3 Feb 1943 Wilhemshaven

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 - f Nazi-Chasing Escort Wins Raiders'Praise U. S....
f Nazi-Chasing Escort Wins Raiders'Praise U. S. FORTRESS DIVISION HEADQUARTERS IN ENGLAND, Nov. 3 (fi?) • —• American bomber fliers who raided northwestern Germany Wednesday enthusiastically praised the nazi-chasing escort of Thunderbolts and Light- nings which took them all the way to the targets and back. Twin-engined, twin-tailed Light- nings, doing their first escort job with heavy bombers hsre since the north African landing, are the answer to nazis' new rocket shells and "everything else the Germans have," a flier said. Repeatedly, German fighters ran away when American fighters cut in. The largest force of American heavy bombers ever to operate out of British bases made the' raid, which included Wilhelmshaven among the targets. "It was the finest example of teamwork among the American air forces," said Colonel Howard Turner of Avoca, Iowa, air commander of this division. The fliers said that the P-38 Lightnings, armed with four .50- caliber machine guns and one 20-millimeter cannon, well lived up to their name. Lieutenant William B. Smith of Boise, Idaho, pilot of the Fortress I 'Buccaneer," said the nazis were shooting a great many rockets at the bombers. Sergeant Austin O. Johnson of Wichita Falls, Texas, a ball turret gunner on 'the "Careful Virgin," said he saw a Fortress with one engine burning shoot down one of two Focke-Wulfs which dived at it. "The Focke-Wulf was • riddled with bullets and fell in a sheet of I flames," he said. "The P-38s chasecl away the other fi S hter Then this Fortress went straight down itself, and I don't know what happened to it."

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  1. The Salt Lake Tribune,
  2. 04 Nov 1943, Thu,
  3. Page 2

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