461st plaque

461st Bombardment Group (H)

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

 Anderson - #12/2  Arbuthnot - #39-1  Avery - #25  Baker - #22-1  Baran - #118  Barnes - #9/16  Beatty - #26-1  Bennett - #31  Blake - #7/26  Bloxom - #7/3-1  Brady - #24R  Brewster - #1/22  Bruning - #29R  Butler - #4/16-3  Caran - #3/3  Carr - #25  Chalmers - #23-1  Childrey - #36  Cooper - #4614  Crossman - #5993  Cunningham - #26R  Demmond - #4/16-2  Ford - #29  Frattone - #??  Fulks - #31  Garrison - #28  Githens - #21-1  Gray - #27-1  Green - #20-1  Grimm - #35  Hayes - #119  Heinze - #23-2  Holly - #4/16-1  Huber - #37  Hughes - #90R  Jenkins - #30-1  Johnson - #7/23  Kelleher - #28-1  Kelliher - #89R  King - #39-?  Kostka - #33  Louches - #9/2  Marshall - #7/24  McDonnell - #4/7  McMillen - #90R  Michaelis - #1/6  Miller - #37R  Mixson - #24  Mohan - #7/24 Moore #31-2  Moss - #27  Myllmaki - #34R  Nixon - #30  Norris - #20  Peterson - #26  Phillips - #38-0  Porch - #150  Presho - #25R  Reiland - #4/16-10  Robinson - #21-1  Sage - #32  Schweisberger - #7/271  Schwisow - #7/27  Simons - #6230  Skinner - #38-2  Smith - #6409  Specht - #22  St. John - #30-1  Stanko - #448  Staples - #??  Stegeman - #22-2  Summers - #7/25  Tallant - #21  Taylor - #23  Traetta - #12/2-1 Turvey - #(25)  Vladyka - #36R  Waggoner  Warren - #5007  Weems - #34  Welton - #27R  West - #38-1  Whalen - #39R  Wnukoski - #5/7-3  Wojkowiak - #25-2  Woodruff - #33R  Yancey - #24-

Tallant - #21

Tallant crew #21 

Standing L-R: Tallant, William H. (P); Stephenson, Edmund F. (B); Kurzberg, Harold (N); Ives, John (2nd E/TG); Everhart, Arthur C. (Asst. RO/WG)

Kneeling L-R: Duzan, Fred C. Jr. (BG); Brown, Harold D. (CP); Tait, Paul (E/TT); Hagen, James P. (RO/WG)

Kurzberg did not go overseas due to A/C accident.

Tait transferred to Crew 28.

This comes from Harold D. Brown:

The picture was taken at Gowen Field, Idaho or Wendover Field Utah.  I can't remember which one.

Lt. Tallant, pilot, was a grad from West Point and was destined to move up in rank and responsibility.  When we arrived at Hammer Field, he was promoted to operations and our crew was assigned a new pilot named Smith.  Can you imagine a crew with pilot and co-pilot named Smith and Brown?

On 23 December 1943 our crew was involved in a accident on a round robin training flight from Hammer.  During the flight we lost the no. 4 engine.  Prop ran away, could not be feathered, engine broke away from plane and we had to bail out.  Lt. Smith broke his leg on landing.  Lt. Kursberg sustained head injury, Sgt. Tate, engineer & top turret gunner had a cut on his forehead, Sgt. Hagen sprained both ankles.  I was the only one without a scratch, Thank God.

Our crew was broken up and shipped to Italy with ground crews.

Sgt. Ives Tail Gunner

At the time of the picture, we were missing the tenth member of our crew.  I never saw the men of our crew after our stay at Blythe Air Force Base hospital.  They were assigned to other crews.

I was transferred to the 764th Squadron as co-pilot for crew #7 which was Lt. Veluva's crew but on 3 July 1944 I was co-pilot for Lt Max Lucas, his co-pilot was ill and we ended up in Yugoslovia for three and a half months M.I.A.  I was sent back to the states for re-assignment.

H. D. Brown