43-37705 The Little One

Delivered Cheyenne 13/5/44; Kearney 23/5/44; Dow Fd 30/5/44; Assigned 510BS/351BG [TU-T] Polebrook 1/6/44; 511BS [DS-F];

On Le Bouget mission 14/6/44 with Bill Raser, the ship was hit by flak on bomb bay doors and two engines out plus other damage, however Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Omer Theroux made emergency repairs to cables and allow ship to limp home and land at Tangmere, Sussex.

On Merseburg mission 29/7/44 with Mahlon Hillebrand, the aircraft was hit by flak which KO’d 2 engines; Navigator: Jim Tollerson and Sgt Warren Schact put out fire, equipment dropped to lighten ship and limped home to land at North Creek, Norfolk; Bombardier: Tom Gumaer was Killed in Action; rest Returned to Duty (RTD).

Returned to the USA Bradley 31/5/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 4/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 17/12/45.
THE LITTLE ONE.

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Units served with

The insignia of the 351st Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 351st Bomb Group 508th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Colonel
  • Role/Job: Aircraft Mechanic, Instructor Pilot for B-24, B-17, B-25, Pilot, Aircraft Commander, Instructor Aircraft Maintenance
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 351st Bomb Group 510th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 12 122 723/0704191
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 351st Bomb Group 508th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 17136364
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 351st Bomb Group 511th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-716947
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 351st Bomb Group 509th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 16078382, O-757350
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot

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Date14 Nov 2014 11:59:57
ContributorLucy May
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Adjusted text for legibility and made connections based on existing information in the Biography field.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:41:23
ContributorAAM
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Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log