Apr 24, 2012
I was just reviewing the 380th website
and I thought I would send this poor photo to you. My
father, Fred Carlage, was a flight navigator in the 529
squadron. The plane pictured may be the Miss Hap.
On the top row left to right:
Pilot Ivey, Co-Pilot Hansen, Navigator Carlage,
Bottom row left to right:
Engineer Imondi, Asst. Engr. South, Radio man Ellingson,
Gunner Ahern, Gunner Pickens, Tail Gunner Brusso.
This picture was taken at the Pueblo Air
I have my father's war album which has
approx 150-200 pictures. I snapped this photo with a
digital camera and I can't get the glare out.
My father is still living at 95 and he
believes he is the last survivor of the Ivey crew.
Keep up the good work,
Apr 28, 2012
We had our Anzac Day earlier this week
on the 25th. I had a spare Poppy so I placed it on the
380th Bomb Group plaque in the gardens at the Adelaide
River War Cemetery.
Thanks to all those brave Americans who
gave their all from Australian soil.
May 25, 2012
My grandfather just passed away on Tuesday. I
have been thinking about him a lot. I am only 25, so not that
old, but I remember when I was a kid he used to tell stories
about the war all the time. In recent years he has not talked
about it as much just because he became more quiet as he got
older, I think it's common for people to get more quiet as they
age. So I never really got a chance to talk to him about the war
recently. I knew a lot about what he went through and some of
the missions he was in. But I was not sure exactly what air
force he served in, never mind the bomb group and squadron
His name is George Leaska, he was a tail gunner
in a B-24. By searching the internet I found your website and
found out that he served in the 5th Air Force, 380th bomb group,
530th squadron, in air crew #64. Barnett was the flight
commander, I have heard him mention the name Barnett before.
Some of the other names sound familiar too.
Since my grandfather just passed away I am still very emotional about it. But websites like this help me feel
like I can reconnect with him. I just want to thank you for
preserving the history of what my grandfather and all the other
veterans went through. Preserving this history and allowing
their legacy live on is extremely important to me. In the coming
days I will spend time looking through your website. I hope
that I can find a picture of my grandfather's flight crew, with
him in the picture. I'm not sure if anybody else from air crew
#64 is still alive. I think my grandfather may have been the
last surviving member because I know he was the youngest person
in the crew, he was only 17 when he enlisted in 1943.
Thank you so much,
Feb 4, 2012
I finally got a photo of the very Spitfire that had the
head-on crash with Queer Dear/Deer on 18th September 1944; its serial
number was A58-435 with Rego QY-T, Arthur Kelly's nephew in Adelaide
mailed it to me along with some letters dated 1993 to his nephew Keith
from another Pilot named Ron Cundy; he had the Spitfire before A.K.
Kelly took it over.
It also included another letter to Arthur's wife from
F/o Harold Freckelton, dated 18th Oct 1944 just 1 month after the
accident, Harold was also in the group of Spitfires doing practice att
acks on 380th BG B-24s and had seen the accident happen.
Mar 31, 2012
I am sure the 380th Bomb Group Association knows that its former Commander,
Colonel Forrest Lee Brissey died about 40 days ago.
I am honored to join his family in a
private memorial service in Anacortes,
afternoon. He, like all of you who served in the 380th,
were great Americans. I shall salute him from all of
Richard D. Iversen, Col, USAF, Ret
Former Commander, 528th Bomb Sq, Plattsburg AFB, NY,
Honorary Member, 380th
Apr 6, 2012
Thanks for your thoughts on my father's
passing, Barbara. We will see if we can come the reunion
in New Orleans this Fall.
Lee Brissey III
Mar 28, 2012
I am conducting official research into a
variety of US air force units based in Australia during WWII to
confirm base locations and activities conducted. Much of the
prior research I have reviewed has focussed on 'operational'
activities (i.e. bombing missions, etc.); however, there
appears to very little information related to what the units
did at their bases and the training they conducted in Australia.
Information I am seeking includes (but is not
limited) to photos, maps, diagrams, diaries, etc., related to
- where units were located at various times
- aerodrome/base layouts (runways, taxiways,
hangars, bomb & armament storage & loading areas, etc)
- flying & bombing training (where conducted,
what munitions used, etc)
If you have information related to the above,
I'd be very grateful if you could let me know or send copies of
Thanks in advance
(Major, retired, Australian Army Engineers)
Apr 1, 2012
Did a search on Ebay for the 380th, no
leather jackets this time but a batch of original
photos were up for auction.
Again if you know of any books that have
become available, please pass on the info.
Grandson in Law of 528th member, Ed Pennington
Apr 16, 2012
I am not sure how active the 380th
association still is but my father-in-law, Cecil Edgar
Parsons, an Australian pilot with your group is still
going strong and still flying his own plane. He also
flew in the RAF in bomber command earlier in the war.
I came across this photo on the internet. It
shows a B-24 interior, rear part of the fuselage, at the bottom
hatch, with an aerial camera mounted in the open hatch (view is
looking forward, from the tail toward the front). Guess this was
the way a lot of aerial strike photos were taken. The guy in the
background, in the partition "doorway," is one of the waist
gunners at his gun.
I also found the photo of a B-24 outside a
manufacturing facility, showing how it was put together in sections.
B-24 Camera Hatch
My maternal grandfather, Bernard Shashaguay, died a week
ago. Upon his death, my mother (Sally) and some of her siblings
discovered some papers and books that have raised questions about his
military service. The family had known that my grandfather served in the
army in Asia during WWII, but he had never talked about his service and
no one had any reason to believe that his service involved anything of
note. His discharge papers, however, reveal that he received some awards
as a Technical Sergeant for the 531st Squadron of the 380th Bomb Group
from 1942 to 1945. We were very surprised by this information. This
information led us to your website, 380th.org, where my grandfather is
included on your roster.
The information we have has prompted more questions
than we'll ever get answered. But I write in hopes that, given your work
with the 380th, you might be able to shed some light on a few things.
Your website lists my grandfather as "Ground Staff ,
Engineering, Technical Supply, Quartermaster Supply Technician;
Administrative NCO." What does all of this mean? What did my
grandfather actually do? I know you may not be able to answer
specifically, but I'm hoping for general information about what someone
with his title would have done for the 531st.
My grandfather earned some awards. Would you be able to
explain what the awards were for, and what he might have done to earn
them? We've been able to figure some of them out by searching online,
but your expertise would be appreciated. I can email you the entire
list. For example, he was awarded two bronze battle stars and one
silver battle stars. (Side note: sadly, we've been unable to locate
most of his awards, including the three stars.)
His discharge papers list all of the places he served. I
can share this information if it would be helpful in answering these
Finally, based on your website, it appears that you hold
reunions and provide a way for members of the 380th to stay connected.
Would it be possible for you to make some sort of announcement (by
email, in your newsletter, or some other way) that the family of Bernie
Shashaguay is looking to be in touch with anyone who might have served
Any chance to get a first hand account, or possibly
copies of photos, from someone who served with my grandfather would be
Many thanks for any assistance you are able to provide.
My name is Bill Shek. I am an associate member of the 380th Bomb Group
Association and just read your letter in the 380th BG Newsletter. My
father was a B-24 pilot in the 380th BG, 528th Squadron the same time
your grandfather was stationed there with the 531st.
It looks as if your grandfather was assigned to the Supply section of
the squadron, at least for part of his tour. "Ground Staff" means he was
not an aircrew member, but worked in support of the aircraft.
"Engineering" and "Technical Supply" would mean he probably had
something to do with structural or possibly electrical parts for the
B-24s. "Quartermaster Supply Technician" meant he worked for the head of
the Supply section, who was called the "Quartermaster." "Administrative
NCO" means he was also assigned to the Administrative section (probably
of the Supply section or the Squadron), in charge of the record-keeping,
filing, correspondence, etc.
As for the battle stars: Being in the Pacific Theater during WW2, he
would have received a medal called the "Asia-Pacific Campaign Medal".
I've attached a photo of it and its associated ribbon (the ribbon would
have been worn on the dress uniform in place of the actual medal). On
that ribbon would be placed a small bronze star, called a "battle" or
"campaign" star, which represented a single battle campaign he was
involved in. Up to 4 of these bronze battle stars (one for each separate
campaign) would be put on the ribbon. When the 5th campaign was reached,
the bronze stars were replaced by a single silver battle star (which
represented 5 campaigns). So, if he had 2 bronze and one silver, that
means he was in 7 campaigns.
Don't confuse these bronze/silver "battle stars" with the Bronze Star
and Silver Star Medals--those were separate full medals awarded for
bravery in battle. So, the battle stars you are referring to that your
grandfather was awarded were the small stars that went on the ribbon.
Without his records it will be difficult to pin down the exact campaigns
or why he received other awards.
I'm going to recommend that you visit this website:
I'd recommend that your Mother submit the request, or you submit it in
her name, since she is his daughter and direct next of kin. For his
awards, request copies of his Award Citations (I did this for my
father's awards and received the info I wanted). The citation records
will have information about the awards and why they were given to him.
You will need to supply certain info about him, which is listed on the
website. There was a huge fire in the records archives in St. Louis in
the 70s and many WW2 vet records were destroyed. However, since then
progress has been made on restoring some of them. So, if you get a reply
that his records aren't available because of the fire, don't give up.
Keep submitting the request-sometimes you may get a clerk who is too
lazy to look very far for the records, then later someone else finds
them for you in another request.
I hope this information helps a little. I know how frustrating it is to
try and piece together a relative's WW2 history after he is gone. Good
luck with your searches.
Bill Shek (Jr)
Silver Bronze Battle Stars
Asia Pacific Campaign
Asia Pacific Campaign Ribbon - Bronze
Barbara and Bill,
So many "thank you's" to go around.
Barbara, thanks for circulating my inquiry about my grandfather.
Bill, many many thanks for taking the time to provide this information
and the photographs. You indeed shed some light on my grandfather's life
during the war. You confirmed what little we knew, and provided
important context to help explain a lot that we didn't know (and/or that
didn't make sense).
I know my mom, her 5 siblings, and my grandparent's numerous
grandchildren, greatly appreciate what you have provided.
I plan to review this information more closely. If you don't mind, I may
email you with other questions.