completed 34 missions, plane name was 'Sweet Dish' #44-6596
Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster's
My Dad left his family's farm to join the war when he was 18. WWII and his experiences there had a profound effect on him. When the navigator bailed out of 'Sweet Dish' on December 5th, Dad went from tail gunner to navigator. Bernard was able to catch up with the pilot, Bob Roach, over the past few years. Dad died on March 4th, 2016. Bob, to my knowledge, is into his 90s and is doing well!
Units served with
The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Lincoln 19/9/44; Grenier 7/10/44; Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-L/P/F] Bassingbourn 4/11/44; battle damaged Berlin 5/12/44 with Bob Roach, John Temple, Gus Mantia, Joe Canellas, Bill Hogan, Roland Michel (6 Returned to Duty); George Alexander,...
Military site : airfield
Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...
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