Deadly Mission: Canadian Airmen over Nuremberg, March 30th by W. Rodney

By W. Rodney

Canadian airmen flying in WW II's largest evening conflict.

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Age 28 Metzler, S/L Harry, Fort William, Ontario. Age 30 Milward, PIO Leo, Regina, Saskatchewan. Mitchell, F/Sgt Percy, Ottawa, Ontario. O. Roy, Goodwater, Saskatchewan. O. Maurice, St. Boniface, Man. Age 26 Munnery, FlO Norman, Ottawa, Ottawa. C. Age 25 Narum, PIO Chester, Rosemary, Alberta. Age 23 O'Brien, FlO Charles, Toronto, Ontario. Age 28 Orr, PIO Hubert, Peace River, Alberta. Age 30 Osborn, FlO Roy, Brantford, Ontario. Age25 Paquin, FlO Florent, St Boniface, Manitoba. Age 24 Pattison, Sgt Allen, Billings Bridge, Ontario.

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By the time the Bomber Stream veered south for the 20 minute run to the target, many had been delayed, were off-course or damaged. A further dozen had gone down. Over the flame-lit target the crews quickly dropped their bombs, but the anti-aircraft flak was heavy and the aircraft were rocked by the explosions. Occasionally a direct hit would cause a bomber to explode or if a wing was shot off the bomber would start a slow spinning descent into the flaming city below. Here there were further losses as Wild Boar fighters swooped down on the attackers The moonlight favoured the Wilde Sau defenders, but despite the highly favourable flying conditions they fortunately had little success.

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