The Delirious Dolores (44-40200) shortly after arrival at Metfield, June 1944. The aircraft was named after pilot James C. McKeown's wife Delores.
McKeown Crew: rear, L to R, (G) George McGee, (N) Ross Houston, (CP) Robert McIntyre, (P) James McKeown, (B) George Patton, (E) Francis Hawkins, front, L to R (RO) Joseph Rimassa, (G) Marshal Williams, (G) Frederick Borger, (G) John Murray.
McKeown was severely wounded on 14 June 1944 over St. Cyr.
The Delirious Dolores crashed with a replacement crew after returning from Saarbruken on 13 July 1944. (P) Max R. Shea, (CP) Charles A. Meadow, (N) Harold F. Simon, (TG) Percival M. Lewis, (RG) Solon W. Elliot Jr. were KIA and the aircraft was destroyed.
Most of McKeown's crew continued to fly on the Moose (44-40205) piloted by Warren C. Moore which, along with the rest of the 853rd Bomb Squadron, was shot down over Misburg on 26 November 1944. Borger, Hawkins, Murray, Patten, and Williams were KIA. Houston, McGee, McIntyre, and Rimissa spent the rest of the war as POWs.
44-40200 prior to application of the Delirious Dolores nose art prior to departure for Europe, possibly taken in Pueblo, Colorado in the spring, 1944. McKeown Crew: rear, L to R, (E) Francis Hawkins, (CP) Robert McIntyre, unknown ground crew, (J) James McKeown, (G) George McGee, rear, L to R, (N) Ross Houston, (B) George Patton, (G) Marshal Williams.
Flew 26 missions, lead crew. Shot down over Misberg Ger. . Prisoner of War (POW) Stalag Luft I , 6 mos. Plane was 'The Moose' #4440205 on 11/26/44
Ross' parents were notified of his survival by HAM radio operators in the States who monitored German broadcasts. They were he said at least spared the shock of the MIA telegram. He considered himself lucky to be alive - after enduring only six months imprisonment - when he learned of what happened to prisoners of the Japanese.
Prisoner of War AM 2clstrs, ETO 3 stars, Presidential Citation, Purple Heart
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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...
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