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-

Vladyka - #36R

Vladyka crew #36R 

Photo courtesy of Vahl Vladyka

Standing L-R: Hanel, Clifford C. (Arm/BG); Johnston, George R. (NG); Benso, Ralph J. (AsstE/TT); Rota, Ernest A. (E/WG); Oakley, Donald, S. (RO/WG); Noll, Walter E. (TG)

Kneeling L-R: Curland, Robert (N); Vladyka, Vahl (P); Mc Donald, John R. (CP)

FromVahl Vladyka.

We arrived at the 765th Squadron on 19 December 1944, where we were ushered to a tent with bunks almost still warm from those who previously occupied them - they had been lost at Odertal two days earlier.  (I never heard that mission referred to around the squadron area as anything but "Blechhammer".)

I flew 19 missions plus the first voluntary food drop on VE Day, and my crew members about the same, with variations caused by individuals flying with other crews (e.g. our radio operator was with Major Baker the day they were shot down and landed in Hungary) and by an illness or two.  We luckily were selected to fly #27 (YOU BET) back to the States after VE Day, but I don't recall whether we ever flew it on a mission.  As I understand it, this was the second #27.

Anyway, here is our crew photo, taken in the late winter of 1945, as evidenced by snow on the ground.

Vahl sent in the following photo taken by Stan Staples of Vahl's aircraft during a mission.

#34 

 

Vahl Vladyka 

fromVahl Vladyka

Vahl Vladyka, the primitive tented officers area and toilet facilities including a wind sock and sign that told users to "plan your approach".

Vahl Vladyka 

fromVahl Vladyka

Photo of Vahl to be given to Partisans to make papers.

Annie, Moose & Ernie 

fromVahl Vladyka

Donald "Annie" Oakley, Ralph "Moose" Benso and Ernest "Ernie" Rota next to #27.