By James Sidney Lucas
Even though remembered via the area for the alleged atrocities they devoted, Hitler's SS Divisions additionally earned the distinction in their competitors for his or her soldiering talents and resolution. This learn examines the Das Reich department which observed motion on all German fronts.
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Other important information was the take-off time for the mission and the time over target—in this specific case, approximately 1500 and 1800 hours, respectively. Finally, a detailed field order came out, giving minute details about formations, group and wing assemblies, bomb loads, and many other important details. Especially at Ridgewell, where the hard-hit 381st Bomb Group was stationed, there was disbelief when the crews were summoned to the briefing room. Scheduled to fly as lead navigator was 1st Lt.
P-47C 41-6330 of the 56th Fighter Group. On August 19, it was flown by Col. Hubert A. Zemke. It then carried the fuselage code LM-Z. These fuselage codes greatly improved visual identification of Allied aircraft. Two letters identified the squadron (for example, LM for the 62nd Fighter Squadron, UN for the 63rd Fighter Squadron). The single letter was the individual aircraft letter. USAAF The “little friends” of the bomber crews, the fighter pilots, still had to turn back from escort duty when they approached the German border due to the limited fuel capacity of their planes.
Everyone around was eager to go on it. ” These two engineering officers were Capt. William F. Neff and 1st Lt. Louis T. Moffatt. ” The permission was duly granted and Moffatt boarded 1st Lt. James S. Nix’s B-17 for the ride. We will meet both Robert Mattison and Louis Moffatt again later. Most crew loading lists of the different bomb groups show that passengers went along. Staff officers from wing or Bomber Command headquarters, flight surgeons, other ground officers, and even fighter pilots were among those listed.
Das Reich: the military role of 2nd SS Division by James Sidney Lucas