322nd Ground Crew
This is the HONOR ROLL of the ground personnel of the 322nd Bomb Squadron, 91st Bomb Group, Bassingbourn, England, September 1942 to June 1945
Contributed by Bert Humphries
Instrument Shop Chief:
Crew Chiefs: Sgt. Urban Drella, Wilber Dueler, Argo Giese, Donald Moucka, Erwin Steele, Tom Elliott, Nicolas Terrefenko and Julian Murdock
Asst. Line Chief: Sgt. Howard Cole, Quinten Bennett
Flight Surgeon: Paul Miner
Armorer: Earl Luden
Asst. Line Inspector:
Sheet Metal Crew Chief:
Sheet metal Crew:
Mechanics: Sgt. Totusek, Norbert Dryja, William DuBose, Ralph Randolph, George Zucco, Herman Mosier, Robert Compton, Floyd Prouse, Edward Mendoza, George Guthmiller, Jack Paxson and Sgt. Hanson.
Oxygen: Howard Sisk, Vincent Richard
APO: Norman Manning
Flight Equipment Dispatcher:
Norden Bomb Sight Specialist:
REMEMBER THESE MEN, A DEDICATION
Great deeds of the past in our memory will last, as they're joined by more and more.
When man first started his labor in his quest to conquer the sky,
he was designer, mechanic and pilot.; and he built a machine that would fly; but somehow
the order got twisted, and then in the public eye, the only man that could be seen
was the man who knew how to fly!
The pilot was everyone's hero: he was brave, he was bold, he was
grand as he stood by his battered old biplane with his goggles and helmet in hand. To be
sure, these pilots all earned it; to fly you have to have the guts and they blazed their
names in the hall of fame, on wings with baling wire struts, but for each of these flying
heroes, there thousands of little known
heroes, and these were the men who worked on the planes but kept their feet on the ground.
We all know Lindbergh and we've read of his fame, but think if you can remember his
maintenance man. Can you remember his name?
Think of our wartime heroes, Gabreski, Jabara and Scott.
Can you tell me the name of their crew chiefs? A thousand to one you cannot!
Now pilots are highly trained people and their wings are not
easily won, but without the work of the MAINTENANCE MEN, our pilots would
march with a gun. So when you see mighty aircraft as they make their way through
air, the 'greased stained man' with the wrench in his hand, is the man who put
them up there.
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