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The Harold E. Dwyer crew - 34th Bomb Group / 491st Bomb Squadron.
Back row, from left to right :
Ball Turret gunner S/Sgt Robert E. Bell; Tail Gunner S/Sgt Emile A. Duval Jr; Radio Operator T/Sgt John L. Noe; Engineer T/Sgt George W. Brown; Waist Gunner S/Sgt Norman T. Gilchrist.
Front row, left to right : Navigator F/O Robert H. Menefee; Bombardier 1st Lt Richard E. Ryan; Pilot 1st Lt Harold E. Dwyer; Co-Pilot 2nd Lt William H. Thorpe [ Photo courtesy of the Harold Dwyer family ]

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Units

  • 34th Bomb Group

    34th Bomb Group

    Group
    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...

  • 391st Bomb Squadron

People

  • Robert Bell

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner
    Robert Bell enlisted in the Air Corps. Sent overseas, he was assigned to the 34th Bomb Group / 391st Bomb Squadron, flying on 10 missions on the Harold E. Dwyer crew.

  • George Brown

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Engineer / Top Turret Gunner
    George Brown enlisted in the Air Corps. Sent overseas, he was assigned to the 34th Bomb Group / 391st Bomb Squadron, serving on the Harold E. Dwyer crew.

  • Emile Duval

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Tail Gunner
    Emile Duval enlisted in the Air Corps. Sent overseas, he was assigned to the 34th Bomb Group / 391st Bomb Squadron, serving on the Harold E. Dwyer crew.

  • Harold Dwyer

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    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. ...

  • Norman Gilchrist

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Waist Gunner
    Norman Gilchrist enlisted in the Air Corps. Sent overseas, he was assigned to the 34th Bomb Group / 391st Bomb Squadron, serving on the Harold E. Dwyer crew.

  • Robert Menefee

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator
    Robert Menefee enlisted in the Air Corps. Sent overseas, he was assigned to the 34th Bomb Group / 391st Bomb Squadron, serving on the Harold E. Dwyer crew.

  • John Noe

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator
    John Noe enlisted in the Air Corps and was assigned as a Radio Operator in the 34th Bomb Group / 391st Bomb Squadron, a member of the Harold E. Dwyer crew. His Army Serial Number is mentioned as “36879859” but no confirmation has been found. The NARA...

  • Richard Ryan

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Richard Ryan enlisted in the Air Corps. Sent overseas, he was assigned to the 34th Bomb Group / 391st Bomb Squadron, serving on the Harold E. Dwyer crew.

  • William Thorpe

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    William Thorpe graduated from the Buhl East High School in 1941 and enlisted in the Air Corps. Sent overseas, he was assigned to the 34th Bomb Group / 491st Bomb Squadron, serving on the Harold E. Dwyer crew.

Locations

  • Mendlesham

    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.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 February 2016 10:25:48 ED-BB Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations
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