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"Bats Outa of Hell" - 499th

In the 499th squadron -the "Bats Outa of Hell" - the aircraft - "Doodle" - the pilot was Capt. Orlen N. Loverin and his navigator, Lt. George K. Snyder - died in a crash on Dec. 19, 1943 near Rockhampton, Australia, while on leave.
Does anyone have information on Loverin and Snyder and any photos of the "Doodle"?? Thank you.

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    victoriahardware
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    RE: "Bats Outa of Hell" - 499th 2007/03/05 20:51:41 (permalink)
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    Yes, Hickey's book mentions them numerous times and has pictures of the plane and crew
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    RE: "Bats Outa of Hell" - 499th 2007/03/05 21:57:57 (permalink)
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    Alice,

    Images at attachment extracted from http://home.st.net.au/~pdunn/ozcrashes/qld56.htm and American Battle Monuments Commission.

    Take what you like and leave the rest....

    Andy


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    RE: "Bats Outa of Hell" - 499th 2007/03/06 17:34:42 (permalink)
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    Thanks Andy for attaching those images.  I had found the site earlier on about the crash and the Memorial Cemetery in Hawaii for Capt. Loverin.
    My recent finds include new information on 2nd Lt. William B. Graham, also with the 'Doodle' and who died with Capt. Loverin and Capt. Snyder on Dec. 19, 1943.
    Graham was from Bloomsburg, Columbia Co., PA, born in 1922, the youngest of a total of three sons in the family.  Enlisted March 25, 1942 in Army Air Corp. in Wilkes-Barre, PA.  Was single.  See attached photo.
    I'm still trying to locate more information about Capt. Loverin.  He was from Three Rivers, Calif., married with one son, born four months before the crash.  Capt. Loverin was a very skilled pilot, tall with red hair.  His widow, Dorothy Evelyn Loverin Lane died Friday, Jan. 19, 2007 in Lemon Cove, Calif. and his son, Gerald, died in 2000.
    Capt. Snyder from Williamsport, PA, a graduate of Duke Univ. with post-graduate courses at the Univ. of Miami.  George enlisted in military:  Sept. 12, 1941 in PA in Air Corps.  He eloped in March 1942 with a beautiful 18-year-old Florida girl but her father had the marriage dissolved, feeling she was too young.  While in the military, he was considered a very calm and extremely intelligent man and skilled navigator.  Plus said to be a very handsome man.
    George’s body, was buried in Ipswich, Australia (near Brisbane) on Dec. 23, 1943.  After the war’s end, he along with others was taken to Honolulu, Hawaii.  May 6, 1948 - Geo. Snyder’s body (along with thousands others) left Honolulu on US Army Transport, “SS Cardinal O’Connell”  to return to USA.  Arrived in Sunbury, PA - May 25, 1948 -buried May 26, at Pomfret Manor Cemetery in Sunbury, Northumberland Co., PA.
    I would like to still locate photos of the 'Doodle' and / or crew.
    Ken McClure became the new pilot for the 'Doodle' after Dec. 19th and then went on to be the pilot for the 'Doodle II".

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    RE: "Bats Outa of Hell" - 499th 2007/03/06 17:37:38 (permalink)
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    Trying the photo of LT Graham again.

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    RE: "Bats Outa of Hell" - 499th 2010/08/06 17:46:28 (permalink)
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    Hi, In regards to Capt. Orlen Loverin, i am currently researching him for a Memorial project at our local Cemetery. I have a picture of him with the crew of the "Doodle" and the plane. I have Obituary's and some family history. You can contact me via e-mail at gwhitneybrittencon@att.net.
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    Re: "Bats Outa of Hell" - 499th 2010/11/28 23:42:30 (permalink)
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    Wow...what a shock. I tried looking up Gerald's obituary and stumbeled on this. Orlen Loverin was my great-grandfather. I was so young when gerald died, that i never really learned much about him. I'd appreciate any info, and i'd be glad to answer any questions i can.
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    Re: "Bats Outa of Hell" - 499th 2010/11/29 00:40:31 (permalink)
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    this is what i know about his death: he was on a plane coming home to see his newborn son. He was not the pilot. THe plane crashed ( i believe into a mountain because of bad weather.). Evelyn, his wife for three years later married William Lane. she had three children with him. the family mostly lived in the exeter and three rivers area in ca. gerald, his son, died of illness in 2000, 7 yrs b4 evelyn.
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    Re:"Bats Outa of Hell" - 499th 2010/12/04 14:49:11 (permalink)
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    aligel, hi
    I'm trying to find out about my father Einar E Muhonen who I think was in Biac with the 499th.  I think that he was also in Columbia S.C.
    I am also looking for info on an air accident in late 44  in S. C. where a parachute was sucked out of the escape hatch of a B-25J along with the pilot Lt. G Mahaffee .  Apparently the co pilot (my dad) caught Mahaffee's foot and held on while he landed the bomber with one hand.  Can you help me find out more about this?
    Thanks
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