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Aschaffenburg Marshalling Yards, German Rail Block Campaign, Jan 21 1945.
Squadron Lead, 510th Squadron, 351st Heavy Bombardment Group.
Standing:
Burr - Bombardier; Wellins - Mickey Operator; Adams - Co-Pilot.
Kneeling:
Cutler- Pilot; Tabb - Navigator

Connections

Units

  • 351st Bomb Group

    351st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 351st Bomb Group flew strategic bombing missions from their base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire from April 1943 to June 1945. The Group's most famous member was Hollywood actor Clark Gable, who flew four/ five missions with them as an observer...

People

  • George Adams

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot, Fighter Pilot
    Assigned to 510BS, 351BG, 8AF USAAF. Detached service (DS) with 1st Scouting Force. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Star).

  • Malcolm Burr

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Assigned to 511BS, 351BG, 8AF USAAF. Robert Cutler crew. ETD Awards: AM (4OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

  • Robert Cutler

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    Assigned to 511BS, 351BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: AM (4OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

  • William Tabb

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator
    Assigned to 511BS, 351BG, 8AF USAAF. Robert Cutler crew. ETD Awards: AM (4OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle stars).

  • Ira Wellins

    Military | First Lieutenant | Radar Navigator/Bombardier "Mickey Operator"
    Assigned to 510BS, 351BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew 29 x missions in Europe, seven as navigator and twenty two as "Mickey Operator" (radar, then top secret) in the lead (Pathfinder) plane of the squadron or entire group. ...

Aircraft

  • 42-97701

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 1/2/44; 1SAG Langley 21/3/44; Assigned 509BS/351BG [RQ-B] Polebrook UK 6/7/44; 511BS [DS-B] JULIE LINDA; {51m} transferred 305BG Chelveston 5/45; Salvaged 9AF Germany 4/4/46. NADINE L.

Locations

  • Polebrook

    Military site : airfield
    Polebrook was laid down for RAF Bomber Command use in 1940-1941. Built by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd, it had short runways which were lengthened for USAAF heavy bomber use. The RAF used the base for operational trials - including of B-17 Flying...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2018 21:05:15 NanWellins Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

I am the daughter of 1st Lt. Ira Wellins. I have relied on his handwritten notes on the backs of photos, confirmed by data published by the 351st Bomb Group on their website (351st.org).

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