THAMESIDE AVIATION MUSEUM

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385th BG B-17

 

 

DETAILS TAKEN FROM THE 385th BOMB GROUP HISTORY FOR 1943

 

" The target today was Rheims-Champaigne.

Since all objectives were too overcast for effective bombing, none were dropped.

On the return, over England, two of our finest crews - those of Lt.John Keeley and Lt. Paul Yannello - collided while they were letting down from altitude.

S/sgt Adams of Lt Yannello's crew, alone parachuted to safety. Lt.Sidney White, Squadron Operations Officer, who was on this mission as assistant bombardier on the Yannello crew was among those who went down. Both lt Keeley and Yannello had completed 11 operational missions, and they and their crews were considered among the most efficient and dependable in this group".

 

 

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