Squadron staff of the 853rd Bomb Squadron, 491st Bomb Group. Handwritten caption on reverse: '853rd Staff-Sq, 491st BG, Early '45. L-R Shoemaker- Asst Ops, Prochaska- Aim (not sure of spelling), Stepney- CO, Fillon- Ops, Leppert- Squadron Navigator, Mercado- Squadron Bombardier.'
Was commander of the squadron from '44 to '45
At college Harry had joined the ROTC. After Pearl Harbour he trained as an observer on O-52 and was then assigned to 79th Bomber Sqdn.flying DB-7s. In Miami the 79th was changed to and anti-submarine unit. After many moves and changes in role - and marriage to Betsy - he arrived at Metfield with the 491st, his first mission 4 June 1944, his last 25 March 1945. Harry was promoted Colonel 28 February 1947, and remained in the Reserve.
DFC, Air Medal w/3Oak Leaf Cluster, EAME medal w/5 battle stars, Dist. Unit Citation
Units served with
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...
||Franklin City, Pennsylvania
||30 June 1918