From the July 12, 1944 edition of Stars and Stripes

NINTH AIR FORCE HQ, FRANCE July 11 (AP)–What may likely have been the fastest bombing mission ever executed–ten minutes from conception to landing–was carried out yesterday by six Thunderbolts which dive-bombed a column of German tanks.

Pilots in the air were briefed by radio without ever cutting their speed.

Each plane was carrying a 1,000-pound bomb, with which the six had just taken off to blast another target, when word was flashed that the tanks had been spotted. Tanks rate a high bomb priority.

While one ground officer was contacting the flight leader by radio, another plotted the tanks’ location. The information was relayed to the pilots, and three minutes later came the radio flashback:

“Mission accomplished.”

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P47 Thunderbolts return from a mission

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