WWII Quiz - Page 62




 
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April 1st, 2006  
redcoat
 
 
thank you Ted
A very easy one this time.

Name the unit commander of the first Allied air attack on Dresden
April 2nd, 2006  
zander_0633
 
 
Patton?
April 2nd, 2006  
Fox
 
 
Was it Arthur "Bomber" Harris?

Patton wasn't a pilot. He was a soldier and command the 3rd Army and rescued the trap 101st Airborne that were encircled by the germans during Battle of the Bulge.
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April 2nd, 2006  
Ted
 
 
My first guess would be Sir Raplh Cochrane, who was in charge of No. 5 Group of the RAF. They were specialised in the bombing of difficult targets, such as the Tirpitz and the dam in the Ruhr.
April 2nd, 2006  
redcoat
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fox
Was it Arthur "Bomber" Harris?
No.

I think I need to make my question clearer.

I'm not looking for the commander of the air force, but the commander/ pilot leading the actual unit involved in the attack.

ps,
A clue.

Both Harris and Cochrane were not involved with this attack, in any capacity.
April 2nd, 2006  
Reiben
 
 
COL. Glendon P. Overing commadned 486th wing which bombed dresden before main attack.
Col. Robert Taylor III commanded the 487th wing which bombed Dresden on same say as 486th

Cormier led a raid on 24/8/1944 on Dresden
April 2nd, 2006  
Fox
 
 
If it's correct. Then how did you know that? Finding from Google?
April 2nd, 2006  
Reiben
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fox
If it's correct. Then how did you know that? Finding from Google?
Whats wrong with google?

Google didnt give me the answer. It helped but didnt give the answer. I havent got the Dresden book, but was sure it had been attacked, lightly before the major attack in Feb 45.
April 2nd, 2006  
redcoat
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Reiben
COL. Glendon P. Overing commadned 486th wing which bombed dresden before main attack.
Col. Robert Taylor III commanded the 487th wing which bombed Dresden on same say as 486th

Cormier led a raid on 24/8/1944 on Dresden
Correct.
The raid of 24th August 1944 was the first of 4 raids by the USAAF on Dresden and its suburbs.
The second was on the 7th October 1944, the third was on 16th January 1945, and the fourth and last was as part of the 'firestorm' raid of 13th February 1945.

Your turn Reiben
April 2nd, 2006  
Fox
 
 
Dang, Reiben, you know about WW2 more than me.