SPECIAL NARATIVE REPORT No. 239
MISSION: CAMPO DI TRENS R/R Bridge
DATE: 7 April 1945
32 B-24’s took off at 1013 hours to attack CAMPO DI TRENS R/R Bridge. There were 2 early returns. Because of impenetrable middle and high clouds up to 27,000 feet, the formation turned back at 4530 N – 1330 S at 1350 hours at 24,500 feet. 30 returned to base at 1554 hours. None lost, none missing and none at friendly fields.
II. ROUTE AND ASSAULT
Executed a remote rendezvous at CAZZA (4246 N – 1631 E), departing at 1202 1/2 hours at 14,000 feet as the third group in the Wing line. Proceeded to ZUT Island (4350 N – 1520 E), turned left at that point in an attempt to circle bad weather, turned right at 4314 N – 1435 E and proceeded northward to 4418 N 1342 E to 4450 N – 1320 E to point of turnback at 4530 N – 1330 E. Returned directly to base.
The weather showed only scattered low clouds over Southern Italy, thinning to nearly clear over the Southern Adriatic. Rendezvous over CAZZA was unhindered by weather but formation began running into broken middle level and scattered high level clouds due East of ANCONA. These extended entirely across the Adriatic and an altitude of 24,500 feet was necessary to clear them. Circling the coast line around the extreme Northern end of the Adriatic was a build-up of solid middle and high clouds which were impenetrable without crossing the flak areas of TRIESTE. The same weather existed on return except that low clouds over Southern Italy had decreased enough that let-down and landing were made without difficulty.
No rendezvous was made with escort.
IV. ENEMY RESISTANCE
A. Fighters: None.
B. Flak –none.
None lost, none damaged, no casualties, no victories.