MISSION NO. 179

COLOGNE, GERMANY

28 JANUARY, 1945

There had been reports of considerable movement of German troops from the Western Front to the Eastern Front (the German Ardennes Offensive had been crushed). The targets were the vast marshalling yards at Cologne, where massive troop movements could be coordinated.

The 457th comprised the 94th A Combat Wing, with Major Doherty as Air Commander. Combat Wing assembly was accomplished. A wind change interrupted the time schedule and made a deviation in course necessary, placing the Group about seven miles left of course.

Proper position in the Division formation along the Division assembly line was attained.

The route from the end of the Division assembly line to the IP was flown approximately as briefed. Slight deviations in course were caused by the necessity of remaining in Division formation. Just before the IP, the Group swung wide to the right because the flux-gate compass was not functioning normally and some difficulty was experienced with the PFF equipment. However, corrections were made and the Group crossed the IF on course. Cloud coverage was ten tenths and bombing was done by means of G-H equipment in Group formation. The bombs were released from 25,000 feet.

After the bombs were dropped, the plane piloted by Lt. William P. Boyes left the formation near Coblenz, with one engine feathered, but apparently under control. It later crashed near Coblenz. Two crewmen lost their lives, one evaded and six were captured and became prisoners of war.

CREW LOADING LIST

January 28th, 1945

Mission No 179  Target: Cologne, Germany

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  748th Squadron 749th Squadron 750th Squadron 751th Squadron
  A/C # 606 A/C # 239 A/C # 838 A/C # 885
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Thomas P. Thompson
Milton Braverman
Stanley Zocks
Robert B. Black
Thomas C. Elliott
Lyle W. Astry
Henry W. Bennett
John R. Westhoff

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Donald E. Lady
John B. Parker
Edwin B. Benson
Gerald Zelikofsky
Francis E. Snow
Donald H. Gravelle
John J. Sweeny
Vincent J. Fallon
Harvey G. Ray
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Harold A. Schuler
William K. Doherty
Thomas A. Goff
Clark  (303rd B. G.)
James L. Quarry
Ralph D. Stutzman
Lawrence D. Wilde
Albert P. Boemer
Lester L. Epps
Earl L. McAdams
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Ambrose W. Reese
James F. Stoner
Paul A. Brook
Joel  Lester
Edward F. Peters
Charles E. Kenney
James E. McCloskey
Percy C. Mack
Alfred C. Hetrick
 

  A/C # 101 A/C # 591 A/C # 528 A/C # 123
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William P. O Connor
Robert J. Jacobson
Tommy M. Pruitt
James L. Gray
Frank E. Humphries
Hubert O. Newell
William D. Oden
Cleotis N. Helm

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Quenton P. Thompson
Edward R. Sage
Stanley P. Gillespie
Michael E. Attaway
George A. Steltzer
Joseph M. Mooney
Rudolph E. Stegeman
Gerald D. Stevens

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Eugene F. Howard
Robert D. Beltz
John S. King
Thomas D. McCormick
Lee R. Groman
Donald S. Moore
Frank C. Tucker
Hiram E. Morrow

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Donald D. Nielsen
Charles L. Bowers
William A. Moore
Preston C. Grimm
James Q. Woodard
Bernard P. Wrobleski
Louis H. Rickert
Bernard F. Swain
 

  A/C # 394 A/C # 154   LOST A/C # 167 A/C # 654
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Nathaniel J. Beam, Jr
Arnold L. Rosenblatt
Jay W. Grider
Albert P. Cristofaro
Carl Lewis
Walter H. Kleinfelter
John V. Lawton
Harry A. Olson

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Elmer W. Felgenhauser
Kenneth J. Furst
Merritt D. Turner
Francis J. Horan
Abraham Feldman
Frank Trapani
Roy S. Duitman
Robert A. Dilley


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Clarence E. Leath
Sheldon J. Robbin
Maurice E. Walbridge
Raymond C. Blackson
Henry Schmidt, Jr
Robert L. Stevenson
Leonard J. Lewandowski
Simon C. Wareck

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Worth G. Kirkman
Robert E. Wood
John M. Nally
Gordon L. Witt
John P. Cervero
Roy F. Christensen
Herbert N. Hook
Jack N. Gregory
Leo A. Steele 

  A/C # 751 A/C # 706 A/C # 881 A/C # 582
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William B. Biracree
William J. Couch
James R. Ogletree
George L. Branstetter
Archie E. Bruce
Robert F. Devaney
Arthur J. Christensen
James A. Carey
Laffatti Trace

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Jack E. Wescott
Fred L. Steadman
Merrill H. Ross
Louis P. DeCinzo
Bernard L. Maki
Aber J. DeCoux
Billy K. Berry
James C. Gianacopolis

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Edward C. Foulke
Robert F. Kellow
Frank J. Clark
Andrew J. McCormick
George Kikeh
Vincent C. Liguori
Clifford G. Koeneman
Paul J. Bernstel
 
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 Calvin K. Schneller
James D. Blackmore
Francis E. Hronek
Richard M. Beck
John P. Austin
William H. Hodge
Alexander W. Bennett
Donald R. Lallky
Richard J. MacDonald

  A/C # 190 A/C # 113 A/C # 414 A/C # 947
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John K. Wales
George R. Nichols
Ben Demattia
John D. Williams
Francis G. Maure
Donald A. Swisher
William A. Gearhart
Floyd A. Monroe

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Ralph L. Gray
Rudolpy Haumann
Thomas E. Madigan
Garland L. Frost
Ralph S. Ingraham
Blair Arsenault, Jr
William R. Watson
Garland L. Frost
Kenneth L. Haseltine
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Ralph L. Hay
John P. Starnes
Joseph V. Johns
Ralph B. Julian
Carroll W. Gustafson
Clyde C. Patterson
Thomas F. McGonical
Donald M. Olson
Jay S. Harrison
 
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Richard L. Mack
Donald H. Schick
John S. Nierengarden
Robert P. Reublin
Raymond V. Hunter
Charles Held
Lloyd R. Kennedy
Frank J. Eichenlaub
Earl E. Whitnack
 

  A/C # 909 A/C # 861 A/C # 857 A/C # 621
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George J. Gilbert
David S. Kahne
John I. Butterly
Daniel Cadena, Jr.
Albert F. Jenkins
Richard C. Clements
Albert D. Paulson
John E. Dubina
Claud M. Gideon

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Lloyd S. Gray
Charles G. Keiler
Peter H. Katz
Charles L. T. Carroll
James W. Brown
Rector L. Soder
John R. Boudreau
Clifton G. Bragden
Paul T. Harlan

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Donald C. Meyers
Wilbur S. Pursell
Hollis D. Hudleston
William R. Watson
Robert D. Malloy
Joseph A. Jakacki
James D. Ransdell
Stephen F. Esterholdt
Kenneth R. Vann
 
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 George W. Bobbitt
Howard T. Hampton
Eugene L. Walker
Charles M. Carrier
John Sing
Leland M. Ford
Paul M. Zalusky
Young W. Rainer
Frank M. Prado
Ralph Frackman


  A/C # 479 A/C # 518 A/C # 765 A/C # 707
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Paul F. Gillman
Don E. Jensen
Thomas M. Karr
Robert W. Crowe
Samuel H. Schafstall
William S. Stanton
Donald F. Boyd
J. C. Arnold
John E. Walters

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Delmar A. Stanley
Parks E. Rea
Carl E. Schieffer
Leonard Y. Wendrow
John R. Levar
Leroy R. Ford
Roger J. Howell
Norman C. Kistler
Dale W. Mason
John A. Schuck
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Herbert A. Lawyer
Albert A. Bean
Thomas S. Sajetovich
Doyle H. Brown
Jerome Grossman
Peter Credidio
James R. Boyle
Duane E. Reich
Fernand G. Rupanian

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Edward F. Clark
Harry R. Horn
Lionel W. O'Shea
Charles F. Gavin Jr
Glenn S. Gruver
George E. Dainty
Gene R. Foss
Frederick C. Rex
George N. Pollock
 

  A/C # 028 A/C # 554 A/C # 694 A/C # 301
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John P. Weber
Douglas J. Sharkey
Carl G. Swanberg
Charles K. Rawls
Louis L. R. Gomes
Edgar W. Monell
Lloyd G. Hesseltine
Herbert L. Stempler
John Mezra

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Wendell C. Tague
Jack S. Eshe
Francis G. Spillane
George R. Taylor
Frank J. Pekar
Ivan L. Mathews, Jr.
George T. Zielinski
Simon Pomerantz
Aleck A. Capsalis
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 James R. Holden
Vaden P. Pitts
John S. LeVar
Leo J. Kleinpeter
Leo I. McCombs
Paul A. Esvanko
Lile D. Bradley
Bertram G. Johnson
Jackson R. Campbell

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Robert W. Gronberg
Paul C. Mason
Hermon D. Welmer
Robert M. McMakin
Albert K. Richards
Milo G. Hasting
Ashmun J. Ripley
James L. McGill
William H. Shaffer
 

  A/C # 785 A/C # 594 A/C # 934 A/C # 021
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James Wilson
William C. Manspeaker
Eldon E. Smith
Joseph H. Gubino
William Moore
Albert E. Baker
Charkes A, Wilt
Robert A. Storey
Ivory S. Phillips
 
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Everett Park
Edward G. Palm
Bernard Liss
Donald C. Ward
Kenneth M. Garrison
Raymond L. Madgett
Joy J. Cappelle
Clifton J. Rabideaux
Steve Sobiaski

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Harlan Buettner
George J. Grau
Philip A. DuPont
Theodore R. Cowsert
Anthony S. Giacobbi
James R. Westbrook
Ray F. Hawkins, Jr
John P.Fulgham
Leo Rendian
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Charles E. Birdseye
Patrick H. Wallace
Howard W. Demotts
Alfred G. Finke
Henry Freidrich
Wallace T. Powell
Rarson A. Smith
Carl A. Johnson
David Barclay


  A/C # A/C # 826 A/C # 535 A/C # 125
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Basil R. Dundas Jr.
William G. Litogot
Bernard Liss
Antonio Papainanni
Calvin R. Taylor
Clarence D. Barnes
George Martin, Jr
R. G. Smith
Ernest D. Pappalardo
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Willmore Fluman
James M. Graves
Harry M. Kennedy
Edward T. Ambrose
Lawrence J. Gallagher
Willard F. Beason
Billy E. DeBerry
Robert J. Gantz
John M. Gayden
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Medford E. Hollis
Kenneth R. Johnson
John F. Kelly, Jr
Armstein
Richard I. Hinman
Charles Calcaterra
Leonard O. Vittitow
Mario D. Terenzio
Louis H. Pena
Louis A.Williams 

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