461st plaque

461st Bombardment Group (H)

764th Crews 765th Crews 766th Crews 767th Crews

 Alexander - #11-2  Arnholt - #155  Baird - #3-1  Baker - #84-0  Batenic - #3-3  Bean - #3  Beson - #86R  Blanchard - #2  Bloxom - #4887  Bock - #10-1  Boozer - #17-1  Britton - #2  Brown - #18R  Brown - #  Burton - #8  Cain - #19-0  Carlisle - #5-  Clay - #88R  Crumbo - #151  Dughi - #6-1  Emmert - #5628  Freeman - #1  Fuller - #05  Garrett - #16-2 (152)  Gilbert - #2R-2  Gilley - #4/16  Hefling - #09  Herrin - #17-1  Inskeep - #85R  Johnson - #4/7  Kollenborn - #4  Kursel - #6-1  Lalewicz - #85  Lightbody - #97R  Lively - #18/99  Longino - #116  Lucas - #5  McGoey - #8R  Miller - #1-1  Mitchell - #12  Nahkunst - #13-2  Oliver - #15-1  Olson - #4/16-6  Parsonson - #14-3  Petty - #1/6  Powell - #4-2  Rathfelder - #16-3  Rosenberg - #4887  Ross - #115R  Russell - #19-0  Rutter - #7/3  Ryder - #17  Sargent - #98R  Saur - #17-2  Sayre - #13  Schultz - #3-1  Skalomenos - #136  Sklansky - #9-1  Smith - #3-2  Souther - #12-1  Spehalski - #87R-2  Spencer - #5-1  Steele - #16  Stephens - #14  Stevens - #1  Stevens - #4-3  Stitch - #4983  Taylor - #10/31  Tetzlaff - #129  Tiffany - #2-1  Toothman - #13-3  Trenner - #18  Turner - #14-2  Underwood - #7-1  Veiluva - #07  Vilesis - #100R  Wallace - #11  Wastman - #10  Weber - #19-2  Weir - #06  Wilson - #15  Wyllie - #11-1  Young - #15

Miller - #1-1

Miller crew #1-1

Rear L-R: Jones, Earnest W. (LWG); Carter, Norman A. (TG); Kochis, James (BG); Gerlach, Robert W. (NG); Verner, Dalton R. (RO/RWG); Dwyer A. Green (E/TT)

Front L-R: Miller, George H. (P); Rudel, Chester H. (CP); Messerschmidt, Roy H. (N); Herold, Robert A. (B)

Miller crew #1-1

Courtesy of Donald Eelman

Miller crew #1-1 at Casper, Wyoming

Standing L-R: Rudel, Chester H. (CP); Miller, George H. (P); Messerschmidt, Roy H. (N); Herold, Robert A. (B)

Middle L-R: Jones, Earnest W. (LWG); Gerlach, Robert W. (NG); Dwyer A. Green (E/TT)

Front L-R: Verner, Dalton R. (RO/RWG); Kochis, James (BG); Carter, Norman A. (TG)

B-24 Left Side

Courtesy of Donald Eelman

George Miller picking up his new B-24

B-24 Right Side

Courtesy of Donald Eelman

George Miller picking up his new B-24

George Miller

Courtesy of Donald Eelman

Lt. George Miller

Chester Rudel Escape Statement

Verner Dalton

Courtesy of Donald Eelman

Verner Dalton, Radio Operator/Right Waist Gunner

Dwyer Green

Courtesy of Donald Eelman

Dwyer Green, Engineer/Top Turret Gunner

Dwyer Green

Courtesy of Donald Eelman

Dwyer Green, Engineer/Top Turret Gunner

George Miller & Father

Courtesy of Donald Eelman

George Miller with his father

Dwyer Green & wife

Courtesy of Donald Eelman

Dwyer Green and his wife, Kitty

Miller

Courtesy of Chuck Parsonson

George Miller after completing 35 missions


Old Soldier’s Photos Never Die

by

Yvonne Higgins Messerschmidt

January 18, 1996

Naples, FL

Handsome, young airman in

The photograph from 1942

How can that old, gray haired

Man I see here now be you?

Eyes so bright and chin so strong

And mouth so appealing

When I look at your old photograph

I get that same old feeling

But wars and years and life

And tears all take their toll

And turn that lad so young

Into a man that’s old

I try to whisper sweet nothings

Into his ear

But he says “What?” and I give up

Because he cannot hear!!


Oh To Be 24!

or

Ode To B-24

by

Yvonne Higgins Messerschmidt

January 23, 1999

Flossmoor, IL

Tonight as I looked as some old clothes

Hanging in the basement on a rack

I saw something there and it really took me back

For there was my husband’s bomber jacket

He had worn in the Second World War

That old beat up leather jacket when he flew in a B-24

Though scraped and scarred as the leather looked

With frayed cuffs on each wrist

The yellow stencil of 35 bombs was impossible to miss

That stood for flying 35 missions in combat in Italy

And the bomb groups insignia in vivid

Color was still easy to see

I picked up the flap of one pocket

And inside I curiously did look

And to my surprise and amusement

I found my husband’s “Little Black Book”

It contained names like Betty and Bobbie

And Daisy, Doris and Anna

From towns where he had been stationed

From California to Texas and Alabama

Then there was Marion from Casper Wyoming

To whom my husband was engaged

When I read her name and address there I quickly

Turned the page

Was I feeling a wee bit jealous of a girl

From so long ago?

If I was it quickly vanished as on the next page it did show

Something written in big bold letters and

It made my whole being glow

For there was my name and address

And it was very plain to see

That when he wrote “Yvonne” there

It was the last girlfriend there would be

But seeing that old bomber jacket and black book

Reminded me of my early love

The wonderful joy and the passion

That lit up the night skies high above

I wish I could go back just one time

And be that happy girl I was then

In love with a handsome Lieutenant

I’d marry all over again.


64TH BOMBARDMENT SQUADRON (H)764TH BOMBARDMENT SQUADRON (H)

OFFICE OF THE OPERATIONS OFFICER

APO 520 US ARMY

16 MARCH 1945

CERTIFICATE

I CERTIFY THAT S/SGT NORMAN A. CARTER, 18032411, HAS COMPLETED THE FOLLOWING SORTIES, WITH DATES, TIME, AND TARGET BELOW.

DATE TIME TARGET
3 Aug 1944 7:00 Ober baderbach, Austria
7 Aug 1944 8:00 Blechhammer, Germany
12 Aug 1944 6:30 Genoa, Italy
14 Aug 1944 6:15 Toulon, France
18 Aug 1944 6:00 Alibunar, Yugoslavia
17 Aug 1944 8:30 Ploesti, Rumania
20 Aug 1944 7:00 Szolnock, Hungary
22 Aug 1944 7:00 Lobau, Austria
24 Aug 1944 5:30 Ferrara, Italy
26 Aug 1944 8:15 Bucharest, Rumania
28 Aug 1944 7:00 Szolnok, Hungary
29 Aug 1944 7:00 Szeged, Hungary
1 Sept 1944 6:15 Ferrara, Italy
5 Sept 1944 6:15 Sava, Yugoslavia
6 Sept 1944 5:30 Sava, Yugoslavia
10 Sept 1944 8:00 Lyons, France
17 Sept 1944 9:15 LYONS, FRANCE
7 Oct 1944 7:00 KAMARON, HUNGARY
10 Oct 1944 6:00 VENETO, ITALY
12 Oct 1944 6:30 BOLOGNA, ITALY
13 Oct 1944 8:30 VIENNA, AUSTRIA
1 NOV 1944 7:30 Graz, Austria
4 NOV 1944 8:00 Augsburg, Austria
6 NOV 1944 7:00 Bolzano, Italy
11 NOV 1944 8:00 Linz, Austria
15 NOV 1944 6:00 Insbruck, Austria
17 NOV 1944 7:30 Vienna, Austria
20 NOV 1944 ABORTED Blechhammer, Germany
22 NOV 1944 8:00 Munich, Germany
25 NOV 1944 6:00 Haiming, Germany
1 Feb 1945 6:30 Graz, Austria
16 Feb 1945 8:00 Neuburg, Germany
23 Feb 1945 7:00 Knittelfeld, Austria
28 Feb 1945 7:00 Ora, Italy
4 Mar 1945 7:00 Graz, Austria
15 Mar 1945 7:00 Wiener-neustadt, Austria

Total number combat sorties, 35: total number combat flying hours, 246:45

/s/ Ernest C. Parsonson,

Captain, Air Corps,

Operations Officer.

V-Mail

Courtesy of Chuck Parsonson

V-Mail from Dwight Olson to Ernest Parsonson