1st Lt. McFarland's Crew, 323rd Bs, 91st BG, 42-37761 "Blue Dreams". Nose art painted by Tony Starcer.
LEFT TO RIGHT:
T/Sgt. Mexico J. Barraza, Radio Operator; 1st Lt. William L. Wood, Co-Pilot; S/Sgt. Melvin Schissler, kneeling, Ball Turret; 1st Lt. Manuel Fisher, Navigator; S/Sgt. John Koroly, Waist Gunner; 1st Lt. Kenneth T. McFarland, Pilot; S/Sgt. Merle E. Carey, Engineer-Top Turret; S/Sgt. W. M. Donmoyer, Waist Gunner; 1st Lt. Cecil Williams, Bombardier; S/Sgt. Lawrence C. Morel, Tail Gunner.
Bombadier Williams had enlisted in 1942 and was ultimately assigned to the 323rd Sqdn 91st BG at Bassingbourn. He flew on 26 combat missions mostly on 'Blue Dreams', was awarded the DFC and Air Medal and retired from the Reserves with the rank of Lt. Colonel.
After the war he studied Architectural Engineering and spent some 35 years with Conoco Oil Co. as Senior Engineer of Archittecture and Facilities Coordinator. He also designed many homes, commercial buildings and churches in the Poncha city area. Ceceil Williams died 25th April 2004 and was survived by his wife Kathy, two sons and two daughters.
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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...
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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