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B-24 "Black Dog" a/c # 42-7567. Assigned 700 Bomb Squadron, 445 Bomb Group.
This crew flew the a/c from the USA to Tibenham AB England and completed 12 missions in the "Black Dog" until the a/c was reassigned to a different crew and renamed.
Name of crew
Standing from left to right: Sam Bichler, Melvin Gabbe, John Burke, Jerome Aronor, Virgil Perrin
Kneeling from left to right: Ed Roloff, Harold Hartman, Walter Johnson, George Goldman, John Vessels



  • Walter Johnson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    From Erie Pennsylvania. Joined USArmy Air Corp in 1942. After flight training he was assigned to 700 Bomb Sqdn, 445 Bomber Group at Tibenham England Dec 16, 1943. Flew 30 Missions. Returned to USA and was Discharged in 1945.


  • 42-7567 Black Dog

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24 "Black Dog"; Ship # 42-7567 was flown by its original crew from Morrison Field, West Palm Beach Florida on November 12th, 1943; making many stops including Puerto Rico, British Guiana, Brazil, Dakar, Marrakesh and Wales before arriving at Tibenham...


Date Contributor Update
12 September 2021 09:09:00 johnsonwpaul Created entry with caption

Information was gathered from the Flight Diaries of both S/Sgt Walter Johnson (AG) and S/Sgt John Vessels (AE).