T/Sgt. Joseph E. Hornyak
Information courtesy of 450th Bomb Group (H) The "Cottontails" of WWII and Turner Publishing Company
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.
(2) 3rd GIURGU, ROMANIA - oil storage
encountered heavy, intense, accurate flak 2 planes went down 14 men bailed
(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
(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
(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
(1) 28th MISKOLC, HUNGARY Main marshalling
yards moderate flak.
(1) 4th [3rd] TORINO [TRENTO], ITALY
(Brenner Pass) marshalling yards moderate accurate flak 1 plane went down
(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
LT. RAE [Rhea] got wounded Oct. 7
Cast removed Oct. 23rd
(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.
(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
(1) 23rd SKLOPJE, YUGOSLAVIA Doboj railroad
(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
This information was written in 1944 during the war
Notes added later are in brackets [ ]
ORIGINAL NOTE PAGES
Mid Michigan Honor Flight - 26 September 2018
For more letters from the kids, CLICK HERE
Dad and I are grateful to all of you for your well-wishes, cards, letters, thoughts and prayers!
Dad stayed up after our return flight until 2:30 am reading every one of the cards and letters and then again over the next several days!
A special thank you to teacher Lindsey Miller* and the other teachers at her school in Dearborn, Michigan, for helping their students (grades 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th) write letters and draw pictures (83 in all)!granddaughter They were all special attached are a few to share with you. Please dont miss reading them!
*Lindsey is Dads granddaughter and my niece.
The entire flight and day was amazing. All volunteers!
A few notes
- 400 hundred US flags and 500+ people at Cherry Capital Airport, Traverse City, Michigan, to send the veterans off and to welcome them back
Boy Scouts, church groups, schools, womens clubs, softball and hockey teams, Blue Star Mothers, Rotary, Michigan State Police, Veterans Coalition, VFWs, American Legion and Amvets, military personal, local law enforcement, kids with signs & flags, and more- all there To thank a veteran.
- In DC
live string trio welcoming us; Mid-Michigan Honor Flight ground crew who live in the DC area directing us in the airport (a good thing)!
- Police escort throughout DC and Virginia
we really stoped traffic!
- Tour guides on each bus that explained about the history of the city, the memorials and Arlington (we learned much and realized we dont know enough
. time to hit the books!)
- Hand painted rocks with the US flag and HERO written on them from children for the vets
- Mail Call insuring every vet had plenty of mail
- Hand made Project Hero Hugs bears for each vet
- Hand made red/white/blue/patriotic quilts for each vet
- Medical team (in red shirts!) just in case
- Professional photographers, media personal
- Fire departments in both Traverse City and DC with their water canon salute
- Many great memories!
Thank you all!
Sandra and Joe
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