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742nd Bomb Squadron

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  • 455th Bomb Group

    455th Bomb Group

    Group
    The group was activated July 1943 with four essentially stand-alone bomb squadrons: 740th, 741st, 742nd, and 743rd. After a somewhat nomadic training regimen with dilapidated equipment, the pieces of the group came together at Langley, VA in October...

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People

  • Arthur Amborski

    Military | Sergeant | 455th Bomb Group
    Arthur E. “Art” Amborski was born in Buffalo, New York. ...

  • William Blanchard

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 455th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 742BS, 455th BG, 15AF USAAF. Meriwether Jones crew. 20+ combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Bucharest, Romania in B-24 41-28640 'Raunchy'; Crashed Draconesti, Romania 21-Apr-44 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 4387 ...

  • Richard Bodwell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 455th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 742BS, 455th BG, 15AF USAAF. Meriwether Jones crew. 20+ combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Bucharest, Romania in B-24 41-28640 'Raunchy'; Crashed Draconesti, Romania 21-Apr-44 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 4387 ...

  • Victor Boffa

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 455th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 742BS, 455th BG, 15AF USAAF. 20+ combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Bucharest, Romania in B-24 41-28640 'Raunchy'; Crashed Draconesti, Romania 21-Apr-44 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 4387 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Kenneth Griffith

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 455th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 742BS, 455th BG, 15AF USAAF. Meriwether Jones crew. 20+ combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Bucharest, Romania in B-24 41-28640 'Raunchy'; Crashed Draconesti, Romania 21-Apr-44 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 4387 ...

  • Roger Jackson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 455th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 742BS, 455th BG, 15AF USAAF. Meriwether Jones crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Bucharest, Romania in B-24 41-28640; Crashed Draconesti, Romania 21-Apr-44 Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 4387 Awards: DFC, AM (2OLC), PH.

  • Meriwether Jones

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 455th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 742BS, 455th BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Bucharest, Romania in B-24 41-28640; Crashed Draconesti, Romania 21-Apr-44 Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 4387 Awards: SS, AM (2OLC), PH.

  • Willis Pardoe

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 455th Bomb Group

  • James Philbin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 455th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 742BS, 455th BG, 15AF USAAF. Meriwether Jones crew. 20+ combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Bucharest, Romania in B-24 41-28640 'Raunchy'; Crashed Draconesti, Romania 21-Apr-44 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 4387 ...

  • Leon Seman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight engineer / Top turret | 455th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 742BS, 455th BG, 15AF USAAF. 20+ combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Bucharest, Romania in B-24 41-28640 'Raunchy'; Crashed Draconesti, Romania 21-Apr-44 Wounded by 20mm cannon shrapnel and burnt in fire. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 4387...

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Aircraft

  • 41-29407

    B-24 Liberator
    Aircraft was shot down by enemy fighters over Yugoslavia on a mission to Steyr Austria on 2 April, 1944

  • 42-78105 Heaven Can Wait

    B-24 Liberator
    Renamed 'Heaven Can Wait' from 'Gremlin's Gripe II' after transferring from 741st BS to 742nd BS. Salvaged 17-Jul-44, after Collision with B-24 41-29264 'Sky Wolf'on the hardstand.

  • 41-28640 Raunchy

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 742BS, 455th BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Bucharest, Romania with Meriwether Jones crew; Crashed Draconesti, Romania 21-Apr-44 8 x POW, 2 x KIA MACR 4387

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Date Contributor Update
11 March 2015 14:30:46 general ira snapsorter Created entry with name, air forces and aircraft types
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Unit added from information by courtesy of Gary Bedingfield at http://www.baseballsgreatestsacrifice.com/biographies/amborski_art.html

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