392nd Bomb Group

Target: Woensdrecht - 2 October 1943 - Mission #2

Thirty-three Liberators took off, with 21 aircraft making up the main effort and 12 making a diversionary force. Eight planes from the 44th BG were added to the diversionary group which was flying high group position. Planes in the attack group were loaded with twelve 500 pound General Purpose bombs.

The area from the coast line over the whole target and inland as far as the lead bombardier could see was totally covered with a 10/10 cloud layer. No breaks were seen. The IP and target were totally obscured and at no time was the continent visible other than the fringes of the coast. No bombs were dropped, no fighter resistance, light flak, good escort. The aircraft were recovered at Wendling safely after a 5 hour mission.

The diversionary group turned around at mid-channel and returned to base without incident. Two ships aborted from this group but none from the main effort. 1/Lt McKee aborted 30 miles northwest of Wendling when his #1 supercharger grommet blew out at 18,500 ft and his #4 supercharger grommet went out at 21,000 ft. He could not draw enough manifold pressure to stay in formation. 1/Lt Goff aborted because his #1 engine was cutting out, #2, 3, and 4 manifold pressure gauges were out, and the inverters had blown two fuses.

According to Headquarters, VIII Bomber Command Narrative of Operations, "The 2nd Bombardment Division dispatched a small force of B-24s to make an attack on an airfield in Holland. The bombers found their target covered by 10/10 cloud and returned to bases without bombing in accordance with policy of only bombing in occupied countries when the target can be seen. Fighter support was provided by 25 RAF Typhoons and 48 RAF Spitfires. The bombers had no opposition…. They had no encounters but did experience AA fire at Zeebrugge, Knocke, Terneuzen, Kloosterzande, Klundert, Woensdrecht and Antwerp. The AA fire was generally accurate for altitude, but inaccurate for deflection and appeared to be predictor controlled."


2 Oct 1943 576th Sqdn.
A/C 540
P Becker, J.R. 1st Lt.
CP Roddy, W.H. 2nd Lt.
N Feller, L. 2nd Lt.
B Miller, D.A. 2nd Lt.
R Vovos, A.D. T/Sgt.
AR Williams, A.L. Jr. Sgt.
E Patterson, H.C. Jr. S/Sgt.
AE Deal, F.F. Jr. S/Sgt.
G Schilter, N.J. S/Sgt.
AG Ross, H.J. Sgt.
2 Oct 1943 576th Sqdn.
A/C 524
P Barnes, L.J. 1st Lt.
CP Shelton, W.L. 2nd Lt.
N Stankan, P.C. 2nd Lt.
B Jackson, G.J. 2nd Lt.
R Jenkins, W.B. T/Sgt.
AR Malloy, P.D. Pvt.
E Lewis, E.L. Jr. S/Sgt.
AE Choromanski, J.E. S/Sgt.
G Crowley, C.J. S/Sgt.
AG Riley, A.J. S/Sgt.
2 Oct 1943 576th Sqdn.
A/C 527
P Lowell, C.L. 2nd Lt.
CP Gray, C.T. Capt.
N Ryan, J.L. Jr. 2nd Lt.
B Amoss, R.T. 2nd Lt.
R Veronick, J.J. T/Sgt.
AR Patterson, J.B. 2nd Lt.
E Westall, F.M. S/Sgt.
AE Luciano, R.E. S/Sgt.
G Sambanis, G. S/Sgt.
AG McNamara, P.E. Pvt.
G Reardon, P.M. S/Sgt.
2 Oct 1943 577th Sqdn.
A/C 493
P Bolick, H.P. Jr. 2nd Lt.
CA Johnson, L.L. Lt.Col.
N Paddock, K.Q. Capt.
B Whittaker, J.B. Capt.
R Campbell, G.L. T/Sgt.
AR Klinchok, J.J. S/Sgt.
E Love, W.E. T/Sgt.
AE Krogh, S.A. Sgt.
G Craig, J.D. S/Sgt.
AG Harris, D.W. S/Sgt.
?? Yarbrough, W.L. Jr. 2nd Lt.
2 Oct 1943 577th Sqdn.
A/C 482
P Lambert, R.P. 2nd Lt.
CP Haviland, A.F. 2nd Lt.
N Kapp, R.A. 2nd Lt.
B Godfrey, H.M. 2nd Lt.
R Brown, J.S. T/Sgt.
AR Day, W.N. T/Sgt.
E Reese, W.S. T/Sgt.
AE Tantum, W.R. S/Sgt.
G Pfeifer, A.R. S/Sgt.
AG Taylor, G.E. Sgt.
Westerberg, Col.
2 Oct 1943 577th Sqdn.
A/C 495
CA Rendle, I.A. Col.
P Graper, M.H. 1st Lt.
CP Williamson, D.R. 2nd Lt.
N Jones, J.H. 1st Lt.
N Delach, J.J. 2nd Lt.
B Colburn, R.F. 2nd Lt.
R Lorenzen, W.H. T/Sgt.
AR Kolczynski, W.J. S/Sgt.
E McKinley, W.C. T/Sgt.
AE White, F.A. S/Sgt.
G Cordick, D.H. Sgt.
AG Buzick, J.M. S/Sgt.
2 Oct 1943 577th Sqdn.
A/C 496
P Gonseth, F. 1st Lt.
CP Slipp, F.E. 2nd Lt.
N Wyatt, R.L. 2nd Lt.
B Salsberg, M. 2nd Lt.
R Kirkpatrick, H.L. T/Sgt.
AR Feller, N.L. S/Sgt.
E Jennings, H.C. T/Sgt.
AE Driver, D.M. S/Sgt.
G Fagan, J.E. S/Sgt.
AG Whalen, J.S. S/Sgt.
-- Gibson, Col.
2 Oct 1943 577th Sqdn.
A/C 479
P Copp, R.D. 1st Lt.
CP Meyers, J.W. 2nd Lt.
N Gries, R.F. 2nd Lt.
B Kelley, J.J. 2nd Lt.
R Bisnett, B.R. T/Sgt.
AR Nowicki, M.M. S/Sgt.
E Hodge, G.L. T/Sgt.
AE Shaw, L.S. Sgt.
G Noone, T.E. Jr. S/Sgt.
AG Hohman, H. S/Sgt.
X McFadden, J.N. Capt.
2 Oct 1943 577th Sqdn.
A/C 503
P Marfia, F. 1st Lt.
CP Bondar, N.D. 2nd Lt.
N Donaldson, C.D. 2nd Lt.
B Rapenport, R. 2nd Lt.
R Brown, K.O. T/Sgt.
AR DeSimone, P.P. S/Sgt.
E Sekavec, R.G. T/Sgt.
AE Emerson, H.B. Jr. S/Sgt.
G Cunningham, W.A. Sgt.
AG Simpson, J.F. S/Sgt.
2 Oct 1943 578th Sqdn.
A/C 489
P Lishka, A. 1st Lt.
CP Feld, B.H. 2nd Lt.
N Ott, J.W. 2nd Lt.
B Brockway, O.E. 2nd Lt.
R Clark, F.C. S/Sgt.
AR Dohm, H.E. S/Sgt.
E Carlson, C.E. S/Sgt.
AE Halstead, H.C. S/Sgt.
G Drylie, J. S/Sgt.
AG Dedmon, S.E. S/Sgt.
2 Oct 1943 578th Sqdn.
A/C 480
P Kirksmith, J.B. 1st Lt.
CP Johnson, R.L. 2nd Lt.
N Simmons, C.L. 2nd Lt.
B Hunter, R.M. 2nd Lt.
R Wohlstrom, T.C. Jr. T/Sgt.
AR Milliken, E.W. S/Sgt.
E Stancik, M. T/Sgt.
AE Reynolds, H.D. Pvt.
G Nixon, A.D. Cpl.
AG Kimball, R.A. S/Sgt.
2 Oct 1943 578th Sqdn.
A/C 466
P Edwards, C.E. 1st Lt.
CP Taylor, G.H. 2nd Lt.
N Sokowski, A.T.
B Westbrook, J.W. 1st Lt.
R Braddock, W.A. T/Sgt.
AR Medel, M.N. Cpl.
E Mellow, N.J. T/Sgt.
AE LeBleu, L.W. S/Sgt.
G Hill, R.E. S/Sgt.
AG Phelps, G.A. Sgt.
2 Oct 1943 578th Sqdn.
A/C 488
P Buschman, J.G. 1st Lt.
CP Polking, W.A. Maj.
N Donlon, M.A. 2nd Lt.
B Green, R.J. 2nd Lt.
R Coe, J.D. T/Sgt.
AR Davis, R.W. Sgt.
E Hoover, J.T. T/Sgt.
AE Adams, R.S. S/Sgt.
G Hanrahan, D.J. S/Sgt.
AG Bernard, L.E. S/Sgt.
2 Oct 1943 578th Sqdn.
A/C 486
P Stauder, J.B. 1st Lt.
CP Dudziak, T. 2Lt.
N Berlin, W. 2Lt.
B Ward, M.E. 2nd Lt.
R Whitmore, B. Jr. T/Sgt.
AR Rider, F.D. S/Sgt.
E Kottke, A.H. T/Sgt.
AE White, T. S/Sgt.
G Schmidt, J.H. S/Sgt.
AG Harris, J.N. S/Sgt.
2 Oct 1943 578th Sqdn.
A/C 490
P Steinmetz, D.R. 1st Lt.
CP Sporrey, R.F. 2nd Lt.
N Magee, W.H. 2nd Lt.
B Joachim, W.F. 2nd Lt.
R Jeans, R.C. T/Sgt.
AR MacKenzie, W.B. Pvt.
E Elliott, M.L. T/Sgt.
AE Perry, E.L. S/Sgt.
G Spalding, R.E. S/Sgt.
AG Bartholomew, D. S/Sgt.
X Fogarty, D.M. 2nd Lt.
2 Oct 1943 579th Sqdn.
A/C 561
P McGregor, J.A. 2nd Lt.
CP Appert, D.A. Capt.
N Swangren, R. 2nd Lt.
B Good, R.E. 2nd Lt.
R West, G.E. T/Sgt.
AR Long, B. S/Sgt.
E Galloway, W.E. T/Sgt.
AE Padden, T.F. S/Sgt.
G Housteau, J.M. S/Sgt.
AG Putnam, N.I. S/Sgt.
Taylor, R.E. 2nd Lt.
2 Oct 1943 579th Sqdn.
A/C 471
P Morphew, O.S. 1st Lt.
CP Purdy, R.F. 2nd Lt.
N Shearer, M.G. 2nd Lt.
B Moore, L.R. 1st Lt.
R Jeroloman, H.A. T/Sgt.
AR Wilson, J.C. Sgt.
E Thrall, L.C. T/Sgt.
AE Derrick, P.E. S/Sgt.
G Martin, C.D. S/Sgt.
AG Wells, V.W. S/Sgt.
2 Oct 1943 579th Sqdn.
A/C 470
P Clifford, W.W. 2nd Lt.
CP Schroeder, H.R. 2nd Lt.
N McLemore, P.L. 2nd Lt.
B Whitnah, J.C. 2nd Lt.
R Willhite, M.R. T/Sgt.
AR Zschiesche, C.E. T/Sgt.
E Tynes, D.D. Jr. T/Sgt.
AE Cavell, D.F. S/Sgt.
G Stevens, H.M. S/Sgt.
AG Tweten, E.A. S/Sgt.
2 Oct 1943 579th Sqdn.
A/C 474
P Smith, B.T. 1st Lt.
CP Keilman, M.H. Capt.
CP Sederquist, D.L. 2nd Lt.
N Wasserstein, H. 2nd Lt.
B Irvine, J.S. Jr. 2nd Lt.
AR Kuziora, W.F. Sgt.
E Weiner, H.D. S/Sgt.
AE Gott, E.J. T/Sgt.
G Tucker, H.L. Sgt.
AG Senk, J.J. S/Sgt.
AG Shiffer, J.L. S/Sgt.
2 Oct 1943 579th Sqdn.
A/C 477
P D'Aoust, W.W. 2nd Lt.
CP Marshall, J.W. 2nd Lt.
N Winzenburg, G.T. 2nd Lt.
B Etheridge, M.T. 2nd Lt.
R Dahlen, R.E. T/Sgt.
AR Jereb, J.F. S/Sgt.
E Anderson, T. T/Sgt.
AE O'Neill, C.D. S/Sgt.
G Yollin, B. S/Sgt.
AG Sutton, R.H. S/Sgt.
2 Oct 1943 579th Sqdn.
A/C 469
P Kubale, E.W. F/O.
CP Dickson, J.W. 2nd Lt.
N McDade, J.J. 2nd Lt.
B White, E.J. 2nd Lt.
R Moriarty, M.R. T/Sgt.
AR Zimpelman, J.G. Sgt.
E Kjelshus, E.H. Sgt.
AE York, R.M. Sgt.
G Reilly, B. S/Sgt.
AG O'Neill, F.L. Sgt.
2 Oct 1943 579th Sqdn.
A/C 510 (spare)
P Baumgart, V.A. 2nd Lt.
CP Cordes, W.C. 2nd Lt.
N Crouch, M.C. 2nd Lt.
B Stupski, S.J. 2nd Lt.
R Kiss, J. S/Sgt.
AR Yost, J.W. S/Sgt.
E Myers, H.C. S/Sgt.
AE Smith, D.L. S/Sgt.
G Fons, J.P. S/Sgt.
AG Money, J.A. S/Sgt.


2 Oct 1943 576th Sqdn.
A/C 511 (no mission credit)
P Scarlata, A. 1st Lt.
CP Collins, J.M. 2nd Lt.
N Siggs, P.S. 2nd Lt.
B Feldman, A. 1st Lt.
R Martin, E.M. T/Sgt.
AR Pedersen, F.M. S/Sgt.
E Peterson, G.H. T/Sgt.
AE Williams, R.F. S/Sgt.
G Longchamps, A.L. Jr. S/Sgt.
AG Smith, K.B. S/Sgt.
2 Oct 1943 576th Sqdn.
A/C 537 (no mission credit)
P Clover, D.K. 2nd Lt.
CP Berger, R.M. 2nd Lt.
N McMillan, W.J. 2nd Lt.
B McDonald, P.R. 2nd Lt.
R Galler, I. T/Sgt.
AR Bell, R.W. S/Sgt.
E Losey, J.C. T/Sgt.
AE Crawford, E.G. Jr. S/Sgt.
G Royal, C.K. Sgt.
AG Ross, J.M. S/Sgt.
2 Oct 1943 576th Sqdn.
A/C 487 (no mission credit)
P Champion, A.S. 2nd Lt.
CP Hebron, W.T. Jr. 2nd Lt.
N McDonald, L.F. 2nd Lt.
B Costa, J.A. 2nd Lt.
R Sibert, V.L. S/Sgt.
AR Hussey, T.J. S/Sgt.
E Decker, C.D. T/Sgt.
AE Orzech, J.H. S/Sgt.
G Halsne, M.O. S/Sgt.
AG DeVoe, C.N. S/Sgt.
2 Oct 1943 577th Sqdn.
A/C 544 (no mission credit)
P Gilbert, L.G. Maj.
CP Breckenridge, L.G. 1st Lt.
N Develin, J.C. 2nd Lt.
B Dilly, V.S. 2nd Lt.
R Gibbs, R.R. T/Sgt.
AR Burns, P.C. S/Sgt.
E Goodman, L. T/Sgt.
AE Dinda, B.F. S/Sgt.
G Troxel, D.G. S/Sgt.
AG Osterheldt, J.J. S/Sgt.
Kiggins, O.V. 1st Lt.
2 Oct 1943 577th Sqdn.
A/C 556 (no mission credit)
P McNichol, T.F. 2nd Lt.
CP Lamer, M. 2nd Lt.
N Naylor, M.W. 2nd Lt.
B Wargo, M.A. 2nd Lt.
R O'Kon, M.A. T/Sgt.
AR MacPherson, A.J. S/Sgt.
E Trumpy, E. T/Sgt.
AE Green, L.A. S/Sgt.
G Rathburn, E.K. S/Sgt.
AG Lloyd, W.A. S/Sgt.
Parks, L.W. 2nd Lt.
2 Oct 1943 577th Sqdn.
A/C 521 (no mission credit)
P Egan, R.L. 2nd Lt.
CP Basham, F.G. 2nd Lt.
N Harris, W.B. 2nd Lt.
B Snider, E.R. T/Sgt.
R Pope, F.B. T/Sgt.
AR Stogner, O.T. S/Sgt.
E Hurley, W.F. T/Sgt.
AE McCue, M.T. S/Sgt.
G Kennedy, B.S. S/Sgt.
AG Salisbury, J.F. S/Sgt.
OBS Johnson, E.T. 2nd Lt.
2 Oct 1943 577th Sqdn.
A/C 509 (no mission credit)
P Cookus, K. 2nd Lt.
CP Holladay, H.K. 2nd Lt.
N Campbell, F.A. 2nd Lt.
B Cole, W.C. 2nd Lt.
R Kenyon, R.T. S/Sgt.
AR Fong, T. S/Sgt.
E Cato, W.J.W. Sgt.
AE Becker, H. Sgt.
G Boyd, W.E. Pvt.
AG Seifreid, E.K. Sgt.
Helfenbein, A.J. 2nd Lt.
2 Oct 1943 578th Sqdn
A/C 572 (abort, no mission credit)
P McKee, T.R. 1st Lt.
CP Walker, T.G. 2nd Lt.
N Johnson, D.C. 2nd Lt.
B -
R Morrison, T.C. T/Sgt.
AR Murphy, H.G. Jr. S/Sgt.
E Sackal, W.M. T/Sgt.
AE Nuzum, M.E. S/Sgt.
G Mislinski, G.J. S/Sgt.
AG Harrod, C. Jr. S/Sgt.
2 Oct 1943 579th Sqdn.
A/C 481 (no mission credit)
P Feuerstacke, J.A. 1st Lt.
CP Kvorjak, M.B. 2nd Lt.
N Bratcher, C.E. 2nd Lt.
B Smittle, F.D. 2nd Lt.
R Rooney, G.W. T/Sgt.
AR Giles, H.R. S/Sgt.
E Rorer, F.H. T/Sgt.
AE Buchheit, E.L. S/Sgt.
G Gray, R.G. S/Sgt.
AG Seifert, R.B. Sgt.
2 Oct 1943 579th Sqdn.
A/C 484 (no mission credit)
P Higgins, J.A. 2nd Lt.
CP Wharton, P. 2nd Lt.
N Casey, H.W. 2nd Lt.
B Broyles, C. Jr. 2nd Lt.
R Newberry, W.D. S/Sgt.
AR Sumlin, T.E. S/Sgt.
E Boerschinger, M.F. T/Sgt.
AE Bookout, R.J. S/Sgt.
G York, D.L. Sgt.
AG Piper, C.A. Sgt.
2 Oct 1943 579th Sqdn.
A/C 535 (no mission credit)
P Rogillio, D.S. Jr. 2nd Lt.
CP Worker, L.R. 2nd Lt.
N Kelly, W.E. 2nd Lt.
B Hughes, R.J. 2nd Lt.
R Malak, A.J. T/Sgt.
AR Yorra, M.S. S/Sgt.
E Mazzei, A.P. T/Sgt.
AE Bryan, W.F. S/Sgt.
G Reljac, J.G. S/Sgt.
AG Takacs, A. S/Sgt.
2 Oct 1943 579th Sqdn.
A/C 529 (abort, no mission credit)
P Goff, J.F. 1st Lt.
CP Piper, J.E. 2nd Lt.
N Keck, R.W. 2nd Lt.
B Cleaton, C.T. 2nd Lt.
R Wright, R.R. T/Sgt.
AR Sweatt, A.E. S/Sgt.
E Lett, E.W. T/Sgt.
AE Erbe, H.S. S/Sgt.
G Jackson, H. S/Sgt.
AG Mayo, I. S/Sgt.