John Mongell's Flying Tigers Tribute - A Photo History of the 11th Bomb Squadron - Page 4
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All photos courtesy of Lt. R. Leech, Official Historian of the 11th Bomb Squadron.

The two remaining ships became separated in the instrument weather, One of them getting into Kunming, the other running out of gas some miles north. The crew jumped to safety, however, and reached Kunming two weeks later.

At this time, then, there were in Kunming two planes, three crews and 15 ground crewmen sent up by transport 2 June. On 10 June, three more B-25's arrived with complete crews, and six days later three more ships came in, bringing the strength to eight ships. Among these crews were Major William E. Basye. Veteran of the Java campaign as a member of a B-17 outfit, now arriving as Commanding Officer of the 11th, and seven men who had received the Distinguished Flying Cross (War Dept. Radiogram No. 377, 14 May, 1942). As members of Brigadier-General James H. Doolittle's famed Tokyo raid. These officers and men were:

  • Capt. Everett W. Holstrom
  • Ist Lt. Lucian N. Youngblood
  • 1st Lt. Clayton J. Campbell
  • 1st Lt. Horace E. Crouch
  • M/Sgt. Edwin W. Horton, Jr.
  • T/Sgt. Adam R. Williams
  • S/Sgt. Douglas V. Radney

Ten enlisted men arrived on 18 June to augment the ground crews and the rest of the month was devoted to the work of smoothing out Squadron organization and working on equipment. The lower turrets were considered of little use and were taken out, twin thirty-calibre machine guns being mounted in the opening along lines designated by Lt. Elmer L. Tarbox who, in addition to pilot duties, was Squadron Armaments Officer. Later events provided plentiful opportunity to test the installation in actual combat and the arrangement proved to be very satisfactory.


All photos courtesy of  Lt. R. Leech, Official Historian of the 11th Bomb Squadron.

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