At 18.00 hours German Summer Time on 2 May, the Operations Section of Nahkampfkorps Süd sent out orders for the coming night. The addressees included Oblt. Martini of 1./NSG 9 at Marcigliana and Maj. Frost of the same Staffel at Tarquinia. The information in Ghost Bombers was drawn from a summarised version of this message and was mistaken as to its timing since the decrypt was issued to Allied Commands on the morning of 5 May.
The full message leaves room for doubt about whether the 1./NSG 9 was split between two aerodromes or just that the two officers were in different places that day. It is also noteworthy that Martini was at the front while his own 2. Staffel was in the process of conversion.
Dr. Walter Stremmel was not replaced as quickly as NSG 9 might have wished:
CX/MSS/R. 187 (B)
GAF Medical Abt. with GAF General Central Italy, to Luftflotte M.O. Luftflotte 2, on 15/5:
Request urgently replacements for M.O. of Mixed (Roman) I/37 [Flak unit], who has died, and for M.O. of NSG 9 who has been killed. It is urgently requested that places on establishment with 3 NAG 11 and Einsatzstab NSG 9 be filled.
It is only possible in certain cases to supply deputies in our own area for M.O.'s of the following units who are ill for a considerable time: Mixed (Roman) II/t, GAF Signals 62, Light 99, Light 851.
To NSG 9 Tuscania for Major Frost, stamped 1830/11/5 (and copy to NSG 9 Marcigliana):-
Ops order for night 11–12/5
A) (Smudge) G/A [ground attack] operation against beachhead and (half a line blotted) … 10 and 0140 hrs.
B) Order for night operation by NSG 9 on night 12 to 13/5:
All a/c two-fold operation. Take-off from Tuscana [sic]. Operation against observed gun positions on beachhead.
Times over target: 0010 and 0240 hrs. Artillery will put down bursts of fire beforehand from 2325 to 2355 hrs and from 0155 to 0225 hrs.
Army arty. and Flak will attack following gun positions: (fig smudged)539, 1470, 500, 596, 57(C%1), 532, 57(C%6)
(Rest not seen).