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The nose art of a B-24 Liberator (serial number 42-95167) nicknamed "Never Mrs" of the 453rd Bomb Group.
Image via Frank Thomas.

Thomas has handwritten on the reverse: '453rd BG, 734th Sqdn, Ford. 69 missions completed s#295167. On # 70 when shot down, still on original engines.

John H Wilson M/Sgt- Crew Chief. Assigned crew: 2nd crew that he had been assigned to this plane "Whiteheads Tourists". 1st Lt. Kaylor C. Whitehead - Pilot, 1st Lt. Edward G. Herrman - Co-Pilot, 2nd Lt. Howard A. Middleton - Navigator, 2nd Lt. Charles A. Christburg - Bombardier, T/Sgt. Frank R. Thomas, Jr. - ROM, T/Sgt. Russell L. Harriman - Engineer, S/Sgt. George R. Roby - Nose Gunner, S/Sgt. Martin K. Boone - RW Gunner, S/Sgt. James B. Taylor - LW Gunner S/Sgt. Chaz Bubbo - T Gunner- Sincerly, Frank Thomas.'

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This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.

The nose art of a B-24 Liberator (serial number 42-95167) nicknamed "Never Mrs" of the 453rd Bomb Group. Image via Frank Thomas. Thomas has handwritten on the reverse: '453rd BG, 734th Sqdn, Ford. 69 missions completed s#295167. On # 70 when shot down, still on original engines. John H Wilson M/Sgt- Crew Chief. Assigned crew: 2nd crew that he had been assigned to this plane "Whiteheads Tourists". 1st Lt. Kaylor C. Whitehead - Pilot, 1st Lt. Edward G. Herrman - Co-Pilot, 2nd Lt. Howard A. Middleton - Navigator, 2nd Lt. Charles A. Christburg - Bombardier, T/Sgt. Frank R. Thomas, Jr. - ROM, T/Sgt. Russell L. Harriman - Engineer, S/Sgt. George R. Roby - Nose Gunner, S/Sgt. Martin K. Boone - RW Gunner, S/Sgt. James B. Taylor - LW Gunner S/Sgt. Chaz Bubbo - T Gunner- Sincerly, Frank Thomas.'

Connections

Units

  • 453rd Bomb Group

    453rd Bomb Group

    Group
    As well as strategic bombardment missions, the 453rd Bomb Group also ferried cargo on two occasions. They hauled petrol, blankets, and rations to France in September 1944 and dropped ammunition, food and medical supplies near Wesel during the airborne...

  • 734th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Frank Thomas

    Military | Lieutenant | Public Relations

  • Frank Thomas

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    INT Landed in Sweden on 11/21/44 in B-24 'Dollys Sister' #4129005

  • John Wilson

    Military | Master Sergeant | Crew Chief

Aircraft

Locations

  • Old Buckenham

    Military site : airfield
    Allocated to the Eighth Air Force as a bomber base in 1942, Old Buckenham was built during 1942-43 with three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. The station was the exclusive home for the 453rd Bomb Group, equipped...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:28:09 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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