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"We Remember"
by Dwayne O'Brien

1st Lt. Haywood C. Swindell
720th Squadron

1st Lt. Haywood C Swindell – 0831015
Promoted to Captain in Air Force Reserve
Co-Pilot B-24J
15th Air Force Manduria Italy
450th Bomb Group 720th Squadron
October 1944 – March 1945
Name of Plane – Moulto Bouno

Crew Information
2nd Lt. Robert Buesing – Pilot – 0-828298
2nd Lt. Haywood C. Swindell – Co-Pilot – 0-831015
F/O Joseph E. Connor – Navigator – T-128706
2nd Lt. William McKinley – Bombardier – 0-2061186
Cpl. Richard Munden – Engineer – 37557444
Cpl. Bernard Lewis – Gunner – 36785091
Cpl. Irvin DeGroff – Radio Operator – 122050594       
Cpl. Samuel Alexander – Gunner – 35808508
Cpl. Harry Page – Gunner – 39575044          
Cpl. David Kline – Gunner – 35923688

1. Enlisted in Army Air Corp at Marshill College in July 1942.
2. Basic Training – Miami Beach
3. Preflight Training – Maxwell Field, Montgomery Alabama
4. Primary Flight Training – Lafayette, La  PT-22
5. Basic Flight Training – Walnut Ridge, AK  BT-13
6. Advance Flight Training – AT-10 Twin Engine
Graduated class 44D – received pilot wings – Commissioned 2nd Lt
7. Reported to Westover Field for crew assignment.
8. Trained as crew at Charleston Air Force Base, in B-24
9. Crew reported to Mitchell Field, Hemsted, New York, to get new plane to fly to our overseas base (unknown at this time)
10. No plane available - so sent to Patrick Henry, Virginia, to go to our overseas base by Liberty ship – (convoy of 80 ships) October 1944.
11. After 25 days landed in Naples, Italy.
12. Went by train (boxcar) to base at Manduria, Italy.
13. Manduria, Italy Air Force Base – 450th Bomb Group assigned to 720th Squadron.
14. Flew 21 sorties – 28 missions. Promoted to 1st Lt. April 1945.
15. Four officers on crew volunteered to return to states and train on B-32 – and left Manduria in May 1945 and go to Pacific.
16. War ended in Europe in May so I was put on inactive duty in November 1945.
17. Returned home and went to North Carolina State and graduated in 1948.
18. Stayed in inactive reserve 7 years and was promoted to Captain.
19. Work as textile engineer for 37 years than retired.
20. Two children – Beth Hawthore and David Swindell.
21. Lib Swindell died in 2000 after 48 years marriage.
22. Two Grandchildren – Roxanne Hawthorne and Camille Swindell.

Information courtesy of Haywood Swindell
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