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survivors of the 462nd Bombardment Group

survivors of the 462nd Bombardment Group

Posted: 1 Jul 2012 6:57PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: 462nd BG
I am searching for anyone who may have known my father, Birch Junior "Sandy" Austin. He was in 20th army air corps, 462nd BG, 58th BW, Ordnance group. Any info. would be greatly appreciated. I never got the chance to know him. He was killed in a car accident when I was 2 yrs. old and I am trying to piece together as much info. as I can so I can get to know him through his friends and family.
Sincerely, betty

Re: survivors of the 462nd Bombardment Group

Posted: 16 Nov 2012 4:44PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi

I am the historian for the 462nd Bomb Group. I have a copy of the Hellbirds War Book, which most likely has a photo of him in it (as part of the Ordnance Group).

What info do you have and what other info are you looking for?

Al Schutte
Cincinnati, OH

Re: survivors of the 462nd Bombardment Group

Posted: 16 Nov 2012 4:45PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi

I am the historian for the 462nd Bomb Group. I have a copy of the Hellbirds War Book, which most likely has a photo of him in it (as part of the Ordnance Group).

What info do you have and what other info are you looking for?

Al Schutte
Cincinnati, OH

Re: survivors of the 462nd Bombardment Group

Posted: 20 Mar 2016 8:53PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: survivors of the 462nd Bombardment Group
Hi Al,
Someone sent me the photo from the Hellbirds War Book of the Ordnance Group. i was wondering what his job was in Ordnance and anything else you could tell me about his time in the military. I only know that his nickname was "Sandy". I don't know if that is what the other men called him or not. Any information would be appreciated. Sincerely, betty

Re: survivors of the 462nd Bombardment Group

Posted: 20 Mar 2016 9:25PM GMT
Classification: Query
My dad was also in the Ordnance section, but int he 468th Bomb Group. Ordnance involved three things: bullets, bombs and mines. The B-29 had over a dozen 50 caliber machine guns that had to be disassembled, cleaned, put back together and reloaded. Early in the war, the Ordnance men had to put the bullets into the machine gun belts, but later in the war the belts came pre-loaded. For bombs, they had to pick the bombs up from a bomb dump, load them onto the plane and then fuse them. Bombs weighed from 100 to 4,000 pounds, with most of them being 500 pounders. Mines were only laid a few times by the 58th Bomb Wing, but the 462nd was the first to do so. A very famous mission to Palembang where they not only bombed the refineries there, but also blocked the river for a period of time. The Palembang mission was the longest mission flown up until that time.

Re: survivors of the 462nd Bombardment Group

Posted: 21 Mar 2016 5:34PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank you very much for the information. I thought it was a dangerous job but could not get any information as to the actual duties of the men in the Ordnance Groups.
I appreciate the message and your time.
Betty
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