March 6, 1944: Boyertown's Brigadier General Carl A. Spaatz Coordinates Strategies to Defeat Nazis.


By Margaret Leidy Harner from her book One Day at a Time: A Social History of Boyertown, PA.

March 6, 1944: Brigadier General Carl A. Spaatz is coordinating the Allied aerial attacks against Germany. The Nazis have been wreaking havoc in England with indiscriminate night bombing raids, causing tremendous loss of civilian life and it is time to retaliate.

More than 700 heavy American bombers along with 800 escort fighters have hit numerous targets within Berlin, dropping the first American bombs on the capital of the Third Reich, eventually bringing the German war machine to its knees by wiping out its manufacturing plants and preparing the way for the Allies to invade the continent.

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