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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."



  • 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