gruene-teufel:American B-25 Mitchell bombers fly past an…

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American B-25 Mitchell bombers fly past an erupting Mount Vesuvius on the way to conduct a bombing raid, March 1944. The eruption lasted from 18 to 23 March, and inflicted serious losses on US Army Air Forces during that time. Hot ash flows seriously damaged bombers of the 340th Bombardment Group stationed at Pompeii Airfield, resulting in the total loss of 78 to 88 aircraft.