1943 — Africa/Italy
Bernard Quilty entered the service 20 Feb. 1942 in New York, his Home State of Residence. . . . at 314 Highland Avenue, E. Syracuse, NY. He reported to FT Niagra, Youngstown, NY, still single but already a Locomotive Fireman. He qualified for the AAC and was assigned to learning to be a Bombardier. He then was assigned to the 321st Bomb Group, the 447th Bomb Squad (I believe married his Sweetheart- Catharine in here somewhere) Bernie went over to Africa on the USS Stanton, flew 50 Combat Missions mostly with Capt. Bob Spikes, Capt. Jim Bugbee and Lt DeMoss. Combat Missions were especially hard on the Bombardiers as they were sittiong up in the nose with not much for protection but the plexi-glass ! The B-25 Mitchell Medium Bomber was one durable-amazing ship, she could (and DID) fly straight through FLAK and still return home regardless of getting there withOUT some very important parts and hundreds of holes. One Mission required an emergency landing (Flares up, first down) and when he got out and removed his helmet, there was a large hole in it and the still-warm piece of FLAK was imbedded in the glove he placed there for padding ! The Sky-Pilot was with them that day ! (Thank YOU Lord !) -B
More to come ... Barbi Ennis Connolly, 321st BG Historian.