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 at http://320thbg.org/1943_missions.html and afhra .firstname.lastname@example.org 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@ yahoo.com. Can anyone out there help Gerardo?—BD