This site is dedicated to the men of the
450th Bombardment Group (H), 47th Wing, 15th Air Force, United States Army.
It is to them, and many like them, that we owe our freedom
Words of Caution: - Please be aware, there is a website at www.450thbg.org. IT IS NOT affiliated with the 450th Memorial Association in any way.
If you wish to donate, money, pictures, stories, items of memorabilia etc.., please contact us. The 450th Memorial Association, located at this website.
We are the only official repository endorsed by the veterans of the 450th Bomb Group for the storage of information, memorabilia, and other historical data or holdings concerning their activities.
Please be aware that other groups on the Internet may seek items from 450th veterans and/or their families however, our items will never be sold or used without the donors express permission.
All donated items will remain open to the public via this website to serve as an educational archive for all.
We urge all veterans and/or their families to consider the 450th Memorial Association, when making any bequests in their estate planning,
especially historical items such as photos, diaries and uniforms, in order to maintain and continue the mission of the 450th Memorial Association.
We offer our condolences to the family and friends of:
Edward J. Chomer took his last flight on 25 July 2017
Richard J. Pinardi who took his last flight on 18 July 2017
John Shlapak who took his last flight on 13 July 2017
Robert N. Terry who took his last flight on 3 May 2017
Paul J. Versch who took his last flight on 3 May 2017
Frederick A. Uphoff who took his last flight on 6 March 2017
Wilfred J. Bishop who took his last flight on 4 March 2017
Kenneth R. Hopkins who took his last flight on 12 January 2017
Army Air Forces Staff Sgt. Byron H. Nelson - 721st Squadron, Missing from World War II, has now been accounted for.
On April 25, 1944, Nelson was a member of the 721st Bomb Squadron, 450th Bomb Group, 15th Air Force, and was the nose gunner aboard an American B-24G Liberator bomber.
While flying from Manduria, Italy, to a target area near Varese, Italy, three aircraft became separated from the formation due to dense clouds. Nelson's aircraft was one that disappeared.
It was later learned that eight of the 10 people in his aircraft parachuted from the bomber after being attacked by German fighters. Six crewmen were able to successfully escape and two were captured.
A captured crewman was told that two perished in the crash, one being Nelson.
On Sept. 9, 1947, the American Graves Registration Service disinterred remains from a cemetery near Fognano, Italy, where they were reportedly buried by local residents following the crash.
The remains were unable to be identified and were re-interred as "Unknown X-190" in the Florence American Cemetery on May 26, 1949.
Due to new historical investigations and new technology that could link an identification to Unknown X-190, the remains were disinterred in August 2015.
DNA analysis and circumstantial evidence were used in the identification of his remains.
Welcome home and rest in peace, Staff Sgt. Nelson.
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