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DALY'S CREW
Pyote Air Base, Texas - September 1943

Front Row (L-R)
1 John Daly, Pilot
2 Robert Koerber, Copilot
3 William Evans, Navigator
4 Joseph Jennings, Bombardier

Back Row (L-R) - Gunners
1 Omer "Lyle" Young
2 Frank Hearne
3 John MacCallum
4 Adriel "Wayne" Langendoerfer
5 Howard Polizzo
6 Harvey Tuber

This ten-man crew earned the Air Medal on their second mission -- Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany, where they bombed a Messerschmidt airplane factory.

Connections

Units

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 525th Bomb Squadron

People

  • John Daly

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 11 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Sorau, Germany mission 11-Apr-44 'Tenny Belle' exploded in mid-air near Downham Market, England. Killed in Action (KIA). No MACR Awards: AM, PH.

  • William Evans

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 17 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Sorau, Germany mission 11-Apr-44 'Tenny Belle' exploded in mid-air near Downham Market, England. Sole survivor, blown out of A/C with chute. Wounded in Action (WIA) RTD....

  • Frank Hearne

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 11 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) in 42-31083. A/C exploded mid-air near Downham Market, England. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: AM, PH.

  • Joseph Jennings

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier; Navigator; Bombardier Instructor
    Joe Jennings served as a bombardier and navigator with the 525th Bomb Squadron of the 379th Bomb Group, flying missions out of Kimbolton, England. While Joe is at Alconbury receiving Radar training, he learns about the crash of April 11 that kills John...

  • Robert Koerber

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 11 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Sorau Germany mission 11-Apr-44 'Tenny Belle' exploded in mid-air near Downham Market, England. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: AM, PH.

  • Adriel Langendoerfer

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio man
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USSAF. FTR (FTR) in B-17 42-31083. A/C exploded in mid-air near Downham Market, England Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: AM, PH.

  • John MacCallum

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 11 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Sorau Germany mission 11-Apr-44 'Tenny Belle' exploded in mid-air near Downham Market, England. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: AM, PH.

  • Howard Polizzo

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner / Armorer
    Killed in Action (KIA). Plane exploded mid-air near Downham Market, England ...

  • Harvey Tuber

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 11 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) in B-17 42-31083. A/C exploded mid-air near Downham Market, England, navigator survived. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: AM, PH.

  • Omer Young

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer, Top Turret Gunner
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 10 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) in 42-31083. A/C exploded in mid-air near Downham Market, England. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: AM, PH.

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Date Contributor Update
20 March 2018 15:42:40 TennyBelle Changes to caption and place associations
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edited to correct proper spelling of Pyote and generated link to it in "places".

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16 March 2018 02:19:45 Jennings Changes to caption
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Joseph Jennings Military Papers - 1943-1945

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15 March 2018 01:04:50 Jennings Changes to collection
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Joseph W. Jennings Military Papers - 1943-1945

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07 March 2018 02:07:32 Jennings Changes to caption
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Joseph W Jennings Military Papers - 1943-1945

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07 March 2018 01:30:07 Jennings Changes to caption
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Joseph W. Jennings Military Papers - 1943-1945

Date Contributor Update
07 March 2018 01:28:58 Jennings Changes to caption and mission associations
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Joseph W. Jennings Military Papers - 1943-1945

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07 March 2018 01:23:23 Jennings Changes to person associations
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Joseph W. Jennings Military Papers - 1943-1945

Date Contributor Update
07 March 2018 01:19:58 Jennings Changes to caption
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Joseph W. Jennings Military Papers - 1943-1945

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04 March 2018 01:56:37 Jennings Changes to caption
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Joseph W. Jennings Military Papers - 1943-1945

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04 March 2018 01:31:18 Jennings Changes to unit associations
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Daly's crew, pictured above, flew four missions together. They were awarded the Air Medal on their second bombing mission to Oberpfaffenhoven, Germany, on Saturday, March 18, 1944. They bombed the Messerschmidt aircraft assembly plant.
Bibliography: [Betz, Frank L. and Kenneth H. Cassens editors]. 379th Bombardment Group (H) Anthology, Volume One: November 1942-July 1945. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, 2000, p. 359.
Joseph W. Jennings Military Papers - 1943-1945.

Date Contributor Update
04 March 2018 01:23:00 Jennings Changes to collection and caption
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Joseph W. Jennings saved all his military papers and orders. They are in possession of his daughter, Lucy Jennings Sweeney.

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04 February 2018 19:45:51 TennyBelle Changes to caption and person associations
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personal collection

Date Contributor Update
04 February 2018 19:36:31 TennyBelle Created entry with caption and person associations
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personal collection

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