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20 February 1945

Object Number - UPL 35158 - Mission #4 for Pilot Lt. Frank Calicura and crew.

Description

"Continuing their offensive against the Nazi communications, 900 Fortresses of the 8th Air Force, attacking in two giant waves, thundered over Nuremberg yesterday to shower the cities huge railway yards and locomotive repair shops with more than 11,000 high explosive bombs and some 300,000 incendiaries"....

"The bombers had a protective screen of more than 700 mustangs and Thunderbolts, some of which strafed rail lines in the Hanover, Stuttgart, and Nuremberg areas. The 55th Mustang Group, which disabled 81 locomotives Monday, shot up another 89 yesterday"

"The raiding force met only minor air opposition".

Mission Details

Description: BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Description: MISSION ABORTED

Notes: Weather causes the mission to be abandoned over Belgium

NURNBERG

Description: MARSHALLING YARDS

NURNBERG-STRAUBING

Description: FIGHTER STRAFING

Notes: A mix of 194 P-47s and P-51s strafe rail and road targets. Mix not given in available data.

SCHILTACH

Description: BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

STEIG

Description: BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

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People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 96th Bomb Group 339th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: AF 34 725 400
  • Highest Rank: Chief Master Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Toglier in WWII; Aircraft Maintenance until 1967 retirement
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 615th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 615th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 13178814 / O-716614
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 615th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 37705979
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 12077778
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator-Mechanic-Gunner

Aircraft

Revisions

Date17 Sep 2018 05:50:40
Sources

made changes to text error

Date17 Sep 2018 05:08:08
Sources

newspaper article in personal collection

Date17 Sep 2018 04:55:12
Date17 Feb 2015 00:57:28
Contributorbkhougham
Sources

My father was Henry Wynia, the bombardier. I found this information along with the plane's name, Pale Ale, in his WWII military papers.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:43:09
ContributorAAM
Sources

Lee Cunningham, 8th Air Force missions research database / Stan Bishop's 'Losses of the US 8th and 9th Air Forces', the Combat Chronology of the US Army Air Forces and the work of Roger Freeman including the 'Mighty Eighth War Diary'.

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