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James J O'Boyle, M/Sgt. AAC, B 24 Liberator
Jan. 1943 | Italy, Tail-Gunner, B 24
The month and year teen-age O'Boyle was drafted into the US AAC. January, 1943, still 19 !
Jim was a Tail-Turret Gunner on the B-24 "Teepee Time Gal" B -24 Liberator, he flew Combat Missions out of Foggia, Italy during WW II.
M/Sgt James J O'Boyle, Tail Gunner in the Turrret on the B-24 Liberator, "Teepee Time Gal" with the 455th Bomb Group, the 743rd Bomb Squad flying Combat missions out of Cerignola, Iatly.
M/Sgt James J O'Boyle, B-24 Gunner out of Italy, WW II
1944 | Itlay
ABOUT THE FLAK Suit and the Story !
This a gag photo thought of by pilot Brooks and our Squadron photog who was like a mascot to our crew he hadhis choice of any crew he wanted for his missions and he sort of adopted us and we adopted him---but I am so embarrassed--I forgot his name--just plain slipped from my memory---yes, thats Brooks in a flak suit, never worn by a pilot and a gas mask (never worn in a plane) if you will look at this guy's boots and know WWII lore you will recognize British flying boots which Brooks got in a trade for something--maybe one of our B-24s--who knows--at the time, early 1944, no one else had such boots the photo appears in our group story book-"The Vulgar Vultures" and I've a copy printed by our photog friend along with photos of each crew member at their position on our steed Tepee Time Gal---the British we were in contact with were anti airtcraft gunners located on San Giovanni to protect our groups, our planes and and everybody--from air raids--their highest officers were Sergeants and Brooks was accepted by their group, invited to their Sgt's mess and their red light girls as well, even though he was an officer. I do believe Brooks could be accepted by anyone and everyone--what a gift--
"Sammy" Seymour Gaines /crew Member, VIA son Jim O'Boyle, Jr.