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

Parsonson - #14-3

Parsonson crew #14-3 

Standing L-R: Rosulek, Robert L. (B); Olson, Dwight B. (CP); Parsonson, Ernest C. (P); Levin, Daniel I. (N)

Kneeling L-R: Worrell, James E. (RO/WG); Brockman, Perry F. (Arm/BTG); Mills, Jerry M. (WG); Wieland, Roy J. (NG); Kiser, Willie F. Jr. (E/TTG); Bowlsby, Clyde W. (TG)

Ernie Parsonson

Courtesy of Chuck Parsonson

Capt. Ernest Parsonson

Parsonson & Johnson

Courtesy of Chuck Parsonson

Capt. Ernest Parsonson and Johnson

#19

Courtesy of Chuck Parsonson

Although this aircraft was not shot down, it was damaged on 19 January 1945 and lost three crewmen.  As a result, MACR 11534 was created.

#19

Courtesy of Chuck Parsonson

Here is the picture of #19, taken at Dakar on 3 June 1945 while on the way back to the USA. The people in the photo include Perry Brockman sitting against the wheel, Clyde Bowlsby standing in front, and Dan Levin (the navigator) sitting in the pilot's seat. If you take a close look at the 19, you will see a number of patches as a result of flak hits. This is also the same plane mentioned in Mission #163 to the Brod Railroad Bridge that caught fire. Dad put out the fire and Maj. Mixon told him that he has been watching him because, if he went out the bomb bay, Mixon was going to be right behind him.  #19 had joined the squadron shortly after Dad (October 1944) and was originally designed as a night intruder and Mickey ship. The props had been coated with a black tar, which was supposed to aid in deā€‘icing.  After a pilot complained that he couldn't stay in formation with all the tar on the props, they were immediately cleaned off. Dad had also been told he could expect to take the plane out on night missions because he had so much more flight time than other pilots when he joined the squadron, but they stopped flying night missions shortly thereafter.

USA lineThe following was submitted by Todd Wieland.  It's a letter written by his father, Roy Wieland to Daniel Levin.

Dad's War Story

V-Mail

Courtesy of Chuck Parsonson

V-Mail from Dwight Olson to Ernest Parsonson