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Crew 16, 712th Bomb Squadron, 448th Bombardment Group, 8th Air Force.
Standing (L-R): 2nd Lt. Naseeb Tweel-Navigator, 2nd Lt. Earle P. Durley Jr.-Pilot, 2nd Lt. Lester Bise-Bombardier
Kneeling (L-R) S/Sgt. John Stemmerman-Waist Gunner, Unknown, S/Sgt. Billy Espich-Tail Gunner, Unknown, T/Sgt. Clarence H. Stark-First Engineer-Top Turret Gunner, Unknown.

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Units

  • 448th Bomb Group

    448th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 448th Bombardment Group was organized on 6 April 1943 and activated on 1 May 1943 at Gowen Field, near Boise, Idaho. The initial training of the air crews took place in Florida. The entire group was assembled Wendover Field, Utah. Both air and...

  • 712th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Lester Bise

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier

  • Earle Durley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    While on an operational mission to Cherbourg, FR on 21 Jan 1944 in B-24H #41-29208 a target marker went off in the a/c forcing four gunners to bale out. RTD.

  • Billy Espich

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Tail Gunner
    Original Crew#17 (Pilot- Robert K Winn) - A/C 42-52145 2nd Crew# 18 (Pilot- Alan J Teague) 3rd Crew# 16 (Pilot- Earle P Durley Jr)

  • Joe Ford

    Military | Sergeant | Gunner

  • William Hackney

    Military | Sergeant | Gunner
    While on an operational mission to Cherbourg, FR on 21 Jan 1944 in B-24H #41-29208 a target marker went off in the a/c forcing four gunners to bale out. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Edmond Rock

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner, Radio Operator-Mechanic-Gunner

  • Clarence Stark

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner, First Engineer

  • John Stemmerman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    While on an operational mission to Cherbourg, France on 21 Jan 1944 in B-24H-5-CF #41-29208 "SHOO-SHOO BABY" a target marker went off in the bomb bay forcing four Gunners to bailed out. John delayed opening his chute and landed undetected and unharmed....

  • Naseeb Tweel

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator

  • William Walker

    Military | Sergeant | Aerial Gunner
    While on an operational mission to Cherbourg, FR on 21 Jan 1944 in B-24H #41-29208 a target marker went off in the a/c forcing four gunners to bale out. Prisoner of War (POW).

Aircraft

  • 41-28583 'Rum Runner'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 713BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Hit by flak 25-Apr-44. Landed in Switzerland. 9 x Interned. MACR 4300.

  • 41-28611 'Baby Shoes'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 712BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Brandenburg, Germany. Last seen crossing the coast with one engine feathered 9-Mar-44, crashed Nth of Arendonk, Belgium. 1 x RTD, 9 x POW. MACR 3339.

  • 41-29208 "Shoo-Shoo Baby"

    B-24 Liberator
    Originally assigned to 448th Bomb Group, 712th Bomb Squadron before transfer to 44th Bomb Group, 66th Bomb Squadron. Nose turret removed and nose modified to incorporate a B-26 Bell power boost unit, top and ball turrets and other armor removed 14 Apr...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 October 2020 01:09:10 dmccullo Changes to caption and aircraft associations
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Updated caption.

Date Contributor Update
23 October 2020 00:55:11 dmccullo Changes to person associations
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Updated connections.

Date Contributor Update
14 May 2019 12:52:22 StarksGrandson Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Iva Mae Stark's family photo archive.

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