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Crew 16, 712th Bomb Squadron, 448th Bombardment Group, 20th Combat Wing, 2nd Air Division, 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. Roy E Maker-Waist Gunner, S/Sgt. Edwin Pixley-Ball Turrent Gunner, S/Sgt. Billy Espich-Tail Gunner, S/Sgt. Edmond Rock-Radio, T/Sgt. Clarence H. Stark-First Engineer-Top Turret Gunner, Robert Cook-Waist Gunner.

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Units

  • 2nd Air Division

    2nd Air Division

    Division
    In December 1944, the 2nd Bomb Division was redesginated the 2nd Air Division.

  • 20th Combat Bomb Wing

    20th Combat Bomb Wing

    Wing
    Prewar bombardment wing in the northwest. Moved to England, May–June 1943, for duty with Eighth Air Force. Received its first groups in November 1943 and served in combat in the European theater from December 1943 until April 1945. Returned to the US...

  • 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...

People

  • Lester Bise

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier

  • Robert Cook

    Military | Sergeant | Gunner
    On 5 Jan 1944 B-24H #42-64451. Upon landing in poor visibility and ice on runway, A/C ran off runway and crashed.

  • Earle Durley

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    Capt Earle P Durley Jr went to England as a member of the 8th Air Force, 2nd Air division, 20th Combat Wing, 448th Bomb Group, 712th Bomb Squadron, Crew #16. They flew the Southern Route to England, leaving Harrington Airfield in Kansas on 15-Nov-1943...

  • Billy Espich

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    8th Air Force, 2nd Air Division, 20th Combat Wing, 448th BG, 712th BS ...

  • Roy Maker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner
    Roy transferred from Crew #27 to Crew #16 to replace gunners who 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 bail out and become prisoners of War (POW).

  • Edwin Pixley

    Military | Sergeant | Airplane Armorer-Gunner, Gunner
    Edwin transferred from Crew #17 to Crew #16 to replace gunners who 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 bail out and become prisoners of War (POW).

  • Edmond Rock

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

  • Clarence Stark

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner, First Engineer

  • Naseeb Tweel

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator

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.

  • 44-40099 TARFU II

    B-24 Liberator

  • 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...

  • 41-29232 The Menace

    B-24 Liberator
    Severely damaged on landing Seething, England 23 July 1944

  • 42-100322 COME ALONG BOYS

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-109793

    B-24 Liberator
    July 2, 1944 after take-off on mission to Fiefs, France, B-24 #42-109793 lost the 3rd and then #4 propellor. Pilot Lt. B Blanton was advised by the tower to abandon the a/c and crew bailed out near Boreham, Essex. ...

  • 42-52606 Hello Natural II

    B-24 Liberator
    42-52606, "Hello Natural II", was salvaged after a runway accident with 42-51221 and 42-95169, "Betsy Jay" on 1944-Jul-16.

Locations

  • Seething

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, Seething had three concrete runways, 51 hardstandings of both loop and 'frying-pan’ types, and two T2 hangars, one on each side of the airfield. It was home to the 448th Bomb Group, equipped with...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 March 2021 16:21:14 dwk1927 Changes to person associations
Sources

Billy J Espich WWII Collection

Date Contributor Update
05 March 2021 14:22:31 dwk1927 Changes to caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Billy J Espich WWII Collection

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

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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