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



  • 351st Bomb Group

    351st Bomb 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...


  • 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).

  • Malcolm Burr

    Military | First Lieutenant

  • Robert Cutler

    Military | Captain

  • William Tabb

    Military | First Lieutenant

  • Ira Wellins

    Military | First Lieutenant | Radar Navigator/Bombardier "Mickey Operator"
    Ira, the son of impoverished Jewish immigrants, joined to fly planes and to fight Hitler. But he washed out of pilot training for a single error (landing on a taxi strip) and got sent instead to train on the new top-secret technology: Radar. From...


  • 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.


  • 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...


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

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 (