Joseph J. Bitzer, Mission April 9, 1945

on the 9th enemy troops got hit hard by countless planes, our bombers, smaller bombers, and fighters. This softens up the ground forces so our men on the ground can move up, and mop up. I would say at that time the front lines extended across Italy anywhere from Genoa or Pisa (that's where the tower leans, someone must have flown by it too fast), to San Marino or Ancona. The lines would be defined by a river, like the Po, a town, or a mountain range.