650 B-17 FLYING FORTRESSES BATTER KASSEL; COAST BOMBED

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650 B-17 FLYING FORTRESSES BATTER KASSEL; COAST BOMBED

From the September 25, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes

Flying through thick clouds which obscured the targets, 650 escorted Fortresses yesterday blasted motor factories, plane plants, locomotive works and large marshalling yards at Kassel, about 140 miles east of Aachen, Germany.

Escorting P51 Mustangs strafed airports and enemy transport in the Kassel and Cologne areas.



B-17 flying fortresses

B-17 Flying Fortresses of the 381st Bomb Group heading to their target.

The sustained four-day offensive supporting Allied airborne operations in Holland as well as the Third U.S. Army’s advance in the Metz-Nancy area, Ninth Air Force fighter-bombers flew 1,035 sorties from Sept. 19 to 21, despite bad weather.

Twelve enemy planes were destroyed in aerial combat while at least 43 armored vehicles, including 14 tanks, were knocked out. Seventeen locomotives and 115 motor vehicles were disabled by the U.S. planes.

Along the Channel coast and in Holland, fighter-bombers poured both bombs and surrender leaflets on Germans holding out in small pockets. Paris radio reported that Calais was bombed about disk by British-based planes. Some 2,000,000 leaflets were dropped over various areas in Holland.

No enemy aircraft were seen and all planes returned.



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