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1st Lt. McFarland's Crew, 323rd Bs, 91st BG, 42-37761 "Blue Dreams". Nose art painted by Tony Starcer.
LEFT TO RIGHT:
T/Sgt. Mexico J. Barraza, Radio Operator; 1st Lt. William L. Wood, Co-Pilot; S/Sgt. Melvin Schissler, kneeling, Ball Turret; 1st Lt. Manuel Fisher, Navigator; S/Sgt. John Koroly, Waist Gunner; 1st Lt. Kenneth T. McFarland, Pilot; S/Sgt. Merle E. Carey, Engineer-Top Turret; S/Sgt. W. M. Donmoyer, Waist Gunner; 1st Lt. Cecil Williams, Bombardier; S/Sgt. Lawrence C. Morel, Tail Gunner.

Connections

Units

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    Group
    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 323rd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Merle Carey

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner / Engineer
    Carey flew 25 missions as a Flight Engineer with the 323rd Sdqn, 91st BG, one of which was the first daylight raid over Berlin 6th March 1944. Aged 34 at the time Carey was known as the 'Ole Man'. ...

  • Melvin Schissler

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Flew 25 Missions in aircraft 'Blue Dreams' Air Medal w 3Oak Leaf Cluster; DFC

  • Cecil Williams

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Bombardier
    Bombadier Williams had enlisted in 1942 and was ultimately assigned to the 323rd Sqdn 91st BG at Bassingbourn. He flew on 26 combat missions mostly on 'Blue Dreams', was awarded the DFC and Air Medal and retired from the Reserves with the rank of Lt....

Aircraft

  • 42-37761 'Blue Dreams'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 21/8/43; ground looped at Prestwick, Scotland, with Peter Dustman 17/9/43; Assigned 323BS/91BG [OR-L] Bassingbourn 4/10/43; on take off [29m] for Berlin 6/3/44, with Walt Wilkinson, Co-pilot: Val Maghru, Navigator: Gerald Schottmiller,...

Locations

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 June 2021 18:17:46 acbernstein1 Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

http://www.91stbombgroup.com/crewphotos/bluedreams.html

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