390th Bomb Group's 569th Bomb Squadron Crew

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Title

390th Bomb Group's 569th Bomb Squadron Crew

Alternative Title

569th Bomb Squadron Crew

Subject

World War II, 1939-1945
Veterans--Florida
Army
Air Force

Description

The 390th Bomb Group's 569th Bomb Squadron crew, which operated a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress during World War II. The squadron was activated in early 1943 and was deployed to Framlingham, England, to serve in the European Theater of Operations (ETO) in July of 1943. Assigned to the VIII Bomber Command, this strategic bombardment squadron consisted of, photographed from left to right in the back row, navigator David M. Roche, pilot Earl D. Greenstreet, co-pilot William H. Guion, Jr., and bombardier/togglier George J. Arnold, as well as, from left to right in the front row, radio monitor Victor J. DeMaise, ball turret gunner Cletus L. Wadlow, Jr., waist gunner Thomas E. Eason, engineer/top turret gunner Kenneth E. Tricker, and tail gunner Thomas S. Leibner.

One notable member of the crew was Florida native Staff Sergeant Thomas E. Eason (1922-1945), who served for over three years in the U.S. Army Air Forces' (USAAF) as a waist gunner on a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress nicknamed "Sweet and Lovely" and "Princess Pat." SSgt. Eason completed 28 missions in both the Pacific and European Theaters of World War II. On January 20, 1945, he was killed near Altenheim, France, after his airplane was shot down by enemy combatants. Over the course of his service, SSgt. was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with two Oak Leaf Clusters.

Source

Digital reproduction of original tab=operationalrecords">black and white photograph.

Date Created

ca. 1943-1945

Contributor

Drain, Richard E.

Is Part Of

Epinal American Cemetery Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.

Format

image/jpg

Extent

Medium

1 black and white photograph

Language

eng

Type

Still Image

Coverage

Framlingham Airfield, Framlingham, England

Accrual Method

Donation

Audience

Mediator

History Teacher
Civics/Government Teacher

Rights Holder

Copyright to this resource is held by Richard E. Drain and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.

Contributing Project

Epinal Cemetery Project

Curator

Lancaster, John
Cepero, Laura

Digital Collection

Source Repository

External Reference

"569th Bomb Squadron." American Air Museum in Britain. http://www.americanairmuseum.com/unit/1251.
"GRid=56372149" target="_blank">SSgt Thomas E Eason." Find A Grave. http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&
GRid=56372149.

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