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THE POMEROY GROUP - COMBAT Charles Schleininger corsair schleini@lemoorenet.com "Mission # 12 - The plan was to have an all out attack to flatten the monastery at Cassino & allow our troops to breach the Gustav Line. The Germans were supposedly using the monastery as an observation post as it set on top of a mountain giving excellent view of our troop movements. Medium bombers were to bomb from 10,000 feet. We were to bomb at 18,000 feet. The target got hit badly but not flattened. Bombing accuracy was not good. Flak was not a big problem nor were German aircraft. When we got back to the base, I heard that someone had dropped a bomb on an English General's trailer. I don't know how they determined who the guilty bombardier was, but it was not someone from the 415th. The bombing did more to help the Germans than it helped the Allies. The bomb craters made it more difficult for the 5th Army to advance & created good defensive positions for the Germans. Although the 5th Army moved forward, the huge creators & rubble slowed the advance. Rain also contributed to slowing the advance. The following day the Germans moved back into Cassino & the Allies withdrew." To be continued ...



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