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T/Sgt. Joseph E. Hornyak
721st Squadron



Information courtesy of 450th Bomb Group (H) The "Cottontails" of WWII and Turner Publishing Company


COMBAT MISSIONS


JUNE (Two E.R's [Early Returns] to Ploesti) 27th   [24th]
(2) M/Y VESCES HUNGARY – encountered heavy flak, feathered # 3 engine. Snuffy [Everett Frank] dropped thru doors.

JULY
(2) 3rd GIURGU, ROMANIA - oil storage – encountered heavy, intense, accurate flak – 2 planes went down – 14 men bailed out
(1) 4th PITESTI, ROMANIA - rail road bridge – dropped thru doors – no flak (very light)
(1) 6th TOULON, FRANCE – submarine pens – heavy intense accurate flak
(2) 7th ZAGREB, YUGOSLAVIA – marshalling yards – heavy intense flak
(2) 8th MARKERSDORF, AUSTRIA (Vienna Area) airdrome – one rocket burst right off tail.
(1) 22nd PLOESTI, ROMANIA – Romano-American oil refineries – intense flak – no bombs – another formation in way.
(2) 26th MARKERSDORF/DUSSELDORF, AUSTRIA (Vienna Area) – airdrome; alternate Daimler-Benz aircraft – intense flak – fighters in area.

AUGUST
(1) 3rd BOLZANO, ITALY (Brenner Pass) – Ora rail road bridge – intense flak but inaccurate.
(1) 5th [6th] TOULON, FRANCE – submarine pens – didn't quite make target. #4 went out – landed at Corsica – stayed overnite. 
(1) 13th TOULON, FRANCE – Coastal defense gun positions – no flak.
(1) 14th GENOA, ITALY – Coastal defense gun positions – intense accurate flak
(Southern France invasion came off today – Aug 15 – 44)
(2) 22nd VIENNA, AUSTRIA – Labau oil refineries – 17 holes in ship – worst flak encountered yet. ME-109's encountered.
(1) 26th GIURGU/RUSCHUK, ROMANIA – Ferry boat on Danube River
(1) 28th MISKOLC, HUNGARY – Main marshalling yards – moderate flak.

SEPTEMBER
(1) 4th [3rd] TORINO [TRENTO], ITALY (Brenner Pass) – marshalling yards – moderate accurate flak – 1 plane went down burning.
(1) 6th LESKOVAC, YUGOSLAVIA – marshalling yards – 35,000 troops were concentrated there.
(1) 13th ORA, ITALY – railroad bridge (Brenner Pass) – no flak.
16th – fractured heel – D.N.I.F. [Duty Not Involving Flying]
LT. RAE [Rhea] got wounded Oct. 7
Cast removed Oct. 23rd

OCTOBER
(2) 9th PLOESTI, ROMANIA – Ploesti oil refineries – heavy, intense, accurate flak.
(1) 12th THEOULE, FRANCE (Toulon Area) rail road viaduct – intense flak along coast – feathered # 3 – landed at Rome for fuel.
(1) 14th BUDAPEST/FERENCVAROS, HUNGARY – main marshalling yds. – escort kept fighter off. Witnessed 1 FW-190 go down.
(2)(single) – 15th PLOESTI, ROMANIA – Romano-American oil refineries – heavy, intense accurate flak – Lead ship (Col Snaith) went down. Lost another one near home.
(2) 20th FRIEDRICKSHAFEN/LOWENTHAL, GERMANY – airdrome – 72 A.A. guns reported – heavy intense accurate flak – 450 enemy fighters were sent up against us. 100% bombing.

NOVEMBER
(2) 5th VIENNA, AUSTRIA – Florisdorf oil refineries and storage tanks – intense flak.
(2) 6th VIENNA , AUTRIA – Moosbierbaum oil storage tanks (underground)
(1) 8th ALBANIA – troop concentrations – little flak – BLOUGH, Pilot. [Daniel Blough]
(1) 18th SJENICA, YUGOSLAVIA – railroad bridge – light flak.
(1) 23rd SKLOPJE, YUGOSLAVIA – Doboj railroad bridge.

DECEMBER
(2) 3rd LINTZ, AUSTRIA – industrial area – heavy flak - very low on gas – 60 gals. left after landing.
(2) 15th [16th] INSBRUK, AUSTRIA – early return – MYERS [Pilot, Arthur Myers]
(2) 16th [15th] ROSENHIEM, GERMANY – (Munich Area) heavy flak.
(Walde lost – on Vis)
(2) 17th WELS, AUSTRIA/GERMANY – moderate accurate flak – marshalling yards.
(2) 20th SALZBURG, GERMANY (Munich Area) – marshalling yards – moderate accurate flak.
(2) 25th INSBRUK, GERMANY – main marshalling yards – moderate accurate flak – MYERS [Arthur] – 345 (RAMP RAT)   LAST MISSION CHRISTMAS DAY

35 SORTIES
51 MISSIONS


FINIS

This information was written in 1944 during the war
Notes added later are in brackets [  ]

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