Named for McKinley Junior High School in Muncie, Indiana, whose students had raised
$200,000 to "buy a bomber."
Activated on 20 August 1942. The 340th Bombardment Group trained with B-25's for duty overseas. They arrived in the Mediterranean theater in March 1943. Assigned first to the Ninth Air Force and later (in August 1943) to the Twelfth. Served in combat...
Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 340th Bomb Group
Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 340th Bomb Group
Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 340th Bomb Group
George wrote a book about his war time experience: “Georgio Italiano” ISBN 1-55212-538-6
Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Radio Operator | 340th Bomb Group
Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Tail Gunner | 340th Bomb Group
||near Gricigliana Railroad Bridge, Italy
||22 June 1944
Thomas V. Casey - Pilot
Harry George - Co Pilot
Edward Dombrowski - Bomb
Paul Kaplan - Radio Operator
Russell Ahlstrom - Flight Eng.
George Obravatz - Tail Gunner
Took a direct flak hit over the target knocking out the left engine. Another hit sent shrapnel through the aircraft.