TSgt Alfred W. Young, Jr. - 514th Squadron Radio Operator/Gunner
by Stuart Young
(San Antonio, TX)
March 21/24, 1945 - Target: Airdrome in Neuberg, Germany. The jet airdrome was hit in back-to-back missions with fragmentation bombs.
TSgt Young flew combat sorties 17 and 18 on March 21 and 24, 1945, respectively, targeting a jet airdrome in Neuberg, Germany. He noted on the 21st, "Flew at 23,000 feet, negative 34 degrees, with 108 fragmentation bombs, three to a rack. The wing really splattered that field. No flak and no signals over target on RCM." On the 24, he noted, "A few German jet propelled aircraft were in the area and all the flights were on the alert. Our bombs did not leave the ship on time and half of them landed outside the field in farmland. Flew at 19,000 feet. Took a course in Italian after we got back."