B-17's on Mission to Nuremberg Germany 21 Feb 1945
Lew Funk's mission log states: 2-21-45 Nurnberg Germany, Marshalling Yard PFF, Lots of Flak, Saw red colored flak near battle
lines, one bust punctured the ship right beside me. Pilot Hemmersly, Ship #271, Time 8:25
Middle Aircraft is: B-17 Tail Number F338789 S/N 43-38789 "Fast Company"
Acording to www.445bg.org/02-21_thru_02-28.htm:
WEDNESDAY, 21 FEBRUARY 1945
EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (ETO)
STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Eighth Air Force):
2 missions are flown.
1,262 bombers and 792 fighters are dispatched to again attack the tank plant, main railroad station, marshalling yards and
locomotive shops at Nurnberg, Germany using H2X radar; they claim 4-0-1 Luftwaffe aircraft on the ground; 7 fighters are lost:
830 of 867 B-17s hit the marshalling yard; 11 others hit targets of opportunity; 1 B-17 is damaged beyond repair and 298 damaged; 1
airman is KIA and 6 WIA. Escorting are 373 of 391 P-51s; they claim 2-0-0 aircraft; 2 P-51s are lost (pilots MIA).
375 of 395 B-24s hit the station and marshalling yard at Nurnberg, Germany; targets of opportunity are Speyer (1) and other (2); 63
B-24s are damaged; 1 airman is KIA and 3 WIA. The escort is 175 P-47s and P-51s; they claim 2-0-0 aircraft; 3 P-51s are lost
During the night of 21/22 Feb, 25 of 29 B-24s attack the Duisburg power and gas stations using PFF; 2 B-24s are lost.
More background on the Pathfinder ships and the H2X radar can be found at:
Wikipedia H2X radar - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H2X_radar
WikiPedia Battle of the Beams - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Beams
How H2X "Mickey" Got its name - www.482nd.org/h2x-mickey
Online Comments on Flickr:
Sheley, D., Online posting, January 5, 2011
"The Big Gear"
Boeing B-17G-85-BO Flying Fortress
391st BS, 34th BG, 8th AF
Being flown by the Werth crew (Combat Crew #87) on this mission.
Asher, G., Online posting, October 12, 2011
Three Fortresses of the 391st Bomb Squadron. Left to right:
B-17G 44-8629 (D) "Purty Chili"
B-17G 43-38789 (F) "Fast Company"
B-17G 44-8235 (X) "Mikkey" (a Pathfinder ship, equipped with the H2X radar in place of the ball turret)