IWM catalogue record
This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.
B-26 Marauders of the 387th Bomb Group drop bombs over the target near Simmern, Germany. Printed caption on reverse: 'PMA FRA 102402. NINTH US AIR FORCE STRIKES ENEMY IN BLIND BOMBING. Formation of B-26 Marauder medium bombers of the Ninth US Air Force flying over clouds effected, January 22, 1945, a blind bombing attack against enemy communications near Simmern, Germany, 25 miles south of Koblenz. A vital supply line for German Troops was rendered unserviceable as the northwest approach to a railroad bridge was cut by direct hits and an abutment damaged, whilst a span collapsed. Direct hits also cut the embankment and railroad tracks. THIS PHOTO SHOWS: US B-26 Marauder medium bombing planes flying over the clouds near Simmern, Germany, as their bombs simultaneously cascade toward the targets. On their return to base, the crews reported that "results were unobserved due to cloud cover over the target." Subsequent photographs showed that direct hits had been scored. Ninth US Air Force Photo 0484-B. RESERVICED BY LONDON OWI TO LIST B-1 CERTIFIED AS PASSED BY SHAEF CENSOR. Free Ministry use. PNA will give name of issuing agency if OWI number is quoted.
The 387th Bomb Group flew just under thirty missions with the Eighth Air Force before being transferred to the Ninth Air Force in October 1943. The Group remained at Chipping Ongar, Essex after being reassigned and continued to hit targets in France....