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B-24 crew in 1943. (Don't know order, except for Verl D. Anderson on left in back row.) Carl Lessig, Pilot; Bill Hailey, Co-Pilot; George Giovannoni, Flight Engineer/Top Turret Gunner; Fred Talley, Radio Operator; Ed Winick, Tail Gunner; Carl Mann, Waist Gunner; Jack Harris, Nose Turret Gunner; Don Nell, Waist Gunner, Verl D. Anderson, Bombardier/Navigator, Jim _______, Radio Operator.



  • 453rd Bomb Group

    453rd Bomb Group

    As well as strategic bombardment missions, the 453rd Bomb Group also ferried cargo on two occasions. They hauled petrol, blankets, and rations to France in September 1944 and dropped ammunition, food and medical supplies near Wesel during the airborne...

  • 733rd Bomb Squadron


  • Verl Anderson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier
    26 missions. Verl D. Anderson and his crew flew two planes during their missions -- the first was "One Meat Ball", which was shot down over Germany. The crew made it to France, hiding by day and moving by night, individually, with the help of...

  • George Giovannoni

    Military | Sergeant | Engineer

  • William Hailey

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    26 missions He particularly remembered that of 1st January 1945 -the attack on the bridge at Remagen in support of Patton - when so few aircraft managed to take off successfully. ETO Ribbon/ Air Medal w/ 2 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Jack Harris

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Nose Gunner
    26 missions 4 Air Medals

  • Carlton Mann

    Military | Staff Sergeant
    1st mission 25 November 1944. Last mission 25 April 1945. Air Medal w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Donald Nell

    Military | Staff Sergeant
    27 missions from 25 November 1944 to 25 April 1945. On 1 January 1945, second mission to Remagen Bridge, we were one of about 6 ships to go because of ice problems. One ship crashed on takeoff and rest of group stayed home. Landed in Brussels after...

  • Fred Talley

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator; Gunner
    27 missions ETO Ribbon/ Air Medal w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Edward Winick

    Military | Private First Class | Tail Gunner
    Combat missions: 1944 - Nov 25 Bingen; Dec 29 Remagen; 30 Eusckrichen; 1945 - Jan 1 Remagen; 3 Homburg; 7 Zwiebrucken; 13 Rudesheim; 28 Dortmund; Feb 3 Magdeburg; 8 Bielefeld; 9 Madgeburg; 14 Madgeburg; 16 Bursteinfurst; 17 ?; 19 Jungental; 24 Lehrte;...


Date Contributor Update
11 January 2022 11:24:42 Emily Changes to person associations

Removed association to Cecil Parker Lessig who did not serve on B-24 Liberators

Date Contributor Update
07 December 2021 20:17:21 general ira snapsorter Changes to person associations

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Date Contributor Update
07 December 2021 19:49:09 Debrho Created entry with caption

From the book, "My Life" by. Verl D. Anderson.