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Briefing prior to the 491st Bombardment Group's first combat mission on 2 June 1944.
First row on the right is Lt. Col. Carl T. Goldenberg, 491st Group Commander.
Second row on the left is Major Charles C. Parmele, 854th Squadron Commander.
Third row near the center, wearing an officers cap and sheepskin jacket, is 1st Lt. James Carlin McKeown, pilot of the 853rd Squadron's Delirious Dolores (44-40200).



  • 491st Bomb Group

    491st Bomb Group

    The 491st Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators in bombing missions over northern France and Germany from June 1944 until April 1945. Missions over Germany included bombing the headquarters of the German General Staff at Zossen. The Group was awarded a DUC...

  • 853rd Bomb Squadron


  • Carl Goldenberg

    Military | Colonel | Commanding Officer
    Assigned to HQ, 491BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME. Post war: Remained in USAF, serving in Korean and Vietnam conflicts, rising to rank of Colonel.

  • James McKeown

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    Born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1915, James Carlin McKeown enlisted as an aviation cadet in Chicago in January 1942. He trained as a pilot and was assigned to the 491st Bombardment Group, 853rd Bombardment Squadron. Assigned a new B-24J (44-40200), he...

  • Charles Parmele

    Military | Colonel | Command Pilot


  • 385

    2 June 1944


  • Metfield

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, Metfield had three concrete runways, 39 pan plus 15 loop hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied by the 353rd Fighter Group, equipped with P-47s, from August 1943 to...


Date Contributor Update
05 March 2015 19:40:51 Timothy McKeown Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations

Ringmasters: The 491st Bombardment Group (H). Dallas: Taylor Publishing Co. (1992).