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    ChicagoBoyz Waiting Room Series: 25

    Posted by Dan from Madison on 1st July 2019 (All posts by )

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    ChicagoBoyz Waiting Room Series: 24

    Posted by Dan from Madison on 11th May 2019 (All posts by )

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    Big Week Day 6, Feb 25, 1944, Plus 75 Years

    Posted by Trent Telenko on 25th February 2019 (All posts by )

    Today marks the 75th Anniversary of the sixth and final day of Operation Argument otherwise known as BIG WEEK.  On Friday, February 25, 1944 the 8th Air Force returns to Messerschmitt factories in Regensburg preceded by 15th Air Force there.  Other Messerschmitt fighter plants at Augsberg and Furth are also hit by 8th Air Force.  These raids mark the conclusion of the first major operation in the final battle for air superiority before the Normandy invasion scheduled for June 1944.

    Day Six of “Big Week” Combat Results (Slide 1) from “Coming of Aerial Armageddon” by Dr. John Curatola

    Day Six of “Big Week” Combat Results (Slide 2) from “Coming of Aerial Armageddon” by Dr. John Curatola

    ETO Strategic Operations

    Mission 235: In the final “Big Week” mission, 4 targets in Germany are hit; 31 bombers and 3 fighters are lost.

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    1. 268 B-17s are dispatched to aviation industry targets at Augsburg and the industrial area at Stuttgart; 196 hit Augsburg and targets of opportunity and 50 hit Stuttgart; they claim 8-4-4 Luftwaffe aircraft; 13 B-17s are lost and 172 damaged; casualties are 12 WIA and 130 MIA.
    2. 267 of 290 B-17s hit aviation industry targets at Regensburg and targets of opportunity; they claim 13-1-7 Luftwaffe aircraft; 12 B-17s are lost, 1 damaged beyond repair and 82 damaged; casualties are 4 KIA, 12 WIA and 110 MIA.
    3. 172 of 196 B-24s hit aviation industry targets at Furth and targets of opportunity; they claim 2-2-2 Luftwaffe aircraft; 6 B-24s are lost, 2 damaged beyond repair and 44 damaged; casualties are 2 WIA and 61 MIA.

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    Escort is provided by 73 P-38s, 687 Eighth and Ninth Air Force P-47s and 139 Eighth and Ninth Air Force P-51s; the P-38s claim 1-2-0 Luftwaffe aircraft, 1 P-38 is damaged beyond repair; the P-47s claim 13-2-10 Luftwaffe aircraft, 1 P-47 is lost and 6 damaged, 1 pilot is MIA; the P-51s claim 12-0-3 Luftwaffe aircraft, 2 P-51s are lost and 1 damaged beyond repair, 2 pilots are MIA.

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    Mission 236: 5 of 5 B-17s drop 250 bundles of leaflets on Grenoble, Toulouse, Chartres, Caen and Raismes, France at 2129–2335 hours without loss

     

    MTO Strategic Operations

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    Continuing coordinated attacks with the Eighth Air Force on European targets, B-17s with fighter escorts pound Regensburg aircraft factory; enemy fighter opposition is heavy. Other B-17s hit the air depot at Klagenfurt, Austria and the dock area at Pola, Italy. B-24s attack Fiume, Italy marshaling yard and port and hit Zell-am-See, Austria railroad and Graz airfield and the port area at Zara, Yugoslavia; 30+ US aircraft are lost; they claim 90+ fighters shot down.

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    For extensive background, see this Wikipedia article, where the passage above came from:

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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Week

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    From Pickle Barrel’s to Radar Pattern Bombing of Cities

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    In evaluating the WW2 Combined Bomber Campaign in Europe there is far more propaganda about “precision bombing” than actual accurate and precise bombing.  When using the Norden bombsite in test conditions, on a clear and still day, with an absolutely distinct against back ground target, with a picked high skill aircrew, from less than 10,000 feet altitude,  you could get within a few hundred feet of the target.

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    Things were far less then perfect in combat over Europe.  Bombing altitudes exceeded 20,000 feet and the number of days where cloud cover measured less than 4/10ths were few and concentrated in the summer.

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    “Big Week” was fought in European winter.  Too fight then, the USAAF had to resort to the use of both British provided “H2S” 10 cm and hand built American “H2X” 3 cm wavelength radars carried on pathfinder bombers leading the USAAF bomber streams.

    B-17 Pathfinder in Big Week with a hand built “H2X” Radar provided by the British Branch of MIT’s Radiation Laboratory Source:  http://www.482nd.org/h2x-mickey

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    Chicago Boyz Waiting Room Series: 23

    Posted by Jonathan on 15th February 2019 (All posts by )

    The trend toward U-shaped confrontation zones continues.
     

    avoid eye contact

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    ChicagoBoyz Waiting Room Series: 22

    Posted by Dan from Madison on 10th February 2019 (All posts by )

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    ChicagoBoyz Waiting Room Series: 21

    Posted by Dan from Madison on 25th January 2019 (All posts by )

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    Chicago Boyz Waiting Room Series: 20

    Posted by Jonathan on 18th December 2018 (All posts by )

    Exit

     

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    ChicagoBoyz Waiting Room Series 19

    Posted by Dan from Madison on 13th December 2018 (All posts by )

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    ChicagoBoyz Waiting Room Series 18

    Posted by Dan from Madison on 11th December 2018 (All posts by )

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    ChicagoBoyz Waiting Room Series 17

    Posted by Dan from Madison on 27th November 2018 (All posts by )

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    ChicagoBoyz Waiting Room Series 16

    Posted by Dan from Madison on 13th November 2018 (All posts by )

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    ChicagoBoyz Waiting Room Series 15

    Posted by Dan from Madison on 30th October 2018 (All posts by )

    Song Selections on the PA during my short wait:
    “Where Are You Going?” – Dave Matthews Band
    “Don’t Forget Me When I’m Gone” – Glass Tiger
    “Roll To Me” – Del Amitri

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    ChicagoBoyz Waiting Room Series 14

    Posted by Dan from Madison on 19th October 2018 (All posts by )

    What lies beyond the portal?

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    ChicagoBoyz Waiting Room Series 13 – Improved With Music Selections!

    Posted by Dan from Madison on 24th September 2018 (All posts by )

    The Waiting Room DJ was not kind to me – songs on PA while I waited:

    Sharp Dressed Man – ZZ Top
    Love Rollercoaster – Ohio Players
    Waterloo – ABBA
    Hold Me – Fleetwood Mac
    Baby Blue – Badfinger
    Conga – Miami Sound Machine

    Mercifully, I only made it halfway through “Conga” and it was my turn.

    Posted in Photos, Waiting Rooms | 11 Comments »

    Chicago Boyz Waiting Room Series: 12

    Posted by Jonathan on 9th June 2018 (All posts by )

    unhappy endings

     

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    Chicago Boyz Waiting Room Series: 11

    Posted by Jonathan on 5th June 2018 (All posts by )

    they're not waiting

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    Chicago Boyz Waiting Room Series: 10

    Posted by Jonathan on 1st June 2018 (All posts by )

    works

     

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    Chicagoboyz Waiting Room Series: 9

    Posted by Jonathan on 26th May 2018 (All posts by )

    the opposition

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    Chicago Boyz Waiting Room Series: 8

    Posted by Jonathan on 24th May 2018 (All posts by )

    what if no one waits

     

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    Chicago Boyz Waiting Room Series: 7

    Posted by Jonathan on 21st May 2018 (All posts by )

    suspense

     

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    Chicago Boyz Waiting Room Series: 6

    Posted by Jonathan on 10th March 2017 (All posts by )

    This won't hurt a bit

    Posted in Photos, Waiting Rooms | 5 Comments »

    Chicago Boyz Waiting Room Series: 5

    Posted by Jonathan on 12th July 2016 (All posts by )

    no exit

    Posted in Photos, Waiting Rooms | 5 Comments »

    ChicagoBoyz Waiting Room Series

    Posted by Dan from Madison on 2nd April 2016 (All posts by )

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    Diagnosis: rhinitis medicamentosa.

    Posted in Personal Finance, Photos, Waiting Rooms | 4 Comments »

    Chicago Boyz Waiting Room Series: 4

    Posted by Jonathan on 22nd March 2016 (All posts by )

    chairs

    Posted in Photos, Waiting Rooms | 5 Comments »

    Chicago Boyz Waiting Room Series: 3

    Posted by Jonathan on 29th February 2016 (All posts by )

    NO CHECKS

    Posted in Photos, Waiting Rooms | 8 Comments »