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stucka

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Kind folks,

I'm a newspaper reporter working on a story about Norman Isler's attempt to reconcile the history of 42 102889, piloted by 2LT Lindbloom and followed closely by Svatopluk.

Just a double-check, if I may -- Mr. Isler has written that the target on 7 July 1944 was a refinery in Blechhammer; the site here calls it an oil/shipping strike, which is consistent; and I found another newspaper article saying it was a ball bearing plant in that city, with the other reporter citing military records.

Is there a place to triple-check, so we don't run an article talking about efforts to correct the historical record ... and then we get them wrong?

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The history of the 775th Squadron lists the 7 July 1944 target as the Blechhammer South Synthetic Oil Refinery.


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The "official" 463rd published history states:
 "The next day, July 7th, was another rugged one.  Target was the oil refinery at Blechhammer, Germany............"

Every record I have seen for the 7 July mission states it was the Blechhammer South Oil refinery as the target for that day.  I do not have any reason to think otherwise.

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stucka

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Ack, please excuse me. I tried to reply soon after posting the first message, but perhaps I hit Preview instead of Post or some such.

Thanks for the quadruple- and quintuple-checking. A better Google search ("July 7" Blechhammer) turned up several more sources that verified it was the oil refinery:
http://www.airwarsk.sk/Blechhammer.htm    includes some anecdotes from the air and the ground

http://tinyurl.com/2qk88b  (link may not work correctly; goes to a Google Books page for William Howard Chittenden's "Defenders of Liberty")

Thanks for helping me make sure I get this right.


Mike


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