WWII B-24 VE "Trolley Missions", The Bridge at Remagen (Ludendorff-Brücke) , May 10th 1945
The Capture of the Bridge
On 7 March 1945 an advance unit of the 9th US Armored Division, led by LT Karl H. Timmermann, an American of German descent, reached the last intact bridge, just after the German defenders twice failed in their demolition attempts.
The capture of the bridge is known in the annals of the war as the "Miracle of Remagen". General Eisenhower stated that "the bridge is worth its weight in gold". In the days immediately following, the German High Command made desperate attempts to destroy the bridge by bombing and even employing frogmen.
Hitler irately convened a court-martial which condemned five officers to death, four of whom were actually executed in the Westerwald Forest.
On 17 March 1945 the bridge collapsed. 28 American soldiers lost their lives.
”Our fly-over was only a few hours, I was looking out at the scenery and “Pop” Beadling was shooting pictures. Two to three days of fly-overs B-17’s first, then B-24s”
Lt. James Muenker, Bombardier on the “Wazzle Dazzle”.
Photo credit: James Beadling, Co-pilot of the “Wazzle Dazzle”.
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