le 446TH BOMB GROUP bombarde Sully Sur Loire (6 Juillet 1944) et Bricy (1er Aout 1944)

Aller en bas

le 446TH BOMB GROUP bombarde Sully Sur Loire (6 Juillet 1944) et Bricy (1er Aout 1944)

Message par Fab le Lun 6 Juin - 17:16

Les souvenirs du mitrailleur Kirk Varner lors de ses 2 missions de bombardement au dessus du Loiret avec le 446th Bomb Group américain.

[Vous devez être inscrit et connecté pour voir cette image]

8th AAF – 2nd DIVISION – 20TH COMBAT WING
446TH BOMB GROUP – 704TH SQUADRON

Composition de l'équipage du bombardier B24 "Ronnie" de Kirk Varner :

- 2nd Lt. George W. Leroy, Jr. 0 690120 "Buzz or Skipper" Pilot
- 2nd Lt. Norman R. Freeman 0 817655 "Norm" Co-Pilot
- 2nd Lt. Milton J. Sardonia 0 701649 "Milt" Bombardier
- 2nd Lt. Warren H. Smith 0 711497 "Smitty" Navigator
- S/Sgt. James K. Varner 34605789 "Kirk" Engineer, Top Turret
- S/Sgt. Howard L. Phillips 15324208 "POP" Radio Operator
- S/Sgt. Edward J. Cooper 39131716 "Ed" Armorer, Ball Turret
- Sgt. Joseph R. Markus 35147594 "Joe" Waist-Gunner
- Sgt. Larry C. Jorgensen 39409433 "Larry" Waist-Gunner
- Sgt. O. T. Sivley "Tommy" Tail-Gunner

[Vous devez être inscrit et connecté pour voir cette image]
446th Bomb Group Liberators on their way to a target. Identifiable is Consolidated B-24J-95-CO Liberator Serial 42-100360. This aircraft was shot down 29 April 1944 on mission to Berlin. MACR 4485.

Mission #20 – #117 Official Record
July 6, 1944 – Bomb Load: (3) 2,000lb. G.P. Bombs
Time of Flight: 5:15


On this mission, I flew with another crew. Their flight engineer was ill. I had been alerted for the mission but was later told that I would not have to fly that day. A good movie was showing that day, so I went. About halfway through the show, some M.P.’s came and asked if Sgt. Varner was in the audience – of course, I was. They took me by Jeep to the equipment room and got my heated flying suit, parachute, etc. They then took me out to the hard stand where the plane was waiting with engines running. I don’t remember the crew on the plane. The pilot told me to let their assistant flight engineer fly the top turret so I flew the ball turret. (This was the only time I flew any other position than top turret.) We bombed Sully Sur Loire railroad bridge about 15 miles east of Tours, France. It was a good mission with a little flak shot at us. I believe the bridgespan was destroyed. It was the only time I got to see the bombs hit, the reason being, I was always in the top turret. You could see the deep red flash of the bombs exploding, the shock ring go out from the center of the explosion, also, black smoke and debris flying up. It made you wonder how it looked, felt, and sounded on the ground.


Mission #30 – #133 Official Record
August 1, 1944 – Bomb Load: (20) 250lb. G.P. Bombs, (2) 455lb. Incendiary
Clusters
Time of Flight: 7:30


Today we were to bomb some oil tanks at Paris, France. Cloud coverage was so heavy, we had to go to an alternate target which was Orleans Bricy Airfield outside of Paris. Flak was heavy – we got holed some. Some of our aircraft really got shot up badly. When we returned to base, we buzzed the field and fired flares to celebrate what we thought was our last mission. It wasn’t, however.

[Vous devez être inscrit et connecté pour voir cette image]
Emblème du 446th Bombardment Group


sources :
[Vous devez être inscrit et connecté pour voir ce lien]
[Vous devez être inscrit et connecté pour voir ce lien]


Dernière édition par Fab le Mar 26 Juin - 17:34, édité 5 fois
avatar
Fab
Admin

Messages : 1258
Points : 2708
Date d'inscription : 25/08/2010

Voir le profil de l'utilisateur http://loiret3945.forumgratuit.org

Revenir en haut Aller en bas

Re: le 446TH BOMB GROUP bombarde Sully Sur Loire (6 Juillet 1944) et Bricy (1er Aout 1944)

Message par Fab le Mar 26 Juin - 17:08

July 6: Sully Sur Loire, France
2 bridges, one a railroad bridge, were destroyed.

August 1: Orleans/Bricy/Melun, France
Several airfields and oil tanks were bombed with fair to good results.


source : [Vous devez être inscrit et connecté pour voir ce lien]

_________________
Admin du site Loiret 39/45
Passionné d'Histoire Locale et de la Seconde Guerre Mondiale
Adore vivre dans le Loiret
avatar
Fab
Admin

Messages : 1258
Points : 2708
Date d'inscription : 25/08/2010

Voir le profil de l'utilisateur http://loiret3945.forumgratuit.org

Revenir en haut Aller en bas

Revenir en haut

- Sujets similaires

 
Permission de ce forum:
Vous ne pouvez pas répondre aux sujets dans ce forum