Crew # 555

Crew # 555
Crew # 555 - planes flown: DAMIFINO , DIXIE, LET ER RIP, TIMES A WASTIN

1st. LT. J. William Smith

1st. LT. J. William Smith

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Some photos

Recently came across this "Flak Map" of Germany which my Dad used during missions.

[click on photos to enlarge]

This newspaper - "Boston American" May 23, 1945. Dad marked himself on the photo. He ended up with all these other flyers heading for the Pacific Theater. He had completed his required missions, plus a few more so wasn't sent to the Pacific.
The photo was taken minutes after their arrival to the US. He said the Airfield was so crowded with returning aircraft that they barely had room to park.

I did find other flight logs which show he actually kept flying until September 1945. Some of his flights were aboard B-17's. Those flights were based out of a South Dakota Air Base.
I also found that he was promoted to 1st. LT. in late 1944.

 Photo of my Aunt & Uncle.
Uncle "Jim" Bussinger was a B-24 Pilot in the Pacific.
What a dashing looking guy he was. Kind of an "Errol Flynn" look about him.
Aunt Janie was my Moms' sister.

 My Uncle "Ben Badger" was also a Pacific Theater Pilot.
He flew one of these:
I'm not familiar with this aircraft.(?)

Between these 2 photos he has appeared to "gain" in Rank.

Uncle Ben in MT.

1 comment:

  1. That's a Lockheed Ventura. See: