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380th Bomb Group Association

Newsletter 40 ~ Fall 2009


date: Sat, Aug 22, 2009 at 12:58 PM

subject: B-24D Kathy


The last newsletter had an amazing photo in it of a 531st B-24D named Kathy sent in by an Aussie. Its serial number is 42-40517 and was lost in a mid-air collision between Ben Parker-531st and Phil Doornbos of the 530th. Doornbos's plane, Dauntless Dabby, 42-40528, had been shot up by flak over Rabaul 15 June 43 when, on the return flight, Parker wanted to take a closer look at the damage. Badly misjudging his position, he collided with Doornbos and then plummeted into the sea, all killed. Doornbos and Harold Mulholland, his CP, were able to effect a reasonable ditching. Two of his crew died.

I've never seen a picture of Kathy before, sure wish that I had been able to put it into the book. [BEST OF THE SOUTHWEST]

As for the identity of the man standing there, I would assume that it is probably one of Parker's crew members or a ground crew.

Glenn Horton

Kathy Dauntless Dabbie

date: Thu, Aug 6, 2009 at 7:19 PM

Kenneth Hayes

I am trying to locate any photo of the nose art for the B-24M with the name "Miss Elise." If you can point me in a specific direction or help me to locate someone that might know of the artwork, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks- Ken

To date, we have found no photos of MISS ELISE - if anyone has any, I'd appreciate a copy also for the 380th aircraft history.

Barb Gotham

Wed, Sep 2, 2009 at 6:55 PM

Thomas R. Duflo

Wondering if you could help with some information? I am looking for information on the 86th Station Hospital, which was attached to the 380th in Australia. Have been searching Google and other than the 380th connection can find no other information. Thank you for your time. TOM

date: Tue, Aug 18, 2009 at 7:10 PM

subject: from NEWSLETTER #37


Have since learnt they are Flaming Furies (Latrines), contents were doused in fuel and burnt every couple of days,

Find attached a photo of a single Latrine complete with a lid that I found at the site of the huge US hospital that was here at Adelaide River. I have walked the whole area and GPS marked every old foundation numbering 154, and I think there are more yet; I also have a Google Earth KMZ file with those points overlayed from the Garmin GPS, if you are interested.

In the next couple of weeks I will be going down to Fenton and marking the Base Camp concrete pads too.

Doug Tilley
Adelaide River

Sun, Sep 6, 2009 at 1:25 AM

Subject: John C. "Jack" Calhoun

FYI ...

"Jack" Calhoun, 90, is alive and well in Virginia, IL. [Editor's note: John C. Calhoun served with the 528th, and he was Jack Banks' pilot before becoming Aircraft Commander of his own crew (3)]

Over 30 years ago, he started a prairie restoration and rebuilt an antique log cabin on the prairie's edge. We are now working on the third log cabin and the prairie contains over 100 species of plants native to this area.

I have heard many stories from Jack regarding his time in northern Australia.

One of the better ones was a flight out of Adelaide. Apparently, the antenna on a B-24 was a weight of some sort suspended from a long wire. Someone forgot to reel in the weight and the weight went through a building or two in downtown Adelaide. Jack says the headline in the Adelaide newspaper a day or two later was, "Yanks Bomb Adelaide!" I would be interested in further information about the "bombing" should you have any.

Jack is still in contact with Jack Banks. I think those two are the last of their group still living.

To read an article about Jack from Northern Illinois University about the prairie state deer, go to:

Ron Harris




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