This is the story of the 11th Bomb Group of the Seventh Army Air Force during World War II.
The 42nd Squadron of the 11th Bomb Group are also called the Grey Geese. The story tells of the events at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Most of the young men from the Daisy Mae, enlisted in the Army Air Corps on Monday, December 8, 1941. Some where already serving. All of the crew of the Daisy Mae were fighting during May of 1943 to the end of the war to avenge the sneak attack that killed many of their friends at the Air Fields near Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
These eleven brave heroes flew night and day over the longest stretches of dangerous oceans to protect our country from invasion and lead the bomber line all the way to Japan. Places like Wake Island, Midway, Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Iwo Jima, Guam, Nauru and Okinawa are just some of the missions the Grey Geese flew.
The cost is high but the Grey Geese did their job to bring War II to an end.
The Grey Geese will always be remembered.
Those Daisy Mae crew members include:
Lt. Joe Gall Pilot
Flight Officer John Van Horn Co-pilot
Lt. Benjamin I. Weiss Navigator and Assistant Bombardier
Lt. Myron Jensen Bombardier and Armament Officer
Staff Sergeant Robert Storts Nose Gunner
Technical Sergeant Arvid B. Ambur Flight Engineer and Gunner
Staff Sergeant Francis J. Perkins Jr. Belly Gunner and Armorer
Staff Sergeant Robert Patterson Radioman and Waist Gunner
Technical Sergeant Thomas Wyckoff Assistant Flight Engineer and Top Turret Gunner
Staff Sergeant Earl W. Conley Tail Gunner
Staff Sergeant Joseph “Pop” Evans, Photographer
You can click on links to different areas of what my Dad use to call his Ruptured Duck. He was in the Grey Geese, 42nd Squadron of the famous 11th Bomb Group stationed in Hawaii and also at Funafuti Atoll during World War II.
Louis Zamperini and The Daisy Maemet many years ago when both served with the 42nd Squadron 11th Bomb Group of the 7th Army Air Force back in the Spring of 1943. Zamperini was a Bombardier on the B-24 Bomber named Superman at the time. Later he and a make shift crew took The Green Hornet on a mission looking for a downed crew near Palmyra Island in the Pacific about equidistant between Hawaii and Funafuti Atoll where the 42nd Squadron was based. This was a two plane search going out in a standard “Y” formation. The other plane traveling in the “Y” formation was The Daisy Mae
The crew on the Daisy Maewas not Lt. Gall’s crew. They had just landed a few hours before on a night patrol near Funafuti.
Below are two books based on Zamperini’s tremendous inner strength that helped him survive his crash at sea and daily struggles with sharks and prison guards.
On both of the book covers below you can see a lonely B-24 flying over water. The bomber may represent all of the bombers who went on those long dangerous missions during World War II. I like that idea myself. However, there may be another correct answer.
Would you like to guess the name of the B-24 Bomber portrayed by the artist’s creation on each of these two different books about Louis Zamperini and for the movie coming out around Christmas time in 2014?
Louis Zamperini, meet the ” Big Girl” we call the Daisy Mae!
“Never underestimate the power of hope,” Lt. Benjamin I. Weiss, Navigator The Daisy Mae July 24, 1943
Click on the page listed above from B24bestweb.com. It shows many brave men who served on the famous B-24 like the Daisy Mae.
Some of these men have been persecuted or criticized for their political views and all of these men are patriots. They all performed their jobs so we Americans could live to express our political views.
Please visit this site. B-24 Best Web.com has a great deal to offer the reader.
Two of the best known pilots would be the actor Jimmy Stewart and Joseph Kennedy Jr. the older brother of John F. Kennedy, the former President of the United States. He father Joseph Kennedy Sr. was devastated beyond belief when he received the news in 1944 when his son and a co-pilot were flying a Navy aircraft on a secret mission.
Joseph Kennedy envisioned his boy becoming the President of the United States someday. Later John F. Kennedy, a younger son and also a hero in World War II, became President.
American engineering and ingenuity took on the unrest in the World and became capable of defending itself and its allies around the globe. This B-24 Bomber performed 24/7 in the long fight and the long flights over the vast Pacific Ocean during World War II.
You may recognize some of the actors in this training video using live video footage from World War II. This depicts a mission in July of 1943 at the same time the Daisy Maeand crew were fighting in the Pacific.