COL. MILTON WAYNE JOHNSON
COMMANDING OFFICER 417th BOMB GROUP
OCTOBER 16, 1918 - JULY 18, 2003
(Painting by Joe Nedela, 674th Squadron)
COL. JOHNSON'S AIRPLANE: ROFF-RIDER
(Joe Nedela, Artist)
Col. Johnson shoots down Japanese airplane.
Saidor, New Guinea
(Joe Nedela, Artist)
********RECENT PICTURES OF NEW GUINEA********
Airfield at Saidor, New Guinea
Coral Steps Area at Saidor, New Guinea
This is a little further inland from the town of Nadzab, the first place the 417th was based in New Guinea
Finesteere Mountain Range, New Guinea
672nd crew members at the Red Cross lemonade jeep
after returning from a mission
Can't wait for that great Air Force food!
Bomb Run over Wewak
417th Bomb Group Logo
Fighting the War
672nd. tent area at Saidor, New Guinea
No Mission-No Work---PLAY BALL
Saidor, New Guinea: The road home starts here
Saidor, New Guinea: Home away from Home
The start of another mission
The Big Assed Bird
672nd Sqdn.: Pilot, Lt. Douthwaith (center standing), 2gunners,crewchief
Saidor, New Guinea: Capt Lindblad and Capt Finley catching up on the news
Rehashing the last mission with the last beer ration
Lt. Kunselman, Chef; Lt.Gressens awaiting the treat, a toasted cheese sandwich, we had these quite often in the evening
672nd steak fry, someone made a deal or was it a steal
672nd. Sqdn.: Pilot Lt. Max Palmer (center) and gunners
This A-20G was rescued from the jungle of New Guinea about 15 years ago and restored by the Australian Air Force. It is to be returned to New Guinea a soon as their Museum is ready for it.
One of the "ditched" airplanes from the 5th Air Force raids on "Black Sunday". This had been a maximum effort raid on Hollandia, New Guinea prior to the Allied Invasion. The raid was very succesful but bad weather at the home fields and low fuel tanks forced many pilots to "ditch", 26 airplanes were lost due to weather.
Col. Charles Lindberg giving technical tips to Col. Ellmor (417th CO) and Maj. Jackson (672nd CO).
672nd. Sqdn.: Capt. Ben Blackwell in A-20G cockpit
Australian Troops inspect damage at Japanese Base, Hansa Point, New Guinea. A frquent target of the 417th Bomb Group
Lt. Woods in Base Hospital, Saidor, New Guinea. Fresh air makes for quick healing.
Morris Field, Charlotte, North Carolina, February,1944
Lt. Kunselman, S/Sgt Alderman, S/Sgt Tony Duran just before leaving for the South Pacific
Saidor, New Guinea, April 1944
Lt. Kunselman, S/Sgt Alderman, S/Sgt Duran
672 Squadon Crew
672nd Squadron Tent Area, Saidor, New Guinea
A-20G attacking Japanese airfield, New Guinea
Group and Squadron Insignas
Japanese airstrip at Hansa Point, New Guinea: a target of the 417th Bomb Group
672nd. Squadron crew: Lt. Posner (center) and gunners
"The old swimming hole"
Lt.Staurt, Lt. Palmer, Capt. Blackwell, ?
Maj. Nelson presnting the "largest medal" of WWII to Lt. Kunselman for flying the 1000 sortie of the 672nd Squadron, just adding a little humor to the War.
Japanese Flag that some one bartered for
Lt. Mercer, Lt. Dickey, Lt. Kellog, Lt. Keane, Capt Healy(Flight Surgeon)
672nd crew: Pilot, Lt Fairchild on right; Gunners, Sgt Beria and Sgt Muller
"Looks like an out"
Building our tent platform, Noemfoor, Dutch East Indies
"Beautiful South Sea Island Beach"
672nd Crew Members
Sgt Faust, Sgt Jennings, Sgt Guerin, Sgt Wright, Sgt Griffen, Sgt Sullivan
A-20G at The Air Force Museum, Dayton, Ohio
This is the A-20G that the museum allowd the 417th members to get in at our reunion there in 1997. It was restored again after we were there.
Capt. Lindblad, tonsorial artist: Lt. Kunselman in the deluxe barber's chair
LT. Doug Fairchild, New Guinea-1944
THE FOLLOWING PICTURES ARE FROM OUR ABORTED 2001 REUNION
Dinner out at Ruby Tuesday's
Picnic at the Kunselman-Perry home
417th Members attending the 2001 Reunion
Dinner at Ruby Tuesday's
5th Air Force Memorial Wall, Air Force Academy Memorial Gardens
Marge & Myles Alderman, daughter Patsy Eaton, Del Duran,
Bob Kunselman, daughter Jan Perry, Tony Duran & daughters Kathi & Diane