STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Fifteenth Air Force): 829 bombers (largest number of bombers completing attacks in a single day up to this time) bomb targets in Austria and Yugoslavia; B-17s and B-24s attack an aircraft factory at Wollesdorf, Austria; B-24s also attack industrial areas at Wiener Neustadt and Atzgersdorf, Austria and troop concentrations at Poderica, Yugoslavia. P-38s and P-51s escort the...
In the last week of February 1944 the USAAF 8th AF started an offensive against the German warplane industry, later known as the 'Big Week' offensive. On Sunday February 20th, the USAAF launches an attacks on German aircraft plants and airfields. For the first time, over 1,000 bombers are dispatched. Despite bad weather the following, the 8th AF launched another heavy attack on the German war i...
16 July 1944, Target: Wiener Neudorf Aircraft Engine Factory, Austria
The Group continued the use of pathfinder methods with a formation of four flights against the Wiener Neudorf Aircraft Engine Factory in Austria on 16 July. Bombing through an almost complete undercast, the Group missed the target when the bombs fell short and to the right.
With the advent of World War II the landing area was increased to around 3,000 ft north to south and 4,500 ft east to west in the early months of the war. An asphalt perimeter track and several hardstands for aircraft parking followed and in 1941 hard-surfaced runways were put down. These were 4,350 ft aligned 13-31, 4,070 ft aligned 08-26 and 2,700 ft at 02-20.
The crash site of aircraft 41-38608, a Second World War American Douglas Dakota (also known as the C-47 Sytrain), which crashed near Dawson Farm near Bosley on 22-DEC-1944. The aircraft belonged to the 33rd Photo Reconnaissance Squadron of the 363 Tactical Air Command Reconnaissance Group, United States Army 9th Air Force. It was on an aborted flight from Burtonwood to le Culot in France: the a...
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