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Mustang down 48,31N 11,30E

A cache by roboutthere Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 02/05/2011
Difficulty:
1.5 out of 5
Terrain:
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size: small (small)

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Geocache Description:


MISSION REPORT
450TH BOMBARDMENT GROUP (H) AAF APO-520 USARMY
MISSION DATE/NR Feb.2nd 1945 / 202


MISSION TARGET : Salzburg / Austria - Main Marshalling Yard

I CHRONOLOGY
This operation was planned for attack on Freilassing Marshalling Yard as the primary target. In the event weather prevented visual bombing of the primary, crews were briefed to attack the main marshalling yard at Salzburg by synchronous PFF methods.
Thirty-one B-24 type aircraft took off at 0801-0829 hours. Two aircraft returned early because of engine failures. Twenty-nine aircraft dropped 56 tons on Salzburg Main Marshalling Yard by synchroneos PFF methods at 1241 hours from 23,000 - 25.000 feet. Bomb load was two tons 500lb RDX each aircraft. One quarter ton was jettisoned due to hang-up. One bomb was returned to base because of frozen racks. Twenty-eight aircraft returned at 1542 hours. None lost. One aircraft reported on telephone report as missing was later reported at Vis.

II. ROUTE AND ASSAULT
The briefed route was flown to the Initial Point (Chieming - 47.54N-12.32E) and the target attacked on an axis of 100 degrees T.C. The decision to bomb Salzburg Marshalling Yard was made when the I.P. was found to be covered with at 10/10 undercast. The lead attack unit made the run with boxes in trail; each of the two boxes dropped individually on the "Mickey" lead. The second attack unit varied heading slightly left and each box varied altitude approximately 500 feet.
Observations of friendly fighters varied from 5 to 15 P-38's in the target area at 24,000 - 25,000 feet. Escort was not seen after rally.

III. RESULTS
Visual observation was not possible due to cloud cover. Interrogation of "Mickey" operators and Bombardiers indicated that all three experienced a good run and dropped in the target area. The photos from all boxes indicate that bombs fell in the southern part of the city and possibly on the barracks building at I-24, T.C. 13-13-NA

IV. ENEMY RESISTANCE

A. Fighters: Four to six ME109's observed at 46,00N -12,40E at 1225 hours at 20,000 - 25,000 feet. Did not try to attack formation.
B. Flak: Flak received over the target was moderate and accurate for the second box. All other boxes reported flak to their left and low. Mobile flak unit at 48,31N - 11,30E. P-51 type aircraft heading west for target at 1,500ft firing rounds at storage house. Three minutes was average time in flak with about one minute after bombs away.

V. OBSERVATIONS
None

VI. CONCLUSION

A. Losses : None
B. Damage: 5 ships holed by flak at target (minor)
C. Casualities: None
D: Victories: None
E: Corrections: One aircraft previously reported as missing is at Vis.

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This site is a historic place.

One of only a few remaining in our area. You can almost feel the Mustangs' vibes rolling through your chest and by twinkeling your eyes you can see the Mustang coming towards you like rolling thunder in ancient tales. The bullet holes of the .50 caliber Browning M2 Machine Guns are part of a class listed monument which lets you breathe some of the fear the people in the area had back in these dark years.

The "Zeughaus" used to host a SS unit which dissapeared crossing the Danube river on 2nd of March 1945.

As traffic out here is almost unknown, have a look at the spoiler pics before and be in stealth mode while going for the cache. Don't do it after sunset and don't enter the premises.

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Historischer Ort, bitte Spoiler beachten und vor Ort unauffällig sein. Das "Zeughaus" steht unter Denkmalschutz und trägt rundrum Spuren der letzten Kriegs- und ersten Nachkriegstage. Die Bordwaffe der P-51 hat das Mauerwerk nicht durchschlagen. Die hier stationierte SS Einheit ist im April 1945 über Geisenfeld nach Vohburg um die dortige Donaubrücke zu sichern

Keinesfalls Privatgrundstücke betreten und nicht nach Sonnenuntergang suchen !

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key

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N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



 

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