12th AIR FORCE
BOMB GROUP (M)
MISSION JANUARY 21, 1945
486th, 487th, and 489th Squadrons January
Ponte Tidone, Italy today
MISSION 697 below was to bomb RR Br at San MICHELE in BRENNER PASS
Mission sheet credit: Herman Voss
Jan 21, 1944 488th
Mission with twelve planes to San Michele rail diversion bridge, Italy.
100% bombing accuracy. 8U with Lt. Simpson, pilot, Lt.
Greenig, co-pilot, S/Sgt. J.C. Rice, bombardier, Sgt.
Shipley, radio-gunner, Sgt. Hicks, turret-gunner, and Sgt. Jackson, tail gunner
crashed into 8P on the turn off the target knocking the tail-gunner, Sgt. A.B.
Porter (on his second tour), out of the plane. No one knows exactly how it
happened and everyone had to write out his interpretation for Ops to give to
Group. Sgt. Tafoya was scheduled to fly on 8U but was
taken off to go with the band to Ill Russe and even
then the plane in which he was flying, 8Y, made a crash landing. Text Credit: Dan
Setzer and 57th Bomb Wing website