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"The Rhythm Bombshells" playing at an Anniversary Party at North Pickenham, December 1944.

Back Row (left to right):
Capt. Donald Whited;
Chris "Drake" Dracopoulos;
PFC Tommy Young.

Middle Row (left to right):
Capt. Ken "Red" Plummer;
S/Sgt. William "Bud" Babcock;
Lt.Bill McClelland;

Bottom Row (left to right):
Lt. Eddie Zysko;
Sgt. William K. Carrithers (seated);
Lt. Tom Parker Jr.;
Lt. Emanuel M. Knoblock;
M/Sgt. A. K. "Pete" Chauvin;
S/Sgt. Harry Lundeen.



  • 491st Bomb Group

    491st Bomb Group

    The 491st Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators in bombing missions over northern France and Germany from June 1944 until April 1945. Missions over Germany included bombing the headquarters of the German General Staff at Zossen. The Group was awarded a DUC...


  • William Babcock

    Military | Staff Sergeant

  • William Carithers

    Military | Sergeant

  • Chris Dracopoulos

    Chris Dracopoulos was born in Malden Massachusetts in 1925, the son of Greek immigrants; his father having gained US citizenship after serving in the First World War. As a schoolboy Chris had been encouraged to play the drums by one of his teachers...

  • Harry Lundeen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Member of Glazer's Crew . He particularly remembered the mission of 24 December 1944 - target a bridge and crossroads at Wittlich in Germany. On the bomb run they were hit by flak but managed to visually drop their bombs and make it home. It may have...

  • William McClelland

    Military | Co-Pilot
    McClelland had learned to play the trombone at High School and was good enough to be offered a scholarship at Oberlin Conservatory of Music which he took up in the summer of 1942. In February 1943 - toting his trombone and an Aviation Cadet - he was...

  • Thomas Parker

    Military | Co-Pilot
    Crew R72

  • Kenneth Plummer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator

  • Donald Whited

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Armament Officer
    DUC w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ ATO/ EAME w/ 11 battle stars

  • Thomas Young


  • Edward Zysko

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot


  • North Pickenham

    Military site : airfield
    Built comparatively late during 1943-44 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, North Pickenham was rather cramped as an airfield site so the main runway was shorter than typical. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2...


Date Contributor Update
26 June 2019 10:35:03 general ira snapsorter Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations and person associations

From the private collection of Chris "Drake" Dracopoulos.