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I'm restarting my seach for 2 airmen who successfully bailed out of a midair between a B-24 and B-24 pathfinder over England. Anyone knowing Robert R.Stout co-pilot of the pathfinder or its radioman Benjamin Zdnarvich please email me. Our family,who lost their brother on the bomber just want some closure.
I'm trying to track down information on a 814th BS B-24J PFF aircraft that flew the 15 March 1944. From the 445th BG's formation sheet I have the last 3 digits of the tail number as 653 and the radio call letter was G-George. Jimmy Stewart was the 445th Air Commander that day and the crew was provided by the 445th with Leo Cook as pilot. If I could get the full aircraft serial number and squadron ID letters, it would be appreciated greatly. Data will be displayed on the 445th BG website (http://445BG.org).
Brian D. O'Neills very thorough book which chronicles the 303rd Bomb Group's history during WW II includes a comment about a 482nd Pathfinder unitwhich flew with the 303rd on 1/11/44, 42-3486. My father in law was the BT gunner on that airplane. O'Neill reports from eyewitness accounts i in his book, Half a Wing, Three Engines and a Prayer (Special Edition) that 42-3486 was lost on the inbound part of that mission: "This aircraft was B-17F 42-3486, an H2X 'Mickey" aircraft from the 482nd Group, based at Alconbury, ten miles from Molesworth, which had joined the formation over England. It crashed in the Zuider Zee, where its remains were discovered by the Dutch military in March 1968, together with the bodies of all ten men aboard." With all respect fo O'Neill's wonderful work, this statement has a couple of errors. Based on the hand written reports of my father in law, S Sgt. Euian Mills, 42-3486 was lost on the return to England, not inbound to Germany. This is confirmed by the recovery of the remains of the aircraft in 1968, when a picture from the onboard camera was, miraculously, developed by the Dutch, showing the scene below at "bombs away." And, of the 10 men aboard, three survived: S Sgt Mills; S Sgt. Angelo Riccardi and S Sgt. WEilliam Glenn, allthree of whom were captured and were POW's for the remainder of the war. I just wanted a corrected version of what happened that day to be available. My compliments to Mr. O'Neill for his work, which is so thorough.
Regarding B-17 and B-24 operating in
combat combined. again the 1Bg(P) and
the 28 CG did so plus the 5th, 7th and
43rd did too. 11th and several in the
ETO convertedi.e. 486 487 34 and more.
43rd did too.
I was given this article on First Lt. Marshall Thixton and wanted to know more about him. He was my great, great, great uncle. Thank you for putting this information on the internet so I could see his squadron. I am in the fifth grade and enjoy reading about history. Thank you for giving this information for me.
My father, MSG Charles O. Lance, served in the Headquarters of the 482d Bomb Group. I have a group picture taken in June 1944 of the members of the Headquarters Company in front of a B-17. I would be happy to scan and send this photo to this site. I also have a photo of my father and a few of his friends posing in front of a B-17. I do not know who the other Airmen were, but would be happy to scan and also send this photo. My father passed away in 1993.
We use all the group websites to help our visitors find the names of their loved ones who served in the 8th. Thanks .J
My father is an English member of the 8th Air Force Historical Society and would be gratful for any help in obtaining a copy of the 482nd Bomb Group History for him to purchase, after a long search he has not been successful in obtaining one, he would appreciate any help.
I'm a British aviation historian & writer and several of my books are about the USAAF - this is my way of saying thanks to the "Yanks" who served over here. Two of my earlier titles, "Eighth Air Force Bomber Stories" (with USAAF photographer, Russ Zorn) & USAAF Fighter Stories have just been re-printed by Haynes. Best wishes. Ian
Need any info/photos about WWII B17 (482nd Bomb Wing) named
E. Q. QUEENY and pilot A. C. BRECKENRIDGE
God Bless Vern my father, my mentor and my friend. I have many physical things, I only wish I could have understood his real love, heart and love. He never spoke of the war, I now understand why. Blessings to all who served.
I'm thankful for this web site as I'm trying to piece together my Godfather's belongings from his time as a Pilot with the 812th BS group. The web site has indeed answered questions of the patches I've found. Russell "Gus" Girse left a treasure of items to sort through, including his footlocker, flight jacket, flight books, discharge papers, medals, and much more. It has been fascinating looking over the information, but this web site indeed helps me appreciate the items even more. Thanks for keeping this web site up and running.
Looking to learn more about my father's time in the war; Charles A Moog.
Oh. I almost forgot. Fold3.com (used to be Footnote.com) has somewhere over 100,000 USAAF photos available to search, see and download (I think downloading too) for free at the site. There's 11,000 of just the 8th Air Force and 1000 with B-17 as a keyword. You don't have to be a member to access these. Go to the site, select WWII and you'll see a link for the Air Force. I put together a very quick and incomplete Memorial Page for the 482nd and all 8th Air Force Pathfinders there in which I've placed all the related photos in that collection I could find, 29 in total. Not many but I may have missed some. I used every search related search term I could think of. If you go there and find other photos in that collection that are related to the 482nd, Pathfinders, "Stinky" and "Mickey", Alconbury, etc., please let me know so I can include them in the gallery. Most of the photos are of crews or planes that transferred in. I'll be posting other information as I have time. Best, John
Thank you so very much for developing and keeping this site going. I was having so much trouble finding very much information about this Group that my father Charles Kinsworthy had served in during the war. Now I understand why after reading the material here (He was one of those who never talked about it and I foolishly seldom asked). He was one of those quiet unsung members of the ground crew in an unsung unit, a B-17 "Electrician" from 43-45. I have a few of his pictures with the guys he worked with that you're welcome to post so send me an email address and I'll attach scans for you.
A few of them are posed outside of their work area with a sign on the door that read "Aircraft Electrical and Turbo Regulator Shop". If anyone knows on what part of the base that was located, I'd love to know. Of course if anyone has any pictures of him, I'd greatly appreciate a scan or copy and I'll do the same if you recognize any of the few names I have. In one picture of him with three others from November of 1944 there are these names: 1. Wayne Henslen 2. Walter(Shorty) Walker (Utah) and 3. Warren Nolle (PA). In two other photos outside their shop it only lists first names; "Chuck" and the other "Ruocco".
Inside the shop there are other photos of Chuck, Ruocco, a "Junior" and "Big Dan". Most of the other group photos aren't identified though I've been able to see a few names written on their leather jackets such as "Wiggy" or "Wizzy", Zimmerman, and "Bob (from) PA". The last one with anything written just says "The Lieutenant".
I also have one large group photo (no IDs at all) with my dad and 41 other ground crew, non-comms and two officers (including "The Lieutenant").
Of the B-17 photos there are only two I've been able to identify so far; 1. Mercy's Madhouse and 2. Aces n Eights which shows 30 bomb "decals". That's a lot of missions.
I hope you don't mind but I put a link to your site up at a Fold3 Memorial Site to the Pathfinders of the 8th in general and the 482nd in particular. I wish I could have gotten involved a couple decades earlier but this will have to do. Hopefully there's still some sons and daughters and other relatives still visiting here from time-to-time that are looking as I am for the information that's still out there.
All the best and I can be reached at (delete spaces, etc. when writing): more than images at verizon dot net. John
looking for more information about my father Clarence W Haugh US Air force Retired - I have a couple pictures of him as in a post card format in front of his B 17 with a crew he served with.
Hello.. I am a RADAR Reasercher and iterested to know more information of the invention and history of RADAR. Please mail me if u get more information. The introduction of RADAR given in the site is good enough but needs more depth I think. Any Way Thanku once again for considering me.
As one who served at Alconbury in the 50's and 60's I just want to thank each and every one of you who preceeded us at Alconbury and to invit you to a WEB Site that is dedicated to all who have served on this great base. If any who read this would like access to the Site, please E-Mail me directly at email@example.com with a request and I'll arrange it for you. We presently have members who range from having served there from the early 50's to as recently as a couple of years ago.
carolina boomerrang b-17
Sir: I am writing from Exeter, Devon, England. I am researching the crash of Liberator B24D 42-40474 (36BS,328th Service Gp, 482nd BG)which went down on Dartmoor, Devon, on 27-12-43 while on a navigation training flight from Alconbury (pilot Capt Robert L Williams and crew all died). Would you know if this aircraft would have been fitted with new bombing radar, was it training for Carpetbagger ops or would it have been used for training pathfinder navigators? I am writing a story for Dartmoor News, a small bi-monthly magazine, and hope you may be able to help. Also, is it likely anyone has a picture of the aircraft and crew? Many thanks and best wishes.
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