December 2, 1944, the morning after Lt. Foster's Final Mission Party. Note the at least 18 empty champagne bottles lined up near them and their slightly grim or peaked expressions. (L -R) Lt. Donald Parker -Bombardier, Lt. Erwin, Lt. Robert Smith-Pilot, and Lt. John Guldemond -Pilot. They are in front of either the Foster/Burgmeier Tent or the Guldemond tent. Laon/Athies Afield, France. Sadly, Lt. Parker was killed in action about 12 weeks later.
The 323rd Bombardment Group operated with B-26 Marauders, American medium bombers. They were the first Eighth Air Force Group to fly a medium level bombing mission with this aircraft on 16 July 1943. After flying a total of 33 missions with the Eighth,...
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Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator - B-26 Marauder
Lt. Burgmeier grew up in Upstate New York. He married his wife, Tedi, in July 1943, just days before he left for his tour of duty as a navigator for the 323rd Bombardment Group. He kept a diary, which has been invaluable to historians studying the...
Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Bombardier
Lt. Walt Foster was a navigator and bombardier from Upstate New York who served with the 456th BS during the Second World War. His first combat mission was flown from Earls Colne Airfield on February 3, 1944 to the Ruisseville "No Balls” secret weapon...
Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier/B-26 Marauder
Lt. Donald Parker was killed in action on a mission to Gemuden Marshaling Yard, Germany on March 26, 1945 in "Weary Willie, II" piloted by Capt. Robert Flittie. Lt. Parker was in the nose of the aircraft with Lt. Victor Jacobs on a training mission,...
Military | Pilot
Lt. Smith flew as Co-Pilot in "The Gremlin II" WT-B with Capt. JD Helton -Pilot (who had returned from leave), Lt. Frank Burgmeier - N, Lt. Walt Foster - B from Chartes on October 8, 1944 to the Eskirchen Supply Depot, Holland.