B-24 Que-Bar-Quennie crew. Pilot Roland E Yoders is the first man on the left in the back row. S/Sgt Norbert Bengford is kneeling on the far right hand side. S/Sgt Lewis Space is kneeling, 3rd in from the left.
Roland Elias Yoders enlisted in the US Army Air Corp, completed pilot training & received the rank of First Lieutenant. He was assigned to the 567th Bomb Squadron, 389th Bomb Group. On 16 August 1944, he was killed in action when the aircraft he was piloting (B-24J, 42-109795, 'Q-Bar Queenie') was shot down in a field near Huntorf, Germany. Six other crew members were killed, three lived & were captured by the Germans and sent to Stalag Luft 4 Gross-Tychow, Pomerania.
Units served with
The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...
567th Bombardment Squadron, 24 December 1942 - 13 September 1945
Military site : airfield
Construction of Hethel airfield began in 1941, and was finished in late 1942. The number of hardstandings was increased from the planned 36 to 50 in 1942, in order to accommodate a full heavy bomb group. The 320th Bomb Group occupied the base for ten...
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