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Contributor - Brendan Wood

Info Contributor - Robert M. Simons (Nose Gunner)
During WWII, I was the Nose Gunner and flew from Gottaglia, Italy with the 15th AAF, 47th Wing, 449th Bomb Group. My Pilot's name was Norman C. Rogers. We flew another aircraft from Hamilton Field, California and arrived in Grottaglia 5 Apr 44. Our original plane was given to another crew for it's first mission, and was shot down over Germany. We then inherited an experienced but un-named aircraft (which we named The BUZZER) that took us through a majority of our combat missions. We were a lucky crew. All 10 of us flew our required 50 missions without a serious wound or fatality. I finished my combat service 14 Aug 44. During this time I participated in 5 missions to the Ploesti refinery complex. Declared war weary and removed from combat service in late Sep 44, disarmed, and assigned to administrative duty. On 10 Dec 44 she departed base with a flight crew of 4, and 12 passengers, including 10 who had recently completed their combat service and were being transported to Naples for further transportation to the USA. She didn't arrive, and it wasn't until Jul 45 that her remains were found in a deep gorge Southeast of Naples.

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