Nuremberg Germany 21 Feb 1945
B-17 in view is Tail Number 3389415. That is s/n 43-38415 "Smokey Joe" from the 391st BS, 34th BG, 8th AF.
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
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.
Online Comments on Flickr:
Hawkinson, Rick., Online posting, January 15, 2011
Great capture of the flak bursts!
With the open bomb bay doors, I gather the formation is on the bomb run. As some may know, at this point the bombardier was flying the airplane via the bomb sight. They were committed. No evasive action could be taken at this point. And enemy gunners on the ground knew that. If they got the formation's altitude, they could really make this part of the mission deadly.
For those that do not know what flack is, it is a shell that is set to explode at a specified altitude, filling the air with metal fragments. It can really tear a human body up. If it detonates close to the airplane, it can blow off major portions of the plane such as wings. Nasty stuff.