- Life & Times of the 341st Bomb Group -
"Preserving the memory of their sacrifices!"

From the Collection of
Robert C. Pettingell
( 491st Bomb Squadron )



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Pettingell's crew
(l-r, standing)
1Lt. Robert C. Pettingell - pilot, 1Lt. Max Radovich - bombardier, 1Lt Francis E. Strohm - copilot.
(l-r, kneeling)
S/Sgt Robert C. Thompson - engineer, T/Sgt Stephan A. Wojtowicz (KIA) - radio gunner, S/Sgt Earl L. Twedy - aerial gunner.

(From the 'CBI' collection of Barbara Vatter & Robert Pettingell
- A.R.C. / 491st Bomb Squadron.   Courtesy of their son, Rob.)


Pettingell's first B-25
This 491st aircraft is believed to be the one to which Lt. Pettingell was first assigned.
(From the 'CBI' collection of Barbara Vatter & Robert Pettingell
- A.R.C. / 491st Bomb Squadron.   Courtesy of their son, Rob.)


Old '59
Farewell to the crew of "Old '59'", possibly taken at Kunming, China.
(From the 'CBI' collection of Barbara Vatter & Robert Pettingell
- A.R.C. / 491st Bomb Squadron.   Courtesy of their son, Rob.)


'Old 59' poster
And, here's an AAF recruiting advertisement, using 'Old 59' for rallying and recruiting the American men.   To better read the words click on the one you would like to read;   'teamwork',   pilot,   navigator,   bombardier,   radio & engineer, or   tailgunner .

(From collection of Tony Strotman - son of 491st Bomb Squadron vet.)