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"A group of Boeing B-17 flying fortress Co-pilots, ready to take off on a bombing operation in support of the ground forces fighting in France, pause for a moment to hear the latest news from the beachhead. Thus far, the airmen, because of thick clouds, have seen nothing of the fighting despite their constant bombing journeys over the battle lines."

L- R: 2Lts Joseph C Hainzen, Dillinger, PA; Victor Romasco, Uxbridge, MA; Donald Soale, Dayton, OH; Harry A Smith, Mt Pocono, PA; and Robert A Douglas, Kansas City, KS.



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    The 381st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Ridgewell, Essex between June 1943 and April 1945. The Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the first for bombing shipyards at Bremen, whilst under heavy attack, on 8 October 1943 and...


  • Robert Douglas

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Harding, A. Crew

  • Joseph Hainzer


  • Victor Romasco

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Tours 24-Jun-44 in B-17 42-102585 'The Betty L'; flak hit in radio room, crashed Valleres-le-Hay, 12 miles SW of Tours, France; Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 6534 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Harry Smith

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. MACR witness to demise of 42-102585.

  • Donald Soale

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    Flew 31 missions with the 381st BG from 27 April to 15 August 1944. Accomplishment group lead. DFC/ AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster Soale, D. Crew


Date Contributor Update
15 May 2019 15:12:20 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations and person associations