The only thing I can think of, is the short but significant, time differential. I left the states Dec, 1945 with a full crew, including a bombardier ang a new plane. We landed finally in Bari, Italy, about Jan. 7th. we immediately were seperated from both the new plane, and our 'Bombardier. If we had arrived sooner, we might have flown a few missions with our bombardier, and he might have stayed with us til war's end. However, I am sure that most, if not all planes, were without bombardiers except for lead and deputy lead. As I stated, I was assigned a bombardier when I became lead. He came from a pool of bombardiers who's crews had cpmpleted their missions.