340th Bomb Group 489th
Bombardment Squadron Ground Crews Video (Quentin Kaiser
video shows some of the activity of B-25 ground crews from the 489th
Bombardment Squadron of the 340th Bombardment Group based at Alesani, Corsica in 1944. B-25J "Morning Mission" (tail number
9W, serial number 43-27659) is featured. T/Sgt Forrest L. Westbrook became the
crew chief for "Morning Mission" in May of 1944 and brought the
aircraft through 154 total combat missions until the end of WWII. "Morning
Mission" was distinguished by
flying its first 114 missions on its original engines without engine failure,
apparently an exceptional statistic for a B-25J. T/Sgt Quentin C. Kaiser flew
three of his 65 combat missions in this aircraft: #2 on May 26, 1944 to Piteccio, Italy; #49 on Dec. 26, 1944 to Rovereto, Italy; and #59 on Jan 18, 1945 to San Michele, Italy.
The 489th Bombardment Squadron
on Corsica Video (Quentin Kaiser collection)
taken in 1944 on Corsica - 489th Bombardment Squadron - 340th Bombardment Group - Alesani, Corsica - Alistro - Damage after the
German Air Raid of May 13, 1944 - Ceremony - Color nose art of
489th BS and other 340th Bomb Group B-25 aircraft at Alesani,
Corsica. Corse, Rome, Naples, Capri. German land mines.
340TH BG 489TH BS - SN 43-27638 - 9D
BRIEFING TIME (photo Charles Cook collection)
I flew 16
missions on Briefing Time as
Navigator. Almost all with Bus Taylor; all in lead. 489th Squadron – from Paul R. Gale
is now at the Mid Atlantic Air Museum
in Reading, PA and can be installed on MS Flight Simulator.