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Paul Shannon crew in front of the B-26 "Mild And Bitter" of the 322nd BG 452nd BS, after the first 100 mission completion. L-R, 1st LT Lee W. Rice, co-pilot; 2nd LT Harry R. Harp, bombardier; Capt. Paul Shannon, pilot; S/Sgt Wallace J. Bond; Sgt Robert E. Johnson; S/Sgt James K. Brandemihl

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Units

  • 9th Air Force
  • 322nd Bomb Group

    322nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 322nd Bombardment Squadron (Medium) was activated on 19-Jun-1942 at MacDill Field, Florida with B-26B Marauder aircraft. In late September 1942 the unit moved to Drane Field, Florida. The Ground echelon sailed for the UK aboard the Queen Elizabeth...

  • 452nd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Walter Bond

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio operator
    Assigned to 452BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • James Brandemihl

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer / Top Turret
    Assigned to 452BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Wounded over France 8-Jul-44 and went to London for medical operation which saved his leg. A sheep's bone was used as a graft to save it which was a 100% success. Awards: PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Harry Harp

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Bombardier/Navigator
    Assigned to 452BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME, UN and Koean medal. Post war: Remained in USAF serving in Korean and Vietnam conflicts and rising to Lieutenant Colonel.

  • Robert Johnson

    Military | Sergeant | Tail gunner
    Assigned to 452BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Lee Rice

    Military | Major | Co-pilot
    Assigned 452BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Paul Shannon

    Military | Major | Bomber pilot
    Assigned to 452BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

Aircraft

  • 41-31819 'Mild and Bitter'

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 452BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. First B-26 in the European Theater of Operations to complete 100 operational missions. This was accomplished on an afternoon raid on a Nazi airfield at Evreux/Fauville, southwest of Rouen, France, 9-May-44. She had...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 January 2019 13:58:31 lexilad Changes to caption
Sources

Charles Parker, step-son of Lee W. Rice, from newspaper picture & article, 1/27/2019

Date Contributor Update
31 May 2017 17:26:44 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and aircraft associations
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https://www.fold3.com/image/161223987

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