the lead A/C no damage was received by A/C
of this squadron which furnished the lead.

   
Nuremberg - 20 February 1945
    Primary Target: Nuremberg R/R workshops

651        Capt. Towner
095        Lt. Van Blarcom
000        Lt. Miller
591        Lt. Ashlock
707        Lt. Pearson
308        Lt. Mathers
755        Lt. Chase
153        Lt. Price
306        Lt. Marlow
790        Lt. Reinhart
333        Lt. Swegle
596        Lt. Roach
901        Lt. Bonner

REMARKS:  Capt. Towner led the squadron which was
flying in the high position of the 1st “B”group
attacking the marshalling yards in Nuremberg by H2X
equipment with unobserved results.  This squadron lost
the lead and low squadrons while flying through clouds
during the division assembly over the channel and flew
the entire mission alone.  No damage was received by
any A/C of this squadron.

    Nur
emberg - 21 February 1945
    Primary Target: Nuremberg Electrical
                                       Equipment
Factory

651        Lt. Marsh
000        Lt. Miller
755        Lt. Price
308        Lt. Chase
095        Lt. Van Blarcom
578        Lt. Pearson
707        Lt. Davidson
379        Lt. Ashlock
901        Lt. Bonner
306        Lt. Marlow
333        Lt. Swegle
596        Lt. Lein

REMARKS:  Lt. Marsh and Lt. Schroeder flew the lead
ship of the squadron on this mission in the low
position.  The Secondary target, the marshalling yards
and R/R station in Nuremberg , were bombed through
10/10ths clouds by H2X methods with unobserved
results.  The mickey equipment of the low squadron
failed to work properly and the squadron dropped on
the smoke markers of the lead squadron.  No damage was
received.

    Stendal - 22 February 1945
    Primary Target: Stendal Railway Traffic Center

REMARKS:  The R/R traffic center at Stendal  was
bombed visually with very good results by all  three
squadrons of the group.  The 322nd Squadron was stood
down for the day.

    Lead and Low:  Meiningen
    High: Hildburghausen
    Primary Target:  Hoof - Rail Center

777        Capt. Towner
630        Lt. Price
578        Lt. Mathers
306        Lt. Chase
790        Lt. Bonner
308        Lt. Troccoli
088        Lt. Marlow
000        Lt. Miller
707        Lt. Davidson
095        Lt. Van Blarcom
591        Lt. Ashlock
596        Lt. Lien

REMARKS:  Major Newquist, Air Commander, and Capt.
Towner flew the lead A/C of the 1st “B” group for
which the 322nd furnished the lead squadron.  The
assigned target at Hoof was completely overcast and
based on information furnished by Buckeye scouting
force it was decided to bomb the R/R yards at
Meiningen.  The electrical equipment of the lead A/C
was inoperative so the lead was assumed by the deputy
group leader, Lt. Price, Pilot.  Visual runs were made
by the lead and low squadrons with results that cannot
be properly assessed due to cloud and ground haze over
the target, but believed to generally good.  The high
squadron bombed another  unidentified rail target
believed to be Hildburghausen.  Accurate flak
encountered over the front lines resulted in major
battle damage to three A/C of this squadron and minor
damage to five.

    Hamburg - 24 February 1945
    Primary Target: Hamburg U-Boat
               Building Slips

475        Capt. Ellis, F. D.
578        Lt. Reichert
964        Lt. Marlow
790        Lt. Pearson
095        Lt. Van Blarcom
308        Lt. Troccoli
591        Lt. Ashlock
333        Lt. Miller
959        Lt. Chase
844        Lt. Johnson
772        Lt. Hansen
596        Lt. Roach

REMARKS:  Capt. Ellis led the high squadron furnished
by the 322nd.  The group attacked an oil plant in
Hamburg through overcast by H2X methods with results
that are believed to be good.  Meager to moderate and
inaccurate flak at the target did not damage any A/C
in the squadron.

    Berlin - 26 February 1945
    Primary Target:  Berlin Schlesischer Station

630        Capt. Goodrich
591        Lt. Ashlock
790        Lt. Smoley
615        Lt. Reichert
088        Lt. Hansen
431        Lt. Chase
263        Lt. Lien
806        Lt. Roach
964        Lt. Reichert
333        Lt. Pearson
308        Lt. Pearson
576        Lt. Troccoli

REMARKS:  The Schlesischer R/R Station in Berlin was
bombed with H2X equipment with unobserved results but
plotting of mickey scope photos indicates very good
results.  The 322nd furnished the low squadron with
Capt. Goodrich leading.  The overcast plus radar
countermeasures resulted in very inaccurate over the
target with no damage at all to this squadron and only
one A/C in the entire group received minor damage.

    Leipzig - 27 February 1945
    Primary Target:  Leipzig Locomotive Factory

REMARKS:  The city of Leipzig was bombed with H2X
equipment with unobserved results.  This squadron was
stood down for the day.

    28 February 1945
    Primary Target:  Schwerte R/R Marshalling Yards

145        Capt. Towner
333        Lt. Van Blarcom
630        Lt. Reichert
588        Lt. Davidson
960        Lt. Reinhart
306        Lt. Troccoli
755        Lt. Hansen
790        Lt. Smoley
014        Lt. Chase
707        Lt. Pearson
591        Lt. Miller
901        Lt. Snipes

REMARKS:  The 322nd Squadron furnished the lead
squadron for this mission with Major Close as Air
Commander and Capt. Towner lead pilot.  The target
which was the R/R yards in Schwerte was bombed by the
low and high squadrons by Gee-H methods with what were
believed to be very good results.  The Gee-H equipment
in the lead ship went out just after the I.P. and Major
Close led the squadron in a 360 degree turn permitting
the low and high to continue on their bombing run.
The lead squadron returned to bomb the target with
mickey equipment assisted by Gee-H equipment which
determined the rate.  No battle damage.

    CONFIRMED ENEMY AIRCRAFT CLAIMS
        February 1945

The 322nd Squadron  had no E/A claims for the month of
February 1945.  Enemy Aircraft were seen on various
missions but none attacked this group.

    PRISONERS OF WAR
        February 1945

During the month of February 1945, notification has
been received that the following personnel of the
322nd Bomb Squadron are prisoners of war:

    1/Lt  Gallagher, Joseph M.   (CP)
    T/Sgt Paluse, John W.        (RO)
    T/Sgt Cereszewski, Joseph A. (RO)
    T/Sgt Nagy, William          (TTG)
    S/Sgt Willey, James M. Jr.   (WG)
    1/Lt  Retschel, Raymond F.   (B)
    1/Lt  Kitzman, Donald H.     (CP)
    Sgt.  Smith, Louis M.        (TG)

    PERSONNEL CHANGES
        February 1945

Major Karl W. Thompson, Squadron C.O., was made 91st
Group Operations Officer, succeeding Lt. Col. Lord,
who is MIA from mission on 3 February 1945 to Berlin.
Major Edwin F. Close was appointed Commanding Officer
of the 322nd Bomb Squadron to succeed Major Thompson.
As Squadron Commander, Major Thompson saw the 322nd
Squadron through a period of considerable achievement,
culminating with the record of being the leading
squadron in the group for practically all operating
records.  While the transfer to the group will give
him greater scope for his abilities, the squadron will
miss an able and conscientious Commanding Officer.

    PERSONNEL CHANGES
        February 1945
      1.  Strength:  Officers 98.  E/M 423
      2. No change.
      3. Capt. Rheem trfd to 482nd Bomb Squadron (H).
      4. No change
      5. 2nd Lts. Warren H. Allen and Eden H. Koch
promoted to 1st Lts.
          Following officers assigned squadron:  2/Lt
Woodrow A. Lien (P), F/O Michael H. Zabiaks (109), F/O
Stephen E. Jordan (N).   Major Karl W. Thompson (C.O.)
trfd to Group Headquarters.  Capt. Jerald L. Newquist
(Oper. Officer) trfd to Group Headquarters.  Major
Edwin F. Close assigned as new C.O.
      6. 1/Lt Edwin V. Kemp trfd to 70th Repl Depot.
          2/Lts Daniel S. Mayka and Jay J. Kane promoted
to 1st Lts.
      7. No change.
      8. No change.
      9. 1/Lts Lewis Z. Strauss and Arthur Ernst trfd to
70th Repl Depot.
     10. Following 2/Lts promoted to 1/Lts:  Thomas A.
Norton, Harold L. Reinhart, William J. Rudy, James E.
Connolly, Paul G. Wrighter.
     11. Following officers assigned squadron:  2/Lt Leroy
B. Jansen, F/O Robert B. Schlicker, Gerard F. Seifert.
     12. No change.
     13. 2/Lt William R. Snipes, 2/Lt Irac H. Hendrickson,
Jr., 2/Lt Otto A. Bremer, 2/Lt Glen W. Crumbles, 2/Lt
Milton J. Ural, 2/Lt Glendon J,. Schooner, Arah J.
Walks, 2/Lt Thomas P. Lennon, Jr.
     14. No change.
     15. No change.
     16. No change.
     17. Following officers assigned squadron:  2/Lt
William P. D. Wilson, Jr., F/O Edward F. Wasiuta, F/O
John J. Tirpak, 2/Lt William L. Kicker.
     18. No change
     19. 1/Lt Heirlett trfd to 70th Repl Depot.
     20. No change.
     21. No change.
     22. F/O Bernard S. Klebeck appointed 2/Lt.
     23. No change.
     24. No change.
     25. 1/Lt Fink, James R. trd to 70th Repl Depot.
     26. No change.
     27. S/Sgt Hinerman died 1035 hrs.  Inquest revealed
coronary occlusion acute.
     28. No change.
          Strength:  Officers 108.  E/M 430
          Following E/M were married this month:  Sgt.
Francis J. Gibbon, Cpl. Walter Lafferty, Cpl. Gerald
Moore.

PERSONNEL COMPLETING OPERATIONAL TOURS
DURING FEBRUARY 1945

                                       Missions 
Date
1/Lt  Arthur Ernst          (P)        35-0      3 Feb.
1/Lt  Lewis Z. Strauss      (N/B)      35-0       “
T/Sgt Alvis O. Garner       (E)        35-0       “
T/Sgt Alva E. Smith         (RO)       35-0       “
S/Sgt Herbert L. Craft      (G)        35-0       “
S/Sgt William E. Davis      (G)        35-0       “
S/Sgt William A. Hogan      (G)        35-0       “
S/Sgt Basil H. Hall         (G)        35-0       “
1/Lt  James R. Fink         (P)        35-0     14 Feb.
S/Sgt Richard E. Hayes      (E)        35-0        “
S/Sgt Paul R. Holeman       (G)        35-0        “
1/Lt  Rayolyn W. Schroeder  (P)        35-0     15 Feb.
1/Lt  John D. Hewlett       (P)        35-0             “
1/Lt. David R. Lewis        (Radar N.) 35-0     “
T/Sgt Raymond C. Banciki    (E)        35-0       “
T/Sgt Guthrie S. Kennard    (E)        35-0     21 Feb.
1/Lt  Charles H. Bonner     (P)        35-0     23 Feb.
T/Sgt Andrew D. Suppo       (RO)       35-0     24 Feb.
1/Lt  James H. Koranda      (N)        35-0     26 Feb.
T/Sgt David Welnowitz       (E)        35-0     26 Feb.
T/Sgt Frank F. Herzog       (G)        35-0     26 Feb.
T/Sgt William G. Findlon Jr.(RO)       35-0     28 Feb.

    CREWS MISSING IN ACTION

During the month of February 1945, the 322nd Bomb
Squadron had no losses of personnel or aircraft.    
   
 

            8TH AIR FORCE
         1ST AIR DIVISION (H)
     1ST COMBAT BOMBARDMENT WING (H)
         91ST BOMBARDMENT GROUP
      322nd BOMBARDMENT SQUADRON (H)
Period covered:  1 March 1945 to 31 March 1945
    Prepared by Samuel Y. Gibbon, Capt. A.C.
                   Sgt. A. F. Gentile

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. List of Briefings and completed missions.
2. Completed mission summaries.
3. Loading Lists (one copy only to go with original).
4. Confirmed enemy aircraft claims.
5. Prisoners of War.
6. Personnel changes.
7. Personnel completing operational tours during March
1945.
8. Crews missing in action.

LIST OF BRIEFINGS AND COMPLETED MISSIONS
            March 1945
Brief #  Mission #  Date         Target           Disposition
456      304        1 Mar 1945   Heilbrownn       Completed
457      305        2 Mar 1945   Ld & Lo Chemnitz Completed
                                 Hi Jocketa       Completed
458      306        3 Mar 1945   Chemnitz         Completed
459      307        4 Mar 1945   Ld Reutlingen    Completed
                                 Hi & Lo Ulm      Completed
460      308        7 Mar 1945   Ld,Hi  Dortmund  Completed
                                 Lo  Giessen      Completed
461      309        8 Mar 1945   Hals             Completed
462      310        9 Mar 1945   Kassel           Completed
463      311       10 Mar 1945   Sinsen           Completed
   (ED. NOTE:  From this point on, the typist of the
report made a mistake, juxtaposing the Briefing number
and the Mission number.  I have placed them in the
correct order. - FF)
464      312       12 Mar 1945  Dillenburg        Completed
465      313       14 Mar 1945  Vlotho            Completed
                                Hi-Osnabruck      Completed
466      315       15 Mar 1945  Oranienburg       Completed
467                16 Mar 1945  Leipzig           Scrubbed
468      315       17 Mar 1945  Bohlen            Completed
469      316       18 Mar 1945  Berlin            Completed
470      317       19 Mar 1945  Plauen            Completed
471      318       21 Mar 1945  Rheine/Salzbergen Completed
472      319       22 Mar 1945  Dorsten           Completed
473      320       23 Mar 1945  Coesfeld          Completed
474      321       24 Mar 1945  Vechta            Completed
475      322       24 Mar 1945  Twente/Enschede   Completed
476                25 Mar 1945  Zeitz             Recalled
477                26 Mar 1945  Ebrach            Scrubbed
478                27 Mar 1945  Fulda             Scrubbed
479     323        28 Mar 1945  Spanden           Completed
                                Stendal
480     324        30 Mar 1945  Bremen            Completed
481     325        31 Mar 1945  Halle             Completed
                                Aschersleben

    MISSION SUMMARIES

    Heilbrownn M/Y - 1 March 1945
    Primary Target:  Heilbrownn M/Y
A/C#        PILOT
475        Capt. Goodrich
755        Lt. Price
901        Lt. Mathers
596        Lt. Marlow
707        Lt. Davidson
000        Lt. Hansen
308        Lt. Snipes
790        Lt. Smoley
333        Lt. Swegle
591        Lt. Pearson
964        Lt. Van Blarcom
306        Lt. Chase
578        Lt. Troccoli

REMARKS:  Capt. Goodrich led the high squadron on
today’s mission flying with F/O Hogle.  The primary
target - railway traffic center in Heilbrownn - was
bombed by Gee-H methods with unobserved results.
Equipment was functioning properly and a good run was
made.  Three A/C received minor damage from flak
enroute to target.

    Chemnitz - 2 March 1945
    Target attacked: Railway M/Y
    Primary Target: Bohlen Synthetic Oil Plant
471        Capt. Ellis
964        Lt. Reinhart
333        Lt. Swegle
755        Lt. Price
578        Lt. Snipes
095        Lt. Van Blarcom
088        Lt. Hansen
591        Lt. Ashlock
000        Lt. Marlow
707        Lt. Davidson
790        Lt. Smoley
901        Lt. Wrighter

REMARKS:  Capt. Ellis, flying with Lt. Chase, led the
low squadron, attacking the Railway M/Yds in Chemnitz
by H2X methods with unobserved results.  Flak was
observed but not encountered.  Due to difficulty with
H2X equipment this squadron found it necessary to make
a second run on the target.

    Chemnitz 3 March 1945
    Target Attacked:  Chemnitz M/Y
    Primary Target: Ruhland Synthetic Oil Plant
REMARKS:  Again it was necessary to bomb the Secondary
Target due to cloud cover over the primary.  The M/Yds
at Chemnitz were attacked by H2X methods.  The 322nd
Squadron did not fly.

    Reutlingen - 4 March 1945
    Target attacked:  Reutlingen Railway Junction
    Primary Target:  Ulm Tank and Vehicle Factory
588        Major Newquist, Capt. Towner
471        Lt. Reichert
000        Lt. Miller
596        Lt. Troccoli
707        Lt. Marlow
901        Lt. Wrighter
790        Lt. Smoley
333        Lt. Swegle
088        Lt. Lien
095        Lt. Ashlock
755        Lt. Snipes
308        Lt. Reinhart

REMARKS:  Maj. Newquist flew with Capt. Towner as
Group Air Commander of 1st “C” group.  The primary
target was the tank and vehicle factory at Ulm .  The
lead squadron was making a good Gee-H run on the
target when another squadron of B-17s passed directly
below them and prevented a bomb release.  The railway
junction at Reutlingen was attacked by H2X methods
with unobserved results.  This was the assigned last
resort target.  No flak was encountered.


    Dortmund - 7 March 1945
    Primary Target:  Dortmund Coking Plant

475        Capt. Ellis
755        Lt. Price
901        Lt. Wrighter
095        Lt. Pearson
088        Lt. Chase
578        Lt. Schone
790        Lt. Hansen
000        Lt. Miller
964        Lt. Reinhart
308        Lt. Mathers
306        Lt. Marlow
596        Lt. Lien
333        Lt. Swegle

    Huls - 8 March 1945
    Primary Target: Hulz Synthetic Rubber Factory
475        Capt. Goodrich
755        Lt. Price
790        Lt. Hansen
095        Lt. Van Blarcom
578        Lt. Troccoli
591        Lt. Pearson
308        Lt. Mathers
000        Lt. Miller
306        Lt. Marlow
596        Lt. Lien
964        Lt. Reinhart
088        Lt. Schone

REMARKS:  A benzol plant at Huls, the assigned target,
was bombed by Gee-H methods with unobserved results,
but it is reported that equipment was working
perfectly and a good run was made by all three
squadrons.  Capt. Goodrich flying with Lt. D.S. Smith
led the low squadron furnished by the 322nd.  No
damage from flak to any A/C.  Lt. Schone flying A/C
#088 brought his bombs back due to a bomb rack
malfunction.

588        Maj. Close
777        Lt. Price
306        Lt. Swegle
578        Lt. Mathers
964        Lt. Chase
755        Lt. Hansen
790        Lt. Smoley
596        Lt. Pearson
308        Lt. Lien
324        Lt. Ashlock
707        Lt. Wrighter
095        Lt. Van Blarcom


REMARKS:  Maj. Close flew as Group Air Commander in
the lead A/C with Lt. Schroeder as his pilot.  The
railway center at Sinsen, which was the assigned
target, was bombed by Gee-H methods with unobserved
results.  None of the A/C in this squadron suffered
damage.

    Dillenburg - 12 March 1945
    Primary Target:  Dillenburg M/Yds
588        Capt. Goodrich
880        Lt. Snipes
901        Lt. Lien
591        Lt. Ashlock
964        Lt. Reinhart
707        Lt. Pearson
755        Lt. Hansen
790        Lt. Smoley
578        Lt. Troccoli
306        Lt. Marlow
596        Lt. Roach
308        Lt. Mathers
095        Lt. Van Blarcom

REMARKS:  Again bombing was done by Gee-H methods with
unobserved results due to cloud cover.  The target was
the Railway M/Yds at Dillenburg about 40 miles
northeast of Coblenz .  Capt. Goodrich flew in the lead
ship of the high squadron with Lt. Kranch as his
pilot.  No flak damage was suffered.

    Vlotho - 14 March 1945
    Primary Target:  Vlotho R/R bridge

707        Lt. Pearson
790        Lt. Smoley
095        Lt. Van Blarcom
308        Lt. Snipes
306        Lt. Roach
000        Lt. Mayka
475        Capt. Ellis
591        Lt. Hansen
578        Lt. Troccoli
755        Lt. Price
964        Lt. Schone
901        Lt. Lien

REMARKS:  Capt. Ellis with Lt. Swegle piloting, flew
in the lead A/C of the low squadron.  The R/R bridge
over the Weser River at Vlotho was attacked visually
with excellent results as evidenced by the strike
photographs.  No A/C received any flak damage.

    Oranienburg - 15 March 1945
    Primary Target:  Oranienburg M/Yds.

REMARKS:  The M/Yds at Oranienburg, the home of the SS
ordnance depot, was attacked by this group with good
results.  The 322nd Squadron stood down.

    Bohlen - 17 March 1945
    Primary Target:  Bohlen Synthetic Oil Plant

630        Maj. Close
792        Lt. Price
596        Lt. Roach
306        Lt. Marlow
095        Lt. Schone
014        Lt. Chase
000        Lt. Mayka
790        Lt. Smoley
308        Lt. Mathers
578        Lt. Troccoli
591        Lt. Ashlock
707        Lt. Pearson

REMARKS:  Maj. Close flew as Air Commander with Col.
Merlin I. Carter of 1st CBW as his pilot.  The
synthetic oil plant at Bohlen was attacked by H2X
methods with unobserved results.  The equipment was
working perfectly but considerable crowding by other
formations caused difficulty on the bomb run.  High
cloud forced the formation to fly about 4000 ft. above
briefed altitude, the lead squadron bombing from
29,000 ft.  No flak was encountered.

    Berlin - 18 March 1945
    Primary Target:  Berlin M/Yds

852        Capt. Goodrich
790        Lt. Lien
306        Lt. Marlow
591        Lt. Ashlock
578        Lt. Troccoli
707        Lt. Kranch
035        Lt. Schone
000        Lt. Miller
964        Lt. Hansen
308        Lt. Mathers
596        Lt. Roach
901        Lt. Wilson
095        Lt. Snipes

REMARKS:  The 322nd furnished the high squadron with
Capt. Goodrich as Air Commander and Lt. Swegle pilot
in the lead A/C.  The target was the Schlesischer
station and East Marshalling Yards in Berlin .  This
squadron made a PFF run but was able to bomb visually.
Strike photos show hits in the M/Yds east of the
assigned MPI.  Moderate and very accurate A/A fire
encountered at the target resulted in minor battle
damage to seven A/C of this squadron and major damage
to six. Damage to A/C #308 flown by Lt. Mathers made
it necessary for him to land on the continent at
Brussels .

    Plauen - 19 March 1945
    Primary Target: Bohlen Synthetic Oil Plant

651        Lt. Schroeder
806        Lt. Troccoli
431        Lt. Reinhart
578        Lt. Price
333        Lt. Hansen
901        Lt. Wilson
596        Lt. Roach
116        Lt. Smoley
095        Lt. Snipes
636        Lt. Lien
591        Lt. Ashlock
707        Lt. Kranch

REMARKS:  Flying the low squadron with Lt. Schroeder
in the lead A/C this Sq. bombed the town of Plauen by
H2X methods with unobserved results.  No flak was
encountered but high clouds and dense persistent
contrails made formation flying extremely difficult.

    Rheine/Salz. - 21 March 1945
    Primary Target:  Rheine/Salzbergen A/F

REMARKS:  The airdrome at Rheine/Salzbergen was bombed
visually with excellent results.  The 322nd Squadron
was stood down.

    Dorsten - 22 March 1945
    Primary Target:  Dorsten . Tactical area
475        Maj. Newquist
591        Lt. Snipes
333        Lt. Kranch
707        Lt. Pearson
755        Lt. Lien
324        Lt. Price
964        Lt. Reinhart
578        Lt. Marlow
086        Lt. Wilson
596        Lt. Roach
552        Lt. Schone
096        Lt. Van Blarcom


REMARKS:  A military camp near Dorsten was attacked
with fair to good results.  Major Newquist was group
leader with Lt. Schroeder as his pilot.  All three
squadrons started Gee-H runs but were able to bomb
visually.  Flak in the target area which damaged 12
A/C in the high squadron was not accurate for the lead
squadron and only damaged two ships.

    Coesfeld - 23 March 1945
    Primary Target: Coesfeld R/R Center

475        Lt. Marsh
707        Lt. Pearson
588        Lt. Schone
591        Lt. Ashlock
964        Lt. Wilson
095        Lt. Van Blarcom
333        Lt. Kranch
088        Lt. Chase
306        Lt. Hansen
429        Lt. Lien
755        Lt. Price
959        Lt. Wrighter
596        Lt. Roach

REMARKS:  Lt. Marsh led the high squadron with Lt.
Kane as his pilot.  The R/R  M/Yds at Coesfeld were
bombed visually.  Strike photographs show good
results.  No flak was encountered.

    Vechta A/C - 24 March 1945
    Primary Target:  Vechta A/D

852        Lt. Swegle
901        Lt. Wrighter
707        Lt. Hansen
591        Lt. Ashlock
790        Lt. Schone
333        Lt. Troccoli
095        Lt. Van Blarcom
306        Lt. Marlow
964        Lt. Reinhart
755        Lt. Wilson
596        Lt. Roach
000        Lt. Barnsley

REMARKS:  Lt. Swegle flew as Air Commander of the low
squadron with Major Newquist as his pilot.  The A/F at
Vechta was bombed visually with excellent results.
Strike photos show a good concentration of hits from
this squadron covering the assigned aiming point.  A
good job of “post-holing” the field was accomplished.
No flak was encountered.

   
Twente-Enschede A/D - 24 March 1945
    Primary Target:  Twente-Enschede A/D

REMARKS:  The group furnished the high squadron of a
composite group for the second mission on this day.
Visual bombing of this A/D produced excellent results.
The 322nd did not fly.

    Spandau - 28 March 1945
    Primary Target: Spandau . Engine Factory.

REMARKS:  An aircraft engine factory at Spandau was
attacked by H2X methods with unobserved results.  The
322nd was stood down.

    Bremen - 30 March 1945
    Primary Target: Bremen Ship Yards
852        Capt. Thompson
095        Lt. Hansen
027        Lt. Lien
754        Lt. Price
707        Lt. Pearson
964        Lt. Schone
000        Lt. Miller
578        Lt. Troccoli
088        Lt. Wilson
596        Lt. Roach
333        Lt. Fuller
901        Lt. Snipes

REMARKS:  The submarine and ship building yards at
Bremen were bombed visually with good to excellent
results.  Capt. Thompson was group leader with Lt.
Schroeder as his pilot.  Strike photos show an
excellent concentration of hits from this squadron
covering
the aiming point.  Moderate accurate A/A fire resulted
in minor damage to seven A/C of this squadron and
major damage to one.

    Halle & Aschersleben - 31 March 1945
    Primary Target:  Merseburg (Leuna)

852        Maj. Newquist
901        Lt. Wrighter
333        Lt. Fuller
790        Lt. Smoley
306        Lt. Pearson
578        Lt. Troccoli
088        Lt. Chase
095        Lt. Hansen
153        Lt. Schone
000        Lt. Reinhart
755        Lt. Norton
844        Lt. Lien

REMARKS:  The locomotive depot at Halle was attacked
by the lead and high squadrons and five A/C of the low
squadron by PFF methods with unobserved results.
Seven A/C of the low squadron bombed the M/Yds at
Aschersleben visually with good results.  Maj.
Newquist led the high squadron with Lt. Moulton as his
pilot.  No damage was suffered by this squadron.

CONFIRMED ENEMY AIRCRAFT CLAIMS
        March 1945

The 322nd Bomb Squadron had no E/A claims for the
month of March 1945.

    PRISONERS OF WAR

During the month of March 1945, notification has been
received that the following personnel of the 322nd
Bomb Squadron are prisoners of war:
    F/O   George Alexander, Jr.    (N)
    T/Sgt Roy M. Tanner            (RO)
    S/Sgt Oliver K. Birch          (TG)
    2/Lt  John L. Bunch, Jr.       (B)
    2/Lt  Robert P. Casey          (CP)
    S/Sgt Robert E. Cunningham     (BTG)
    S/Sgt Mike Duran               (WG)
    1/Lt  Modesto Olivo            (B)
    1/Lt  Joseph A. Young          (Mickey Oper.)
    1/Lt  Ralph K. Caldwell        (N)
    2/Lt  Robert W. Christophersen (B)
    2/Lt  Charles R. Hackstock     (CP)
    1/Lt  Oren E. Harper           (CP)
    2/Lt  Theodore P. Herrick, Jr. (N)
    S/Sgt Charles R. Hitchcock     (BTG)
    1/Lt  John W. Keckler          (CP)
    T/Sgt Claude S. Mason          (TTG)
    S/Sgt Willis S. Pierce, Jr.    (BTG)
    T/Sgt Harry D. Wellington      (TTG)

        PERSONNEL CHANGES
        March 1945
     1. Strength:  Officers 93.  F/O 15.  E/M 439
     2. No change.
     3. Following officers assigned to squadron:  1/Lts
Frank D. Hentze (Nav.), 2/Lt Sidney O. Barnsley (P),
2/Lt Ralph D. Simon (CP), 2/Lt George R. Krasuli (B).
     4. 1/Lt James H. Kovanda (N) trfd to 70th Repl
Depot.
     5. No change.
     6. 1/Lt William H. Delchamps promoted to Capt.
(Engineering Officer)
     7. Following 2/Lts promoted to 1/Lts:  Robert W.
Roach (P), Wayne F. Swegle (P), Stephen Lada (B).
     8. No change.
     9. 1/Lt Dobrowitz, Alfred J. trfd to 70th Repl
Dept.
    10
. 1/Lt. Harold B. Reichert (P) trfd to AAF Station
590.
    11. 2/Lt Robert E. Hudspeth promoted to 1/Lt.
    12. Following officers’ trfd to 70th Repl Depot:
Capt. Francis W. Towner, 1/Lt Edward H. Davidson, 1/Lt
Robert N. Peterson.
    13. No change.
    14. No change.
    15. No change.
    16. No change.
    17. No change.
    18. F/O Jess V. Ziccarello appointed 2/Lt.  2/Lt.
Charles F. Hadd promoted to 1/Lt.
    19. No change.
    20. No change.
    21. No change.
    22. Capt. Goodrich, Ferrell K., trfd to 70th Photo
Group.
    23. No change.
    24. No change.
    25. 2/Lts Ray E. Forsback and Elmer H. Fredrickson
promoted to 1/Lt.
    26. No change.
    27. Capt. Ivor O. Tufty (P) assigned to squadron.
    28. Capt. Floyd M. Marshall (PX Officer) trfd to
323rd Squadron.
    29. Capt. Frederick D. Ellis (P) trfd to 70th Repl
Depot.
    30. No change.
    31. No change.

PERSONNEL COMPLETING OPERATIONAL TOURS
DURING MARCH 1945
                                  Missions/Date
T/Sgt Joseph Wirtz          (RO)      35-0    1 March
S/Sgt Wayne W. Ritchie   (Arm.G)   35-0    “
1/Lt  Alfred J. Dobrowitz   (Nav/B)   35-0    “
T/Sgt Bernard J. Katewski   (Eng.G)   35-0    2 Mar 
S/Sgt Clarence R. Hinz      (G)       35-0    “
Capt. Francis N. Towner     (P)       30-0    4 March
1/Lt  Robert N. Peterson    (Nav-B)   30-0    “
1/Lt  Harold B. Reichert    (P)       35-0    “
1/Lt  Edward H. Davidson    (P)       35-0    “
T/Sgt Harold G. Baker       (Eng.G)   35-0    “
T/Sgt Lyle C. Holder        (RO)      35-0    “
T/Sgt Ellis C. Eskew        (Arm.G)   35-0    “
S/Sgt Cletus L. Diss        (Arm.G)   35-0    “
S/Sgt Thomas M. Challis     (Arm.G)   35-0    “
S/Sgt Oren Knight           (RO)      35-0    “
Capt. Frederick D. Ellis    (P)       30-0   14 Mar   
S/Sgt Donald A. Bradley     (Arm.G)   35-0    “
S/Sgt Earl E. Lussier       (Arm.G)   35-0    “
Capt. Ferral K. Goodrich    (P)       28-2   18 Mar   
S/Sgt Robert E. Tyndall     (Arm.G)   35-0   31 Mar
S/Sgt Rene A. Chapius       (Arm.G)   35-0    “
S/Sgt John H. Smelser       (Arm.G)   35-0    “
Sgt.  Martin A. Buckholz    (Arm.G)   35-0    “
 

              8TH AIR FORCE
            1ST AIR DIVISION (H)
      1ST COMBAT BOMBARDMENT WING (H)
        91ST BOMBARDMENT GROUP (H)
      322ND BOMBARDMENT SQUADRON (H)
Period Covered: 1 April 1945 to 30 April 1945
    Prepared by:  Samuel Y. Gibbon, Capt. A.C
                     Sgt. A. F. Gentile

    TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. List of Briefings and completed missions.
2. Completed Mission Summaries.
3. Loading lists (one copy only to go with original).
4. Confirmed Enemy Aircraft Claims
5. Prisoners of War.
6. Personnel changes.
7. Personnel completing operational tours
     during April 1945.
8. Crews missing in action.

LIST OF BRIEFINGS AND COMPLETED MISSIONS
Brief.#   Mission #   Date   
      Target          Disposition
482                   2 April 1945 Snrydstrutden   Recalled
483                   3 April 1945
Kaldenkirchen   Scrubbed
484                   3 April 1945 Baldrings       Scrubbed
485  
     326         4 April 1945 Falsberg        Completed
486    
   327         5 April 1945 Grafenwohr      Completed
487   
    328         7 April 1945 Kohlenbissen    Completed
                            
       Lo- Faseberg    Completed
488  
     329         8 April 1945 Stendal         Completed
489   
    330         9 April 1945 Oberhaffenhofen Completed
490   
    331        10 April 1945 Oranienburg     Completed
                             
      Lo-Rechlin/Larz Completed
491    
   332        11 April 1945 Freiham         Completed
492         
         12 April 1945 Bayreuth        Scrubbed
493    
   333        13 April 1945 Neumunster      Completed
494    
   334        15 April 1945 Rochefort Area  Completed
495    
   335        16 April 1945 Regensburg      Completed
496    
   336        17 April 1945 Dresden         Completed
497   
    337        18 April 1945 Roschheim       Completed
498   
    338        20 April 1945 Brandenburg     Completed
499   
    339        21 April 1945 Munich          Completed
500   
    340        25 April 1945 Pilsen          Completed

    MISSION SUMMARIES

    Fassberg A/C 4 April 1945
    Primary Target:  Reinsehlen Landing Field
   
A/C#
832        Lt. Johnson
088        Lt. Mathers
225        Lt. Troccoli
000        Lt. Miller
333        Lt. Fuller
755        Lt. Worton
790        Lt. Smoley
901        Lt. Wrighter
027        Lt. Snipes
964        Lt. Schone
591        Lt. Ashlock
707        Lt. Barnsley

REMARKS:  The 322nd flew the low squadron of the
group with Lt. Johnson as the squadron leader.   The
#1 and #2 targets were cloud covered and the leaders
of the low and high squadrons were unable to make a
visual run on any airdrome in the assigned area so in
accordance with orders they brought their bombs back.
The lead squadron made a visual run on Fassberg A/C
through 6/10 to 8/10 clouds with unobserved results.
No enemy opposition was encountered.

    Grafenwohr 5 April 1945
    Primary Target:  Grafenwohr Ordnance Depot

REMARKS:  The railway sidings at Grafenwohr were
bombed with poor to good results by the group flying
1st “A.”  The 322nd was stood down for the day.

    Kohlenbissen & Faseberg 7 April 1945
    Primary Target:  Kohlenbissen Landing Ground

842        Maj. Close
901        Lt. Wrighter
790        Lt. Snipes
027        Lt. Lien
630        Lt. Price
000        Lt. Mayka
964        Lt. Reinhart
333        Lt. Fuller
591        Lt. Barnsley
088        Lt. Roach
014        Lt. Wilson
755        Lt. Pearson

REMARKS:  Maj. Close flew as Group Commander with
Capt. Schroeder as his pilot.  The lead squadron
bombed Faseberg A/D with very good results, the
bombardier having mistaken this field for Kohlenbissen
which was the assigned #1 target.  Bombing was
accomplished from 15,000 ft. with no enemy opposition.
The high and low squadrons bombed the number one
target with excellent results.

    Stendal 8 April 1945
    Primary Target:  Stendal Oil Storage

777        Lt. Johnson
333        Lt. Fuller
707        Lt. Pearson
036        Lt. Ashlock
964        Lt. Schone
790        Lt. Snipes
000        Lt. Wilson
088        Lt. Chase
027        Lt. Kranch
901        Lt. Wrighter
596        Lt. Roach
095        Lt. Barnsley
755        Lt. Mathers

REMARKS:  The #2 target which was the locomotive
repair shops at Stendal was bombed with H2X methods
plus a visual assist in the case of the lead and high
squadrons.  The high squadron was furnished by the
322nd, led by Lt. Johnson.  Strike photographs for the
high squadron’s bombs show an excellent concentration
of hits covering the aiming point.  Almost the entire
concentration lies within a 1000 ft. circle over the
MPI.  Meager to moderate tracking A/A fire on the bomb
run which was extremely accurate resulted in minor
damage to 13 A/C and major damage to 4 in the group.
The high and lead squadrons each lost one A/C in the
target area from flak damage.  Lt. Fuller’s A/C #333,
“Wee Willie,” flying its 129th mission, was seen to
lose a wing from a direct hit by flak over the target
and finally exploded. No chutes were observed.

    Oberpfaffenhofen 9 April 1945
    Primary Target:  Oberpfaffenhofen A/C

630        Lt. Swegle
036        Lt. Barnsley
540        Lt. Wilson
939        Lt. Roach
615        F/O Roach
431        Lt. Marlow
901        Lt. Wrighter
000        Lt. Miller
095        Lt. Hansen
839        Lt. Mathers
263        Lt. Ashlock
790        Lt. Schone

REMARKS:  The A/D at Oberpfaffenhofen was bombed
visually by all three squadrons with excellent
results.  Strike photographs show that both assigned
aiming points were all covered with good
concentrations of hits.  Meager inaccurate flak from
the
Frieburg area enroute to the target resulted in
minor damage to two A/C of this squadron which flew
the low position with Lt. Swegle flying the lead A/C.

    Oranienburg, Rechlin/Larz A/D 10 April 1945
    Primary Target Oranienburg Ordnance Depot

REMARKS:  The 322nd squadron was stood down for the
day.  The main SS ordnance depot at Oranienburg was
bombed visually with excellent results by the high and
lead squadrons, and the low squadron bombed
Rechlin/Larz A/D.

    Neumunster R/R - 13 April 1945
    Primary Target:  Gustrow M/Y

777        Capt. Marsh
568        Lt. Snipes
036        Lt. Troccoli
591        Lt. Ashlock
088        Lt. Rosenthal
153        Lt. Pearson
964        Lt. Wilson
790        Lt. Smoley
596        Lt. Mathers
880        Lt. Kranch
000        Lt. Miller
901        Lt. Barnsley
095        Lt. Hansen

REMARKS:  Capt. Marsh led the high squadron furnished
by the 322nd on this mission to the railway center in
Neumunster.  The target was bombed visually with
excellent results.  No enemy opposition was
encountered.

    4 x 220 mm Guns,
    mouth of Gironde River
    15 April 1945
    Primary Target:  4 x 220 mm Guns

471        Lt. Johnson
596        Lt. Kranch
095        Lt. Hansen
000        Lt. Miller
618        Lt. Troccoli
591        Lt. Snipes
755        Lt. Mathers
790        Lt. Smoley
088        Lt. Pearson
964        Lt. Wilson
276        Lt. Marlow
901        Lt. Schone

REMARKS:  Lt. Johnson flew in the lead A/C of the
squadron which furnished the low squadron of the
group.  Gun emplacements at the mouth of the Gironde
estuary were attacked visually with excellent results
as shown by the strike photographs.  Assembly of the
group was accomplished over France .  No flak was
encountered at the target.

    Regensburg - 15 April 1945
    Primary Target:  Regensburg R/R Bridge

REMARKS:  The 322nd squadron was stood down for the
day.  The R/R bridge over the Danube River at
Regensburg was attacked visually with excellent
results.

    Dresden - 17 April 1945
    Primary Target: Dresden M/Y

852        Lt. Close
000        Lt. Pearson
790        Lt. Rosenthal
095        Lt. Hansen
792        Lt. Smoley
088        Lt. Wrighter
901        Lt. Schone
964        Lt. Reinhart
036        Lt. Troccoli
591        Lt. Snipes
755        Lt. Mathers
596        Lt. Kranch

RESULTS:  Maj. Close as group Air Commander flew with
Capt. Schroeder as his pilot.  The R/R roundhouse in
the M/Yds in the southern part of Dresden  with good
to excellent results.  Six or seven ME-262s were
encountered on the bomb run a few minutes before bombs
away.  Three of these attacked low squadron, one of
them pressing the attack to 100 yard range.  One
ME-262 attacked the high squadron.  Three of our A/C
were damaged before our fighter escort was able to
chase the enemy away from the formation.  Moderate
accurate tracking flak was encountered over the target
area.  This squadron had damage (ED.
NOTE:  Probably
“no damage.” - FF) or casualties but fifteen A/C in
the low and high squadrons were damaged and a tail
gunner wounded and a ball turret gunner killed.

    Rosenheim - 18 April 1945
    Primary Target:  Rosenheim R/R Center

588        Lt. Johnson
880        Lt. Schone
591        Lt. Snipes
755        Lt. Mathers
790        Lt. Koch
623        Lt. Barnsley
901        Lt. Wrighter
088        Lt. Chase
596        Lt. Kranch
095        Lt. Hansen
964        Lt. Marlow
036        Lt. Troccoli
000        Lt. Pearson

REMARKS:  Lt. Johnson led the high squadron on this
mission to Rosenheim.  The marshalling yards were
bombed visually with good to excellent results.
Mickey operators gave the bombardiers check points on
the bomb run due to difficulty in pilotage because of
a ground haze.  No damage was suffered from enemy
opposition.

    Brandenburg - 20 April 1945
    Primary Target:  Brandenburg workshops

475        Capt. Marsh
909        Lt. Barnsley
596        Lt. Kranch
841        Lt. Marlow
755        Lt. Naylor
591        Lt. Snipes
036        Lt. Troccoli
088        Lt. Chase
901        Lt. Wrighter
790        Lt. Schone
095        Lt. Hansen
000        Lt.
Shellhamer

REMARKS:  The marshalling yards at Brandenburg were
bombed visually with unobserved to excellent results.
This squadron flew in the low position with Capt.
March as air commander.  No enemy opposition.

    Munich M/Y - 21 April 1945
    Primary Target:  Munich M/Y

REMARKS:  The marshalling yards at Munich were bombed
by H2X methods with unobserved results.  The 322nd was
stood down.

    Pilsen A/F - 25 April 1945
    Primary Target:  Pilsen A/F

852        Lt. Col. Sheeler
792        Lt. Mathers
901        Lt. Wrighter
308        Lt. Wilson
596        Lt. Kranch
088        Lt. Smith
591        Lt. Snipes
095        Lt. Hansen
036        Lt. Barnsley
790        Lt. Schone
306        Lt. Marlow
755        Lt. Naylor

REMARKS:  Lt. Col. Sheeler, with Capt. Schroeder as
his co-pilot, flew in the lead A/c as group air
commander.  The airfield just SW of Pilsen was bombed
visually.  Results for the lead and low squadrons were
unobserved but the high squadron strike photographs
showed good results.  Moderate but very accurate flak
was encountered over the target just before bomb run
for about three minutes, resulting in minor damage to
13 A/C and major damage to 11 A/C.  Lt. Wilks,
navigator on Lt. Schone’s crew, was hit by flak in the
right thigh.  Lt. Marlow flying A/C #306 was forced to
land on the continent due to damage from flak over the
target.

CONFIRMED ENEMY AIRCRAFT CLAIMS
        April 1945

The 322nd Bomb Squadron had no E/A claims for the
month of April 1945.

    PRISONERS OF WAR
        April 1945

During the month of April 1945, notification has been
received that the following personnel of the 322nd
Bomb Squadron are prisoners of war:

2/Lt  Blanton, Ralph J., Jr. (P)
2/Lt  Burns, Roy W.          (N)
T/Sgt Caudell, George        (TT)
2/Lt  Cook, Roy R.           (B)
2/Lt   Covington , Norval L.   (CP)
T/Sgt Fugatt, Ralph J.       (RO)
1/Lt  Hare, Leroy B.         (P)
T/Sgt Porter, Lauren N.      (TT)
Sgt.  Stern, Allison M.      (B)
2/Lt  Miller, Irving K.      (CP)

    PERSONNEL
CHANGES
        April 1945

      1. Strength:  Officers 90.  F/O 14.  E/M 436.
      2. No change.
      3. No change.
      4. No change
      5. 1/Lt
Rayolyn W. Schroeder and 1/Lt. William
Nocitra promoted Capt.  Following 2/Lts to 1/Lts:
Melvin Dart, Robert T. Anderson, Seymour L. Rosenthal.
      6. Following Officers assigned squadron:  1/Lt
Ardley H. Naylor (P), 2/Lt George L. Wood (CP), F/O
Thomas A. Nelson (N), 1/Lt Frank J. Fusaro (B), 2/Lt
Lloyd
Shellhamer, Jr. (P), F/O Dewey F. Hartselle, Jr.
(CP), 2/Lt John W. Krautkraemer (N), F/O Delbert P.
Gomes, Jr. (B).
      7.  1/Lt Desmer C. Marsh promoted Capt.
      8. No change.
      9. 2/Lts Charles M. Bratcher (P), 2/Lt Robert W.
Crosley (CP), 2/Lt Edwin R. Szrgethy (N) asgd
squadron.
     10. No change.
     11. 2/Lt. Joseph D. Brodell, 2/Lt Vernon F. Currie
promoted 1/Lts.
     12. No change.
     13. 1/Lt Robert F. Sullivan promoted Capt., 2/Lt.
Joseph L. Buyder promoted 1/Lt. 
1/Lt Jay J. Kane trfd 70th RD.
     14. 1/Lt. Thomas A. Norton trfd 7th Photo Op. Sta.
234.
     15. No change.
     16. 1/Lt William L. Mayor (P), 2/Lt Cornell S. Vangar
(CP), 1/Lt Donald F. Franz (B), 2/Lt Giles F. Weher
(N) asgd squadron
     17. Following officers assigned squadron:  1/Lt Leo
H. McMillan (P), 2/Lt. Wiley C. Holland (CP), 2/Lt.
Norman C. Cox
(N), 2/Lt Joseph L. Alley (P), 2/Lt Alvin
L. Mecuesen (CP), 2/Lt Edmund Woodruff (N), 2/Lt James
W. Fleming, Jr. (B), 2/Lt Robert A. Isaacs (P), 2/Lt
Eugene E. Kelly, Jr. (CP), F/O Naros K. Lawdermilk
(N), 2/Lt James P. Nichols (N).
     18. No change.
     19. 1/Lt James F. Donovan (Adjutant) promoted to
Capt.
     20. No change.
     21. 1/Lt Albert  W.
Price (P), 1/Lt William J. Rudy
(N) trfd to 70th Repl Depot.
Capt. Walter W. Thompson  promoted to
Capt..
     22. No change.
     23. Capt. Robert N. Roberts (N), Robert W. Roach Jr.
(P) trfd to 70th Repl Depot.
1/Lt Elden H. Koch (P) trfd 38 sta. comp., sta. 595.
     24. 2/Lts Nathaniel Goldberg, Bernard S. Klebeck,
Gerald G. Kranch, Robert W. Millwee, Jr., Willard J.
Atman promoted to 1/Lts.
     25. No change.
     26. 1/Lt James L. Ashlock (P), 1/Lt K. Allen (P),
trfd to 70th Repl Depot. 
     27. 2/Lt Marvin L. Pearson promoted to 1st Lt.  1/Lt
Robert H. Miller (P), 1/Lt Robert P. Reese (B-N), 1/Lt
Daniel S. Mayka (P) trfd to 70th Repl Depot.
     28.  No change.
     29. 1/Lt David Mabberly (Obs.) asgd squadron.  2/Lt
Jess V. Ziccarello promoted to 1st Lt.
     30. No change
          Strength:  Officers 95.  F/O 18.  E/M 438.

PERSONNEL COMPLETING OPERATIONAL TOURS
    April 1945

                 Missions Date

1/Lt  Kane, Jay J.          (P)     35-0    4 April
Capt. Roberts, Robert N.    (N)      “      7 April
1/Lt  Price, Albert W.      (P)      “      7 April
1/Lt  Norton, Thomas A.     (P)      “      7 April
1/Lt. Ruby, William J.      (P)      “      7 April
T/Sgt Baird, Vernon H.      ( Eng.     “      7 April
T/Sgt Cummings, James D.    (RO)     “      7 April
S/Sgt Wilson, Leslie E.     (G)      “      7 April
1/Lt  Roach, Robert W.      (P)      “      9 April
T/Sgt Bentley, Charles D.   (G)      “     11 April
1/Lt. Ashlock, James L.     (P)      “     13 April
1/Lt  Allen, Warren H.      (P)      “     13 April
T/Sgt Polinski, Joseph V.   (Eng.G)  “     13 April
S/Sgt Zajac, John T., Jr.   (G)      “     13 April
S/Sgt McGowan, Samuel R.    (G)      “     13 April
1/Lt  Reese, Robert F.      (N-B)    “     15 April
1/Lt  Miller, Robert H.     (P)      “     15 April
1/Lt  Mayka, Daniel S.      (P)      “     15 April
2/Lt  Klebeck, Bernard S.   (N)      “     15 April
S/Sgt Shorb, Daniel M.      (G)      “     15 April
T/Sgt Mantis (?), Augustus  (RO)     “     15 April
T/Sgt Hine, William         (RO)     “     17 April
T/Sgt Kearns, Martin F.     (Eng.G)  “     17 April
S/Sgt Cannellas, Joe, Jr.   (Eng.G)  “     17 April
1/Lt  Smoley, Earl M.       (P)      “     17 April
2/Lt  Ziccarello, Jess V.   (N)      “     17 April
T/Sgt McMullen, Sterling E. (RO)     “     17 April
S/Sgt Montgomery, Carl L.   (Eng.G)  “     17 April
1/Lt  Forsback,  Roye E.    (N)      “     17 April
1/Lt  Koch, Eldon K.        (P)      “     18 April
T/Sgt Lyall, Grady          (RO)     “     18 April
T/Sgt Whitmore, J.
L. Jr.    (Eng.G)  “     18 April
1/Lt  Troccoli, Joseph J.   (P)      “     20 April
1/Lt. Curris, Vernon F.     (N)      “     20 April
1/Lt  Buydon, Joseph L.     (P)      “     20 April
1/Lt  Wrighter, Paul G.     (P)      “     25 April
1/Lt. Dart, Melvin          (N)      “     25 April
T/Sgt Stilson (?), Louis F. (G)      “     25 April

 

               8TH AIR FORCE
         1ST AIR DIVISION (H)
    1ST COMBAT BOMBARDMENT WING (H)
      91ST BOMBARDMENT GROUP (H)
    322ND BOMBARDMENT SQUADRON (H)
Period Covered:  1 May 1945 to 30 May 1945
Prepared by: Samuel Y. Gibbon, Capt. A.C.
                        S/Sgt A. F. Gentile

    MISSION SUMMARY
        May 1945
No operational missions were flown by the group during
the month of May 1945, but “Rubberneck” tours were
flown over the Ruhr and other German target areas at
low altitudes for the purpose of allowing ground and
staff personnel to observe the results attained in
cracking the German military and industrial machine.
Also a series of “Revival” missions were flown to
evacuate American, British, and French liberated
prisoners of war from Germany to France and England .
   
    “Rubberneck” - 8 May 1945
A/C#
562        Capt. Marsh
308        Lt.   Barnsley
790        Lt.   Schone

REMARKS:  Capt. Marsh, Lt. Barnsley and Lt. Schone
flew with nine other A/C from the group to Alconbury
to take personnel from that base on a tour of the
Ruhr .

    “Rubberneck” - 9 May 1945
9000        Lt.  Snipes
964        Capt. Hansen
088        Lt.   Mathers

REMARKS:  Lt. Snipes, Capt. Hansen and Lt. Mathers
flew with nine other A/C again to Alconbury for the
same purpose.

    “Rubberneck” - 10 May 1945
575        Maj. Close
596        Lt.  Kranch
000        Capt. Johnson
964        Lt. Reinhart
308        Lt. Wilson
755        Lt. Pearson
901        Lt. Major
088        Lt. Shellhamer
790        Lt. Van Blarcom
095        Capt. Schroeder
591        Lt. Naylor

REMARKS:  Eleven personnel from this squadron took
personnel from the 91st Bomb Group on a tour over
Ostend, Brussels, Aachen, Dusseldorf, Cologne, Bonn,
Coblenz,  Bingen, Frankfurt, Schweinfurt, Mannheim,
Strasbourg, Cape Gris Nez, and Dungeness.

    “Rubberneck” - 11 May 1945

562        Maj. Close
901        Lt.  Isaacs
755        Lt.  Naylor

REMARKS:  Lts. Chase, Isaacs and Naylor again flew to
Alconbury to take their personnel on a Rubberneck
tour.

    “Revival” - 11 May 1945

964        Capt. Marsh
095        Lt. Bratcher
308        Lt. Mathers
591        Lt. Snipes
088        Lt. Smith
596        Lt. Kranch
790        Lt. Marlow

REMARKS:  This squadron furnished seven A/C on an
evacuation mission to Linz A/C (Austria).  The group
brought back 120 French POWs to A-39 and 30 British
POWs to For A/C England.  Several A/C came back empty
as there were no more POWs to be brought back.

    “Revival” - 12 May 1945
    Barth, Germany

308        Maj. Close
901        Lt. Shellhamer
755        Lt. Naylor
000        Lt. Reinhart
964        Lt. Van Blarcom
591        Lt. Barnsley
095        Lt. Wilson
790        Lt. McMillan

REMARKS:  Under the command of General Gross of the
1st Combat Wing, the 91st Group furnished A/C and
crews to evacuate POWs from Stalag Luft #1 at Barth,
Germany, over a period of three days.  Many of the men
evacuated were formerly assigned to squadrons of this
group.  A total of 2,032 POW’s were evacuated by the
group in the three days of operations.   

    MISSION SUMMARY

The following pilots participated on the “Revival”
mission to Barth, Germany, 13 May 1945:
A/C#
088        Maj. W. W. Thompson
036        Lt. Moulton
964        Lt. Snipes
596        Lt. Marlow
901        Capt. Johnson
591        Lt. Mathers
000        Lt. Chase
790        Lt. Marsh
308        Lt. Pearson
095        Capt. Schroeder

The following pilots participated on the “Revival”
mission to Barth, Germany, 14 May 1945:

036        Capt. Schroeder
755        Lt. Moulton
964        Lt. Van Blarcom
901        Lt. Chase
591        Lt. McMillan
000        Lt. Alley

    “Home-Run” - May 1945

REMARKS:  Lt. Snipes, Reinhart, Isaacs, Barnsley and
Alley with crews left here by truck for Burtonwood to
fly A/C from that base to the Z of I.  Unfortunately
for the personnel involved the A/C were not
sufficiently stripped down and five men from each crew
were sent back on the following day.

    “Home-Run” - May 26 1945

REMARKS:  On the 26th May, Lts Wilson, Schone, Swegle
and Bratcher with their crews took off the first leg
of the trip home by the Northern Atlantic Route .

    PERSONNEL CHANGES
        May 1945
      1. Strength:  officers 95. F/O 18.  E/M 438.
Following officers trfd to 70th Repl Depot:  1/Lts Roy
E. Forsback (N), Jess V. Ziccarello (P), Earl M.
Smoley (P).
      2. Following officers trfd to 70th Repl Depot:
1/Lts Joseph L. Buydos (P), Joseph J. Troccoli (P),
Vernon F. Curne (N).  Following 2nd Lts promoted to
1st Lts:  John C. Bosworth, Harvey B. Bunkholder,
Thomas H. Moulton Jr., Walter J. Wyszynski.
      3. 1/Lt Harold D. Johnson promoted to Captain.
F/O Gratins, Donald L. and Llegard, Allen K.,
appointed 2/Lts.
      4. 1/Lt Paul G. Wrighter trfd to 70th Repl Depot.
      5. No change.
      6. 2/Lt Leroy B. Hansen promoted to 1/Lt.
      7. No change.
      8. No change.
      9. No change.
     10. No change.
     11. No change.
     12. F/O John B. Temple and Robert D. Burnside
appointed to 2/Lts.  1/Lt Gerald W. Brookman trfd to
Z. of I.
     13. No change.
     14. F/O Stephen D. Jordan (1034) trfd to Det of
Patients, 4340 USAHP APO 228.
     15. No change.
     16. No change.
     17. No change.
     18. No change.
     19. No change.
     20. No change.
     21. No change.
     22. F/O Carleton J. Hogle appointed to 2/Lt.
     23. No change
     24. No change.
     25. F/O Stuart K. Gilbertson appointed to 2/Lt.  F/O
Wallace J. Harster appointed to  2/Lt.  2/Lt John B.
Temple trfd to 1st CBW.
     26.  Following officers trfd to 70th Repl Depot:
Capt. Robert F. Sullivan, 1/Lt Robert J. Anderson,
1/Lt Charles F. Hadd (?), 1/Lt Nathaniel Goldberg,
1/Lt David G. Moberly.
     27. No change.
     28. No change.
     29. No change.
     30. No change. 
          Total strength of personnel for the 322nd
Squadron at the end of May 1945 is as follows:
Officers 92.  F/O 10.  E/M 441.

 

 

 

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