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

From the Collection of
Francis E. 'Ed' Strotman
( 491st Bomb Squadron )



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'Ed' enjoying the vast space allocated for each person in the barracks.
(Courtesy of 'Ed' Strotman collection - 491st Bomb Squadron )


Jay Roesencranz attempting to get Clarence Elmer to do some work, outside the barracks.
(Francis E. 'Ed' Strotman collection, 491st)


Results of the "First Shirt' showing Jay who's really the BOSS!!
(Francis E. 'Ed' Strotman collection, 491st)


Several men at the 'dishwashers'at Yangkai. Ed identified the man third from the right as Dick Strohm.
(Francis E. 'Ed' Strotman collection, 491st)


According to Ed's notation, this is Whitey Samblin diggin a latrine trench.
(Francis E. 'Ed' Strotman collection, 491st)


Is it,
      a).   'The original Rambo',
      b).   'An armorer gone berserk',
      c).   Bob Fox (E-G) posing, at Yangkai, for a photo to send home.

(Francis E. 'Ed' Strotman collection, 491st)



'Ed' Strotman, 491st Engineer-Gunner, working on/near the B-25 flap assembly, Yankai, China.
(Francis E. 'Ed' Strotman collection, 491st)



Unidentified personnel completing final maintenance actions on 491st Bm Sqd B­25H, prior to mission.
(Francis E. 'Ed' Strotman collection, 491st)



Armorers preparing an upload of 500-pound HE bombs onto a 491st B­25, proabably at Yankai.
(Francis E. 'Ed' Strotman collection, 491st)



Unidentified personnel during the refueling of a 491st B­25J, probably at Yankai.
(Francis E. 'Ed' Strotman collection, 491st)



Some 491st engine­propeller personnel, working on a B­25J at Yankai.
(Francis E. 'Ed' Strotman collection, 491st)



More 491st engine­prop personnel, surround an engine, at Yankai, China.
(Francis E. 'Ed' Strotman collection, 491st)



"Mission Time" for the 'Chattanooga Choo Choo', a B­25H of the 491st.
(Francis E. 'Ed' Strotman collection, 491st)


The true "Ruler" of the domain! First Sergeant Roy S. Bierbauer 'strolls' throught the squadron area.
(Courtesy of 'Ed' Strotman collection - 491st Bomb Squadron )


Simulated work detail. . . . . . road repair or posing for calendar???
(Courtesy of 'Ed' Strotman collection - 491st Bomb Squadron )


How many can we fit between the bunks?
(top, l-r) John Johnson, unknown, Joseph Siana (KIA);
(bottom) Clarence Elmer - mascot, Jay Roesencranz, Jim Ralston
(Courtesy of 'Ed' Strotman - 491st Bomb Squadron - collection )


How many can we fit IN a bunk?
(top, l-r) unknown, Joseph Siana, Jay Rosencranz
(middle) Sleepy Dog, Black Dog, Fiesty Dog, Clarence Elmer (mascot);
(bottom) Cast of thousands . . . fleas that is!
(Courtesy of 'Ed' Strotman - 491st Bomb Squadron - collection )