We have just entered the new millennium.
World War II has been over for more than 55 years. Many of the men who fought
in the war and survived have passed away. The survivors are, or nearing, 80
years old or older. Soon there will be no one left to ask about this amazing
and horrifying period of history - no one who was actually there.
The majority of the photos and information contained in this Web site were taken from my father's wartime scrapbook & other materials my father brought back from Italy, as well as verbal stories, dad's biography, and conversations and correspondence with Charles Laynor, the tail gunner, Zenas Plymale, the engineer/top gunner, and the family of James "Red" Springer, the radioman/waist gunner. Other information has been provided by the 461st Bomb Group Web site, the Air Force Museum, and the National Archives, all of which can be found on my links page. A special thanks to Rob Hoskins and Frank O'bannon of the 461st Bomb Group Web site. Both of these gentlemen were very helpful in the early stages of my research when the task seemed so daunting.
Detail of cover of Tom's war era scrap book
is my intention to honor the men who flew the B-24 during WW2. This is a
resource site, and I accept no advertising, and sell no products. I have
made every attempt to get permission from all sources and to give credit
accordingly. However, I have used a few images for which I do not know the
original source, and a few which I have credited, though I was unable to
contact the original contributor. My apologies to anyone who feels I have
used their material improperly. Please contact
me so proper credit can be given, or an item removed.
All artwork, including animated Gifs, is my own.
|I have provided what information I have been able to gather regarding this crew, and attempted to provide enough additional information to give some background to their experiences. There is a wealth of information on the Web which can provide far greater depth, as well as many fine books. I have listed many of these on my LINKS page and there is much more to be found by searching the Net. Many of the links can also be found within the body of this site where I have felt it particularly pertinent.|