Bombardment Squadron on Corsica
Photographs by Quentin Kaiser of 489th Bomb Squadron
B25J Mitchell medium bombers,
Planes, Part 3
This picture showing B-25J 9N was taken by my father after taking off from Alesani, Corsica as
the planes passed by the town of Bastia, Corsica heading north.
Pilot and 57th Bomb Wing enthusiast Alexandre Durastanti said he was thinking about Quentin Kaiser
taking the picture on the left from his B-25 in 1944, when he snapped the picture on the right of
Bastia, Corsica in December of 2001 from his commercial aircraft. What a beautiful island and what a beautiful gesture by Alexandre Durastanti. Thanks Alex.
I think my dad may have taken this photograph of B-25J 9N on the return trip for the same mission shown above
starting out over Bastia, Corsica. The appearance of 9N in the box is the same and the quality and format of the
photographs is similar. Several people have suggested to me that
the port city resembles Bordighera on the Italian Riviera but Marcello Biava says the following:
"The photo you mentioned it is not Bordighera (which did not have a harbour) but is rather the
province capital Imperia. The old harbour pier is still much evident today. You can check that
on Google Earth at 43°52'35"N 08°00'59"E." Marcello is right- there's no doubt that my father's 1944 photo shows part
of Imperia which is the capitol of the province Liguria, Italy. Since 1923, the city of Imperia consists of
two ports divided by the River Impero (upper right of photo). Porto Maurizio can be seen to the west (left) of
the river. Unseen in my father's photo is the port of Oneglia to the east of the river.
Judging from the appearance of B-25J 9N in the box with 9R and 9U, my dad may have taken this picture
on the same mission as seen in the two photographs above. While I haven't yet seen all of my father's
flight schedules from the archives, I did notice that on his mission #23
to bomb a railroad bridge near Livron, France on August 7, 1944, the three planes 9U, 9R and 9N would
have appeared exactly as seen in this photograph from the plane he was flying in that day, 9M. This should
be obvious from the flight schedule for the mission shown below.
This is the 489th Bombardment Squadron flight schedule from the National Archives in College Park, MD
for Quentin Kaiser's mission #23 to bomb a railroad bridge near the Rhone river at Livron, France on
August 7, 1944. Note for the first box of six aircraft, planes 9N, 9U and 9R appear in the second flight of three planes in precisely
the same formation they would be seen in from plane 9M, my father's (Radio-gunner Kaiser) plane.
Go on to Planes of the 489th, Part 4.