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490th Bomb Group Memorial, Eye

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Dedicated 29th May 2016



  • Richard Bills

    Military | Sergeant | 490th Bomb Group
    Member of the Montgomery Crew

  • Robert Collins

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Navigator; Statistics | 490th Bomb Group
    AWARDS: ...

  • William Gaylor

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier - 1035 | 490th Bomb Group
    Member of Willis crew; Remained an Air Force officer until 1972, retired as Lt. Colonel; Was an Electronics Engineer for the Air Force; Did the same job as a civilian after retiring. Died February 1986.

  • Arvel Hightower

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Airplane Mechanic-Gunner | 490th Bomb Group
    Member of Kinzler crew

  • Morlyn Peterson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Airplane Mechanic-Gunner | 490th Bomb Group
    Member of Tighe crew

  • Elton Rightmire

    Military | Corporal (5th Grade) | (687) Airplane Propeller Mechanic | 490th Bomb Group
    Cpl. Elton C. Rightmire returned on the USS Queen Elizabeth August 1945. He unfortunately died in Richmond, New York on May 16, 1947.

  • Leonard Schlesinger

    Military | First Lieutenant | navigator
    Leonard Schlesinger joined up in the USAAF as a 19 year old and has since told his family that he was too young to be afraid at the time. Lenny first trained as a pilot but couldn't stick his landings, so he became a navigator, which suited him well...


Date Contributor Update
05 June 2016 15:20:07 usxpat Created entry with name, known as, latitude, longitude, history and media associations

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