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8th Air Force, 2nd Air Division, 20th Combat Wing, 448th Bomb Group, 712th Bomb Squadron, Crew #17.
L-R Stand.- Sgt Robert Cook (G), Sgt Jack Porter (G), Sgt Kenneth Dyer (R), Sgt Billy Espich (G), Sgt Edwin Pixley (G), SSgt Charlie Dugosh (E)
L-R Kneeling - 1st Lt Robert Winn (P), 2nd Lt James Harmon (CP), 2nd Lt David Tobin (N), 2nd Lt Richard Brady (B)

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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

  • Richard Brady

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Assigned to 564BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. On 5 Jan 1944 B-24 42-64451. Upon landing in poor visibility and ice on runway, A/C ran off runway and crashed. ...

  • 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.

  • Charlie Dugosh

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner ; Flight Engineer / Ball Turret Gunner
    Assigned to 712BS, 488BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 564BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. On 5-Jan-44 B-24H 42-64451. Upon landing in poor visibility and ice on runway, A/C ran off runway and crashed. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Pforzheim in B-24 41-28763,...

  • Kenneth Dyer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator
    S/Sgt. Kenneth L. Dyer was born August 7, 1922 in Indianapolis, Indiana. He enlisted in Indianapolis on November 12, 1942. He was a Radio Operator while assigned to "Boomerang" (42-52132) Jan-Feb 1944, "Little Sheppard" (41-28711) Feb-Mar 1944 and ...

  • Billy Espich

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

  • James Harmon

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    2nd Lt James H Harmon went to England as a member of the 8th Air Force, 2nd Air division, 20th Combat Wing, 448th Bomb Squadron, 712th Bomb Squadron, Crew #17. They flew the Southern Route to England, leaving Harrington Airfield in Kansas on 15-Nov...

  • 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).

  • Jack Porter

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner
    Assigned to 712BS, 448thBG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 564BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Pforzheim hit by flak, crash landed just outside Ransart, France 1-Apr-44 POW. MACR 3596. Awards: AM, PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • David Tobin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator

  • Robert Winn

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot

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
05 March 2021 16:33:36 dwk1927 Changes to unit associations
Sources

Billy J Espich WWII Collection

Date Contributor Update
03 March 2021 01:40:02 dwk1927 Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

Billy J Espich WWII Collection

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