Seventy five years ago today, back on 16 December, 1944, United States military forces began fighting in the Battle of the Bulge, the largest land battle our forces engaged in during World War II and third deadliest campaign in US history. Although Nazi forces attacked in foul weather which initially stymied our air forces, American and Allied airpower played a vital role in the outcome of the Battle of the Bulge.
For the 371st Fighter Group, deployed to the south of the Bulge, the battle resulted in the group serving an indirect supporting role, carrying out missions into Germany to interdict the enemy’s lines of communications, including vital supply lines. As the battle began Frisky was in the middle of a move from Dole Airfield (Advanced Landing Ground Y-7) to Tantonville (ALG Y-1) and in support of the Allied Sixth Army Group and US Seventh Army. In addition the group was in position to directly respond to what became the “other” Bulge, a supporting German counterattack, Operation Nordwind – see earlier blog posting at: https://371stfightergroup.wordpress.com/2013/01/10/frisky-battles-a-northwind/
Airpower played a vital role in the Allied victory in the Battle of the Bulge, with some highlights described in the article attached below, “Remembering at Perle,” from a US Air Forces in Europe publication after the 60th anniversary of the battle. It includes some recollections of another P-47 outfit, the 366th Fighter Group, as we commemorate the service and sacrifice of those on land and in the air, 75 years ago.