41-24575 Sunrise Serenader

media-27725.jpeg UPL 27725 First Lieutenant Dale Shaffer's crew of the 365th Bomb Squadron of the 305th Bomb Group, 23 November 1942. They are in front of B-17 41-24575. Most of the airmen are identified on Fold3 by user 'patootie':
Back row: S/Sgt Homer F Vinning (tail gunner), 2/Lt Jack W Bennet (bombardier), 2/Lt Arthur D Reitz (navigator), 2/Lt Wilbur D Greenwalt (co-pilot) and 1/Lt Dale Shaffer (pilot).
Front row: Sgt Louis P. Berring (waist gunner), Pvt Thomas H Lawler (radio operator), S/Sgt William F Clendenen (ball turret gunner), S/Sgt Herbert W Armstrong (waist gunner) and T/Sgt Alan G Nates (engineer).

See previous message. Berring was a Sgt.

Object Number - UPL 27725 - First Lieutenant Dale Shaffer's crew of the 365th Bomb Squadron of the 305th Bomb Group, 23 November 1942. They are in front of B-17 41-24575. Most...

Assigned 365BS/305BG [XK-S] Presque Is 19/10/42; Grafton Underwood 25/10/42; transferred 544BS/384BG [SU-J] Grafton Underwood 19/9/43; detailed Bremen 13/11/43 but recalled with Ralph Connell, Co-pilot: Albt Doman, Navigator: Larry Angthius, Bombardier: Claud Gober, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Harvey Wick, Ball turret gunner: Ellsworth Calder, Waist gunner: Ken Barr, Waist gunner: Bill McCully, Tail gunner: Bob Bryant (9 Killed in Action); Radio Operator: Srgt.  Thomas M. Lawler (Pictured Bottom Row 2nd from left) . Alan Purdy (Returned to Duty). crashed RAF Wargrave, Berks., UK. SUNRISE SERENADER.

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Units served with

Unofficial emblem, 305th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
The insignia of the 384th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

The insignia of the 544th Bomb Squadron, 384th Bomb Group.
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 384th Bomb Group 544th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-747074
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 384th Bomb Group 544th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 16154459
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner, Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 384th Bomb Group 544th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 37285869
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner / Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 305th Bomb Group 365th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 384th Bomb Group 544th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 36268988
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner

Places

  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: Presque Isle Army Airfield : Presque Isle Air Force Base : Presque Isle International Airport : PIAAF

Missions

Events

Event Location Date Description

Assigned

19 October 1942 - 25 October 1942 305th Bomb Group, 365th Bomb Squadron

Transferred

25 October 1942 - 19 September 1943 305th Bomb Group, 365th Bomb Squadron.  

Assigned

19 September 1943 - 13 November 1943 384th Bomb Group, 544th Bomb Squadron

Crashed

13 November 1943 - 13 November 1943 Crashed during takeoff on mission to Bremen.  

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Thomas Lawler was my grandfather. I have military records showing he flew 25 missions with the 305th. He is pictured second left on bottom row in this archive picture. 

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Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

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AAF PHOTO

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MISSION LOGS

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b17 master logs

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Get One A/C Group 8th af

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AAIR 43-11-13-500 / Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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