88th Bomb Group
Fornova di Taro, Italy (zone-5)
Mission 85: 316th 317th 318th 399th
Ginger Snap - 20% *AC#43-8941 - 30% Stood down Lauralee II - 40%
Vengeful Harlot - 0% Brown Sugar - 30% Stood down Lady Light - 30%
Satin Doll - 90% Dakota Queen - 40% Stood down Crosstown Bus - 30%
St. Louis Belle - 0% Tails A'draggin' - 20% Stood down Hardball Heroes - 20%
Sledgehammer - 30% Sally Wraith - 20% Stood down Passionate Witch - 30%
Minnesota Minx - 0% The Zoo Gang - 20% Stood down AC#43-8964 - 20%
Yellow = Mission Bomb Results Sent In
Flak did puncture starboard wing outboard fuel cell, which leaked the entire return leg of the mission.
- Capt. G. Snakenburg, 316th BS
We were airborne by 0615 hours with a load of 2300 gallons of gasoline, 5000 pounds of M43, GP-HE bombs,
full load of ammunition, and the usual weight of men and equipment. Everything on plane was in operational
order. We joined the group formation at 0700 hours. We had an easy trip today. Airtime was about six hours
to and from the target. No enemy activity at all. Flak was extremely light. Our gunners did not have any
shots today. - Capt. G. Tines
A welcome, relatively easy run up the boot. Courtesy of the escort, the Doll encountered no enemy aircraft.
The light flak over the target area was inaccurate and we came through unscathed. Lt. Steven Douglas put 90%
of the load into the marshalling yards. Sgt. Maust called in from the ball that the marshalling yards
reminded him of the day after Christmas when he was a kid, train cars scattered all over the place. The trip
home was quiet and we landed without incident. - 1st Lt. W. M. Patrick
Mission #85 was a completely uneventful "milk run" which was badly needed after Mission 84.
The bombardier reports "good hits" on the target. - 2nd Lt. M. Mundell, 316th BS
Was able to bomb on target with 30% of bomb load. No damage to the plane. - 1st Lt. H. Honda, 317th BS
No enemy aircraft in the sky . . . Bomb run with light flak . . . Landed safety at Foggia base.
- 2nd Lt. L. Borgarde, 317th BS
No enemy aircraft encountered; Light flak over target; Did not take any hits; Bombs on target, 40% accuracy;
No enemy fighters were encountered either outbound or inbound during the mission. Prior to arriving over the
target we encountered light flak that seem to be attempting to bracket us by firing 3 bursts in the vicinity
of Mrs. Sally but luckily before they could get the range we flew into a cloud bank. We stayed in light
cloud cover over the target but 2nd Lt. Petry was able to find the target and place about 20% of our bomb
load on the target. The plane seems to be running great – Pass on our “THANKS” to the ground crew for getting
her back in shape after the pounding she took before we took over. The crew is a good team and we hope to
stay together for the duration. - 1st Lt. A. Davidson, 317th BS
First mission for the crew. Saw nothing . . . dropped bombs . . . came home. - 2nd Lt. K. Cavall, 317th BS
A milk run--only light flak, no enemy a/c, no damage to our ship. All our planes made it back safely.
- Major Bill Hearn, CO, 399th BS
Gee, what a way to start off here in Italy. Didn't see an enemy fighters on the way to the target or back.
Avoided some light flak and Bombardier Hugh Mulcahy dropped 20% of his bombs on target. Not great, but not
bad for the first time either. I think they call these kind of missions "Milk Runs." The scuttlebutt says
we are heading to Romania next. I wonder if I'll get to see Dracula's Castle. - 1st Lt. T. Williams, 399th BS
Second mission for the crew as we took the Crosstown Bus up to Fornova di Taro. No problems or enemy
fighters encountered on the flight up or back. Flak was light with no damage done to the aircraft. Our
bombardier, Lt. Page, hit the target with about 30% of our load. Returned to base and landed safely. Side
note, it was mentioned this was a 'milk run' and I told the crew that "people don't shoot at the milk
man." Our waist gunner said that they do in his neighborhood. Well, he's from Chicago.
- 2nd Lt. G Fishman, 399th BS
An easy mission no fighters encountered and light flak over the target area. We dropped over 30% of our
bombs in the target area and then returned home. - 2nd Lt. R. W. Knight, 399th BS
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