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41-28878 The Heavenly Body

B-24H-15-DT

 

A 34th BG Original.

 

Name confirmed by Navigator, Thomas H. Smith. He also indicated that there was a painting of a Gorilla along with the name.

 

MISSION LIST

Mission #3 May 25, 1944 41-28878 B/J 18BS Parrish The Heavenly Body

Mission #2 May 24, 1944 41-28878 B/J 18BS Hansen The Heavenly Body

Mission #5 May 28, 1944 41-28878 B/J 18BS Parrish The Heavenly Body

Mission #7 May 30, 1944 41-28878 B/J 18BS Parrish The Heavenly Body

Mission #8 May 31, 1944 41-28878 B/J The Heavenly Body scheduled for Eastman but replaced.

Mission #9 June 4, 1944 41-28878 B/J 18BS Parrish The Heavenly Body

Mission #11 June 6, 1944 41-28878 B/J 18BS Parrish The Heavenly Body

Mission #13 June 7, 1944 41-28878 B/J 18BS Parrish The Heavenly Body

Mission #14 June 11, 1944 41-28878 B/J 391BS Stewart The Heavenly Body

Mission #15 June 12, 1944 41-28878 B/J 18BS Parrish The Heavenly Body

Mission #16 June 14, 1944 41-28878 B/J 18BS Parrish The Heavenly Body (spare)

Mission #17 June 17, 1944 41-28878 B/J 18BS Parrish The Heavenly Body (Airborne spare)

Mission #19 June 20, 1944 41-28878 B/J 4BS Parrish The Heavenly Body

Mission #20 June 22, 1944 41-28878 B/J 18BS Parrish The Heavenly Body

Mission #21 June 23, 1944 41-28878 B/J 7BS McDermott The Heavenly Body

Mission #24 June 25, 1944 41-28878 B/J 4BS Wright The Heavenly Body

Mission #25 June 25, 1944 41-28878 B/J 18BS Parrish The Heavenly Body

Mission #26 June 27, 1944 41-28878 B/J 7BS Smith, J. C. The Heavenly Body (ground spare)

Mission #28 June 29, 1944 41-28878 B/J 18BS Little The Heavenly Body

Mission #29 July 2, 1944 41-28878 B/J 18BS Parrish The Heavenly Body

Mission #30 July 6, 1944 41-28878 B/J The Heavenly Body (ground spare)

Mission #31 July 6, 1944 41-28878 B/J 18BS Parrish The Heavenly Body

Mission #33 July 9, 1944 41-28878 B/J Parrish The Heavenly Body

Mission #36 July 17, 1944 41-28878 B/J 18BS Parrish The Heavenly Body

Mission #37 July 18, 1944 41-28878 B/J 391BS Beyer The Heavenly Body

Mission #39 July 20, 1944 41-28878 B/J Smith, J. C. The Heavenly Body (Airborne spare)

Mission #40 July 21, 1944 41-28878 B/J Whited The Heavenly Body (Airborne spare)

Mission #41 July 24, 1944 41-28878 B/J 18BS Parrish The Heavenly Body

Mission #42 July 25, 1944 41-28878 B/J 18BS Parrish The Heavenly Body

Mission #45 July 28, 1944 41-28878 D/Y 18BS Marsden The Heavenly Body

Mission #49 August 2, 1944 41-28878 D/Y 18BS Brain The Heavenly Body

Mission #50 August 3, 1944 41-28878 D/Y 18BS Howard The Heavenly Body

Mission #51 August 4, 1944 41-28878 D/Y 18BS Parrish The Heavenly Body

Mission #52 August 5, 1944 41-28878 D/Y 4BS Palmer The Heavenly Body

Mission #53 August 6, 1944 41-28878 D/Y 18BS Parrish The Heavenly Body

Mission #54 August 7, 1944 41-28878 D/Y 18BS Parrish The Heavenly Body

Mission #55 August 8, 1944 41-28878 D/Y 7BS Harris, R.  (incorrectly shown as D/X)

Mission #56 August 10, 1944 41-28878 D/Y 18BS Parrish The Heavenly Body

Mission #57 August 11, 1944 41-28878 D/Y 18BS Parrish The Heavenly Body (Bombed with another formation)

Mission #58 August 13, 1944 41-28878 D/Y 18BS Brain The Heavenly Body (lead Target #4)

Mission #59 August 14, 1944 41-28878 D/Y Runyan The Heavenly Body (Airborne spare)

Mission #60 August 15, 1944 41-28878 D/Y 18BS Gardner The Heavenly Body

Mission #61 August 16, 1944 41-28878 D/Y 18BS Paulnock The Heavenly Body

Mission #63 August 24, 1944 41-28878 D/Y 18BS Parrish The Heavenly Body

 

MISSION DETAILS

Mission #2 May 24, 1944 41-28878 B/J 18BS Hansen The Heavenly Body

Took off at 0508 hours.

Flew position 2-1 in High Squadron. In position 2-3 over the target.

Carried 12 500 lb GP bombs. Dropped on the secondary target at 0929 hours from 21,500 feet.

No damage reported.

Landed 1046 hours.

Hansen, A. M. (P)

Boyle, G. F. (CP)

Zemmelman, N. O. (N)

Koch, S. (B)

Sims, P. N. (R)

Elmo, S. S. (E)

Layman, W. E. (NG)

Szaras, A. (TG)

Antanovitch, A. (BG)

Thomas, J. M. (G)

 

Mission #3 May 25, 1944 41-28878 B/J 18BS Parrish The Heavenly Body

Took off at 0456 hours.

Flew position 3-1 in Lead Squadron.

Carried 12 500 lb bombs. Dropped on the Secondary target at 0920 hours from 17,600 feet.

No damage reported.

Landed 1050 hours.

Parrish, H. R. (P)

Wisotsky, G. H. (CP)

Smith, T. H. (N)

Young, T. (B)

Rae, H. W. (R)

Deaver, C. E. (E/WG)

Lillie, H. R. (NG)

Clark, E. F. (TG)

Dwelley, D. F. (TT)

Hyman, N. H. (BG)

 

Mission #5 May 28, 1944 41-28878 B/J 18BS Parrish The Heavenly Body

Took off at 1032 hours from Hardstand #14.

Flew position 3-2 in High Squadron.

Carried 10 500 lb GP bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 1502 hours from 22,600 feet.

No damage reported.

Landed 1745 hours.

#3 supercharger inoperative. Inspected and repaired.

Parrish, H. R. (P)

Wisotsky, G. H. (CP)

Smith, T. H. (N)

Rae, H. W. (R/RW)

Deaver, C. E. (E/LW)

Lillie, H. R. (NG)

Clark, E. F. (TG)

Dwelley, D. F. (TT)

Hyman, N. H. (BG)

 

Mission #7 May 30, 1944 41-28878 B/J 18BS Parrish The Heavenly Body

Took off at 0657 hours from Hardstand #14.

Flew position 4-1 in Lead Squadron.

Carried 6 1000 lb bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 1106 hours from 22,500 feet.

No damage reported.

Landed 1259 hours.

#3 turbosupercharger out; #4 turbo fluctuates. Inspected and being repaired.

Parrish (P)

Wisotsky (CP)

Young (B)

Rae (R)

Deaver (E)

Lillie (NG)

Clark (TG)

Dwelley (BG)

Hyman (G)

 

Mission #8 May 31, 1944 41-28878 B/J The Heavenly Body scheduled for Eastman but replaced.

 

Mission #9 June 4, 1944 41-28878 B/J 18BS Parrish The Heavenly Body

Took off at 1605 hours from Hardstand #14.

Flew position 3-2 in the one 34th BG Squadron on this mission.

Carried a K-24 camera.

Carried 12 500 lb GP bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 2014 hours from 22,800 feet.

No damage reported.

Landed 2207 hours.

#2 Generator out. Inspected and repaired

Parrish (P)

Wisotsky (CP)

Young (B)

Rae (R)

Deaver (E)

Havron (BG) (from crew #23)

Clark (TG)

Touhill (NG) (from crew #23)

Hyman (G)

Sumpter (Photographer)

 

Mission #11 June 6, 1944 41-28878 B/J 18BS Parrish The Heavenly Body

Took off at 0614 hours from Hardstand #14.

Flew position 3-3 in Lead Squadron.

Carried 12 500 lb bombs. Due to 10/10 clouds, brought all bombs back to base.

No damage reported.

Landed 1213 hours.

Parrish (P)

Wistosky (CP)

Young, Toon (B)

Deaver (E)

Rae (R)

Hyman (G)

Clark (BG)

Hendricks (TG)

Oneschak (NG)

 

Mission #12 June 6, 1944 41-28878 B/J Parrish The Heavenly Body

Scheduled as an Airborne Spare but did not take off.

 

Mission #13 June 7, 1944 41-28878 B/J 18BS Parrish The Heavenly Body

Took off at 1704 hours.

Flew position 2-2 in High Squadron.

Carried a K-24 camera.

Carried 12 500 lb GP bombs. Do drop report due to landing away from the base.

Landed at Little Waldon.

Parrish (P)

Wisotsky (CP)

Smith, T. H. (N)

Young (B)

Rae (R)

Deaver (E)

Clark (G)

Dwelley (G)

Hyman (G)

 

Mission #14 June 11, 1944 41-28878 B/J 391BS Stewart The Heavenly Body

Took off at 0419 hours.

Flew position 4-1 in Lead Squadron.

Carried 24 250 lb GP bombs. Brought back all bombs to base due to 10/10 cloud coverage of target.

No battle damage reported.

Landed 1019 hours.

Stewart (P)

Korf (CP)

Berns (B) (from crew 70)

Maggietto (R)

Serna (E)

Hernandez (BG)

Charbonneau (TG)

Adney (NG)

Barbera (G)

 

Mission #15 June 12, 1944 41-28878 B/J 18BS Parrish The Heavenly Body

Took off at 0525 hours.

Flew position 2-3 in Low Squadron.

Carried a K-24 camera.

Carried 52 100 lb bombs. Dropped 20 bombs on the Primary. No time or altitude recorded.

No damage reported.

Landed 1146 hours.

Parrish (P)

Wisotsky (CP)

Smith, T. H. (N)

Rae (R)

Deaver (E)

Hyman (BG)

Clark (TG)

Lillie (NG)

Dwelley (G)

 

Mission #16 June 14, 1944 41-28878 B/J 18BS Parrish The Heavenly Body (spare)

Took off at 0400 hours.

Flew as Airborne spare.

Carried 52 100 lb bombs. Dropped on other target at 0759 hours from 23,000 feet..

No battle damage reported.

Landed 0932 hours.

Parrish (P)

Wisotsky (CP)

Smith, T. H. (N)

Young (B)

Rae (R)

Deaver (E)

Hyman (BG)

Clark (TG)

Lillie (NG)

Dwelley (G)

 

Mission #17 June 17, 1944 41-28878 B/J 18BS Parrish The Heavenly Body (Airborne spare)

Took off at 1659 hours.

Flew as Airborne spare. Flew the mission but position is unknown.

Carried 12 500 lb bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 2022 hours from 17,500 feet.

Slight battle damage reported.

Landed 2250 hours.

Parrish (P)

Wisotsky (CP)

Smith, T. H. (N)

Rae (R)

Deaver (E)

Hyman (BG)

Clark (TG)

Lillie (NG)

Dwelley (G)

 

Mission #19 June 20, 1944 41-28878 B/J 4BS Parrish The Heavenly Body

Took off at 1759 hours.

Flew position 2-1 in Group C (4th)

Carried 52 100 lb GP bombs. Dropped on the Secondary at 2059 hours from 23,000 feet.

Slight battle damage reported.

Landed 2234 hours.

No Crew Loading List available.

 

Mission #20 June 22, 1944 41-28878 B/J 18BS Parrish The Heavenly Body

Took off at 1447 hours.

Flew position 4-1 in High Squadron.

Carried a K-21 camera.

Carried 52 100 lb bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 1916.5 hours from 20,500 feet.

No damage reported.

Landed 2158 hours.

Parrish (P)

Wisotsky (CP)

Smith, T. (N)

Young (B)

Rae (R)

Deaver (E)

Dwelley (BG)

Clark (TG)

Lillie (NG)

Hyman (G)

 

Mission #21 June 23, 1944 41-28878 B/J 7BS McDermott The Heavenly Body

Took off at 1617 hours.

Flew in Low Squadron (493BG supplied Lead and High Squadrons.)

Carried 52 100 lb Frag bombs. Dropped 26 bombs on the Primary at 2011 hours from 19,200 feet. Made three runs. Jettisoned 3 bombs. Brought 23 bombs back to base.

No damage reported.

Landed 2223 hours.

McDermott (P)

Durrett (CP)

Booth (N)

Ferguson (B)

Roberts (R)

Welch (E)

Palmer (BG)

Brauks (NG)

Wingfield (G)

 

Mission #22 June 24, 1944 41-28878 B/J scheduled for Parrish but replaced

 

Mission #24 June 25, 1944 41-28878 B/J 4BS Wright The Heavenly Body

Took off at 0428 hours.

Flew with the 34th BG Squadron, flying with two 493rd BG Squadrons.

Carried 52 100 lb bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 0825 hours from 19,400 feet.

No damage reported.

Landed 1038 hours.

Wright (P)

Scales (CP)

Gordon (N)

Hilderbrand (B)

Hudson (R)

Jones, J. (E)

Biksey (BG)

Starks (TG)

Devine (NG)

Baldwin (G)

 

Mission #25 June 25, 1944 41-28878 B/J 18BS Parrish The Heavenly Body

Took off at 1541 hours.

Flew position 2-1 in Lead Squadron.

Carried a K-24 camera.

Carried 6 1000 lb bombs. Dropped on the Secondary at 2023 hours from 20,100 feet.

Minor damage reported.

Landed 2235 hours.

Parrish (P)

Wisotsky (CP)

Smith, T. (N)

Young (B)

Rae (R)

Deaver (E)

Dwelley (BG)

Clark (TG)

Lillie (NG)

Hyman (G)

 

Mission #26 June 27, 1944 41-28878 B/J 7BS Smith, J. C. The Heavenly Body (ground spare)

 

Mission #28 June 29, 1944 41-28878 B/J 18BS Little The Heavenly Body

Took off at 0536 hours.

Flew position 2-2 in Low Squadron.

Landed 1211 hours.

#1 Booster pump out. Inspected and replaced.

Little (P)

Browne (CP) (from crew #50)

Zemelman (N)

Conklin (B)

Younker (R)

Bushey (E)

Dolley (BG)

Starr (TG)

Eshman (NG)

Clemments (G)

 

Mission #29 July 2, 1944 41-28878 B/J 18BS Parrish The Heavenly Body

Took off at 1009 hours.

Flew position 1-3 of A Group, with target of Haute Cote.

Carried 18 250 lb GP bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 1344/30 hours from 22,250 feet.

Slight battle damage reported.

Landed 1450 hours.

Parrish (P)

Wisotsky (CP)

Smith, T. (N)

Young (B)

Rae (R)

Deaver (E)

Dwelley (BG)

Clark (TG)

Lillie (NG)

Hyman (G)

 

Mission #30 July 6, 1944 41-28878 B/J The Heavenly Body (ground spare)

Mission #31 July 6, 1944 41-28878 B/J 18BS Parrish The Heavenly Body

Mission #33 July 9, 1944 41-28878 B/J Parrish The Heavenly Body

Mission #36 July 17, 1944 41-28878 B/J 18BS Parrish The Heavenly Body

Mission #37 July 18, 1944 41-28878 B/J 391BS Beyer The Heavenly Body

 

July 19, 1944 41-28878 B/J Vande Guche The Heavenly Body

Took off at 1626 hours.

Was this a practice mission? Part of a group of 11 planes.

Landed 1835 hours.

 

Mission #39 July 20, 1944 41-28878 B/J Smith, J. C. The Heavenly Body (Airborne spare)

 

July 20, 1944 41-28878 B/J Zarfoss The Heavenly Body

Took off at 1647 hours on a practice mission.

Landed 1803 hours.

 

Mission #40 July 21, 1944 41-28878 B/J Whited The Heavenly Body (Airborne spare)

Mission #41 July 24, 1944 41-28878 B/J 18BS Parrish The Heavenly Body

Mission #42 July 25, 1944 41-28878 B/J 18BS Parrish The Heavenly Body

Mission #45 July 28, 1944 41-28878 D/Y 18BS Marsden The Heavenly Body

Mission #49 August 2, 1944 41-28878 D/Y 18BS Brain The Heavenly Body

Mission #50 August 3, 1944 41-28878 D/Y 18BS Howard The Heavenly Body

Mission #51 August 4, 1944 41-28878 D/Y 18BS Parrish The Heavenly Body

Mission #52 August 5, 1944 41-28878 D/Y 4BS Palmer The Heavenly Body

Mission #53 August 6, 1944 41-28878 D/Y 18BS Parrish The Heavenly Body

Mission #54 August 7, 1944 41-28878 D/Y 18BS Parrish The Heavenly Body

Mission #55 August 8, 1944 41-28878 D/Y 7BS Harris, R. The Heavenly Body (incorrectly shown as D/X)

Mission #56 August 10, 1944 41-28878 D/Y 18BS Parrish The Heavenly Body

Mission #57 August 11, 1944 41-28878 D/Y 18BS Parrish The Heavenly Body (Bombed with another formation)

Mission #58 August 13, 1944 41-28878 D/Y 18BS Brain The Heavenly Body (lead Target #4)

Mission #59 August 14, 1944 41-28878 D/Y Runyan The Heavenly Body (Airborne spare)

Mission #60 August 15, 1944 41-28878 D/Y 18BS Gardner The Heavenly Body

Mission #61 August 16, 1944 41-28878 D/Y 18BS Paulnock The Heavenly Body

Mission #63 August 24, 1944 41-28878 D/Y 18BS Parrish The Heavenly Body (slight battle damage)

 

Transferred to MTO/450BG.

 

August 9, 1945 at Altus, OK