380th Bombardment Group (H)
Dedication


Dedication Plaque at Adelaide River War Cemetery

These men were based at Fenton Airstrip

 

 

 

1L/t Everett D Bever
O-541861, Flight Crew, Bombardier (1035)  DiDomenico's Crew
"HEAVENLY BODY"

Stationed at Fenton and Darwin Australia. He went on 37 missions. He received the DFC, and Air Medal with 4 oak leaf clusters.
The crew which flew on the Heavenly Body, B-24 during 1944 This crew along with 4 other planes received the DFC on the B-24, Heavenly Body for a mission on April 23, 1944, which was the biggest air battle of the 380th Bomb Group. This formation was attacked by twenty Japanese fighter planes and shot down 11 of them. All five bombers returned safely to their airfield with only one man getting KIA.

 

 

1/LT John S. DiDomenico

S/n O-800010

Aircraft Commander 
B-24 HEAVENLY BODY

 

Dogs name is Tiny

 

 

 

B-24 "Heavenly Body" and Crew

Back Row
CP: 1LT Paul W. Norris 
1L/t Everett D Bever 
N: 1LT John H. Reid
P:1LT John S. DiDomenico 

Front Row
GNR: S/S Albert S. McKinney, Jr.
GNR: S/S Ellie V. Hester 
GNR: S/S Thomas E. Murray
RO: T/S John H. Miller 
GNR: S/S James L. Edwards
E: T/S Robert G. Gjerstad 
 

 

 

Ramsey, Roy J., 19186002 | Flight Crew, Photographer (939) | Ground Staff, Transportation, Heavy

Equipment Operator (931) | Various Crews (/), / | Initial Deployment, May 43, Pvt | PAR1, SO128,

FEAF, 8 May 45, S/Sgt.

 

 


T/S John H Miller, Radio Operator 18124529  DiDomenico's Crew of  B-24 "HEAVENLY BODY"
He was the last surviving member of  DiDomenico's Crew.
being comforted by Mr William Bever, Son of  1/Lt Everett. D. Bever
John sadly passed away
08/30/2006


S/Sgt Joseph H Wells, 35612243 Flight Crew, Asst Flt Eng, Gunner. 531st Sqd.
Magee's Crew , B-24 "SAD SACK"

S/Sgt Joseph H Wells & Alice Craig at 2012 380th B.G Reunion.

Alice Craig is the widow of First Lieutenant Doug Craig, the pilot of the B-24 Liberator bomber "Shady Lady" forced to land between Broome and Darwin in August 1943 after what was then WWII's longest bombing mission.

Thanks goes to Mr William Bever,
the Son of The Late Everett D Bever for the photo's.

THE BOMBARDIER'S OATH

Mindful of the secret trust about to be placed in me by my Commander in Chief, the President of the United States, by whose direction I have been chosen for bombardier training...and mindful of the fact that I am to become guardian of one of my country's most priceless military assets, the American bombsight...I do here, in the presence of Almighty God, swear by the Bombardier's Code of Honor to keep inviolate the secrecy of any and all confidential information revealed to me, and further to uphold the honor and integrity of the Army Air Forces, if need be, with my life itself.

 

Current time at McKinney,Texas, USA

Current time at Adelaide River, NT, Australia.

 


S/Sgt Gene Lysaker
37574927, Flight Crew, Gunner (612)Turiak's Crew

 


S/Sgt Gene Lysaker
37574927, Flight Crew, Gunner (612)Turiak's Crew

 


Cpl Richard "Dick" Ebbeson
31146645, Ground Staff, Armament, Aircraft Armorer; Squadron Artist
Richard "Dick" Ebbeson was an aircraft armorer and the squadron artist for the 528th Bomb Squadron. Born on 29th April 1912, of Scandinavian parentage, Ebbeson grew up in Bangor, Maine. He was initially deployed, with the 380th, in May 1943 and was a corporal for much of his service time at Fenton, Australia & New Guinea - promoted to sergeant on 9th September 1945. In March 1946, after hostilities had ceased, Dick Ebbeson married an Australian girl and they returned to live in Pembroke, Maine. Dick painted all his adult life until he died at the end of October 2001.

Both these Gentlemen above painted the Nose Art on the Bombers
Click on their photo's to see some of their work