Bomb Group

380th Bomb Group Association
World War II Veterans Group

NEWSLETTER #48 - Autumn 2011


from  Linda Phillips
date  Sun, Oct 23, 2011 at 4:09 PM
subject 380th and 90th Bomb Groups

Dear Ms. Gotham:

I have attached a photo from my father's collection of WWII photos taken in the Pacific. He was a member of the 90th Bomb Group (Jolly Rogers).  I have been researching his military history for a few years now.  I've done pretty well and had lots of help along the way.

This photo is one where I have not been able to identify a single person in the photo except my father (back row, second from the right).  I received an e-mail from someone who's father is in the back row, far left. He was with the 380th Bomb Group (the Flying Circus).  I know that the 90th and the 380th might have been stationed in the same areas and perhaps flew some missions together.

I have circulated this photo among the surviving members and relatives of the 90th Bomb Group as well as working with their historian, and I haven't found anyone who can identify anyone in this photo except my father.  Since receiving the e-mail from the daughter of the airman in the back row to the far left, I'm guessing some of these other men may have been a part of the 380th.

Is there any way you might be able to assist me in finding out the identities of some of the men in this photo?


Thank you for your help!

Linda Phillips
Daughter of 1st Lt Harry Boller
90th Bomb Group, 319th Squadron

Harry Boller

from Milton Markowitz
date Mon, May 30, 2011

I went on the Honor Flight to D.C. two weeks ago. It was truly a heartwarming experience.

I did get some pictures. I thought thisone of me and ex-Senator Bob Dole is most worthy.

Milt Markowitz

Milt and Dole

from  William Shek
date  Fri, Jul 22, 2011 at 12:43 PM
subject "Unidentified Man" photo

I just got a message from "Andrew" in Australia asking about a photo that is on the 380th site. 

I've attached the photo.  He said he thought it was my father. 

I did some research and thought the man in the photo is Harold "Gimp" Clapsaddle, Joe Dally's co-pilot.  The B-24 in the photo is "Dally's Dilly."  I sent the photo to Joe Dally, who says he was not Harold Clapsaddle.

So this man remains unidentified. If anyone knows him, please let me know.

Bill Shek

Unidentified Man

from: William Shek
date:  Sun, Sep 25, 2011 at 1:19 PM
subject: Military Records

Recently I went online to try to find a source for WW2 veterans' records.  I have all of my father's medals and ribbons, but only had records of what awards he had gotten, but no information about why he was awarded them.  I went to the website below and filled out a request online for his records regarding the General Orders / Citations that had accompanied each award.  I didn't have a lot of hope that they still existed.  A couple of days ago I got an envelope from the records center with Xerox copies of all of the original records I had requested (from WW2 up to his retirement in 1967)!

I can't remember if this info was ever included in any of the Newsletters, but it might be helpful to members to have it:

National Personnel Records Center
Military Personnel Records
9700 Page Ave.
St. Louis, MO, 63132-5100


Bill Shek

from  Doug Tilley
date Tue, Aug 9, 2011
subject Ma Jones

I have a query from Linda Ramsay. Her Dad, Roy J. Ramsey, was stationed at Fenton with the 528th Squadron, 380th BG. Her Dad has a photo of a Ma Jones in Adelaide that ran a boarding house. I'm trying to find some info about Ma Jones but to no avail.

I was wondering if anyone might know about her because Linda is hoping to get any information about his life during that time.

If you knew with Roy, I'd like to hear about it.  He was a photographer that went up with many different crews.

Doug Tilley
Adelaide River
NT, Australia


date  Mon, May 30, 2011 at 6:25 PM
subject My Father...Maurice Langston in the 529, ground crew..mechanic

WW2 photo...back of photo says: Souvenirs received at Luzon camp. My father with war buddies in the South PaciĮc. Please print in the newsletter...and I will hope that someone will recognize the other men. Maurice Langston is on the far right.

I don't know anything about his war years other than my brother was named after his best friend ...Mark A Mitchell who was killed when the Golden Gator was attacked Oct 26, 1943...the mission was Pomelaa.

I am hoping someone remembers the men and maybe my father.

Would love any information...Grateful to the men who fought for our freedom.

Darla Langston Stewart


Maurice Langston

from  Tony Turner
date Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 8:43 AM

Hi Barbara

It would be great if you could include the info in your Autumn Newsletter and if any of your member have any info on Z Special Unit it would be a great help to us.

Best Regards Tony

Subject: Z Special Unit (Clandestine Operations)
date  Sun, Jul 10, 2011 at 11:12 PM


I have just been reading through your web site and am very impressed with it.

I am part of a group that it is doing a documentary on the Australian Z Special Unit and Elizabeth Mackenzie has given us access to Gilbert’s WWII records.

If any of the men who knew on the clandestine missions are still alive, it would be good to interview them at a later date if they are agreeable.

Craig and Lionel are the experts here on the history.  Craig’s website is:

Lionel hopes to set up a museum to the men.

Hope this information helps. If I find any more I will pass it on.

Best regards

Tony Turner


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