416th Bombardment Group (L)
670th Bombardment Squadron (L)
Squadron Headquarters Personnel
(then Major), Commander, 670th Bomb Sq.
Cpt. R.B. Singletary, pilot,
Operations Officer, 670th Bomb Sq.
(photo courtesy of Bart Singletary)
670th Bomb Squadron Personnel - Summer/Fall 1943?
(photo courtesy of Greg Hiatt)
670th Bomb Squadron Personnel - End of War
Back Row: Chitty, Bishop, O'Brien, Bower, Balch, Morris, Rosenquist, Rowbothan, Wimberly, Henson, Page, Wilbur, Errotagere
Middle Row: Popeny, Ford, Green, Sheley, Wallace, Grunig, Fry, Conley, Forbes, Curtis, Kitchen, Bell, Porter, Goss
Front Row: Kirk, Warren, Heinke, McNutt, Boerner, Ferris, Compston, Sheehan, Turner, Stankowski, Turman, Gruetzemacher
Missing: Brewster, Dennis, King
(photo courtesy of Wayne Downing)
England, 1944, mission delay in progress—so sweating
out signal from the control tower.
Back row L to R: Sgt. Falk (gunner), Cpl. Tyson (aircraft mechanic)
Front row, gunner Robert E. Lee, Sgt. Elston (crew chief), Danny Shea (Pilot).
(photo courtesy of Bob Kehres)
Left to Right: Capt. Donald J.
(670th Bomb Sq. Flight Surgeon);
Lt. William E. "Billy" Brewer, BN; Theron S. "Ted" Merritt, Pilot
at Villaroche, France, December 1944 (photo courtesy of Wayne Downing)
Lt. Harry V. Popeney, 670th pilot
in front of his A-26B Invader in 1944,
Melun-Villaroche, France. (photo courtesy of Wayne Downing)
Miss Laid, the first A-20 Havoc to
100 missions without a failure or abort.
From left to right: Tsgt Royal S. Everts, Crew Chief; Cpl Edson Haddon, Assistant Crew Chief;
Msgt Horace R. Burch, Line Chief; 1st Lt. Charles L. McGlohn, pilot;
Ssgt John Moran, gunner; Ssgt Paul Briskall, gunner. (NARA photo)
Miss Laid was renamed "La France
(more politically correct) to participate in a ceremony in Paris
The former name and nose art still shows faintly through the olive drab overcoat (probably not by accident) as the crew pose in the cockpit area.
Photo 1, Left to right: Capt. Hugh Monroe, pilot; Ssgt Steve Risko, tunnel gunner; Ssgt Wilmar Kidd, turret gunner.
Photo 2, Left to right: Ssgt Risko; Cpl Haddon; Ssgt Kidd; Capt. Monroe; Tsgt Everts (NARA photos)
A-26 crews of 670th Bomb Sq. at
France, winter 1944/45
From left to right: Robert L. Kirk (BN), Robert J. Rooney (P),
uncertain Johnson, Hugh A. Monroe (P), Unknown, Unknown, Unknown
(photo courtesy of Wayne Downing)
Location: A-69 Laon-Athies Aerodrome, France, February 1945.
Left to Right: Lt. Thurman L. Goss (BN), Ssgt Anthony A. Gomez (Crew Chief), 1st Lt. Wayne E. Downing (P)
The crew chief is digging out a
flak from this A-26 Invader.
It was an unusual mission where the plane received 300 flak holes but none of them severed a vital operating item in the plane.
There was a lot of flak digging and skin patching for the ground crew. (photo courtesy of Wayne Downing)
1st Lt. Russell Ford, 670th Bomb
Pilot, in the 670th living area
at Laon (A-69) Airfield, France in March 1945.
Hit by flak on a mission against the Dinslaken factory area in Germany, Lt. Ford crash landed just across the front lines on the American side where the soldiers, who were fighting in the mud and the cold weather, helped him out of his A-26 Invader. They were startled to discover that he was flying combat in his Class A uniform (nickname for this uniform was "Pinks and Greens") under his flying suit. They had some 'Comments' about how the Air Corps fought the war while they were on the muddy front lines. Lt. Ford was taken to the 298th General Hospital near Liege, Belgium. He returned to duty in the 670th Bomb Squadron in a few days. (photo and text submitted by Wayne Downing)
Lt. Wayne Musgrove (left) a pilot
670th, with unknown officer,
at Laon-Athies, France (photo courtesy of Wayne Downing)
Villaroche, France: 2 Oct 44. In
9th AF parachute rigger Autry L. Freeman.
In background, Sgt Angelo Miranda 670th Bomb Squadron parachute rigger. (NARA photo)
Lt. Dan Nolan, Communications
670th Bomb Sq.,
Wethersfield RAF station, 1944 (photo courtesy of Wayne Downing)
Post War Obituaries
James Samuel Abbott, III
Rev. Robert Stanley "Bob" Bower
Francis Sanford "Sandy" Brewster
Wesley D. Chitty, Jr.
Noel Eugene Clark, Jr.
Ralph Francis "Rafe" Conte Sr.
Wayne Edward Downing
Robert E. "Bobby" Lee, Jr.
Leonard R. McBride
William J. Meng
Alton Roy "Al" Turman
670th Bomb Squadron
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