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491st Bomb Group, USAAF

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

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William F. Carter 855th Bomb Sqd. 491st Bomb Group

I purchased at a flea market, a "cloth" map of England. On the cover, it has the following information:

William F. Carter, 855 Bomb Sqd. 491st Bomb GP.

R(?)P.O. 558 c/o P.M. N.Y, N.Y.


I have determined through research, that the aircraft was indeed a B24J, serial number 42-40722, with the name of "Little Gramper".

I would like to possibly find any descendents of Mr. Carter, and return this to a family member.

Andrew Weems

S/Sgt. Ray F. Fortney 855 Bomb Sqd. 491st Bomb Group (d.30th Mar 1945)

I am the younger brother of S/Sgt Ray F. Fortney who was a tail gunner on the Robert Siek crew, which ditched at sea on Mar 30, 1945. The "Heavenly Body" had been losing altitude constinually on the return trip as one engine was out. When ditching became inevitable, the radio operator sent the word out. An Air-Sea Rescue unit saved only two men from the crew. It was the last aircraft from the 491st to be lost on operations.

Joe K. Fortney

2nd Lt. Robert Siek 855 Bomb Sqd. 491st Bomb Group (d.30th Mar 1945)

2nd Lt Siek lost his life when he was forced to ditch at sea on Mar 30, 1945. His aircraft the "Heavenly Body" had been losing altitude constinually on the return trip as one engine was out. When ditching became inevitable, the radio operator sent the word out. An Air-Sea Rescue unit saved only two men from the crew. It was the last aircraft from the 491st to be lost on operations. My older brother S/Sgt Ray F. Fortney was the tail gunner on this crew.

Joe K. Fortney

Sgt. Robert Lara Morales 855th Bomb Squad

My father, Robert Morales was a gunner on a B-17 and was in Normandy. When I was a young girl growing up he never liked to talk about his time in the war. It wasn't until he was 90 that he shared bits and pieces with me. He told me about crossing the English Channel and he also told me about coming home on the Queen Mary. I have his Army Air Force papers and I have pictures of him in his uniform and with some Army buddies. I am so proud of my father and have such deep admiration and respect for him.

My son is a sophomore in high school and doing a research paper on D-Day. He is amazed at everything that happened and is so proud of the fact that his grandfather was there. He was only 7 years old when my dad died so he never got a chance to talk to his grandpa about the war and D-Day but he knows now what his grandfather's contribution to history is and is so proud of him. He earned the Good Conduct, European, African and Middle Eastern Campaign medals.

Vicki Morales Tachias

Alan S. Johnson 491st Bomb Group

I served with the 491st Bomb Group during WWII.

Alan S Johnson

Peter A. Maloney 491st Bomb Group 855th Bomb Sqdn.

My father Peter Maloney served with the 855th Bomb Squadron, 491st Bomb Group from 8th September 1944 to 16th October 1945. I would be interested to know if his squadron refuelled at RAF Lakenheath.

Catherine Maloney

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