TSgt Alfred W. Young, Jr. - 514th Squadron Radio Operator/Gunner
by Stuart Young
(San Antonio, TX)
April 8, 1945 - Target: Vipiteno Railroad Bridge, Italy. Thousand pound bombs hit all over the mountains before finally finding the bridge.
TSgt Young flew his 21st combat sortie on April 8, 1945, to hit the Vipiteno Railroad Bridge in Italy. He wrote, "An 8-hour mission to Vipiteno, Italy to hit a river bridge near Innsbruck and the Brenner Pass. Caught flak at Innsbruck because of the box in front was in our path. Ship #74 had its control cables shot away and landed at a field close to the lines north of Ancona. Finally hit the bridge IP, but besides other ships dropping their bombs prematurely and others too late, the bombs were all over the mountains and the sides of the pass. The bridge was hit, though. Pelzman led the box."
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