340th BOMB GROUP (M) 



486th and 489th Squadrons  March 17, 1945   

Photo Credit:  Herman Voss


 Aldeno (Brenner Pass), Italy  today


B-25s Flying Brenner Pass- Google Earth Video Animation!!!


57th Bomb Wing History “Battle of Brenner Pass”   (53 mb-right mouse button save-as file) A must read 114 page booklet with great photos describing the history and strategy of the 57th Bomb Wing and 340th Bomb Group from July 1944 to May 1945 (Operations Strangle and Bingo).  The Germans could repair track in a day and bridges in about one week!  (Credit to Herman Voss and Dan Setzer)

Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini at the Brenner Pass 1940  YouTube



486th BS Mission sheet credit:  Herman Voss


Mar 17, 1945

486th  Today's mission went to the Aldeno fill, along the lower Brenner Line and proved to be a very hot target. Our squadron was a bit lucky because we just received two holed ships; however the 489th had the misfortune of losing one ship. Six chutes were observed and we can hope for the best.

489th Missing in action:
2nd Lt. Charles C. Parker
2nd Lt. Lawrence E. Proffitt
2nd Lt. Howard R. Bradley, Jr.
S/Sgt. William N. MacEachon
Sgt. James R. Ehrsam

Text Credit:  Dan Setzer and 57th Bomb Wing website