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461st BG (H), Mission 53, Budapest Rakos Marshalling Yard

461st BG (H), Mission 53, Budapest Rakos Marshalling Yard

2 July 1944

The change in the old order of things began with the very first mission in July. The target was the Rakos Marshalling Yard in Budapest, Hungary. Although the Group had not bombed in Budapest since the 13th of April, crew members remember well that city as a hot target. On the occasion of this mission there was plenty of flak but not too much of it was within range of...
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461st BG (H), Mission 55, Beziers Marshalling Yard

461st BG (H), Mission 55, Beziers Marshalling Yard

5 July 1944

The third target of the month was located in the third country in which the Group had bombed during the month of July. The target was the large Marshalling Yard at Beziers, France. The purpose in hitting this target was that of hampering the movement of two German divisions from Southwest France to the fighting front in Normandy. Photographs of this mission are most ...
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461st BG (H), Mission 56, Aviano Oil Storage

461st BG (H), Mission 56, Aviano Oil Storage

6 July 1944

The target for Mission No. 56, which was approximately 600 feet square, was probably the smallest target ever assigned to this Group. It was an oil storage plant in open country near an airdrome at the Town of Aviano, Italy. Major Burke continued to be the fair-haired Group leader when a score of 48 percent was recorded for this mission. Then 1st Lt. Ausbon E. Aldred...
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461st BG (H), Mission 37, Szolnok Marshalling Yard

461st BG (H), Mission 37, Szolnok Marshalling Yard

2 June 1944

The month of June began auspiciously with an excellent mission against the Marshalling Yards at Szolnok, Hungary. Captain Dooley led the Group with Colonel Glantzberg leading the second section. Good weather, but little flak, no enemy fighters.
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461st BG (H), Mission 38, Orelle Railroad Bridge and Viaduct

461st BG (H), Mission 38, Orelle Railroad Bridge and Viaduct

4 June 1944

The target for this mission was a pinpoint target in the Alps Mountains. A railroad bridge and viaduct at Orelle, Italy. The Group maintained its poor record against bridges by missing the target because of the failure of the formation leaders to properly identify the target.
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461st BG (H), Mission 39, Fornovo di Taro Railroad Bridge

461st BG (H), Mission 39, Fornovo di Taro Railroad Bridge

5 June 1944

On this mission Lt. Colonel Hawes took his turn at missing a railroad bridge. The primary target was a railroad bridge at Borgo Val di Tare on the East side of the Apennines. This target was obscured by built-up cumulus clouds. After making three unsuccessful attempts to locate the target, the Group flew across to the west side of the Apennines to attack the First Al...
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461st BG (H), Mission 41, Antheor Railroad Viaduct

461st BG (H), Mission 41, Antheor Railroad Viaduct

7 June 1944

Major Dooley celebrated his promotion by leading the first successful Group mission ever flown by this Group against a railroad viaduct. The target was at Antheor, France. A high overcast made it necessary to drop the bomb run to 18,000 feet. Using 1,000 pounders the bombardiers turned in a score of 49 percent in placing several hits directly on the viaduct. All plan...
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461st BG (H), Mission 43, Porto Marghera Refinery

461st BG (H), Mission 43, Porto Marghera Refinery

10 June 1944

On the 6th of June many of the groups in the Fifteenth Air Force had gone to Ploesti. On the 10th of June, the Air Force resumed its policy of bombing the enemy sources of oil supply. Our mission was against the oil refinery of Porto Marghera, Italy. The 765th Squadron Bombardier, Lt. Murphy, found the target for the other bombardiers who turned in an excellent scor...
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461st BG (H), Mission 185 (Red Force), Ora Marshalling Yard

461st BG (H), Mission 185 (Red Force), Ora Marshalling Yard

28 February 1945

The busy month of February ended with another double header mission. The target for both Forces was the marshalling yard at Ora, Italy. Major Roberts, still flushing from his promotion, completed his tour of combat duty by leading the Red Force on this mission. The bombs were dropped visually on this "hot" target for a score of 15.6 percent. Nine of th...
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461st BG (H), Mission 197, Wels Marshalling Yard

461st BG (H), Mission 197, Wels Marshalling Yard

20 March 1945

Lt. Colonel Hardy led a six box formation in attacking the Wels Main Marshalling Yard, Austria, on 20 March. Again 100 pound general purpose bombs were used. Despite an eight-tenths cloud coverage at the target, the bombing was done visually. As had repeatedly been the case during the month when the Group was attacking marshalling yards of secondary - importance, t...
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British Gliders at 7 June 1944 (D-Day plus 1) north of Ranville

British Gliders at 7 June 1944 (D-Day plus 1) north of Ranville

To the right is the Ferme de l'Ecarde and the road is D514.
The gliders have landed in British Drop Zone "N".
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461st BG (H), Mission 177, Trieste Shipyards

461st BG (H), Mission 177, Trieste Shipyards

17 February 1945

The primary target for Mission No. 177 was the Schwechat Oil Refinery near Vienna. Because of an ordered delay in take-off due to weather over the Alps, the formation finally got off at 1110 hours. Due to the delay, the target of last resort, the shipyards at Trieste, Italy, became the primary target. The formation was led by Captain Roberts. A great deal of dam...
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461st BG (H), Mission 176, Rosenheim - Kolbermoor Marshalling Yards

461st BG (H), Mission 176, Rosenheim - Kolbermoor Marshalling Yards

16 February 1945

On 16 February the Group finally came through with a superior bombing mission when Major Baker led a large formation against the Rosenheim West Marshalling Yard in Germany. A concentrated pattern of bombs fell across the East half of the small marshalling yard with many hits on freight cars, through tracks, and the choke point. With CAVU weather and no flak the ...
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461st BG (H), Mission 173, Maribor Marshalling Yards

461st BG (H), Mission 173, Maribor Marshalling Yards

13 February 1945

Mission No. 173 finally turned out to be another double header mission, each with a different target. A TWX which was received from the Air Force through channels, however, directed that in the future double header missions should be counted as one mission.

The target of the Red Force was the Central Repair Shops at Vienna, Austria. Major Poole l...
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320th BG, Mission 363, Peschiera del Garda Railroad Bridge (Bomb Plot)

320th BG, Mission 363, Peschiera del Garda Railroad Bridge (Bomb Plot)

1 October 1944

19 B-26's were over the target and dropped 76 x 1000 lb demolition bombs on the bridge at 11:44 hours from 9759 to 9250 ft.
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320th BG, Mission 362, Pastrengo Dump Area

320th BG, Mission 362, Pastrengo Dump Area

1 October 1944

12 B-26's were over the target and dropped 240 x 100 lb demolition bombs at 10:44 hours from 9500 to 9000 ft.
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461st BG (H), Mission 179, Rijeka (Fiume) Shipyard

461st BG (H), Mission 179, Rijeka (Fiume) Shipyard

20 February 1945

Thick Cirrus at the head of the Adriatic with tops over 23,000 feet compelled the Group leader, Major Mixson, to abandon the Bolzano Marshalling Yard, Italy, as a primary target on 20 February 1945. The second alternate target, the shipyards at Fiume, Italy, was bombed visually for a score of 37.3 percent. The main concentration of bombs fell in the built-up are...
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461st BG (H(, Mission 181, Kempten Marshalling Yard

461st BG (H(, Mission 181, Kempten Marshalling Yard

22 February 1945

Colonel Lawhon took off in the lead of a thirty-plane four box formation to attack the marshalling yard at Ingolstadt, Germany, on 22 February. Due to impassible weather he was compelled to abandon the primary target and search for a target of opportunity to be bombed visually. The target selected was the marshalling yard at Kempton, Germany. The choke point of ...
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461st BG (H), Mission 201, Ceske Budejovice Marshalling Yard

461st BG (H), Mission 201, Ceske Budejovice Marshalling Yard

24 March 1945

On 24 March the Group bombed again in Czechoslovakia on the first mission in a long time to this country. The target was the marshalling yard at Ceske Budejovice. Captain Thackston led the formation against this undefended target. The patterns around the two aiming points were scattered but both of them carried completely across the marshalling yard. The two roundh...
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461st BG (H), Mission 196, Muehldorf Marshalling Yard

461st BG (H), Mission 196, Muehldorf Marshalling Yard

19 March 1945

One hundred pound general purpose bombs were used by the Group in attacking the marshalling yard at Muhldorf, Germany, on 19 March. A great deal of damage was done to the target, but the bomb pattern was scattered over a comparatively large area. Of the thirty-five planes led over the target by Captain Thackston, only one was hit by flak. Unfortunately, however, a ...
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461st BG (H), Mission 218, Lusia Road Bridge

461st BG (H), Mission 218, Lusia Road Bridge

20 April 1945

Major Phillips led the successful mission of 20 April against the Lusia Bridge in Northern Italy. This bridge, one of the few left standing, spanned the Adigo River and was being used by the retreating Germans.

One thousand pound RDX bombs were dropped to obtain excellent results. Flak at target, described as slight, inaccurate, and heavy, damaged o...
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320th BG, Mission 398, Voghera Railroad Bridge

320th BG, Mission 398, Voghera Railroad Bridge

5 November 1944

The Bridge was bombed by 18 B-26's, which dropped 139 x 500 lb demolition bombs and 5 x 500 lb demolition bombs with 6 hour delay fuses at 15:39 hours from 9600 to 8600 ft.
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320th BG, Mission 408, Voghera Railroad Bridge

320th BG, Mission 408, Voghera Railroad Bridge

8 November 1944

18 B-26's dropped 141 x 500 lb demolition bombs on the primary target at 13:38 hours from 9500 to 8500 ft.
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320th BG, Mission 409, Ala Railroad Bridge

320th BG, Mission 409, Ala Railroad Bridge

10 November 1944

At 12:46 hours, 18 B-26's were over the primary target and dropped 131 x 500 lb demolition bombs and 6 demolition bombs with 6 hour delay fuses from 11600 to 10600 ft.
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320th BG, Mission 411, Rovereto Railroad Bridge

320th BG, Mission 411, Rovereto Railroad Bridge

11 November 1944

18 B-26's dropped 66 x 1000 lb demolition bombs and 5 x 1000 lb demolition bombs with 6 hour delay fuses on the primary target at 12:05 hours from 11600 to 10600 ft.
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