Operation Avalanche, September 1943. Underneath Dropping Bombs. U.S. Coast Guardsmen and Navy beach battalion men are shown hugging the shaking beach at Paestum, just south of Salerno, as a German bomber unloads on them. In the background of the picture, one of the most outstanding of the war, debris from a bomb hit can be seen in the air. Coast Guardsmen said this was much worse than the Sicilian and North African invasions, in which the Coast Guard also participated. Official Coast Guard Photograph. Photographed through Mylar sleeve. Courtesy of the Library of Congress. (2016/05/19).