Front left to right 1) Donath, 2) S/Sgt Thomas Appeldurn Liberator 41-24234 , 3) Summers, 4) 2D LT Gordon Marcouiller, Liberator 41-24234, 5) Neilson
back row left to right 1) Buckahanna, 2) Lt. James A Harper ,Liberator 41-24234 3) Taylor , 4) Virgil, 5) S/SGT Alton S Railing , Liberator 41-24234 )
Liberator 41-24234 was know as MR. 5x5 when it went down
Graduate of West Point and rose to deputy commander of the 95th BW. On March 1, 1942, Captain Taylor was appointed a Major. In April 1942, Major Taylor became the operations officer of the 44th Bomb Group (Heavy) and in September of that year went with his unit to England. He was promoted to the grade of Lieutenant Colonel Sept. 23, 1942. He commanded the Combat Crew Replacement Center near London from December 1942 until January 1944, when he assumed command of the 487th Bomb Group (Heavy), Lavenham, England. He was promoted to the grade of Colonel October 25, 1943.
Units served with
The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...
The 487th Bomb Group began operations as preparations for D-Day were reaching their crescendo and played their part by bombing airfields in northern France. Like the 486th Bomb Group, the 487th switched to B-17 Flying Fortress for missions from 1...
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