April 2, 1945
“Buckcheese” – “Milk Run” or what have you. We were briefed for a railroad bridge in N. Yugo. But when we got there, it was reported bombed out. As our box went over it without dropping our bombs, I could not see the bridge because the smoke from the bombs had totally obscured it, but I could see the red flashes of bombs bursting in the smoke. We decided to go to the alternate - A. Marshalling Yards at Zeltweg. There was no flak at the bridge, so no one put on flak suits but we sort of sweated out the alternate as no one put them on there either as it was only a few moments ride, but no flak there either. Our altitude 17,000. We saw no escort, but were briefed for 30-P38s. Our takeoff 10:50 - Target time 14:16 landing at 16:45. Flight time 5:55.
I slept on the floor of the ship most of the way up and back. We shouldn’t but we almost all do. The raid was a complete failure as far as results go - as we hit short of the yards, but it was a good pattern.
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At the 2017 reunion, the board approved the donation of our archives to the Briscoe Center for American History, located on the University of Texas - Austin campus.
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