At Wels, Austria, the Group had the new and pleasant experience of attacking an aircraft factory at which there was no flak. Neither were fighters seen on this mission. The lead navigator, Lt. Dusenberry, carefully kept the Group out of range of the heavily defended areas close to the target. The lead bombardier, Lt. Murphy, completely sprayed the target with incendi...
23 August 1944, Target: Markersdorf Airdrome, St. Polten, Austria
The third frag job of the month against enemy airdromes. The target was the Markersdorf Airdrome at St. Polen, Austria. The first string of frags started at the Southwest corner of the airdrome and continued northeast to the service apron, the second string fell across the western half of the airdrome. Seven ene...
STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Fifteenth Air Force):
In Austria, 472 B-24s and B-17s supported by P-51s and P-38s bomb the S industrial area of Vienna, the Wiener-Neudorf aircraft engine factory, Vosendorf oil refinery, and Markersdorf Airfield, and attack targets at Ferrara, Italy, missing a river bridge but hitting a synthetic rubber factory.
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...
The Air Force was still slaving away at German oil. The Group bombardiers were still hot. With CAVU weather, no enemy fighters, and only slight flak the 461st got 39 percent of its bombs within 1000 feet of the center of impact on the oil storage installations at Szony, Hungary.
Aircraft production began on the Filton site in 1910, and continued with construction of aircraft such as the Bristol Brabazon, Bristol Britannia and famously Concorde. It now contains the UK headquarters of Airbus as well as the Rolls-Royce aircraft engine factory and BAE Systems. Also on site is the Concorde at Filton museum.
39 Lancasters and 4 Mosquitos of No 5 Group to a small ball-bearing factory at Annecy on the France-Switzerland border. Weather en route was very bad and only 2 Mosquito marker aircraft reached the target, but the factory was accurately bombed. No aircraft lost.
1942 May 15 - First powered flight of BI-1 rocketplane. - Crew: Bakhchivangi.
First glide flight was on 10 September 1941, but the factory had to be evacuated to Sverdlovsk. Accidents in ground runs of the rocket engine further delayed the first powered flight. First flight performance was: First flight BI-1. Maximum Speed - 400 kph. Maximum Altitude - 840 m. Flight Time - 189 sec.
After having hammered away despite adverse weather conditions in Austria, Czechoslovakia, and Germany for three weeks in October, the Group was assigned on 20 October to attack the lightly defended Isotta Fraschini Works at Milan, Italy. Weather conditions on this mission were e...
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