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455th Bombardment Group (H)

Photo Gallery

Daniel crew

Courtesy of Gerry Kersey

From the personal collection of Donald B. Daniel

Donald B. Daniel & crew next to "Ten Hits and A Miss"

Standing (L-R): Charles Fisher (E/TTG); Charles Thatcher (B); Richard Armellino (CP); Stan Vogelfang (N); Lt. Francis Hosimer (P)

Kneeling (L-R): Harold Gales (TG); Burton Hewitt (NG); Donald B. Daniel (RO/RWG); Marvin Kuhn (LWG); Lorrain DeSpain (BTG)


Dazzlin' Dutchess

Courtesy of Gerry Kersey

The correct serial number was 42-64500. This was a B-24 H model built by Consolidated in Fort Worth. It was one of the original aircraft assigned to the 455th, and was further assigned to the 743rd Squadron. This plane departed the U. S. for Italy on 12/22/43. The plane was lost due to a crash on 6/11/44. The MACR number for this crash is 5771. The photo you have was obviously taken while the crew was still training in the U. S., since the plane lacks group, squadron and mission markings, as well as a battle number.

Harry Anderson and Linda

Courtesy of Linda Ann Anderson Lisciarelli

Harry W. Anderson of the 455th BG, 740 BS and his daughter Linda

Leon Resnicow

Courtesy of Helen Ross

Leon Resnicow, photographer, of the 740th Squadron, 455th Bomb Group

Harris crew

Courtesy of Carol Wells Becknell

Standing L-R: James T. Harris (P); Norman W. Joyce (CP); Samuel H. Slawatt (N); Charles R. Shelton (B)

Squatting L-R: Delmer L. Krumey (E/G); William C. Edghill (RO/G); Donald F. Rehkamp (G); Herbert or Robert Smith (BTG); Thomas C. Roberts (G); Peter W. Armato (G)

Epperson Crew

Courtesy of Bill Epperson

The crew of Virgil Epperson of the 742nd Squadron.  Virgil is standing second from the right.  Lloyd Griffin is standing second from the left.

Clovis Headquarters

Courtesy of Frank Lashinsky

455th Bomb Group Headquarters in Clovis, NM

455th BG Plaque

Courtesy of Frank Lashinsky

455th Plaque in Headquarters in Clovis, NM

San Giovanni in 2004

Courtesy of Frank Lashinsky

San Giovanni Field

Chapel at San Giovanni

Courtesy of Frank Lashinsky

Frank Lashinsky in front of Chapel at San Giovanni

Plaque chapel Mario Capacefala Lashinsky

Courtesy of Frank Lashinsky

Mario Capacefala and Frank Lashinsky in front of 455th plaque in Chapel at San Giovanni

Plaque San Giovanni Chapel

Courtesy of Frank Lashinsky

Plaque in chapel at San Giovanni

2004 Briefing wine cellar San Giovanni

Courtesy of Frank Lashinsky

Briefing room/wine cellar at San Giovanni

Cerignola Mayor in office

Courtesy of Frank Lashinsky

Mario Capacefala, Dorothy Lashinsky, Mayor and Frank Lashinsky in mayor's office

Mario's parlor

Courtesy of Frank Lashinsky

Mario's parlor

Mario's parlor

Courtesy of Frank Lashinsky

Mario's Parlor

Mario's parlor

Courtesy of Frank Lashinsky

Mario's Parlor

Schriltz crew

Courtesy of Frank Lashinsky

Standing L-R: Richard J. Von Schriltz (P); Stanley Iverson (CP); Charles Brazelton (N)

Squatting L-R: William Taylor (E/G); Walter Lipps (RO/G); Alberty Beauchemin (A/G); Craig King (WG); Arthur Colton (BTG); Francis Lashinsky (TG)

Lipps

Courtesy of Frank Lashinsky

Walter Lipps (RO/G)

On our 21st mission bombing the Vienna Florisdorf Oil refinery, just after bombs away there was a loud sound of metal hitting metal, that over-covered the normal sounds of flying.  The plane pitched upward violently at the same time.  A flak shell probably a 125 mm had hit about one foot behind and at waist level of our pilot R. J. von Schriltz.  It coursed upward tearing a gash through the plane. It hit a machine gun stripping the perforated cooling barrel, and bent the gun into a ninety degree angle.  It also destroyed the plexiglass cover of the turret.  At the same time two shells burst on each side of the aircraft, peppering the fuselage.  A fragment, about two inches long and three quarters of an inch thick, just missed me. It's been said, "God was my Co-Pilot", this was certainly the case as that dud never exploded.  With our forward speed, if it were timed a fraction later, even the dud would have torn off our left wing.

We brought the aircraft home.  A Stars and Stripes photographer took this photo, and it appeared in the next issue.

The plane was scavenged for parts.

McVay crew

Courtesy of Beau Judd

McVay crew

Janos Szabo's yard

Courtesy of Frank Lashinsky

Janos Szabo's yard.

Piece of Frank's plane

Courtesy of Frank Lashinsky

Part of Frank's plane

Piece of Frank's plane

Courtesy of Frank Lashinsky

Part of Frank's plane

Wing Section

Courtesy of Frank Lashinsky

Upper right wing section description 

Ellis crew

Courtesy of Sheridan Moore

Standing L-R: Bill Luddin (B); Ray Bunch (N); Dutch Dagankold (CP); J. C. Ellis (P)

Squatting L-R: Curley Knudell (RO/WG); William Moore (TTG); Pat McCarthy (NG); Pat Patterson (TG); Mo Mazur (E/WG); Max Lewis (BTG)

Lloyd Griffin Photos

Cole crew

Courtesy of Paul Deion

Standing L-R: Milton Fischbein (N); Gilbert M. Cole (P); Joseph R. Walsh, Jr. (B)

Squatting L-R: Arthur A. Miller (TG); Gene C. Millet (NG); Raymond A. LaFazia (BTG); Bernard W. Daley (TTG); Merlin J. Hunt (RO/WG); Charles E. Schneider (WG)

Sky Wolf

Sky Wolf