Mission 107 on April 1, 1943

Messina, Sicily

Photo from Ken DeLong

On Mission 107, April 2, 1943, many bombs had been dropped in the past on the ferry terminal building at Messina, Sicily, in an effort to destroy it. The terminal was the receiving end of boats ferrying trainloads of supplies and equipment across the four-mile straits of Messina from Reggio di Calabria to Messina. On arrival the trains were drawn into a tunnel which was protected by many feet of reinforced concrete. It was impossible to penetrate the solid concrete with bombs and destroy the machinery, which hauled the trains from the ferries to the tracks on land,

It was therefore planned to fly in low and endeavor to accomplish the difficult feat of skipping the bombs into the open mouth of the tunnel. DuFour and Lt. Brian Flavelle thought that they could turn the trick and volunteered to give it a try.

Due to the intense ack-ack fire which protected the straits, they decided to make their attack at dusk and to approach the target "on the deck" or just skimming the water to avoid detection.

Recollection and notes by:

Dufour, Jerome P.

Macrae, Donald

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My Trip to San Pancrazio

October 2019


NOTE change in month !!!

DATES: Oct 26-29, 2024

CITY:Tucson, AZ

HOTEL: Double Tree Suites Airport hotel

7051 South Tucson Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85756


Click here to read about the reunion details.

previous reunions

For Sale

The Other Doolittle Raid

The Broken Wings of Zlatibor

The Liberandos

Three Crawford Brothers

Liberando: Reflections of a Reluctant Warrior

376th Bomb Group Mission History

The Last Liberator

Full Circle

Shadows of Wings

Ten Men, A "Flying Boxcar," and A War

I Survived Ploesti

A Measure of Life

Shot Down In Yugoslavia

Stories of My Life


Born in Battle

Bombardier's Diary

Lost Airmen

Langdon Liberando