National Geographic : 1944 Oct
Marseille, Battle Port ofCenturies 427 U.S.Army Air Forces, Official Dust on Land, Bubbles onWater, American Bombs Burst onMarseille U-boat Pens Submarines and German shipping totheItalian front were marshaled here. Brushing offMesserschmitts, the 15th Army Air Forceblasted them, first from Africa, later from Italy. Asuburban aircraft plant was an RAF target. Just beforethe invasion ofsouthern France, itscoast took anintensive four-day bombing.