Bomb­ing Ques­tion

Flight Journal - - EDITORIAL - Ger­ardo Per­rotta

I am writing on be­half of my cousin Al­fonso Per­rotta, who lives in Rome, Italy, and is cur­rently authoring a book on the bom­bard­ment of our home­town, Paola, Italy, in 1943. I was won­der­ing if any mem­bers have a blog where they can elicit/ en­quire from the read­er­ship if any­one has notes, pho­tos, or other records men­tion­ing a possible er­ror in strik­ing the in­tended tar­get of the train sta­tion on July 24, 1943.

Ac­cord­ing to lo­cal wit­nesses, on July 24, 1943, the 320th Bom­bard­ment Group with Squadrons 441, 442, 443, and 444 bombed the town cen­ter of Paola. We cannot find, how­ever, any U.S. mil­i­tary records to that ef­fect. We have looked at­sions.html and afhra but have found noth­ing for the town cen­ter. All records point to Ma­rina di Paolo (sic) and noth­ing on the paese, or cen­ter, of Paola.

I would ap­pre­ci­ate any as­sis­tance on this mat­ter and look for­ward to any in­for­ma­tion or sug­ges­tions. I can be reached by email at per­rotg@ ya­ Can any­one out there help Ger­ardo?—BD

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