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B-25 Mitchell

Named for McKinley Junior High School in Muncie, Indiana, whose students had raised
$200,000 to "buy a bomber."



  • 12th Air Force

    12th Air Force

    The 12th Air Force was established in the USA during the Second World War to provide the Army Air Force component of Operation Torch (the invasion of French North Africa) in 1942. The Air Force initially moved to England for training before...

  • 340th Bomb Group

    340th Bomb Group

    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...

  • 487th Bomb Squadron


  • Russell Ahlstrom

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 340th Bomb Group

  • Thomas Casey

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 340th Bomb Group

  • Harry George

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 340th Bomb Group
    George wrote a book about his war time experience: “Georgio Italiano” ISBN 1-55212-538-6

  • Paul Kaplan

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Radio Operator | 340th Bomb Group

  • George Obrovatz

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Tail Gunner | 340th Bomb Group



Event Location Date
Shot Down 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.


Date Contributor Update
22 July 2021 00:15:14 466thHistorian Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations and place associations

"The Bridgebusters" - Thomas McKelvey Cleaver, pages 109-110