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A biography of ' "The Rhythm Bombshells" 1944 to 1945 - Metfield and North Pickenham, England.' by Chris "Drake" Dracopoulos, 491st Bomb Group.



  • 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

  • Arthur Case


  • 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...

  • Russell Hellwig

    Military | Staff Sergeant | AC
    Russell died 24 October 1998 and was survived by his wife Mary.

  • Elwood Jones

    Military | Navigator

  • Carl Lepon

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator
    flew 13 missions, AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster

  • 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

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  • Metfield

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, Metfield had three concrete runways, 39 pan plus 15 loop hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied by the 353rd Fighter Group, equipped with P-47s, from August 1943 to...

  • 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 11:13:40 general ira snapsorter Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations

From the private collection of Chris "Drake" Dracopoulos.