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Old 8th February 2006, 17:07
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Marauder B-26 Targets?

Hi all,
I'm looking for information regarding the Targets for Marauder units against Germany in Feb. and Mar. 1945. Of greatest interest is the Schweinfurt area.

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Re: Marauder B-26 Targets?

B - 26s were attacking tactical targets during these two months in support of 3 Allied AAF Operations " Clarion " , "Grenade" and "Varsity".
3 main goals were 1) Interdiction of the Rhine - Bridges and Marshalling Yards 2) Destruction of Supplies - ordnance depots , transport depots etc. 3) Close cooperation with Ground Forces - communication centers ,
troop concentrations , barracks , transportation.
For a detailed account of this period and the History of the 9th AF , get book " The 9th AF in WW II " by Kenn Rust. Excellent book! I have it and use it a lot. Let me know if I can be of any help.
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Old 9th February 2006, 06:47
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Re: Marauder B-26 Targets?

Hi Mike,
thanks a lot for the info, will get me started in the right direction. Any idea of targets in the Schweinfurt/ Ebrach area?

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Re: Marauder B-26 Targets?

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For a detailed account of this period and the History of the 9th AF , get book " The 9th AF in WW II " by Kenn Rust.
Add to that "Battle Over Bavaria" by Robert Forsyth for detailed accounts of some specific actions in april 1945.
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Re: Marauder B-26 Targets?

Here are some targets listed: Saar - Palatinate triangle , Wetzler , Niederhausen , giesen , Solingen , Unna , Vlotho, Lang gon , Butzbach , Freidberg , Dulman , Wehrstapel , Friedberg , geizenberg , Hillesheim , Worms . Early April - Gottingen , Amberg - Kummersbruck , Memmingen
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Marauder B-26 Targets?

Gruß Gott Norbert!

I strongly suggest that far and away the best reference for Ninth AF medium bomber targets and attacks during the spring of 1945 is Kit C. Carson and Robert Mueller, The Army Air Forces in World War II: Combat Chronology, 1941-1945 (Washington, D.C.: Office of Air Force History, 1973), 990 pages. This volume is a chronological day-by-day summary of all USAAF air operations from the beginning to the end of World War II. Each day is broken down by numbered air forces (Seventh, Eighth, Eleventh, Fifteenth, etc.) with a paragraph or two about that air force's operations on the stated day. Targets (most, but of course, not all) are given, along with categories and numbers of aircraft attacking them (heavy bombers, medium bombers, fighter-bombers, etc.) and tons of bombs dropped. There is a superb 300-page geographic place name index at the back of the book, so all that you have to do is look up a place (even a little place) to see when it was attacked!

Carson and Mueller has been widely distributed. You should be able to find a copy even in Europe without too much trouble. The www.bookfinder.com will doubtless also have a number of copies for sale. I would expect the price to be extremely reasonable.

I do warmly urge you to find Carson and Mueller, for I think it is simply the very best beginning for your research.

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Re: Marauder B-26 Targets?

Hi!

The Carlson & Mueller (or Carter & Mueller?) book seems to be availabe also at the "Numbered USAF Historical Studies" homepage in pdf-format. It's number 128.
URL: http://www.au.af.mil/au/afhra/wwwroo...s/studies3.php

Couldn't make the download working though ("The operation timed out..."). Could be a temporary problem.


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Re: Marauder B-26 Targets?

Thank you all for the wonderful details. I will attempt to get the book you recommended Anton (Grüß Gott to you!). I'm a little short on time right now, have to go to work, but I will read the thread a little more in detail and let everybody know if I need more help. Thanks again to you all,

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Re: Marauder B-26 Targets?

Thanks again for everything. I found what I needed. It actually was an A-26 of the 386 BG lost on 31. mar 1945.

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