There were three bomb groups with the 9th Air Force at this time, 93rd, 98th and the 376th. On 7 February the 93rd and the 376th bombed Naples. (Links are below at the end). Naples and its harbor were heavily bombed in WWII. It was a transportation hub. At this point in the war the Germans were squeezed into Tunisia and there were still ships running supplies down to the few ports they still held in North Africa or to Sicily. http://ac-support.europe.umuc.edu/~jmatthew/naples/Naples%20bombing.htm
(note: this above site can be found now on the internet archives, paste the whole line into the archives prompt line. See internet archives instructions at the end of this post).
Here are a couple of photos of Naples harbor and the Bay of Naples. http://www.arkmilitaryheritage.com/_private/images/wwii/DISC_7/77.09.1513.jpg http://www.arkmilitaryheritage.com/_private/images/wwii/DISC_9/77.09.2072.jpg
: the above two links no-longer seem to work and were apparently not captured on the Internet Archives.)
Update: However, it appears the Macarthur Museum (which was the original site) has moved the photos onto flickr. They have over 4000 photos in what they call the Allison collection, starting here, follow the links "Through the Camera's Eye" to flickr collection if you want to browse through it.http://www.arkmilitaryheritage.com/
Unfortunately, the pictures seem to be in no particular order and are not clearly labeled as to date or location taken.
The two Naples photos are apparently part of the collection, but seem to be hard to find.
Here is one of them:http://www.flickr.com/photos/macarthurmuseum/9902390866/
While it appears no ships were sunk in Naples on the 7th, on the 15th of February the bombers returned and two ships were sunk, the Modica and the Molo Carmine. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_shipwrecks_in_February_1943
Here are some links to clips of B-24s bombing Naples and Naples Harbor in Feb 43. http://www.criticalpast.com/video/65675034864_B-24-aircrafts_Mount-Vesuvius-volcano_flying-low-over-airbase_bombs-dropped-away http://www.criticalpast.com/video/65675034863_B-24-aircrafts_top-turret-gunner-checking-his-gun_bomb-explosions-in-water_waist-gunner-on-alert
Here are the links about the bomb groups that bombed Naples on the 7th.
Here is a story about member of the 93rd and there is a link at the bottom of the first page showing his missions. You can see he flew to Naples on 7 Feb 43. http://www.pbs.org/mosthonorableson/theairwar.html
This next link will get you to missions of the 376th in 1943. It also shows Naples on 7 Feb 43.
First go to the archive site here: http://archive.org/web/web.php
then paste this next link after first typing in http://
(as prompted). www.376bghistory.com/missions/1943.php
Then on the calender display, select the May 14 2008 capture of the site.
post edited by RSwank - 2013/12/08 12:59:10