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Lt. Colonel Jimmy Stewart (center), former movie star and 453rd Bomb Group Operations Officer, interrogates a newly returned B-24 crew. The four men here are most likely the pilot, co-pilot, navigator, and bombardier.
Official caption on back: "Lt. Col. James M. Stewart, Group Operations Officers, interrogates crew of the 453rd Bomb Group after returning to their English base from a mission over enemy territory."

"Major Jimmy Stewart talks over the final details of a mission with flyers about to take off, from left to right: Sgt. Keith M. Dibble of Rixford, Pa.; first Lt. Roger Counselman of Meadville, Pa.; Stewart; Sgt. Joseph T. Fiorentino of Philadelphia, Pa.; and second Lt. Abraham E Wilensky of Monessen, Pa., April 19, 1944, in England during World War II. (AP Photo)"



  • 453rd Bomb Group

    453rd Bomb 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...

  • 732nd Bomb Squadron


  • Roger Counselman

    Military | Captain | Bomber pilot / Fighter pilot
    Assigned to 732BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF Co-pilot B-24 42-52154 'Male Call'. Transferred to 2SF, 355FG, 8AF USAAF, flew P-51D 'June Bug'. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Keith Dibble

    Military | Sergeant | Gunner

  • Joseph Fiorentino

    Military | Sergeant | Nose Gunner

  • James Stewart

    Military | Brigadier General | Aircraft Commander; Operations Officer; Chief of Staff
    Hollywood screen actor James Stewart interrupted his successful film career to join the Air Corps in 1941. Aware of publicity value for the war effort, the US authorities tried to stifle Stewart's desire to fly combat missions and assigned him to a...

  • Abraham Wilensky

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator
    Went down on mission #20 on May 8, 1944. Plane was B-24 #42-52298 'Choo Choo Baby'. Spent the next years in three German Prisoner of War (POW) camps. Started with Stalag Luft III, where the 'Great Escape' took place. On Jan 27, 1945 we started on a ...


  • 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...


Date Contributor Update
24 July 2018 20:40:34 Al_Skiff Changes to caption and person associations

Date Contributor Update
24 July 2018 20:37:34 Al_Skiff Changes to caption, unit associations and person associations

Date Contributor Update
08 April 2017 21:44:36 WD-C Mustang Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations