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Google Earth Plug-in: Marshalling yard near Hitzacker

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Mission 354 of the 303rd Bomb Group on 07.04.1945. Target was the marshalling yard near Hitzacker. 366 500-lb. G.P. bombs and 10 units of leaflets were dropped. 39 crews were dispatched. Minor flak fire recognized.

The formation was attacked by the Luftwaffe Sonderkommando Elbe, a special unit of young fighter pilots formed to ram bombers. This attack is the only known attack of this kind. At least eight B-17s and B-24s were lost or suspected lost through the ramming tactics.

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