380th Bombardment Group (H)
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
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
B-24 HEAVENLY BODY
Dogs name is Tiny
||B-24 "Heavenly Body" and Crew
CP: 1LT Paul W. Norris
1L/t Everett D Bever
N: 1LT John H. Reid
P:1LT John S. DiDomenico
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
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
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.
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