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BACK FROM RAID - Four airmen, who returned from attack on Ijmuiden, German-held
port in Holland, recently, include left to right, Capt. Howard M. Posson, Fresno, Cal.;
Staff-Sgt. Levoyde Grimes, St. Stephens, Ala.; 1st Lt. A.A. Sarkisian, Indiana Harbor,
Ind., and Staff-Sgt. Dero E. Poynter of Los Angeles. They're at bomber base in England.

Published in the Los Angeles Times April 20th, 1944 (Morning Edition)



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 9th Air Force
  • 322nd Bomb Group

    322nd Bomb 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...

  • 450th Bomb Squadron


  • Howard Posson

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    Howard M. Posson hailed from Fresno California. He was one of four children. Howard served with the 322nd Bomb Group/450th Bomb Squadron, 8th/9th Air Force in the European Theater of Operations. He received ground school training at the San Antonio...

  • Azad Sarkisian

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Aboard B-26 41-31803 developed structural problems. 15-Aug-43. Returned to Duty (RTD).


  • 41-31765 Fightin' Cock

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 450BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. ...

  • 41-31875 Lady Liberty

    B-26 Marauder
    The B-26B Martin Marauder bomber, 41-31875, named, Lady Liberty, was assigned to the 450th BS, the 322ndBG, and the 9th AF. It flew on 25 combat missions. Pilot 1st Lt. Rowland G. Thornton. It was battle damaged on a ramrod to Abbeville. It crash...


  • Andrews Field

    Military site : airfield
    The base was known as Great Saling when construction – by US Army engineers – began in 1942 but was renamed Andrews Field in honour of the memory of Gen. Frank M. Andrews, who was killed when the B-24 he was travelling in crash-landed in Iceland on 3...

  • Bury St Edmunds

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was purpose-built for American bomb groups and as such had a 2,000 yard main runway that lain in concrete with a tarred and wood-chipped surface. The scale of bases such as this meant that very often the technical, administrative and...


Date Contributor Update
23 February 2021 03:20:32 PossonNephew Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Posson family records/photos, Los Angeles Times newspaper article