10 April 1945
Troop Concentrations Northeast of Lugo, Italy
Operation Buckland, in support of the Eighth Army, was continued on 10 April. The Group sent a double force, led by Colonel Rogers and Major Rider, against troop concentrations and gun emplacements in the vicinity of Lugo, Italy. The whole operation was executed as planned. A total of eighty tons of fragmentation bombs was dropped on target with excellent results. Photographs show that the assigned target area was well saturated and that the heavier concentrations fell directly on the aiming points. Enemy anti-aircraft fire was described as slight and inaccurate. Three FW-190s were see scavenging in the target area.
Fifteenth Air Force Office of the Commanding General
2. I am particularly gratified to pass these well-earned
commendations to all units of the command and to add my own praise for an
outstanding demonstration of successful coordinated effort between air and
A Liberator from the 464th BG, 779 BS, taking part in the same mission. This is a contemporary news photo from Tom's scrap book. In the upper left hand corner he has written, "Saw this happen on 18th mission." It was actually the 15th.