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A bomber crew of the 453rd Bomb Group enjoying a ride on Jimmy Stewart's jeep at Old Buckenham, after completing their 32nd and final mission, 23 June 1944.

Letter enclosed with print: '[Left to Right] James E Terwilliger- Waist Gunner, Luther M Clark- Co-pilot, Carl Powell- Navigator, Lattie P Head- Nose Gunner, Nicholas Radosevich- Pilot, Edmund M Survilla- Tail Gunner, Lt ? Lee- Bombardier (Robert Burgess was the Bombardier on the original crew), Joseph D Craft- Radio operator, Robert Victor- Waist Gunner, Robert O Hanson- Engineer- Top Turret. Original Cadre- Model (Crew #41) 734th Squadron, 453rd Bomb Group.'

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This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.

A bomber crew of the 453rd Bomb Group wait on a jeep. Letter enclosed with print: '[Left to Right] James E Terwilliger- Waist Gunner, Luhter M Clark- Co-pilot, Carl Powell- Navigator, Lattie P Head- Nose Gunner, Nicholas Radosevich- Pilot, Edmund M Survilla- Tail Gunner, Lt ? Lee- Bombardier (Robert Burgess was the Bombardier on the original crew), Joseph D Craft- Radio operator, Robert Victor- Waist Gunner, Robert O Hanson- Engineer- Top Turret. Original Cadre- Model (Crew #41) 734th Squadron, 453rd Bomb Group

Connections

Units

  • 453rd Bomb Group

    453rd Bomb Group

    Group
    As well as strategic bombardment missions, the 453rd Bomb Group also ferried cargo on two occasions. They hauled petrol, blankets, and rations to France in September 1944 and dropped ammunition, food and medical supplies near Wesel during the airborne...

  • 734th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Luther Clark

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Flew on the 'Lucky Penny 1 & II Became a B-29 instructor pilot after returning from Europe. Retired from Eastern Air Lines in June 1981. In retirement he had a motorhome with a painting on the back of his B-24 returning over the white cliffs of Dover.

  • Joseph Craft

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Flew on 'Lucky Penny'

  • Robert Hanson

    Military | Sergeant | Engineer

  • Laddie Head

    Military | Assistant Flight Engineer; Crew Chief
    Flew on 'Lucky Penny

  • Leslie Lee

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Flew on 'Lucky Penny'

  • Carl Powell

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator
    Flew on The Lucky Penny

  • Nicholas Radosevich

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Radosevich was the assigned captain of crew 41, which was designated a 'model' crew and intended to train other crews joining the 734th Bomb Squadron. Before travelling to the UK, he was given Penelope, a cocker spaniel, who inspired the name of his...

  • Edmund Survilla

    Military | Sergeant | Assistant Arm Chief
    Flew on 'Lucky Penny'

  • Edmund Terwilliger

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner

  • Robert Victor

    Military | Sergeant | Assistant Radio Operator
    Flew on Lucky Penny

Missions

  • 435

    23 June 1944

Locations

  • Old Buckenham

    Military site : airfield
    Allocated to the Eighth Air Force as a bomber base in 1942, Old Buckenham was built during 1942-43 with three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. The station was the exclusive home for the 453rd Bomb Group, equipped...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 May 2021 07:01:20 Emily Changes to caption, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Nicholas Radosevich's memories of his final mission in A Retrospective View - World War II 1940-1945, by Reverend Ed Walker and Nicholas Radosevich (1995) at the Second Air Division Digital Archive

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:25:59 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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