- Life & Times of the 341st Bomb Group -
"Preserving the memory of their sacrifices!"
From the Collection of
William 'Bill' DeVries
( 491st Bomb Squadron )
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Capt William 'Bill' DeVries, aka "Long Sahib", Engineering Officer of the 491st Bomb Squadron. India, June 1943
The cloth patch worn by the men of the 491st from Squadron's forming until about October of 1943. During their first year as a combat unit they were known as the "Bomb Jockeys", with this distinguished emblem.
Capt William 'Bill' DeVries, June 1943, Chakulia, India.
Bill was Engineering Officer for the 491st from December 1942 through Oct 1944. The Indian workers would refer to the men by some distinguisheing factor. One of the 491st officers was "End-room Sahib", and they called Bill "Long Sahib", a nickname also used by his squadron friends.
Two "Bills". DeVries and 1Lt William P. Elliott, Armaments Officer, in Bill D's other "office", the inevitable jeep. Chakulia, India, 1943.
Thanksgiving in India, 1943. (l-r) Clerk of the Engineering section; Bill Devries; British official from steel mill at Jamshedpur, 22nd Bomb Sq officer. The official was introduced to Capt De Vries as the supplier of the armor plating to be placed on the sides of the cockpit of the 491st planes as protection for the pilots, a typical "government job". It had already been done on the 22nd's ships since they ahd arrived at Chakulia before the 491st.
Swamydas, 'Smokey' Joe, Nabisco, and friends. Chakulia, India, 1943.
Capt Joe T. Calloway (Sq C.O.) and Capt Ronald D. Shirlaw, pilot, standing near the housing area on 'Red Dust Hill' after the Squadron moved from Chakulia, India to Yangkai, China in 1944.