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 LELAND CONRAD

AKA "Black Nan" - Featured in "A Young Man's Journey Through World War II"

Contributor - John McNeely (Son of  Major John Henry McNeely, Pilot - Assistant Group Operations Officer)

Info Contributor - Bob Hoskinson
This radar aircraft was also commonly referred to as "Pathfinder" or "Mickey". Lost 10 Apr 45, MACR 13711, due to flak on a so-called "Milk-Run" (target area Lugo, Italy). Piloted by 779th Squadron Commander Colonel James Gilson, ten crew members were killed with only the Radar/Bombardier (Lt. Edward F. Walsh, Jr.) surviving, and remaining in the Air Force for 27 years, retiring as a Colonel. The original image was taken by a good friend of mine (Leland Conrad, now deceased) who was a Radio Operator on John Tomlinson's crew, flying off the left wing of "Black Nan".

Info Contributor - John K. Griswell, Jr.
I was the bombardier on the airplane almost directly behind and below Colonel Gilson's airplane that sad day, 10 Apr 45. I have in my possession a sequence of four pictures taken by Leland Conrad that day. "Black Nan" is flying along normally. Then came a few bursts of flak and then the famous picture of the wing coming off. I was in the nose of our plane and threw up my arms instinctively, fearing that we were going to hit the wing but, of course we didn't.

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