The 42nd Bomb Group served as the only B-25 Mitchell outfit in the Thirteenth Air Force during World War II. Going into combat in the Solomon Islands in the summer of 1943, the Crusaders took part in the drive to Bougainville and the isolation of Rabaul. After that campaign, the Thirteenth Air Force moved to New Guinea and became part of FEAF. The 42nd finished the war operating in the Southern Philippines and supporting not only the ground effort there, but also the invasion of Borneo in the Dutch East Indies.
Check out A. Gray’s page: http://waynes-journal.com/about/ for a look into the the day-to-day life of a 42nd Bomb Group tail gunner. It is a terrific site that gives you remarkable insight into the experiences of our American aviators in the SWPA during the war.
In honor of A. Gray and his remarkable website, I’ve posted some photos of the group that I’ve collected over the years:
Thanks for the good words. That was very kind of you. Say, do you know the day and month of the last photograph you posted?
Absolutely wonderful photographs. What a plane the B-25 was. And every Allied nation seems to have agreed on that.
my dad James W. Haigh was a pilot in the 42nd Bomb Group, thank you for this! He lived to be 93. gone just 2 years, one of the Greatest Generation . . .
I was not aware that the 42nd Bombing Group served in the Southern Philippines. Can you advise where and what dates they served? My father was a PBJ-1 pilot in Marine Bombing Squadron VMB 611, assigned to MAG 32, MAGSZAM, Moret Field, Zamboanga, Mindanao, PI from March 1945 to November 1945. He and his crew went MIA 30 May 1945.