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BACK FROM RAID - Four airmen, who returned from attack on Ijmuiden, German-held
port in Holland, recently, include left to right, Capt. Howard M. Posson, Fresno, Cal.;
Staff-Sgt. Levoyde Grimes, St. Stephens, Ala.; 1st Lt. A.A. Sarkisian, Indiana Harbor,
Ind., and Staff-Sgt. Dero E. Poynter of Los Angeles. They're at bomber base in England.

Published in the Los Angeles Times April 20th, 1944 (Morning Edition)



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 9th Air Force
  • 322nd Bomb Group

    322nd Bomb Group

    The 322nd Bombardment Squadron (Medium) was activated on 19-Jun-1942 at MacDill Field, Florida with B-26B Marauder aircraft. In late September 1942 the unit moved to Drane Field, Florida. The Ground echelon sailed for the UK aboard the Queen Elizabeth...

  • 450th Bomb Squadron


  • Howard Posson

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    Howard M. Posson hailed from Fresno California. He was one of four children. Howard served with the 322nd Bomb Group/450th Bomb Squadron, 8th/9th Air Force in the European Theater of Operations. He received ground school training at the San Antonio...

  • Azad Sarkisian

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Aboard B-26 41-31803 developed structural problems. 15-Aug-43. Returned to Duty (RTD).


  • 41-31765 "Fightin' Cock"

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 450BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. ...

  • 41-31875 'Lady Liberty'

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 450BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. Battle damaged on ramrod to Abbeville, crash landed at Eastbourne, half of crew had baled out due to the damaged state of his A/C. Pilot 1st Lt Rowland G Thornton. 3 x RTD, 3 x POW. 28-Feb-44....


  • Andrews Field

    Military site : airfield
    The base was known as Great Saling when construction – by US Army engineers – began in 1942 but was renamed Andrews Field in honour of the memory of Gen. Frank M. Andrews, who was killed when the B-24 he was travelling in crash-landed in Iceland on 3...

  • Bury St Edmunds

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was purpose-built for American bomb groups and as such had a 2,000 yard main runway that lain in concrete with a tarred and wood-chipped surface. The scale of bases such as this meant that very often the technical, administrative and...


Date Contributor Update
23 February 2021 03:20:32 PossonNephew Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Posson family records/photos, Los Angeles Times newspaper article