1944 — Italy
Lt Len Heller was George Underwood's Pilot, Len flew Combat Mission over Italy, in a B-25 Mitchell Medium Bomber (mostly the Pin-Up Girl") in the 310th Bomb Group, 381st Bomb Squadron out of Corsica. 1944 Mediterranean Theatre. George Underwood has 2 main Pilots, Lt Al Vosburg and Lt Len "Nat" Heller... George was their Top Turret Gunner and Eng. They mostly flew Missions out of Corsic, France... an Island in the Metiderranean Sea. Corsica was littered with AAC Airfields and is refered to as the USS Corsica. Please see the Book written by our Corsican Historian and Author Dominique Taddei.... "USS Corsica"
We are searching for the reason (or meaning) for his nickname of "NAT"..... please email me below if anyone remembers.
Lt Heller received a Distinguished Flying Cross for Aerial Heroism under the most critical circumstances, he made a successful Bombing drop on the primary Target in Italy and then returned a full crew safely to his home-field on Corsica in a crippled B-25.
WWII Mediterranean Theatre of Operations. Photo's and stories will be coming from Len's proud son Tom Heller, 4 Sept. 2011. . . . . . (also from his Daughters Diane, Christine and Jeanne ). I have now spoken with 3 of the "kids" ;~) Most are Sr. Citizens or Baby-Boomers and I am delighted to be woking with such a fine family. Diane still has "Nat's" voice on the recorder and I was thrilled to have heard his voice, in fact I hung up and called again to hear his voice, before I left a message. Truly, I wish I had found the family sooner, I would loved to have spoken with Len himself!!!
Barbi Ennis Connolly, 57th Bomb Wing Researcher 319 and 321st BG Historian