Padua, Italy Highway Bridge 04/23/1945

Mission # 239 - Red Highway Bridge in Brenner Pass area

Mission No.239 Red, aimed at destroying the Padua North Highway Bridge, was one of a series of Bombing Missions the 459 Bomb Group flew in April,1945 against targets to cut off the retreat of the German Army fleeing north from the Po River Valley toward the only retreat routes through the Alps to still occupied Austria.
  Mission #239 R was close to the final WW II combat missions to be flown by the 459 Bomb Group as the total number of missions flown in this campaign was #242. - 459th BG, Army Air Corps Library and Museum Mission No.239 Red, aimed at destroying the Padua North Highway Bridge, was one of a series of Bombing Missions the 459 Bomb Group flew in April,1945 against targets to cut off the retreat of the German Army fleeing north from the Po River Valley toward the only retreat routes through the Alps to still occupied Austria. Mission #239 R was close to the final WW II combat missions to be flown by the 459 Bomb Group as the total number of missions flown in this campaign was #242.
"Dog Patch Express" A/C # 44-10626 drops his bombs on Padua Highway Bridge


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