Hello, I'm Arthur Ferwerda.
I was an original member of the 409th Bomb Sqdn. 93rd Bomb Group. I spent 33 months overseas, part in England and part of the time in North Africa. I was a Crew Chief and had three aircraft. The first two were shot down over the target, and the third as you can see in the picture above had 72 missions on it and I flew home to Bradley Field Conn. in it. With all three aircraft I amassed a total of 135 missions without a mechanical failure or a ship aborting.
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Awards accompanying the bronze star with oak leaf cluster medals I received.
93rd Bomb Group "Travelling Circus" 391 Mission Card
Getting filled in by the pilot, Howard Bolton about possible mechanical problems during the mission.
Bolton signing off the 1A form prior to mission take off.
Picture that Howard and Eric had taken in London and presented to me upon completing their tour of duty.
Briefing about the Ploesti mission. I'm at the lower left in pith helmet and sunglasses.
Actual target pictures of low level Ploesti mission August 1, 1943. Initiated from Benghazi, Libya. Taken from the flight deck of the "Tupelo Lass" by Ray Weir with my box camera.
A 409'th squadron formation over Germany.
The "Moose" flying into FLAK. Note the low squadron already in it.
The Flyin Moose at Hardwick Air Base, England.
Picture of old 578R "The Moose" taken from the #2 engine.
Pilot Carl Todds crew and my guys taken just before take-off one week after V.E. Day. GOING HOME!
Me congratulating Ben Kuroki after he had completed his missions.
This tag was attached to the keys that opened the bomb bay doors from the outside of the ship. There was a little door just forward of the bomb bay, which was locked, and when opened with the key there was a handle that when pulled, opened the doors.
For serving as crew chief on 135 missions without a single mechanical failure I was awarded the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster. Here's the letter I received with the award.
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