Formation of B-17's on Mission to Nuremberg Germany 21 Feb 1945
Formation of B-17 Flying Fortresses on mission to Nuremberg Germany 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
The closest aircraft is:
Boeing B-17G-85-BO Flying Fortress
391st BS, 34th BG, 8th AF
It Flew over 50 missions
It spent the last month of the war with the 18th Bomb Squadron flying a few missions but mostly as 'squadron hack' aircraft.
The crew on this mission was Combat Crew #110 (Schifferer - Pilot).
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 (pilots MIA).
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.