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11th Bombardment Group Heavy (H) "The Grey Geese"
They were there on that infamous day, Sunday, December 7, 1941. They were around on September 2, 1945 when the Japanese surrendered. They are still here today only not as a combat unit. The 11th Bombardment Group (H) was organized and activated at Hickam Field, Territory of Hawaii, on February 1, 1940 as part of the 18th Wing of the Hawaiian Air Force. It included Headquarters, Headquarters Sq., 14th Bombardment Sq., 26th Bombardment Sq., 42nd Bombardment Sq. and the 50th Reconnaissance Sq. In February of 1942 it was assigned to the 7th Air. It's planes consisted of B-18 Bolos, B-17 Flying Fortress and B-24 Liberators.








Boeing B-17E "Typhoon McGoon II" (S/N 41-9211) of the 11th Bomb Group, 98th Bomb Squadron, taken in January 1943 in New Caledonia. Note the antennas mounted above the nose plexiglass used for radar tracking



The B-24 Liberty Belle Crew, 42nd Bomb Squadron, 11th Bomb Group (H), 7th Air Force 11th Bomb Group (H) - 42nd Bomb Squadron, April 1945 - Jan 1946.



"Thar She Blows"
B-24L-5-CO Liberator
s/n 44-41468
42nd Bomb Squadron, 11th Bomb Group, 7th Air Force.



"Miss Traveler"
B-24J-165-CO Liberator
s/n 44-40530
98th Bomb Squadron, 11th Bomb Group, 7th Air Force.
Photo taken on Guam,Marianas Islands on May 4,1945.




Lady"
B-24J-1-CO Liberator
s/n 42-73004
98th Bomb Squadron, 11th Bomb Group, 7th Air Force.On YYThe photo of the nose art of the �??Wishful Thinkin�??.�?? That is my father�??s B-24M Liberator, S/N 44-41945, when he was on Guam and Okinawa in 1945 with the 431st Bomb Squadron. My father, 2LT Thomas Victor �??Vic�?? Hart, was the co-pilot of a B-24 crew that had been together since training at Muroc Army Airfield in California in late-1944. I literally grew up with that photo (undoubtedly the first topless woman I ever saw!) as I was born two months before my father came home from the Pacific. Thanks for including the photo maybe you know a little more about it now.

Steve Hart
Lakewood, CO


B-24J-5-CO "Lil Audrey Grows Up"
Unit: 431st BS, 11th BG, USAAF
Serial: 42-73016



431st Bomb Sqdn. 11th Bomb Group
 

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49 Members Who Served in This Unit


 
  • Biondo, Frank P., SSgt, (1943-1946)
  • Goodballet, Charles, SSgt, (1960-1968)
  • McCloskey, Thomas, Sgt, (1964-1968)
  • Moore, Jack, 2nd Lt, (1943-1945)
  • Prince, Benjamin, A1C, (1958-1962)
  • Thomas, Robert, SSgt, (1943-1946)
 
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