Four gunners who protected B-24D, 4111761, The Squaw, on 35 of it's 71 missions. The gunners are looking out of the waist window of, The Squaw, with a .50 Cal gun next to them. Left to right : Sergeant Weir, Sergeant Givens, Sergeant Reilly, and Sergeant Guana.
Back Row L to R
Gen Hoyt S Vanderberg
P 1st Lt Royden L Lebrecht, Denison, TX
C 1st Lt Clinton H Killian, Roosevelt, Utah
N 1st Lt Grover A Zink, Qron, Kansas
B 1st Lt Albert J Mickish, Perry, OK
Lt Col Robert H Parham
Radio T/Sgt JohnR Reilly, Utica, NY
Front Row L to R
E T/Sgt Harold F Weir, Lapeer, MI
Rad Ast S/Sgt Paul E Davidson, Springfield, Mo
Ast Eng S/Sgt John A Givens Jr, Louis, Mo
Crew Chief M/Sgt Paul T Bashis, Cambridge, Mass
Tail S/Sgt John Gunnu, Albany, NY
Gunner S/Sgt Adney J Harmon, Sacco, Maine
The crew standing and sitting on top of their famous B-24D Liberator, 41-11761, 'The "Squaw",' that successfully flew on 71 combat missions without a casualty. 1944
S/Sgt John Guanu :- DFC award card. 98BG
S/Sgt John Guanu :- Air medal award card. 98BG.
Crew member on the B-24D, 41-11761, The Squaw. Flew on the 1-Aug-43 Ploesti mission. Damaged by flak and diverted to Cyprus. Returned to base at Benghazi, Libya 3-Aug-43. Flew to Fort Worth, Texas for a war bond tour with, The Squaw. 1944
Awards: DFC, AM (6OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).
Military | Captain | B-24 Command Pilot | 98th Bomb Group
Lt. Royden Louis LeBrecht was a B-24D command pilot in the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 344th Bomb Squadron. He flew his B-24D, he named, The Squaw, on Operation Tidal Wave, the large mission to destroy the German held oil refineries at...
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The 98th trained for bombardment missions with B-24 Liberators during the first half of 1942.
Established as a B-24 Liberator heavy bomb squadron and trained by Third Air Force. Deployed to Egypt in June 1942 over South Atlantic Transport Route transiting from Morrison Field, Florida though the Caribbean to Brazil; performed trans-Atlantic...
The B-24D Liberator bomber, 41-11761, was first named, Sleepy, by the men in the 8th Air Force and the 93rd Bomb Group in the U.K. It was, later, renamed, The Squaw, by it's Command Pilot, Lt. Royden LeBrecht, after being transferred to the 9th Air...
1 August 1943
Operation TIDAL WAVE. B-24D Liberators attack the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. The bombers flew low to avoid radar detection and dropped time delayed bombs. Out of the 177 B-24s that took part in the raid 167 managed to attack their targets. 57...
||7 June 1923
Son of George Guanu and Anna Bouras.
||New York City, NY
||18 December 1941
||Albany, NY, USA
||1943 – 1944
Assigned to 343BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF.
||1 August 1943
Crew member B-24 41-11761 'Little Squaw' flew on the 1-Aug-43 Ploesti raid, diverted to Cypress.
|War Bond Tour
||Fort Worth, TX, USA
Returned to Fort Worth, Texas, USA for war bonds tour with A/C.
||Cherry Valley, Otsego County, NY
||26 August 2005
||Cherry Valley Cemetery
Cherry Valley, Otsego County, NY
||29 August 2005
Cherry Valley Cemetery
Cherry Valley, Otsego County, New York