Delivered Cheyenne 23 July 1944; Hunter 4 August 1944; Dow Field 15 August 1944; Assigned 391BS/34BG Mendlesham 17 August 1944. Among other pilots, 1st Lt Harold E. Dwyer flew twice on it, first on the 1 May 1945 mission to drop food to the Dutch population. The second time was when he piloted it back to the US on 20 June 1945, with his crew on board (Thorpe, Menefee, Noe, Brown, Bell, Duval, Gilchrist and Ryan) as well as 11 other passengers, landing 43-38343 at Bradley, Connecticut. Transferred to 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 22 June 1945; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman, Arizona 13 December 1945.
After forming part of the American defence force, first on America's east coast and then on its west, the Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force in April 1944 and entered combat in May 1944. The Group helped with the preparation for the Normandy...
Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 34th Bomb Group
Harold Dwyer graduated from Hastings High School, Hastings, Nebraska in 1942. In August 1944 he received his wings and commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Corps at the Ft. Sumner Army Air Field in New Mexico.
Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 34th Bomb Group
Assigned to the 34th Bomb Group in Spring 1945, and flew 15 missions with George Mehling's crew from 2 March 1945 to 15 May 1945, which included two missions to pick up French Prisoners of War after VE Day.
Military site : airfield
Built in 1942-1943, Mendlesham's first flying unit was the RAF's No. 310 Squadron - a Czechoslovakian unit. The airfield then became home to the USAAF 34th Bomb Group. This unit flew missions from Mendlesham in B-24s and B-17s.
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