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B-24 42-51209 "The Wrangler" on Mission to Husum Germany 4 Aug 1944 | by John Funk from Golden Colorado
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B-24 42-51209 "The Wrangler" on Mission to Husum Germany 4 Aug 1944

Lew Funk's mission log states: 8-4-44 Hulsam [Husum] Germany, Oil Stores & A/F A/F Secondary Target 26 Aircrafts, 74.5 Tons Dropped,

 

Results Fair to Good No Aircrafts Lost, No KIA, No WIA Started one good fire Pilot Marks, Ship #851, Time 6:00

 

Online Comments on Flickr:

 

Sheley, D., Online posting, January 2, 2011

"The Wrangler"

Douglas-Tulsa B-24H-30-DT Liberator

s/n 42-51209

4th BS, 34th BG, 8th AF (also spent time with the 7th BS)

 

The name of this target was actually Hulsum and was a German airfield.

 

Dillan K., Online posing, August 23, 2013

My grandfather and grandmother were on the receiving end of that raid. They were both teenagers. Opa was a young seaman in the Kriegsmarine and Oma was, believe it or not, a young slave labourer at a local bakery. She was very lucky: the owners of the bakery were kind and treated her like a daughter. My grandparents met because my Opa was, for a time, a guard at the camp. After the war he married my Oma. She was a Mennonite who had been deported from the Soviet Union during the war. They managed to immigrate to Canada with my mother and aunt in 1953.

 

It's just strange to see a photo of an American aircraft going to my mom's home town. My opa told me about the massive bombing raids that he witnessed. Most of the biggest ones headed for Hamburg, but his home town and the island in the Baltic that he helped defend later in the war were occasionally targets as well.

 

I am Canadian. My other grandfather fought with the British 8th Army (with the Canadians) in Italy and in France.

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Taken on January 4, 2011