465th Bombardment Group (H)

780th 781st 465th Tail782nd 783rd

Photo Gallery

McCook

McCook, Nebraska Army Air Base 1944

June 5, 1944

Courtesy of Gerry Kersey

Bombing of Ferrara, Italy by Consolidated B-24 Liberators of the Fifteenth Air Force on June 5, 1944.  Smoking target on the ground below.

Memories

Courtesy of Gerry Kersey

Bombing of Ferrara, Italy by Consolidated B-24 Liberators of the Fifteenth Air Force on June 5, 1944.  Smoking target on the ground below.  Closest aircraft is "Memories".

Tout

Courtesy of William Kolar

1st Lt. Richard E. Tout (P) 2nd Lt. Paul Frankhart, 2nd Lt. Wayne Oley, 2nd Lt. Arthur Brenner, Cpl. Arthur Bernzott, Cpl. John Stewart, Cpl. Joseph Lemieux, Cpl. Chestley Armstrong, Cpl. Arthur Goldberg & Cpl. Joseph Grahovec (Uncle Joe).  Their aircraft crashed after take off at Pantanella Army Air Base on September 1, 1944.  All aboard were KIA.  Photo was taken at Charleston, SC prior to their departure for overseas.  782nd Bomb Squadron, 465th Bomb Group (H), Fifteenth Air Force.
"Uncle Joe" is located in the front row, second crewmember in from the left.  He was the eldest of (I believe) a total of 14 kids.  We've learned over the years that Joe initially enlisted in the Army and was assigned to a Tank Destroyer Unit (Fort Knox, KY).  Later, a relative suggested reclassifying into a more saleable skill to use after the war.  The aircraft accident:  After taking off with a full bomb load, the B-24J went into a stall while it caught up with the formation, recovered briefly, then experienced a secondary stall and lost power.  On it's descent to the ground, the aircraft clipped a tree with one of it's wings and crashed.  There was no fire or explosion.

RL Caldwell

Courtesy of David Caldwell

RL Caldwell after having crashed and then rescued by either Russions or Partisans somewhere in Hungary.

Col. Burt Andrus

Courtesy of Thomas Tennille

Col. Burt Andrus, CO of the 783rd Squadron

Operations Officers

Courtesy of Thomas Tennille

Operations Officers - Arthur C. Tennille (center, front); Col. Burt Andrus (center, back) CO 783rd Squadron

Tennille & wife

Courtesy of Thomas Tennille

McCook Field - Squadron Party - Lt. Arthur C. Tennille (center between muscians with his wife next to him.

Theatre and PX

Winter and early spring at Pantanella - notice the mud.  The building is the group theatre on the left and the PX on the right.  The sign over the door on the right reads, "465th Group Exchange".  The top sign over the door of the left building reads, "Theatre".  Under that another sign reads "Stable House".