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2011/07/06 15:05:43 (permalink)
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69th Bomb Squadron History Request

Good Afternoon All,
Our squadron is looking into any history possible for the 69th Bombardment Squadron (69th BS).  Recently re-activated, we don't have a lot of compiled history or pictures, especially individual aircraft names, etc.  Have scoured the internet, not too many images available.  Many thanks for anything anyone can offer, below is a list of initial aircraft assigned (B-26's), later assigned B-25s.  Initial aircraft list below:

Henry
Yap Trap
Hattie M
Plenty Peedoff Patootie
Arkansas Traveller
Mormon Meteor
Judy
Winsockie
Little John
Kansas City Kitty
 
Stations:
Langley Field, Va, 15 Jan 1941; 
Jackson AAB, c. 5 Jun 1941-19 Jan 1942; 
Doomben Field, Australia, 25 Feb 1942 (air echelon remained in US until 22 May 1942); 
Ballarat, Australia, 8 Mar 1942; 
Amberley Field, Australia, 30 Apr 1942; 
New Caledonia, 20 May 1942 (air echelon at Hickam Field, TH, 22 May-c. 18 Jun 1942); 
New Hebrides, 7 Dec 1942; 
Guadalcanal, 9 Feb 1943; 
New Caledonia, Jul 1943 (operated from Guadalcanal, Jul-20 Oct 1943); 
Russell Islands, 10 Nov 1943; 
Stirling Island, 19 Feb 1944; 
Hollandia, New Guinea, 23 Aug 1944; 
Sansapor, New Guinea, 14 Sep 1944 (operated from Morotai, 23 Feb-c.22 Mar 1945); 
Puerto Princesa, Palawan, 12 Mar 1945; 
Itami, Japan, 31 Jan-10 May 1946;
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Re:69th Bomb Squadron History Request 2011/07/06 16:37:12 (permalink) ☄ Helpful
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NDDavo,
See my earlier forum post from several years ago, with what little I have:
http://forum.armyairforce...-BSM-1945-m102138.aspx
 
Please say more about how the 69th BS has been reactivated.  What is your mission today and where is the squardron located?
 
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Re:69th Bomb Squadron History Request 2011/09/10 15:35:27 (permalink)
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We were re-activated in 2009 as a 4th B-52 squadron at Minot AFB.  We do have some history records from Loring when the squadron flew B-52G's, but very little records and photos of the WW2 and post-WW2 days, aside from what can be found just google-ing.  Anyway, thanks for what you do have.  Anyone else?
post edited by NDDavo - 2011/09/20 13:08:10
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Re:69th Bomb Squadron History Request 2011/09/10 16:06:27 (permalink)
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NDDavo,
If you haven't done so already, you should download the history of the 42nd Bomb Group, published in 1946, which can be found here in 25 parts (in PDF format):
http://www.box.net/shared/iz64a75tdn
 
And if you have some money, you should purchase from AFHRA the microfilm rolls with the WWII of the 69th BS(M).  You are looking for rolls A0558 (covering January through September 1943) and A0559 (covering the rest through May 1946).  Or maybe there is a way for Air Force units to receive for free their particular rolls.
 
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Re:69th Bomb Squadron History Request 2011/09/20 13:37:10 (permalink)
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Thanks Kevin,
I do have the "yearbook" along with the personal history put together by Mr. James Story.  I've pieced together a handful of information as well, but am still missing a lot of details (even images) of the aircraft names listed below.  Microfilm is on order as well, hopefully that won't take too long.
B-26's:
-Henry (41-17585?  Know crew and that it was original to the squadron)
-Hattie M (Know it was damaged en-route to New Caledonia)
-Mormon Meteor/Galloping Ghost/Peace Terms (Missing Nose Art Only)
-Kre Jan (Missing Nose Art Only)
-Judy (Have Nose Art and Crew Only)
-Winsockie (took part in Midway with Capt Collins, unable to find details on the aircraft other than the fact it was scrapped after the fight.  Surely someone took a picture after such a historic event?)
-Little John (Nose art and Tail Number Unknown)
-Kansas City Kitty (Nose art and Tail Number Unknown)
-Sea Bee II (No Information Known Other Than Aircraft Name)
-Posterity (No Information Known other than Aircraft Name
-Liberty Belle: Was related to me that this aircraft (B-26 or B25, Unknown) was purchased through a bond drive in Philadelphia but crashed taking off out of Hawaii en-route to battle.  No further information known
 
B-25's: (I have nose art only for a lot of these, found in a grouping of almost all 69th birds)
-Blue Diamond (Highly believed to have been 69th bird, have nose art only)
-44-29584 (know the details of it being lost on administrative flight, Nose Art/Name Unknown)
-41-30567 (know the details of it being lost in battle, nose art and nickname unknown)
-Darlin (have nose art and contact info for pilot, but serial number and details unknown)
-Hilee Pystov (Have Nose Art Only, highly believed to have been 69th bird)
-Terrible Terry (Have Nose Art Only, May Not Have Been 69th Bird)
-Dear John (Have Nose Art Only, May Not Have Been 69th Bird)
-Goin' Hard (Have Nose Art Only, Highly Believed to Have Been 69th Bird)
-Smoky (Have Nose Art Only, May Not Have Been 69th Bird)
-I Tell You Boys It's Heaven (May have been a B-24 and thus un-related to the squadron)
-Borneo Lawnmower (Have Nose Art Only, May Not Have Been 69th Bird)
-Bitem In The As (Have nose art only with "ass" shortened, May Not Have Been 69th Bird)
-Waddy's Wanda-er (Have Nose art Only, May Not Have Been 69th Bird)
-Overshot Too (Have Nose Art Only, May Not Have been 69th Bird)
-Long Island Belle (Have Nose Art Only, May Not Have been 69th Bird)
-The Micky Finn (Have Nose Art Only, May Not Have Been 69th Bird)
-Special Service (Have Nose Art Only, Believed to be 69th Bird)
-The Paper Doll (Have Nose Art Only, May Not Have Been 69th Bird)
-Plastered Bastard (Have Nose Art and Request For Information Only, Highly Believed to be 69th Bird)
-Finally, we have nose art only on a bird that may have been the 69th flagship, but know nothing further of the aircraft.  Please see enclosed picture
 
I know this looks like a rookie request (and I most certainly fall into that category) but I thought I'd go shotgun-style on these.  The aircraft listed as highly believed to be 69th were also painted on the squadron wall sometime in the 70's, and though not highly reliable they have been right for what aircraft we do have information on.  I'd be happy to share nose art for each one I have if anyone has requests.  Thanks in advance everyone.
 
 
 

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Re:69th Bomb Squadron History Request 2011/09/20 15:36:20 (permalink)
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You may have already found this, but a very long time ago, I reported some end-of-the war tail numbers for planes in the 69th BS(M) inventory that may be of use to you:
http://forum.armyairforce...-BSM-1945-m102138.aspx
 
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Re:69th Bomb Squadron History Request 2011/11/23 04:13:03 (permalink)
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Hi. The first 8 B-26 planes you have listed are, to the best of my knowledge, from the the 38th BG, of which my great-uncle was a part, Captain Lincoln E. Behling, and he flew the Mormon Meteor (and also a plane called Kejan or Ke jan). He was stationed at Henderson Field in the Solomon Islands. 
 
I will include a link to a website that has the best history of the 69th BS that I have ever found, and of which should give you a great sense of this incredible squadron as well as many details. My great uncle Lincoln and his crew were shot down January 7, 1943 during a bombing run over a Japanese hold at Reketa Bay in the Solomon Islands and killed.  I would love to have access to any photos you have of him and his planes, if that's possible.
 
http://www.b26.com/page/h...ombardmentsquadron.htm
 
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Re:69th Bomb Squadron History Request 2011/11/23 08:50:06 (permalink)
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Hi, Rachel.
That the B-26s that NDDavo listed are claimed by the 38th Bomb Group is no surprise to me, as the 69th BS was originally attached to the 38th BG until February 1943, when it was moved to the 42nd BG along with other squadrons.  There was a lot of fluidity of this sort early in the war.
 
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Re:69th Bomb Squadron History Request 2011/12/03 00:00:22 (permalink)
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The Alpine Milkman was assigned to the 42nd Bombardment Group and ferried overseas by Capt. Roy D. Burkhart landing in Guadalcanal in the first months of 1943.   The aircraft’s nose art was a character skiing downhill with mountains in the background.  The nickname was possibly derived from a popular song of the time and the slang term for bombing missions.  The historical text from the bomb group often refers to bombing missions as “milk runs”.  A popular song of the time was titled “Alpine Milkman”.  The final fate of the aircraft is unknown.  However, it was possibly lost in bad weather while on a mission taking five crewmen with her on June 6, 1944.  I am fairly certain the aircraft was attached to the 69th
 
The last known photograph (attached) of The Alpine Milkman was taken on Stirling Island in April of 1944.  It still has 165 mission markings; however, the caption on the back states the aircraft had flown 187 missions.  The discrepancy is explained below.  On left of the photograph is Staff Sergeant Frank Erickson, two unknown men, and Staff Sergeant Harry Stickel on the far right.  Stickel and Erickson were killed in action while on a bombing mission. 
 
From: The Crusaders: A History of the 42nd Bombardment Group (M) part 12, page 96.
HEADQUARTERS, 13th AAF, South Pacific, June 4, 1944-The Alpine Milkman, a 13th AAF B-25 Mitchell bomber, is being made ready to fly the Pacific for the second time. It recently finished 15 months of faithful service in combat in the South Pacific. Flown from the United States by Capt. Roy D. Burkhart, Del Norte, Colorado, it landed on Guadalcanal as the last few Japs were being driven from that island. Since then it has flown every important mission in the South Pacific, ranging from Rekata Bay, southern most enemy naval base in the Solomons, to the big supply center at Rabaul. Bombs representing 165 bombing missions have been painted on the nose of the bomber, but Sgt. Nathan Leizerowitz, the bomber's crew chief, claims, "It has flown twice that many missions. The ship flew so many the painters just couldn't keep track of all of them."
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Re:69th Bomb Squadron History Request 2011/12/08 09:44:44 (permalink)
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There are two WWII photographs of 69th bomb squadron planes & crew listed on Ebay.  The description and link are listed below.
 
Steve
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listed is authentic original photo`s of b-25`s on henderson field,guadalcanal.they were taken by my grandfather,who was a crewchief with the 69th bomb squadron,photo`s are from 1943,pilots and crew usually named their planes and sometimes even drew intricate pictures,usually pictures of sexy woman,,the first one is "sea bea II " with a picture of a bumble bee on it,and the second is "millie" and has a picture of a woman in a sexy pose riding a bomb,pictures are about 2"`s by 4"`s.
 
http://www.ebay.com/itm/ww2-era-photo-b-25-s-guadalcanal-henderson-field-/250947783243?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3a6da74a4b
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Re: B-25 Strafer on Guadalcanal 2012/01/20 08:09:44 (permalink)
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I am looking for a high res scan of the attached image of the B-25C-1 Mitchell modified strafer bomber.  Photo was supposedly taken on Guadalcanal and depicts a 69th or 70th Squadron aircraft of the 42nd BG.
Does anyone know the name of the pilot or crew chief of this plane?
Thanks in advance,
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Re: B-25 Strafer on Guadalcanal 2012/01/21 14:19:25 (permalink)
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To help out with the timeline here is some information that I have gained in my research of the 69th…6/10/1943 The 69th Bombardment Squadron with 18 ships and crews, 16 of the ships being modified types arrived in Guadalcanal.  Reference: History of the 69th Bombardment Squadron (M)
 
Viewing your photo I can see the modification of the eight forward firing 50 Caliber machine guns.  It is possible that this photo was taken on Guadalcanal.  Based on talking to a pilot from the 69th and reviewing their mission records a specific pilot was never assigned to a specific aircraft.  However, the pilot that flew the aircraft into the theater may have named the aircraft.  So in that sense, it was “his” aircraft.
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Re:69th Bomb Squadron History Request 2012/02/24 05:58:34 (permalink)
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I have been researching the B-26 Marauder for a number of years, and can add some details to your request for information on 69th BS B-26 aircraft assigned to that squadron.
 
"Henry", was I believe was serial 41-17565, although 41-17585 was also a 69th BS aircraft.
"Hattie" was serial 41-17556
"Marmon Meteor / Peace Terms" was serial 41-17579
"The Galloping Ghost" was serial 41-17574
"Krejan" was serial 41-17550
"Judy" was serial 41-17580
"Winsockie" was 41-17570
"Little John" was serial 41-17573
"Kansas City Kitty" serial unknown
"Sea Bee II" serial unknown
"Posterity" have no record of this name
"Liberty Bell" was serial 41-17584. This a/c crashed on take-off from Hickham Field, Hawai on 3rd July 1942, flown by 2nd Lt. Fred W Durbin (listed as 38th BG / 70th BS)
"Yap Trap" was serial 41-17581
Plenty Peedoff Patootie" serial unknown
"Arkansas Traveller" was serial 41-17591
Hope this helps a little.
Best regards
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Re:69th Bomb Squadron History Request 2012/08/13 14:38:57 (permalink)
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hi edward,you are looking for a high res scan of your picture,i might be able to help.where did you get photo? let me know and maybe i can help you.
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Re:69th Bomb Squadron History Request 2012/08/14 12:45:12 (permalink)
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hi rachel,i have a poem about your grandfather or uncle,i forget what  you wrote as to how you are related to captian lincoln behling,but i just found a poem written by a srgt,and it was typed on a type of rice paper and it is dated dec. 10th 1943 and in it the author says he was in the plane to behlings right and saw it shot and spin out and burst into flames,you can tell author was a good friend and was grieving,i believe at the time,behling was acting CO and was the first plane shot down from the 69th,but i forget,i had the book "the pacific crusaders" which i just sold  on ebay this week,and my grandfather was joe walsh,tech sarg at the time and was with the 69th ground echelon,mechanic  crewchief. i am the person who someone provided the author of this thread with the link to ebay were i was selling a few photos of the 69th on guadalcanal.i am on ebay username harley7466,if you want to contact me there.if you have interest in the poem,maybe you have a copy,but i think it is rare,my grandfather was the unofficial photographer of the 69th and was with the 69th,since before pearl harbor,and was with the unit until after the war,when he went to germany.i wrote how it was hard for people to get film,and they would borrow eachothers cameras and film,but  he was always into photography and had many camera`s and took pictures his whole life.so i was able to confim to nddavo which planes were with the 69th and provide alot of pic`s and rosters and a letter of unit citation for battle of midway,battle of coral sea,battle of guadalcanal and there was one more on the letter i forget.but i have tons of info and pic`s and other things,like the poem about the 69th,my grandfather not only took many many pic`s,but he would write on the back the description of what the photos is and when and where it was.ifyou check my ebay account ,youwill see lots of the photos i sold in my feedback and you are able to view some,if they are not to long ago that they were sold.i sold alot bought i still have many and i am still finding them in his things.so contact me and i wil see what i can do for you,thanks
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Re:69th Bomb Squadron History Request 2012/08/15 11:54:02 (permalink)
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sorry rachel,i meant to type the poem was written jan. 10th 1943, 3 days after he was shot down,matt
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Re:69th Bomb Squadron History Request 2013/01/31 13:42:56 (permalink)
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My older sister stumbled earlier this week on a box of memorabilia which included several photos of planes and crewmembers from my father, S/Sgt Julius Maszewski's, squadron. (I've been trying without luck for the past few years to pinpoint which 42nd bg squadron he served in!)!
 
Three of the planes--Darlin, Dear John, and I tell you boys it's Heaven--are in your list, and a fourth, Milk Run, has very different nose art from what I've seen on b25s with the same name). I'll post as many photos as I can, and also try to figure out how to post in the photo gallery (though last time I was unsuccessful!)
 
Unfortunately only one of his squadron buddies was mentioned by name--Marvin Gray--but I would love to know more about him. I've been trying to learn the name of a buddy of my father's who died on a mission.
 
(The tail number below was noted as "Julius' plane", but I haven't been able to track it down--it seems a digit shorter than most?)



 




 
 
 
 
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Re:69th Bomb Squadron History Request 2013/01/31 17:52:35 (permalink)
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Carrie -
A/C Pictured " Its Heaven " is a B-24.
When Serial # was applied to Tail , the First 4 was
always dropped as it was known to be built in 1940s.
Next number was Year contracted or built.
Julius' A/C full Serial # was 44 - 29582. An A/C built in
1941 would start 41 -  On the Tail it would start with 1.
OK?
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Re:69th Bomb Squadron History Request 2013/02/01 12:32:24 (permalink)
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Thanks so much for that explanation, Mike!
 
I searched Joe Baugher's database and learned that the serial number on my father's plane was for a B25J,  "condemned salvage 20 Apr 1945".
 
Now I need to try and crossreference that date with my father's story of an abortive mission, that resulted in serious damage to the plane (due to enemy fire) and the death of a buddy. But I'll start a separate thread for that, since I don't want to hijack this one!
 
I included the photos of the three planes above because t he original post in the thread questioned whether or not "I tell you boys it's heaven" was a 69th BS plane or not. I'm still trying to figure out  my father's squadron, but the overlap in the planes in his photos and in the lists above is intriguing.

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Re:69th Bomb Squadron History Request 2013/02/01 13:49:21 (permalink)
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Carrie -
Glad to Help. The 42d BG did not operate B-24s so
maybe " Its Heaven " had to land at their Base for
some Reason.
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