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Thousands of German soldiers and vehicles photographed by a pilot of XIX TAC's 10th Photo Group as they are surrendered to American Third Army troops SW of Pilsen on May 9, 1945 - - Victory in Europe Day. It is a fitting last scene for the story of destruction wrought by the closely coordinated efforts of the Third U.S. Army and the XIX Tactical Air Command during their drive through France and, finally, during their speedy, deadly thrust across the "impenetrable" German Reich.
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Thousands of German soldiers and vehicles photographed by a pilot of XIX TAC's 10th Photo Group as they are surrendered to American Third Army troops SW of Pilsen on May 9, 1945 - - Victory in Europe Day. It is a fitting last scene for the story of destruction wrought by the closely coordinated efforts of the Third U.S. Army and the XIX Tactical Air Command during their drive through France and, finally, during their speedy, deadly thrust across the "impenetrable" German Reich.
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Some of the 20,000 Germans south of the Loire River, France, who were surrendered to General Macon of the U.S. Ninth Army and to General Weyland, Commanding General of the XIX Tactical Air Command, on September 16, 1944. The formal surrender, which took place on the Beaugency Bridge, was largely the result of a campaign of isolation by XIX TAC fighter-bombers.
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General Erich Elster surrenders himself and 20,000 troops to Maj. Gen. Robert C. Macon of the U.S. Ninth Army and to Maj. Gen. O.P. Weyland, Commanding General of the XIX Tactical Air Command, on September 16. The formal surrender took place at the Beaugency Bridge on the Loire River.
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A locomotive is blown up by a Thunderbolt in an attack made on 17 April 1945 near Kaaden, Germany.
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Five destroyed vehicles of a convoy attacked on 27 March 1945 by Thunderbolts of the 367 Group. In the attack, which took place on the highway running northeast from Grumburg, Germany, over 100 vehicles were claimed destroyed.
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Another photograph taken on 23 March 1945 of the Third Army crossing the Rhine River. The crossing was begun the night before, following an immense rail and road interdiction program by XIX TAC fighter-bombers, which did much to prevent Wehrmacht reinforcements from giving effective opposition to the attack.
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Photograph taken on 23 March 1945 of the Third Army crossing the Rhine River. The crossing was begun the night before, following an immense rail and road interdiction program by XIX TAC fighter-bombers, which did much to prevent Wehrmacht reinforcements from giving effective opposition to the attack.
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Ninth AF 2nd Phase Interpretation Report US10/D 659
LOCALITY:  LEBACH SUPPLY DEPOT & SIDINGS

SORTIE:  US 15/3993

DATE: 19 Jan  45

PERIOD UNDER REVIEW:  This report covers all damage to the target as it existed at 1530A hours on 19.1.45

COVER:  The target (US10/T 441) is covered on prints of good quality.

STATEMENT:  One small warehouse type building destroyed.  One large warehouse type building destroyed.  Two large warehouse type buildings and one small building destroyed.  Two warehouse buildings severely damaged and others within the area blocked and at least 20 goods wagons have been damaged or destroyed.  A single crater blocks a siding at (Q/100903).  Through rail traffic is possible from DILLINGEN to NEUNKIRCHIN.

ACTIVITY:  12 /T are visible in the vicinity;  3 marked with the “Red Cross” are in motion.  Approximately 240 mixed goods wagons, flats, and 4 engines, one of which is in steam, are present.  Some of the flats near the supply depot may be loaded with M/T. Considerable track activity is seen throughout the area.

20th P. I. D. at Hq. 10th P. G.
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Ninth AF 2nd Phase Interpretation Report US10/D SPECIAL

LOCALITY:  NEUNKIRCHEN M/Y 

SORTIE:  US 15/3959

DATE: 15 Jan  45,  HOUR: 1300A

PERIOD UNDER REVIEW:  This report covers all damage to annotated area through 15 Jan 45.

COVER:  The M/Y is covered on prints of good quality.  

STATEMENT:  Within the dotted lines is evidence of a terrific explosion.  The area of devastation measures approximately 85 yards by 40 yards, and debris has been thrown for a distance of at least 250 yards.  The central area of the explosion is so black that an accurate damage assessment cannot be made from this cover; however, at least fifteen damaged or destroyed wagons are visible, and many others have probably been blown to pieces.  Four rail lines have been cut for a distance of approximately 120 feet.

ACTIVITY:  No activity is noted.

20th P. I. D. at Hq. 10th P. G.
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Ninth AF 2nd Phase Interpretation Report US10/D 895
LOCALITY:  VON RUNDSTEDT’S HEADQUARTERS

SORTIE:  US 12/4307 – 5001-14

TOT: 20 Mar 45, 1010A 

PERIOD UNDER REVIEW:  This report covers all damage to date.

COVER:  The target is covered on prints of good quality.  

STATEMENT:  Ground sources have reported this castle to be Von Rundstedt’s Headquarters.  The east wing of the castle is completely destroyed and the entire top floor is demolished or gutted by fire.  The small building just south of the “L” shaped building is destroyed and the top floor of the “L” shaped building is severely damaged.  This building is completely destroyed.  At least  11 dwellings are destroyed and 7 others severely damaged.

ACTIVITY:  Evidence of evacuation of the premises is noted as stacks of supplies are in the yard and several M/T are present.  The large underground buildings to the NW remain undamaged.

20th P. I. D. at Hq. 10th P.G.
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Photos taken during and after the attack made on the Headquarters of the German Commander-in-Chief, West, by Thunderbolts of the 367 Group on 19 March. Interrogation of an officer PW later revealed that the 1,000 lb. Bombs which almost completely destroyed the headquarters, also wounded Field Marshal Kesselring, who had just replaced Field Marshal Gerd von Runstedt as C-in-C, West.
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Damage done to enemy bridges by XIX TAC fighter-bombers]
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Damage done to enemy bridges by XIX TAC fighter-bombers]
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Ninth AF 2nd Phase Interpretation Report US10/D 734

LOCALITY:  HUNDSBACH ESPIONAGE SCHOOL   (GSGS 4416/U2–

SORTIE:  US 12/4061 – 5006-09 

TOT: 20 Feb 45, 1115A 

PERIOD UNDER REVIEW:  This report covers DAMAGE FROM 1130A hours, 14.2.45 to date.

COVER:  The target is covered on prints of excellent quality.  

STATEMENT:  Outlined areas are buildings, which have been either destroyed or severely damaged.  Approximately 75% of the remaining buildings have received minor damage.  Thru traffic is possible on the main roads thru the town.

ACTIVITY:  No other activity is visible

20th P. I. D. at Hq. 10th P. G.
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Ninth AF 2nd Phase Interpretation Report US10/T 732
LOCALITY:  RAVENTHAL, ESPIONAGE SCHOOL E 

SORTIE  US 31/4119 – 2044

TOT: 14 Feb 45, 1540A 

PERIOD UNDER REVIEW:  This report covers the attack by XIX TAC on 13.2.45

COVER:  The target is covered on prints of excellent quality.  

STATEMENT:

The lower level wing of the “U” shaped building is severely damaged from a direct hit and the remainder of the building is gutted.  Two small buildings have been completely destroyed.  Both of these buildings are severely damaged.

ACTIVITY: One M/T is moving in the area and 10 to 15 people are along the road by the installation.

20th P. I. D. at Hq. 10th P. G.
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