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