- Life & Times of the 341st Bomb Group -
"Preserving the memory of their sacrifices!"
From the Collection of
James L. Flanagan
( 491st Bomb Squadron )
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A few seconds later, photo shows bombs exploding around the ship. Photo recon after the the strike verified this ship was sunk. Jim's friend, Dan Loring of the 11th Bm Sq, had an engine knocked out on this mission.
This photo shows the intense activity in Victoria Harbor, Hong Kong, on 16 Oct 44, during 14th Air Force's combined attack. B-24s of the 308th Bomb Group bombed the docks and warehouses from high altitude, while B-25s from the 341st Bomb Group were on the deck attacking ships in the harbor. The "heavy cloud cover" in the upper right is actually smoke resulting from the 308th's bombs.
A freighter hit during Jim Flanagan's attack, and sinking, will add to the tally for 491st shipping sunk. This is another photo taken from his tailgunner position by Manuel Vollmer.
This train was attacked and destroyed by bombing and strafing of 491st B-25. Looking closely you may see three bombs droped from Flanagan's plane as they are about to hit. There is a Chinese coolie working in the field, left of the smoke puff in near center of picture.
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A 'double-header' attack by 491st Bm Sq B-25s. The train was knocked out with the guns, while the bridge was destroyed by 'glip bombing,' a tactic which was initiated and perfected by the Squadrons of the 341st Bm Grp. Click here to learn more about "glipping."
Representing pilots of three squadrons of the 341st Bm Grp are; Pete Fensel (dec.), 22nd; Jim Flanagan, 491st; and Dan Loring, 11th. All are sporting the 'oak leaves' of a Major; they were the Operations Officer of their respective squadron. Close friends, they had been together since they became B-25 transition instructors at Columbia Army Air Field, SC, then had almost simultaneously volunteered for their assignment to the CBI theater. "Vicki II" was Pete's plane, which he had flown to China from the U.S.
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Col Joseph B. 'Preacher' Wells, Commander of the 341st Bm Grp, 11 Apr - 1 Dec 44.
Maj Donald F. Blaha, 491st Bm Sqdn Operations Officer, 7 Sep - 17 Dec '44, Yangkai, China.
On/about 7 Dec 44, Lt Col Donald L. Clark (second from left) was reassigned from CO - 491st to CO 341st Bomb Group, relieving Col. 'Preacher' Wells (far right). In this photo William Soboroff (left) and Donald Blaha are still Captains, so it must have been taken quite some time prior to LtCol Clark's move to 341st HQ.