- Life and Times of the 341st Bomb Group -
"Preserving the memory of their Sacrifices!"

From the collection of
Joseph A. Pape
( 490th Bomb Squadron )




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This crew picture was taken at Hanchung, China, 1945;
(l-r): S/Sgt. Thomas Fowler, tail gunner; Lt. Joseph Pape, navigator; S/Sgt. Lester Ellenwood, radio operator; T/Sgt. James Lorenz, crew chief and turret gunner; Lt. John Moss, Pilot.
(Courtesy of Joseph A. Pape - 490th Bomb Squadron )


Joe Pape's crew
Another crew picture was taken in front of quarters at Hanchung, China, 1945;
(l-r): Lt. Joseph Pape, navigator; S/Sgt. Thomas Fowler, tail gunner; S/Sgt. Lester Ellenwood, radio operator; T/Sgt. James Lorenz, crew chief and turret gunner; Lt. John Moss, Pilot.
(Courtesy of Joseph A. Pape - 490th Bomb Squadron )



Personnel examine the result of 'Ole 768' following a wheels up landing at Hanchung, China.   The plane had honorably served the Squadron for years before this incident caused it to be salvaged.   Click here to read the story of the incident.
(Courtesy of Joseph A. Pape - 490th Bomb Squadron )



'Joe', Lt. Joe Bussey that is, apparently waiting for a bus.   Where do you go on a bus from Warzup, Burma??
(Courtesy of Joseph A. Pape - 490th Bomb Squadron )



Do you recognize this man??   We believe those are pilot's wings, but can not see any rank. The photo was taken at Hanchung, China.
(Courtesy of Joseph A. Pape - 490th Bomb Squadron )



Five more men that Joe would like you to help identify?? The photo was also taken at Hanchung, China.
(Courtesy of Joseph A. Pape - 490th Bomb Squadron )



And another of Joe's mementoes, this colorful North American Aviation advertisment.
(Courtesy of Joseph A. Pape - 490th Bomb Squadron )


Japanese issued Rupee note
A One Rupee note, issued by the Japanese.
(Courtesy of Joseph A. Pape - 490th Bomb Squadron )


100 Yuan Note
A 100-yuan note which is part of Joe's collection.
(Courtesy of Joseph A. Pape - 490th Bomb Squadron )


Needle pack cover
This is an image of the cover of a "needle pack".   The needle packs were about the size of a matcb book and were dropped in Burma.   This done as a "goodwill gesture" toward the jungle people from their American friends.   At least it was hoped the natives would see it that way!
Joe believes that the Kachin and Shan languages are represented on the cover.

(Courtesy of Joseph A. Pape - 490th Bomb Squadron )



Bridge bombing result of an attack in China, by 490th aircraft in 1945.
(Courtesy of Joseph A. Pape - 490th Bomb Squadron )



A B-25K of the 490th Bomb Squadron at Hanchung, China.
(Courtesy of Joseph A. Pape - 490th Bomb Squadron )


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